What you’ll learn from ‘Enduring Spirit’ — now in print

I had intended to make Enduring Spirit: Restoring Professional Women’s Soccer to Washington available in print in time for Christmas.  You’ll have to hurry and possibly pay a bit extra if you want it under your tree, but in any case, i...

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Fun and frustration of voting on soccer awards

Even without Hope Solo’s Twitter jab at Julie Foudy, the voting for the U.S. women’s national team’s all-time Best XI was sure to be controversial, full of difficult cross-generational comparisons. Michelle Akers was a certainty (th...

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NBA dumping divisions? Why not add promotion and relegation?

I’ve long figured the NBA was the U.S. pro sport best suited to a promotion/relegation system. It’s not hard to find a half-decent arena, the college system produces hundreds of noteworthy players who don’t make NBA rosters, several...

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2014 medal projections (and team stats): Figure skating

Updated Jan. 14; minor update Jan. 21 Here’s what we know about the ever-changing world of figure skating: – For the Japanese men, Russian women, Chinese pairs: Whoever makes team is a contender, even if Chinese pairs have slipped a &hell...

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Big winter weekend for USA

No, I’m not talking about the fact that every tree and power line in the Mid-Atlantic is covered with ice right now. I’m talking about skiing, sliding and skating, where a lot of things went right for U.S. athletes two … Continue r...

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2014 medal projections: Ski jumping

Updated Jan. 14 Finally, women have broken down the gender barrier that kept them from getting Olympic status for the times they fling themselves through the air and land on the snow. The USA fought for this event for a … Continue reading &rar...

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2014 medal projections: Nordic combined

Updated Jan. 14 In 2010, USA TODAY dispatched me to Whistler Olympic Park nearly every day. The biggest story I was supposed to follow: The USA looked likely to get its first medal in Nordic combined, the sport in which … Continue reading &rar...

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World Cup qualifying: Is there another way?

Mexico is in the World Cup, and Egypt is not. And that seems unfair. It’s not that simple, of course. One incorrect meme making the rounds: Egypt won seven games and Mexico won only four. Actually, Mexico won 10, sweeping … Continue read...

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