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Women’s World Cup 2019: USA’s Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe explain why they switched taking penalty kick

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first_imgThe United States’ match against Spain came down to an important penalty kick, but there was a change in plan when it came to which American would take the shot. After Rose Lavelle was fouled inside the box by Spain’s Virginia Torrecilla, star forward Alex Morgan stepped up and it looked like she was going to take the penalty kick. After a lengthy VAR review, however, she came back out and handed the ball to Megan Rapinoe.  The veteran, who had scored in the 7th minute off another penalty to Tobin Heath, stepped up and converted to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead in the 75th minute. It wasn’t clear at the time the reasoning behind the switch, but Morgan said after the game that it was a decision made by head coach Jill Ellis. Related News “We’ve practiced these a lot,” Rapinoe told reporters. “Obviously you can never replicate having a knockout round game on the line with it, but to be honest, I had given it to Alex in the beginning just because I took the first one and I thought we should switch it up.”And then they were like you’re first in line for a reason so just get back up there and take it. So I didn’t really feel a lot of pressure to begin with because I had a short wait. I just had to go from the sideline and take it.”After barely escaping with a win, the U.S. advances to face France in the quarterfinals Friday. Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USA’s close win over Spaincenter_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match “We have the penalty takers and this actually hasn’t come up where we had two penalties in a game yet, so Rapinoe gave me the ball. But it’s ultimately the coach’s decision. The ball went back to Rapinoe and the ball went to the back of the net,” Morgan told Fox Sports.Same penalty taker, same result! 🇺🇸@mPinoe showing nerves of steel from the penalty spot! 💪 #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/4ykSp0SZvq— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) June 24, 2019With Rapinoe’s second goal, she became the second player in the Women’s World Cup history to score two penalties in one match. The only other player to reach that feat, ironically, was Spain’s Jennifer Hermoso. last_img read more

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Top court to hear federal governments appeal on residential school records

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first_imgOTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada is set to hold a hearing today on the federal government’s appeal of a decision that allows personal records from survivors of residential schools to be destroyed after 15 years unless individuals decide otherwise.Ottawa argues it controls the documents and that they are subject to legislation pertaining to access to information, archiving and privacy.“To ensure that the history of what happened at the residential schools is not forgotten or lost on future generations, the documentary record must be preserved,” the attorney general argued in her factum to the court.The government also argues that the use of the court’s “inherent jurisdiction” to order the wholesale destruction of the records “fails to respect the intentions”of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, which settled the largest class action in Canadian history.“Many of the records at issue in this appeal often contain deeply personal accounts of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of former students,” the factum says.“The information was provided in the context of an independent assessment process to provide compensation for this abuse.”Carey Newman, a First Nations artist who formed a group called the Coalition to Preserve Truth, agrees the impact of destroying the documents would be enormous, calling them a very important piece of Canadian history.Newman said he plans to attend the court’s hearing on Thursday.The coalition believes traumatic events are only part of the complex history of residential schools, Newman said; the ensuing personal trauma has been resonating through the lives of families for generations.Newman, the son of a residential school survivor, decided to push for the preservation of the records after a friend asked him how he would feel about their destruction.“It just kind of sat on my heart,” he said in an interview.“That was the question for me that sort of convinced me that I had to do something … I think it is important for people to know this is the very final decision and that the largest number of stories about the worst things that happened in residential school are at stake.”Many survivors are either gravely ill or have already died and do not have the capacity to make a request to preserve the records, Newman added.The federal government and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission both agree the survivor accounts are a critical part of Canadian history that should be preserved.For its part, the independent claims adjudicator has maintained that claimants were promised confidentiality, which means that only they have the right to waive their privacy.A lower court judge ruled the material should be destroyed after 15 years, but individuals could consent to have their stories preserved at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Winnipeg.In a split decision in April 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal agreed, noting the documents were not government records subject to archiving laws.The court also rejected the idea the documents were “government records” but fell under judicial control.A dissenting justice maintained, however, that documents should be turned over to Library and Archives Canada, subject to normal privacy safeguards and rules.“If the IAP documents are destroyed,” wrote Justice Robert Sharpe, “we obliterate an important part of our effort to deal with a very dark moment in our history.”The Assembly of First Nations argues the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the promises of confidentiality made to former students of residential schools by ordering the destruction of records and ensuring former students maintain control over the accounts of their residential school experiences.“The future release of IAP records without the consent of claimants will result in the re-victimization of former students and will pose real harms to First Nation communities,” the organization said in its factum to the court.“This is particularly problematic in the case of victims and perpetrators related to student-on-student abuse.”—With files from Colin Perkel in Toronto; follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

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