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Peter Aiken/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- An NFL player who was the subject of a domestic violence investigation involving his young son will not be suspended, the league announced Friday.

Tyreek Hill, a Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver, was cleared by the National Football League to attend training camp next week.

The investigation stemmed from the release of a video in which Hill's fiancé accused him of abusing their 3-year-old son.

The NFL released a statement confirming it will not be suspending Hill after conducting "a comprehensive investigation." Authorities conducted a separate investigation, too.

"Local law enforcement authorities have publicly advised that the available evidence does not permit them to determine who caused the child's injuries," the statement reads.

"Similarly, based on the evidence presently available, the NFL cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy. Accordingly, he may attend Kansas City's training camp and participate in all club activities," the statement continues.

The NFL is keeping the case open, however.

"If further information becomes available through law enforcement, the pending court proceeding, or other sources, we will promptly consider it and take all appropriate steps at that time," the statement reads.

This was not the first time that Hill, 25, has faced accusations of abuse or assault. He pleaded guilty of battery in connection to a case involving his fiancée, Crystal Espinal, in 2014 when he was a student at Oklahoma State University.

He was sentenced to three years probation and anger management classes for that battery case, ESPN reported.

On Friday, after the NFL released its statement in connection to the investigation involving Hill's son, the star receiver posted a statement on Twitter, writing that "the last few months have been very difficult for me, especially as a father."

"The false allegations that were originally reported in March were highly publicized and involved the care of my son. I am grateful for so many things and grateful for so many people who have supported me during this challenging time. I fully respect and accept the NFL's decision," Hill wrote in his statement posted to Twitter.

He went on to thank his coaches, teammates and fans before addressing his children.

"To my children, my beautiful children: I love you all dearly and I promise you all that I will continue to strive to be the best father, the best friend, the best role model, and the best mentor that I can be," he wrote.

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33ft/iStock(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Oakland is challenging the Department of Justice over a case based on the Raiders' decision to move out of the California city.

In December 2018, after the NFL team announced their plan to move out of Oakland and to Las Vegas, Nevada, at the start of the 2020 football season, the city sued the team, the NFL and the league's other 31 teams for breach of contract through antitrust violations, alleging the move to Vegas is "illegal."

The city of Oakland argued they are due damages upwards of $240 million and for the diminished value of the Oakland Coliseum.

"The Raiders' illegal move lines the pockets of NFL owners and sticks Oakland, its residents, taxpayers and dedicated fans with the bill," city attorney Barbara Parker said in a statement when the suit was filed.

But in a statement of interest revealed this week, the DOJ said the city is not allowed to recover lost tax revenues and that it is an inappropriate use of antitrust laws.

"Oakland's claims for lost tax revenues should not be the basis for the Court to find that the City has standing to pursue antitrust claims against the Raiders or the NFL in this case," the department wrote, according to court documents.

Now, Oakland is challenging that with an opposition memo, after the NFL called for the case to be dismissed.

"Weeks later, months after briefing on Defendants' Motion to Dismiss was completed, and only one week before argument on Defendants' Motion to Dismiss, the DOJ has appeared in this case and filed the Statement focusing on a single premature, non-dispositive issue. Without reasonable or legitimate grounds, the DOJ essentially restates an argument already made in Defendants' Motion to Dismiss. The Court should not expend its time and energy on an untimely brief filed by an uninterested third-party, raising a cumulative, non-dispositive and premature argument," the city said in the memo.

According to the Department of Justice, their support for the defendants isn't out of the ordinary.

"The Antitrust Division routinely files statements of interest in antitrust cases where it believes that the court would benefit from an objective and proper application of the antitrust laws. In the past 18 months, the Division has filed 22 statements of interest or amicus briefs in courts throughout the country related to a variety of antitrust issues," a Justice Department spokesperson told ABC News.

The case has yet to be decided by U.S. District Judge Joseph C. Spero. Last month, the NFL sought to dismiss the case because they say the city has "no more than a shareholder or landlord" interest in the team's movement.

A similar lawsuit was filed against the Los Angeles Rams, by the team's old city, St. Louis, but doesn't allege an antitrust violation. That suit alleges a breach of contract, fraud, illegal enrichment and interference in business by the Rams, the NFL and its teams. The case could reach trial, if the sides do not agree to settle.

