Sportz Shortz

Sportz Shortz: April 5, 2014

Taylor Crain
Written by Taylor Crain

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Ogwumike for Final Four Top Story

The Final Four rumbles into Nashville this weekend, and many anticipate a Connecticut-Notre Dame face-off for the ages. But is the 2014 Championship fated to go to the two undefeated teams? Maryland and Stanford present formidable competition, with Chiney Ogwumike heading the Cardinal resistance.



Senior forward Natalie Achonwa leads the Fighting Irish to victory over Baylor, but suffers a career-ending ACL injury in the process—can the Irish rebound from the loss of their star player? 

Sims for Wooden Award

Top five for Women’s 2014 Wooden Award is released.

Point guard Odyssey Sims closes her outstanding NCAA career after navigating undefeated Baylor through the Elite Eight.

No pay for  female Title IX athletes—likely or illegal?


With a perfect series opener—in which pitcher Ally Carda and catcher Stephany LaRosa pulled a shutout and both hit home runs—it’s easy to see why UCLA is still topping the ranks this spring.


Despite weather delays, Northwestern conquers the undefeated University of North Carolina in strategic 7-5 victory.

Martial Arts

The four horsewomen of the MMA—Rhonda Rousey, Marina Shafir, Shayna Baszler, and Jessamyn Duke—are becoming a force to be reckoned with.


Karrie Webb for Golf

19 years and 41 LPGA victories after her first win, Karrie Webb, winner of the 2014 Women’s Australian Open, believes her mental game has shifted into top gear.

Global Sports News

Does running lead to running? New study links competitive athleticism in women to leadership positions and political agendas later in life.


The 2015 Women’s FIFA World Cup, hosted by Canada, is expected to increase Canadian girls’ interest and commitment to the sport.

Sochi Olympics: Where Are They Now?

Hayley Wickenheiser

Hayley Wickenheiser, Sochi Olympic veteran and four-time ice hockey gold medalist, recounts her role in Canada’s 3-2 overtime victory over the U.S., despite skating on a fractured foot.

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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