Women Coaching Men and the Obstacles They Face

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”

‘Mr. Chibbs’ Tells Story of Former NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson

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”

These Sports Media Members are Donating Toiletries to Homeless

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”

UNC Coach Roy Williams Unsure if Team Will Visit President Trump, White House

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”

Why Attending a Portland Timbers Game is a Must

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”

Waves For Water Aims to Solve Global Clean-Water Crisis

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.

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Arthur Guérin-Boëri Sets Freediving Record Under Ice

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”

World’s Longest Elevated Cycling Path Opens in China

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”

Tiki Barber on his Transition from NFL Running Back to Marathon Runner

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”

Iron Dog is World’s Longest, Toughest Snowmobile Race

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.

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White Turf Horse Races are Run on a Frozen Lake

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”

What Happens to the Losing Super Bowl Team’s T-Shirts, Hats

The scene is the same. The clock reads 0:00. The final whistle blows. Some players jubilantly celebrate. Others fall to the ground in agonizing defeat. Confetti floats down from the rafters. There are tears of joy. Tears of disappointment. People are hugging in celebration. Some in reassurance. Amidst all the chaos, there are people running around from player to player and coach to coach handing out T-shirts and hats that proudly read “Super Bowl Champions”. Continue reading “What Happens to the Losing Super Bowl Team’s T-Shirts, Hats”

Stackable Soccer Pitches Could Alleviate Space, Obesity Issues in Dense Cities

Maximiliano Arrocet and his colleagues at AL_A like to play 5-a-side football, which helps reinforce the family-like atmosphere of the London architecture and design studio. The employees found it more difficult to find a local pitch after the studio relocated. This spurred the question: How can a dense city with limited green space still cater to its active population? Continue reading “Stackable Soccer Pitches Could Alleviate Space, Obesity Issues in Dense Cities”

Cresta Run in Switzerland Still Bans Women Riders

The Cresta Run in St. Moritz, Switzerland, is unique for a variety of reasons. Although the naturally made toboggan run that was first started in January 1885 and is the birthplace of the head-first riding position has one head-scratching mark: women have been banned from riding the Run since 1929.

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Drone Racing League Continues Rapid Global Growth

Nicholas Horbaczewski and Ryan Gury were standing in a field behind a Home Depot in Coram, Long Island, New York. They were attentively watching people wearing first-person view goggles while manning RC controllers. Drones whizzed by. They were enthralled.

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Brazil’s Impact & Dominance in Professional Bull Riding

Luis Blanco grew up on a ranch in Iacanga, São Paulo, Brazil. Each morning his cousin would come over for coffee with Blanco’s father before he set off for work. The cousin would tell his uncle stories about riding horses and the rodeo.

Blanco was hooked. Continue reading “Brazil’s Impact & Dominance in Professional Bull Riding”

Rod Smart Recalls ‘He Hate Me’ Nickname, Time in XFL

Rod Smart was a dual-sport athlete at Western Kentucky University. The running back and track star had his sights set on the National Football League. Smart signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2000. Continue reading “Rod Smart Recalls ‘He Hate Me’ Nickname, Time in XFL”

Mike Pawlawski Has ‘Zero Regrets’ Playing in the XFL

Mike Pawlawski conjured up an audacious and scandalous narrative. He wanted a rumor to circulate that he, quarterback of the San Francisco Demons, was having an affair with one of the team’s cheerleaders. His then-wife would get wind of the situation, trudge down from her seat inside the stadium, seek out the adulterous cheerleader on the sideline, hit her with a chair and a melee would ensue. Continue reading “Mike Pawlawski Has ‘Zero Regrets’ Playing in the XFL”

Professional Bull Riding is Becoming a Global Phenomenon

One … Two … Three … Four … Five … Six … Seven … Eight seconds. The buzzer sounds. The crowd roars. You jump off a bucking one-ton bull and rush to safety.

