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    The team has lost a significant battle in its efforts to retain its federally registered trademark of the name.

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    A federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia has agreed that the Washington Redskins should lose their federal trademark registration because the term is "disparaging" to Native Americans.

    In a statement issued to BuzzFeed News, attorney Jesse Witten — who represents the defendant, Navajo activist Amanda Blackhorse — called it "a victory for human dignity and for my courageous clients who have waited so long for this ruling."

    Team president Bruce Allen said the team was "surprised by the judge's decision to prevent us from presenting our evidence in an open trial. We look forward to winning on appeal after a fair and impartial review of the case. We are convinced that we will win because the facts and the law are on the side of our franchise that has proudly used the name Redskins for more than 80 years."

    In his opinion, Judge Gerald Bruce Lee agreed that there is evidence that the term was known to possibly "disparage a substantial composite of Native Americans" when the trademark registration was issued in 1967.

    The team's registered trademark was first stripped in 2014, when the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board found the term was disparaging to Native Americans.

    In an interview with BuzzFeed News last week, the team's longtime attorney, Bob Raskopf, said the team would immediately appeal to the 4th circuit if the judge did not rule in their favor.

    In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Raskopf said (emphasis his):

    "After today's ruling, the Washington Redskins still own their trademarks. [...] The Redskins will appeal the district court's ruling on all grounds, both Constitutional and Lanham Act. The Redskins' rights will be vindicated on appeal and will remain unaffected, as has consistently been the case throughout the 23-year history of this litigation."

    The decision in the 4th circuit will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court. The team is allowed to use the name and logo as a registered trademark until the appeals process is finished.

    In the decision, Lee quoted the outspoken former NBA player, Allen Iverson:

    "Just as Allen Iverson once reminded the media that they were wasting time at the end of the Philadelphia 76ers' season 'talking about practice' and not an actual professional basketball game, the Court is similarly compelled to highlight what is at issue in this case — trademark registration, not the trademarks themselves."

    The team has argued that the Lanham Act — which says a registered trademark cannot be issued if it "may disparage" a group of people — violates their First Amendment rights. Lee argued that the registration "cancellations do not burden, restrict, or prohibit [the team's] ability to use the marks."

    In short: The Washington Redskins can still use the name, mascot, and any associated imagery as a legal trademark, but without government registration, so can anyone else. In the past, the team has said the loss of the registration would cause significant loss of profit.

    Trademark registrations are issued by the U.S. Government, and the arguments heard by Lee focused heavily on the issue of "government speak," and whether or not having a government seal on a registration is in essence an endorsement of the trademark. This was recently debated in the Supreme Court on the subject of government-issued license plates bearing the Confederate flag. The Supreme Court ruled against the use of the flag, and Lee agreed in his opinion today.

    "It is within the discretion of the federal government to deny registration to marks that 'may disparage,'" he said.

    Team owner Dan Snyder has said on numerous occasions that he will "never" change the name, arguing it "honors" Native Americans.

    Lee agreed that the team produced "evidence that some members of the Native American community did not ever, and do not now, find 'redskin' disparaging, whether in the context of the 'Washington Redskins' or not." However, he listed significant evidence presented by Blackhorse's team that evidence from dictionaries, media, and statements from Native Americans between 1967 and 1990 that he feels is evidence enough to conclude that the term was known to possibly "disparage" Native Americans at the time.

    In an interview last week, Raskopf argued that those who oppose the term are a small, but vocal, minority, and that "white people think 'Redskins' is worse than Native Americans do."

    Read the full decision here:

    LINK: Washington Redskins Lawyer: White People Think "Redskins" Is Worse Than Native Americans Do


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    Then take a quick quiz to find the shoe of your running dreams.

    Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed Life spoke with Harry Pino, PhD, exercise physiologist at the Sports Performance Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Mary Arnold, Field Marketing Manager for Running Specialty Group.

    Here's what they say you should look for when choosing a new running shoe. You can also just skip straight to the quiz to find the best shoe for you.

