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Copa America Is Over But The Final Match Memes Are Still Fire

The Copa América Centenario final between Argentina and Chile didn’t produce any goals in regular or extra time, but it still managed to produce lots of drama. Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuaín missed a one-on-one chance to put his team up early in the match. Then, Brazilian referee Héber Roberto Lopes stole the show from stars Lionel Messi and Alexis Sánchez, handing out several yellow cards and two red cards that left each team with only 10 players. When the game went to penalties, Messi blew his penalty shot, which could have boosted Argentina to victory. After Argentina’s Lucas Biglia also missed his penalty, Chile’s Francisco Silva converted, crowning Chile the Copa América Centenario champs.


At the end of the match, this shot of Lionel Messi crying was EVERYWHERE. This little girl decided to lend him a helping hand:

BTW, it’s photoshopped.


But this is how it began: with yellow card after yellow card from referee Heber Lopes.


It was kinda like having Oprah on the field.


Lopes was handing out so many cards that he became the focal point of the match.


But soon, this missed penalty became the talk of the tourney.


Where did the ball land? Well…


This Twitter user predicted the avalanche of Messi memes.


Chile’s Alexis Sánchez was spotted behind a teary-eyed Messi with a familiar look.


Argentina’s flag was given an emoji update.


And Crying Jordan made his inevitable appearance. On the field…


On the bench…


And on the flag.


A few people switched things up. One went with Crying Messi…


And another with Crying Lebron.


This summed up how hard it is to shake off a tough loss…


And this was a savage description of what a second place team looks like.


And to cap it all off, Pitbull performed at the closing ceremony. Some weren’t down with it:


But wait — there’s more! If you really want to talk about rubbing salt in someone’s wound… this is how Chile’s Alexis Sánchez celebrated:


READ: This Lady Went To Support Her Soccer Team And Ended Up A Meme

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Nets Player Kyrie Irving Commits $1.5 Million To Help Pay The Salaries Of WNBA Players Opting Out Of The 2020 Season

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Nets Player Kyrie Irving Commits $1.5 Million To Help Pay The Salaries Of WNBA Players Opting Out Of The 2020 Season

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While WNBA players were able to receive a modest salary increase in the 2019-20 season, the bump up has yet to give way to the opportunity of true equity. This has proven to be particularly true when their male counterparts of the NBA are thrown into the mix.

Today, the average salary of a WNBA player starts at around $50,000 and caps off at $110,000. On the other hand, a player starting out in the NBA starts out with a salary that averages around $560,000. Currently, amid COVID-19 shutdowns, this massive gap in salary is heavily affecting the WNBA players who are being paid less and opting to forgo playing during the 2020 season.

According to NBC Sports, WNBA executives and athletes have agreed that players who are considered “at-risk” for the COVID-19 virus can opt-out of playing this season and still receive a full paycheck. Meanwhile, those who are not “at-risk” but make the decision not to play will not receive compensation.

Fortunately, many NBA players are aware of the ways in which this disparity affects them differently and are working to support the women who play the game as well.

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is leading the charge to ensure that WNBA athletes who opt out of playing this season can do so without worrying about finances. 

The Nets point guard announced in a statement made via his KAI Empowerment Initiative, that he pledges to commit $1.5 million to cover the salaries of WNBA players who have opted out of playing in the 2020 season. As part of his effort, Irving has also partnered with the investment banking company UBS to offer financial literacy programs to each of the players in the WNBA.

“This platform was created to provide support for all WNBA players in hopes to relieve some of the financial strain imposed during these challenging times,” Irving explained in a statement. “Whether a person decided to fight for social justice, play basketball, focus on physical or mental health, or simply connect with their families, this initiative can hopefully support their priorities and decisions.”

Players must provide the reasons behind their decision to not participate in the 2020 season to qualify.

In order to qualify, WNBA players cannot receive any additional financial support from other organizations.

According to CNBC, Irving makes an annual average salary of roughly $34 million and said that he was inspired to start the fund “after WNBA players Natasha Cloud of the Washington Mystics and Jewell Loyd of the Seattle Storm connected him with several of their WNBA peers who discussed some of the challenges they would face if they opted not to play when the season started on July 25.”

Cloud recently announced that she will be committing her time during the season to fight for racial and social justice instead of playing.

Players Renee Montgomery and Tiffany Hayes of the Atlanta Dream, have also confirmed their decision to take part in the fight. In addition, ten other WNBA athletes have also confirmed that they will not be playing this year because of health concerns or other reasons related to the fight for social justice.

Speaking with ESPN’s The Undefeated, Cloud explained, “It’s hard to think about basketball with the climate of what we’re in right now socially after George Floyd was murdered.” 

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Miami Marlins Covid Outbreak Causes Chaos Of MLB Season After One Weekend

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Miami Marlins Covid Outbreak Causes Chaos Of MLB Season After One Weekend

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An outbreak of Covid among MLB players and coaches has postponed the highly anticipated and very hyped return of the season. It took less than a week since the sport came back for there to be a viral outbreak within the league.

The Miami Marlins are dealing with a Covid outbreak within the team before their opening games.

Half of the players for the Miami Marlins are positive for Covid-19 before the home opener against the Baltimore Orioles. The Marlins’ season has been paused through the weekend and the lineup was changed up to make sure the season can continue.

“Obviously, we don’t want any player to get exposed. It’s not a positive thing,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday night on the MLB Network. “But I don’t see it as a nightmare.” He continued: “We think we can keep people safe and continue to play.”

Phillies Outfielder Andrew McCutchen took to Twitter to vent his frustration about MLB communication.

Apparently, McCutchen didn’t know that the Phillies game against the New York Yankees Tuesday was canceled until getting on Twitter. The weekend schedule was thrown into turmoil after news broke about the outbreak on the Miami Marlins. The outbreak comes as some have criticized the MLB for not trying a bubble conference, like the NBA and NHL.

Other teams in the league are showing their own discomfort with the current situation.

The Nationals were supposed to play in Miami this weekend but the surge in Covid cases in Florida put an end to that. The Washington Nationals voted to postpone and the MLB followed their lead and canceled that series.

In a statement by the MLB, the Miami Marlins are the only confirmed team to have a Covid outbreak. The league recently conducted 6,400 tests among players and coaches and haven’t found other outbreaks on the remaining 29 teams.

READ: This MLB Team Just Swore In 15 New American Citizens And Our Hearts Are Overflowing With Emotion

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