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Team is Special

Posted by Trish18 Nov 28, 2007

(A special guest blog from Josh Centor’s NCAA blog, The Double A Zone)

 

Harvard’s Laura Brady talks about being part of a team - and some of the tradition that goes along with it:

 

I still remember like it was yesterday… the sound of my alarm clock going off at 8:45 a.m.… five-mile run at 10 a.m.

 

Should I eat breakfast? Which sneakers should I wear? How should I pace myself? The five freshmen, including myself, headed down to the rink that cold morning for a five-mile running test with the team.

 

The captains that year, Nicole Corriero, Kat Sweet and Julie Chu, along with the rest of the team, were stretching and warming up as we hustled to the locker room to get changed for our final preseason testing. We all joined together as Corriero spoke in a serious tone “Alright ladies, lets get this done as a team” and then we were off.

 

We left the athletic area at what seemed to be an unbearable pace with the upperclassman yelling at us to run faster and I thought to myself that there was no way I would be able to keep up for five miles. We crossed the bridge and took a right along the river. Then suddenly, not three minutes into the run, we turned into Leverett House and continued to sprint up the stairs to the senior’s room where food and snacks were waiting for all of us. There was no five-mile run, what a great surprise. I thought to myself, “This is Harvard hockey.”

 

Coming in as a freshman - not really knowing what to expect - can be a very scary thing.

 

I remember arriving on campus, moving into my freshman dorm, trying to meet as many people as possible and feeling completely lost. I wondered what my teammates would be like, whether I would get along with my roommates, what kind of classes I was going to be taking and how I was going to avoid getting lost around campus. All these thoughts were rushing through my mind as I unpacked my bags and awaited my roommate’s arrival.

 

Fortunately for me, although these are valid concerns, I soon realized that having a team to rely on made this transition much easier. I was excited to meet my teammates, especially those in my class as I would be spending the next four years with them. After meeting the other freshmen hockey players, Brenna McLean, Jessica Mackenzie, Adrienne Bernakevitch and Sarah Vaillancourt, I no longer felt alone or lost. The five of us would grow over the next four years and become best friends. We were all excited to meet our other teammates, but even more excited about embarking on a journey for the next four years.

 

The seniors on our team my freshman year went out of their way to take the five of us under their respective wings. We were always in their rooms, watching movies, hanging out and it was great to have a group of upperclassmen to ask about hockey, school, and other aspects of college life. Even though we spend most of our time during the week down at the rink or on the bus for road trips, I found that I still devoted the majority of my free time to hanging out with my teammates.

 

Having this core group of friends to rely on was the most helpful thing as a freshman, with my teammates constantly supporting me through tough times and pushing me to be the best person and teammate I could be.

 

After four years, and now moving into the role of a senior helping our team’s new members each year in the same fashion, I can sincerely say that although I have enjoyed many aspects of campus life, my experience at Harvard has been defined by our team culture.

 

I am sure that other teams have different team cultures but according to my experience, I have found that team traditions and team bonding such as the five-mile run prank discussed above, are just as important as our training both in terms of team success as well as maximizing the Harvard experience. Our team culture emphasizes the importance of every member of the team working for each other toward one common goal. It is just as important for a player on the first line or a player on the fourth line to take part in this effort.

 

Unfortunately, I am struggling with a serious back injury which has prevented me from participating on the ice so far this season. As difficult as it is for me to sit in the stands as a senior captain and watch practice and games, I still feel very lucky and fortunate to be a part of such a great team and be surrounded by my best friends.

 

Perhaps the greatest lesson I have learned at Harvard is the importance of being able to play as part of a team. It is a skill that requires a lot of work but the rewards are vast. Not only is it a skill that is necessary for future success but more importantly, many of the strongest friendships I have made over the past four years have been Harvard hockey players. I am so grateful to be a part of such a hardworking, funny, caring, inspiring group of people and I consider these girls my family. It is a weird feeling now looking down at the freshmen thinking that just three years ago, those inexperienced eyes used to be mine. Now I am responsible for keeping these traditions and to uphold the culture of Harvard hockey, so that one day, they too will make the freshmen wake up early for that five-mile run... or some other prank. We’ve got to keep new recruits on their toes!

