Alex Andrejev: Why there are no women in the Indy 500 lineup for first time in two decades
Janet Guthrie, the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500, had to take a second before answering a question about how she planned to watch this year’s race.“Had there been a woman in the race, I would certainly have watched it on television,” Guthrie, 82, said. “But I barely keep up with how it’s happening anymore.”Guthrie is hailed as a pioneer for women in motorsports as the first female to qualify and compete for the Indy 500 title. She was also the first woman to race in the Daytona 500 the same year, in 1977, before finishing her NASCAR years with a career-best sixth-place finish ...
The Charlotte Observer
Storm star Sue Bird finds her voice, and becomes an influential advocate for social justice
There’s a poignant moment during an interview with Sue Bird when ESPN’s Lisa Salters asks the suddenly opinionated Storm star if she ever wants to revert to the soft-spoken wunderkind who shied away from controversial topics.“I never want to retreat back,” Bird says. “I couldn’t go back. And there are times when it’s difficult. Whether it’s things people say. Mean people on social media or even in person.“Obviously, it can be difficult. But the option of either going back or just not saying it all, that’s not a trade-off I would look at.”The aforementioned exchange takes place during a segment...
The Seattle Times
Martina Navratilova signs letter supporting Idaho law that limits transgender student athletes
Martina Navratilova has joined more than 300 athletes in a letter expressing support to an Idaho law that bans transgender female student athletes from competing in women’s and girls sports.Navratilova, one of the most successful tennis players of all time, was one of 309 signatures in a letter expressing opposition to the inclusion of transgender women in sports.The initiative was headed by a group called Save Women’s Sports, who sent a letter to the board of governors of the National Collegiate Athletic Association “urging it to reject the call to boycott Idaho for protecting the integrity o...
New York Daily News
Mark Zeigler: It's time for college sports to tell athletes take it or leave it
Eventually, and that moment draws nearer by the day, college athletic administrators need to make a choice:Are they going to continue backpedaling, or are they going to make a tackle?Are they going to stand up and stand by their product?Is enough ever going to be enough?Because apparently college athletes – or at least college football players – aren’t going to stop asking for more even as they receive concession after concession. The latest group with its hand out is Pac-12 football players, who issued a lengthy list of “demands” Sunday with the threat of boycotting the season.Here’s a sugges...
The San Diego Union-Tribune