Sportz Shortz

Sportz Shortz August 23, 2014

Taylor Crain
Written by Taylor Crain

Thirteen-year-old Mo’ne Davis is far more than just a novelty: she’s a force to be reckoned with in a sport that’s been historically accommodating to white males. At 5’4, Mo’ne throws 70 MPH and is the first girl to ever pitch a shutout in Little League World Series.

The fame brought by the anomaly of a female player advancing so far will no doubt provide Davis with ample opportunities for future play, but many look forward to the day when the presence of girls and women in official baseball play isn’t such an anomaly.

NCAA

Recent changes in NCAA monetary policies and their approaching implementation leave fans and participators in women’s athletics still guessing.

Lacrosse

Seven freshman are joining the Fighting Irish for the 2015 season, pumping new blood into Notre Dame’s formidable lineup.

Volleyball

 PHOTOCREDIT Iowa State Athletics

As the season opener looms, Iowa mourns the departure of Kristen Hahn, and looks to junior Caitlin Nolan to fill in part of the team’s gap.

NWSL

Portland and Washington compete neck and neck for the coveted number three ranking, with the Thorns just barely scraping ahead.

There’s no doubt that the women of the NWSL possess masterful talent—but when the league is riddled with low wages and organizational difficulties, is talent enough to persevere?

The domestic violence charges filed against Hope Solo are an undeniable black mark on an otherwise worthy, fourteen year career, but many disagree with the NWSL’s ruthless promotion of the goalkeeper.

WNBA

In the East, Washington and Indiana keep it tight as West Coast San Antonio accumulates another win.

PHOTOCREDIT Getty Images Scott Cunningham Juan Ocampo

Atlanta’s Shoni Schimmel earns her first Player of the Week alongside West Coast pick and second time winner Kristi Toliver.

Global

Cricket

The Board of Control for Cricket in India claims “underperformance” as a justification for neglecting their women’s team, but the root of the problem may be more administrative than athletic.

Soccer

FIFA may face a lawsuit after the unfortunate choice to play Women’s World Cup games on artificial fields—a compromise no Men’s World Cup has ever been subjected to.

Rugby

PHOTOCREDIT Jean Catuffe Getty Images

England’s Rugby team sweeps the World Cup amidst a triumphant media frenzy.

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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