Why the best female soccer player is skipping the Women's World Cup

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: What to know

What to know about the highly-anticipated 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Who’s expected to win, where to watch, and which teams are the underdogs?

Ada Hegerberg is a Norwegian striker and the first-ever female winner of the Ballon d'Or – but you won’t see her playing for her home country at the World Cup over the next month.

Hegerberg, 23, told Norwegian newspaper Morgenbladet and soccer magazine Josimar on Wednesday she quit the international competition in 2017 due to a dispute with the country’s soccer federation about how women’s soccer is treated.

The world’s best player won’t be at the Women’s World Cup. (Balazs Czagany/MTI via AP, File)

“It was tough at so many camps. I have been broken mentally,” Hegerberg said, according to Reuters. “It has been a deeply depressing feeling. I had nightmares after being with the national team, you shouldn’t have things like that. If you want to get anywhere in life you have to make choices.”

She added: “Immediately the thought came into my mind – ‘I think I’ll have to stop playing for the national team.’ [Then] everything just ran off and I started to sleep well again.”

The Norwegian soccer federation reached an agreement with Norway’s players’ association for an equal pay deal between men and women in December 2017, months after Hegerberg left the national team.

Norway’s soccer federation is also headed by a female sporting director – Lise Klaveness – who now splits her time between the country’s men’s and women’s teams.

Hegerberg still didn’t return to the team and chose to become a pundit on the sidelines in Paris instead.

 Ada Hegerberg celebrates with the Women’s Ballon d’Or award during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris, France in 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

“A lot of things need to be done to make the conditions better for women who play football,” Hegerberg told the Associated Press last year.

Hegerberg had scored 38 goals in 66 appearances for Norway. She helped Norway reach the round of 16 in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, but the team lost to England.

Norway is currently No. 12 in the FIFA World Cup rankings and play Nigeria on Saturday to start its climb back into contention for the title. Norway also has matches against France and South Korea.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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See Meghan Markle's Two Trooping the Colour Appearances Side-by-Side a Year Later!

Just one year after her Trooping the Colour debut, Meghan Markle is making her first appearance as a new mom!

The Duchess of Sussex, who welcomed son Archie Harrison with Prince Harry on May 6, made her first post-baby appearance at the annual celebration of Queen Elizabeth‘s birthday on Saturday. She stuck to one of her signature colors — navy — for the event, pairing an ensemble by her wedding dress designer Clare Waight Keller with a matching hat by Noel Stewart.

Meghan arrived in a horse-drawn carriage, where she sat next to Prince Harry. The couple also shared their royal ride with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Kate Middleton.

For her Trooping the Colour debut last year, the Duchess of Sussex opted for a protocol-breaking pink off-the-shoulder dress by Carolina Herrera with a matching hat by Philip Treacy.

The open neckline of Meghan’s dress was a break from the norm – Kate Middleton has only worn dresses with sleeves that come past her elbow since attending her first Trooping in 2011, and Princess Diana never wore short sleeves to the official celebration of the Queen’s birthday either.

“Traditionally, the Trooping the Colour events is seen as a more formal day event,” Myka Meier, royal etiquette expert and founder and director of Beaumont Etiquette, previously told PEOPLE. “In the past, we have seen female royals wearing conservative dress, much like that which you would see at a British wedding: wearing closed-toe shoes, stockings, hats and dresses or skirts with a modest hemline and with sleeves.”

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While Meghan’s ensemble wasn’t traditional, it didn’t technically break any rules.

“It was deemed by some people to be a bit revealing, but personally I couldn’t see any harm in it,” Joe Little, Majesty managing editor, told PEOPLE. “She looked great.”

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Man behind Tunnock’s Teacake and Olivia Colman among figures honoured in Queen’s ‘list’

Colman, who will play Queen Elizabeth II in the third series of The Crowd, told PA: “I’m totally thrilled, delighted and humbled to be in the company of these incredible people, most of whom have been nowhere near as visible as I have, but should be – and hopefully now will be. It’s such an honour.”

