New York Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams showcased his passion — and a bit of naivety — when speaking at a fan forum regarding chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head, that is currently plaguing the National Football League. Continue reading “NFL Player Says There’s More to Life Than Football Amid More CTE Concerns”
Sebastian Giovinco is usually one of the smaller soccer players on the field, but he doesn’t let his 5-foot-4 stature prevent him from doing what he does best — making dynamic plays and scoring goals. Continue reading “Why is Sebastian Giovinco Called ‘The Atomic Ant’?”
David Villa grew up in the small mining town of Tuilla in the municipality of Langreo in North Spain. Even from a young age, Villa faced obstacles he had to overcome in order to become a soccer icon. Continue reading “Why is David Villa Called ‘El Guaje’?”
Suzette Wanninkhof received a postcard from her brother, Patrick. Patrick had sent it while in Ohio during a cross-country charity bicycle ride in the summer of 2015. Continue reading “Suzette Wanninkhof Cycled 8,000 Miles to Honor Her Brother”
People love sharks … from afar, at least. That’s why Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is a highlight of the summer for many. It’s why SyFy has produced not one, but four Sharknado movies and is set to air the fifth installment of the shark-tornado series in August. Aspiring entrepreneurs and inventors go on ABC’s Shark Tank to pitch their companies and creations. Jaws (1975), which won three Academy Awards and was nominated for Best Picture, is on countless lists of all-time best films. Live every week like it’s Shark Week, right? Continue reading “Surfers Share Shark Stories and Encounters”
Pat Schmidt looks like your prototypical Southern California surfer — he’s tall, lean and has shoulder-length blonde hair that is usually seen protruding from beneath a flat brim hat. But the Volcom pro rider isn’t from the Golden State. Continue reading “East Coast Surfers Proud of Where They’re From”
A group of predominately blonde surfers surround the faint glow of a laptop screen as the sun sets in Bali, Indonesia. The forecasting charts and metrics utilized to find the best waves and swells evoke smiles and words like “gnarly” and “stoked” as the numbers display the possibility of 8-12 foot waves the following day. Continue reading “A Day Searching for Waves in Bali with Volcom Pro Surfers”
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. It has been played at the All-England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877. With so much history, it’s no surprise the tournament is also full of tradition. Continue reading “Why Participants Wear All-White at Wimbledon”
“Do you get waves in England?”
If Harry Timson had a dollar— well, maybe a pound would be more fitting — every time he was asked that question, he’d have a lot more extra cash to spend as he travels the world as a professional surfer for Volcom along with fellow international riders like Mauro Diaz and Leon Glatzer. Continue reading “How to Become a Professional Surfer”
The match ended as April Ross and Lauren Fendrick celebrated with high fives and hugs. The beach volleyball duo were onto the next round of the 2017 AVP New York City Open. They dried off with a towel, rehydrated with some water and did some interviews. All standard fare. Continue reading “April Ross is a Role Model for Young Female Volleyball Players”
More than a year ago, Chavo Guerrero Jr. heard about an upcoming Netflix series called GLOW, based on the all-female wrestling production Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) from the late 1980s and early ‘90s. Continue reading “Chavo Guerrero Jr. Reflects on Training ‘GLOW’ cast”
Shawn Buller isn’t a sumo wrestler for the accolades or the medals or because he got bored and needed a hobby. Buller does it for his brothers. He does it to inspire and represent his fellow combat veterans. Continue reading “This Army Vet is Trying to Inspire Others Through Sumo”
In the late 1980s, Ursula Hayden was approached with an opportunity. Michelle Duze, a high school friend of hers, became involved with the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) and wanted Hayden to join the all-female wrestling production. Continue reading “Babe the Farmer’s Daughter on GLOW, Netflix Series”
For the second time in as many years, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Matt Murray and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ roster will be engraved onto the Stanley Cup, the ultimate prize in the National Hockey League. Since 1988, Louise St. Jacques has been the sole person in charge of such duties. Continue reading “This Woman Engraves the Stanley Cup”
Ryan Doherty reaches into his pocket for his wallet and pulls out a business card. The red card has his name, an image of him shirtless on the beach with a volleyball, the text “Avatar’s Guide to Beach Volleyball available on the Kindle app now”, and three listed professions:
Pro beach volleyball player
Paid underwear model
Published author Continue reading “Ryan Doherty’s Journey from Baseball to Pro Volleyball”
Drake Ramberg is Portland through and through. He was born in the city, went to college at Portland State University, is an avid fan of the local Timbers and Trail Blazers, and has worked at Nike—headquartered in nearby Beaverton, Ore.—since 1987. Continue reading “This Nike Designer Showcases Love of Portland Sports in Artwork”
Andrew Freund was thumbing through the pages of the Tokyo Journal, an English-language publication in Japan. Freund, who was in the country to teach English, saw an ad for an upcoming sumo tournament at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan and bought a ticket for about $20. Continue reading “U.S. Sumo Open Founder Talks Event’s History”
The old adage is “Jack of all trades, master of none.” Kevin Mahaney is certainly a jack of all trades, yet he is also a master of them all. Continue reading “Kevin Mahaney: All-American Lacrosse Player to Olympic Sailor”
Lacrosse is more than a game — it is a ritual, a medicine, a tradition, a culture, and an identity.
