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Black History Month – Female Athletes Who Changed the World

Can you imagine a sports world without the Williams sisters, Jackie Joyner Kersee or Gabby Douglas? It’s pretty difficult to picture, but there once was a time when women weren’t allowed to compete.  And there was also a time when black athletes weren’t allowed to be on the same playing field as white people. Fortunately, …

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Wheel Action: May is National Bike Month

National Bike Month is not really a Hallmark event. And for those of us that are cyclists, that’s too bad. If oil prices continue to climb, however, every month might become Bike Month. Despite what  temperatures may indicate (we’re having a heat wave in Los Angeles and it snowed last week in the midwest), spring really is on …

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Effa Manley

Penny Marshall to Direct Biopic Of First Female Baseball Hall of Famer

A League Of Their Own director Penny Marshall is swinging at a baseball biopic about Effa Manley, the sports trailblazer who became the first woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. I love this announcement for so many reasons. First, A League of Their Own is one of my favorite films (starring …

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Barbie Computer Engineer

C’mon Barbie – Girls Can’t Code?

In a picture book ironically titled “Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer,” readers  are invited into the iconic character’s kitchen, where she sits at the table working on a game she’s creating to teach kids how computers work. Enter Barber’s younger sister, Skipper, who loves the idea of the cute robot puppies she’s developing, and asks …

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Female Athletes Unite Against Breast Cancer

Organizations everywhere are kicking off month-long breast cancer awareness programs. At least half of you know someone who has or had breast cancer. Whether a mom,  aunt, grandmother, neighbor, or family friend, breast cancer strikes over 200,000 women a year. Fortunately, with early detection, there are many different treatment options available. And every year new research …

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20 Years Later: A Tale of Two Skaters

Last week’s announcement that Ashley Wagner was named to the U.S. Figure Skating team was big news. But outside the rink, the controversy over the choice of Wagner over fellow skater Mirai Nagasu barely caused a ripple. This was nothing like the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan figure skating incident 20 years ago that ESPN’s Sports Century named  as one …

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6-Year-Old Girl Sets Half-Marathon World Record

How does a six-year-old girl go about running a marathon? One mile at a time. Six-year-old Keelan Glass ran the Showdown Half Marathon last week in 2:47:30. Not only did she become the youngest to ever run a half marathon  she now holds a single-age world record according to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians. By all accounts, the …

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