7-6-2015 Disparity in FIFA Financial Rewards

Disparity in FIFA Financial Rewards


The U.S. women’s soccer team defeated Japan on Sunday to win the World Cup. For their dominant performance, the team will collect $2 million from FIFA, the international body that runs the tournament.

The championship prize for women pales in comparison to the $8 million in prize money awarded to men’s teams who lose in the first round. Every men’s team was awarded $1.5 million just for participating.

FIFA, which generates billions in revenue, also forced women — but not the men — to play this year’s World Cup on artificial turf. This not only increased the risk of injury, but also increased temperatures on the field by 20-30 degrees. During tournament, field temperatures reached 120 degrees.

Dozens of top players filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against FIFA in Canadian court, citing the artificial turf issue. The case was dropped when it became clear FIFA would not change the field surface even if they lost. FIFA did agree to play the 2019 women’s World Cup on grass.

The U.S. women’s team has won the World Cup three times. The U.S. men have never won the tournament.


7-6-2015 Canada Is Men’s Softball Champion

Canada crowned new WBSC Men’s Softball World Champions, win gold among record crowds

SASKATOON, Canada — Canada captured the 14th WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship, defeating defending world champions New Zealand, 10-5, in the gold medal finale at Bob Van Impe Stadium.

The world championship, won by the host country, generated Canada’s first since 1992 among record-attendance for the venue in both single games (7,800 for Canada vs Australia) and the tournament (53,890). The ten-day tournament featured 56 round robin games, 7 placement games, and 10 playoff games using the double page playoff system.

The New Zealand “Black Sox” will take home the silver after having won six world titles, including the previous one in 2013 in front of their own hometown fans in Auckland, New Zealand.

Venezuela claimed the bronze medal.

The Canadian Men’s National Team’s bats proved to be the difference at this year’s event, as the team led the tournament with 48 runs scored in six games in the preliminary round and another 33 in four playoff games, and also hit for an incredible team batting average of .428 in the preliminary round.

“Congratulations to the Canadian National Team on winning the world title and congratulations to the city of Saskatoon for delivering a very successful world championship,” said WBSC Softball President Dale McMann. “This special event not only highlights the depth of WBSC’s men’s softball programme, but also shows the growing global attraction and competitiveness of our sport, especially with new countries like Guatemala competing on the world stage and vying for their first world championship.”

The final day took a somber tone with the passing of WBSC Vice President for Baseball and IOC Member, Reynaldo Gonzalez (CUB), and assistant coach for Argentina Men’s National Team, Mike Stapleton (AUS) — both of whom passed away Saturday. A moment of silence was observed at Bob Van Impe Stadium in their honour.

The Men’s Softball World Championship is celebrated every two years, and the next edition will be hosted by Whitehorse, YK, Canada in July 2017.

Also being held over the weekend, the USA women’s national team defeated Japan in the WBSC-sanctioned World Cup of Softball X Invitational in Irvine, CA, USA. This was theseventh timethat Team USA has played Japan in the Championship, with the USA improving to 5-2 in those games. This win marked the eighth time that the USA has won.

The WBSC has a full list of official events on the calendar that span from June to November which include the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, the U-19 Junior Women’s Softball World Championship in Oklahoma City, USA, the U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan, Chinese Taipei, the U-18 Men’s Baseball World Cup at Koshien Stadium in Japan, and the inaugural Premier 12 co-hosted by Japan and Chinese Taipei.