    The way your foot pronates determines how your body absorbs the impact of running. There are three kinds of pronation:

    Underpronation (also called supination)

    Underpronation (also called supination)

    This is when you tend to strike the ground with the outside of your feet as you run. You'll notice that the outside edges of your soles usually get worn down first. Underpronators need neutral shoes with extra cushioning.

    Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed


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    Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a ticker-tape parade to be held Friday to honor the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, which made history with a 5–2 victory over Japan in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

    Team USA celebrates at a rally in Los Angeles on July 7.

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    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office announced Tuesday that the city will hold a ticker-tape parade for the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team on Friday.

    The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. at the Battery in lower Manhattan, then head up the the Canyon of Heroes before concluding with a ceremony at City Hall for a limited number of people.

    The history of ticker-tape parades in New York City extends back to 1886, when the Statue of Liberty was unveiled. There have been a total of 206 ticker-tape parades in the city, the most recent in February 2012 when the New York Giants won the 46th Super Bowl.

    The celebrations are named after the material once used as a recording medium for tape machines but that doubles as a type of confetti during parades.

    While individual female athletes (like Gertrude Ederle, who successfully swam across the English Channel in 1926) have been honored with parades in the past, the event on Friday appears to be the first for a women's team.

    BuzzFeed News has reached out to the mayor's office for confirmation.

    Team USA made history and broke records on Sunday when they toppled Japan 5–2 in the FIFA Women's World Cup final match in Vancouver. They also became the only women's soccer team to win three World Cup championships.

    United States co-captain and midfielder Carli Lloyd set a record in the match for scoring the fastest hat trick — three goals in a single match — in World Cup history. Lloyd finished the tournament with two awards: the Silver Boot and Golden Ball, given to the top scorer and best all-around player in the games.

    American goalkeeper Hope Solo also walked away with an additional trophy, the Golden Glove, which is given to the best keeper in the tournament. The United States defense, collectively, tied Germany for the most minutes played without conceding a goal at 540.

    BuzzFeed News has reached out to the USWNT for further comment.


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    “Where’s the actual wrestling?!”

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    Puppies > tennis.

    Andy Murray's match against Canadian opponent Vasek Pospisil is taking place this afternoon, but wouldn't you rather watch him lark about with some puppies?

    The puppies are trainee sniffer dogs and were brought to meet Murray on The Hill at Wimbledon by the Met Police, because maybe they're tennis fans?

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    "I love dogs!" Murray says, before teaching them a trick or two with a tennis ball.

    "I love dogs!" Murray says, before teaching them a trick or two with a tennis ball.

    The cute dogs are just six weeks old.

    Wimbledon / Via youtube.com

    He's just chillin' with puppies like NBD.

    He's just chillin' with puppies like NBD.

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    "That is a big poo, wow, look at the size of it," Murray marvels when one of the dogs stages a dirty protest.

    "That is a big poo, wow, look at the size of it," Murray marvels when one of the dogs stages a dirty protest.

    Maybe that one is not a tennis fan.

    Wimbledon / Via youtube.com


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    Grande cancelled a Major League Baseball concert Wednesday.

    A day after footage emerged of Ariana Grande saying she hates America after secretly licking doughnuts, the singer has apologized for her "poor choice of words."

    A day after footage emerged of Ariana Grande saying she hates America after secretly licking doughnuts, the singer has apologized for her "poor choice of words."

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    On Tuesday, TMZ published security footage of Grande and her friends in a doughnut shop in which she covertly licked a doughnut on a display counter...

    On Tuesday, TMZ published security footage of Grande and her friends in a doughnut shop in which she covertly licked a doughnut on a display counter...

    TMZ / Via youtube.com

    Not once, but twice.

    Not once, but twice.

    TMZ / Via youtube.com

    After inquiring about a tray of doughnuts, Grande was also recorded saying she hated America.

    After inquiring about a tray of doughnuts, Grande was also recorded saying she hated America.

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    Let the first annual Emoji Games commence.


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    Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, an individual’s health information is private.


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    It started with an emoji war and turned into a kidnapping.


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    The battle to keep the Olympics out of Boston has become a little contentious after organizers staged a protest outside the mayor’s house.

    Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

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    WASHINGTON — The most prominent nonprofit protesting the Olympic Games coming to Boston has distanced itself from the efforts of the Black Lives Matter movement, after the group staged a protest outside the home of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

    No Boston Olympics, the nonprofit, is perhaps the most prominent group taking a stance against the Olympics, saying the Olympics will be a financial burden on the backs of Massachusetts taxpayers for years to come.

    "We were not a part of the Black Lives Matter protest in front of the Mayor's house and do not believe it's the best way to communicate concerns on Boston2024," Kelley Gossett, co-chair of the nonprofit No Boston Olympics said in an email to BuzzFeed News. "We understand many feel frustrated by the potential negative impacts on a host community, and certainly share in that sentiment. However, a disruptive early morning protest does not further that discussion most constructively."

    Protesters associated with Black Lives Matter are promising more demonstrations, though. Their efforts this year have included a widely-covered human barricade, which shut down Interstate 93 during morning rush hour in January. The protest at Walsh's house also drew headlines — and the ire of the mayor.

    "I don't agree with people going to people's 
houses, protesting. On the street, I have babies, I have seniors. At 4 a.m., I just don't think it's effective," Walsh told the Boston Herald. "I don't think it's a productive way to get your message across to anybody."

    "I don't dodge meetings," Walsh went on. "I don't think you win an argument by disrupting everyone on the street or out in the neighborhood."

    Protesters with the Black Lives Matter movement organizing in Boston are part of the growing number of people in the city and throughout the region who do not want the Olympic Games to come to Boston. The move to apply public pressure on Walsh comes as the movement is still gaining traction in Boston, a city known for its troubled history with race.

    Black Lives Matter Boston said it has been lauded on its efforts from the movement in Ferguson all the way to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where amid protest, the Olympic Games will take place next summer.

    "Displacement has accompanied every Olympic Games," the Boston movement said in a statement on its Facebook page. "Specifically, we recognize the 30,000 residents made homeless by the Atlanta Centennial Games; we are witnessing in real time the wholesale destruction of Rio de Janeiro's neighborhoods. Likewise, we reject the continued diversion of Boston's limited public funds for private projects when already one-third of Boston's public schools have no physical education and roughly one-third of Boston's children currently live in poverty."

    Some observers believe the movement's involvement with the Olympic Games is a diversion for Black Lives Matter, whose focus nationwide has zeroed in on racism and fighting for justice for victims of excessive force by police.

    "The idea that the Olympics would be out of the purview of Black Lives Matter completely false," said Daunasia Yancey, lead organizer of the movement in Boston. Yancey said, pointing to the issues of gentrification, police surveillance and displacement that have ravaged black lives. "It's basically a land grab."

    Dave Zirin, an author who has written extensively on the Olympic Games' effect on the poor, including Brazil's Dance With the Devil, said public welfare for sports stadiums "has become the substitute for anything resembling an urban policy in this country for the last 25 years."

    "They have been used as a tool to uproot poor disproportionately black populations in deindustrializing cities from coast to coast," Zirin wrote in an email to BuzzFeed News. "I've seen it again and again: the people who get hurt when the Olympics come to town are the ones most vulnerable. It doesn't only make sense for the Black Lives Matter movement to target the Olympics. It's a question of stopping the physical repression of the black community in Boston, before the Olympics give a pretext to accelerate those very attacks."

    Yancey criticized neutrality and relative silence groups like the Boston chapters of the NAACP National Urban League, organizations which have thus far not opposed the Olympics.

    Yancey does not anticipating a meeting with the mayor, but has attacked him on his contradictory communication on whether he read documents submitted by Boston 2024 to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

    As for Boston 2024, Yancey said she'd meet with them — "They love to have meetings to say that they had them," — but with one stipulation: to cancel the bid.

    "Otherwise I don't know what we're talking about."


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    The former FIFA Executive Committee member helped U.S. authorities with their investigation into corruption in soccer’s governing body after he pleaded guilty to bribery, money laundering, and tax evasion.

    FIFA has banned former Executive Committee member Chuck Blazer from soccer-related activities for life, the organization said in a statement Thursday.

    FIFA has banned former Executive Committee member Chuck Blazer from soccer-related activities for life, the organization said in a statement Thursday.

