Washington Spirit vs. Sky Blue: Amen

Sometimes, progress is measured in small steps for individuals.┬áThat was the case in the Spirit’s season finale, where Stephanie Ochs at last got on the scoresheet. I had seen Ochs twice in practice during the week, working various finishing s...

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Woly Award: LaShawn Merritt, track and field

LaShawn Merritt won the 2008 gold medal in the highly competitive 400 meters. He followed it up with a world title in 2009. Then the troubles began. He tested positive for a substance that he attributed to the drug ExtenZe. … Continue reading ...

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The NASL and the periodic restatement of facts on promotion/relegation

How did a three-part Empire of Soccer interview with NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson start an epic Twitter beatdown? Well, it helped that in the first part, he talked about promotion/relegation, the concept that governs most soccer leagues (and other...

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UFC: Your unofficial guide to survival as a reporter

Dana White can make things very difficult for those who cross him in any way. Rival promotions are left in the dust. Fighters are cut. And reporters, even entire news organizations, can be tossed into the cold. The funny thing … Continue readi...

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Woly Award: Miles Chamley-Watson, fencing

World Championship season is tough for those of us who try to pick an award winner. What do you do when you have someone who has won three straight world titles (plus the Olympics, plus two world indoor titles) in … Continue reading →...

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College sports: End “shamateurism” but don’t pay players

Jay Bilas, with whom I’m proud to share an alma mater, stirred things up recently when he exposed the NCAA for selling shirts with athletes’ names on them. Bilas is a thoughtful guy, not a rash flamethrower, so his interview … Cont...

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Washington Spirit vs. Seattle: The final whistle

Wednesday’s game against Chicago was, by all practical measures, the Spirit’s first win since May 16. The league rules are clear. Washington was the better side in the 77 minutes played before the first lightning delay. As cruel as it &he...

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Washington Spirit vs. Chicago: Clock strikes 12

For 77 minutes, the Washington Spirit and Chicago Red Stars played an entertaining soccer game. Both teams were seriously short-handed, as they had been too often through this season. But they stuck it out and put together some decent chances. &helli...

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