 

(Check out http://www.thedoubleazone.com to stay up to date on what’s going on in collegiate athletics on and off the field. I’ve been a big fan of the blog for almost a year now—updated regularly and interesting material.)

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Beach Soccer World Cup

Posted by Trish18 Nov 6, 2007

There is no need to wait years for another World Cup soccer match. The World Cup action continues Tuesday the 6th as United States takes on Portugal—-on the sand. The FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is in full swing as teams fight to determine who will be claimed World Champion.

 

Group play concludes tomorrow to determine who will continue on to the quarterfinal round to take place November 8. After a day's rest, the action continues this weekend with the semifinals on November 10. Sunday, November 11 will be the culmination of the tournament when the world's best beach soccer team is crowned.

 

The competition was originally organized in 1995 as the Beach Soccer World Championships. The Beach Soccer World Championships were administered by Beach Soccer Worldwide, a Spanish-based organization, with FIFA's endorsement. FIFA took over the tournament in 2005, when the first Beach Soccer World Cup took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was won by France (without any head butts, to my knowledge).

 

Beach soccer is an exciting variation of the game. The ball is modified to be slightly softer and the compact pitch allows players to score from anywhere. This leads to high-scoring games, with an average of 60 attempts at goal in a single game, with an approximate scoring rate of one goal every three to four minutes.

 

The major rules differences are:

 

•     Shoes are not allowed, although ankle guards are permitted.

•     Throw-ins are taken from the sidelines, and can be taken with either hands or foot.

•     Goal kicks are taken by the goalie using his hands.

 

An additional notable variation is that each team fields five players and has unlimited substitutions to get them through three 12-minute periods. Every beach soccer match has a winner, with the contest going down to three minutes of sudden-death overtime, followed by penalty kicks if the score is still tied.

 

Check out this short highlight reel of the best beach soccer goals. You will be amazed at how they move the ball.



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Taking One for the Team

Posted by Trish18 Oct 24, 2007

The Washington State basketball team committed all of their available scholarships for the 2008-2009 while one highly touted recruit remained unsigned and out of luck.

 

Until Taylor Rochestie volunteered to give up his own scholarship in order for the program to sign the promising recruit Marcus Capers.

 

Rochestie is giving up his scholarship because his family can afford to pay his tuition to attend Washington State next year. With the Cougars going 26-8 and advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament last year, Rochestie figures this is a way to give back to the program and help keep it among the nation’s elite for years to come.

 

"When I first learned of this option to open up a scholarship by giving up mine, I thought it sounded great,'' Rochestie said in a press release. "I am thankful that I was fortunate enough to be in a situation where I could help the team out.''

 

This is one of the most inspirational examples of being a team player and the selfless acts that often result

from belonging to a team.

 

However, do you think coaches might take advantage of financially-privileged recruits and encourage them to pay their own way for the “greater good” of the program?

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Hey everyone, Trish and Toby here. We’re firm believers that the active lifestyle involves more than just being physically active--it’s about being intellectually and socially active too. We compiled a list of 10 tips for being active in all areas of life. Because no matter what stage of life you are in, you should always strive to be the best version of yourself.

 

1. Maintain a positive mental outlook. There's a clear connection between living well and having a cheerful outlook on life. Research has found that people who think positively about life live an average of seven and a half years longer than negative thinkers.  

 

2. Avoid processed food. Eating processed, boxed, canned and frozen meals guarantee that you are eating unnecessary chemicals, sodium, sugar and fat. Eat fresh, natural food and eliminate trans fat from your diet.

 

3. Reduce stress. We're so focused on being go-getters that we often forget to de-stress. Spend 30 minutes a day doing something you like--walk on the beach or in a park, read a book, visit a friend, play with your dog, listen to soothing music or watch a funny movie. Don't forget to take some time to focus on clearing your thoughts and giving your mind, body and spirit a chance to rejuvenate.

 

4. Invest in a quality pair of shoes and socks. Visit a specialty store that understands that every foot and foot strike is unique. When your feet are happy, so are you. Comfortable, supportive and well-fitting shoes and synthetic socks are worth the investment of time and money.

