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Beach Volleyball: FIVB Grand Slam, NORCECA Update
womens beach volleyball U.S. beach volleyball teams are leaving Shanghai without a medal from the FIVB Grand Slam, but got some good performances. Kerri Walsh Jennings (Saratoga, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.), who won the FIVB Fuzhou Open last weekend, had the best finish for the women’s teams as they lost in the third round on Saturday and finished tied for fifth. The fell to Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas De Freitas, 21-19, 21-17 in 38 minutes.
Soccer: ESPN airs documentary about the 1999 Women's World Cup
espn films As part of a series titled Nine for IX, ESPN Films will premier "The 99ers" at 8 p.m. ET on Aug. 20, taking fans back to the summer of 1999 when the U.S. Women's National Team captured the hearts and minds of a nation on the way to a dramatic Women's World Cup championship.

The movie incorporates PHOTOSPORT still imagery from the game, which was played July 10, 1999.

Tennis: Vickery 2013 juniors champ
sachia vickery Top-seeded Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla. capped a strong performance at the Barnes Tennis as she defeated second-seeded Alexandra Kiick of Plantation, Fla., 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, in one-hour and 46 minutes to capture the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship. The 18-year-old Vickery, ranked 230 in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) singles rankings, earned a wild card into the women’s singles main draw of the upcoming US Open, which takes place August 26 through September 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
Tennis: Megan McCray takes 2013 Hardcourt Championship
megan mccray In the women’s singles championship, the top-seeded McCray overcame a difficult first set and defeated third-seeded Kelly Shaffer of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 6-4, 6-1, to win the title. The third time was the charm for McCray as she finished in third place two years ago, earning a USTA bronze ball. Last year she won the USTA silver ball as the runner-up. This year, she finally took home the title and the gold ball.
Tennis: Houk collects Golden Ball
tracy houk The third time was the charm for top-seeded Tracy Houk of Montara, Calif., as she overwhelmed second-seeded Frances Chandler of Jackson, Tenn., 6-1, 6-0, to win the Women’s 50s singles title of the USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. The 51-year-old Houk had been a tournament singles finalist the past two years, but fell short each time. This year however, there was no doubt as she broke Chandler’s serve at love to open match and won 12 of the first 14 points and would go on to build a 5-0 first set lead. After closing out the first set with her fourth service break, a determined Houk stayed focused in the second set and continued to pressure Chandler from the baseline in dominating fashion as she won 12 of the first 15 points.
Soccer: Top level women's soccer league reincarnated as NWSL
womens soccer returns The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) has announced the list of 55 U.S., Canadian and Mexican National Team players that will be allocated to the eight clubs.

 All 18 U.S. players on the gold medal-winning 2012 Olympic team are included in the allocation, while 13 of the bronze medal-winning Canadian team were invited. Once the allocation process is completed, the club location for all 55 players will be announced on Friday, Jan. 11.
Beach Volleyball: AVP picks the perfect time to return
womens beach volleyball The Association of Volleyball Professionals will restart operations with two beach volleyball tournaments in 2012, and add a full schedule for 2013, said AVP CEO Donald Sun.
Soccer: Lessons for women's soccer in WPS autopsy
abby wambach Two women's soccer leagues. Two wildly differing financial philosophies. Eerily similar demises.

It seems everything has been tried, first in the WUSA, then the WPS. Neither league worked out. What's it going to take for professional women's soccer to finally "stick" with the American public?

Tennis: Gabriella De Simone picks up USTA National Hard Court Championship
de simone Gabriella De Simone of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., had a day to remember at the Balboa Tennis Club as she captured the singles title at the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships. The 19-year-old De Simone, a member of the women’s tennis team at the University of Southern California, defeated second-seeded Megan McCray of Oceanside, 6-1, 6-0, in the women’s singles final.
Tennis: Nideffer wins Golden Ball at USTA Senior Championships
nideffer Determined not to let history repeat itself, top-seeded Ros Nideffer of Rancho Bernardo, Calif., defeated third-seeded Tracy Houk of Half Moon Bay, Calif., 6-1, 6-3, to win the Women’s 50s singles title at USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships.

On a breezy and partly sunny morning on Court No. 1 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Nideffer, a former touring tennis professional, used an attacking net game to overcome Houk in the singles final, which took one-hour and 38 minutes to complete.
Soccer: Curtains for WPS after Borislow sues them out of existence
abby wambach It's happened again. After three seasons, a top tier women's soccer league in the United States has given up the ghost, unable to continue after the twin blows of a bad economy and a rogue owner.
Soccer: Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe collect 2011 Best of Soccer awards
wps soccer By winning Best Performance as well as Best Off the Field Performance for her stint on Dancing With The Stars, goalkeeper Hope Solo led the US Women's National Team in collecting 11 awards at the 2011 US Soccer Best in Soccer Awards.
Soccer: WPS retains top tier status, despite deficiencies
wps soccer Short three teams, and with the rest all located on the east coast, US Soccer nevertheless renewed Women's Professional Soccer's top tier status for another year. The three-year-old league can still be considered in its startup phase, since only one of the remaining teams (Boston) is a founding member. The league shed the other, Magicjack, in October following a running feud with its owner Dan Borislow.
Soccer: WPS future in doubt after Magic Jack spat
abby wambach The storied women's soccer franchise once known as the Washington Freedom was humanely put down by the WPS league office October 25. From the start of the season, disputes between the league and the team's outspoken owner over seemingly minor points like stadium seating capacity, lack of sponsors' signage, and lack of website and marketing have escalated. The owner was notoriously hard on his players, precipitating a formal complaint by the player's union.
Tennis: Urbina defends her Mercury Insurance Open Title
nazari urbina Top-seeded Nazari Urbina of Tijuana overcame warm conditions and a young opponent to win the Mercury Insurance Open Presented by Tri-City Medical Center Opportunity Tournament at the San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club for the second consecutive year.
Soccer: Tarpley out of Women's World Cup with ACL
lindsay tarpley Lindsay Tarpley is out for the 2011 Women's World Cup after injuring a knee in the waning minutes of a friendly vs. Japan. Tarpley tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee with 15 minutes remaining in the match against Japan on May 14 in Columbus, Ohio. Tarpley tore the ACL in the same knee while playing for the WPS Red Stars towards the end of the 2009 season.
Tennis: Deja Vu for Indian Wells spectators
aranxta rus Something seemed quite familiar to the thousands of spectators who braved the gale force winds for women's qualifying on Monday. On court after court, players were wearing the same dress.




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