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Byline to Finish Line: True tales from the Erie Canal Trail
by Byline to Finish Line
posted July 22, 2014 at 2:46pm

It was a difficult decision. Since starting triathlon seven years ago I had never missed a Mussleman weekend. Some years it was the sprint. Other years it was the 70.3. One year it was both because I decided I needed to do really freaking hard stuff ...more

Trades to improve the WNBA's struggling teams at the trade deadline
by Swish Appeal
posted July 22, 2014 at 2:43pm

In a year where the talent has continued its uptick, the All-Star break arrived with nine of the 12 WNBA squads under the .500 mark. The trade deadline is Wednesday so here's a look into trades that I think can improve each of those squads. The trades ...more

WNBA president Laurel Richie's transcript from All-Star weekend
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted July 22, 2014 at 2:42pm

From the WNBA:     TRANSCRIPT FROM WNBA PRESIDENT LAUREL J. RICHIE   WNBA PRESIDENT LAUREL J. RICHIE:   Good afternoon everyone from what is turning out to be a very, very warm Phoenix day, and that's somehow fitting for the 20...more

Making sense of the problems that led to the L.A. Sparks firing Carol Ross
by Swish Appeal
posted July 21, 2014 at 9:46pm

During a disastrous third quarter for the L.A. Sparks in their 79-75 loss to the Washington Mystics last Thursday evening, play-by-play announcer Jim Watson wondered, "What in the world is going on at Staples?" With the Sparks announcing the firing of h...more

The WNBA's more surprising and disappointing teams at the All-Star break
by Swish Appeal
posted July 21, 2014 at 9:34pm

The 2014 WNBA All-Star break is not actually the mid-point of the season, but it is a convenient break in the action to reflect on what occurred in the first half of the season. To get you ready for games starting tomorrow, we take a look at the statist...more

The MRS (WMMA and Boxing News Plus Results) – July 21
by Wombat Sports
posted July 21, 2014 at 9:32pm

Miscellaneous News Congratulations to Ronda Rousey on breaking not only a WMMA barrier but a MMA one in general, being the first Mixed Martial Artist to win an Espy. She was awarded “Female Athlete of the Year” at the sports awards. You can w...more

WNBA president Laurel Richie's transcript from All-Star weekend
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted July 21, 2014 at 9:30pm

From the WNBA:     TRANSCRIPT FROM WNBA PRESIDENT LAUREL J. RICHIE   WNBA PRESIDENT LAUREL J. RICHIE:   Good afternoon everyone from what is turning out to be a very, very warm Phoenix day, and that's somehow fitting for the 20...more

Los Angeles Sparks fire head coach Carol Ross, GM Penny Toler to assume interim duties
by Swish Appeal
posted July 21, 2014 at 1:17pm

In a move that doesn't come as much of a shock here at the Swish, the Los Angeles Sparks have relieved Carol Ross of her head coaching duties. According to ESPN.com's Mechelle Voepel, the Los Angeles Sparks have decided to relieve head coach Carol Ross...more

2014 WNBA All-Star Game: What were your favorite moments?
by Swish Appeal
posted July 21, 2014 at 1:14pm

Talk about your thoughts here. The 2014 WNBA All-Star Game provided fans an exciting 45 minutes of basketball, with the East eventually coming out on top, 125-124 in overtime. At least for me personally, one of the best moments in this game was s...more

2 seconds, no finish clock picture, but satisfaction: Molly Huddle breaks her own AR
by RunBlogRun
posted July 21, 2014 at 1:06pm

All that she did in 2014, was leading up to this race. The twelve and one half laps that Molly Huddle ran in Monaco Friday night, the two seconds off the AR, and, right after, Molly knew she could run faster...  Molly started the 2014 season with he...more

Brazil and Back Again: Three Days at the 2014 World Cup
by Soccer Science
posted July 20, 2014 at 8:45pm

Three days was all I needed to find a window of opportunity to get to Brazil for World Cup 2014. The 12-hour flight down, and 24-hour trek home, were totally worth it as the experience of attending a World Cup game is just beyond comparison. On my first ...more

The Penny Taylor Effect
by Swish Appeal
posted July 20, 2014 at 9:28am

As we shift into All-Star weekend, the Phoenix Mercury have exploded onto the scene to let their competitors for the 2014 WNBA season that they ARE going to be factor on the outcome of this season. Outside of the leader on the sideline, not much of the ...more

