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    Megan Rapinoe, one of five star players who filed a wage discrimination complaint Thursday against U.S. Soccer, sharply criticized the organization for failing to provide a "baseline of respect" for the women's team, telling BuzzFeed News that it had "stifled" negotiations for higher pay after their third World Cup victory last year.

    "U.S. Soccer has made it crystal clear that they have no intention of providing us with equal or even comparable pay," Rapinoe said. "We don't think that's right. We're asking for a baseline of respect in the negotiating rooms and on the field."

    The women's national team is expected to take in $8 million more in revenue than the men's team in fiscal year 2017, and the women's World Cup victory, according to the complaint, propelled U.S. Soccer to a $20 million surplus last year.

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    But data in the complaint, filed Thursday by Rapinoe, co-captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, goalkeeper Hope Solo, and Alex Morgan, the team's promotional superstar, showed a yawning gap between how U.S. Soccer paid its male and female athletes, creating a situation in which a men's team that hypothetically lost all 20 of their annual friendlies would earn more money than a women's team that had won every one of its games. The inequality persisted even to details like the per diem allotted to women's players, which was $12.50 less than men received, and the amount that players were paid for appearing on behalf of sponsors.

    "We literally maxed out our bonuses last year, we did as well as we possibly could have, and the pay gap is still in the hundreds of thousands of dollars," Rapinoe said. "That really gets me."

    On Twitter, Landon Donovan, one of the foremost American stars of the men's game, suggested the sharp pay disparity highlighted in the complaint — which gave the men's team a higher bonus for a loss than the women's team received for a victory — was the result of poor negotiations by the women's team.

    "Both [teams] negotiate deals themselves, [they're] not forced to accept them," Donovan wrote, in response to a fan who pointed out the disparity in bonuses.

    But Rapinoe said it was “naive” for Donovan to expect that the women's team could have simply negotiated for a better deal. “There was a ceiling put up over our heads, and [U.S. Soccer] weren’t willing to engage."

    Men's soccer superstar Tim Howard also suggested that negotiations were at the root of the pay disparity. On ESPN's SportsCenter, he said the women's team "should fight for their rights and fight what they think is just compensation," adding that the men's team also had to negotiate higher pay.

    "We, on the men’s side, have been fighting that battle for a long, long time and we certainly know what it feels like," Howard said. "We felt underpaid for a long time and we had to negotiate our way to a settlement."

    On Twitter, Donovan refuted claims that he was denying issues of systemic sexism within U.S. Soccer and internationally.

    Elaine Thompson / AP

    "I have a twin sister, I'm the furthest thing from sexist," he wrote.

    U.S. Soccer also pushed back, saying the organization had long been at the forefront of women's worldwide soccer development. But Rapinoe said that "wasn't enough."

    "They need to keep pushing forward," Rapinoe said. "People are watching our games, they're filling our stadiums — this is the next step in the evolution of women's football in this country, and they need to keep being the trailblazer."

    "Times have changed," she added. "It may have been the case in the past that the men were making a lot more money, but now there are years — like this year — when we [brought in] more money than them."


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    For everyone who's emotionally invested in March Madness and is rooting for the Syracuse Orange...

    For everyone who's emotionally invested in March Madness and is rooting for the Syracuse Orange...

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    ...for everyone who's watched Syracuse power through the first round, second round, Sweet Sixteen, and Elite Eight...

    ...for everyone who's watched Syracuse power through the first round, second round, Sweet Sixteen, and Elite Eight...

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    ...this is the moment we've all been waiting for.

    ...this is the moment we've all been waiting for.

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    Maybe it's time to pray to Christ the Redeemer.

    With just over four months remaining until the cauldron is lit in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic stadium, Brazilian officials are grappling with some epically poor ticket sales.

    A spokesperson for the Rio 2016 organizing committee confirmed to Agence France-Presse on Saturday that only 50% of tickets for South America's first ever Summer Olympics have been snapped up.

    The figures are even worse for the Paralympics, with only 12% of seats sold.

    Brazil's new acting minister of sport, Ricardo Leyser, told the Folha newspaper the government is considering buying tickets, especially to the Paralympics, that will then be distributed to local schools.

    Officials are also brainstorming other ways to drum up local excitement and boost sales, said Lesyer, who only assumed the cabinet role this week amid the country's ongoing political turmoil.

