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Now this is cool. Women’s Motocross is making a debut at the X Games for the first time!

The X Games is an annual event that focuses on extreme action sports. For over 30 years, woman have stood on the sidelines and watched in amazement as “greats” have zoomed across the stage of the X Games, including names such as Travis Pastrana and Cary Hart.

Now we can focus upon names like Jessica Patterson, Ashley Fiolek and Tarah Geiger, females who are now able compete in this summer’s X games.

According to the Women’s Sports Foundation,

“It is a real milestone for women’s motocross,” said Mikki Keller, the founder and president of the Women’s Motocross Association (WMA), the organization “committed to the promotion of women’s racing, providing the highest quality women’s motocross events and creating opportunities for women in all areas of the sport.” “In terms of media exposure and viewer reach, there is really nothing like this for women’s motocross racing,” she said.

This year, for the first time ever, the revving vibrations of women’s bikes will roar throughout the Staples Center.

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I’m so glad that Dave recently commented on my WNBA post. The pictures he found on WNBA.com are really awesome. Arthur Ashe stadium never looked so cool. Take a look at a few…

SO COOL. Fireworks at a basketball game? What a great idea. Thanks Dave!

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According to The Nutz blog, it seems to be only what we look like, not so much how well we play…

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On Sunday, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh went undefeated to win the AVP Long Beach Open on Sunday, making them the world’s number one women’s team heading into Beijing’s Olympics.

The duo has won 101 straight matches and 18 straight tournaments. This will make them exciting to watch in Beijing’s events. Check out more on ESPN.

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Here’s a bit of news that you wouldn’t find on any mainstream sports blogs…

Claiming the 2008 World Championship of Women’s Football, the H-Town Cyclones beat the West Michigan Mayhem 39-10. This is the first time in history the South has won the Women’s Football championship.

Rassin McIntosh took home Offensive MVP (first picture, below) and Renee Cosby took home Devensive MVP (second picture, below)

To be honest, I didn’t even know that the NWFA exited until today. This is a sport that displays aggression and strategy, and could really use some publicity, particularly online.

NWFA has teams located in most major cities (check out their site).

Some interesting information about the NWFA:

“The NWFA was formed in August, 2000 by well known sports and entertainment entrepreneur, Catherine Masters. Masters, who has more than 25 years experience in the top levels of these industries, decided it was time for women to have the chance to play full contact football in a well organized and professionally run league. Starting with two teams, the Nashville Dream and the Alabama Renegades, the league held a pre-season showcase of six games. This pre-season ran from October 14, 2000 until December 2, 2000. The pre-season was a rousing success with thousands of fans in the stands and incredible support from the media worldwide.

In the years that followed, the NWFA expanded to include over 40 teams from Maine to Florida and from Baltimore to the West Coast and everything in between.”

Very, very cool. Who is going to be the first to start an NWFA team in Washington, DC?

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Malia Manuel (Wailua, HI), at only fourteen years of age, has claimed the Women’s U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O’Neill. She beat opponent Coco Ho (North Shore, HI), 17, making ASP history as the youngest finalist ever at the US Open of Surfing.

Here’s what she had to say, according to the Pretty Tough sports blog.

“I’m so stoked right now,” Manuel said. “My sponsors gave me the wildcard into this event and I was just happy to be here. To get to surf against some of my heroes and to be in the Final with my friend Coco (Ho) is just something I would have never dreamed of.”

I think that’s really incredible, and it’s so promising that so many young athletes are competing at such a high level. It really says a lot for the future of women’s sports.

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At 50 years old, Nancy Lieberman is making a comeback to professional basketball.

Here’s what she had to say to ESPN:

“It’s really a one-game deal,” Lieberman said in a telephone interview. “My motivation stems from the fact that I love this game and I never stopped playing it whether it’s a pickup game with Deion Sanders and Tony Romo at a church or at a park with my son.”

It seems all too convenient that this is happening the same week that the fight broke out. Bill Laimbeer  an ESPN analyst, refutes this, however.

“This is not a gimmick,” Laimbeer insisted. “I talked to her last year about this and again two weeks ago. This opportunity probably would’ve happened if we didn’t have the incident the other night.”

However, Lieberman’s spot opened up when forward Cheryl Ford suffered a season-ending knee injury Tuesday night during the fight.

All I have to say is, if I had a “season-ending” knee injury because of some idiot fight that my teammates got involved in, I’d be a little more than pissed off!

That said, even if this contract is only for one game, GO NANCY!!!

Here’s a little background from ESPN on her professional career (if you’re not already familiar with her): Lieberman was the general manager and coach of the Shock from 1998-2000. During her professional playing career, she averaged 15.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists. She played at Old Dominion University from 1976-80, helping the school win two national titles, and played for the U.S. Olympic team in 1976 and 1980. Lieberman was the first woman to play professionally with men as part of the USBL’s Springfield Fame in 1986.

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