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Sportz Shortz May 27, 2014

Photocredit Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike
Taylor Crain
Written by Taylor Crain

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The Jordanian women’s football team astounds in Ho Chi Minh City, despite a 3-1 loss. The 2014 opener for the Asian Cup saw the pairing of Jordan’s nine year old team against Cup hosts Vietnam in a history making match. Jordan’s evolving team, still in its developmental stages, is in rankings alongside established Vietnam and 2013’s reigning Asian and World Cup champions, Japan and Australia. The Jordanian team is comprised of the country’s very first generation of female footballers.

Photocredit Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike

Nigerian-American WNBA record setters Nneka and Chiney Oguwmike hope to increase and keep awareness of the 276 kidnapped girls still missing amidst fears that the incident may be forgotten.

Thirteen-year-old swimmer and student Amelia Wilson questions the constant stream of fanfare celebrating men’s sports while the athletic accomplishments of women continue to largely lack acknowledgement.

Chicago Cubs owner Laura Rickets is appointed chair of LPAC, a lesbian-backed election committee with a mission to promote pro-lesbian, pro-women political candidates.



Eight of the eleven previously crowned NCAA Softball Division I champions find their way onto this year’s list of sixty-four eligible teams.


Sophomore midfielder Taylor Cummings leads Maryland to a 13-5 victory over Penn, pushing the team to their first sought after national tournament in four years.


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Seasoned UFC fighter Meisha Tate warns that pairing bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey against veteran Gina Carano for the title ridicules women’s MMA’s struggle for national legitimacy.


The recent passing of thirty-year-old Elena Baltacha inspires tribute at the youth tennis academy the former British No. 1 established in 2010.


U.S. goal leader Sydney Leroux’s score in the Canadian/American 1-1 match last Thursday marks 30 games since Canada’s last victory over the U.S. 


At eleven, Lucy Li becomes the youngest qualifier in the history of the US Women’s Open, shooting rounds of 72 and 68.


Nationally acknowledged women’s lacrosse ambassador Carole Wakefield passes away after eighty-eight years of fighting for women’s sports recognition and coverage.




Helena Costa, the first female team manager of any European professional football team, may urge more women into leadership positions while coaching France’s men’s Ligue 2 Clermont Foots.


While the world tuned in to watch the first ever Tour of Britain, some take a moment in remembrance of cycling pioneer Alfonsina Strada, who became the first woman to complete the Giro d’Italia in 1924.


Dutch Olympic cyclist Marianne Vos dominated at the Tour of Britain despite fierce competition.

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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