The statement of interest in favor of the NFL comes at a time when the administration's relationship with the NFL has been contentious after the president has been critical of players who kneel for the national anthem.

"Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison," President Donald Trump tweeted at the start of the 2018 NFL season last September, repeating a claim he previously made about NFL ratings last season. "Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade. If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse."

At a campaign event in Alabama on Sept. 22, 2017, Trump called on NFL owners to fire players who take a knee, suggesting they say, "get that son of a b---- off the field! He's fired, he's fired!"

Several players continued to raise their fists or take a knee during the NFL's 2018 preseason to protest police brutality against black people and people of color.

In August of 2018, the president blasted NFL players who protested during preseason games, and suggested that they should be "suspended without pay."

The Raiders and the City of Oakland have not returned ABC News' request for comment.

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Maja Hitij/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Alex Morgan and the rest of the U.S. women's national team are still riding high after their victory earlier this month at the World Cup, a parade celebration in New York City right afterwards, and then being honored with an award at the 2019 ESPYs last week.

But their work is just beginning.

Fans across the globe have been supporting the team's quest for equal pay within their sport, so that women can finally stand shoulder to shoulder financially with men on the field.

Morgan was part of a panel Thursday in New York City, sponsored by the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation, to talk about the lack of access financially for both young boys and girls in sports, and what can be done to give kids unfettered access to learn countless lessons that will help propel them to success later in life.

She was joined by Jon Gruden, Larry Fitzgerald and Jalen Rose, among others.

Gruden, who moderated the panel, congratulated Morgan on the World Cup win, but shared some staggering facts with the audience, including that girls are twice as likely to quit team sports as they enter the high school age in this country. They are also more than 10 percent less inclined to ever play sports as a teen compared to boys, according to two recent studies by the RAND Corporation and the Women's Sports Foundation.

Prompted with these figures, Morgan opened up about girls needing role models within sports, like the U.S. team, to show them what they can accomplish if they continue to play. She also spoke about what's next in the team's battle for equality.

"You look at the age that girls stop playing and that's in between 12 to 14," she said. "I think there's a lot of social pressures," she said of why girls tend to give up sports as they get older.

Morgan also spoke about sisterhood and her best friends on the team, something that the girls who quit sports will never get to experience. Something that the research also shows kids from high poverty areas have trouble gaining access too, as well.

To combat this, DICK’S is planning to fund in the coming months up to one million kids to play through its Sports Matter program.

"There's so many things, especially girls, they can learn from life lessons you wont find in school and elsewhere," she continued.

"You think about the successes and the failures that you might otherwise not have been faced with," she added. "Those are things mentally and physically I had to overcome and I feel like a better person for them."

Representation matters, and the 30-year-old said more national events like this year's World Cup, featuring women kicking butt and soccer balls on the field, can inspire girls to pick up a pair of cleats.

"The World Cup ... was huge, the numbers were massive," she said. "I think when you see investment on women's sports, you see the return coming in ... I think that could be one way for girls to get inspiration, get more role models, be encourage to play sports."

When the topic of equal pay came up, Morgan admitted, "I definitely have been faced with gender inequalities, as have all my teammates."

The team famously sued the The United States Soccer Federation earlier this year for gender discrimination, citing unequal pay as one of the main points of contention.

"It's an issue we are trying to tackle," she said, adding that her team also noticed there is a lack of opportunity for women to even be able to play sports and compete outside the U.S.

"Becoming a world champion back-to-back obviously helps, gives us a platform to address these issues," she said, adding that getting support from stars like Taylor Swift and Sandra Bullock means the world to them. "It's so amazing to see not only our fans tune in, but also celebrities, actresses, singers, women of different areas of work, all standing up and feeling inspired to speak out."

"We are turning the page, with women really fighting for each other," she added.

As for what's next, Morgan is happy the fight for equality is "very public right now and at the forefront."

"A lot of people are talking about it and I'm happy they're talking about it," she said. "The goal is that we work together with U.S. Soccer to overcome this hurdle."

