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Meghan Duggan, United States women’s hockey team captain, announces retirement

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United States women’s hockey star Meghan Duggan announced her retirement Tuesday in an essay that was published on ESPN. Duggan, 33, was the captain of the United States squad that won a gold medal at the 2018 Olympics — the country’s first gold medal in two decades. The Wisconsin graduate is the only man or woman to captain both a gold-medal winning Olympic hockey team and an NCAA championship team.

“Hockey literally changed my life,” Duggan wrote. “I put on a pair of skates as a toddler and grew up through the sport. It’s been one of the greatest privileges of my life to play for Team USA. While being an athlete will always be part of my identity, I am ready for the next chapter.”

Duggan was a star on the ice. She debuted with the national team in 2007at 19, when she was a freshman at

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Meghan Duggan, a champion across women’s hockey, retires

In the midst of the U.S. women’s hockey national team fighting for better wages and equitable support, Meghan Duggan got on the phone with every player to explain what it was all about.

With the world championships on home ice weeks away and the stakes high, Duggan felt it was her duty as captain.

“When you think of a captain on your team and a leader on your team, you want someone that’s willing to do things that no one else is willing to do,” teammate Monique Lamoureux-Morando recalled.

Duggan did that on and off the ice, leading the U.S. to the 2018 Olympic gold medal and spearheading the wage boycott. A year earlier that led to a new contract and a brighter spotlight on the sport.

She announced her retirement Tuesday after 11 years with the national team. She was the first American men’s or women’s player to win

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United States women’s hockey captain Meghan Duggan retiring

Meghan Duggan, captain of the U.S. women’s hockey team that won Olympic gold in 2018, is retiring.

Duggan, who had a 14-year stint with the national team, announced her retirement in an essay published Tuesday by ESPN.

“Hockey literally changed my life,” Duggan wrote. “I put on a pair of skates as a toddler and grew up through the sport. It’s been one of the greatest privileges of my life to play for Team USA. While being an athlete will always be part of my identity, I am ready for the next chapter.”

Duggan, 33, played in 137 games for the U.S. women’s national team, scoring 40 goals and 35 assists. She won seven gold medals at the IIHF world championships and was part of three Olympic teams — winning silver in 2010 and 2014 and taking home gold in 2018 — the American women’s first Olympic gold in 20

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Montclair Women’s Club Kicks Off Zoom Series With Art Program

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The following news release comes courtesy of the Montclair Women’s Club. Learn more about posting announcements or events to your local Patch site.

Montclair artist Carol J. Cohn will lead a dynamic, collaborative art program on Oct. 29 as the inaugural offering of a new 2020-21 virtual season for the Montclair Women’s Club, which is welcoming its community back for the first time since February.

The club is reaching out to its community with “Among Friends,” a new monthly series of Zoom-based programs that will spotlight members who will share their personal passions, interests, and experiences.

In the first of the series, Cohn will present a virtual, participatory session in which audience members will be able to reflect upon and share experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic — an opportunity to capture its personal impact while invoking the power of art to heal individual and collective trauma. The

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COVID-19 couldn’t stop Texas Women’s Foundation from raising close to $1M at 35th annual luncheon

More than 2,000 guests attended Texas Women’s Foundation’s 35th annual luncheon, which was a virtual event due to COVID-19. In the 24 hours that followed the luncheon, another 11,000 watched a recording of the event, which brought together influential business and philanthropic leaders for a conversation with award-winning actress and bestselling author America Ferrera and Laysha Ward, executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for retail giant Target.

Toyota and the Dallas Mavericks sponsored the organization’s principal fundraiser. Toyota VP Bonnie Clinton and Mavs CEO Cynt Marshall co-chaired the event, which raised more than $926,000.

At Texas Women's Foundation's virtual fundraiser in late September, award-winning actress and bestselling author America Ferrera and Laysha Ward, executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for retail giant Target, talked about sisterhood and superpowers.
At Texas Women’s Foundation’s virtual fundraiser in late September, award-winning actress and bestselling author America Ferrera and Laysha Ward, executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for retail giant Target, talked about sisterhood and superpowers.(Texas Women’s Foundation)

The Texas Women’s Foundation mission is to advance the lives of women, girls and their

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TRIUMPH! Presents Women’s Stories Virtually in November

The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival is presenting an exceptional slate of theatre, dance and storytelling.

