Amherst College swimmer Kendra Stern’s time in the 200-yard freestyle at last year’s NCAA Championships was good enough for 8th place in Division I and All-American status. The only problem is she did it at the Division III championships. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports.
You won’t get many chances to see world-class athletes peform for $5 with 50 or 60 other spectators. But the Canadian Women’s Hockey League offers fans that opportunity as the not-for-profit league tries to find its footing and expand in both Canada and the U.S. Listen to Bill Littlefield’s report on the CWHL this week on Only A Game and check out his photos from a game between the Boston Blades and Burlington Barracudas in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
When a team wins a championship and the parties and parades have ended, the players usually turn their attention to repeating their title. That’s not the case for the FC Gold Pride, who won last year’s Women’s Professional Soccer League title but folded on Tuesday. Bill explains what the Gold Pride’s demise tells us about the young league in his commentary.
This week on Only A Game, Keith O’Brien catches up with the trash-talking, fist-throwing Cincinnati Reds. Also, we look at a new book that examines the successes and failures of Title IX and Karen Given reports on what’s next for the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.
In her new book Getting in the Game, University of Pittsburgh law professor Deborah Brake examines the history of Title IX, a law that is much discussed but often misunderstood. Brake says Title IX has succeeded in encouraging women and girls to become more involved in athletics over the last 40 years, but there is still work to do to achieve the goals lawmakers desired when they wrote Title IX in 1972.
The trading deadline’s come and gone and A-Rod (finally) got his 600th home run. With that out of the way, we’ll talk with ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian about baseball’s stretch run. Also, we’ll profile Mamie Johnson, the first woman to pitch in the Negro Leagues, and check in on a team upsetting the delicate balance of power in unicycle basketball. Join us!
Even though the Women’s Professional Soccer League All-Star Game on Wednesday featured some outstanding athletes, the players still haven’t forgotten the days when they first started playing the game in the schoolyard. Bill explains in his commentary.
Who says the USA doesn’t like soccer? This week on Only A Game, Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl talks about late-game heroics from the Americans, the collapse of the defending champs, and more from the World Cup. Plus, we speak with Wimbledon’s official poet, Bill chats with David Remnick, editor of a new collection of sportswriting from the New Yorker, and Only A Game’s Ron Schachter looks at “tornado and hurricane,” two children looking to become tennis’s next superstars. Join us.
Africans have been celebrating in the streets for weeks, and now they’re really excited! This week on Only A Game, soccer fans from the South, North, East and West brace for the beginning of the 2010 World Cup.
“Chico” means “boy” in Spanish, but that didn’t stop the Chico Outlaws from signing a female pitcher to their roster. Eri Yoshida will throw her sidearm knuckleball for the independent minor league team this season. Bill Littlefield says the move will get people talking … for one reason or another.