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Sportz Shortz April 19, 2014

Taylor Crain
Written by Taylor Crain

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FIFA’s final approval on hijabs worn in play stands to broaden girls’ soccer participation throughout the Arab world. After a two-year trial period following the controversial disqualification of Iran’s female team in the 2011 Olympics, head coverings are now officially legal in international play.  Sahar Al Hawary, FIFA committee member, hopes the approval will encourage less adaptive countries to follow suit.


Will triathlons make the cut? If they can garner enough popularity for schools to establish varsity programs, the endurance sport stands a chance to bridge the gender gap in college athletics.


Lacey Waldrop, nation leader in wins with a 69-19 record, has reason to grin despite Notre Dame’s 8-5 triumph over Florida State Sunday night.

A 4-3 10 inning game marks Mississippi State’s first series victory over Alabama in a decade.        


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The University of Washington touts the win from the 2014 Silverado Showdown in Napa, California, with junior SooBin Kim finishing at 9-under-par 207.


Ohio trumps Penn State 10-9, signifying the 40th win for Ohio State’s class of 2014.

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UCI defends No. 6 ranking with an 11-5 conquest over No. 7 Cal State this past Sunday.


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The Connecticut Suns see changes this season, trading 2012 league MVP Tina Charles to the New York Liberty and Chiney Ogwumike joining the Suns as number one pick in the 2014 WNBA draft.

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Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council passes recommendation that the ban on sports in girls’ state school be lifted.


Geri-Lyn Ramsay, 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts finalist, prepares for her rink’s return to Prince Edward Island, where they’ll compete as one of the top twelve curling teams in the world.


With the excitement of last weekend’s Confederation of Africa’s Women Sevens Rugby in Machakos still lingering, Kenya aspires to become the headquarters of the International Rugby Board.


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Fallon Fox, the only out trans fighter in the MMA, talks hate, going public, and keeping up the good fight, in and out of the ring.


“We want to be known as women who play hockey, not we play women’s hockey.” Lisa Martin, member of the AHA’s Scarlett Rebellion, speaks to the experience of playing on a team with varying ages and skill sets.

About the author

Taylor Crain

Taylor Crain

Taylor Crain is a Chicago born writer and committed pedestrian earning her Fiction Writing BFA from Columbia College Chicago. When not hoofing it around town on foot, she allocates a significant amount of time to practicing melt-into-your-mat yoga and dancing to cardio videos which in no way make her look dorky. She aspires to one day learn to ride a bike.

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