What are the problems with the penalty shootout? To begin with, it bears little relation with the rest of the soccer game. Another problem is that, as players themselves acknowledge, there is a certain amount of luck in the penalty shootout.
On July 4, 1939 a frail Henry Louis Gehrig stepped in front of a packed crowd at Yankee Stadium. The Manhattan-native knew he was sick, but he was unaware that his illness (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS) would soon claim his life.
These days, sports are being promoted as a series of "happenings" -- celebrations. Athletes and the games they compete in are being primed, packaged and scripted like every other public event in the era of contrived melodrama.
Focus on your long-term goals. To be your best, you have to put a lot of time and effort into your athletic preparations. But, as I noted above, there are going to be times when you don't feel that motivated.
What sets quidditch apart from other sports is its two-minimum gender rule, established by the International Quidditch Association. Quidditch values diversity and that, to me, is one of the most powerful messages we can send out.
My 15-year-old son called last night from Costa Rica where he is spending two weeks. Lucky for him, his visit coincided with Costa Rica beating Greece in the World Cup. He described how everyone was glued to the set, shaking, crying and ultimately exploding in joy.
Yes, I know we have of the games left in the 2014 MLB regular season. But still, somebody has to predict who will taking home baseball's biggest awards by season's end (and who'd deserve these awards if the season ended today).
To many of my friends in the U.S., sports often entail beer on a Sunday night. To some in Africa, it might mean making and playing with a football made from plastic bags. But this is exactly how sports unite by highlighting commonality among those who are otherwise very different.
Concern that the World Cup could lead to violations of Saudi Arabia's strict gender rules prompted authorities in the province of Mecca, home to Islam's holiest city, to remove public television screens to prevent men and women from mixing.
I am a neurotic, handwringing New Yorker and Phil Jackson is a Zen Master. He will continue to move forward on his mission to bring a championship to New York, with or without Melo and whatever the outcome, he probably won't lose any sleep.
These statistics tell only part of the story, as does the continued investment into these sports on the professional, collegiate, high school and youth league levels from heavy hitters like TV networks, top brands and advertisers.