The Oberlin Review

New on ESPN: a Woman

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

May 16, 2016

For a player with a stand­out legacy and athletic career, Abby Wambach is following a pretty traditional post-re­tirement path for a profes­sional athlete: She’s becom­ing a contributing analyst for ESPN. Wambach, who announced her retirement in October 2015 and played her last game with the Women’s National team in December, said on Wednesday that she will be kicking off her time with the network by cover­ing the European Champion­ships in France in June and the Rio Olympics in August. According to ESPN, she’ll also be working with ESPN Films and other shows, like E:60 and Outside the Lines, which is an investigative show delv­ing into sports controversies, societal issues and athletes’ personal stories....

Wambach Withdrawal

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

November 6, 2015

International soccer star Abby Wambach recently announced her retirement following the U.S. Women’s National Team’s visit with President Obama at the White House in celebration of its World Cup victory this summer. Wambach, 35, fin­ishes her national career of 15 years with 252 interna­tional appearances, the all-time fifth-highest number of caps in U.S. history. She had 184 international goals, two Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2012 and, her most re­cent accolade, a 2015 World Cup championship. Wambach’s status as the top scorer in international soccer, male or female, en­sures that her presence on the field will surely be missed. But her powerful legacy of setting an exam­ple for personal standards,...

Red, White and Gold

Tyler Sloan, Sports Editor

April 27, 2015

The countdown to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada this summer has officially begun. With a little over a month until the festivities begin, analysts have started to embark on a series of lengthy commentaries that will consume sports media from now until early July. Every World Cup comes with a “group of death,” a term reserved for the bracket with the most top-ranking teams from around the world. Unsurprisingly, the FIFA No. 2-ranked United States Women’s National Team has, yet again, been selected for this group. Last time around in 2011, the team saw serious competition from Brazil and Sweden. This summer, the United States will face Sweden again, along with Australia and Nigeria in Group D. This y...

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