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Ex-cheerleaders offer to end lawsuit against NFL for $1

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iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — Two former NFL cheerleaders who are suing the league for discrimination said they are not in it for the money.

Former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Kristan Ware and former New Orleans Saints cheerleader Bailey Davis are offering to end their discrimination cases for just $1 a piece if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and league lawyers would agree to a meeting.

“This was never about money for me,” Davis told ABC News. “This is about having respect for our sport and standing up for our sport and standing up for women.”

If they were to meet with Goodell, the women said they hope to address the list of concerns from dozens of cheerleaders, which include allegations of harassment from fans, low pay, long hours and strict rules on everything from weight to social media use.

“They could ignore us or listen to us and then do nothing — and I understand that risk,” said Sara Blackwell, the women’s lawyer. “But I hope they have a real legitimate discussion with us, because I feel like we are on the same side.”

Ware, a Dolphins cheerleader for three seasons beginning in 2014, said she felt compelled to quit a couple of weeks prior to the end of her contract in spring 2017 because she felt “she was just not accepted on the team if she was a Christian,” according to the complaint filed this month with the Florida State Labor Board.

Ware says in the complaint that although she was co-captain of the cheerleading team and a fan favorite, she suffered harassment from some representatives of the squad because of her social media postings about her faith. She claims her decision to remain a virgin until marriage also adversely affected her.

Ware contends that problems began after she posted a photo of her April 10, 2016, baptism on her public Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.

Ware said she had not publicized her decision to wait to have sex until marriage but that the topic had come up months earlier, in fall of 2015, during a conversation with fellow Dolphins cheerleaders in front of other staff.

The Dolphins responded to Ware’s complaint in a statement to ABC News on April 13: “We are seriously committed to providing a positive work environment for everyone associated with the organization. We hold every member of our organization to the same standards and do not discriminate as it relates to gender, race and religious beliefs.”

Ware alleges in her complaint that in her annual tryout-interview in spring 2016, she was told her she was “not allowed to speak about anything related to her virginity to anyone” and that she “needed to develop into a woman.”

A few months later, in September 2016, the cheerleading director and coaches told the co-captains, captains and some other cheerleaders that they could change their Instagram accounts to Dolphin Instagram accounts “under certain conditions,” Ware alleges in the complaint, adding that they were told that on their Dolphin Instagram accounts they were to talk about “fashion and fitness and cheerleading.”

Ware claims that when she said she wanted to continue to “share her faith, post Bible verses and to be a role model for little girls” on Instagram, she was told by one of the coaches that “you cannot be ‘too much. You cannot mention Jesus or anything like that.'”

The complaint further alleges that a month after the discussion about Instagram, the cheerleading director became physically aggressive with Ware at a fashion show for the Dolphins.

Ware said her breaking point came in April 2017 after she was asked by the Dolphins to write a motivational blog post for women trying out for the cheerleading team, and some of her allusions to her faith in the post were removed.

“I was told that I wasn’t allowed to mention God, and what really broke my heart is seeing how public football players can be about their faith,” Ware told ABC News.

“Dolphin football players are allowed to maintain and express their faith in any way,” the complaint alleges. “Several players prayed on the 50-yard line before a game. They profess their faith online, on social media, to fellow players, to the public.”

Ware’s allegations followed a complaint filed in March by Davis, who was with the New Orleans Saints cheering squad.

Davis alleges in her complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that she was fired on Jan. 23, 2018, for posting a photo of herself on Instagram wearing a one-piece bodysuit, breaking a rule that prohibits cheerleaders from posting revealing images on social media, a rule that her complaint says does not apply to men.

“The players can post whatever they want on social media. … They can post shirtless and in the gym,” Davis told ABC News. “We can’t post in lingerie or a semi-nude, and it’s discriminating because for women to do that, it’s seen as something sexual, but when a guy does it, it’s seen as athletic.”

The Saints deny that Davis was discriminated against because she is female.

“The New Orleans Saints is an equal opportunity employer, and denies that Ms. Davis was discriminated against because she is female,” the NFL organization said in a statement to ABC News. “The Saints will defend these allegations in due course and in the appropriate forum, and the organization is confident that its policies and workplace rules will withstand legal scrutiny.”

