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January 1st, 2013
thesmithian

Banned under Mao in 1959 for some 30 years, considered both a barbaric practice and also too Western, the sport of boxing has since begun to grow in China…

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December 13th, 2012
thesmithian

If Serena Williams, a 15-time tennis grand slam singles champion, a 13-time grand slam doubles champion, and the reigning gold medalist in women’s singles and doubles, cannot get the respect she deserves within her sport because her body does not match the other women’s whom alongside she plays (and repeatedly beats, especially Wozniacki), who can?

more. Serena remains “mum.”

December 11th, 2012
thesmithian

Starting in January, the…print version of The Sporting News—which has been published since 1886—will be no more.

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Starting in January, the…print version of The Sporting News—which has been published since 1886—will be no more.

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December 8th, 2012
thesmithian

“I don’t really look at color, but a lot of people ask about it because I’m one of only a few African-Americans in women’s golf…”

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November 9th, 2012
thesmithian

…he and the rest of the [cycling] team were…doping all along. They began with little “red eggs” of testosterone before graduating to injected erythropoietin, which enhances red blood cells and decisively increases energy: known for short as EPO, or “Edgar Allan Poe” to the American riders, their old buddy Edgar. And then [Tyler] Hamilton went to Spain to be introduced to the ghoulish practice of blood doping, in which a rider’s blood is taken from him, kept cool and reinjected before racing.

more.

November 8th, 2012
thesmithian

…part of a circuit of underground child boxing in [Thailand] that has up to 30,000 participants…it’s often one of the few ways for families to earn money…They train rigorously, and endure fights that leave them with broken bones and bloody noses…

more, and a trailer, here.

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