2014 WNBA All-Star Game final score: Shoni Schimmel scores 29 points to lead the East to a 125-124 overtime win
by Swish Appeal
posted July 20, 2014 at 9:26am

The Atlanta Dream rookie had a number of great plays, and delivered in the clutch to lead the Eastern Conference All-Stars to a 125-124 over the Western Conference. Wow! What a game! Atlanta Dream guard Shoni Schimmel was voted as a starter to the 201...more

WNBA All-Star Sister Weekend
by C and R's Stanford Women's Basketball Blog
posted July 19, 2014 at 9:05am

Back in April when Chiney Ogwumike was drafted number one by the Connecticut Sun, she and her sister, Nneka Ogwumike made history. They were the first pair of siblings in the WNBA to be drafted number one. Heck, let’s take that a step further to sho...more

Sparks vs. Mystics final score: L.A.'s comeback falls short in 79-75 loss to Washington at Staples Center
by Swish Appeal
posted July 18, 2014 at 10:39pm

The Washington Mystics squandered a 15-point second half lead, but held on to beat the L.A. Sparks 79-75 at Staples Center. I watched tonight's game between the L.A. Sparks and Washington Mystics specifically because I figured that Mike Thibault and hi...more

Heading into the All-Star game with a bang
by They're Playing Basketball
posted July 18, 2014 at 10:38pm

Today's results:The Shock edged the Stars, 95-90.The Fever routed the Sky, 82-64.The Mercury crushed the Sun, 101-85.The Mystics squeaked past the Sparks, 79-75.All-Star game:Diana Taurasi is the star of the All-Star show, one publication says.Brittney Gr...more

NCAA – 2014 CoachRank – How Do New Faces Fare?
by All White Kit
posted July 18, 2014 at 10:36pm

Forty-six schools made coaching changes between 2008 and 2010.  Of those schools, thirty-seven were replacing coaches who had been in their post for three or more seasons.  But how many of those schools made a change for the better in terms of r...more

Open Letter to New WMMA Fans – A New World to Discover
by Wombat Sports
posted July 18, 2014 at 10:29pm

Santos Courtesy Astra Fight Team I have been wanting for a while to write to the new influx of fans that came during the Rousey/UFC era and welcome you to what I have been writing about for the past 6 years.  Love her or hate her, Ronda Rousey had...more

Liberty vs. Dream final score: New York has a hard fought 77-75 win
by Swish Appeal
posted July 17, 2014 at 10:27pm

Just the Facts, Ma'am: A double-double from Tina Charles and a banked-in jumper from Cappie Pondexter sealed the deal in a physical win for the Liberty, 77-75, over Eastern Conference leaders Atlanta. Tina Charles led the Liberty with 18 points and 15 ...more

2014 WNBA All-Star Game: Sue Bird and Ivory Latta named as injury replacements
by Swish Appeal
posted July 17, 2014 at 10:19pm

Welp. The WNBA announced on Wednesday that League President Laurel Richie named Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird and Washington Mystics guard Ivory Latta as injury replacements to the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game in Phoenix. Bird replaces Minnesota Lynx gu...more

Storm guard Sue Bird headed to eighth WNBA All-Star game
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted July 17, 2014 at 1:07pm

Thanks to a nod Wednesday from WNBA president Laurel Richie, Storm PG Sue Bird will travel to the desert to participate in the league’s All-Star game. Bird, a 13-year veteran, was Richie’s injury replacement selection for Minnesota G Seimone A...more

WHO'S NEXT FOR RONDA ROUSEY? - ROUNDUP - JULY 15, 2014
by Women's MMA Roundup
posted July 16, 2014 at 10:12pm

WHO'S NEXT FOR RONDA ROUSEY? - ROUNDUP - JULY 15, 2014 In the wake of UFC 175 and Ronda Rousey's 16 second KO victory over Alexis Davis, Zuffa is looking to sign more talent to the 135 division. Dana finally lands breakout standup phenom Holly... From:...more

2014 WNBA All-Star reserves: Chiney, Nneka Ogwumike become first siblings selected for same game
by Swish Appeal
posted July 16, 2014 at 10:06pm

The WNBA announced its 2014 WNBA All-Star reserves with Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike becoming the first siblings to get selections in the same year. Although most of the players the Swish Appeal staff selected made it, there were a few surprises. The WNBA...more

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