    "There is a perception that the Brazilian population has not yet woken up for the Games," Leyser told the newspaper. "We are going to work energetically on this because it's still not in people's heads.

    "We need to sound an alert so that people remember this event and go and buy tickets."

    The 2004 Athens Olympics memorably suffered from poor spectator attendance, with near-empty stands a fixture at many events.

    A lone spectator sits in the empty stands during the women's football preliminary match between USA and Australia on August 17, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games Thessaloniki, Greece.

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    The Rio Games are set to begin on August 5, but Brazil has been plagued by scandals and setbacks in recent months.

    In addition to grappling with a recession, President Dilma Rousseff's government has been beset by allegations of corruption and mass protests demanding her resignation.

    Further fears over the mosquito-borne Zika virus have forced the International Olympic Committee to work with local authorities to minimize the health dangers posed to pregnant athletes and spectators.

    Pools of stagnant water will also be removed from areas near Games venues in a bid to destroy the mosquitos' breeding grounds.

    LINK: Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Brazil’s Crazy $3 Billion Scandal

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    The World Cup and Olympic star apologized to her “family, friends, and fans” later in a Facebook post.

    Wambach, 35, was pulled over shortly after 11 p.m. local time after failing to stop for a red light, Portland Police announced Sunday in a statement.

    After observing "signs that she was under the influence of alcohol," the officer gave Wambach sobriety tests, and later a breathalyzer test, both of which she failed, police said.

    Wambach was handcuffed and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

    Police said she was released after processing, adding that she was "polite and cooperative throughout the investigation."

    On Sunday afternoon, Wambach posted a public apology on her Facebook to her family, friends, and fans, saying that she takes "full responsibility" for her actions:

    Last night I was arrested for DUII in Portland after dinner at a friend's house.

    Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself and others down.

    I take full responsibility for my actions. This is all on me. I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated.

    I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that look to follow a better example.

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    Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup Player of the Year.

    She was on the U.S. women's national soccer team for 12 years before retiring at the end of last year.

    Wambach's agent did not immediately return a request for comment.

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    Unlike many young MLB superstars, Mike Trout is not flashy or known for his outgoing personality. His folks say that’s just how he was brought up.

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    Kris Jenkins swished a 3 at the buzzer, lifting the Wildcats to a 77-74 victory and shocking fans in one of the greatest ends to an NCAA tournament of all-time.

    The Villanova Wildcats defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 Monday night in a stunning buzzer-beater, capturing the team's first NCAA championship title in 31 years.

    The Villanova Wildcats defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 Monday night in a stunning buzzer-beater, capturing the team's first NCAA championship title in 31 years.

    Villanova's Kris Jenkins shoots the game-winning three pointer.

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    The championship game, held at Houston's NRG Stadium, was close for much the night, with each team taking the lead. But with just 4.7 seconds left in the game, North Carolina's Marcus Paige sank a desperation 3-pointer to tie it up at 74.

    Villanova's Kris Jenkins responded on the next possession, swishing a 3 at the buzzer, lifting the Wildcats to a 77-74 victory and shocking fans in one of the greatest ends to an NCAA tournament of all time.

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    The victory gave the Wildcats their second NCAA men's title, having won their only championship in a memorable 1985 final game when they upset Georgetown with a near perfect performance.

    North Carolina had opened Monday as a 2-point favorite over Villanova at multiple Nevada sports books. The Tar Heels previously won the title five times in 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009.

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    The social media platform will share rights with three networks.

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    The NFL will stream Thursday Night Football games live on Twitter, the league announced Tuesday.

    Twitter will share broadcast rights with NFL Network, as well as CBS and NBC, which have five games each.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell broke a nearly two-year hiatus from Twitter to announce the partnership on the platform.

    In a statement, the commissioner said:

    "Twitter is where live events unfold and is the right partner for the NFL as we take the latest step in serving fans around the world live NFL football. There is a massive amount of NFL-related conversation happening on Twitter during our games and tapping into that audience, in addition to our viewers on broadcast and cable, will ensure Thursday Night Football is seen on an unprecedented number of platforms this season."

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, whose platform has struggled to show growth of new users, said the partnership "is about transforming the fan experience with football."

    "People watch NFL games with Twitter today. Now they'll be able to watch right on Twitter Thursday nights."

    The league experimented with broadcasting a Buffalo Bills–Jacksonville Jaguars game on Yahoo last season, which the league deemed a success. It had been reported earlier this week that the NFL was in talks with Facebook to stream Thursday Night Football, but Twitter won out.

