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We Don't Have to Defend Women's Sports Anymore

Columnist wants this 'insulting' argument to end once and for all

(Newser) - Dave Zirin at the Nation got an invitation to go on the radio to talk about the US women's World Cup win. Unfortunately, it wasn't to discuss Carli Lloyd's goals or Abby Wambach's twilight glory or the team's up-and-coming stars—it was an invitation to... More »

Abby Wambach Scoops Up Global Record

She has more than any woman or man ever has

(Newser) - It's official: No one has ever scored more soccer goals on the world stage than Abby Wambach, and that includes both men and women. Wambach passed Mia Hamm for the all-time international goals record last night, with a stunning 4-goal performance against South Korea, Fox Sports reports. What's... More »

Girl Gets Snaps as Quarterback for Florida High School

Erin DiMeglio might be a state first

(Newser) - Normally a third-string quarterback coming into a preseason game doesn't draw much attention. But it definitely did last Friday, when Erin DiMeglio got her first snap for the South Plantation High School. After all, DiMeglio may just be making Florida history, the Sun Sentinel reports. "I couldn't... More »

Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt Steps Down

She slides into coach emeritus job to cope with early onset dementia

(Newser) - It's the end of an era: Pat Summitt is stepping down as head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols after 38 seasons and eight national titles, sliding into a less demanding "coach emeritus" job, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Though it was not explicitly given as a reason... More »

Pat Summitt Has Early Dementia

But she intends to keep coaching

(Newser) - Pat Summitt has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s type early onset dementia, she revealed in an interview with the Knoxville News Sentinel last night, but she intends to keep her gig as head coach of Tennessee’s Lady Vols. “There’s not going to be any pity party, and... More »

Meet the Best Women's Soccer Player in the World

Brazil's Marta is playing in suburban Buffalo

(Newser) - The male stars of soccer are worldwide celebrities, but the top female player is a relative unknown. Marta Vieira da Silva—she goes by Marta—is a 25-year-old Brazilian who plays in the fledgling women's pro league in the US. Her team is the Western New York Flash of... More »

Badminton Orders Women to Wear Skirts

Sport is desperate to boost TV ratings

(Newser) - Women across the professional badminton community are outraged over a decree that female players must wear a skirt or dress to play. The Badminton World Federation wants to create a more "attractive presentation"—which critics interpret to mean it wants women to look sexier to boost a waning... More »

Boston Marathon Dilemma: Too Many Women?

Qualifying standards may be too soft for fairer sex

(Newser) - Registration for the Boston Marathon opens up Monday, and if you’re interested, you’d better sign up quick. All 21,000 available slots are expected to fill up within a matter of days—which might, for the first time, leave the New York City Marathon meaningless as a qualifier,... More »

Judge: Cheerleading Is Not a Sport

School can't count it under Title IX

(Newser) - Competitive cheerleading is not an official sport that colleges can use to meet gender-equity requirements, a federal judge ruled today in ordering a Connecticut school to keep its women's volleyball team. Volleyball players sued Quinnipiac University after it announced in 2009 it would eliminate the team for budgetary reasons and... More »

League of Their Own Inspiration Dead at 84

Dorothy 'Dottie' Kamenshek was a star at first base

(Newser) - A baseball legend is gone: Dorothy Kamenshek—the inspiration for the Geena Davis character Dottie in A League of Their Own—is dead at age 84. The Los Angeles Times leads its obit with this quote from Yankees first-baseman Wally Pipp: She "was the fanciest-fielding first baseman I've ever... More »

Lassila Soars to Claim Gold for Australia

China takes other two medals in women's skiing aerials

(Newser) - The strange path to Olympic glory on the aerials course often includes a start as a gymnast, then moves onto a stretch of comebacks from a series of bad knee injuries. One other twist: being from Australia can help. Lydia Lassila brought the third Olympic aerials medal—and second gold—... More »

Lingerie Football League Ignites Bra-ha-ha

Players insist it's not all about the underwear as feminists fume

(Newser) - The Lingerie Football League kicks off today and players from teams like the Dallas Desire and the San Diego Seduction insist it's as much about the football as the female flesh, despite gripes from feminists, Reuters reports. The women acknowledge that displays of athletic prowess are unlikely to be the... More »

Trust Me, Caster Semenya Is a Woman: Grandma

(Newser) - Caster Semenya’s grandmother thinks it’s ridiculous that people are accusing the new women’s 800-meter champion of being a man. “I know she’s a woman—I raised her myself,” she tells the Times of London. Maphuthi Sekgala says Caster has long been teased for her... More »

Bad Girl Goalie Can Save Woman's Soccer League

(Newser) - St. Louis' showboating, self-proclaimed "loudmouth goalkeeper" is somebody fans love or hate and that's exactly what women's soccer needs, Jason Zengerle writes in the Atlantic. Hope Solo—who refused to wear the "girly" pink outfit provided when the Women's Professional Soccer League kicked off earlier this year—can... More »

Las Vegas Co. Rents Out Babes Who Can Play

(Newser) - For lonely men on the back nine, scantily clad women golfers are just a phone call away, Time reports. Las Vegas-based Play Golf Designs advertises a roster of attractive female players suited for corporate schmooze-fests or bachelor parties on the green. "They'll liven things up," said founder Nisha... More »

Granato's Influence Goes Beyond Rink

Hockey Hall of Famer is a pioneer for all women's sports

(Newser) - When Cammi Granato became the first woman selected for the US Hockey Hall of Fame this week, it was a testament to her undisputed skills on the ice. But the honor also is about her larger role in women's sports, writes ESPN's Terry Frei. "As you look around the... More »

Roller Derby Makes a KC Comeback

Women's league in Kansas City to be featured on ESPN

(Newser) - When Brooke Leavitt lost her right arm in a school bus accident when she was 3, little did she know her handicap would help re-launch roller derby in the Midwest, reports the Steady Burn blog. Leavitt skates for the Knockouts in the four-team Kansas City Roller Warriors women's roller derby... More »

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