Monday Myriad, May 5: Field hockey’s big dance

A new track circuit, some beach volleyball news and a cute dog from Sochi are in the Myriad wrap this week.

Best U.S. team performance/clincher of a berth in 2016 Champions Trophy:


Best roundup of a neglected competition format: The year in college track and field dual meets, from

Best roundup of the rest of the track and field world: Again,, which has a few words to explain why Meb Keflegizhi’s Boston win wasn’t a shock, an upset that could shake up the LaShawn Merritt-Kirani James rivalry in the men’s 400, a stunning U.S. performance in the men’s 5,000, the bewildering application of justice in the Tyson Gay doping case, Christian Cantwell’s rebound from 2013 in the shot put … just read the whole thing. We’ll wait.

Most accessible track circuit debut: Fans are close to the action in the new American Track League. Music by Velveteen Playboys — that’s Friend of SportsMyriad Paul Souza in the awesome suit.


Boldest women’s sports projection:


Best fencing performance by a three-time Olympian and two-time gold medalist:

The women’s team took silver, beating Ukraine in the semis and losing to Russia in the final.


Biggest U.S. beach volleyball event: July’s ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball combines the competitive heft of an FIVB event with some uniquely American trappings.

Worst spelling of “unforced”:


Cutest dog: Lindsey Jacobellis already had a dog before she left for the 2014 Olympics. That’s the one on the right. The one on the left is named Sochi, for obvious reasons. (HT: For The Win)


Worst undying controversy: So it wasn’t the suits that caused the US Speedskating flop in Sochi! It was altitude training, skate polishing, and the fact that the skaters weren’t used to … well, the suits.

Least impressed person in wake of US Speedskating report: Unless something is seriously lost in translation, Shani Davis has had it with the federation. (HT: @nzaccardi)


Least surprising world champion:

The U.S. women finished tied for 21st; the men were tied for 49th. Full recap and videos.


Best ongoing Hollywood love affair with an Olympic sport: Archery isn’t just for the Hunger Games films.


Best conversation about darts:


And finally, the most frightening training routine: Mo Farah running away from things, meet Mo Farah jumping over people …

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Beau Dure

The guy who wrote a bunch of soccer books and now runs a Gen X-themed podcast while substitute teaching and continuing to write freelance stuff.

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