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U.S. Women’s national team may boycott Rio Olympics

Carli Lloyd, captain of the United States Women’s National soccer Team, has placed an op-ed in the New York Times, claiming that U.S. soccer is treating the women players like “second class citizens”.

“We’ve won three World Cups and will try to win our fifth Olympic gold medal this summer in Brazil. When we captured the Women’s World Cup title in Canada in July, we drew the highest American television rating for soccer in history and, according to a financial report published by U.S. Soccer last month, helped generate $17.7 million in profit for the federation,” claims Lloyd.

Yet even though U.S. Soccer’s financials confirm that we are the driving force that generates a majority of the revenue for the federation, when we as a team presented our proposal for increased compensation in our new collective bargaining agreement, U.S. Soccer told us, on more than one occasion, that our proposal was not rational. Essentially, the federation said that it had a certain sum of money set aside for the women’s team and that our proposal was unacceptable,” continues Lloyd.

We’ve gotten nowhere negotiating with our federation for years, and it became clear to us that nothing had changed. That’s why we went to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with our complaint,” finishes Carli Lloyd in her argument.

On Mar. 31, 2016, along with Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Becky Sauerbrunn, Lloyd filed a wage discrimination complaint against U.S. soccer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Carmelo Anthony throws his hat into the Olympic rings to join USMNT at Rio 2016

Carmelo Anthony accepted the invitation to play with the United States Men’s National Basketball Team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“From a morale standpoint as a player, if you’ve been through the things I’ve been through the past couple of years, you want to feel what that success feels like,” said Carmelo to reporters Mar. 29, 2016. “You want that success. So the Olympics for me is great timing, especially coming off this season and injuries, and mentally it’s good for me to get out there and feel what that feels like again.”

Carmelo, 31, led his teams to playoff berths in his first 10 years in the NBA. He is set to miss his third straight playoff berth with the New York Knicks this year.

Carmelo, LeBron James, and Chris Paul could have become the first athletes to win three gold medals in basketball. Carmelo added that his decision will not change no matter what LeBron James decides to do and that he did not waver after hearing Paul decide to forgo the games.

“I feel my body telling me that I could use the time,” said All Star guard, Chris Paul, who is nearing 31 years old and averaging over 33 minutes per game this year.

“If we were all going to do it, I would’ve loved for [Paul] to be a part of that, especially for this one last time,” said Carmelo said of the Paul decision. “If he’s not feeling it, his body’s not right and not healthy, then no need for him [to play].”

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Coach K to have knee surgery, hopes to be ready for Rio Olympics

Duke University Men’s Basketball and Team USA Men’s Basketball head coach, Mike Kryzewski, is set to have knee surgery at the end of the college basketball season.

USA Basketball chairman, Jerry Colangelo, has confirmed that the 69 Kryzewski plans to have a knee surgery after the season, but also wondered in a live television interview whether Kryzewski will be fit in time to coach in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

Colangelo admitted that he has yet to discuss the possibilities with Kryzewski, but said that he is exploring options in case Coach K is unfit for duty.

“We’ll cross that bridge,” said Colangelo. “Certainly in the back of my mind I’m thinking about what-ifs. But it would be, I think, inappropriate and out of place to even discuss it.”

“Immediately after the Duke basketball season, I will undergo replacement knee surgery on my left knee….I have every intention of coaching the United States National Team in Rio at the 2016 Summer Olympics,” clarified Kryzewski.

San Antonio Spurs head coach, Gregg Popovich, is set to take the helm of the USA Men’s Basketball program after this summer, and if Coach K is unable to perform in Rio, Popovich seems the obvious choice.

“I think so,” said Colangelo about Popovich. “But, again, I think it’s too early to get into that. As we get closer and it appears that there’s a prospect that he may not be able to or chooses not to, that’s a whole different story. But let’s not be premature on that.”