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Happy New Year?

Yah, we’re on the eve of 2015, but scanning some of the the sexist and racist social media reactions to Mo’ne Davis being named AP Female Athlete of the Year, one gets a clear understanding of the battles to be faced by female athletes and their fans.

So are we surprised when we get this? OH MY GOD, I CAN’T BELIEVE I NEED TO WRITE THIS COLUMN

On Sunday, the New Zealand Herald printed a story by sports columnist Chris Rattue beneath the headline, “Girls, you can’t fight genetics.”

The “girls” about whom Rattue was writing: international soccer stars, including Abby Wambach (she’s 34 years old), Nadine Angerer (she’s 36), Homare Sawa (36), Marta (28), Alex Morgan (25) and Sydney Leroux (24).

Need we go on?

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unless, of course, I can’t get out of the bloody office…

The U.S. women play Mexico in the CONCACAF semifinals at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday. From Graham: MIDFIELDERS HOLIDAY, LLOYD AND RAPINOE ARE THE KEY TO USWNT SUCCESS

As much as it brings on shuddering memories of ninth grade geometry lessons, any soccer field is as much an homage to Euclid as Pele or Mia Hamm. One large rectangle to begin with, the field is further subdivided into smaller and smaller rectangles — a 6-yard box within an 18-yard box that rests within each half of the field. The goal frame adds its element of perpendicularity. A circle, with its painted diameter right out of a textbook, sits in the middle of the field.

And if the United States is to end a World Cup drought that stretches back more than 15 years to a sun-drenched day in the Rose Bowl, the triangle might be the shape that matters most. Its lines invisible as it shifts, sometimes obtuse, other times acute, it is the product of points occupied by Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe.

It might not be a right triangle, but it needs to be the correct one next summer.

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(Laugh-In, y’all.) points to US women’s soccer: Will London gold medal lead to a more favorable CBA for US women?

When the U.S. men’s soccer players travel back to their clubs from Wednesday’s game against Mexico, they will fly in business class to destinations in Europe and North America. When the U.S. women’s national team players traveled back to the U.S. this week after winning the Olympic gold medal, many of them flew in coach class (while some had upgrades to premium economy purchased by U.S. Soccer).

The U.S. Olympic Committee purchased the airline tickets for the Olympics, which were coach-class seats for the U.S. women, just as they would have been for the U.S. men’s team had they qualified.

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