Grylls, the chief Scout, who is recognised for services to young people, the media and charity, said: “This really is a huge honour and it’s something, if I’m honest, that I never expected to happen.

”But I really do feel it’s a team effort, this award is for every one of those incredible Scout volunteers.”

Rapper M.I.A, real name Mathangi Arulpragasm, 43, and Andrew Roachford, the singer-songwriter behind the band Roachford, are made MBEs for services to music.

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Raiola transfer ban suspended to clear path for Pogba and De Ligt deals at Man Utd

PAUL POGBA has moved a step closer to joining former club Juventus after Mino Raiola's transfer ban was suspended.

The super agent, who also looks after Ajax superstar Matthijs De Ligt, was banned for three months by Fifa in May meaning he wouldn't be able to broker any transfer deals over the summer.

But following an appeal, the Daily Mail report that his ban has been suspended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

And that gives him the green light to try and push through Pogba's potential move to the Old Lady.

The Manchester United midfielder is reportedly unsettled at Old Trafford and is taking note of his interest across Europe.

United are adamant that they won't cash in on the 26-year-old despite his inconsistent form throughout last campaign.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane remains interested but may have to turn their attentions elsewhere following the £130million signing of Eden Hazard. 

Raiola's suspended ban also means that Ajax captain De Ligt is likely to make his big money switch across Europe.

The Dutch ace is being tracked by a host of top clubs including United, Barcelona and Liverpool.

Barca appear the front-runners and Dutch team-mate Frenkie De Jong is trying to encourage him to join him at the Nou Camp. 

Speaking after Holland's win against the Three Lions, De Jong told reporters: "No, he has to make his own decisions.

"Of course I would like him to come to Barcelona but we will see what happens. It's up to him.

"I don't know, it's his decision. You have to ask him about it but I hope he comes to Barca."

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Elvis Costello Accepts OBE, Subtly Dings Donald Trump Without Saying His Name

British singer-songwriter Elvis Costello jabbed President Donald Trump in an open letter he penned after being named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

Costello was awarded the O.B.E. in Queen Elizabeth II’s 2019 Birthday Honors List, which was publicly announced Friday. Academy Award-winning actor Olivia Colman and television adventurer Bear Grylls also received honors.

The 64-year-old Costello explained in a missive posted on his website how he was “happy to accept” the “very surprising” title, given how some of his music has taken aim at the political establishment.

“To be honest, I’m pretty tickled to receive this acknowledgment for my ‘Services To Music,’ as it confirms my long-held suspicion nobody really listens to the words in songs or the outcome might have been somewhat different,” he wrote.

Costello’s 1989 song “Tramp The Dirt Down,” for instance, imagines him dancing on the grave of the then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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Costello, who last year was forced to cancel a number of tour dates following surgery after a cancer diagnosis, revealed in his letter that he’d initially planned to refuse the accolade.

He was convinced otherwise following a long chat with his mother and the fact that both his grandfathers fought in World War I.

“So, it is in memory of those two British Army soldiers and because my Mam told me to do it, that I can proudly accept this award,” he added.

Costello reserved his ding at Trump for the penultimate paragraph of the note:

It would be a lie to pretend that I was brought up to have a great sense of loyalty to the Crown, let alone notions of Empire. I used to think a change might come but when one considers the kind of mediocre entrepreneur who might be foisted upon us as a President, it’s enough to make the most hard-hearted “Republican” long for an ermine stole, a sceptre and an orb.

 Read Costello’s full open letter here.

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Corrie star reveals Sinead's death will destroy Daniel

Coronation Street star Rob Mallard has warned fans that the death of Sinead Tinker (Katie McGlynn) would destroy Daniel Osbourne and push him over the edge back into dark territory worse than we have ever seen him before.

Rumours persist that Sinead will lose her battle with cancer due to Katie’s exit from the show and Rob conceded that it does seem likely that tragedy is on the horizon given that everything is going too well for Daniel and he has everything he has ever wanted.

Explaining that Daniel believes that there is one person out there for everyone, he reckons that the character would be utterly destroyed if Sinead didn’t make it and added that he may not cut it as a single father to Bertie as mistakes made by his own father may have a habit of being repeated.

