- Sarah D. Bunting | Healthy Living | Fri, Sep 14, 2012 12:49 PM EDT | Comments
underway at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, with 15-year-old Lydia Ko a member of the field.... The British Open is Read More »
Ko, who won the Canadian Open to become the LPGA's youngest winner ever, seemed excited for the challenge: "I have had an amazing summer, and I feel it can only get better." But as an ESPN-W piece by Lewine Mair points out, that kind of success at Ko's age may have its downside. Ko has admitted that she's had to forego typical teen activities in favor of golf and practice. Ko's not the only adolescent in the tournament, either – Lexi Thompson, who had held the record for youngest winner, is still just 17, the UK's Charley Hull 16 – and the presence of these prodigies does raise some questions as to how hard they're pushed, how fast, and whether players "getting better sooner" is worth it.
Previous "generations" of young golfers prioritized school and "regular" life. Today, young golfers like Ko may treat it more like a job – a full-time one that leaves less room in their schedu
- Big League Stew | Thu, Sep 13, 2012 12:37 AM EDT | Comments
It's a universal truth that babies wait for no one, not even if their father is a baseball player competing in a game with major implications on the playoff race. Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia learned that in a very public way on Wednesday night when he was pulled from the field during warmups for the seventh inning and told that his wife Kelli was in labor with the couple's second child.
As Deadspin's Erik Malinowski notes, you can see the precise moment Pedroia is informed he'll be trading a spot in the lineup against the Yankees for a set of scrubs and a box of cigars:
Pedroia missing some baseball action to be with his pregnant wife is nothing new. He missed the 2009 All-Star game in St. Louis when complications arose during Kelli's pregnancy with the couple's firstborn child, a son named Dylan.
This was obviously a little different, though, as the game actually counted. Though the Red Sox have long since pl...Read More »
- Jeff Eisenberg | The Dagger: College Basketball Blog | Thu, Sep 6, 2012 12:09 PM EDT | Comments
In three standout seasons as starting point guard for Saint Mary's, reigning WCC player of the year Matthew Dellavedova has proven he can thrive against some of the best guards in college basketball.
This summer, he showed he can also handle a step up in competition.
Not only was Dellavedova one of only two current college players who competed at the Olympics, he also won the starting point guard role for the Australian national team. Dellavedova logged 26 or more minutes in all six games he played and averaged 7.3 points and 4.5 assists, helping the Aussies win their final three games of pool play and reach the quarterfinals.
Falling short of a medal was a disappointment for Dellavedova, but he still calls the Olympics the best experience of his life. He chatted with me this week about his favorite memories of London, what it was like playing Team USA and how the experience will help him entering his senior season at Saint Mary's.
JE: I know you were very excited for the Olympics pri...Read More »
- Harrison Mooney | Puck Daddy | Tue, Sep 11, 2012 5:37 PM EDT | Comments
Back in December of 2011, international pop superstar (and NBA celebrity all-star game MVP) Justin Bieber skated with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He even scored "a few goals" on Jonas Gustavsson.
Granted, that doesn't mean much, both because Gustavsson was likely being generous and because, you know, Jonas Gustavsson... but it was impressive enough for the ECHL's Bakersfield Condors.
The AA Hockey League franchise has offered the "Baby" singer an amateur tryout contract.
Now, this seems totally legit, you guys. I mean, check out Condors' coach and director of hockey operations Matt O'Dette (@BigOdie2 on Twitter, according to the release) as he discusses Bieber's legendary skillset:
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"Very rarely do you see this combination of skill and toughness," said O'Dette. "We share a common Canadian heritage since we both hail from Ontario. I've scouted some video of him online skating with my hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and I think he could provide some elusive speed up front for us. Pl
- Sarah D. Bunting | Healthy Living | Wed, Sep 12, 2012 3:46 PM EDT | Comments
Adventure blog, trail running gives female athletes more opportunities to truly compete with men than most sports – but Outside's Katie Arnold notes that it's also a sport in which top runners may not peak until their thirties or even forties. Top runners like, say, Claudia Spooner, a 42-year-old and triathlete who typically dusts her competition in XTERRA events, and who finished two minutes behind Welch last month. (Welch, modestly: "I think she was sick that day.")... First, the good news: 12-year-old Katylynn Welch is an excellent runner. How excellent? At an XTERRA half-marathon event in Waco, TX on August 18, she won the women's field and placed 11th overall. True, according to Outside Magazine's Read More »
Finishing behind Spooner, meanwhile, was another mighty mite – Welch's sister, Heather. Their father, Rodney, hinted that Heather's the real threat, since her main goal is to keep up with her older sister, who has finished the Houston Marathon in well under four hours. Unfortunately, Katyly
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