She also wants the team to continue to be pioneers in women's soccer, and advocate for opportunities for women around the world to play and enjoy the sport she loves so much.

"You are seeing this globally, women's soccer is becoming more respected," she said. "I think we've always been at the forefront of it and I want to continue to do so."

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:



Boston 5, Toronto 0
Kansas City 6, Chi White Sox 5
NY Yankees 6, Tampa Bay 2
Cleveland 6, Detroit 3
NY Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 1
Minnesota 6, Oakland 3
Houston 6, LA Angels 2

Miami 4, San Diego 3
Philadelphia 7, LA Dodgers 6
St. Louis 7, Cincinnati 4
Washington 13, Atlanta 4
Milwaukee 5, Arizona 1
San Francisco 3, NY Mets 2, 16 innings

LA Sparks 69, Dallas 64

D.C. United 4, FC Cincinnati 1

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(DEL MAR, Calif.) --  After the dynamic, very successful Ayesha Curry couldn't help but dance at the opening of her new restaurant in California, some haters had to spoil the fun by calling her out for her moves.

Her NBA star husband, Stephen, decided to step up and throw some shade at anyone disrespecting his wife.

 "Slow news day I see huh?" he said in an Instagram story.

Then he dropped the hammer.

"Make sure you send me the video of you dancing at your own restaurant opening," he said.


While Ayesha didn't need Steph to back her up, as she can certainly fend for herself, she seemed to appreciate it and yet joke right back with her husband.

"I hate you," she joked, while Curry continued to dance in the car.

Ayesha had originally jammed out to “Milly Rock” after her fourth restaurant, International Smoke, opened, this one in California.

People joked about her dancing, comparing it to Elaine from "Seinfeld," among other jabs.

Some people even jabbed at Steph.

But living your life well is always the best clap back, as per Steph's comments.

As previously mentioned, Ayesha can certainly handle her own. The author, restaurateur and mother opened up about being married to an NBA superstar and this woman does not play.

"Ladies will always be lurking, hoping for their moment and waiting," she said.

"I honestly hate it," she added.

"Stephen is very nice by nature," Ayesha continued. "Everything is always very friendly, sometimes to the point where, 'I'm a grown woman,' so, I'll just insert myself and be like, 'Hello, how are you doing?'"

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:



NY Mets 14, Minnesota 4
Baltimore 9, Washington 2
Arizona 19, Texas 4

Oakland 10, Seattle 2
Boston 5, Toronto 4
Cleveland 7, Detroit 2
Kansas City 7, Chi White Sox 5
Houston 11, LA Angels 2
Tampa Bay at NY Yankees -- postponed


St. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 5
Milwaukee 5, Atlanta 4
Chi Cubs 5, Cincinnati 2
San Francisco 11, Colorado 8
San Diego 3, Miami 2
LA Dodgers 7, Philadelphia 2

Chicago 77, Atlanta 76
Phoenix 69, Dallas 64
Seattle 90, Minnesota 79


Atlanta 5, Houston 0

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Alex Trautwig/Getty Images(DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo.) -- A former UFC fighter has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a child, according to authorities.

Abel "Killa" Trujillo, 35, was arrested in Broward County, Fla., in May and extradited last month to Douglas County, Colo., where the alleged crime is said to have occurred, Douglas County Sheriff's Office public information officer Cocha Hayden told ABC News. He is a Florida resident, she added.

He is also charged with obscenity, Hayden said, but could not elaborate on the nature of the crime.

Trujillo was previously convicted of domestic abuse in 2007 and domestic abuse assault in 2009, The Sports Network reported, citing Iowa court records.

Trujillo was released from jail on $10,000 bond on Tuesday, Hayden said. He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Thursday morning and has not yet entered a plea.

It is unclear whether Trujillo has retained an attorney.

The lightweight's last fight was in December 2017, which he lost to John "The Bull" Makdessi, according to mixed martial arts website

Fight week👊🏾🏆 #KillaSeason 💯

— Abel Trujillo (@KillaTrujillo) December 12, 2017

Trujillo was scheduled to fight in the main event of Battlefield FC 2 in Macau on July 27, The Sports Network reported.