The sport is an original Iroquois game, played to honor the Creator. The Iroquois have a deep relationship with the game and much respect for it. Children are given homemade wooden lacrosse sticks when they’re born — they’re taught to respect the stick, learn about its importance, and cherish it. Continue reading “Importance of Lacrosse to Iroquois Featured in New Documentary”
Is there any greater symbol of China than the Great Wall? Comprised of multiple walls and fortifications, the idea for the Great Wall was conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the third century BC as a way to prevent invasion from nearby nomadic peoples. Continue reading “An Inside Look at the Great Wall Marathon”
There is still a stigma surrounding sexual orientation in the world of sports today. It isn’t until athletes retire that they come out publicly, for fear of being discriminated against on the field, in the locker room, or on social media during their careers. Continue reading “Zorros LGBT: Mexico’s Openly Gay Soccer Team”
Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah enjoys a little pain and adversity. He favors wearing long sleeves or a hoodie—sometimes both—under his jersey when it’s hot out. Why? Well, if he can handle tougher conditions, playing on a normal day will be easier. Continue reading “Ramadan Fasting Beneficial for Detroit Lions’ Ameer Abdullah”
Karen Williams wears many hats. She is a cultural anthropologist, undergraduate teacher at Queens College and an instructor at New York Insight Meditation Center. Williams, though, also wears a helmet. And knee pads. And wrist guards. And roller skates.
Susannah Hainley grew up with a varied athletic background—ballet, lacrosse, rugby, swimming. She never found her thing. She knew, though, that she preferred team sports to solo ones.
Continue reading “Gotham Girls Roller Derby Profile: Bruisannah Painley”
Concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (more commonly known as CTE) are unfortunately becoming common associations with football. Continue reading “Search Continues for Answers to Head Injuries in Football”
Lauryn Tacoronte wrestled at Curtis High School in Staten Island, N.Y. Being the only girl on an all-boys team wasn’t easy. Continue reading “Gotham Girls Roller Derby Profile: Lady Fingers”
Will Rackley grew up with two loves: football and art. Continue reading “Will Rackley’s Transition from NFL to Artist”
Baseball players at the Triple-A level are one step away from playing in the big leagues—MLB in the United States. While they may be the closest they’ve ever been to becoming a major leaguer, these players, no matter if they’re a promising rookie on the rise or a grizzled veteran looking to make a comeback, may have to play in smaller markets with some unique uniforms and team names. Continue reading “Most Unique Triple-A Baseball Team Names”
Natalie Randolph sat inside Ben’s Next Door on U Street in Washington, D.C. Like most of the patrons at the bar, she was attentively watching the National Football League games on the TV screens. A conversation struck up between her and a man seated nearby.
Then the inquisition began. Continue reading “Women Coaching Men and the Obstacles They Face”
Documentarian Jill Campbell and her crew drove to John F. Kennedy Airport to pick up the subject of their next project: former New York City basketball prodigy and retired NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson. Continue reading “‘Mr. Chibbs’ Tells Story of Former NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson”
Tina Sturdevant does extensive traveling for her role as senior manager of media and talent at Bleacher Report. Even though she would bounce from city to city and hotel room to hotel room, she remained particular about bringing her own toiletries. Continue reading “These Sports Media Members are Donating Toiletries to Homeless”
Amid the nuclear bomb threats, missile launch testing and continued political tension with pretty much the rest of the world, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea had a celebration.