 

5. Socialize. Having a social network is important to the body, mind and spirit. People who are socially active tend to be healthier, happier and less likely to become depressed. To stay socially active, make a point of getting out of the house. Make plans with your friends to go out to lunch or better yet, make plans to exercise regularly with a friend or group of friends. Exercising with others is usually more fun than exercising on your own--and it can help you stick with your exercise program. Try joining our online community today!

 

6. Exercise your brain. The key to keeping your memory sharp is continuing to challenge it. Having a book on hand and discussing what you’ve read with friends or a book club is one way to keep your brain in good shape. Crosswords, Sudoku and puzzles are also excellent ways to keep your brain agile. There is always more learning to do. Find out what works for you.

 

7. Volunteer. Donating your time at an aid station during a race or soup kitchen over the holidays, puts life into perspective. Be thankful for all you have and give to others who are less fortunate.

 

8. Omit high fructose corn syrup from your diet. Widespread use of this highly modified sweetener is making us and our children unhealthy. High fructose corn syrup bypasses the digestive process and goes straight to the liver, where it gets turned into fat. Combined with the typical American high-fat diet, the result is increased danger of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Try using honey as sweetener instead. As an added bonus, ingesting locally grown honey before allergy season helps your body acclimate to some pollen levels in advance.

 

9. Maintain close relationships. Make a point to strengthen ties with your family, friends and loved ones. Volunteer work, religious ties, even petsanything that keeps you involved with othersreduces stress and enhances health. Having a strong network of family and friends and a broad range of activities will support your health.

 

10. Give yoga a try. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes when your body is limber and flexible. Plus, yoga reduces the chances of injury. Try a beginning yoga class to enjoy the wide range of benefits--your mind and body will both thank you.

 

Comments are encouraged--please share your tips for staying healthy and active with the rest of us.

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While using technology in football has gotten a bad rap lately, the argument for implementing the use of it in baseball got a boost last night at the end of the Padres–versus-Rockies game.

 

The last game of the MLB regular season was the best game of the year. But instead of focusing on how great of a game it was, the talk among the sports community is about the controversy that ended it.

The Padres were playing the Rockies for the National League wild-card spot after the teams ended the season in a tie. The Rockies were hot, having won 14 of their last 15 games to get to this point. But things didn’t look too hot after Jorge Julio gave up a two-run home run in the top of the 13th inning, putting the Rockies in an 8-6 hole.

 

The Rockies battled back to tie it up again and, with no outs, Matt Holliday was standing 90 feet from clinching a playoff spot. This is where the controversy began. A sacrifice fly was hit to right field and Holliday tagged up and sprinted home with the season on the line. The throw from right field came loose as Holliday slid in head-first. Safe! Or was he?

 

 

The umpire didn’t call him safe at first. Replay shows Holliday missed the plate on an incredible block by Michael Barrett. Barrett then picked up the ball to tag Holliday as he lay on the ground. But for some baffling reason—-after hesitating and waiting until Barrett reached to tag Holliday for the second out—-the ump decided to call him safe.

 

Maybe the umpire just missed the call. Is it possible he was trying to make up for the fact that an earlier ball that was ruled a double was actually a Rockies homerun? Perhaps Holliday sold his slide by not getting up and scrambling to touch home plate.  We’ll never know what was going through his mind, but it seems clear enough that Holliday still hasn’t scored the winning run.

 

Since games such as this one are so important, do you feel instant replay would be an asset to assure accurate calls?

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Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder ended the nation's longest football winning streak—just barely—with a 41-34 overtime victory over Charlotte (North Carolina) Independence. Charlotte Independence won 109 games in a row, a streak that spanned exactly seven years.

 

During the run, the Patriots, who have been ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press state 4-A poll since the beginning of the 2001 season, became the first team to win seven straight state championships in North Carolina.

 

For a football program that almost graduated two full cycles of high schoolers who never knew defeat, I can’t imagine it has gone over very well. I have a feeling they’ll be back on track soon and working hard to secure their eighth state championship.