Final Standings:

Gold: Canada

Silver: New Zealand

Bronze: Venezuela

4th: Australia

5th: Dominican Republic

6th: Japan

7th: Great Britain

8th: Argentina

9th: USA

10th: Mexico

11th: Great Britain

12th: Guatemala

13th: Denmark

14th: Philippines

15th: Netherlands

7-6-2015 USA Softball Review of World Cup X

USA Women cruise against Japan to win the World Cup; USA Juniors beat Mexico to finish fifth

The following review was written by USA Softball

IRVINE, Calif. –The USA Softball Women’s National team defeated No. 2 seed Japan 6-1 to win the World Cup of Softball X Championship on Sunday in Irvine, Calif. The U.S. finished with a 7-1 overall record.  This was the seventh time that Team USA has played Japan in the Championship, with the USA improving to 5-2 in those games. This win marked the eighth time that Team USA has been crowned the World Cup of Softball Champions. The Junior National team clinched fifth place at World Cup X on Sunday afternoon with a 6-5 win over Mexico.


Final Standings from the World Cup of Softball X:

Eighth- Argentina



Fifth- USA Juniors

Fourth- Canada

Third- Puerto Rico

Second- Japan

First- USA


Click here for box scores from every day’s matchups in the World Cup of Softball X

NOTE: Also attached are box scores as PDF files for each of today’s games.


Game One: Venezuela 3, Argentina 0


Venezuela kicked off Championship Sunday at the World Cup of Softball X with a 3-0 win over Argentina. Both teams struggled to hit the ball, as there were a combined six hits all game. The game was finally broken open in the bottom of the sixth inning, as an RBI single by Ana Coscorrosa scored Maria Soto. Yaicey Sojo went 1-for-2 for Venezuela, bringing in the other two runs of the game.


Alondra Perez worked her way out of a handful of tricky spots earning the win for Venezuela, pitching just over one and two-thirds innings and allowing no hits. Lindsay Rich took the loss for Argentina, despite going six innings and only giving up one hit.


Game Two: USA Juniors 6, Mexico 5


In the second game of Championship Sunday, the USA Juniors defeated Mexico and finished in fifth place with the win at the World Cup of Softball X. Mexico came out strong, scoring five runs in the first four innings. The Juniors were struggling and down by four runs until Madilyn Nickles (Merced, Calif.)  brought home Nicole DeWitt (Garden Grove, Calif.) in the fourth inning. Getting the second run on the board ignited a spark for the Juniors. The Juniors took control of the game in the fifth as they were able to string together several hits. Astin Donovan (Guilford, Conn.) surprised Mexico with a quick bunt that resulted in a huge inning in which three runs were scored to tie the game.


Zoe Conley () came into the game and was lights out for the Juniors, earning the win and allowing only one hit. Nickles was huge again in today’s game as she has been throughout the entire tournament, getting on base three times in the game, while also bringing home two RBIs.


“I came into the game and just gave it my all, said Conley.” “I’ll do anything for this team and I’m just glad that I could contribute to this big win.”


The Juniors finished 4-4 this week at the World Cup of Softball X, beating Mexico twice.


“I think our girls learned a lot this week,” said Tairia Flowers (Tuscon, Ariz.) head coach of the USA Juniors. “We struggled at the beginning of several games, but we have a bunch of tough girls and I think that’s why we come back when things aren’t looking good for us. We have a lot of room to improve, as we prepare for the Junior Women’s World Championship next month in Oklahoma City.”


Cheyanne Tarango took the look for Mexico, going four and one-third innings and giving up five runs.


Game Three: Puerto Rico 3, Canada 2


Puerto Rico was able to pull out a 3-2 win against Canada at the World Cup of Softball X in the third game of the Championship Sunday. A huge three run first inning was enough, as Karla Claudio Rivera led the way for Puerto Rico with her huge three run bomb in the first inning.  Puerto Rico would not relinquish the lead, as Canada fought their way back all game. The game ended as Canada was making a late push, with runners in scoring position.


Meghan King was lights out for Puerto Rico, going the whole distance and only giving up five hits. Jocelyn Carter took the loss for Canada, lasting only two and two-thirds innings and giving up three runs.


The third place finish was the best for Puerto Rico in the World Cup of Softball history.