During our interview, the actor also addressed reports of a so-called crisis at Coronation Street and quipped that if anything like that was going on, it was behind his back so he couldn’t be blamed for it.

Confirming that he plans to stick around as Daniel for the forseeable future, it looks like there will be some hard hitting scenes ahead.

And Daniel’s marital and family bliss looks set to be shattered in the worst possible way.

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Ecuador president blocks extradition of man accused of Facebook fraud

QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno has blocked the extradition to the United States of a New York man charged with trying to defraud Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg, a document obtained by Reuters showed on Friday.

Moreno wrote in the June 4 document that he was denying the extradition of Paul Ceglia, who spent nearly 3-1/2 years as a fugitive before being arrested in Ecuador last year, for humanitarian and reciprocity reasons.

An Ecuadorean court authorized the extradition of Ceglia, a wood pellet salesman from Wellsville in upstate New York, in November 2018.

“In an exercise of national sovereignty, attending to the principle of reciprocity in public international law and for humanitarian reasons … I delegate to you Minister to deny the extradition,” Moreno wrote to in the letter to his interior minister.

Ceglia claimed in a 2010 suit that Zuckerberg had, while a student at Harvard University, signed a contract giving him half of a planned social networking website that later became Facebook.

A U.S. district judge dismissed Ceglia’s lawsuit after another judge said the contract was doctored.

Ceglia was criminally charged with mail and wire fraud in November 2012 and fled less than two months before his scheduled 2015 trial, removing his electronic ankle bracelet and disappearing with his wife, two children and a dog.

The United States has not attended to several extradition requests for Ecuadorean citizens, Moreno said, adding that he has the power to deny an extradition regardless of proceedings in the National Justice Court.

Ceglia’s Ecuadorean lawyer, Roberto Calderon, said on Twitter that Moreno had shown “great sensitivity” in the decision.

Ceglia, who is in jail, has requested asylum in Ecuador.

Moreno’s government did not immediately release further comment.

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What to Watch Saturday at the French Open

How to watch: Tennis Channel, 5 a.m. Eastern; NBC, 9 a.m. | Live scoreboard

Novak Djokovic vs. Dominic Thiem (continued)

After an hour and 28 minutes in miserably blustery conditions, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem’s semifinal match was suspended Friday evening with Thiem leading, 3-1, in the third set. The pair split the two opening sets. The winner will be significantly less rested for the final than Rafael Nadal, who beat Roger Federer in straight sets earlier Friday in somewhat less vexing wind.

Ashleigh Barty vs. Marketa Vondrousova

The youngest Grand Slam final in 11 years matches Ashleigh Barty, 23, against Marketa Vondrousova, 19, for the French Open title. The two players have old-school games that should please tennis purists: Barty, the No. 8 seed, has a wicked slice backhand, and the unseeded Vondrousova has a penchant for dastardly drop shots.

Both won topsy-turvy semifinals on Friday, but Barty may have a slight advantage in this final because she has played on Chatrier before. Vondrousova’s only experience in the stadium, she said, was cheering on her Czech countrywoman Lucie Safarova as she lost to Serena Williams in the 2015 final.

The junior finals

Each final features an underdog American. The girls’ final matches Emma Navarro of South Carolina against the top-seeded Leylah Annie Fernandez, 16, of Canada. Navarro, 18, won last year’s U.S.T.A. national girls 18 clay court championship, earning a wild card into the WTA tournament in Charleston, S.C., this year. (Navarro is three months older than Amanda Anisimova, who played in the women’s semifinals on Friday).

The boys’ final features the American Toby Alex Kodat, an unseeded 16-year-old whose half sister, Nicole Vaidisova, reached the 2006 women’s semifinals here at 17. Kodat will face the seventh-seeded Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune, 16, of Denmark.

A bigger stage

Three weeks ago, Kevin Krawietz and his partner, Andreas Mies, beat the men’s doubles team of Fabrice Martin and Andre Begemann in the final of the Challenger event in Heilbronn, Germany. On Saturday, three of those four will reunite in the French Open final.

