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Sportz Shortz May 31, 2014

Taylor Crain
Written by Taylor Crain

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18-Year-Old Taylor Townsend rocks it in Paris, restoring hope to those American fans blind-sided by the Williams sisters early departure. The Chicago native is among the youngest U.S. competitors to breech the third round at Roland Garros and is already an international champion. But despite her win at the 2012 Australian Open Girls’ Singles at 15-years-old, Townsend paid her own way into the following U.S. Open Junior Tournament when the USTA neglected to finance her entrance, citing concerns over her weight.



Florida State pitcher Lucy Waldrop is named USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year with an 81-20 record in three seasons.

Tufts’s most recent championship and new school record owes its flawless execution to junior pitcher Allyson Fournier and sophomore hitter Christina Raso, who bought in 14 innings of 6-0 against Salisbury on Tuesday.


Rowing champion, coach, and analyst Yasmin Farooq is scheduled to be inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame this Saturday in Princeton, New Jersey.


Stanford’s Hannah Farr joins the ranks of the All-Americans after co-captaining a 14-5 season.


University of California Berkley’s sole senior Nicola Rossler birdied her final hole Friday, finishing her collegiate career at six over par.


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WNBA lead scorer Maya Moore pushes the Lynx to an 87-82 victory over the New York Liberty, despite a first quarter head collision.

Four games and twenty points into the season, Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne is awarded WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week.


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This June, All-American, University of Kentucky senior Arin Gilliland will make the pilgrimage to Chula Vista, California for training prior to the upcoming World Cup qualifications.

ESPN and the NWSL announce the schedule for the nine broadcasted games of the 2014 season.



Kazakhstan’s women’s rugby triumphs yet again, earning their third consecutive Asian Cup Championship with a 49-17 victory over Japan.


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Captain Aya Miyama is awarded Player of the Tournament after Japan conquers at the 2014 Asian World Cup, beating out defending champion Australia 1-0.


Serena Williams congratulates victorious up-and-comer Garbine Muguruza after she hit two winners against 18 unforced errors in the second round of the French Open.

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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