Sportz Shortz

Sportz Shortz July 12, 2014

Taylor Crain
Written by Taylor Crain

 Our Bi-Weekly Digest of Women’s Sporting News

PHOTOCREDIT REUTERS Morteza Nikoubazl

Iranian women continue to voice opposition to the unwritten regulation barring them from stadiums. The ban, which came about after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, forbids women from attending public sporting events but does not necessarily illegalize their presence. Furthering frustration is the admission of foreign female fans—only Iranian women are excluded. The ludicrous nature of the ban has inspired creative protest, like that of the Women in White Scarves, who write their slogans on their required head coverings.

NCAA

Swimming

As recruiting winds down and swimming season mounts, expectations are high for Duke’s newest backstroke extraordinaire Hanna House and soon-to-be butterflying champ Leah Goldman.

Soccer

PHOTOCREDIT The Atlantic Coast Conference

Virginia Tech’s Jazmine Reeves and Elizabeth Tucker of Notre Dame do their sport proud as nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year.

MMA

UFC president Dana White incites indignation with her comments about the undefeated Ronda Rousey, which seem to discount every female athlete preceding the Bantamweight Champion.

After months of negotiations, striker Holly Holm signs with the UFC , bringing over a 7-0 MMA record.

WNBA

2014 ballot sweeper Maya Moore will be joined on the All-Star court July 19th by the formidable forces of 2013 All-Star MVP Candace Parker and 2013 No. 1 Overall Draft Pick Brittney Griner.

NWSL

World Cup U.S. standout Landon Donovan is not the “all-time U.S. leading goal scorer” as so many commentators claim. In fact, he isn’t even in the top five, as every one of those slots is held by an American woman: Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers, and Tiffeny Milbrett.

PHOTOCREDIT Michael Campanella Getty Images

After a year in Gothenburg, Sweden, California native Christen Press is back state-side, and hopes are high for the twelve-time goal-scoring US National forward.

Climbing

The International Climbers’ Festival celebrates the growing number of female participants this weekend in Lander, Wyoming.

Hockey

US Olympic hockey forward Hilary Knight talks muscular femininity and the transformation into an 185 lb, ice-shredding powerhouse.

Global

Basketball

Those behind the first International Women’s Basketball Tournament seek to promote female individuality and strength on a global scale.

Golf

PHOTOCREDIT David Cannon Getty Images

The Women’s British Open, the first tournament of its kind in Europe, remains a landmark for international female athleticism as it rounds its 13th year.

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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