In a nutshell, that is bull riding. The name of the game is to stay on the animal — hanging on for dear life with just one hand — for eight seconds. Thousands of dollars are at stake. If you become World Champion of the Professional Bull Riders, that increases to millions.

Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? Continue reading “Professional Bull Riding is Becoming a Global Phenomenon”

Why This Woman Swims Naked In Welsh Mountain Lakes

Artist and filmmaker Natasha Brooks grew up in the rural Pennine Hills of West Yorkshire, England. Brooks and her siblings were usually found playing outdoors with sticks, mud and farm animals. They were also drawn to the nearby rivers and bodies of water, particularly in the summer months. Continue reading “Why This Woman Swims Naked In Welsh Mountain Lakes”

Father and Son Bond Through Passion of Cycling

Rich Seipp would long for the weekends growing up. These respites gave him an opportunity to get out of town and cruise around on his bicycle, passing through endless miles of English countryside.

His passion for cycling continued to play a big part in his life once he grew up, and it’s something he has also passed down to his 11-year-old son Tom. Continue reading “Father and Son Bond Through Passion of Cycling”

This Woman is Rowing the Atlantic Ocean For Alzheimer’s

Elaine Hopley has always had a fascination with the water. A resident of the Scottish town of Dunblane, she spent a lot of time sailing, canoeing and paddling around the country and Wales while growing up. Her father, John, owned a boat.

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Row For James Rowing the Atlantic Ocean for Mental Health Awareness

James and Harry Wentworth-Stanley drove to their father’s house for a Christmas party. Harry feel asleep in the car. That day would be the last time Harry would see his older brother.

After arriving, Harry went to grab beers for his brother and himself. While he was rummaging in the kitchen, James went to their father’s safe, removed a shotgun and walked outside. Continue reading “Row For James Rowing the Atlantic Ocean for Mental Health Awareness”

The Row Across the Atlantic Ocean that Started a Competition

David Johnstone had an audacious idea. The English journalist wanted to row across the Atlantic Ocean from North America to Europe.

He took out an advertisement in The Times enlisting help: “Will five fortitudinous oarsmen over 28 join me and engage in second-ever transatlantic rowing voyage?” Continue reading “The Row Across the Atlantic Ocean that Started a Competition”

Robin Arzon’s Journey from Lawyer to Marathon Runner and Fitness Guru

There was a time when Robin Arzon used to tell herself she wasn’t an athlete. Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Arzon would be on the sidelines as her cousins played soccer and ran track. Continue reading “Robin Arzon’s Journey from Lawyer to Marathon Runner and Fitness Guru”

Dick Traum Turns Tragedy of Losing Leg into Inspiration for Others

Dick Traum was standing behind his car at a gas station along the New Jersey Turnpike. Another car pulled up behind Traum’s car. The driver, noticing the cars were inching closer and closer, tried jamming on the break, but instead slammed on the gas.

Traum was crushed between the two cars. Both his legs were severely injured. His right leg became infected and had to be amputated above the knee. Continue reading “Dick Traum Turns Tragedy of Losing Leg into Inspiration for Others”

Why this 65-Year-Old is Running His 19th Consecutive New York City Marathon

The weather forecast for November 2, 1997, called for rain.

Raymond Choy went to Paragon Sports in New York City a few days beforehand to purchase a jacket. He bought a full-zip white and green Nike windbreaker to wear during the New York City Marathon he was running that Sunday morning. Continue reading “Why this 65-Year-Old is Running His 19th Consecutive New York City Marathon”

Female Skateboarders Balancing Out the Once Male-Dominated Sport

Tracey Barton-Herishen is standing underneath the Manhattan Bridge keeping a vigilant eye on her daughter. The sun is jostling for position among the ominous incoming clouds. It begins to drizzle.