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Maja Hitij/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Amid the rowdy celebrations on the pitch in France after the U.S. won the World Cup, a player kneeled so her young son could sprinkle a handful of confetti over her head.

As the confetti swirled around her, Jessica McDonald closed her eyes and smiled.

"I know all the girls, we all have something to play for, we all have this goal and we're all on the same page as to what we want at the end of the day," McDonald told ABC News. "But as for me, I have something a little bit more to play for, and that's my kid."

McDonald is the only mother on the cup-winning U.S. women's national team, and one of seven mothers in the National Women's Soccer League, where she plays for the North Carolina Courage.

Celebrating the World Cup win with her son Jeremiah, 7, almost didn't happen.

"About four or five years ago, I thought about retirement, because getting paid on the salary from the NWSL and being a parent is probably -- no, I shouldn't say 'probably' -- is one of the most difficult things to do," she told ABC News.

During the offseason, McDonald worked 9-to-5 jobs, coached and ran camps, and sometimes packed boxes at Amazon 11 hours a day "just to make ends meet."

"Situations like that can be very draining, especially when I can barely even afford child care," she said.

McDonald sat down with an uncle, who told her, "You have this purpose that God has given you, and your purpose right now is soccer. If you can physically, and you're still able to go and play, you need to do that. Don't just give up just because it's hard financially. You're gonna be fine. You know that."

Now a World Cup winner, McDonald seems more than fine, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. While she was not part of the 2015 World Cup team, which filed a gender discrimination suit against U.S. Soccer, she and other moms in the NWSL are "trying to get together to see the changes that we can help make for the future of moms in this league, because it's a very, very difficult road."

The NWSL did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

As a mother and professional athlete, McDonald has set up a system for her family: "Drop him off at school, I go to training, go on about my day, he's got his after-school program, then I go to pick him up, we do dinner, story time, sleep."

But it's on days when the system gets disrupted -- if, say, practice gets moved because of weather -- that it gets "tough," especially without child care support.

The World Cup started while Jeremiah was finishing up first grade. McDonald's "North Carolina family," whom she met and got close to after coaching their daughter, took care of her son back home. They then took Jeremiah to France for the end of the tournament.

"To be honest, if I didn't have them in my life, I have no idea what I would have done," she said.

Jeremiah joined her on the field after the win, at the ticker tape parade for the team in New York City and at the ESPY Awards, where the women won the award for Best Team.

"I hope that he remembers at least just holding that trophy, watching that game, and meeting this incredible group of women, because we're in the middle of something powerful right now and something historical as well," McDonald said. "I just want that to inspire him to want to be great at whatever it is he's going to do in the future and just kind of stay in a positive mindset as well, because it's a very difficult thing to do."

Being around this group of women -- and hearing Megan Rapinoe's speech at the ticker tape parade -- will impact him, she said. Witnessing it at a pivotal age means "it will hit him one day. Because he doesn't understand right now. But one day, he will."

In her ticker tape parade speech, Rapinoe said, "We have pink hair and purple hair. We have tattoos and dreadlocks. We got white girls and black girls and everything in between, straight girls and gay girls."

An African American woman with dreadlocks (which she wears, she told Into The Gloss, because of their ease of care as a mom and pro athlete), McDonald's image has inspired more children than just her son.

"We want kids who look like us to be inspired," she told ABC News. "I've had so many parents DM me on social media thanking me because I simply have dreadlocks, because their daughters wear dreadlocks and play with dreadlocks, and I'm like, 'Well why not? Let's do it.' It's really cool to be able to inspire the younger generation of kids of color that look like us."

Now back home in North Carolina, the McDonalds are settling back into their routine, as Jeremiah enjoys a summer program run by his regular after-school program on a farm. But his remarkable summer break may have an unplanned ending, thanks to shaking Dwyane Wade's hand at the ESPYs.

"I think he was kind of inspired by sports this summer," McDonald said. "So I think I'll be putting him in summer basketball pretty soon."

