Wrestling leaders gearing up to fight … what, exactly?

USA Wrestling’s response to the sport’s threatened ouster from the Olympics has been impressive. They’ve done some international networking at the freestyle World Cup in Iran. They’re organizing at the grass roots. They’ve got an organization with a catchy name (CPOW, pronounced “ka-POW!”). They held a media conference call today and struck all the right notes, sounding polished rather than bitter. Former USOC president Jim Scherr is now working with international organizer FILA to save the sport’s Olympic status. He speaks convincingly of wrestling’s “Olympism” — the goodwill created through respectful international competition. Anyone who has seen footage of the … Continue reading Wrestling leaders gearing up to fight … what, exactly?

Which MLS newcomers will flop this year?

Let’s look back at the hyped MLS newcomers of 2012, shall we? To remind ourselves of the hype, check previews from Fox (Ives), ESPN (Leander) and Goal.com (Seth). Not picking on anyone’s prognostication skills — these were all players with resumes. BACK IN 2013 Michael Gspurning, Seattle, goalkeeper. Dealt so well with the difficult job of replacing Kasey Keller that he was a finalist for league Newcomer of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year. Arne Friedrich, Chicago, defender. No complaints here. Solid central defender and leader of an otherwise-young back line. Lee Young-Pyo, Vancouver, defender. Right back was the team’s … Continue reading Which MLS newcomers will flop this year?

The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 6: Oh, you mean this is EDITED?!

Before we begin, we’re reminded of a couple of minor issues from the season so far: 1. Josh might be speaking up a bit too much within Team Jones. 2. Uriah Hall was upset that someone corrected his word choice — cooker? Chef? 3. Dana White is blinking a lot in his closeup. Chael Sonnen stops by to reassure Bubba McDaniel. Again, when did Sonnen become such a nice guy? Moving ahead to the next fight, Sonnen is once again building up the other guy. He would’ve loved to have Josh on his team, but Tor Troeng is a sleeper. … Continue reading The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 6: Oh, you mean this is EDITED?!

Monday Myriad, Feb. 25: Nordic gold! Nordic gold!

Headlines from myriad sports this week: – Sarah Hendrickson won the world championship in women’s ski jumping. – Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins won the world championship in cross-country skiing’s team sprint, the first skiing title for the USA in Nordic World Championship history. – The USA also won two world titles in the track cycling world championships. Not bad for a one-woman team, Sarah Hammer. – Slovenia’s Tina Maze clinched the Alpine skiing World Cup title with nine races left. – The U.S. men’s freestyle wrestling team went to the World Cup in Iran, building up some diplomatic goodwill but also wrestling pretty well. The videos, features and tweets of … Continue reading Monday Myriad, Feb. 25: Nordic gold! Nordic gold!

Single-Digit Soccer: The score is always 0-0

Perhaps Caddyshack was ahead of its time. Chevy Chase’s character just went out and played golf — very well. Score? Nah. Didn’t keep it. A lot of youth soccer leagues don’t keep score in the early ages — in our case, we don’t keep track until U9. And the travel leagues don’t keep standings until U11. (Oddly enough, our U9 house league had standings on the Web for all the world to see.) In Canada, they’re going a step farther. Under age 12, no scores, no standings. (UPDATE: Here’s some info about the plan as a whole, which addresses far more than … Continue reading Single-Digit Soccer: The score is always 0-0

The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 5: Sonnen the good guy?

The funny thing about this season: Chael Sonnen is making it difficult to hate him. His pep talks to his team feel sincere and inspiring. He does a twist of the Hoosiers scene measuring the height of each basket, telling his fighters about a researcher finding people had no trouble walking across a 2×4 when it’s down on the ground but unwilling to do it when it’s suspended between two ladders. It’s not the fight making you nervous, he says — it’s the environment, with “Uncle Dana” watching. While he drops the occasional Muhammad Ali rhyme (“How you gonna deal … Continue reading The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 5: Sonnen the good guy?

Monday Myriad, Feb. 18: Slalom and shoot

Headlines of the week: – Ted Ligety won the giant slalom, his best event, for his third title at the Alpine skiing World Championships. Then 17-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin won the slalom. That’s four golds and a bronze for the USA in 10 individual events. – Tim Burke took silver in the 20k individual event at biathlon’s World Championships, which were otherwise dominated by Norway (eight golds in 11 events — two individuals and two relays each for Tora Berger and Emil Hegle Svendsen). – The Netherlands’ Sven Kramer won his sixth straight world allround speedskating title. Fellow Dutchperson Ireen Wust won her fourth overall, the last three in a row. … Continue reading Monday Myriad, Feb. 18: Slalom and shoot