These days, women have all kinds of options when it comes to their sports bras: There are sports bras as outerwear and sports bras that are glittery, patterned or have crisscrossing straps that peek out prettily when you’re doing yoga. They’re big business: Global sales topped $7 billion in 2014. But the foundational truth remains: The best sports bra is the kind that allows girls and women to move the way they want to move, without worrying about their anatomy.
Hailey Dawson’s favorite thing to do is throw out the first pitch at a baseball game, and thanks to a majority of all the MLB teams, she’s going to be doing quite a bit of that in the future.
The first pitch seven-year-old Hailey threw out was at a University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels game. The UNLV engineering department had made it possible.
At the request of Hailey’s mother, Yong, a group of researchers and students took on the challenge to create a 3D printed prosthetic hand for Hailey. As a result of being born with Poland syndrome, which leaves a pectoral muscle and other parts of the affected side underdeveloped, Hailey was born with a right palm, but not all of her fingers on that hand. The prosthetic hand the university created allows her to grasp objects, like a baseball.
Something fishy going on: The Nashville Predators ice crew clears catfish (real and stuffed) off the ice before Monday night’s Stanley Cup final game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photos by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images, Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
It’s a bright fall morning in Santa Cruz County, Calif., and the tennis area at Brommer Street Park is overrun with dozens of people. But they aren’t here for tennis. Instead, cadences of pick-pock sounds fill the air as doubles players — many in their 50s and older — whack yellow Wiffle-like balls back and forth on eight minicourts.
This recreational craze, which has an estimated 2.8 million players nationally, has a quirky name: pickleball.
I stumbled across the game last summer, when I started coming to this park to hit the tennis balls around with my dad, who’s still nimble at 87.
Could this upstart racket sport, I wondered, be something my elderly father and I could enjoy together?
My dad has played tennis for fun, for most of his life, but he’s out of practice and slowing down. And with my bum knee and elbow tendinitis, I haven’t played much tennis since high school. He’s still better at the game, though I’m quicker on my feet; we both spend a lot of time trudging around to retrieve wayward balls.
Pickleball, which borrows from tennis, ping pong and badminton, looks more manageable, and fun.
On this day in 1956, Wilt Chamberlain played his 1st ever collegiate varsity basketball game for Kansas, leading the Jayhawks to a 87-69 win over Northwestern. Chamberlain scored 52 points and grabbed 31 rebounds.
You may have heard of drone racing, but people keep coming up with new ways to enjoy these flying machines.
One of the latest twists on drone sports comes from Latvia.
A company called Aerones has developed a drone to use for droneboarding, a new sport that’s just what it sounds like — a snowboarder being pulled through the snow by a powerful drone.
When the company first tried droneboarding last year, as a way to test the strength of its drones, the sport didn’t even have its name. “We didn’t call it like that in the beginning, but somebody, somewhere said droneboarding, and that’s how it took off,” Aerones CEO Janis Putrams says.
As part of their visit to New York, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend Monday night’s NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The Royal couple chatted with Jay-Z & Beyonce, as well as Lebron James. (Photos by Al Bello & Neilson Barnard and James Devaney/WireImage)
Featuring teams in Boston, Buffalo, Connecticut and New York City, the National Women’s Hockey League has become home to some of the best players in the world. Meghan Duggan, for example, who was the U.S. Olympic Team captain in the gold-medal game in 2014 in Sochi, plays for the Buffalo Beauts.
It was that hockey final that inspired the league’s commissioner and founder, Dani Rylan, to start it. The pro league launched in October. Its first all-star game is scheduled Jan. 24.
“I used to say that after the 2014 Winter Olympics was really the best time to start a professional women’s hockey league. That gold-medal game out in Sochi was the most-watched event on NBC, with 4.9 million viewers,” Rylan tells NPR’s David Greene.
“And people weren’t watching it because it was a women’s game,” he says. “They were watching because it was an amazing hockey game. The game is ready for the professional stage. If 2014 wasn’t the best time, 2015 was the next best.”