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Softball Winds Up For All Ages By Greg Mellen As it awaits a potential return to the Olympics, softball continues to attract participants interested in the sport from the youngest ages to active senior leagues. While baseball claims to be America’s game—despite its reputed English roots—it is softball that is American through and through, invented […]

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Aquatic Sports Score New Look for Events By Greg Mellen Aquatics events are enjoying a rise in popularity, something expected to increase in the run-up to the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. From diving and water polo to synchronized swimming and traditional swimming, participants of all ages are eagerly joining a category of sports that is […]

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March Madness Raises the Bar By Greg Echlin Last year at the NCAA Men’s Final Four, the oft-used phrase “Everything’s bigger in Texas” rang true, just as the North Texas Local Organizing Committee wanted it. The combined attendance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington for both the semifinals and the championship game—158,682—set a record. Getting everything […]

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Rugby Running Into a New Era By Lisa Clifton During the 1920 Olympic Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium, the United States rugby team defeated France 8-0 to win the gold medal. Four years later, the American team celebrated another Olympic gold following a rematch in Paris that ended in a 17–3 score. The momentum and […]

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Racket Sports Serve Up A New Approach   By Greg Mellen For about as long as humans have been able to string rackets or shape paddles, they have used them to create games. In Western civilization, the first racket sports were derived from handball, which was played by monks in about the 12th century. Today […]

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Veterans Events Serve A Greater Purpose By Greg Mellen Society values the service of its veterans. They are our defenders. And the sacrifices of the members of America’s armed forces can be immense. But when veterans return home, they sometimes aren’t the same as when they left. They may come back with broken bodies and […]

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Volleyball Serves Up Interest in New Events By John Conroy olleyball is everywhere these days. It’s being played on Southern California beaches and at university gyms, within Poland’s national soccer stadium, at an IndyCar event and even at the infield of a celebrated thoroughbred horse race. The sport has become so popular that fan traffic […]

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Paddle Sports Rapidly Evolve With the Times By Greg Mellen Paddle sports such as rowing, canoeing and kayaking conjure images either of the great outdoors and wild remote places or of elite Ivy Leaguers sculling upriver pre-dawn. And while those images hold true, times are changing. Racing watercraft goes back thousands of years. Until recently, […]

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Sports Aimed at Kids Are Making a Splash By John Conroy In the mid-1990s, Terry Anton and Wally Armstrong looked at the sport they had both played on the PGA Tour and didn’t like what they saw. In particular, a magazine article described golf’s “revolving door” and the lack of new players arriving to replace […]

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Cycling Events Set the Stage for Host Cities By Greg Mellen The sport of cycling is as diverse as it has ever been. An estimated 57 million Americans ride bikes at least occasionally, and a wide array of disciplines—including road racing, mountain biking, cyclocross and indoor racing—allows both participants and venues to choose a niche […]

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