 

This reminded me of another team that got noticed for ending another impressive streak—but on the other end of the spectrum. Last winter, Caltech’s basketball team beat an NCAA Division III school for the first time in more than a decade, ending a 207-game losing streak by beating Bard College 81-52. The Beavers, hadn't beaten a fellow Division III school since the 1995-96 season.

 

Check out all the latest high school football news, results and rankings at FootballPower.tv

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"Lori Chalupny is a fantastic midfielder," U.S. women’s soccer team head coach Greg Ryan said. "First and foremost, her work rate both directions, defending and attacking--she went from 18 yard line to 18 yard line tonight....What she does to our midfield and our front line is she runs through the opponent's defense and gets in behind the other side of them and creates great attacking chances, scoring chances, for us. She really makes our midfield much more dynamic than we've been in the past."

 

It is that work ethic and dynamic dimension that helped Chalupny score the second-fastest goal in World Cup history, with a deflecting strike that found the back of the net just 55 seconds into the game. That proved to be the only scoring power the United States needed as the 1-0 win over Nigeria sent the team out of the toughest group in the tournament and on to the quarterfinals.

 

Even knowing the result immediately upon sitting down at my desk to start work yesterday morning, and seeing the highlight of the one and only goal of the match, I still tuned in late last night to watch much of the replay of the game to see how the team looked overall.

 

The Americans countered the Nigerians’ speed by moving the ball the more effectively than they had previously during the opening round--despite soggy conditions caused by the leading edge of a typhoon that forced today’s games to be postponed.

 

I’ll be cheering them on as they continue their attacking ways against England in a quarterfinal match-up on Saturday.

 

(Photo provided by Ronald Martinez/GettyImages)

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Celebrating Youth Soccer Month

Posted by Trish18 Sep 7, 2007

US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sports organization in the country, is celebrating the fifth annual Youth Soccer Month this September.

 

Youth Soccer Month celebrates the various programs available to children interested in participating in soccer, including the inner-city, special needs, recreational and elite soccer programs that have facilitated the growth of the sport at all levels. It also focuses on four main messages:

 

Fitness: The health and fitness (physical, psychological and social) benefits of playing soccer.

 

Fun: Whether recreational or competitive in nature, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding.

 

Family: Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated.

 

Friendship: The relationships generated through playing soccer extend beyond the field.

Plans for Youth Soccer Month include working with local leadership to organize grassroots public-affairs campaigns, numerous local events, media-relations initiatives and more.

 

Interest in the sport of soccer is at its highest level ever in the United States, with more than 19 million children, ages five to 19, participating regularly. Notably, more children are participating in organized soccer than peewee football, youth basketball or Little League baseball.

 

Also, be sure to check out the Women’s World Cup action that starts this Monday. Read national team member Lori Chalupny's blog on her World Cup experience in China.

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By David Kloser

 

 

 

There's no place for teasing and heckling on the baseball field, I'm sure you'll agree, yet there seems to be no getting around it. People are going to say what they want. As a former college player and high school coach, believe me, I've heard some wild things.

 

 

 

Unfortunately, teasing and heckling does happen and not just on the field. However, what you learn on the baseball field will help you manage and understand things off the field. I know it does for me.

 

 

 

I spoke with over 300 of today's top Major Leaguers about how they handle heckling (as well as other topics) and one of the main points they shared was, "control what you can control." You can't control what people say to you, but you can control your reaction to them.

 

 

 

Here are a few excerpts from Stepping Up to the Plate that reveal how big leaguers handle heckling. If you like to copy the styles and habits of the pros, you might want to try out some of these positive approaches to heckling too.

 

 

 

You're in the field and you hear something like, "Hey #@!%! You're a *&#@?" Here's what two-time all-star and World Series champion Darin Erstad has learned over the years: "It's an ugly side to the game. You can let it bother you or let it make you stronger. You have to accept that (the teasing) is not personal and you can't take it with emotion."

 

 

 

How does all-star infielder and 11-year MLB veteran Edgardo Alfonzo overcome hecklers? He explains, "I already have my mind set on what I'm going to do, what I'm going to listen to and what my intentions are. The game's only a couple of hours long, I don't want to take my focus off our (game plan)."

