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Yes, Quidditch is a real (and growing) sport. And passionately coed.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

                              By Laura Pappano It may look like an excuse for college students to gather in a festival atmosphere. And on the surface, Quidditch, the Harry-Potter-inspired sport in which players ride on brooms (ok, run with them between their legs), is a reach. But, then, basketball probably looked odd to those who first ...

No boast: Women’s squash in trouble

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

  By Sarah Odell Women’s squash is at a crossroads. I have written in this blog about huge strides that we have made with women’s doubles in the last year, but the women’s game as a whole -- singles and doubles, professionals and amateurs -- is in crisis. Women are being denied ...

Woman on men’s college tennis team wins conference rookie-of-the-week honors. Remind me: Why isn’t D3 tennis co-ed?

Friday, April 15th, 2011

By Laura Pappano Last week after Wheelock College freshman Claire O'Donoghue, a member of the Men's Tennis Team (yes, you read that correctly), earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory in singles and an 8-6 win in doubles with her male partner (plus narrowly lost another match in the third set), she was ...

Five events, five athletes moving the chains 2000-2010

Monday, December 27th, 2010

By Rachael Goldenberg OK, 2000-2010 is 11 years but rather than quibble with the definition of a decade, let’s consider the strides female athletes have made.  The first years of this new century have pushed at barriers. Female athletes have challenged conventional beliefs – beliefs about what they are capable of achieving ...

How to come from behind and win on the road (twice): Patience, persistence, passion.

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The Playbook: Year 2 An occasional series about the University of Rhode Island Women’s Basketball Team and Coach Cathy Inglese as she tries to turnaround a losing program. By Laura Pappano At halftime, I thought there was no way. Yes it was close, the half ending at 23-21, with Fairfield up by two. ...

Time to get transgender competion rules right

Friday, November 5th, 2010

By Laura Pappano On the surface, Kye Allums – the transgendered male playing on GW women’s basketball team – doesn’t present complications for the NCAA. Allums is, biologically speaking, female. He has not undergone physical transformation, including hormone therapy, so he can play on the women’s team. Yet, his announcement, made with obvious ...

Are colleges businesses or non-profit do-gooders? (Sports suggests a credibility gap)

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

By Laura Pappano U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley is making trouble – again -- over the sweet financial deal colleges get as a result of their non-profit status. This time he is picking on federal tax rules that he says give colleges an unfair way to (indirectly) grow investments at taxpayer expense. ...

Thank you, Sports Illustrated!!!!!!!!!!! (From a women’s sports fan)

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

By Laura Pappano As a Sports Illustrated subscriber, I just want to offer a big “Thank You” for all the recent coverage of Lindsey Vonn – or should I say “un”-coverage? If crazy feminists got all in a wad about last week’s cover photo of Vonn, I can only imagine what they ...

Why must softball game prep include bronzer and eyeliner?

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

By Megan Wood My final college softball season starts in three weeks. Time to worry about my makeup and hair? Softball may be a serious, competitive, slide-in-the-dirt sport, but as it grows in popularity (and TV interest), there is heightened attention -- to looking good. When I tuned into the Women’s College World ...

Spike this: Pregnant volleyball player misserved by school officials

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

By Laura Pappano Sure, research shows that high school girls who play sports are less likely than their non-athletic peers to get pregnant. But sometimes it happens. When it does, schools and districts need fair and sensible policies that allow girls (with guidance from a physician) to continue to compete and participate, ...