Can’t stop Beezie Madden

Irrepressible equestrian star Beezie Madden, a team jumping gold medalist in 2004 and 2008, keeps jumping into her 50s. The 51-year-old Madden is the first woman to win the Longines King George V Gold Cup. Not bad for someone who … Continue re...

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Monday Myriad, Aug. 4: Flip and fight

Starting with a few bits of news: - Both U.S. teams won their first matches at the 2014 Chess Olympiad, then faltered today against high seeds. The U.S. open team lost 2.5-1.5 to the Netherlands, while the U.S. women lost … Continue reading &r...

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Washington Spirit … playoff-bound?

For the most startling comment in the wake of Washington’s last-minute winner over Chicago on a pleasant Saturday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex, let’s check in with Chicago coach Rory Dames on how the loss affected the Red Stars’...

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Monday Myriad, July 28: Sprinter’s paradise

We begin this week with a view of a cycling sprint finish from the winner’s perspective. Sounds like that would be “nothing,” but Marianne Vos didn’t take the lead until the last few meters: Last 200m is strangely zen. RT &hel...

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MMA has answered its fundamental question

UFC founding father Art Davis has written a book (with fellow soccer/MMA commentator Sean Wheelock) on the early days of the UFC — Is This Legal?: The Inside Story of The First UFC from the Man Who Created It. Bloody … Continue reading &...

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Chasing a national championship

National youth championships in the USA are the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Whoever thinks these up should be stoned. –┬áHorst Bertl, Dallas Comets What is the reason for having roses when blood is shed carelessly? &h...

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U.S. soccer’s cluttered amateur/semipro/youth landscape

Summers are getting shorter all the time, aren’t they? If you’re a soccer player or fan, they certainly are. My county’s school system only wrapped up its school year 30 days ago. And already, a lot of our local soccer … Cont...

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Spirit-Thorns and the state of NWSL player development

Think for a second about the talent on the field at last night’s Washington Spirit-Portland Thorns game. The teams combined to use 27 players. Ten players have made it to the field in a World Cup or Olympics. Six more … Continue reading ...

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