    Thursday Night Football, which was added to the schedule in 2006, has been widely recognized as an inferior product to the Sunday slate of games. Players often have only four days to recover from the previous week's game, and coaches have less time to prepare for the matchup.

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    Thabo Sefolosha was acquitted in October 2015 of misdemeanor charges related to the incident.

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    Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha filed a civil lawsuit against five NYPD officers and the City of New York Tuesday after his leg was broken by police in April 2015.

    Sefolosha was in Manhattan nightclub 1Oak with a teammate after playing the Brooklyn Nets when the venue was evacuated due to a stabbing outside.

    While he was walking away, NYPD Officer John Paul Giacona began "harassing" Sefolosha, according to the lawsuit, while directing him away from the nightclub.

    Sefolosha called Giancona a "midget" — Sefolosha is 6'6"; Giacona is 5'6" — after which Giacona and four other nearby NYPD officers swarmed around Sefolosha and used "excessive and unnecessary force," according to the lawsuit. The NBA player's leg was broken when an NYPD officer struck him with a baton.

    Sefolosha was arrested and charged with three misdemeanors: resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and obstructing governmental administration. Sefolosha declined to accept a deal from prosecutors, and was acquitted of all charges in October 2015 after 45 minutes of jury deliberation.

    Sefolosha said in the suit he was targeted "at least in part, because of plaintiff's race, as being a large black man wearing a hoodie."

    Sefolosha missed the rest of the 2014-2015 NBA season and the Hawks' subsequent playoff run. "His basketball career has been jeopardized, his reputation and image have been damaged; images of the plaintiff in handcuffs appeared and still appear on the internet on a worldwide basis," the suit said.

    "Plaintiff believes he has lost endorsements; plaintiff's basketball career has been shortened and his value as a player has been adversely affected since plaintiff is now 'damaged goods' in the sports world."

    Sefolosha did not specify a monetary amount for damages. His attorney, Alex Spiro, had no comment on the lawsuit.

    In a statement, a spokesperson for the Law Department of the City of New York said, "All the allegations in the complaint will be reviewed once we are served."

    Read the full lawsuit below:

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    Sports do not build character—they reveal it.

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    Game time.

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    The 34-year-old was killed in an apparent “road rage” incident, while his wife is reportedly in hospital after being shot twice in the leg. A man has been charged with second-degree murder over the incident.

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    "I can confirm that earlier tonight Will Smith, aged 34, died of multiple gunshot wounds after a traffic accident on Camp St," the statement said.

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    Just like the 1996 Chicago Bulls, the Warriors have now won 72 games.

    The Golden State Warriors won their 72nd game of the season on Sunday, tying them with the NBA record.

    The Golden State Warriors won their 72nd game of the season on Sunday, tying them with the NBA record.

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    That record was set in 1996 by the Chicago Bulls, and only a handful of other teams have ever managed to win even more than 60 games in a season.

    The Warriors, who beat the San Antonio Spurs 92-86 in Texas, will have a chance to go one better. They're scheduled to take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, and a win would leave them with a record-breaking 73-9 season.

    Sunday also marked the first time the Warriors beat the Spurs in San Antonio in 33 games. The Spurs had almost achieved a perfect season at home; the loss to the Warriors robbed them of a 40-game streak.

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    A bunch of news outlets recently picked up on a fake quote attributed to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver saying the league will pull the 2017 All-Star game unless North Carolina repeals its anti-LGBT law.

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

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    A false report has circulated that the NBA issued a 30-day ultimatum to the state of North Carolina to repeal a new anti-LGBT law or lose the opportunity to host the 2017 NBA All-Star game in Charlotte.

    The NBA issued a statement on the law on March 24 — but did not answer definitively whether or not Charlotte would lose the All-Star Game:

    The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all who attend our games and events. We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte.

    On Saturday, a false news story circulated from fake news site "" claiming that NBA commissioner Adam Silver held a news conference to announce the 2017 All-Star Game would be yanked from North Carolina unless the law was repealed. In the story, Silver was (falsely) quoted saying:

    "With this new law in place, Charlotte currently does not have any anti-discrimination protection in place, something that would be vital for a large event such as the All-Star Game," Silver told reporters. "We are giving the state of North Carolina 30 days to repeal this law or they can expect the 2017 All-Star game to be held elsewhere. I want to make it clear that the NBA will not stand for this type of intolerance and hate."

