Woly Award: Missy Franklin, swimming

It’s easy to lose track of major swim meets (less easy to lose swim of major track meets … OK, that’s awful). So many events, so many Americans winning so many medals. So let’s recap the World Swimming Championships day-by-day...

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Washington Spirit vs. Sky Blue: The brief recap

One badly battered team was slightly better than the other badly battered team. A couple of calls — the lone goal looked offside, one likely handball in the box went uncalled — might have skewed the game the other way, … Continue r...

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Matchups to make in wake of Rampage-Tito announcement

In a mixed martial arts landscape dominated by the UFC, Bellator has made inroads with an alternate approach — mixing just a couple of UFC alumni with some younger or lesser-known fighters in tournaments broadcast for free, now on former &helli...

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Washington Spirit vs. Western New York: Blech

Writing a full-blown recap of last night’s game seems about as pointless as an autopsy on Big Jim from Jim Croce’s You Don’t Mess Around With Jim. He was cut in about 100 places, and he was shot in a … Continue reading →...

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Woly Award: Katie Ledecky, swimming

It’s World Championship season. Everything that involves swimming, diving and water polo-ing is happening in Barcelona, while track and field athletes had their last Diamond League meet before their World Championships next month. That gave us ...

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Washington Spirit vs. Boston: Defenders down

Hard to imagine a game more emblematic of the Spirit’s season: – A defender was injured. – The officials were atrocious, though they probably didn’t affect the outcome too terribly. – The result was worse than the Spirit...

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Notes from a beautiful Spirit practice

The MVP of the Washington Spirit’s open practice was clearly the weather. That’s not a knock on any player or coach. The weather was that nice. After weeks of oppressive heat and humidity, we were suddenly enjoying the outdoors. Mother &h...

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American Professional Soccer: New league, new goals

Matt Driver is a Glaswegian, but he has seen all there is to see in American soccer. He played in the old APSL and has coached or operated teams in virtually every U.S. league — USL, NPSL, WPSL, WPS (original … Continue reading →...

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