Desk Potato Sports: Live streams for Sept. 28-Oct. 5

The USOC Sports Scene is finally back after an Olympic/Paralympic break. Highlights from the prior week’s action include Brady Ellison’s fourth Archery World Cup Final victory. Consistency. They don’t have much to offer by way of webcasts this week, though. They’ll have the men’s softball slow-pitch nationals, which is softball but is neither women’s nor fast-pitch and therefore not quite an Olympic sport. What else is on? Frankly, not much. Silly me, launching this feature in the lull between the Summer Olympics and winter sports. But we did get some good news this week: beINSports has re-launched its apps — that’s particularly good news … Continue reading Desk Potato Sports: Live streams for Sept. 28-Oct. 5

Carli Lloyd strikes another blow against USWNT’s old image

Carli Lloyd says she “doesn’t do drama.” And yet that’s her entire book. Indeed, it’s much of her career, and she devotes a lot of ink here toward rehashing the various reasons she has long played with a chip on her shoulder. So, like prior books by Hope Solo and Abby Wambach, When Nobody Was Watching presents a more complicated — and more realistic — view of the athletes who sacrifice so much of themselves in pursuit of excellence. Source: Carli Lloyd’s memoir explodes myth that US women’s soccer is all fun and friends | Football | The Guardian Continue reading Carli Lloyd strikes another blow against USWNT’s old image

Desk Potato Sports: Live streams for Sept. 22-28

Weekly update: U.S. curling power rankings for men and women. All times ET. Friday, Sept. 23 Cricket: Middlesex vs. Yorkshire. Fourth and final day. Winner takes the County Championship. If they draw, Somerset wins. Check the BBC Day 3 report. ESPN3, 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 Cyclocross: The World Cup circuit stops in Iowa. Yes, Iowa. NBC Sports Live Extra, 4:30 p.m. WNBA playoffs: #8 Phoenix at #3 New York. Best-of-one series. ESPN3, 7 p.m. NASL soccer: Indy Eleven vs. New York Cosmos. That’s fourth vs. first. ESPN3, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 Running: Berlin Marathon. Hard-core viewers watching hard-core runners. Enjoy your recovery drinks and give me an update … Continue reading Desk Potato Sports: Live streams for Sept. 22-28

Dure: A Recreational Soccer Manifesto — Soccer Wire

Every soccer player starts as a recreational player. So rec leagues are important — and complicated, writes Beau Dure. They need to accommodate everyone from future pros to children with special needs. This week Beau offers up a comprehensive approach to making this entry level the most effective it can be. Source: Dure: A Recreational Soccer Manifesto — Soccer Wire Continue reading Dure: A Recreational Soccer Manifesto — Soccer Wire

Fans like soccer (football) the way it is

The most controversial column I’ve ever written (yes, even more controversial than anything I’ve written on Hope Solo or the U.S. women’s labor dispute) was many years ago, when I took Manchester United to task for coming to the USA and playing a bunch of non-MLS teams. That’s standard practice today, but in those days, European powers would routinely play friendlies against the locals. Case in point: In 2001, the MetroStars beat a recently crowned European champion Bayern Munich side that was “tired from traveling and celebrating,” as Alex Yannis put it in The New York Times. So in 2003, I was … Continue reading Fans like soccer (football) the way it is

Desk Potato Sports: Live streams for Sept. 15-21

I can’t find any curling, though I’ve updated the U.S. power rankings for men and women. It’s not biathlon season yet. I couldn’t find anything on the Beach Volleyball World Tour. But we press forward. All times ET. Thursday, Sept. 15 Europa League Soccer: Panathinaikos vs. Ajax, ESPN3. In case the options on FS1 and FS2 aren’t quite enough for you. 2:55 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 Cricket: Surrey vs. Warwickshire, ESPN3. This is the final of the Royal London One-Day Cup, which is not to be confused with Twenty20 (shorter) or the traditional county championship (longer). 5: 30 a.m. Rugby: South Africa vs. New Zealand, ESPN3. The second … Continue reading Desk Potato Sports: Live streams for Sept. 15-21