    The NBA quickly refuted the false news story by manually retweeting the locked NBA PR account from the main NBA account:

    On Sunday, the same quote from Silver circulated again, this time attributed to the Associated Press. ran a story titled "NBA All-Star Game 2017 moving out of Charlotte unless North Carolina repeals 'bathroom law'" that has since been removed from the website (archived here).

    The body of the story was AP copy, including the exact same quote found in the false report.

    An AP spokesman told BuzzFeed News Monday that the AP had not published the erroneous report, and that had inserted the quote into earlier reporting by the AP, but had not changed the byline.

    On Monday afternoon, Vice President of Content Chris Quinn published a story titled "We made a big mistake over the weekend, and we should not have."

    In it, Quinn explains that the website first ran the story after seeing the erroneous report:

    At, we saw that story, believed it to be real and decided to post the news on our website.

    That was our first mistake. This kind of news rarely is reported by a single national news organization. We should have found other sources, and, finding none, questioned how ABC would be alone in reporting this story. If we had done the basics, we would have figured out pretty quickly that we were seeing an impostor ABC website.

    Quinn's explanation also confirmed the AP statement that the erroneous reporting had been a hybrid:

    Our second mistake was in how we reported the fake news. We combined it with an Associated Press story about the North Carolina controversy but left the AP byline on what we published. That made it appear that the Associated Press had been duped by the impostor website. That's not fair to the Associated Press, a valued partner for

    We have a pretty strict attribution policy at, so when we use facts reported by the Associated Press, we attribute those facts. When we get information from other sources, we attribute that as well.

    We have apologized to the Associated Press, and we apologize to you. We owe you better than what we offered on this story.

    The body of the erroneous report closely matched that of a March AP report.

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    The seven plaintiffs will collectively get $375,000.

    Plaintiff Taylor Tuck, left

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    Plaintiff Amarah Coleman, left

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    The University of Illinois has settled a 2015 federal lawsuit filed by members of the women's basketball team who alleged they were subjected to racially segregated practices and racial stereotypes by some of the coaching staff.

    In an announcement Tuesday, the university said it had settled with the seven plaintiffs for $375,000, and that "an outside investigation found no evidence to support those claims."

    In the lawsuit, plaintiffs Amarah Coleman, Alexis Smith, Taylor Tuck, Nia Oden, Sarah Livingston, Taylor Gleason, and Jacqui Grant alleged that coaches Matt Bollant and Mike Divilbiss had created a racially discriminatory environment for players during the basketball seasons ending in 2014 and 2015.

    In the lawsuit, the players alleged there were racially segregated practices and hotel room assignments and referring to practices for black players as "the dog pound." White players, they alleged, would be relegated to "the dog pound" practices for associating with and defending black teammates.

    The university also said Tuesday associate head coach Mike Divilbiss had left the program in May 2015.

    In tandem with the settlement, university announced the following steps to "prevent a reoccurrence of the alleged conduct in this case."

    • Establishing a code of conduct for all coaches regarding their interaction with players.
    • Appointing a compliance officer to ensure compliance with the coaches' code of conduct.
    • Enhanced efforts to inform student-athletes concerning the resources available to them for reporting and seeking assistance should problems exist with a coach.
    • Enhanced racial sensitivity training for coaches and staff members.

    The university also announced Tuesday a settlement with former football coach Tim Beckman, who'd brought a wrongful termination lawsuit against the school in September 2015.

    The university said it fired Beckman for cause after allegations from multiple players that he had made them play through injuries and had not properly reported player injuries.

    The school will pay Beckman "a one-time payment of $250,000" to resolve the issue and "stands by its decision to terminate Coach Beckman for cause, but recognizes that terminating him without cause was another possible alternative."

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    The Lakers legend ends a 20 year career tonight.

    When 12 teams passed on Kobe in the draft.

    When 12 teams passed on Kobe in the draft.

    Okay, it was arguably the best draft class of all time, but Todd Fuller and Vitaly Potapenko got drafted before Kobe. Who? Exactly.

    When he went to prom with BRANDY.

    When he went to prom with BRANDY.

    It was 1996 and both stars were 18 years old. Wild times.

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    When he won the slam dunk contest as a rookie.

    When he won the slam dunk contest as a rookie.

