Sportz Shortz

Sportz Shortz August 9, 2014

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Taylor Crain
Written by Taylor Crain

Our Digest of Women’s Sporting News

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What constitutes a woman? Invasive, humiliating sex testing—still the norm in competitive women’s sports—has  some concrete guidelines. Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, the most recent athlete to be discriminated against, was banned from participating in the 20th Commonwealth Games due to “excess levels” of testosterone in her blood. Disqualification may seem to be an absurd course of action, and it is—almost as absurd as determining someone’s gender from the hormones in their blood.

ESPN commentator Keith Olbermann addresses sexism in athletics and the ensuing domino effect.

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Former All-American Becky Hammon makes history as the first woman to be appointed a full-time NBA assistant coach.

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18-year-old Australian Su-Hyun Oh takes first at the U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifying tournament, shooting a 4-under-par 66.

For the first time, men and women qualify side by side at the U.S. Mid-Amateurs this past Tuesday in Waterloo, Illinois.

NCAA

The NCAA issues two years of probation to Henderson State University after a variety of technical and ethical conduct violations.

WNBA

Minnesota’s meteoric rise persists unchallenged as the Lynx collect their tenth consecutive win.

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Tulsa’s Odyssey Sims earns her first Rookie of the Month after collecting twenty-four points, eight assists, and six rebounds in the Shocks’ win over Chicago.

Hockey

Six Minnesota Gophers are among those headed to the USA Hockey Women’s National Festival, wherein the twenty-two players for an upcoming series with Canada will be selected.

NWSL

Seattle reigns supreme—but do their west coast sisters still have a fighting chance?

The Portland Thorns break the NWSL attendance record Sunday, August 3rd, with 19,000 fans to cheer on their 1-0 victory over Houston.

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Seattle’s Megan Rapinoe entrances fans and commentators alike with a breathtaking goal in the final minutes of the Reign’s most recent win.

Global

Soccer

FIFA’s decision to host the 2015 Women’s World Cup matches on artificial fields has rallied critics to circle a petition amid accusations of gender discrimination.

Rugby

England manages two wins at the Women’s Rugby World Cup, beating out Spain and Samoa.

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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