Leaving the UFC: It’s the money

John Cholish is leaving MMA, saying he lost money on his last fight. It’s not really a function of the recently exposed fighter contract, which only accounts for a small part of the problem — Cholish had to pay out of … Continue r...

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Woly Award: Jordan Burroughs rules the mat

Wrestler Jordan Burroughs is the winner of this week’s Woly, the weekly award for U.S. Olympic-sports athletes. I used to give this award for USA TODAY, and it continued for a while after I departed. They stopped, so I’m restarting. &hell...

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Washington Spirit vs. Portland: The forward dilemma

I won’t belabor the Thorns’ 2-0 win over Washington, having spent most of the game discussing it on Twitter with everyone who’s likely to read this post. But I should address the big question on everyone’s minds: Wouldn’...

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W-League, WPSL still going – with a few changes

The old leagues are not dead. Long live the new league — and the old ones. The USL’s W-League has survived to its 19th season. Heading to last season, the league lost no teams and added three. Of those three … Continue reading &rar...

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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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