Martin teamed with Jérémy Chardy here for a run through a men’s doubles draw that has been full of surprises. Both teams are unseeded, but Krawietz and Mies distinguished themselves by building a soccer-style human wall in their third-round win over the fourth-seeded team of Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic.

They meet again

As they did in Melbourne in January, Dylan Alcott and David Wagner will play for the first title in the quad wheelchair division at Roland Garros. Alcott, who has become quite prominent in his native Australia, won the Australian Open final in straight sets.

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Fred VanVleet lost a tooth after a scary elbow as the Raptors took a dominant 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals

  • The Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 105-92 to take a dominant 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.
  • In the fourth quarter, Raptors guard Fred VanVleet caught an elbow to the face and lost a tooth in the process.
  • VanVleet left the game, but cleared concussion protocol and later re-joined his team on the bench.
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The Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors on Friday night, 105-92, to take a dominant 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

After the Warriors had controlled the opening stretch of the action, the Raptors stormed back with a near-flawless third quarter to take a lead that they would never give up.

In the middle of it all, Raptors guard Fred VanVleet lost a tooth.

While going up for a rebound in the fourth quarter, VanVleet caught a brutal elbow right in the face from the Warriors Shaun Livingston. He hit the ground hard and later left the court with the Toronto medical staff.

A cameraman later caught what appeared to be VanVleet’s tooth, which was left on the court after the hard contact.

VanVleet would receive seven stitches, but was cleared of concussion protocol and declared ready to return to the game if necessary, but Toronto would be fine without him, closing out the game to win two straight at Golden State.

VanVleet would also leave with a special souvenir.

With the win, the Raptors took a dominant 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, needing just one more win to take their first championship in franchise history.

Game 5 is set for Monday night in Toronto.

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Murder cops charge third teen after aspiring musician, 15, killed in London knife attack

A 15-year-old has been charged with the murder of the teenager in May.

The boy, who can’t be named for legal reasons, was arrested on Friday, and is the third person charged in connection with the death, the police said.

He is due before magistrates on Saturday charged with murder, grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.

Last month, Romaine Williams-Reid, 18, from Romford was charged with murder and grievous bodily harm after the deadly knife attack.

He will appear in custody at the Old Bailey on July 25.

“If you haven’t spoken to police about what you saw, I need you to get in touch.”

DCI Helen Rance, Met Police

A 16-year-old boy, charged on Friday, has been remanded in custody accused of murder, grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of an offensive weapon and possession f cannabis.

Aspiring musician Tashaûn was just 15-years-old when he was stabbed and killed in Stoke Newington, north-east London, on May 1.

A post-mortem revealed he died of a stab wound in his lung with police describing how he was chased by the gang before another boy on a bike, 16, was also stabbed.

Detective Chief Inspector Helen Rance said at the time: “Our investigation is making good progress and my officers are following a number of lines of inquiry, but we know there is more work for us to do in tracking down all of those involved in this horrific murder of a teenage boy who had his whole life in front of him.

“We know that witnesses saw Tashaûn and the 16-year-old victim being attacked by a group of youths in a park near Somerford Grove.

“Tashaûn was part of a group of about six when four suspects ran at them. We retain an open mind as to any motive behind this terrible incident.

“It would have been quite a scene and following the confrontation, everyone fled.

“If you haven’t spoken to police about what you saw, I need you to get in touch.

“If you are worried about telling police, or even if you don’t want to speak to us directly, I would urge you to use anonymous methods such as Crimestoppers where you could provide vital information without even having to give your name.

“The people who killed Tashaûn and seriously injured another 16-year-old boy must be removed from the community, and only you can help us do it.”

His family in May went to the scene of his death in Somerford Grove, Hackney, with one woman heard screaming: “It’s my son. It’s my son”.

He was described by friends as a “good guy” and produced Afrobeat and drill music.

In a statement released by Scotland Yard last month, they said: “Tashaun was family orientated, he loved his family and we loved him dearly.

“He was passionate about his music and he loved drawing. He was a loving, caring boy with an infectious laugh.”

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