The days of hot dogs, burgers, Cracker Jack, cotton candy and peanuts at baseball stadiums are long gone. Each year Major League Baseball teams come out with new, eye-catching and mouth-watering concoctions to offer to their patrons. Continue reading “Seattle Mariners Selling Grasshoppers This Season”
Reebok took the vital first step toward creating environmentally friendly products by developing a plant-based athletic shoe as part of the athletic brand’s Cotton + Corn initiative. Continue reading “Reebok Creates First Plant-Based Shoe”
It’s a tradition in the United States that a sports team is invited to the White House by the President after winning a championship. The first championship team believed to have visited the White House is the 1924 Washington Senators after claiming the World Series. NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL and NCAA championship-winning teams have become a regular occurrence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave since Ronald Reagan made it commonplace in the 1980s. Continue reading “UNC Coach Roy Williams Unsure if Team Will Visit President Trump, White House”
The age-old debate of club vs. country is back in the limelight as the National Hockey League put its foot down regarding its players participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Continue reading “NHL Says ‘No’ to 2018 Winter Olympics”
The rain was relentless. The drops caromed off waterproof jackets, baseball hats and exposed hair. It gently landed on the grass field. It slapped the concrete walkways. Yet, the deluge didn’t disrupt the resounding noise reverberating from the endless sea of green-clad supporters that filled the north end of the stands at Providence Park. The Timbers Army were in full force. Continue reading “Why Attending a Portland Timbers Game is a Must”
The National Hockey League selects three stars each week and each month, as a way to highlight the best individual performances during a given time period. Three stars are picked out after each game as well. Continue reading “Unique Prizes NHL Teams Award to Their Player of the Game”
In 2009, professional surfer Jon Rose was aboard a boat off the coast of Indonesia as part of a surf trip. Rose made the pit stop en route to Bali, where he planned to distribute 10 water filters as part of his new clean-water initiative, Waves For Water.
How long can you hold your breath? Probably not that long. Now try imagine doing that while swimming underwater. Pretty tough, right? Finally, imagine holding your breath and swimming 175 meters (574 feet) under a sheet of solid ice. Well, that’s what Arthur Guérin-Boëri did in Finland, setting a world record for the longest freedive under ice. Continue reading “Arthur Guérin-Boëri Sets Freediving Record Under Ice”
Instead of riding a bicycle alongside traffic on congested roadways or adding to the air pollution problem in a car, now commuters can bypass the cars and utilize greener transportation alternatives, riding on elevated paths above the endless stream of automobiles. Earlier this month, the world’s longest elevated cycling path opened in China in an effort to alleviate transportation issues in Xiamen, China. Continue reading “World’s Longest Elevated Cycling Path Opens in China”
The third month of each year means one thing for sports fans in the United States: March Madness. While most people in the country are quite familiar with the college basketball tournament (and fill out brackets), others around the world might not be as familiar with the Big Dance. Continue reading “What is March Madness?”
Most people who run marathons or distance races do so for more than just a pat on the back for their athletic accomplishment. Participants run for a reason — for someone or something. The Sahara Marathon is no different. Continue reading “Sahara Marathon is More Than a Desert Race”
Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber rushed for a team-record of 10,449 yards over 10 seasons in the National Football League. His longest play was a 95-yard touchdown run in 2005. Understandably, running the 26.2 miles that comprise a marathon would take some adjusting to. Continue reading “Tiki Barber on his Transition from NFL Running Back to Marathon Runner”
Alaska is synonymous with the Iditarod, a 1,000-mile dogsled race across the state’s harsh winter terrain, but there is another race that also puts competitors to the test while traversing The Last Frontier. The Iron Dog is a 2,031-mile snowmobile race from Anchorage to Nome, finishing in Fairbanks. It is the longest snowmobile race in the world.
Yao Ming stands at a towering 7 ft. 6in (2.3m), but his impact on the National Basketball Association and the game’s growth in his home nation of China dwarfs his skyscraper-like stature. Continue reading “Yao Ming’s Influence on NBA, Basketball in China”
Frozen lakes are utilized for sporting activities such as ice hockey, figure skating, ice fishing, and luge. But horse racing? Each year since 1907, jockeys and riders from around the world gather in St. Moritz, Switzerland, for the White Turf international horse races. Continue reading “White Turf Horse Races are Run on a Frozen Lake”
Aaron Judge has taken Major League Baseball by storm. The slugging New York Yankees outfielder has dazzled and wowed watchers with his power at the plate and surprising agility in the outfield. Judge, 25, put on a clinic while winning the 2017 MLB Home Run Derby on Monday.
Get to know Aaron James Judge with these 10 facts: Continue reading “10 Facts About Yankees’ Aaron Judge”