Washington Spirit at Seattle: Battle of the unluckys

I’ll have to confess that I didn’t stay up to watch the Spirit’s late-night game at Seattle last night. I won’t belabor my scheduling problems, but it simply made more sense for me to get up and watch it on … Continue r...

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NWSL attendance: Perception, reality and more perception

We’re roughly 20% of the way through the debut NWSL season. Ready to take stock of attendance? Jeff Kassouf did, pointing to low numbers in New Jersey and Chicago as possible reasons for concern. That’s a good conversation-starter. I chec...

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Time for a rugby reality check

Want to know the best place to read up on the quest for professional rugby in the United States? BigSoccer, of course. The venerable message board picked up the discussion after The Guardian posted a couple of pieces on RugbyLaw, a startup …...

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Today in wrestling’s Olympic battle

Hey, Dana White! Bjorn Rebney! What do you big-time MMA promoters think wrestling should do to stay in the Olympics? Wrestling’s leaders have indeed asked, and my former USA TODAY colleague Kelly Whiteside has the story on what they’re co...

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UFC contracts laid bare, marginally fair

Ever see something that used to be top-secret, then wondered why it was so secret? That’s what happened today when Bleacher Report flexed its investigative muscle (No, I don’t mean that sarcastically — they’re making progress)...

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Monday Myriad, May 13: Triathletes, pentathletes and mascots

Storify by Beau Dure Mon, May 13 2013 12:17:41 Monday Myriad, May 13: Triathletes, pentathletes and mascots The top U.S. Olympic athlete of the week (an honor I used to bestow on behalf of USA TODAY and may soon reclaim … Continue reading &rar...

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Washington Spirit vs. Boston: Ties, ties, ties!

Here’s a quick look at the top-to-bottom competitiveness of the NWSL: – The Boston Breakers are unbeaten. – The Washington Spirit is winless. – The Breakers and Spirit have played twice. – Both games have been ties. The ...

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Should young players stick with one club?

Elite youth soccer in the USA used to send its kids through this rotation of clubs: Youth club, ODP, high school, youth club, ODP, high school, big-time summer league (Super-Y, etc.), college, USL, college, USL … then maybe pro. Now … Co...

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