 

 

 

Paul LoDuca, three-time all-star handles it this way. "I take the heckling in stride. I was a short, chubby kid when I was younger, so I got razzed a lot. I still do. I just laugh. You can't take it serious. If you do, it starts getting in your head."

 

 

 

Bonus Tip: Tim Wakefield from the 2004 World Series-champion Boston Red Sox puts it best: "You have to force yourself to ignore (the teasing). A lot of people base their self-worth on what other people think about you. You have to be happy with yourself. My self-worth is based on the type of person I am, not what I do on the field."

 

 

 

Wrap Up: Control what you can control, have a game plan and stay focused on it. Whether you're on the field or in the classroom, what you think about yourself plays a big part toward your success. If you know you're not a @!%&*#, it won't matter what other people say.

 

 

 

David Kloser, speaker, visualization trainer and author of the series "Stepping Up to the Plate: Inspiring Interviews with Major Leaguers" interviewed over 300 Major League Baseball players about success for life on and off the field. David speaks on this topic throughout the country. For more information visit www.SteppingUpToThePlate.com

 

 

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35th Anniversary of Title IX

Posted by Trish18 Jun 25, 2007

 

Last weekend marked the 35th anniversary of Title IX, the legislation credited with increasing gender equity in sports. According to the Women���s Sports Foundation, since its enactment in 1972, female athletic participation has increased by a staggering 904 percent in high school and by 456 percent in college.

 

 

 

As someone who has benefited from Title IX, softball star Jennie Finch is quick to share her appreciation for those women that came before her. "I'm truly grateful for people who have paved the way, and have fought the fight," Finch said in the Daily Freeman. "I'm happy they broke down barriers to give women like myself the opportunity to be successful athletes and make a living playing a sport that I love."

 

 

 

I���m no softball star, but I am also thankful for the positive influence of Title IX in my life and the opportunity to play ball in college. Here are some other women who have enjoyed the effects of Title IX and are part of my favorite moments in sports history:

 

 

 

1996 | New Women's Olympic Sports. Women's softball and soccer made their Olympic debut at the Summer Games in Atlanta, and the U.S. dominated, winning the gold in both sports, as well as in basketball, gymnastics and synchronized swimming. The Atlanta Games made stars of Lisa Leslie, Mia Hamm and Lisa Fernandez, giving rise to professional softball and soccer leagues for women in the U.S.

 

 

 

1999 | Women's World Cup. A billion TV viewers and a stadium crowd of 90,000 witness the celebration as the U.S. wins the Women's World Cup in an overtime shoot-out against China. Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey after scoring the winning goal, giving little girls someone besides a model to look at for a strong, beautiful body. And for the first time, a women's soccer team got as much attention a men's squad usually does.

 

 

 

2007 | Equal Pay at Wimbledon. After 123 years of awarding more prize money to men than women, Wimbledon yielded to public pressure and announced on Feb. 22, that it will offer equal pay through all rounds at this year's tournament.

 

 

 

2006 | Winningest Coach in NCAA History. Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball historymale or femaleearned her 900th career win as the Tennessee Lady Vols beat Vanderbilt, 80-68. That year, Summitt signed a $1.125 million deal for the 2006-07 season, making her the first women's basketball coach in history to be paid a million dollars or more.

 

 

 

2003 | Annika Plays a PGA Tour Event. Annika Sorenstam became the first woman since Babe Didrikson Zaharias in 1945 to compete in a PGA Tour event. Sorenstam missed the cut at the Colonialin Fort Worth, Texasby four strokes, but walked off the course to a standing ovation.

 

 

 

1997 | The WNBA is Born. The WNBA kicked off its inaugural season with eight teams, but unlike the other women's pro basketball leagues before it, this one has enjoyed longevity, this year celebrating its 10th year of existence.

 

 

 

2001 | Increased Exposure for the Women's Tournament. The NCAA and ESPN announced an 11-year agreement for the cable outlet to televise every game of the women's national championship basketball tournament.

 

 

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Between the glossy brochures and fancy websites, choosing a summer sports camp for your kid has never been more complicated.