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    Blazer pleaded guilty to bribery, tax evasion, and money laundering charges in 2013 and worked undercover in soccer's global governing body helping U.S. prosecutors gather evidence of corruption from 2011.

    FIFA's statement said:

    Mr Blazer committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF. In his positions as a football official, he was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, payment and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, bribes and kickbacks as well as other money-making schemes.

    The violations of FIFA's code of conduct relate to rules around loyalty, confidentiality, duty of disclosure, conflicts of interest, offering and accepting gifts and other benefits, and bribery and corruption.

    The ban went into effect Thursday. Blazer, 70, was also the second highest-ranking official in CONCACAF, the soccer confederation for the Caribbean and North and Central America, from 1990 to 2011.

    FIFA's investigations into Blazer were suspended in May 2013 due to the New Yorker's "ill-health", but they were resumed in December 2014.

    The statement said that the decision had been made by the adjudicatory chamber of its Ethics Committee — chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert. That committee was the center of its own controversy surrounding its report into an investigation into corruption in bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which was rejected by the lawyer who carried it out.

    The FIFA statement added: "The decision was taken on the basis of investigations carried out by the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee in response to the final report of the CONCACAF integrity committee and the latest facts presented by the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York."

    LINK: Mr. Ten Percent: The Man Who Built — And Bilked — American Soccer


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    Our sticker album is almost complete, but can you name who is missing?


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    There’s a hell of a lot more to the sport than tossing up a pom-pom.

    So, you've heard of cheerleading, right?

    So, you've heard of cheerleading, right?

    FOX

    Whether you are a cheerleader or know one, you are probably aware of the ~stereotypes~ surrounding cheerleading.

    Whether you are a cheerleader or know one, you are probably aware of the ~stereotypes~ surrounding cheerleading.

    Universal Pictures

    For example, maybe you've heard the long-running argument about whether or not cheerleading is a sport.

    For example, maybe you've heard the long-running argument about whether or not cheerleading is a sport.

    The CW

    Or possibly, you've rolled your eyes more than once at a movie that portrayed cheerleaders as ditzy. UGH.

    Or possibly, you've rolled your eyes more than once at a movie that portrayed cheerleaders as ditzy. UGH.

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    With England and Australia going head to head in the Ashes, we decided to see how much our American cousins knew about all things cricket.

    What are these people doing?

    What are these people doing?

    Ben: Waving to the fans.

    Alex: Calling a wicket??

    Spencer: Playing cricket!

    Lauren: Pledging their allegiance to Kate Middleton?

    Conz: Getting ready for a group high five.

    Correct answer: They are appealing to the umpire as they think the batsman should be out.

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    What does "LBW" stand for?

    What does "LBW" stand for?

    Whitney: Long Brilliant Win

    Ben: Last Best Wicket?

    Alex: Leg Before Wicket I think??

    Lauren: Little Bloody Wanker (these are British words I know).

    Correct answer: Leg Before Wicket. This is when the ball is prevented from hitting the stumps by hitting the leg of the batsman.

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    This dude in the hat is an umpire. What does this hand gesture signify?

    This dude in the hat is an umpire. What does this hand gesture signify?

    Conz: "You were ~this~ close to scoring."

    Whitney: A goal?

    Alex: "Please, rain gods, let it rain so I can go home we've been here for four days already."

    Lauren: Out of bounds, maybe? Way more concerned about the stuff on his lips.

    Correct answer: A six. (i.e. the batsman hit the ball over the boundary without it bouncing – this is worth six runs.)

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    How about this one?

    How about this one?

    Ben: First down.

    Leo: Pee break.

    Alex: One run?

    Lauren: Ten points to Gryffindor!!

    Daniela: He'd like ONE cup of tea.

    Correct answer: The bastman is out.

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    Someone bashing Serena on your timeline? Slide them the link to one of these and keep it moving.

    Here are 25 GIFs for the broken hearted Serena hater in your social media stream. May they feel better soon.

    Here are 25 GIFs for the broken hearted Serena hater in your social media stream. May they feel better soon.

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    The former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman faces up to three years in prison.

