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World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe, WNBA champion Sue Bird announce engagement

Two-time soccer World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe and 11-time WNBA All-Star Sue Bird are getting hitched.

The sports power couple announced their engagement with a photo posted to Bird’s Instagram account on Friday and a representative for Rapinoe confirmed the news to Reuters, as congratulations for the couple poured in across social media.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Bird, 40, won her fourth WNBA title with the Storm earlier this month, bouncing back after missing all of the 2019 season due to a knee injury.

Rapinoe, who claimed the Ballon d’Or in 2019 after a career-defining year in which she won her second World Cup title, along with the Golden Boot and Golden Ball, was a regular fixture on the sidelines during the 2020 WNBA season, which took place entirely inside a quarantined setting in Bradenton, Florida, due to the new coronavirus.


The pair, who have been an item for more than three years, became the first openly LGBT couple to appear in the ESPN “Body Issue” in 2018, and have together been vocal advocates for a variety of political and social causes.

The announcement prompted well-wishes from numerous high-profile figures in sport and politics.

“Love will always win,” tweeted former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee. “Congratulations, @S10Bird and @mPinoe!”

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Jimmy Fallon and Robert Irwin Mimic Cardi B to Speak to a Kookaburra Bird

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Cardi B is known for her bird call to fans, and it turns out, real-life conservationists like Robert Irwin are putting it to good use.

The 14-year-old son of the late Steve Irwin appeared on Wednesday’s Tonight Show where he introduced host Jimmy Fallon to a variety of wildlife. One such animal was Cookie the Kookaburra bird.

“These are kind of my alarm clocks back at home in Australia,” Robert told Fallon of the long-beaked bird. “They make these really loud calls. It kind of sounds like, you know the rapper Cardi B?”

Robert then imitated Cardi B, encouraging Fallon to do the same, in an effort to get the Kookaburra to call out. Fallon’s energetic Cardi B impression confused the bird, who sadly did not call out.

“They’re predators, everything’s based on movement, so any little animal they see that’s moving they’re right on it, and they attack,” Robert said as the bird turned to a scared Fallon. “So don’t make any sudden movements.”

Robert also opened up about paying tribute to his late father at his Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony last month.

“It was such an amazing honor, really, a true honor for us because he’s really one of the only conservationists honored on the Walk of Fame, so it’s great to continue his message and really keep his dream alive,” he said, noting the star is located next to his father’s favorite artist, Johnny Cash.

Robert brought out his mother and sister, Terri and Bindi Irwin, to introduce Fallon to what his dad called “frogs with sharp teeth” – the American alligator.

For more from the Irwins, watch the clip below!

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