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Could This Be Our First US Soccer Superstar?

Christian Pulisic is only 18 and already a phenomenon

(Newser) - Sweeter than his hometown of Hershey, Pa., is the potential represented by 18-year-old Christian Pulisic for American soccer fans: the chance for the US to claim its first bona fide soccer superstar. The Ringer profiles Pulisic, who takes to the pitch for both US Soccer and Germany's Borussia Dortmund... More »

Hey, Athletes: Don't Feel Guilty About Sex Before the Game

Italian researchers say sexual activity may even enhance sports performance

(Newser) - It's a line of thought that dates back to ancient Greece and Rome and has been handed down to the athletes of today: For peak performance, abstain from sex before the big event. Or maybe not. Italian researchers have done some digging, and they report in the journal Frontiers ... More »

Among Elite Athletes, Practice Isn't Everything

Practice definitely makes us better—but among the elite, not necessarily the 'absolute best'

(Newser) - Ever since Swedish psychologist K. Anders Ericsson published a paper on the impact of 10,000 hours of deliberate practice on a musician's performance in 1993, his findings have become lore—and extended to a range of activities, such as medicine, chess, and sports. But while practice makes us... More »

Nike Ditching Its Golf Gear

No more clubs, balls, and bags, but it will keep making shoes and apparel

(Newser) - Nike is getting out of the golf equipment business, a surprising announcement made Wednesday that's sure to send Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and other players searching for new clubs and golf balls. Nike said it would stop making clubs, golf balls, and golf bags, instead devoting its resources to... More »

3 of 5 Most Valuable Sports Teams Aren't American

But the Cowboys are No. 1

(Newser) - Forbes is out with its annual list of the most valuable sports franchises on the planet, and Americans might be surprised to see that three of the top five are soccer teams outside the US. Still, coming in at No. 1 were the Dallas Cowboys, while 27 of the... More »

Cancer-Stricken Sportscaster to Work First NBA Finals

Craig Sager calls it a 'great honor'

(Newser) - A beloved NBA sideline reporter will finally get to cover the NBA finals some 34 years into his career and two years into his battle with leukemia. Craig Sager, 64, of TNT—known for donning "the brightest, most colorful suits," per the New York Post —has never... More »

Tennis Player Mocks Opponent, Pays the Price

Robin Haase loses a point over fake grunt

(Newser) - Grunting is allowed in tennis. Mock grunting is, apparently, not. Dutch player Robin Haase found that out the hard way during an ATP Challenger Tour event in the Czech Republic. Each time opponent Gonzalo Lama hit the ball during one particular rally, he made a loud grunt. Haase, silent for... More »

This Tiny Teen Girl Is Already a Giant in the Climbing World

'Somewhere between a ballerina and a longshoreman'

(Newser) - "On the rocks, Ashima moved like a ninja," Pari Dukovic writes in the New Yorker . "When she climbs, it is as if she is merely walking." Ashima is Ashima Shiraishi, a giant in the climbing world despite being a 14-year-old, 90-pound girl from New York, Gear... More »

Study: Effects of Kids' Concussions Last 2 Years

Bad news for kids who play contact sports

(Newser) - An alarming new study finds that when pre-adolescent kids get concussions, they still suffer from "deficits in brain function and cognitive performance" two years later, the lead researcher says in a press release . Most pediatric concussions are a result of sports injuries, according to the study, which was published... More »

Pete Rose Still Banned From Baseball: MLB Commish

But Rob Manfred says that doesn't mean he won't get in Hall of Fame

(Newser) - The MLB player with the most hits in the league's history should be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame, but that's hard to do when you've been permanently banned from baseball—again. Commissioner Rob Manfred was reportedly set to tell Pete Rose on Thursday he won'... More »

Ky. Coach: I Knew Nada of Sex Parties for Recruits

Pitino pleads ignorance on ex-escort's claims of staffer-paid stripper, sex parties

(Newser) - Five former players and recruits for the University of Louisville's men's basketball team say they went to campus dorm parties that included strippers and sex and were paid for by the Cardinals' ex-player and staffer Andre McGee, ESPN reports. Their admissions lend credibility to ex-escort Katina Powell, who... More »

Texas High School Football Player Collapses at Game, Dies

Community in Alto mourns Cam'ron Matthews, 6th player to die this season in US

(Newser) - The Alto Yellowjackets high school football team and an entire Texas community are mourning the death of one of their own. The Alto superintendent confirmed that Cam'ron Matthews died Saturday after collapsing during a Friday night game, KLTV reports—making the junior the sixth high school football player to... More »

22-Year-Old Vies to Be First Woman to Scale 'Murder Wall'

Climber Sasha DiGiulian trying to reach peak of dangerous Swiss mountain

(Newser) - Between semesters at Columbia University, Sasha DiGiulian is summering at the Mordwand in the Swiss Alps, which sounds like a lovely getaway until you find out "Mordwand" is German for "murder wall." Per CBS News , the 22-year-old world-class climber is trying to become the first woman to... More »

Pole Vaulting Accident Leaves Champ a Paraplegic

Kira Grunberg fell on her head and neck during a routine training jump

(Newser) - Pole vaulting can be an extremely dangerous sport , as a March Vice article made clear. How it summed the potential for catastrophe: "At 20 feet, a pole vault accident is like someone falling off the roof of their house, while running as fast at they can with a thick... More »

NFL Gets Its Very First Female Coach

Jen Welter to join the Arizona Cardinals

(Newser) - A woman has never held any kind of coaching position in the NFL, or, at least, ESPN wasn't able to find one. That changed yesterday. The Arizona Cardinals have added Jen Welter to the team's ranks. Her position, per ESPN: "assistant coaching intern for training camp and... More »

Racewalking Revered in Russia, Riddled With Doping

Sport is taken very seriously in Russia, where racers are often booted

(Newser) - In Russia, Viktor Chegin is called "the father of all the victories," plans have been made to erect a "living memorial" to him, and he's been bestowed with the "Chevalier of the Order of Glory of Mordovia" honor. But Chegin isn't a war hero... More »

Ruling: Brain Is a Muscle, So Bridge Is a Sport

Chess and board games may soon join the ranks as 'mind' sports

(Newser) - It turns out that your 60-something aunt retired to Florida to be a jock, and the "mind games" she dominates aren't the ones you're thinking of. Rather, bridge is an actual sport because the brain is a muscle, a judge in the UK has ruled, and other... More »

Inside the Deadly, Overlooked Sport of Pole Vaulting

It's crazy hard

(Newser) - If the words "pole vaulting" don't inspire fear in you, they should. That's the upshot of a Vice article about the sport, which succinctly expresses why: "At 20 feet, a pole vault accident is like someone falling off the roof of their house, while running as... More »

Why America Stopped Loving Golf

It's expensive, hard to play, and seems old-fashioned, analysts say

(Newser) - Like playing golf? Then you're in a shrinking minority in America, where fewer people are willing to play a sport that's seen as time-consuming and expensive, the Washington Post reports. Not only that, its traditionalism seems contrary to today's lifestyle of fitness classes, extreme races, and diddling... More »

Joey Logano Wins White-Knuckle Daytona 500

Roger Penske driver brings career back to life

(Newser) - Joey Logano, the driver who seemed washed up at 22 years old, has won his first career Daytona 500. Logano took the lead in the white-knuckle race following a restart with 19 laps remaining today. Once out front, his Ford was stout and he seemed to have the race in... More »

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