The Sporting Life

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Skating's Holy Grail (haiku duet) "As long as you can - spin three and a half times you - need only land once"; "Imperfect triple - axel jumps can score more points - than perfect doubles" No American woman has landed a triple axel in an Olympics. Mirai Nagasu intends to try twice.

No American woman has landed a triple axel in an Olympics. Mirai Nagasu intends to try twice.

For U.S. figure skater considered a medal long shot, ‘it’s worth the risk.’

If You're Black You Have To Fight Back (haiku) "Surya Bonaly's - backflip was a putdown of - skating's racism" Twenty years later, figure skating's most famous back flip remains amazing (and illegal)

Twenty years later, figure skating’s most famous back flip remains amazing (and illegal)

“I wanted to leave a trademark,” Surya Bonaly said after her defiant (and illegal) backflip at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

I Can See For Myles And Myles (haiku) " Maryland's fail; play - a high major at home when - students are on break" Seton Hall Pirates center Romaro Gill (35) fights for a rebound with Maryland Terrapins forward Bruno Fernando (23)
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Seton Hall basketball: Powell, Cale lead signature win at Maryland

5 takeaways on a victory that will sparkle on Selection Sunday.

Sister Jean, Media Queen (haiku) "Sister Jean's fifteen - minutes of fame can sometimes - need a full day's work" A 98-year-old nun has become the biggest star of the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament. And she is loving every minute of it.

A Day in the Life of Sister Jean, Media Darling (Published 2018)

Sister Jean, Media Queen (haiku) "Sister Jean's fifteen - minutes of fame can sometimes - need a full day's work" A 98-year-old nun has become the biggest star of the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament. And she is loving every minute of it.

Over 300 New Words (haiku) "New Scrabble words: twerk, - emoji, sheeple, beatdown, - zen, sho, ew, qapik" You Can Play ‘Sheeple’ in Scrabble Now. Over 300 Other New Words, Too. - The New York Times

You Can Play ‘Sheeple’ in Scrabble Now. Over 300 Other New Words, Too. (Published 2018)

Over 300 New Words (haiku) "New Scrabble words: twerk, - emoji, sheeple, beatdown, - zen, sho, ew, qapik" You Can Play ‘Sheeple’ in Scrabble Now. Over 300 Other New Words, Too. - The New York Times

Over 300 New Words (haiku) "New Scrabble words: twerk, - emoji, sheeple, beatdown, - zen, sho, ew, qapik" You Can Play ‘Sheeple’ in Scrabble Now. Over 300 Other New Words, Too. - The New York Times

You Can Play ‘Sheeple’ in Scrabble Now. Over 300 Other New Words, Too. (Published 2018)

Over 300 New Words (haiku) "New Scrabble words: twerk, - emoji, sheeple, beatdown, - zen, sho, ew, qapik" You Can Play ‘Sheeple’ in Scrabble Now. Over 300 Other New Words, Too. - The New York Times

Over 300 New Words (haiku) "New Scrabble words: twerk, - emoji, sheeple, beatdown, - zen, sho, ew, qapik" You Can Play ‘Sheeple’ in Scrabble Now. Over 300 Other New Words, Too. - The New York Times

You Can Play ‘Sheeple’ in Scrabble Now. Over 300 Other New Words, Too. (Published 2018)

Over 300 New Words (haiku) "New Scrabble words: twerk, - emoji, sheeple, beatdown, - zen, sho, ew, qapik" You Can Play ‘Sheeple’ in Scrabble Now. Over 300 Other New Words, Too. - The New York Times

Pirates Scuttle Wildcats (haiku) "What's better than one - clutch last second three? Try three - clutch last second threes" Seton Hall's Myles Cale hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime to help upset Kentucky

Seton Hall upsets No. 9 Kentucky: Watch the three clutch shots that made for an insane overtime finish

Three of the most clutch shots this season may have all come in the same game.

To Be Strong, Fearless, Gifted And Glamorous (senryu/haiku) "Farewell Lindsey Vonn - you were the Queen of the Alps - both Afton and French" Lindsey Vonn, greatest women’s skier of all time, to retire after coming world championships

Lindsey Vonn, greatest women’s skier of all time, to retire after coming world championships

“My body is broken beyond repair,” Vonn said in announcing her decision.

Our Gaelic Tradition (haiku) "Hurling is played like - Lacrosse with sicks and balls but - much more violent" Tom Morrissey of Limerick and Paul Killeen of Galway face off in the All-Ireland senior hurling championship final in August

Hurling and camogie join flamenco, yoga and reggae in ranks of cultural treasures

The most Irish of sports have been granted worldwide recognition after the United Nations classed hurling and camogie as global protected cultural activities.Unesco, the UN educational, scientific and

Down Goes UConn, Down Goes UConn (haiku) "Cinderella takes - down Stepmother; the perfect - season is no more" Notre Dame’s Final Four win over UConn was shocking. Here’s how it happened - SBNation.com

Notre Dame’s Final Four win over UConn was shocking. Here’s how it happened

The Irish hit shots, defended well enough and had a little luck.

Ester Rules Them All (haiku) "To compete and win - in two sports at the same time - is super human" Perspective | Ester Ledecka is the greatest Olympian at the Games, even if she doesn’t know it

Perspective | Ester Ledecka is the greatest Olympian at the Games, even if she doesn’t know it

The unassuming Czech won her second gold medal — this one in snowboarding — after her surprise victory last week in the women’s Super-g.

Go Mud Ducks (haiku) "Minnesotans find - nonpareil success at the - winter olympics" The thrilling gold medal victory by the United States women’s hockey team capped a whirlwind 48 hours of Minnesota success at the Olympics.

Team U.S.A.? More Like Team Minnesota (Published 2018)

Go Mud Ducks (haiku) "Minnesotans find - nonpareil success at the - winter olympics" The thrilling gold medal victory by the United States women’s hockey team capped a whirlwind 48 hours of Minnesota success at the Olympics.

Next Time Wear A Two Hooker (haiku) "It's hard to twizzle - after the hook on your top - unfastens itself" 'The whole thing could just pop off': South Korean figure skater battles wardrobe malfunction

‘The whole thing could just pop off’: South Korean figure skater battles wardrobe malfunction

Somewhere, Janet Jackson could relate.

Blow Job (senryu/haiku duet) "Reffing no call on - pass interference screws Saints; - puts Rams in The Bowl"; "Football needs full time - referees like baseball has - full time umpires" NFL will consider making pass interference calls reviewable, after Rams-Saints gaffe

NFL will consider making pass interference calls reviewable, after Rams-Saints gaffe

Sunday's botched call, which helped decide L.A.'s Super Bowl berth, could prompt a rule change.