Game Four: USA 6, Japan 1


Team USA beat Japan 6-1 in the Championship game at the World Cup of Softball X in Irvine, Calif. Team USA came out with something to prove in the first inning, as Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) brought in two RBI with a huge triple. The defense and pitching was excellent for both teams the next few innings. Saki Yamazaki put Japan on the board in the top of the fourth inning with a home run. Team USA tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning, as Janelle Lindvall’s (Stevenson Ranch, Calif.) double put the game away.


“Defense and pitchers did great,” said Chidester. “It was a great team win today. It was huge to get the international experience out here before we head to the Pan American games. It gives our young team a lot to take away moving forward.”


Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) got the win for Team USA, going four and one-third innings and allowed only one run. Sara Nevins (Pineallas Park, Fla.) gave up no hits in relief of Moore. Kasumi Hirahara took the loss for Japan, lasting only one inning and gave up three runs.


“We always talk about winning the first inning defensively and offensively to get us off to a good start, said Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla.) head coach of Team USA. “Jessica Moore did a phenomenal job of getting some of the best batters in the world out in the first inning. I also thought Janelle did a great job catching the whole game. All her hard work also paid off with the big hit late in the game to help us clinch it.”


Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) helped out in different ways, finding her way onto the bases and scoring twice without having a single hit.


7-5-2015 Sunday July 5 Softball



Finals on Sunday;

#7 Venezuela def #8 Argentina 3-0
– WP Perez LP Rich

#5 USA Juniors def #6 Mexico 6-5
DeWitt drives in winning run in 6th
WO Conley  LP Bennett.  RBI: DeWitt, Romero, Nickles (2), Palomino.

#3 Canada vs #4 Puerto Rico 2pm
Karla Claudio Rivera jacked a 3-run homer in the 1st.   WP King  LP Cater

#1 USA 6, #2 Japan 1
USA led 3-1 after 4 innings
RBI:  Chidester 2, Lindval 2, For and Gibson.  Nevins and Moore pitched.



National Pro Fastpitch

Chicago 6, PA Rebellion 3
Rebellion leads 3-1 in 4th.  Goler home run; Bandits lead 6-3 in 7th. Chicago 4 runs in 5th

Dallas Charge vs Akron Racers  Charge leads 10-4 B6/Dallas wins 11-5
WP Stokes  LP Owen.  Dallas scored 3 in 2nd, 6 in 3rd.
Quioco, HR and 5 rbi; Castillo HR, 2 rbi; Kenney HR 2 rbi;.  Myers and Thomas homered for Akron.







7-4-2015 Saturday July 4 Softball




Puerto Rico 3, Japan 2 — WP B Hitchcock. LP Yamato Fujita. Despite the loss, Fujita gave up the three runs, top 3rd, but fanned seven.

USA Junior Women 10, Mexico 3 (5) — USA scored 6 runs in the 4th and 4 in the 5th for the run rule. In the 4th, USA scored on a passed ball, hbp, two wild pitches, and an rbi single by Lilley. In the 5th, three runs scored on DeWitt’s triple. WP Grauer. LP Tarango (Tennessee).

Canada def Argentina 1-0
– Jenna Caira 7 K.  Polidori drove in the run in the 4th.

USA Women def Venezuela 7-0 (5)
– Sara Nevins and Jaclyn Traina combined for no-hitter.  USA had 10 hits, including 2-run homer by Aldrete, rbi singles by Takeda and Stewart.  USA scored three in fifth.  Loser Gomez

Japan def USA Junior Women 7-2
WP Hamamuro.  LP Lowery

Finals on Sunday;
#7 Venezuela vs #8 Argentina 9am
#5 USA Juniors vs #6 Mexico 1130am
#3 Canada vs #4 Puerto Rico 2pm
#1 USA vs #2 Japan 430pm



Pride 4, Rebellion 0
– see separate story
Pride 5, Rebellion 2  WP Rogers Sv Taylor

Racers 7, Charge 1
WP Norris  LP Henderson.  Outon HR, 2 rbi; Thomas 2 rbi; Gilbert rbi.  Burkhart rbi.