• Norway’s soccer governing body announced this week that it will pay women’s and men’s national team members equally — a worldwide first. It’s a reminder that here in the United States, the men’s team, which failed to qualify for the World Cup from the world’s easiest group, is paid more than the women’s team, the reigning World Cup champion.
• Here’s a picture of how lucrative the Premier League is these days. Leicester City, the only English team to make it to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, earned a shade under $100 million from television deals in the Champions League. At the same time, the Foxes were finishing 12th in the Premier League, for which they earned more than $150 million.
• It wasn’t a repeat Big Ten championship, but the Gophers women’s soccer team managed to clinch second place with a double-overtime victory against Nebraska. The conference playoffs begin Sunday with a home game against Wisconsin. It’s the Gophers’ first time finishing in the top two for two consecutive years since 1995.