Author Archives: The Sportsnista

Pieces of a Champion: In Defense of Gabby Douglas

Everybody seems to want a piece of a high profile athlete. A piece of their personal lives. A piece of their success. A piece of their failure. Not to mention a piece of their bank account. So many pieces are pecked away until all that remains are exactly that-pieces. Gabby Douglas is a 20-year-old, Olympic gymnast who despite her accolades

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How we source our lives from sports: Mental Health

Last summer a close friend got an unannounced visit from a sibling. We’ll call him Tony. Tony has been homeless for close to six years now. The 26-year-old was last seen featured in a gorilla style video of a street fight in Chicago, 2,000 miles from his legal place of residence. It did not go well for the gentleman who is one

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Q&A: WELTERWEIGHT JOSE BENAVIDEZ JR. HAS A LOT ON THE LINE

Saturday, July 23 welterweight Jose Benavidez Jr (24-0, 16 KO) will face Francisco Santana (24-4-1, 12 KO). Here’s my candid Q&A with the boxer who definitely has something to prove. You’ve come a long way since defeating Herrera and moving up to welterweight. What has been your biggest career challenge since moving up? “I haven’t really had a lot of time

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Jose Benavidez Jr. Wants To Be In The Conversation Of Welterweight Champions

Expectations have always been high for former interim welterweight champion Jose Benavidez Jr. (24-0, 16 KOs). At age 16, he was the youngest ever Golden Gloves Champion. As a result, he was granted a license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission at 17. Today, he’s promoted by Top Rank and trained by the venerable Freddie Roach. At 24, Jose’s skills

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A MANNY’S GOTTA EAT

One of the most unique boxers in history is yet again rewriting his legacy. Manny Pacquiao, 38, is planning to fight later this year, just three months after announcing his retirement, ESPN reported on Tuesday. We last saw Pacquiao in a one sided victory over Timothy Bradley that completed the trilogy of fights between the two. Following a unanimous loss to

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A WIN FOR WOMEN IN SPORTS

I have a great deal of affection for Minor League Baseball. MiLB ballparks provide one of the few family friendly sporting outings in the country. Growing up in the Northeast, I was able to attend a handful of Pawtucket Red Sox games. McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, wasn’t the place I could wantonly wear Yankee gear to the park. However,  I was fortunate enough to

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