    Santa Clara Police Department

    Former San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald has been charged with felony false imprisonment for allegedly physically assaulting his ex-fiancé in California while she was holding their baby, prosecutors announced Thursday.

    In a statement, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office said McDonald faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

    Prosecutor James Demertzis said in a statement that it was "unconscionable and illegal for any woman to be trapped, whether it be behind a dining room table or in a relationship filled with fear and violence."

    McDonald is accused of breaking into his ex-fiancé's bedroom around 4 a.m. on May 25 and assaulting her as she held their baby. According to prosecutors, McDonald's driver tried to stop the alleged assault and the woman tried to get away. McDonald was later arrested at the home of Justin Smith, his onetime 49ers teammate.

    Two days later, McDonald was arrested again, this time for violating a restraining order put in place after the alleged assault.

    The charges announced Thursday are the latest in a series of run-ins with the law.

    In August 2014, McDonald was arrested after allegedly assaulting his then-fiancé during a party at his house. According to police investigators, McDonald allegedly threw the woman — was 10 weeks pregnant at the time — on a couch and grabbed her by the neck in an attempt to remove her from the home.

    Charges were ultimately not filed in the case, with the Santa Clara DA citing the woman's refusal to cooperate.

    Then in December 2014, the San Jose Police Department announced that McDonald was being investigated for sexually assaulting a woman who was at his home. He was immediately cut by the 49ers, which cited "a pattern of poor decision-making."

    Despite four high-profile arrests for alleged violence against women in a year, McDonald was never formally punished by the NFL. In fact, in March 2015, he was signed by the Chicago Bears, a decision that was highly criticized. That criticism only intensified when Bears chairman George McCaskey admitted team officials had not spoken with McDonald's alleged victims because they considered them "biased."

    But McDonald ultimately never played with the Bears, which cut him from their roster after his May 25 arrest. General Manager Ryan Pace said at the time that while the team believes in second chances, "when we signed Ray, we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear. He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him."

    While searching for a new NFL team, McDonald sued the woman who accused him of sexual assault in an attempt to "clear his name," but the lawsuit was dismissed on May 6.

    Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times reported McDonald recently sold his home in San Jose for $2.81 million.


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    The basketball star is developing an app to help celebrities have more “authentic” and “personal” interactions with their fans. And that’s just the beginning of his plans for Silicon Valley.

    Matt Lowe / Via CoachUp

    Stephen Curry wants to get into tech. In a big way.

    "I want to be hands-on," he told BuzzFeed News in an interview at an East Bay athletic club, where he was filming a promo video for CoachUp, a startup he recently invested in. "I don't want to just throw money someplace and see what happens. You kind of have to be a part of it. That's what makes it genuine for me."

    Lots of people in the Bay Area dream of making it in Silicon Valley, where it can seem that any clever idea for an app could turn you into a millionaire. But not every one of those strivers is Steph Curry.

    Steph Curry, the 27-year-old point guard whose facility with a basketball can seem to defy natural laws. Steph Curry, the prince of the NBA, who led his Golden State Warriors to a league title in June. Steph Curry, whose young daughter, Riley, is a contender for 2015's most adorable internet meme. Steph Curry, the Bay Area hero who won the hearts of the tech moguls sitting courtside at Oracle Arena during the finals.

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    Curry has big plans in Silicon Valley, beyond his involvement with CoachUp, a Boston-based service that lets parents book private coaches for their kids. When asked whether he sees himself as more of an investor or an entrepreneur, he said: "Is there a middle ground there? That would be where I'd be."

    His focus, he said, is social media. And he has at least one project currently in the works: a service to let athletes, actors, politicians and other famous people have more "authentic" and "personal" interactions with their fans. Without revealing any specific details, he suggested the new platform will be similar to Shots, the selfie-sharing app backed by Justin Bieber. He said the plan is to launch it within the next six months.

    "I love all the social media apps that get me in front of fans," said Curry, who has millions of followers across Twitter, Instagram, and Vine, and often posts intimate shots of himself and his family. "Taking their foundations and kind of expanding it — that's what I'm interested in."

