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Byline to Finish Line: Why I love defensive indifference
by Byline to Finish Line
posted August 21, 2014 at 1:04pm

It is literally the only time I cheer in the press box. And it’s not over a play, but rather over an official scoring decision. This is how it goes down: It’s late in the game and usually a blowout. A runner advances to second base with no mo...more

Fanatics MLB Cap Style Challenge
by A Glam Slam
posted August 19, 2014 at 5:13pm

Fanatics, a leading online retailer of sports apparel and merchandise, issued a style-centric challenge centered around its vast selection of baseball caps. The company’s assortment of MLB headwear includes lids for every type of fan....more

Wendy Parker on the baseball strike, 20 years later
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted August 14, 2014 at 10:04pm

How I enjoy and perceive the game of baseball changed forever 20 years ago this week, when well-heeled major leaguers went on strike. A month later, as pennant races should have been coming to a climax, MLB cancelled not only the regular season, but the ...more

From the archives: Baseball and the Romantics
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted August 4, 2014 at 5:57pm

While I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m reposting and updating selected links from the archive. * * * * * * * * With another Baseball Hall of Fame Class having been inducted into Cooperstown, I thought I’d dig into the XCs v...more

Summer Readings: Roger Angell and ‘An Angel or the Devil’
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted July 29, 2014 at 2:53pm

Richard Sandomir writes about Roger Angell of The New Yorker, the J.G. Taylor Spink honoree into the Baseball Hall of Fame for his writing. Now 93, Angell joins the company of Ring Lardner, Red Smith, Shirley Povich and Dick Young. His baseball essays fo...more

The cultural roots of race and baseball
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted July 25, 2014 at 4:11pm

  While I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m posting links about sports history, books, culture and the arts that I haven’t mentioned here before. If you have any suggestions on great sports reads you’d like to bring ...more

Wendy Parker: The Midsummer Classic and the American pastime
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted July 15, 2014 at 1:33pm

  July is the time for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game and Hall of Fame induction, so I’ll be devoting some posts this week to topics related to baseball’s future — and as always the case with this sport — and exp...more

Diamond dilemma: Women, softball and baseball
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted June 27, 2014 at 11:56am

Tweet This week I’m devoting several posts stemming from Monday’s 42nd Title IX anniversary, with an emphasis on cultural issues relating to gender and sports. Here are previous posts on “Title IX, sports and the culture of grievance,&r...more

Minnesota's Cheryl Reeve named to USA Basketball coaching staff
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted May 12, 2014 at 7:38pm

From USA Basketball:     Colorado Springs, Colorado • May 12, 2014         Additional Auriemma Quotes     #USABWNT     #Turkey2014       Three successful and experienced head coach...more

Sparks Watch Day 12: What the WNBA and the Golden State Warriors hope to get out of the Los Angeles Sparks situation
by Swish Appeal
posted January 13, 2014 at 10:18pm

There are certain things the Warriors ownership need to move off their "to do" list, and likewise for the WNBA. What were the needs of both sides? As we head into another week of waiting for news, I'll share some more news that I've heard from an anony...more

Female Baseball Player Challenges Exclusion from Junior High Team
by Title IX Blog
posted December 12, 2013 at 9:21pm

In Mesa, Arizona, after an eighth-grade girl named Jasmine Miles was excluded from her public school's baseball team, her grandfather filed a complaint with the school district. But the school district is still refusing to let her play, arguing that reser...more

The Lady Trainers
by SportyEsquire
posted October 23, 2013 at 5:24pm

Earlier this week Sue Falsone announced via twitter that she was resigning from her position as the head athletic trainer (AT)* of the LA Dodgers.  In 2011, Falsone had become the first female head AT of a major league male professional team in the...more

Why the WNBA is disrespected: one view
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 1, 2013 at 7:44pm

Last week I was having a twit-versation with my new friend Kevin Watson. He asked me why I thought women's basketball doesn't get the respect it deserves. I said: 1. Because men don't like to think women can do something they can't in sports. 2. Female ba...more

Tina Thompson retires; Fever sweep the Sky
by They're Playing Basketball
posted September 23, 2013 at 9:10am

What a day.The Lynx defeated the Storm, 58-55, to sweep them in the Western Conference semifinals. The loss also marked the final game of retiring Tina Thompson - the league's lone player from the inaugural 1997 season. She is going out with style.Lynx pl...more

The Power of 100%
by Marissa Kastanek
posted September 6, 2013 at 9:32am

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." Kevin Durant. Giving 100% at every given moment will allow success at many levels. Coaches can see when an athlete leaves everything on the field of play and that is a key when recruiting....more

The art and science of covering baseball
by Byline to Finish Line
posted August 15, 2013 at 2:09pm

The steady breeze cools the skin, making the hot summer afternoon bearable. The sun is slowly starting to slip the first base grandstand, bathing the field in a variety of shadows. It is late afternoon and the players have finished their stretching routin...more

10 Commandments of Leadership
by Marissa Kastanek
posted August 12, 2013 at 9:33pm

Leadership is a quality that is important for all areas of life. Sports is a great arena for learning leadership but it must done in the correct way. Ryan Goodson has created 10 Commandments every person must do if they want to be a great leader.I recentl...more

Surprises in today's game results, and some big performances
by They're Playing Basketball
posted August 12, 2013 at 9:06am

Elena Delle Donne lead the Sky over the Lynx, 94-86, with 32 points. It's the second consecutive loss for the West-leading champs Minnesota.In the next-biggest surprise, the Liberty upended the Dream, 88-82. It was a shoot out between Cappie Pondexter, wh...more

WNBA legend Tina Thompson headed to All-Star game as injury replacement
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted July 26, 2013 at 9:23am

You can bet Storm F Tina Thompson would rather spend this weekend with family in Los Angeles. She played her final regular-season game at Staples Center on Thursday, retiring this fall after a storied 17-year career in the WNBA. Instead, the four-time WNB...more

The Rabbit Hole: Should we expect athletes to be role models?
by The Rabbit Hole
posted July 24, 2013 at 3:31pm

Northeastern University's Sport in Society organization attempts to use sport to create positive social change.  I follow them on Twitter and usually I agree with most of the tweets that they create but today they tweeted the following tweet concerni...more

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