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TUFF Girls – The Card that Changed Amateur WMMA
by Wombat Sports
posted July 30, 2014 at 5:32pm

Palmer vs. VanDermeer Courtesy Dave Mandel/Sherdog It was five years ago a card was held in the amateur ranks that launched careers and made a statement that the amateur women’s divisions were expanding. Tuff-n-uff already broke some barriers in...more

Midweek Books: The odyssey of golf in China
by Wendy Parker's Extracurriculars
posted July 30, 2014 at 3:52pm

  On Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author. * * * * * * * * Golf was outlawed in China until 1984. Now there are believed to be several million ...more

Lin Dunn plans to continue work in basketball after retirement from coaching
by They're Playing Basketball
posted July 30, 2014 at 3:50pm

Had a chance to sit down with coaching great Lin Dunn last night, who talked about the future, the past and the present.Wrote a song about it - like to read it? Here it goes.Following that, the Sparks edged the Fever, 77-73. Four players from each side we...more

Mystics force overtime, but Liberty claim win
by Swish Appeal
posted July 30, 2014 at 3:27pm

Just the Facts, Ma'am: It took buzzer-beaters, overtime, and getting back a lead as high as 15 points, but the New York Liberty pulled off an 80-76 win against the Washington Mystics. Tina Charles had 23 points and 12 rebounds, 19 and 7 of those in the...more

WNBA: Mediocrity or parity?
by They're Playing Basketball
posted July 29, 2014 at 3:13pm

ESPN ponders the exact question that I have seen on twitter for the last two weeks: is there parity or mediocrity in the WNBA? Because only three teams have winning records: Phoenix, Minnesota and Atlanta. Power rankings for the week:1. Phoenix2. Minnesot...more

NCAA – Updated Class of 2016 Recruiting Rankings
by All White Kit
posted July 29, 2014 at 3:06pm

Through this weekend’s last updated of the big recruiting spreadsheet. 1. North Carolina 2. UCLA 3. Duke 4. Virginia 5. Notre Dame 6. Stanford 7. Santa Clara 8. West Virginia 9. USC 10. Florida State 11. South Carolina 12. Rutgers 13. Washington 14...more

What do you think about charity races?
by Inspiring Sports Women
posted July 29, 2014 at 2:59pm

Lindsey Gibbons, Grainne McManomon and Tara Dillon at Colour Dash 2014, Dublin Sometimes a serious day out fundraising for charity can just be about having fun with your trainers on. These three women were among thousands running a brisk 5km in Dublin ...more

Tanisha Wright bobblehead part of Storm ticket deals
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted July 29, 2014 at 2:55pm

The coolest part of the Storm's new season-ticket sales launch isn't mentioned in the release. The first 2,000 to renew get a Tanisha Wright bobblehead doll, the "Decade of Defense" edition. Smart of the Storm to tie her bobblehead to this ticket prom...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

Youth National Championships: Braddock Road U-18s Settle for Bronze
by All White Kit
posted July 28, 2014 at 7:49pm

The Braddock Road ’95 Elite poses with their bronze medals The Braddock Road 1995 team, competing this year in the U-18 division of the Youth Soccer National Championships, came up short in their goal of repeating their 2012 national championship...more

Dream fall short in comeback against Sky, suffer third straight loss
by Swish Appeal
posted July 27, 2014 at 9:28am

Despite being on the short end of a 26-10 first quarter, the Dream come back against the Chicago Sky in the fourth quarter on a 14-0 run. Unfortunately, two chances to tie the game fall short and the Dream lose at home 79-75.     In the th...more

Storm will sign Waltiea Rolle to second seven-day contract
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted July 27, 2014 at 9:27am

Storm coach Brian Agler, who's also the team's general manager, said he intends to sign rookie C Waltiea Rolle to a second seven-day contract. Rolle signed her first deal with the Storm on July 21. Under the new collective-bargaining agreement, three is t...more

Mercury wins 15th straight; Sparks finally notch one
by They're Playing Basketball
posted July 27, 2014 at 9:22am

Today's results:The Sparks downed the Storm, 77-69. It was the first win for Los Angeles general manager and coach Penny Toler, and the fifth consecutive loss for Seattle.The Fever rallied to beat the Stars, 75-68.The Mercury routed the Liberty, 78-63. It...more

Mystics vs. Shock final score: Washington defeats Tulsa, 82-77, moves to second in the East
by Swish Appeal
posted July 26, 2014 at 3:39pm

That's right folks. The Washington Mystics will have homecourt advantage in the playoffs if the season ended today. If I told you that the Washington Mystics would shoot 1-of-13 from the field, and get outrebounded, 18-7 for a single quarter (nine of t...more

The Daily Swish: Mystics move to 2nd place in a tight Eastern Conference
by Swish Appeal
posted July 26, 2014 at 3:33pm

Here are some links for your Saturday morning. Web links that is. Happy Saturday. Here's what's up from Friday, as well as some links that I found around the web. Final scores from Friday The Washington Mystics defeated the Tulsa Shock, 82-77 in a ga...more

Jayda Evans Mailbag: Why didn't Storm guard Noelle Quinn play?
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted July 25, 2014 at 4:14pm

One sign a season is spiraling downward is sudden changes in lineups and rotation patterns. Storm coach Brian Agler did that Tuesday in a matchup against Phoenix at KeyArena. He swapped F Alysha Clark for F Shekinna Stricklen in the starting lineup, the l...more

NCAA – List of Players Missing For The U20 Women’s World Cup
by All White Kit
posted July 25, 2014 at 4:12pm

From FIFA’s official list. Feel free to offer up a correction if you find something incorrect. Alabama -Noelle Sanz Boston College -McKenzie Meehan Clemson -Kailen Sheridan Dayton -Ashley Campbell Duke -Christina Gibbons -Rebecca Quinn Florida...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

World Junior Track & Field Championships, Day 3: It's Mary Cain's world, we just live in it
by RunBlogRun
posted July 25, 2014 at 11:21am

Mary Cain's race, among US high schoolers, may have been one of the most anticipated events of the week here! That she won was pretty impressive, because, on the world level, this just does not happen for American women. That she did it in the style she ...more

Bright Side of the Sun podcast: WNBA All-Star game, Bay Area expansion, and the league's best player
by Swish Appeal
posted July 25, 2014 at 8:50am

Kris Habbas and I talked both men's and women's hoops in an extended podcast a few days after the WNBA All-Star Game. Kris Habbas of Bright Side of the Sun invited me on the BS of the Sun podcast the other day to talk about a wide range of WNBA topics....more

Eastern Washington ranks second in Division I academic honor roll
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted July 25, 2014 at 8:42am

Eastern Washington coach Wendy Schuller's team was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's academic honor roll on Thursday. The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes all NCAA divisions and junior/community colleges for the highest GPAs a...more

Liberty edge Sparks 66-64
by They're Playing Basketball
posted July 25, 2014 at 8:39am

My game story.More pictures:Sparks bench, with Candace Parker on the left and new coaching staff on the right.Sparks confer during a pause in the game.Liberty meet at a time out.Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer doesn't like a call.Gary Kloppenburg coaches from...more

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