U.S. Markets open in 1 hr 51 mins

Megan Rapinoe rips FIFA: 'Old, male and stale'

Megan Rapinoe played for the U.S. in two recent friendlies against South Korea. (Getty)

Megan Rapinoe has never been one to shy away from speaking her mind.

The U.S. women’s national team star, part of the 2015 World Cup-winning American squad, stands up – or kneels – for what she believes is right. So when the corrupt, incompetent organization that governs her sport is (somewhat) responsible for some truly inexplicable decisions, Rapinoe is not going to keep quiet.

Speaking to the BBC ahead of Monday’s FIFA awards, where soccer’s international governing body will honor both a female and male player of the year, Rapinoe blasted FIFA as “old, male and stale.”

The criticism stems from the three nominees for the award officially known as The Best FIFA Women’s Player of 2017. American star Carli Lloyd was one of them. But also on the shortlist, along with Holland’s Lieke Martens, was Deyna Castellanos, an 18-year-old Venezuelan who doesn’t even play in a professional league.

Castellanos could some day be a great player. But her most notable accomplishment is finishing with the joint-second-most goals at the 2016 Under-17 World Cup – a tournament, by the way, that took place last September and October. The award supposedly considers performances from November through August.

“The award just doesn’t hold a lot of weight when you’ve got someone on the list I’ve never heard of,” Rapinoe told the BBC. “It signals to us and it signals to the rest of the world that FIFA doesn’t really care.”

Castellanos is a sophomore at Florida State, and has never played for Venezuela’s senior national team. There are countless more deserving candidates, including Australian forward Sam Kerr, the leading scorer in the NWSL. Kerr also offered veiled criticism after being excluded: “Not surprised really, it’s FIFA,” she said.

Castellanos’ inclusion is roughly the equivalent of Amine Gouiri or Lassana Ndiaye being nominated for the men’s award alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. You’ve probably never heard of either. And that’s precisely the point. The actual third nominee for the men’s award is Neymar.

To be fair to FIFA, the organization itself isn’t behind the nominations. Coaches, players and media members from around the world vote on the awards. “The process is clear and transparent and we are not involved in the final selection of nominees,” FIFA said in a statement. “However, we have taken note of the concerns raised by the football community and our fans and will take this feedback on board in future editions of The Best Awards.”

Still, Rapinoe feels the governing body could have stepped in to fix the farce.

“If some random male player, who was not even a full professional, was nominated, I’m sure they would step in for that,” Rapinoe said of FIFA. “So it’s disappointing that the same hasn’t been done for us.”

– – – – – –

Henry Bushnell covers soccer – the U.S. national teams, the Premier League, and much, much more – for FC Yahoo and Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Question? Comment? Email him at henrydbushnell@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @HenryBushnell.

More from Yahoo Sports:
President Trump resumes attack on NFL for ‘total disrespect’
Cubs’ Arrieta undergoes massive makeover
Seahawks star shoves coach in heated sideline exchange
Report: Suns fire head coach after star’s cryptic tweet

  • What happens if you win Mega Millions' $970M jackpot?
    Business
    Associated Press

    What happens if you win Mega Millions' $970M jackpot?

    Despite the terrible odds — one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home — someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, which now stands at $970 million. Here are some answers for someone holding that prized lottery ticket for what would be the second-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. Lottery officials recommend winners take a deep breath, put their winning ticket in a safe spot and consult with a reputable financial planner before popping over to the lottery headquarters.

  • Why Yandex N.V. Stock Plunged Today
    Business
    Motley Fool

    Why Yandex N.V. Stock Plunged Today

    What happened Shares of Yandex N.V. (NASDAQ: YNDX) dropped 17.8% on Thursday following reports that Russia's state-owned Sberbank may take a controlling stake in the country's leading internet search company. More specifically, according to sources speaking

  • The ‘smart money’ says it’s time to buy the Chinese internet giants and the U.S. FAANGs
    News
    MarketWatch

    The ‘smart money’ says it’s time to buy the Chinese internet giants and the U.S. FAANGs

    When the media and investors turn negative on stocks but the “smart money” is bullish, it’s a good time to think about buying. After all, exactly what is the smart money, and how do you know? Lately, several fund managers who pass this test have been pounding the table on Chinese internet names.

  • AMD's Q3 Earnings to Gain on Portfolio Strength & GPU Demand
    Business
    Zacks

    AMD's Q3 Earnings to Gain on Portfolio Strength & GPU Demand

    Advanced Micro Devices Inc AMD is set to report third-quarter 2018 results on Oct 24.Notably, AMD has a positive record of earnings surprises in the trailing four quarters, the average surprise being 30.97%. In the last reported quarter, earnings of 14

  • Provocateur Stormy Daniels Takes an Unexpected Turn in the National Spotlight
    Politics
    Time

    Provocateur Stormy Daniels Takes an Unexpected Turn in the National Spotlight

    To understand what it means to be famous like Stormy Daniels, for the reasons she is famous, spend time with her in a public space. On Oct. 15, a California judge threw out the defamation case she filed against Donald Trump. Over the past year, Daniels, 39, has become the Zelig of White House scandals.