In response to the recent cheerleader complaints, the NFL told ABC News in a statement, “The NFL and all NFL member clubs support fair employment practices. Everyone who works in the NFL, including cheerleaders, has the right to work in a positive and respectful environment that is free from any and all forms of harassment and discrimination, and fully complies with state and federal laws. Our office will work with our clubs …read more

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/24/18

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:

Chicago Cubs 10, Cleveland 3
Milwaukee 5, Kansas City 2

Seattle 1, Chicago White Sox 0
N.Y. Yankees 8, Minnesota 3
Toronto 4, Boston 3, 10 Innings
Oakland 3, Texas 2
L.A. Angels 8, Houston 7

Cincinnati 9, Atlanta 7, 12 Innings
Arizona 8, Philadelphia 4
N.Y. Mets 6, St. Louis 5, 10 Innings
Colorado 8, San Diego 0
Miami 3, L.A. Dodgers 2
San Francisco 4, Washington 3

Boston 92, Milwaukee 87
Philadelphia 104, Miami 91
Golden State 99, San Antonio 91

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Jenny Cavnar makes MLB history with Rockies-Padres play-by-play call

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By Leighton Schneider

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Jenny Cavnar has had a long-running career in Major League Baseball, but she slid into a historic new role in the broadcast booth Monday night, becoming the first woman since 1996 to call the televised play-by-play for a major league team.

Cavnar called the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres matchup in Denver alongside analyst Jeff Huson and former Rockies outfielder-turned analyst Ryan Spilborghs. It was a fitting assignment for Cavnar, who previously reported for the Padres before joining the Rockies as a pre- and post-game host in 2012.

With more than a decade of baseball reporting in various capacities under her belt, Cavnar called her first televised homerun Monday night when Rockies’ third baseman Nolan Arenado stepped up to the plate.

“That ball is shot into left field, fire up the fountains she’s gone,” Cavnar announced, describing the two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning. Her run call coincided with the eruption of the classic Coors Field fountains whenever the home team hits a home run.

Cavnar joins a shortlist of women who have called America’s pastime.

Mary Shane was the first female in a booth, doing radio for the Chicago White Sox in 1976 before moving on to television; and Suzyn Waldman was the first woman to do baseball game commentary, for a few New York Mets games on radio in June 1993, according to ESPN. Waldman called her first TV broadcast in July 1995 for a New York Yankees versus Texas Rangers game on ABC’s “Baseball Night in America” and her first play-by-play in 1996.

Other notable women who have spent time in the booth include Gayle Gardner, who replaced Charlie Jones on the Rockies TV broadcast for the Aug. 3, 1993 Rockies and Cincinnati Reds game. Pam Boucher announced 36 games on Yankees TV, WPIX in 1977.

Cavnar, a Colorado native, previously made history in 2015 as the first female analyst for a series of National League games in the radio booth.

She felt the love with messages of support from around the league and other women in the industry, including ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst Jessica Mendoza.

Although the Rockies fell to the Padres 13-5, the night will go down as a win for Cavnar.

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White Sox Pitcher Danny Farquhar improving

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By Leighton Schneider

David Banks/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Chicago White Sox Pitcher Danny Farquhar is improving after undergoing surgery on Saturday following a brain aneurysm.

Farquhar sustained the aneurysm during the team’s game against the Houston Astros on Friday. He collapsed in the dugout after pitching the sixth inning of the game.

In a statement released by the team, Farquhar is “responding appropriately to questions and commands” and that he remains in critical, but neurologically stable condition.”

The pitcher in the ICU at the Rush University Medical Center. His wife and family are with him at the center, where he is expected to stay for several weeks.

The White Sox moved him to the 60-day disabled list before their game Monday night against Seattle, a team Farquhar used to play for.

The Mariners honored their former teammate by hanging his former jersey in the bullpen.

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High school golfer attacked by goose in hilarious set of photos

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By Leighton Schneider (NEW YORK) — Birdies on the golf course are usually a good thing. Just not when that bird is a very angry goose.

At a high school golf tournament last weekend in Adrian, Michigan, a Blissfield High School foursome had teed off and was walking down a fairway where a goose was sitting on an egg in a nest off to the side. There was a sign warning them of the goose and the golfers were respecting its space.

But that’s when an additional goose suddenly came up behind the golfers.

And it was not happy.

The foursome was attacked by the goose, with one particular golfer, in his purple pullover, coming under direct assault.

Devon Gilson-Pitts, whose husband is an assistant coach for the Blissford team, says she drove in a golf cart with her husband to get between the golfer and the goose. She said it took four carts to keep the goose away and help retrieve the golfer’s clubs, which fell out during the attack.

“At no point in my life I ever thought golf would be fun or exciting till yesterday,” Gilson-Pitts wrote on Facebook. “We have a great group of kids on the golf team and had some excitement on the course yesterday.”

Neither man nor goose was injured.

Blissfield finished ninth of the 13 teams in the Saturday tournament.

Isaac Couling, who was competing against Blissfield for Concord High School, was identified as the victim in the attack by The Detroit News. He says he parred the hole.

At least it wasn’t an eagle.

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