    "I put myself in a fan's perspective," he continued. "If I can get as close to my favorite actor, or actress, or sports star, or whatever, and know that it's them I'm talking to, and they're putting the time in, then I would be more inclined to be a part of something like that."

    Curry says he became interested in tech around the time he got involved with CoachUp — which is to say, recently. According to Jordan Fliegel, CoachUp's president, who first approached Curry about two years ago, the basketball star agreed to sign on during All-Star weekend in February of this year. Curry announced the partnership in late March. He took an undisclosed minority stake in the company and became an important adviser. (Though CoachUp launched in 2012, Fliegel says Curry is now a "co-founder.")

    Some of Curry's teammates are also dabbling in the industry that defines the Warriors' home region. One, Klay Thompson, has partnered with a wearable sensor maker called ShotTracker. Another, Andre Iguodala, is a style director for Twice, an online retailer of consignment clothes.

    These would-be techies have a few enviable advantages. Apart from wealth and influence, they have access to the group of moguls who own stakes in the Warriors. The venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya, formerly an executive at Facebook, owns a piece of the team, and has advised Curry and his teammates on tech.

    "He's the guy that the players talk to the most, when it comes to that," Curry said. "He obviously is so successful in that world, and it's pretty inspiring."

    It's not surprising Curry has taken an interest in tech. Any professional athlete needs to think about ways to stay solvent in retirement, and technology is the sexiest — and perhaps the riskiest — investment play of the moment. Another pro basketball player, Carmelo Anthony, has become a venture capitalist in his spare time, partnering with Stuart Goldfarb, a former NBC executive, to invest in wearable technology and other fields.

    And for big-time celebrities with mass followings on social media, there can be a powerful temptation to get your own piece of the action, rather than serve as an unpaid promoter for someone else's social network. In April, the rapper Tyler, the Creator, released an app that he described as "basically my brain in one place," while stars like Kim Kardashian, Jay Z and William Shatner have all put out apps of their own.

    But if Curry does want to make it big in social, he'll probably need to continue broadcasting a large portion of his personal life online. He said Riley, who is turning 3 this month and who made hilarious cameos in post-game press conferences during this year's finals, doesn't yet know that she's internet famous. And he wants to keep it that way.

    "She'll walk by the TV and might see herself and be like, 'Hey, it's Riley!'" Curry said. "She'll say that and keep moving."

    "I didn't get my first phone till I was 16, so I'm more on that line of parenting," he added. "So we'll see how that goes, see how long that can last."

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    The governing body of college athletics has barred the state from hosting championship games since 2001. But with the Confederate flag set to be removed from the statehouse on Friday, South Carolina will once again be eligible to host.

    The NCAA on Thursday said South Carolina will be eligible to host championship games after Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol.

    The NCAA on Thursday said South Carolina will be eligible to host championship games after Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol.

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    We commend South Carolina lawmakers for taking this action to remove the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds. For nearly 15 years we have specifically protested the flag by not allowing states like South Carolina to host pre-selected NCAA championships. With this impending change, and consistent with our police, South Carolina may bid to host future NCAA championships once the flag no longer flies at the State House grounds."

    The ban was bypassed for the first two rounds of this year's March Madness so the Gamecocks women's team could play home games under updated tournament rules.

    In a statement to Yahoo Sports, spokesman Cameron Schuh explained that the ban applies to pre-determined games, so the rule that allows top-16 seeded teams to host games does not meet that criteria. The Gamecocks won their two games at home before losing in the semifinals.

    But the decision angered members of South Carolina-based NAACP chapters. One member, James Gallman, told Yahoo the NCAA had said "there would be no event held in South Carolina that led up to championships. This is a predetermined event. They could have established other sites."

    With Haley's signing on Thursday, Mississippi will remain the only state still under the NCAA's championship ban. The flag of Mississippi prominently features the Confederate symbol.


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    She’s the first woman announced for the cover of the wildly popular video game.

    Catley will stand alongside men's star, Lionel Messi on the Australian cover of the game. Several other women are expected to be announced for country-specific versions.

    Catley will stand alongside men's star, Lionel Messi on the Australian cover of the game. Several other women are expected to be announced for country-specific versions.

