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Women’s Soccer @2012Olympics #USA-CAN

In Olympics, Soccer, Uncategorized on August 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm

By Rwany Sibaja

The Twitter-verse was ablaze for a few hours on Monday as it became clear that the USA-Canada match in women’s soccer was something special.

  • @NathanLoomis: USA-Canada is intense
  • @JorgeMondacaFOX: Think Americans don’t care about soccer? Check out the trending charts – Rapinoe, Sinclair, and many other soccer terms in top 10

Like a boxing match, both sides delivered body blows for 120 minutes at Old Trafford. The Americans countered each goal by Canadian legend Christine Sinclair, whose hat trick on any other day would have put away most rivals. Instead, Megan Rapinoe, whose pinpoint passing on crosses and set pieces flustered the Canadian defense, scored two goals (one of which can be considered the goal of the tournament, the other a true “Olympic” goal off of a corner kick) to keep the US in the game.

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Kevin Na is not (for now) Steve Sax

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2012 at 6:03 pm

By Ryan Swanson, George Mason University

48 seconds is a long time.  It’s a really long time, I’d imagine, when crowds of people are watching you, and heckling you, and you’re unable to perform a simple task that is the very essence of your profession.  Just ask Kevin Na.  He knows.  At the Players Championship in May 2012, PGA Tour player Na could not take back his golf club and make a swing – during the competition.  Na had entered the Steve Sax zone.  Instead of picking a sightline, getting set, and swinging, Na waggled and talked to himself.  He berated himself.  He stood over the ball at one point for 48 seconds before he was able to begin his backswing.  It was tough to watch, yet fascinating too.

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The Smell of Blood – USADA versus Lance Armstrong

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Verner Møller, Professor of Sports Studies Aarhus University and Visiting Professor in CSSLS. He chairs the Humanistic Doping Research Network

In the letter the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) sent to Lance Armstrong to notify him that the Agency had decided to open a formal action against him there appears a mind-boggling statement: Dr. Martial Saugy, Director of the Lausanne Anti-Doping Laboratory, “stated that Lance Armstrong’s urine samples from the 2001 Tour of Switzerland were indicative of EPO use.” Moreover: “Lance Armstrong’s doping is further evidenced by the data from blood collections obtained by the UCI from Lance Armstrong in 2009 and 2010. This data is fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.”

If this is true, it is hard to understand why no anti-doping authority has opened a case against Armstrong until now. Read the rest of this entry »


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