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Battle of the Sexes Puzzler: Throw the match to pay a debt? If Riggs had won, he would have gotten $100K in prize money

Friday, September 20th, 2013

By Laura Pappano Exactly 40 years ago, over 30,000 spectators filled the Houston Astrodome and 50 million more tuned in on TV to watch “The Battle of the Sexes.” Billie Jean King, a 29-year-old who would be #1 in the world for five years (winning six Wimbledon Championships and four U.S. Open ...

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 ...

Does ponytail pull sully the wholesome vibe of women’s sports? Is that OK?

Monday, November 9th, 2009

By Laura Pappano NM soccer player Elizabeth Lambert’s hair yanking, punching, and nasty behavior have gone viral. She’s being labeled the “dirtiest player” in women’s soccer and – depending on who’s writing or talking – all of women’s sports. What makes Lambert’s behavior so outrageous (aside from being captured on video) is ...

Take a Knee: Teen Girls Talk B-Ball, Leadership, Life

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Because we can all benefit from hearing serious young female athlete voices, we connected with three talented basketball players who just finished nine days at the summer academy run by the non-profit SportsChallenge Leadership & Education Alliance in Washington, D.C. Director Molly Hellerman (a former college athlete and pro soccer ...

Jeanne Blasberg, chair of US Squash, on growing the women’s game, courting the post-college crowd, and amping up your game as you age (seriously)

Monday, May 4th, 2009

By Sarah Odell [caption id="attachment_66" align="aligncenter" width="407" caption="US Squash board chair Jeanne Blasberg"][/caption] Jeanne Blasberg is Board Chair, of U.S. Squash and plays at state and national levels. Recently, she has been kind enough to teach my friend Ashley and I the game of doubles squash, which is all together different from ...

The real “hurt girls” problem? Wounded warrior culture that says “play through it.”

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

By Sarah Odell If women play sports, they will get hurt. This is a seemingly innocuous statement, but it’s one that draws strong reactions because it derives many connotations and reactions, especially given the number of high profile articles and books published recently regarding the injury rates of females in sport. ...