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Women's World Cup: Donald Trump responds to Megan Rapinoe White House comments

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Women's World Cup: Donald Trump responds to Megan Rapinoe White House comments

A day after video surfaced of United States Women's National Team co-captain Megan Rapinoe saying she's "not going to the f--king White House," President Donald Trump scolded Rapinoe in a series of tweets Wednesday morning. 

Trump tweeted that he will invite Rapinoe and her teammates to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. "win or lose," adding that Rapinoe "should never disrespect our [country], the White House, or our [flag]."

Rapinoe, 33, told Eight By Eight magazine in a video tweeted Tuesday that she didn't expect her team to be invited to the White House if they won the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. She has been an outspoken critic of the president and faced criticism from his supporters for not singing or placing her right hand over her heart during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before World Cup matches.

She told Yahoo Sports in May that "I'll probably never put my hand over my heart" and "I'll probably never sing the national anthem again." U.S. Soccer's bylaws do not mandate either, and say that anyone "representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented." U.S. Soccer instituted Policy 604-1 after Rapinoe became the first white athlete to kneel during the playing of the national anthem in September 2016.

Rapinoe kneeled before a game with her club team and then for the USWNT, telling The Associated Press she did so in solidarity with then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest of racial inequality and social injustice.

"Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties," she said at the time. "It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it. It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”

U.S. Soccer criticized her at the time, and enacted Policy 604-1 as a response. Trump told The Hill on Tuesday that he didn't think it was "appropriate" for Rapinoe to not put her hand over her heart during the anthem or to have knelt previously. 

The president tweeted Wednesday that Rapinoe should stop doing so because "so much has been done for her [and] the team." Rapinoe is one of 28 USWNT players who have sued U.S. Soccer for "institutionalized gender discrimination" in how their team is paid and treated in comparison to the men's national team.

The two sides agreed to mediation last week. 

Although the president claimed that "leagues and teams love coming to the White House" other than the NBA, Business Insider found that 10 of 20 champions in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, WNBA, college football and men's and women's college basketball did not go to the White House since Trump took office.

Trump tweeted in September 2017 that he disinvited the then-reigning NBA champion Warriors from the White House after Steph Curry reiterated he and his teammates did not want to go. The president did the same after the Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl in 2018 following reports that as few as two players would attend the ceremony. 

Champion teams previously visited the White House beforehand, but it became routine under President Ronald Reagan. The USWNT visited with Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama after winning World Cup titles in 1991, 1999 and 2015, respectively. 

Brighton-Wolves live stream: Watch Premier League game online, on TV

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Brighton-Wolves live stream: Watch Premier League game online, on TV

Wolverhampton Wanderers have a window of opportunity to make the Champions League.

Thanks to Chelsea's loss away to Everton on Saturday, Wolves can cut the gap to fourth place down to just three points. While they won't play the Blues until May, a three-point gap with 22 games remaining is plenty manageable for Nuno Espírito Santo's side.

But first, Wolverhampton need to beat Brighton on Sunday. The Seagulls just beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates midweek, and results breaking Brighton's way could facilitate a move up into the top half of the English Premier League table. 

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Here's how to watch Sunday's Brighton-Wolves match online and on TV. 

When: Sunday Dec. 7 at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Online: NBC Sports

Aston Villa-Leicester City live stream: Watch Premier League game online

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Aston Villa-Leicester City live stream: Watch Premier League game online

If there is going to be an English Premier League title race, it's on Leicester City. 

The Foxes entered Sunday 11 points back of league-leading Liverpool, and Manchester City's loss to rival Manchester United on Saturday effectively ended City's quest for a three-peat. That leaves Leicester as Liverpool's lone remaining title challenger, and an eight-point deficit at this point might yet be too much to overcome. 

It doesn't help that Aston Villa stands in the way. The newly-promoted side narrowly lost to Chelsea midweek, and the Villans drew Manchester United at Old Trafford days before that. Jack Grealish's return to the lineup has reinvigorated Villa, and they can make a statement in their bid to stay up with a win over the Premier League's happiest surprise. 

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Here's how to watch Sunday's Aston Villa-Leicester City match live online and on TV. 

When: Sunday Dec. 8 at 9:00 a.m. ET/6:00 a.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Online: NBC Sports