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Author Archive for Tom Dart

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Austin Gilgronis: why would a US rugby club name itself after a cocktail?

The Major League Rugby club has a striking new moniker. But the commercial world has a way of worming its way into the teams’ namesIt is said that Austin’s celebrated weirdness is being alloyed by corporate conformity as the Texan capital gentrifies, b…

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XFL relaunches and attempts to forget the ‘sex, booze and sleaze’ era

The NFL’s would-be rival kicks off this weekend 19 years after its first incarnation imploded. It has money behind it, but will it pull in fans?A reboot of one of America’s most notorious and short-lived competitions kicks off this weekend as the billi…

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Opportunistic Sounders see off Toronto FC for second MLS Cup title in four years

Sounders win second title before 69,274 at CenturyLink Field MLS Cup final: Seattle Sounders 3-1 Toronto FC – as it happenedSometimes cup finals are settled with a moment of brilliance, a sprinkling of stardust that will never be forgotten. And sometim…

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Canada outplayed and outfought the US. There is no progress under Berhalter

Patience is in short supply among the USMNT fanbase, who have had enough of being told the team is in learning mode and that setbacks are growing painsStrange job, this, to have doubts about your ability raised only four days after steering your nation…

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Farewell to DaMarcus Beasley: a US star with no interest in the limelight

The former PSV and Rangers player never measured his worth in newsprint or television appearances and never cared about outside praise or criticismSunday was branded Decision Day in MLS, but for one of the finest players the American game has ever prod…

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Jay-Z and NFL stage first concert despite Kaepernick backlash

Rapper criticised for league deal after it shunned ex-49ers player for kneeling protestThe first musical event to come from a partnership between Jay-Z and the NFL was staged in Chicago on Thursday, with the rapper facing a backlash over the league’s t…

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‘My world just crumbled’: the untold wreckage of concussions in surfing

Mercedes Maidana was one of the world’s best big-wave surfers, until the head injury that swept away the life she knewIt looks like the sea is aiming at her.The wave lifts, lunges and detonates and Mercedes Maidana lies on her board as she is engulfed …

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Sasha DiGiulian: ‘There’s an assumption the male takes the lead in climbing’

The American is one of professional climbing’s biggest names. And she has channeled her fame into encouraging women to take up the sportAs plumes of spray from the roiling Yosemite Falls cascaded to their left, Sasha DiGiulian, Jon Cardwell and Marcus …

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The US men’s team are now a punchline. Which is a little unfair

There were always going to be comparisons after the US women’s team won the World Cup. But Gregg Berhalter’s team are showing signs of promiseSunday started and ended with an American team meeting expectations. It’s just that one of those sides is the …

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The US men’s team are now a punchline. Which is a little unfair

There were always going to be comparisons after the US women’s team won the World Cup. But Gregg Berhalter’s team are showing signs of promiseSunday started and ended with an American team meeting expectations. It’s just that one of those sides is the …

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The saddest thing about the England-USA rivalry? For most Americans it doesn’t exist

Alex Morgan’s celebration aside, Jill Ellis’s team smothered England’s passion and spirit with the most hurtful sentiment of all: indifferenceIn the hyped-up build-up, the fine margins that decided the match and the most condescending cup of tea in his…

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At least the stumbling US men’s team don’t need to worry about overcelebrating

The US have fielded weakened teams in their two recent defeats. But even so their performances have lacked intensity, fluidity … and goalsThe boos from the stands at Nippert Stadium at half-time on Sunday were the sounds of Gregg Berhalter’s honeymoo…

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Why Chicago Fire plan to pay $60m to move back to an NFL stadium

Twenty years on from the opening of the first soccer-specific stadium, should the Fire’s possible move back to an NFL venue prompt MLS to face some home truths?It was the alliterative mantra designed to put Major League Soccer on the road to prosperity…

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The messy and quick death of the AAF, Silicon Valley’s complement to the NFL

The Alliance of American Football was always going to struggle, despite a reasonable product on the field. But its legacy may live on in live bettingIt ended with a bang and a whimper. The bang was the head injury suffered last Saturday by the Alliance…

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‘She had changed’: Did a concussion push Kelly Catlin to a breaking point?

The family of the Olympic cyclist believes a concussion rapidly sent a life of dizzyingly high achievement into a tragic tailspinKelly Catlin’s family spent time this week sifting through old photographs of her in action. As a girl it seemed like she t…

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Panama come to town as United States turn page to Gregg Berhalter era

The USA will take the field under a permanent head coach again when the Berhalter era begins in earnest on SundayA mere 473 days after the cataclysmic loss to Trinidad and Tobago, the US men’s national team will take the field under a permanent head co…

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‘I’m not a predatory lender’: Derek Fisher goes from the NBA to player loans

The five-time NBA champion is now an executive at Asset Capital. But is he helping athletes or exploiting them?Derek Fisher began the month defending his credentials as the newly appointed head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. Fisher’s December …

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A year since Bruce Arena quit, the US still have an interim coach. Why?

As the US men enter year two of the rebuilding process following World Cup qualifying failure, the team resemble a construction site without an architectWith a degree of spin not seen since Roberto Carlos in 1997, US Soccer addressed the first annivers…

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MLS’s turf problem: can a league be world-class on artificial grass?

According to a poll, most of the league’s players are put off by a surface that can put strain on joints. But there are good reasons for its place in MLSReliably unconventional, Zlatan Ibrahimovic spurned a $100m offer from China in order to take a $1….

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Mark Cuban: NBA’s populist billionaire hit hard as scandal envelops Mavericks

As allegations of sexual harassment and violence at the franchise, the Mavs owner appears to be either complicit or incompetentThis was how Mark Cuban fared last week: fined a colossal sum for being too honest, the day after a report of grotesque behav…