And maybe 15 years from now, Jeremiah will get to take McDonald as his date to collect his own ESPY Award. McDonald, of course, would be overjoyed.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:



Washington 8, Baltimore 1
Arizona 9, Texas 2
NY Mets 3, Minnesota 2

NY Yankees 8, Tampa Bay 3
Cleveland 8, Detroit 0
Toronto 10, Boston 4
Kansas City 11, Chi White Sox 0
Oakland 9, Seattle 2
LA Angels 7, Houston 2

Philadelphia 9, LA Dodgers 8
Miami 12, San Diego 7
Chi Cubs 4, Cincinnati 3, 10 innings
Milwaukee 13, Atlanta 1
Pittsburgh 3, St. Louis 1
San Francisco 8, Colorado 4, 10 innings

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Women's National Team claimed its fourth Women's World Cup championship title last week.

Procter & Gamble -- through a full-page ad in The New York Times for its deodorant brand Secret -- made headlines by offering a donation of the team of $529,000, or $23,000 for each player, in an effort to close the gender pay gap between players on the women's team and U.S. Men's National Team.

But it's not just in the world of sports where we see a discrepancy in pay between the sexes or its effects. Here's what you need to know about the gender pay gap and what you can do about it.

First, let's define the wage gap:

We've been recording the wage gap since 1963, when the Equal Pay Act was enacted. It's calculated by dividing the national median income of all full-time, year-round working women by the national median income of all full-time, year-round working men.

This is significant when you consider that women are employed at the same rate, educated to the same level and often responsible for the same earnings in their families as men.
Is the wage gap that big of a deal?

Women earn 80 cents less than men. It can be broken down further by specific factors, such as location, education, industry, marital status and race. For example, black women make 61 cents to the dollar and Hispanic women make only 53 cents to the dollar, according to research from the American Association of University Women.

Is it going to close anytime soon?

Nope. The World Economic Forum estimates that it will take 202 years to close the wage gap.
Why do people say it doesn't exist?

Let's go through each of the most frequently cited arguments on why the wage gap doesn't exist. (Spoiler alert: it does.)

'Women choose to work in lower paying jobs'

Actually the opposite is true: a report from the Institute for the Study of Labor shows that when women become more educated and experienced and enter traditionally male-heavy jobs, the pay declines for the job overall.

The reverse, too, is true. For example, computer programming used to be an unglamorous, predominantly female job. Now, it's one of the most lucrative career paths and is pretty much exclusively male.

'Women don't negotiate'

According to a study by the University of Wisconsin, the University of Warwick and the Cass Business School, women do negotiate as much as men. They're just less likely to receive pay bumps.

We think this is due to what is called "the double bind." Essentially it's when women are perceived to be acting outside of the norm of how we expect a women to be ("the good girl"), and then we get penalized. So, basically, when we are assertive and ask for a raise, we're perceived as aggressive and increase the chances of not getting it.

'Women leave the workforce to have children'

It's estimated that for every child a woman has, she suffers a 5% wage penalty at work, according to a study from Third Way. I want you to compare that to the fact that fathers earn 11% more than non-fathers.

Research has shown that employers are less likely to hire women with children compared to childless women, and if they do choose to hire a mother, employers offer a lower salary than they do to other women.

'Men have more education and experience'

OK, two things to note here:

One, women are 60% of today's college graduates, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Two, when both genders have more schooling, the wage gap actually widens for women. PayScale found a 4.6% wage gap between male and female M.D.s and a 4.7% gap between MBA holders.
Why should we care about it?

Closing the wage gap benefits everyone, not just women. If women were paid equally by 2025, we could add $12 trillion to the U.S. GDP, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. So that's cool.

The poverty rate for working women would be cut in half, says a report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research. This is significant because women currently make up 70% of Medicaid recipients and 80% of welfare recipients, so if we get them out of poverty, it will cost less for taxpayers.
So what can you do?

Despite the fact that the wage gap isn't going to close for a long time, there are four things you can do right now to create change:

1. Get a raise.

2. Talk to your company about pay transparency as well as family leave since without that, it makes it even harder for women to close the wage and leadership gap. There are statistics out there that will help you make a strong case for why these things help the bottom line.

3. Get involved in local and state politics. Familiarize yourself with what legislation is on the docket and where you can lend your support. Things like the salary history ban, increasing the minimum wage, paid family leave and affordable child care are all things that help close the wage gap and improve life for all.

4. Join Ladies Get Paid!

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