All nine players in the Marlins’ starting lineup gathered around the mound, and there was, of course, a moment of silence. We do not often see baseball players — professional athletes of any kind, really — weep publicly. Here, though, several did, some using their caps to hide their faces.

The national anthem was subdued and when it ended, a real indication of how Fernandez’s death has impacted not just the Marlins, but all of baseball: A group hug between both teams. Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes, who like Fernandez grew up in Cuba, embraced several Marlins emphatically. The ballpark seemed silent. This was not rote. This was real.


Somehow, the Miami Marlins played a baseball game Monday night - The Washington Post

If tonight’s Marlins game hasn’t made you cry yet, Dee Gordon, wearing Fernandez’s helmet, batted righty, and hit his first homer of the season.

I ugly cried.

►►WAGS S2E9 : New Blood


Air Date : June 26th, 2016
Season Number : 2
Episode Number : 9
Episode Name : New Blood
Networks : E!

E! takes a wild ride into the world of some of today’s hottest professional athletes from the perspective of the women who stand by their side, otherwise known as WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars). These WAGS are playing the most competitive sport out there: getting and keeping that pro-athlete man. As part of an elite, exclusive group, the WAGS are close friends who are bound together by a strict hierarchy, unspoken rules and plenty of drama - and those who have the coveted ring and a husband with a contract are the ones with all the power! As in sports, this game is all about getting that “W” and this pack knows how to play the field…


Jessie Graff, 2016 Emmy Awards

Jessica “Jessie” Lauren Graff is a professional stunt woman and athletics-based television personality. Her nickname is “Tumbleweed”. She is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a black sash in Kung Fu, and is trained in five other styles of martial arts. She is also a championship pole vaulter and competitive gymnast. 

She has become well known for her athletic achievements on the obstacle course show American Ninja Warrior, including in 2016 becoming the first woman ever to complete Stage One of the Las Vegas Finals course.

Graff started doing stunt work in 1997, and has appeared in several television shows and movies, including X-Men: First Class, Make It or Break It, Another Period, Bridesmaids, Knight and Day, Bad Teacher, John Carter, and Sons of Anarchy. As of 2016 her most recent high profile stunt work has been for the CBS series Supergirl. (X)


Nathan Adrian, Natalie Coughlin, and Ryan Lochte all posed for The Vanity Fair portfolio of Team USA, photographed by Sam Jones. The portfolio shows why The Olympics maintain a hold on the nation’s heart.

One day you won’t be a swimmer anymore. You won’t have those long bus rides with your teammates. You won’t stare at the black line on the bottom of the pool for hours on end. You won’t pull your bone-aching body out of the water day in and day out. You won’t have that routine you do before every race. You won’t scream like hell for your teammates.

One day teammates will become distant acquaintances and swimming will become what used to be instead of what is. Eventually, the one thing you looked forward to will come to an end. The one thing you relied on to relieve your stress and allow you to escape from all your problems won’t be there anymore. One day you won’t be a swimmer, you will just have the memories of one.

So I beg of you, cherish these moments right here, right now. Live in it freely, embrace the pain, laugh with your teammates, love your coaches. Push yourself 110% and have no regrets. Make some damn good memories because one day, you’ll leave what you once loved and step into the bright, exciting, unknown future in search of a new love, and these memories will be all you have left from this crazy ass sport.

—  some thoughts bc i just realized i only have 2 more years :’)
5 female soccer stars just accused the national team of wage discrimination
Co-captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Megan Rapinoe, and goalkeeper Hope Solo say the reigning Women's World Cup and Olympic champion women's team is key to the success of the sport's U.S. governing body, yet its players are paid as little as 40 percent of what their male counterparts get.
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Professional athletes have extraordinary skills for rapidly learning complex and neutral dynamic visual scenes

Evidence suggests that an athlete’s sports-related perceptual-cognitive expertise is a crucial element of top-level competitive sports. When directly assessing whether such experience-related abilities correspond to fundamental and non-specific cognitive laboratory measures such as processing speed and attention, studies have shown moderate effects leading to the conclusion that their special abilities are context-specific. We trained 308 observers on a complex dynamic visual scene task void of context and motor control requirements3 and demonstrate that professionals as a group dramatically differ from high-level amateur athletes, who dramatically differ from non-athlete university students in their capacity to learn such stimuli. This demonstrates that a distinguishing factor explaining the capacities of professional athletes is their ability to learn how to process complex dynamic visual scenes. This gives us an insight as to what is so special about the elite athletes’ mental abilities, which allows them to express great prowess in action.

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Okay guys, listen up

So during the Women’s World Cup, I was looking up the salaries of the National team per year and I was appalled! The US’s professional women soccer team players get an ANNUAL salary of $6,000-$30,000 while the men’s team is paid a MINIMUM of $50,000 a year.

How on earth is this fair!?! The USWNT has won the World Cup 3 times, and how manny times have the men won?? Ummm, 0.

2014’s rookie of the year, Jamie Reeves, had to quit because she couldn’t live on her salary of $11,000 a year. This is not fair at all! These women work so hard to become professional soccer players and then are not rewarded equally as the men are?! That makes no sense!

If this isn’t an example of why we need equal pay for equal (or better) work I don’t know what is!