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Missing demographic: We need more Moms coaching youth sports!

Friday, May 6th, 2011

                            By Katie Culver I was so excited about my son’s first soccer season, that I volunteered my husband and I to share responsibilities as the team’s coaches. The complicating matter: I was 40 weeks pregnant. My third child was born two weeks later, which meant that – along with rainouts – much ...

Lilly Retirement Feels Right; Former Teammate Hucles Shares

Monday, January 10th, 2011

By Laura Pappano Somehow, when Kristine Lilly announced her retirement from soccer last week, it felt real -- and appropriate, both a rarity these days among professional athletes trying to figure out if it's time to retire (or not). Why is that? Perhaps because she didn't do it impulsively, but took several months ...

It’s b-ball season, girls: Don’t be an ACL stat. Listen to the PT.

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

By Wendy Farnen Price Girls are playing basketball with a level of passion and skill - and in numbers -- we couldn't have imagined a few decades ago (and just think how many more will be inspired to play by UConn's run on UCLA's 1970s-era win streak!). But a troubling fact remains: ...

Retired soccer power Angela Hucles talks post-play life — work, volunteering & pulling for US National Team (as a fan)

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

By Megan Wood Angela Hucles, who retired just over a year ago, was a two-time Olympic gold medalist and Boston Breakers powerhouse who played with the team during both the WUSA and WPS eras. Hucles, a Virginia Beach native, was named the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year by the U.S. Soccer ...

It’s October: Where have women’s sports gone?

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

By Laura Pappano The Ryder Cup has just wrapped up. We are into the MLB Playoffs. NBA teams are in pre-season match-ups with the regular season kicking off in a few weeks. NHL is happening (as is NASCAR). And, of course, the NFL – pink gear and all – is going ...

At WPS playoff time, goalkeeping counts: what to know (and notice)

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1645" align="aligncenter" width="423" caption="Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher makes a save during practice as coach Tony DiCicco looks on"][/caption] By Laura Pappano In a sport in which 90 minutes of intense play can yield a 0-0 score (say, last Saturday between the Boston Breakers and Sky Blue FC), goalkeeping matters -- ...

Go Long: Four Summer Sport Thoughts (with takeaway)

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

By Laura Pappano Often in the blur of sports headlines – one breathless item launched into circulation after another – we don’t get a chance to reflect. Sport, after all, tells us about ourselves, individually and collectively. Here’s thinking about four recent items: SERENA on SI: The buzz around Jon Wertheim’s cover ...

Post World Cup: A celebration of the beautiful game — or just men who play it?

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

By Rachael Goldenberg I had the thrilling opportunity to watch the World Cup Final at the Soweto Fan Park in South Africa on Monday. Yes, the vuvuzela howls are deafening, but I still cheered alongside 10,000 South Africans as Spain kicked in the winning goal against the Netherlands (my friend Robin ...

Who is a real fan? Try little girls with wash-off tattoos (and player stats at the ready)

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

By Lindsay Rico The game was over. Tied. But the excitement was just beginning. About 100 fans (and parents) leaned over steel barriers holding out soccer balls, jerseys, t-shirts—anything that would take ink —eager for the Boston Breakers and Philadelphia Independence players to plant their sharpies. Leslie Osborne, Breakers co-captain, remembers being ...

Kristine Lilly (oldest and fittest on team) talks age, physical play, and practicing smart

Friday, April 16th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1251" align="aligncenter" width="604" caption="Boston Breakers Co-Captain Kristine Lilly with teammates after practice on the Harvard fields."][/caption] By Lindsay Rico Soccer is -- if you look at the rosters of Women's Professional Soccer -- a sport played by 20-somethings. When #13 Kristine Lilly takes the field for the Boston Breakers' home opener ...