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Who says “blue” must be male? Female baseball umpire Perry Barber wants more women making the calls.

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

By Megan Wood When umpire Perry Barber steps behind the catcher, fans often do a double-take when they glimpse the ponytail resting on the back of her uniform. Female umpires are not only rare, but practically unheard of.  Barber is one of only eight women to umpire professional baseball, officiating around ...

Talking Doubles Squash with the Tippetts! (Mind-reading, sister competition, and sharing whites)

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1297" align="aligncenter" width="544" caption="The Tippett Sisters: Narelle and Natarsha"][/caption] By Sarah Odell This weekend, the Under 25 Doubles Championship takes place in Greenwich, Connecticut. Just yesterday I learned that there may not be enough women to make a draw. I have seen first hand the trend that US Squash is worried ...

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 ...

WPS Year 2! League rep talks financial stability, physical play (plus how to get that Marta jersey)

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_1225" align="aligncenter" width="597" caption="LA Sol's Allison Faulk (3) celebrates with Shannon Boxx (7) and Brittany Bock (11) over Washington Freedom's Cat Whitehill (4) and Alex Singer (21) after scoring a goal against the Washington Freedom's Briana Scurry at the WPS season opening game at the Home Depot Center, Sunday, ...

Cross country ski racing for dummies: What to know about a thrilling Olympic event

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

By Sarah Odell Let’s take a breather. Time out from Lindsey Vonn and women in bathing suits. For me, one of the most frustrating aspects about Olympic coverage is that we usually can only watch sports that the United States dominates (or sports that are surrounded in controversy). As a result, ...

Kick Like a Girl filmmaker Jenny Mackenzie talks about how a film sprang from real life and why coed competition is good for kids

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

By Megan Wood Sadly, the LA Sol have been dissolved, leaving one less professional women’s soccer team to inspire young players. But there is a team out there to root for: Utah’s Mighty Cheetahs. This film is not new, but if you haven't seen it or heard about it, watch the ...

Score that a (giant) strike: Kelly Kulick grabs men’s pro bowling title (plus $40,000, brand new fans, and a win for gender equity)

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

By Laura Pappano Last weekend – in case you haven’t heard – Kelly Kulick became the first woman to win a Professional Bowlers Association Tour Title. And she didn’t just win, she blew away her opponent. At the 45th P.B.A. Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, Kulick beat 2007-2008 PBA Player-of-the-year ...

Top pro squash player on match prep, the fallacy of burnout — and why a bikini calendar

Monday, January 4th, 2010

[caption id="attachment_889" align="aligncenter" width="830" caption="Grainger bests Alison Waters in the finals of the Burning River Classic in Cleveland, Feb. 2009"][/caption] By Sarah Odell What happens when you cross a genetic pre-disposition with an environment crafted for squash excellence? Answer: Natalie Grainger, one of the top women's squash players in the world (she’s ...

Sports for girls are more than play in Bangladesh, they’re tool for progress (even survival)

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Girls playing handball in Bangladesh By Laura Pappano Sport is a tool for social, political and economic equality. In Bangladesh -- where girls face routine physical violence, child marriage, and are denied the same access to education as boys -- that couldn’t be more critical. Consider that the country’s ...

B-ball season is starting! But how to make a (formerly) losing team into a fan favorite and on-court winner?

Friday, November 6th, 2009

The PLAYBOOKThe Playbook is an occasional series on University of Rhode Island Women's Basketball team and head coach Cathy Inglese as she works to turn around a losing program. Check out previous installments here and here. By Laura Pappano It's starting. New uniforms are arriving. Coaches of other RAMS teams that ...