Wearing a powder blue Diamond Supply Co. beanie and matching Converse hightop sneakers, Zoe Herishen, 9, is speeding around the Lower East Side Coleman Skatepark on her board. She rolls toward her mother, who hands her a pair of gloves. It’s getting colder by the minute. Zoe drops back into the concrete bowl.

“I wanted a ballerina, but I got a skateboarder,” Barton-Herishen says with a smile. Continue reading “Female Skateboarders Balancing Out the Once Male-Dominated Sport”

Drone Racing: Meet the Pilots of this New High-Tech Sport

Steve Zoumas has always been fond of remote-controlled objects — cars, trucks, planes, helicopters — you name it.

So, it’s fitting his interest was piqued when drones came into the market. Zoumas, who owns a construction company in Long Island, N.Y., purchased his first drone to use while on job sites.

Continue reading “Drone Racing: Meet the Pilots of this New High-Tech Sport”

Dean Kremer a ‘Flag Bearer’ for Helping Grow Baseball in Israel

Dean Kremer travels to Israel each summer for a pair of reasons: to visit family and to promote baseball.

This past summer, though, he was unable to go because of his own commitments with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Continue reading “Dean Kremer a ‘Flag Bearer’ for Helping Grow Baseball in Israel”

Baseball Gaining Traction in Great Britain

Jordan Edmonds didn’t know a thing about baseball. He had never picked up a baseball. He didn’t know the rules. He had never seen a game on TV.

It wasn’t until he was persuaded by a friend to attend a local baseball seminar run by an American ex-pat when he would first become familiar with America’s pastime while growing up in England.

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Pakistan Proudly Building a Domestic Baseball Culture

Muhammad Sumair Zawar proudly stepped to the plate wearing a dark green jersey with ‘PAKISTAN’ written across the chest in white lettering and the nation’s flag emblazoned on the right sleeve.

He watched the first pitch from Brazil’s Jean Tome whiz by him. Continue reading “Pakistan Proudly Building a Domestic Baseball Culture”

Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated on Soccer’s Growth in United States

Grant Wahl joined Sports Illustrated in 1996. Coincidentally, Major League Soccer played its inaugural season that same year in the United States.

Over the course of the past 20 years, Wahl has seen soccer and the MLS grow and improve in America. The league itself has doubled since its inception from 10 to 20 teams, will expand to 23 by the 2018 season and can be seen weekly on Fox Sports 1 and ESPN. Continue reading “Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated on Soccer’s Growth in United States”

Life of an NFL Practice Squad Player

Sponsorship deals with Nike, Papa John’s Pizza commercials, comedy movie cameos and big-money contracts aren’t guaranteed just because you play in the National Football League.

Sure, some players like Peyton Manning, J.J. Watt and Tom Brady have those added ‘perks’ of being stars, but the majority of the league’s players don’t. They aren’t on your TV screens for three hours on Sunday afternoons then for 30-second snippets throughout the week trying to persuade you to change car insurance. These players are more anonymous. Some, though, are truly unknown.

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Ryan Spadola, Like Many Others, Had Unheralded Journey to NFL

Cam Newton was selected first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. The quarterback won the Heisman Trophy and a national championship while at Auburn University.

Peyton Manning was an All-American quarterback at the University of Tennessee before being chosen No. 1 by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998. We all know the caliber of career he had in the NFL.

While players like Newton, Manning and countless others dominate the headlines and spotlight, there are many players, if not more, who are relative unknowns. Continue reading “Ryan Spadola, Like Many Others, Had Unheralded Journey to NFL”

What it will take for U.S. Soccer to compete with world’s best

The United States Men’s National Team did it again.

They built up the hopes of soccer supporters — fanatics and casual observers alike — in a major tournament, but faltered when it mattered most. The USMNT was brought back down to Earth thanks to Lionel Messi and Argentina, losing 4-0 in the Copa America semifinal on Tuesday.

(Hey, at least there’s a third-place consolation game, right?)

Continue reading “What it will take for U.S. Soccer to compete with world’s best”