Can Hosting Sports Events Change Qatar's Culture?

Oil-rich Doha, Qatar, was awarded the 2019 Track and Field World Championships by the IAAF, winning out over Barcelona, Spain, and Eugene, Ore. The 10-day event draws the third-largest TV audience of any sports event, behind the summer Olympics and World Cup soccer. » 11/21/14 1:00pm 11/21/14 1:00pm

Lots of Women Are Getting Hurt at the Olympics

On Sunday, two women's snowboardcross riders crashed during the Olympic qualifying round for their event and had to be removed on stretchers. Even more dramatically, the day before, Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova crashed at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park and had to undergo spinal surgery. These are just a few of… » 2/18/14 6:45pm 2/18/14 6:45pm

2012: The Year Augusta's Outdated Barriers to Women Finally Fell

The moment shouldn't have felt so good. All along, we knew the day would come. We knew the chosen women would be so privileged that a golf-club membership and new green jacket wouldn't dramatically improve their lives, much less change the world. » 12/30/12 1:20pm 12/30/12 1:20pm

Gold Medals and Gold Dresses at the Salute to Women in Sports Gala

Last night in New York, athletes rubbed elbows at the 33rd Annual Salute To Women In Sports Gala. If you miss some of the faces you got to know during the Olympics, fret not: Rowers, gymnasts, swimmers, track stars — the gang's all here! » 10/18/12 1:55pm 10/18/12 1:55pm

What’s the Right Way to Be a Female Olympic Athlete?

Over the weekend Jeré Longman of the New York Times published this piece about female Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones. It is by all accounts pretty scathing. Alyssa Rosenberg calls it "one of the nastiest profiles" she's ever seen. David Roth calls the article "unfounded and unfair" and Isaac Rauch of Deadspin found it so… » 8/08/12 3:10pm 8/08/12 3:10pm

'Keep Her on the Field' Campaign Aims to Get Teenage Girls Back in the…

With the Olympics fast approaching, we're hearing a lot of exciting and encouraging news about female athletes like weightlifter Holley Mangold, diver Brittany Viola and runner Lolo Jones — but, sadly, even with these athletic powerhouses set to compete for the gold in London, women's sports are still at a major… » 6/28/12 1:40pm 6/28/12 1:40pm

You Know Who Cares About Women Grunting in Tennis? Sexists.

Summertime is almost here, which means that tennis season is upon us again—that magical time of year when we gather around the television with our loved ones and talk a bunch of sexist shit about female athletes just doing their fucking jobs. You know, grunting season. » 6/04/12 3:00pm 6/04/12 3:00pm

Saudi Arabia Begrudgingly Allows Women to Compete in Olympics

After much hemming and hawing, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince has agreed to allow women from the Middle Eastern kingdom to compete in the 2012 London Olympics. And it only took several decades, countless accommodations, and global pressure on the International Olympic Committee! » 3/20/12 6:00pm 3/20/12 6:00pm

Badass Female Kicker Tries Out For LSU Football Team

Mo Isom is currently trying out to play kicker for Louisiana State University. If she succeeds, she'll be the first woman to play college football since 2003 — and possibly the first ever to get any respect. » 3/07/12 5:35pm 3/07/12 5:35pm

8-Year-Old Girl Kickboxes In A Ring, Government Official Is Appalled

Like many little girls, Jasmine Parr wants to emulate her mom and dad. Her father is Australian kickboxing champion John Wayne Parr; her mother, Angie Rivera Parr, is also a fighter. So Jasmine kickboxes, and last month, she got in the ring and fought a 7-year-old girl. Phil Reeves, the Queensland Minister for Child… » 7/12/11 2:26pm 7/12/11 2:26pm

Female Basketball Coach Says Women In Sports Can Be "Petty"

What's it like to play on an all-male basketball team with a female coach? Says Texas Legends captain Antonio Daniels, "Same thing as if a guy was a coach, you know what I mean? Except you just don't undress in the locker room at the same time. And she's big on love, and she's big on hugs, and all that kind of stuff." » 4/18/11 4:25pm 4/18/11 4:25pm

British Soccer Commentators' Sexist Diatribe Caught On Tape

Yesterday two male announcers launched tag team on-air screed against female involvement in the English Premiere League. If it's fair to assume that ladies don't understand sports, is it also fair to assume men don't understand microphones? » 1/23/11 2:30pm 1/23/11 2:30pm

Asshole Dad Causes Girl To Quit Boys' Hockey Team

Kayla Watkins, 12, was fine with being the only girl on a boy's hockey team — til she saw a meeting agenda item about her "Player Ability Limitations," including handwringing over her locker room changing, written by another kid's dad. » 12/22/10 5:00pm 12/22/10 5:00pm

UConn Women's Basketball Coach On The Sports Double Standard

Says UConn's coach: "Because we're breaking a men's record, we've got a lot of people paying attention. If we were breaking a women's record, everybody would go, 'Aren't those girls nice'....let's send them back where they belong, in the kitchen." » 12/20/10 5:11pm 12/20/10 5:11pm

Women's Surfing Championship Conquers Oahu's Pipeline

Yesterday marked the first time — ever — that the Triple Crown surfing championship staged a women's event at the famous Pipeline, on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. » 12/16/10 5:28pm 12/16/10 5:28pm

Thailand's Female Boxers Kick Ass, Laugh In Your Face

Now that women's boxing will be an Olympic Sport, Thai women stand to benefit: they've already overcome being told that women are a curse upon stadiums and that women aren't supposed to lift their legs in the air. » 11/02/10 7:20pm 11/02/10 7:20pm

Football Player Has Novel Perspective On Sexual Harassment

"You give [a woman] a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her...I don't know what kind of woman won't, if you get to go and look at 53 men's packages." Redskin Clinton Portis has since apologized » 9/14/10 5:30pm 9/14/10 5:30pm

Classy Jets Players Accused Of Harassing Female Sideline Reporter

The New York Jets are under fire for harassing a reporter who said she was "dying of embarrassment" after their catcalls and other inappropriate behavior. » 9/13/10 9:30am 9/13/10 9:30am

A League Of Their Own: An Appreciation

"I cannot suffer any more than I have in the past month...I'm dirty all day, and I hardly ever wear make up," Madonna wrote Steven Meisel while shooting A League Of Their Own. We're all lucky she stuck it out. » 8/16/10 12:40pm 8/16/10 12:40pm