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Friendships in Iraqi soccer league show ‘contact hypothesis’ works, but has limits

Friendships in Iraqi soccer league show ‘contact hypothesis’ works, but has limits

Science
Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Christian soccer players who played alongside Muslim teammates in an interfaith soccer league in Iraq were more likely change their behavior for the better toward Muslim players. The experiment, detailed Thursday in the journal Science, however, revealed the limits of the "contact hypothesis" -- while players built relationships on the field, the benefits of the hypothesis did not extend far beyond the soccer-based relationships. Advertisement The contact hypothesis is the idea that intergroup contact, under certain conditions, can reduce prejudice between majority and minority group members. Sectarian tension in Iraq has ancient roots, but those antagonisms have been exacerbated in recent decades by the destabilizing effects of the U.S. invasion, and more recently, by th...
Women’s soccer, return of U.S. team sports highlight weekend schedule

Women’s soccer, return of U.S. team sports highlight weekend schedule

Sports
June 26 (UPI) -- Team sports in the United States return Saturday with the National Women's Soccer League Challenge Cup in Utah. Other leagues, like the PGA Tour, UFC, NASCAR and European soccer also pack the weekend sports slate. Several notable United States Women's National Team players have opted to sit out of the June 27 to July 26 tournament, due to positive COVID-19 tests or as a precaution from the pandemic, but many U.S. and international stars will take the field. Advertisement NWSL Challenge Cup soccer Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press and Carli Lloyd are the most-notable names omitted from rosters for the NWSL Challenge Cup, which marks the return of the league from a COVID-19 suspension. U.S. women's stars Crystal Dunn, Samantha Mewis, Abby Dahlkemper, ...
Weekend sports lineup: Nunes-Spencer UFC title bout, soccer, NASCAR

Weekend sports lineup: Nunes-Spencer UFC title bout, soccer, NASCAR

Sports
June 4 (UPI) -- A UFC women's featherweight title bout between incumbent champion Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer headlines the the weekend sports lineup before the PGA Tour and the La Liga soccer league return to live sports next Thursday. Bundesliga stars will also return to the field this weekend after the German soccer league made its return May 17 after a coronavirus-related suspension. NASCAR's Cup Series also returns for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday in Atlanta. Advertisement UFC Nunes (19-4-0) will put her title on the line against Spencer (8-1-0) in the main event of UFC 250 Saturday at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. UFC was one of the first major American sports leagues to bring back live events during the coronavirus pandemic. UFC, NASCAR and the Bundesliga have not allow...
Soccer: Bundesliga return includes Dortmund on May 16, Bayern Munich, May 17

Soccer: Bundesliga return includes Dortmund on May 16, Bayern Munich, May 17

Sports
May 7 (UPI) -- The German Bundesliga released its full soccer schedule Thursday after German officials announced that the league is allowed to resume games after they were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Bundesliga season was suspended March 13. Officials said Wednesday that the league could resume as early as May 15. The league announced Thursday it has six games scheduled for May 16. Two games are scheduled for May 17. Werder Bremen will face Bayer Leverkusen May 18. Nine match days and more than 80 games remain in the Bundesliga season. Bayern Munich sit atop the Bundesliga standings, followed by Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig. Paderborn and Werder Bremen are at the bottom of the standings and face possible relegation. Bundesliga games will be played in empty stadiums...
Judge dismisses U.S. women’s soccer team’s claim of unequal pay

Judge dismisses U.S. women’s soccer team’s claim of unequal pay

Sports
May 1 (UPI) -- A federal judge in California dismissed the U.S. women's national soccer team's claim of unequal pay, according to a court filing. Judge R. Gary Klausner of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Friday rejected the U.S. women's team's claim that it has been underpaid relative to the U.S. men's team, stating in his decision that the players "have not demonstrated a triable issue that WNT players are paid less than MNT players." Klausner ruled that the players' additional allegations of unequal travel conditions and support services, including medical staff and training equipment, can still go to trial. Molly Levinson, a spokesperson for the players, said they plan to appeal the decision. "We are shocked and disappointed with today's decision, bu...