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Sky Blue defeats Dash 2-0 for 1st win of Challenge Cup

Jul. 9, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Paige Monaghan and Nahomi Kawasumi scored to give Sky Blue FC a 2-0 victory over the Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League's Challenge Cup tournament Wednesday night. Monaghan scored Sky Blue's first goal of the tournament in the 17th minute, when Dash goalkeeper Jane...

Utah Royals FC defender Madeline Nolf, left, battles with OL Reign midfielder Shirley Cruz, right, during the first half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Herriman, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Balcer's stoppage time goal give Reign 1-0 win over Royals

Jul. 8, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Bethany Balcer scored in stoppage time and OL Reign defeated the Utah Royals 1-0 on Wednesday in the National Women's Soccer League's Challenge Cup tournament. It was the Reign's first victory in three group-stage Challenge Cup matches played without fans at Zions Bank Stadium....

North Carolina Courage defender Abby Erceg (6) controls the ball as Portland Thorns forward Morgan Weaver, left, defends during the second half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Herriman, Utah. Coach Paul Riley calls defender Abby Erceg the bedrock of the North Carolina Courage. The New Zealand native is captain of the Courage, the two-time National Women's Soccer League defending champions. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

New Zealander Erceg holds down North Carolina's backline

Jul. 7, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

Coach Paul Riley calls defender Abby Erceg the bedrock of the North Carolina Courage. A New Zealand native, Erceg is captain of the two-time National Women's Soccer League defending champions. Re-signed in March, she holds down a defense that allowed a league-low 23 goals last season. “She reminds me of...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2017, file photo, former NBA player and players union deputy Roger Mason, left, listens as entertainer Ice Cube, right, announces the launch of the BIG3, a new 3-on-3 professional basketball league, in New York. Hundreds of sports-related businesses got in line for the government-funded Payroll Protection Plan designed to cushion the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. None of the four North American major sports leagues — the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball — applied, but both Major League Soccer and the National Women's Soccer League were represented. Rapper Ice Cube's 3-on-3 basketball league says it returned almost half of the $1.6 million it received, but givebacks were rare. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Sports jumps on PPP bandwagon, but big leagues take a pass

Jul. 6, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

Rapper Ice Cube, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and longtime boxing promoter Bob Arum led a cavalcade of sports leagues, federations, businesses and teams that navigated a federal loan program designed to help small firms cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Data released Monday showed...

Washington Spirit players celebrate with Sam Staab after she scored a goal against the Portland Thorns during the second half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium on Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Herriman, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Spirit, Thorns play to 1-all draw in the NWSL Challenge Cup

Jul. 6, 2020 12:46 AM EDT

HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Sam Staab's header in the 77th minute pulled the Washington Spirit into a 1-1 draw with the Portland Thorns on Sunday night in the National Women's Soccer League's Challenge Cup tournament. Lindsey Horan's diving header off a free kick from Meghan Klingenberg put the Thorns up 1-0 in...

Erceg scores in Courage's 1-0 victory over Red Stars

Jul. 5, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Defender Abby Erceg's header in the 81st minute gave the North Carolina Courage a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday in the National Women's Soccer League's Challenge Cup. The two-time defending NWSL champions have won all three of their games in Utah to sit atop the...

Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly, front right, takes a shot as OL Reign defender Amber Brooks, right., looks on during the first half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium, Saturday, July 4, 2020, Herriman, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Dash down Reign 2-0 in NWSL's Challenge Cup

Jul. 5, 2020 1:25 AM EDT

HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Kristie Mewis and Shea Groom scored to give the Houston Dash a 2-0 victory over OL Reign on Saturday night in the group stage of the NWSL’s Challenge Cup tournament. The Dash now have five goals, most of any team in the tournament. Mewis scored in the 12th minute, taking a...

Royals down Sky Blue 1-0 in NWSL's Challenge Cup

Jul. 4, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Amy Rodriguez scored in the 41st minute and the Utah Royals defeated Sky Blue 1-0 on Saturday in a group stage match of the National Women's Soccer League's Challenge Cup tournament. Rodriguez took a cross from Vero Boquete on a perfectly timed run and evaded three defenders for the...

OL Reign forward Bethany Balcer (24) takes shot during the first half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match against the Sky Blue FC at Zions Bank Stadium on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Herriman, Utah. Balcer didn't come to the National Women's Soccer League by way of a powerhouse college program like North Carolina or UCLA. She didn't come to the league with a national team history or as a top draft pick, either. Balcer forged her own path to OL Reign. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Reign's Bethany Balcer aims to build on rookie NWSL season

Jul. 2, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

Bethany Balcer didn't come to the National Women's Soccer League by way of a powerhouse college program like North Carolina or Stanford. She didn't have a national team history and wasn't a draft pick. Balcer is soccer's version of a walk-on wonder, forging her own path to the OL Reign. The winner of last...

American women hire appeals lawyers in equal pay lawsuit

Jul. 2, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even before a trial, American women players suing the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay have hired a pair of appellate lawyers. Nicole A. Saharsky, co-head of the Mayer Brown's U.S. Supreme Court and appellate practice, joined the legal team on Thursday along with Brian D. Netter, a...