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Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPS) is well on its way to making a reappearance to our cities (exciting!). This week was the first step in that process, as the league underwent its first international draft.

Each team was allowed to draft four international players, providing teams with the opportunity to begin a formal negotiation process with each selected player upon receiving permission from that player’s current club. For the 2009 season, teams will ultimately be allowed to sign up to five international players per roster. The results of the draft included the selection of 10 players from Brazil, four from Japan, three from Australia and three from Canada.

Below is a snapshot of what happened at the international draft. I provided links to each team’s Web site, so I highly encourage you to check out a team that’s nearby. Season tickets are not that expensive, and this will be an exciting season to watch. I will (for sure) be following the Washington Freedom (my local team).

WPS Initial International Draft – Assignment of WPS-Playing Rights (in order of selection)

1st Round
Bay Area: Formiga (Brazil)
Boston Breakers: Kelly Smith (England)
Los Angeles: Marta (Brazil)
St. Louis: Daniela (Brazil)
Trade with Washington
Chicago Red Stars: Cristiane (Brazil)
Washington Freedom: Homare Sawa (Japan)
Trade with St. Louis
Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY): Sarah Walsh (Australia)

2nd Round
Bay Area: Christine Sinclair (Canada)
Boston Breakers: Fabiana (Brazil)
Los Angeles: Aya Miyama (Japan)
Washington Freedom: Sonia Bompastor (France)
Chicago Red Stars: Heather Garriock (Australia)
St. Louis: Renata Costa (Brazil)
Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY): Rosana (Brazil)
3rd Round
Bay Area: Eriko Arakawa (Japan)
Boston Breakers:
Maycon (Brazil)
St. Louis:
Lotta Schelin (Sweden)
Trade with LA 4th Rd
Washington Freedom:
Lisa De Vanna (Australia)
Chicago Red Stars:
Karen Carney (England)
St. Louis:
Melissa Tancredi (Canada)
Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY):
Ester (Brazil)

4th Round
Bay Area: Erika (Brazil)
Boston Breakers: Shinobu Ohno (Japan)
Los Angeles: Han Duan (China)
Washington Freedom: Louisa Nécib (France)
Chicago Red Stars: Caroline Jonsson (Sweden)
Los Angeles: Margret Lara Vidarsdottir (Iceland)
Trade with St. Louis 3rd Rd.
Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY): Kelly Parker (Canada)

This is really cool stuff, and I’m so glad they’re bringing in international talent. This will make for an exciting season!

For more information on WPS, visit their Web site.

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I have to admit it – I think swimming is my favorite event of the Beijing Olympics.

I know it seems like I’m “jumping on the bandwagon,” but it was SO exciting last night to watch the women’s 200-m breaststroke event, as American Rebecca Soni came from behind to beat world record-holder Leisel (a.k.a “Lethal Jones”) and set a new world record, 2 minutes, 20.22 seconds.

She was losing up until the last 50 meters, when she “busted it” off the wall and kicked it into overdrive to beat Liesel by almost an entire body length.

What is up with the world records this year? It’s like every event someone smashes another record! Maybe it’s the new style of swimsuits?

Whatever it is, it’s awesome.

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For nearly two hours on Saturday, the Williams family rocked the tennis world’s grandest stage as they battled at Wimbledon. Unfortunately for Serena, Venus has the best standing record at the All England Club; her 7-5, 6-4 victory gave her a fifth singles title, leaving Serena with just two.

According to the New York Times, Serena explained to reporters that “there’s nothing to be satisfied about.”

However, it seemed she cheered up later in the night as she and her sister joined forces to win their third women’s doubles title, beating Lisa Raymond of the United States and Samantha Stosur of Australia, 6-2, 6-2.

But for many, the singles match was the highlight of the day. Two sisters with similar background and genetic makeup, battling for one of the most prestigious titles in the sport.

Many tennis enthusiasts say the one thing Venus has that makes her so incredibly hard to beat is her height: she’s 6 feet 1 inches tall (compared to her sister, who stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall), allowing her to cover a lot of ground at the net.

Also, her serves are incredibly fast. In the first game of the second set, Venus hit the fastest serve ever recorded by a woman at Wimbledon, 129 miles per hour.

I think this proves one thing and one thing only: Venus was giving it everything she had, and she came out on top, making history. I think it’s safe to say that Saturday’s match served as another thrilling moment in women’s sports.

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