  • Tesla Starts Taking Orders for Shorter-Range $45,000 Model 3
    Business
    Bloomberg

    Tesla Starts Taking Orders for Shorter-Range $45,000 Model 3

    The electric-car maker has started taking orders for a mid-range battery Model 3 that goes about 260 miles between charges for $45,000. Offering cheaper versions of the vehicle raised a “big and unanswered question” of Tesla maintaining profit targets for the car, he said. While Tesla is making the Model 3 more accessible to some buyers, the starting price for sedans with the long-range battery is rising to $54,000.

  • Suddenly Toxic, Saudi Prince Is Shunned by Investors He Courted
    World
    Bloomberg

    Suddenly Toxic, Saudi Prince Is Shunned by Investors He Courted

    Now Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could become the biggest risk to his own project. Everything changed when Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and didn’t come out. Prince Mohammed, who’s denied any knowledge of Khashoggi’s fate, still has his defenders -– notably Donald Trump.

  • Goldman Sachs Adds Nvidia To 'Conviction Buy' List
    Business
    Yahoo Finance Video

    Goldman Sachs Adds Nvidia To 'Conviction Buy' List

    Goldman Sachs analyst Toshiya Hari reiterated his 'Buy' rating for Nvidia and added the chip-maker to Goldman’s 'Conviction Buy' list.

  • 7 Stocks Warren Buffett Can’t Stop Buying
    Finance
    InvestorPlace

    7 Stocks Warren Buffett Can’t Stop Buying

    Sometimes identifying the best stocks to buy can be difficult, but you could do a lot worse than checking out the stocks selected by one of the world’s savviest hedge fund managers — Warren Buffett. Buffett’s stock picks are a popular source for investors, and for good reason. The billionaire Buffett is many things: He’s among the world’s most successful fund managers, a legendary philanthropist and owns more than 60 companies.

  • Home Depot vs. Lowe’s: Both Stocks Are Slumping, So Which One Should You Buy?
    Finance
    GoBankingRates

    Home Depot vs. Lowe’s: Both Stocks Are Slumping, So Which One Should You Buy?

    An analyst downgrade based on housing market outlooks has sent stocks from Lowe’s and Home Depot down over the last two days. Both Home Depot and Lowe’s are in downtrends dating back to September. On Wednesday, shares in Lowe’s and The Home Depot were slumping after disappointing housing market data led a key analyst to downgrade his ratings and slash price targets, and both stocks continued the slump into a second day on Thursday.

  • Finance
    CNBC

    Dow is set to rise 100 points at the open, rebounding from a 300-point loss on Thursday

    U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Friday as Wall Street tried to rebound from steep losses in the previous session. At 7 a.m. ET, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose 51 points, indicating a gain of 68.55 points. This follows a sell-off on Wall Street in the previous trading session, adding to already steep losses for the month of October.

  • Business
    Reuters

    Micron to buy Intel's stake in joint venture IM Flash Technologies

    The deal terms include payment of about $1.5 billion in cash, as well as taking over Intel's debt to the venture, which was about $1 billion as of Aug. 30, Micron said. Intel and Micron initially contributed about $1.2 billion each to set up IM Flash Technologies in 2006. IM Flash (Intel-Micron Flash) makes 3D XPoint used in data centres and high-end computers and the joint venture is already consolidated in Micron's reported financial statements.

  • Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren question Jeff Bezos about Whole Foods' seemingly anti-union stance
    Finance
    American City Business Journals

    Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren question Jeff Bezos about Whole Foods' seemingly anti-union stance

    Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are pressing Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos to hand over an anti-union video allegedly sent to Whole Foods Market Inc. employees. Warren, D-Mass., and Sanders, I-Vt., wrote in a letter sent Wednesday that the video could have violated labor laws if employees were warned that stores could close as a result of unionization.

  • Canada Has Legalized Marijuana. Here's What That Means For American Travelers
    Business
    Time

    Canada Has Legalized Marijuana. Here's What That Means For American Travelers

    Recreational marijuana is now legal across Canada, giving millions of people the right to buy, carry and grow cannabis. “Regardless of Canada’s legalization of marijuana today, nothing will be changing on the U.S. side or with CBP policies and procedures at the border,” Malin said via email. U.S. residents are free to consume cannabis in Canada, but they should leave it behind when returning home, says Erik Altieri, the executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws (NORML).

  • Ford Motor Company Earnings: What to Watch For
    Business
    Motley Fool

    Ford Motor Company Earnings: What to Watch For

    Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) will report its third-quarter earnings results after the markets close on Oct. 24. Wall Street analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect Ford to report earnings of $0.30 per share, on average, down from $0.43 in the third quarter of 2017. Ford's F-Series pickups continue to sell well and generate good profits, thanks to high-margin versions like this F-150 Limited.