 

 

 

 

Summer sports camps are sophisticated enterprises designed to instruct campers in sport-specific techniques and, in some cases, possibly catch the eye of a university recruiter.

 

 

 

Here are three tips to help parents find the best camp for the young athlete in their family.

 

 

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Over the weekend I attended the International Federation of Volleyball���s (FIVB) 2007 World League matches in Chicago. Team USA prevailed over Italy both Friday and Saturday evening. I had never observed international volleyball before; it was exciting to watch athletes of that caliber perform.

 

 

 

The World League is an annual tournament created by the FIVB in 1990 to boost international interest and competition in volleyball. Last year, $20 million in prize money was distributed among 16 participating teams and individual, high-performing athletes.

 

 

 

Team USA now has a commanding lead in Pool B, which is comprised of USA, France, Italy and Japan. Should Team USA qualify for the final round of the World League, they will head to Katowice, Poland, in mid-July and attempt to capture their first-ever World League title.

 

 

 

If you have never experienced watching the national volleyball team compete, I would encourage you to do so. They put on a thrilling show and play in venues that allow you to be extremely near the action. The next U.S. appearance on the men���s schedule is September 14, for the NORCECA Championships in various locations across the United States.

 

 

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Sport-wide Standards

Posted by Trish18 Jun 14, 2007

 

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Barry Bonds* is about to break one of the most coveted records in all of sports. As Bonds��� career home run count increases, so does conjecturing as to whether Bonds belongs in the Hall of Fame. Hank Aaron said he will not be at the game in which Bonds hits his 756th home run, and Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has not announced if he will be present. The integrity of baseball is at an all-time low.

 

 

 

It is ironic that what is now drawing jeers and criticism from fans is what brought the fans back to the ballpark after the 232-day strike in 1994 that resulted in cancellation of the Word Series. Baseball returned, but many fans did not. It took the long ball (and steroids) to bring attendance and revenue back.

 

 

 

Major League Baseball���s stance on drug use has changed drastically in recent years. Prior to 2003, players didn���t have to worry about drug testing. Steroid accusations that once fell on deaf ears have now made their way into Congressional hearings. Now, at the risk of losing fans again, sport-wide standards are a must to restore credibility.

 

 

 

Barry Bonds has never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs but his legacy is likely to never recover from the controversy. As in the ongoing metal-versus-wood bat debate in New York, regulation consistency is needed in sports today to reinstate integrity. I hope in the near future baseball returns to its original form; that fans return to baseball to see the sport free of steroids and records without controversy.

 

 

 

What do you think -- should Barry Bonds have a spot in the Hall of Fame?

 

 

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Skateboarding Going for Gold

Posted by Trish18 Jun 13, 2007

 

Remember when baseball and softball got voted out of the Olympics? The popularity of baseball and softball is limited primarily to the Americas and Asia. As a result, the International Olympic Committee voted them to be the first sports cut from the Olympic program since polo in 1936. Unless voted back in, the 2008 Beijing Games will be the last chance for a nation���s baseball and softball teams to go for the gold.

 

 

 

Interestingly enough, skateboarding might fill that void. The IOC reportedly has held talks regarding the inclusion of skateboarding for the 2012 games in London. The huge success of snowboarding at the Winter Games has encouraged IOC President Jacques Rogge to support the skateboarding cause.

 

 

 

I am not too familiar with the global status of skateboarding, but it seems to me that the reason softball and baseball were voted out of the Olympics could apply as an argument to keep skateboarding out. Skateboarding never struck me as having worldwide popularity. Do you think skateboarding should be added?

 

 

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The first-ever international youth soccer showcase in the U.S. took place last weekend. The U.S.F.C. Discover America(TM) International Youth Soccer Showcase, held at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif., played host to over two dozen of the top 16- to 18-year-old elite soccer players in the country.

 

 

 

Read more on how the U.S.F.C. Discover America(TM) International Youth Soccer Showcase brought premier-league European coaches, technical directors and scouts to the U.S., where they hoped to discover promising young players to enroll in their clubs' renowned training academies.

 

 

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