Mediation talks between the World Cup champion women’s soccer team and U.S. Soccer ended without a resolution Wednesday, damaging hopes that the sides could avoid a showdown in federal court over a gender-discrimination lawsuit filed by the players this year.
The sides had agreed to meet secretly for several days in New York this week. The mediation sessions were expected to be the most substantive discussions yet between the team and the federation about equal pay and other workplace issues.
The talks included members of the women’s team and senior officials from U.S. Soccer, as well as lawyers for both sides. Molly Levinson, who represents the players, said in a statement that the players look forward to a jury trial. U.S. Soccer did not comment.
• Josef Martinez scored on a penalty kick in the 65h minute after being stopped on his first attempt, and Atlanta United gave Major League Soccer rare bragging rights over Mexico’s Liga MX by beating Club America 3-2 for the second Campeones Cup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Golf: Austin Squires beat qualifying medalist Brandon Wu 2 up on the first day of match play at the U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst, N.C.
Wu, the world’s 11th-ranked amateur and a member of Stanford’s NCAA championship team this season, finished 36 holes of stroke play at 3-under-par 137 to claim medalist honors. Stanford’s Isaiah Salinda beat Travis Vick 1 up.
Tennis: Atherton’s CiCi Bellis, 20, pulled out of the U.S. Open with an injured right elbow.
Basketball: The Washington Wizards hired former Warriors forward Antawn Jamison as director of pro personnel.
• Dream Team defeated East Bay 107-95 in the second game to win the championship series 2-0 in the San Francisco Pro-Am summer league. Dream Team, which was led by 24 points from Juan Anderson of the Warriors’ G League team in Santa Cruz, won its fourth title in the league’s 41-year history. East Bay was led by Jovan Harris’ 32 points.
WNBA: Aerial Powers led six players in double figures with 16 points for the host Washington Mystics in an 88-59 rout of the Seattle Storm. … Rookie Arike Ogunbowale scored a personal-high 35 points and the shorthanded Dallas Wings ended the visiting Los Angeles Sparks’ five-game winning streak, 84-78. … Jasmine Thomas scored 18 points and the visiting Connecticut Sun held off the Phoenix Mercury 78-71.
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