  • Employee Accused of Urinating on Production Line at Food Processing Facility
    Business
    WTKR - Norfolk

    Employee Accused of Urinating on Production Line at Food Processing Facility

    Smithfield Foods, Inc. said in a statement Tuesday that it disposed of more than 50,000 pounds of product after reports of an employee urinating at his station at the company’s processing facility in Virginia.

  • 3 Top Tobacco Stocks Still Burning Strong
    Finance
    InvestorPlace

    3 Top Tobacco Stocks Still Burning Strong

    In many respects, the top tobacco stocks defy logic. The Surgeon General’s Office released their report warning about the dangers of tobacco in 1964. Despite a sustained anti-smoking crusade, tobacco stocks continued marching higher.

  • The same question that can chart a path to early retirement is the one Warren Buffett used to build Berkshire Hathaway into a powerhouse
    Business
    Business Insider

    The same question that can chart a path to early retirement is the one Warren Buffett used to build Berkshire Hathaway into a powerhouse

    Inversion is a mental model that involves flipping your outlook to prevent the opposite of what you want to happen from happening. Warren Buffett and his business partner Charlie Munger employed inversion as a business strategy to build Berkshire Hathaway into a powerhouse. In a recent podcast with Brandon of the Mad Fientist, who retired early at 34, productivity expert James Clear said the same strategy Buffett used can help set someone on the path for early retirement.

  • Finance
    Investopedia

    Berkshire Is Undervalued, Says JPMorgan

    Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s ( BRK.B) Class B shares are cheap if you apply the same metrics that its CEO Warren Buffett does to value companies, according to JPMorgan. In a research note, reported on by CNBC, analyst Sarah DeWitt said Berkshire, a company that investors have historically struggled to value properly because of its many moving parts, suddenly appears to be attractively priced when factoring in all the profits made by the stocks held in its $200 billion equity portfolio into its earnings. “Look-through earnings” take into account current period earnings that show up in financial statements, together with other sources of earnings expected in the long run. This method is used by Buffett as a way to appreciate that companies sometimes retain earnings after paying dividends and later invest them at a higher rate of return.

  • Business
    TheStreet.com

    Trading Nvidia After Goldman Sachs Upgrades to 'Conviction Buy'

    shares were doing well, up more than 1% after Goldman Sachs analysts placed the stock on its conviction buy list. It's been a bumpy ride for Nvidia this month, as the waves of selling in the broader market have taken their toll. In any regard, Goldman took Nvidia up to conviction buy with a $305 price target.

  • Finance
    IPO-Edge.com

    Why Warren Buffett and a Wal-Mart Heir Want a Slice of This Brazilian Payments IPO

    Warren Buffett and Wal-Mart heir Rob Walton are buying tickets to Brazil. Should investors join them for the ride? Brazilian digital-payments company StoneCo (ticker: STNE) plans to sell up to $1.1 billion in an offering of new and existing shares, valuing the company at $6.2 billion if they price at the top of the indicative range.

  • Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.B) Stock Moves -0.55%: What You Should Know
    Business
    Zacks

    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.B) Stock Moves -0.55%: What You Should Know

    Heading into today, shares of the company had lost 4.72% over the past month, lagging the Finance sector's loss of 3.07% and the S&P 500's loss of 2.61% in that time. For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $9.90 per share and revenue of $248.35 billion, which would represent changes of +68.94% and +2.56%, respectively, from the prior year. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.

  • Twitter (TWTR) Q3 Earnings Preview: What to Know Ahead of the Release
    Business
    Zacks

    Twitter (TWTR) Q3 Earnings Preview: What to Know Ahead of the Release

    Twitter (TWTR) is expected to deliver a year-over-year increase in earnings on higher revenues when it reports results for the quarter ended September 2018. This widely-known consensus outlook gives a good sense of the company's earnings picture, but how the actual results compare to these estimates is a powerful factor that could impact its near-term stock price. The earnings report, which is expected to be released on October 25, 2018, might help the stock move higher if these key numbers are better than expectations.

  • Marijuana stocks to watch: Aurora Cannabis investments may be more valuable than its pot
    News
    MarketWatch

    Marijuana stocks to watch: Aurora Cannabis investments may be more valuable than its pot

    Aurora Cannabis Inc. is a major pot producer, but if its bets on other cannabis companies continue to pay off, it may be able to stop actually growing weed on its own. Aurora (ACBFF)(CA:ACB) said recently its investments were worth more than C$700 million ($540 million) as of Sept. 21, bolstered in part by demand for pot stocks ahead of full legalization of marijuana in Canada on Wednesday. As the entire sector has benefited, so has Aurora’s portfolio, boosting the company’s fiscal fourth-quarter profit to C$79.9 million, after a loss of $20.8 million the year earlier.

  • Lockheed Martin (LMT) Dips More Than Broader Markets: What You Should Know
    Finance
    Zacks

    Lockheed Martin (LMT) Dips More Than Broader Markets: What You Should Know

    Lockheed Martin (LMT) closed the most recent trading day at $328.12, moving -1.58% from the previous trading session. In that same time, the Aerospace sector lost 1.77%, while the S&P 500 lost 2.61%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $13.14 billion, up 8.02% from the year-ago period.