The NWSL will be the first major U.S. pro league to return to play when the NWSL Challenge Cup opens on Saturday in Utah. Read the whole story
"To the fans... My ask is that you stop digging for things that cannot change the situation at this point. My hope is you start checking in and supporting these players and the staff. We could use
some positivity and love. Thank you. Stay Safe. -Cap"
-- Orlando Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris after screenshots of public Venmo transactions of Pride players were posted on Twitter, suggesting they were the ones who were at area bars and nightclubs, which are open in Florida, and at least one of them caught COVID-19. An outbreak involving six players and four staff members who tested positive forced the Pride to withdraw from the NWSL Challenge Cup. (@Ashlyn_Harris)
Teams can bring as many as 28 players to Utah for the 30-day NWSL Challenge Cup. Read the whole story
Following Orlando Pride's withdrawal, the schedule was adjusted to slate four first-round games for eight teams, not nine. Read the whole story
Austria (Bundesliga) Erik Palmer-Brown, Austria Wien, sub-45 minutes (2-0 at Admira)
Hungary (NB1) Eduvie Ikoba, Zalaegerszegi TE, sub-19 minutes (1-2 at Ujpesti)
-- Eric McWoods, Zalaegerszegi TE, sub-12 minutes, 1 goal (1-2 at Ujpesti)
Israel (Ligat Ha'al) Josh Cohen, Maccabi Haifa, 90 minutes (3-1 at Hapoel Tel Aviv)
Sweden (Allsvenskan) Mix Diskerud, Helsingborg, 62 minutes (0-0 vs. Elfsborg)
Arguments that the women's appeal of their equal pay claim should move forward while the rest of the case goes to trial were rejected. Read the whole story
Akron (M/W). Men: cross country, golf; Women: tennis.
Appalachian State (W). Men: soccer, tennis, indoor track & field.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (W). Men: tennis; Women: tennis.
*Boise State (W). Men: baseball; Women: swimming.
Brown (M/W): Men: fencing, golf, squash; Women: Equestrian, fencing, golf, skiing, squash.
Central Michigan (W). Men: indoor and outdoor track & field.
Chicago State (M/W). Men: baseball. (Added: men's soccer.)
Cincinnati (W). Men: soccer.
UConn (M/W). Men: cross country, swimming, tennis (2021-22); Women: rowing (2021-22).
East Carolina (W): Men: swimming, tennis; Women: swimming, tennis.
FIU (M/W). Men: indoor track & field.
Furman (M/W). Men: baseball, lacrosse.
Hampton (W). Men: golf. Women: golf.
Northern Colorado (W). Men: tennis; Women: tennis.
Old Dominion (M/W). Men: wrestling.
Southern Utah (W). Men: tennis; Women: tennis.
Winthrop (M/W. Men: tennis; Women: tennis.
Wisconsin-Green Bay (M/W). Men: tennis; Women: tennis.
Wright State (M/W). Men: tennis; Women: softball, tennis.
*Baseball was playing in 2020 for the first time since 1980.
Note: M=sponsors men's soccer; W=sponsors women's soccer.
The Polar Bears play in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, which produced five of the last six NCAA DIII men's soccer champions. Read the whole story
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