Single-Digit Soccer: “Messi would never have made it in the USA”

The U.S. youth soccer system is often criticized as too Anglo. Too athletic. Too focused on big brawny suburbanites, too resistant to Hispanic players and their magical ball skills. And so the argument goes that if Lionel Messi had been … Cont...

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Monday Myriad, March 18: Judges, skating, thin ice, etc.

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Sharpest Title IX comment in a while

I’m a little uneasy with Sally Jenkins’ comments since her co-author Lance Armstrong’s downfall, and I do think Title IX enforcement is getting counterproductive in spots. But Jenkins has a lively wit, and when she’s right, sh...

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The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 8: Much more Mr. Nice Guy

Previously on The Ultimate Fighter: Nothing of interest. Not in the mini-recap, anyway. We’re quickly on to what passes for the theme music this season, a couple of French horn notes while Dana White squints. Adam Cella thinks no one … C...

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Monday Myriad, March 11: Skating through the dysfunction

Storify and WordPress aren’t speaking to each other at the moment, so just go to Storify and see all the great videos of soccer, speedskating and freestyle skiing, plus a few good tweets and features from biathlon and elsewhere....

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World Cup spring, USA vs. Maze: “I want that globe”

Slovenia’s Tina Maze has the overall World Cup Alpine title in hand, more than doubling her closest pursuer (2,254 points to 1,065 for Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch. The only suspense remaining in the women’s standings: Can Maze comp...

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MLS: New stadiums already? Slow down

A hypothetical City Council meeting in Expansionville, 2014. MLS MAN: Greetings! I represent the local owner-investors who are ready to plunk down $80 million in expansion fees to bring Major League Soccer to Expansionville! COUNCILPERSON 1: Sounds g...

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FIFA boldly … asks for clarification on Nigeria’s lesbian ban

The Nigerian women’s soccer team went into the 2011 World Cup with the momentum of having ousted lesbians from the team. The FIFA response at the time: “Huh? What? Oh. OK, we’ll talk to the coach.” Now, with reports that &hell...

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