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    And Brandy was there to cheer him on.

    And Brandy was there to cheer him on.

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    Hector Olivera was arrested early Wednesday at the Ritz-Carlton after a woman told police he had assaulted her.

    Hector Olivera

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was charged Wednesday with assault and battery after being arrested earlier in the morning at the team hotel.

    Olivera was arrested at the Ritz-Carlton in Arlington, Virginia, around 7 a.m. after a woman said he had assaulted her. The woman appeared bruised, according to a police spokesperson.

    Olivera was charged later in the afternoon, his bond set at $10,000.

    He was also placed on paid administrative leave by Major League Baseball shortly after the arrest, and the league has opened an investigation into the incident.

    "We are extremely disappointed and trouble to learn of the allegations involving Hector Olivera," the Braves said in a statement. "We will continue to gather information and will address this matter appropriately as we determine the facts."

    The Braves were scheduled to play the Washington Nationals at 7 p.m.

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    The U.S. Women’s soccer team isn’t the only one fighting an uphill battle for equal treatment.

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    Some Colombian players even said the nation's federation had withheld their the World Cup bonuses.

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    Bryant scored an incredible 60 points during the game, earning the Lakers a narrow win over the Utah Jazz. The NBA legend was both loved and hated by fans — usually depending on which team those fans were rooting for.

    Kobe Bryant smiles to the crowd during a ceremony before his last NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.

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    After 20 seasons in the NBA, Kobe Bryant has played his final game.

    The Black Mamba, one of the most legendary players in a league that boasted Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan, took the court for the last time Wednesday to a sold out home crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

    The Lakers were neck and neck all night against the Utah Jazz, but Bryant nevertheless dominated the court, scoring an incredible 60 points during the game. The Lakers ultimately won, scoring a total 101 points to the Jazz's 96.

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    The Warriors finished the season 73-9 to break the 72-win record set by Michael Jordan and the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

    The Warriors' golden season came to a historic end in Oakland on Wednesday night with a 125-104 win over the Memphis Grizzlies to seal the record for most-ever wins in an NBA season.

    The Warriors' golden season came to a historic end in Oakland on Wednesday night with a 125-104 win over the Memphis Grizzlies to seal the record for most-ever wins in an NBA season.

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    The reigning NBA champions broke the 72-win record held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, the NBA super-team led by Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, and current head coach of the Warriors, Steve Kerr.

    The Warriors finished the season without losing back-to-back games, a first in NBA history.

    Steph Curry recorded 10 three-pointers in the win over the Grizzlies to finish with 402 threes for the season, demolishing the record he set in the previous season of 286 three-pointers.

    Steph Curry recorded 10 three-pointers in the win over the Grizzlies to finish with 402 threes for the season, demolishing the record he set in the previous season of 286 three-pointers.

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    Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson finished the season with 262 three-pointers for the season, giving him the third-highest total in a season, breaking... Curry's 2012-2013 record.

    The Warriors as a team finished the season with 1,076 three-pointers. They are the first team to finish a season with more than 1,000 threes.

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    UFC announced it will hold an event at Madison Square Garden in November.

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    A nearly twenty-year ban on mixed martial arts in the state of New York came to an end Thursday when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill legalizing the sport.

    New York was the last state in the union to have a ban on MMA.

    Coinciding with the signing of the bill, UFC announced it would hold an event at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 12.

    On Twitter, Governor Cuomo announced the reversal of the ban.

    When the bill was passed in March, State Senator Joseph Griffo said legalizing MMA would allow the state to implement safety provisions for the sport's participants.

    The ban pushed MMA fighting into underground, unregulated organizations in New York State.

    As this competitive fighting continues to grow in popularity all across North America, it made absolutely no sense to maintain New York's status as the only state that bans professional MMA. Fans could watch it anytime on TV or attend the events in other states, and our own up-and-coming fighters would be limited to amateur competitions in New York that did not always guarantee the safest conditions for athletes and spectators. These athletes and their fans deserve better in New York, and I'm glad we can finally give them that opportunity.

    In a press release Thursday, the State of New York said, "The bill adds a new first-of-its-kind insurance benefit of $1 million to cover the medical, surgical and hospital costs associated with the treatment of life-threatening brain injuries—a rare event in New York State."

    The legislation signed into law was the seventh attempt by the New York State Senate to overturn the MMA ban implemented by then-Governor George Pataki in 1997.

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