women’s sports

In Their Own Words
May 23rd, 2015

Can A Love Of Horse Racing And A Love Of Animals Co-Exist?

With American Pharoah preparing to race for the Triple Crown on June 6 in the Belmont Stakes, we asked turf writer Teresa Genaro to tell us about how she balances her love of horse racing — a sport where the stars are sometimes mistreated — with her love of animals.

In Their Own Words
May 16th, 2015

Denise McCluggage: The First Lady Of Racing

Auto racing pioneer Denise McCluggage died last week at the age of 88. Longtime friend and fellow journalist Jean Jennings shares her memories.

May 9th, 2015

Baseball Isn’t Just for Boys Anymore

More than 50 years after the All American Girls Professional Baseball League entertained crowds during World War II, women and girls are still struggling to find their place in the sport. Bill Littlefield meets with a group that’s making sure the younger generation gets a chance at bat in our national pastime.

May 2nd, 2015

Sand Volleyball’s Popularity Spikes Upward

This weekend, eight teams are vying for the collegiate national championship in sand volleyball. The American Volleyball Coaches Association is hosting the tournament, but the NCAA will take over the event next year and further raise the profile of the budding sport. From Boise, Idaho, Scott Graf reports.

In The News
April 25th, 2015

In Div. I, Small Gains For Female Athletic Directors

Just 10 percent of athletic directors in Div. I are female, but there have been recent additions at prominent colleges. Is there a bigger change coming? Bill Littlefield speaks with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Frank Fitzpatrick and Princeton Athletic Director Mollie Marcoux.

Featured Book
April 18th, 2015

‘Course Correction’ Details A Title IX Fight, A Naked Protest And An Olympian’s Story

Ginny Gilder fell into rowing at an important moment. The sport gave her an escape from family turmoil, but also thrust her into the fight for female athletes’ rights. Gilder, who won an Olympic medal in 1984, tells her story in “Course Correction: A Story of Rowing and Resilience in the Wake of Title IX.”

Only A Blog
April 11th, 2015

Commentary: Lauren Hill Made The Most Of Every Day She Had

College basketball player Lauren Hill passed away Friday at age 19, but her message will carry on. Bill Littlefield shares her story.

In Depth
April 4th, 2015

Expert Says: Helmets Won’t Reduce Concussions In Girls’ Lacrosse

A new Florida law requires girls’ lacrosse players to wear protective head gear. Concussion expert Dr. Michael O’Brien says helmets won’t reduce concussions — and might have negative effects. O’Brien joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

In Depth
April 4th, 2015

Lacrosse Helmets: Good Enough For Boys, Why Aren’t Girls Wearing Them?

Florida is the first state to require girls’ high school lacrosse players to wear protective headgear. Dawn Comstock of the Colorado School of Public Health explains the data behind the move.

April 4th, 2015

Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw On Final Four, Airport Triathlons And Spiders

Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw has led the Fighting Irish back to the Final Four for the fifth straight year. McGraw joins Bill Littlefield to explain how her team stays fit in airport terminals, why the Fighting Irish have overachieved this season and her team’s response to Indiana’s “religious freedom” law.

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