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    FIFA 16 will allow you to play with women's national teams for the first time. When it was announced earlier this year some gamers (pioneers for the treatment of women) acted like big man babies.

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    The East Islip Falcons at the parade on Friday.

    Jelanie Deshong, a senior New York City Council aide, was wearing a Clint Dempsey shirt with the name taped over to read “EQUAL PAY” at the Women's World Cup ticker-tape parade in New York City on Friday.

    He’d altered the shirt days before, when he’d read reports about the discrepancies in pay — salary and World Cup bonuses — between the championship women’s team and the U.S. men’s team.

    Suddenly he felt a tap on his shoulder.

    Deshong turned around and Gloria Steinem was smiling at him. “I like your shirt,” she said.

    “I thought I was going to pass out,” he said later.

    Steinem had a front row seat for the parade and ceremony at City Hall, the first in the city celebrating an all-women's team. They defeated Japan in a 5–2 victory on July 5 in the FIFA World Cup.

    “This is one of the few times I’ve been able to come to something like this for a celebration, rather than a demonstration,” the women's rights leader told BuzzFeed News. “It’s very important that we show it’s OK for women to be strong. It’s a psychological thing.”

    Along the parade route and within the ticketed area at City Hall, young girls in soccer jerseys — showing the colors of the U.S. Women's National Team or their own local clubs — ran around in red, white, and blue face paint and jumped excitedly in anticipation of seeing their heroines.

    Steinem smirked when asked about the importance of these young girls seeing the team honored in such grandiose fashion. “You’ll have to ask them,” she said, knowingly.

    Twelve-year-olds Bryanna and Julianna of Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, were along the parade route long before the team's float went by. They are young players, and when their mother, Doren Thompson, learned there would be a parade, she thought, We need to go. This is history in the making.

    They left home before 4 a.m. to arrive at 7 a.m. for the 11 o’clock step-off, each of them in their own Women's National Team jerseys.

    Julianna, who plays defense and is a goalie, had broken her arm recently while diving to make a save, and had wrapped her cast in red, white, and blue medical tape.

    “This team is so awesome,” said Thompson, referring to the three-time world champions. “You never hear the word ‘I’ come out of their mouths. It’s always, ‘my teammate.’”

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    Across the street, eight girls who play for the East Islip Falcons, a U-11 team on Long Island, were huddled and hanging on to the metal barriers on Broadway Street. They had a front row spot to watch the parade.

    “I knew they were gonna dominate!” said Isabella, who is a goalie. “It was awesome that they got their comeback on Japan!”

    One of their coaches, Bill Alexander, said the parade showed the girls that with “hard work and dedication, women in sports can also get recognized.”

    “It gives them a way to be close to their role models,” he said as the girls chatted, buzzing with excitement.

    Inside the gates of the City Hall ceremony, the Gotham Girls Football Club, a U-16 travel team in New York, swarmed around in their yellow jerseys. Their trip was short: They practice at Pier 40 in Chelsea.

    Two of the players, Julia, 15, and Amelia, 14, broke off from the group and waved American flags excitedly as the parade moved up Broadway.

    Team manager Faviana McGrody, 45, said she didn’t have the opportunity to play soccer in college. “It’s so great to see these women athletes so admired,” she said.

    “It’s lovely that girls now have opportunities — not just at this level; no one says they have to go to the Olympics — but just that girls can stay involved in sports through their teens and beyond if they’d like.”

    Bryanna and Julianna of Pennsburg

    Among dozens of American flags and banners celebrating their World Cup victory, the Women's National Team players were called to the stage one by one by Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts. Once assembled, they took to the front of the stage to hoist their trophy and dance to "Uptown Funk."

    They were champions, they were the first all-women’s team to be honored in the Canyon of Heroes, and they were glorious in their triumph.

    Mayor Bill DeBlasio, who joked that his wife, Chirlane McCray was the “most excited person at the parade today,” presented the team with a key to the city.

    He said the championship team reminded us of the “power of women, the strength of women, and the need to create a more equal society for all.”

    “Young women will watch that game and they will tell their daughters — and their sons — about that 2015 championship team that made history and opened minds, and brought us together. This is what it really means to be one nation, one team.”


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