Diamonds for Bershawn Jackson, Allyson Felix

A couple of quick updates: – Shot put (men): Reese Hoffa upsets Christian Cantwell, though Cantwell has long ago clinched season title. (Results) – High jump (women): Chaunte Howard Lowe didn’t jump. Blanka Vlasic completes the sweep in her absence. (Results) – 400 hurdles (men): Bershawn Jackson wraps dominant season. (Results) – 200 (women): Season champion Allyson Felix wins a close one. (Results) – 800 (women): Caster Semenya, cleared to run after some gender confusion, places third. (Results) – 100 (men): Tyson Gay wraps up title with a 9.79, 0.01 off his world lead and 0.02 off Usain Bolt’s meet … Continue reading Diamonds for Bershawn Jackson, Allyson Felix

Why don’t we have a soccer blog like this?

Check out this breakdown of the pivotal final play in the U.S. basketball team’s win over Spain. Great stuff, showing how a sudden switch to zone defense threw off Spain’s offense. So here’s a question: With so many soccer blogs in the country — I barely know a soccer fan who does NOT double as a journalist to some degree — why don’t we have one that gives this sort of tactical breakdown? (Apologies if I’m missing one. Great time to step forward if you’re doing this.) Update: Several people on Twitter pointed out ZonalMarking.net, which I’ve probably missed because … Continue reading Why don’t we have a soccer blog like this?

Michael Phelps’ mission impossible: Stay motivated in off year

The Pan-Pacific championships are as good as it gets for swimming in the middle of an Olympic cycle. It’s not the Olympics or the world championships, but it’s a chance to see a U.S. national team in action. And because we’re living in the Michael Phelps era, it’s also a chance to see him in action. Sort of. It’s a relief in these budget-strapped times that the Pan Pacs drew an actual media presence, calling attention to the feats of Ryan Lochte, Dana Vollmer et al. But Phelps, whose out-of-pool life has been in the news in the past, will … Continue reading Michael Phelps’ mission impossible: Stay motivated in off year

The battle for beach volleyball’s soul

When we last checked in on the AVP Tour, the rest of the season was in jeopardy. Now it’s gone. We also noted last time that beach legend Karch Kiraly had some sort of low-key tour going on as well, and he was touting old-school volleyball with larger courts, a different ball, the old 15-point must-serve-to-score scoring, etc. With the AVP on hiatus, the city of Manhattan Beach (Calif.) scrambled to save its prestigious event. They’ve done so, with one hitch — they’re going old school with the rules. Count Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh among those who are unhappy … Continue reading The battle for beach volleyball’s soul