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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Remembering Dan Borislow

Dan Borislow’s larger-than-life reputation was so great that, upon hearing of his death this morning, I immediately thought I needed to get his side of the story. I was sorely tempted to text him, thinking I might get an entertaining … C...

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Monday Myriad, July 21: Spike and strike

This week: A couple of U.S. teams won world championships (one official, one nearly official), and we had a track meet with a series of dizzying performances. We are the champions (I): U.S. men in the World League volleyball final. #FIVBWorldLeague:...

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The rise of the U.S. soccer media

What was the “soccer media” in 1996, when MLS first launched? For the most part, it was Soccer America, Michael Lewis, Grahame Jones and a handful of people who managed to make soccer at least part of their beat work. At some news org...

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An Olympic venue that is NOT a white elephant

And no surprise, it’s from the 2002 Olympics. It’s the Utah Olympic Oval: Several members noted the oval was the centerpiece of a recreational gathering place for Kearns residents, quite worthy of the investment. “The oval is the he...

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Monday Myriad, July 14: Steeple-caught

A few things you might have missed while waiting for Argentina to get a shot on frame: BEST RECORD PERFORMANCE Emma Coburn wanted the U.S. record in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Ethiopia’s Hiwot Ayalew just wanted a Diamond Leagu...

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Guest post: Africa in the World Cup

Guest post by Will Sinsky: In one day, it was over. After national teams Nigeria and Algeria both placed second in their respective World Cup groups to advance to the round of 16, both were knocked out in quick succession … Continue reading &r...

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Violinist allegedly qualified for Games through rigged race

Not that we could ever condone cheating, but wouldn’t it be nice to think that if we’re going to bend the rules to get a celebrity into the Olympics, we did it for a violinist? Culture still exists! Slovenia Ski Association … Cont...

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