TRIUMPH! Presents Women's Stories Virtually in November

The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival is presenting an exceptional slate of theatre, dance and storytelling by remarkable performers that you can enjoy in a new virtual program, Triumph!

The two matinee programs are hosted by James and Lissa Reynolds. James is the Emmy Award winning star of the NBC Daytime Drama Days of Our Lives. Lissa is the Artistic Director of the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, where she starred in A Woman of Independent Means.

Fay Hauser-Price directs the afternoon shows. A member of the Directors Guild, her film credits include Where’s the Smoke and 5150. Her TV credits include Act Now (PBS) and Read to Me L.A. She is also a producer, writer and actor.

Performers include:

November 1 at 3:00 p.m. PST

Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye in The Fannie Lou

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WWE Raw results, recap, grades: Women’s title No. 1 contender emerges as WWE Draft concludes

The second night of the WWE Draft tends to be a little strange with the rosters in a state of disarray and very few storylines playing out as the dust continues to settle. That was largely the case again on Monday night with several matches featuring talent from both brands.

While this did produce a few good matches, most notably Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles vs. Seth Rollins, it also made for a very scattershot show that felt largely inconsequential less than two weeks out from the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. But the draft is now complete, for better or worse, and fans can start to see the skeleton of the next year of WWE programming.

Night 2 of the WWE Draft

The second night of picks went mostly as expected with a few notable changes to the Raw and SmackDown locker rooms. That included Raw selecting “The Fiend”

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National Women’s Hockey League founder Dani Rylan Kearney stepping down as commissioner

National Women’s Hockey League founder Dani Rylan Kearney is stepping down as commissioner as part of a restructuring of the league’s governing model, the Associated Press reported.

According to the AP, Rylan Kearney will remain involved as president of an ownership group that controls four of the NWHL’s six teams, and Tyler Tumminia will be appointed interim commissioner.

The league was scheduled to announce the moves on Tuesday.

The restructuring is a result of the NWHL’s forming an incorporated association that will be overseen by a board of governors, with one representative per team. This is a departure from the past, when the NWHL oversaw control of all teams.

Tumminia joined the NWHL as chairman of the league’s Toronto Six expansion team, which was founded in April. The Six and the NWHL’s Boston Pride are operated by independent ownership groups.

Rylan Kearney will oversee the league’s four remaining teams, which

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UConn-Notre Dame women’s basketball game postponed a year

For the first time in seven years, the UConn and Notre Dame women’s basketball teams won’t play in the regular season.

The schools announced Monday that the game was postponed because the Irish need to restructure their schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The perennial powers and former conference rivals extended their series last year through the 2023-24 season. That has been pushed back a year, with UConn hosting games next season and in 2023-24. The Irish will host the games in the other two years.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma said last week on a zoom call that he anticipated UConn playing all of its marquee non-conference games that included Baylor, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tennessee. None of those games had been officially confirmed yet, as conferences are still trying to figure out their schedules.

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Teams are allowed to

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UConn-Notre Dame women’s hoops rivalry will not be played in 2020-21 because of COVID-19

For the first time in a quarter-century one of the best rivalries in women’s college basketball could be on hold.

Notre Dame and UConn will not play each other in the 2020-21 regular season after agreeing to restructure their four-year deal due to COVID-19 related restrictions, the schools announced on Monday.

Notre Dame vs. UConn on hold for 2020-21

The prominent women’s hoops schools restructured their non-conference deal due to scheduling issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. NCAA Division I women’s basketball programs are allowed a maximum of 25 regular-season games. Schools played around 30 total in 2019-20.

The most recent year without a regular season meeting was in 2013-14, but they met in the NCAA championship game. UConn won its second of four consecutive titles with four-time Most Outstanding Player Breanna Stewart.

They could still meet in the NCAA tournament. The last time the two schools didn’t play each

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