Two women’s soccer analyses, two gymnastics live blogs, one examination of how rare Michael Phelps’ accomplishments this year are, and one look at the next generation of U.S. Olympians.
Aug. 9: U.S. women win gold in gymnastics team final (live coverage)
Aug. 10: U.S. women’s soccer team has improved, really (group stage analysis)
Aug. 11: Biles, Raisman medal in all-around (live coverage)
Aug. 12: Why Phelps is still great at an age when most swimmers have faded
Aug. 13: USA’s women lost. Blaming it on “cowards” misses the point
Aug. 20: USA have a wealth of young talent for 2020
I also wrote for Bleacher Report and will have another post summing up my work there.
This isn’t the first league Hope Solo has roasted on Twitter. Now other players have joined in. Can the league survive the tension?
Source: Tension in the NWSL: can the league and players live together in harmony? | Football | The Guardian
A few bits of history and perspective that pointed out some inconvenient facts …
— For The Guardian, comments from the U.S. women’s national team’s lawyers along with facts, figures and questions about how this could all play out. (Will we have a league? Will we have a better national team? Will everyone get paid?
Source: The US women’s soccer pay dispute: a tangled web with no easy answers | Football | The Guardian
April 11, 2016
— For OZY, a flashback on a previous labor dispute that actually reached the point of calling in replacement players, albeit replacements who were also on board with what the striking players were doing.
Source: When Women Walked Out on Soccer
May 9, 2016
— For FourFourTwo, a piece on U.S. Soccer’s rebuttal to the team’s EEOC complaint. And the question: What do the women really want?
Source: USWNT vs. U.S. Soccer: What do the players really want?
June 2, 2016
The Summer Games are simply too big and too costly for one city to host. I propose a series of Olympic events spread over the calendar and the globe.
Source: The Olympics are too big for one city to host. It’s time to share the joy | Sport | The Guardian
April 5, 2016
Written in the wake of a dizzying weekend of MMA news, with one of the sport’s top journalists (Ariel Helwani) temporarily losing his UFC credentials and one of the sport’s most famous figures (Kimbo Slice) passing away suddenly.
Source: How Kimbo Slice and MMA challenge our notions of celebrity and humanity | Sport | The Guardian
June 7, 2016