Skylar Diggins: Still Changing the World and Ready for the 2017 WNBA Season

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We spoke with Skylar Diggins at the end of last year and she had a TON of great things going on. Three months later…she still has a TON of wonderful things going on. We’re still not sure how this lady manages to execute so many things and do it so well, but she does. Check out what’s been going on with Skylar as she gets ready for the start of the 2017 WNBA season.

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The Women of USA Hockey Score HUGE Crack in the Pay Gap Ceiling

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In spite of the best efforts of the likes of O’Reilly and “Spicey,” who continue to disrespect the women who threaten their fragile male egos, women and women in sports got a huge win this week. This morning, less than two weeks after the women of team USA Hockey announced that they would boycott the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Championships if they didn’t reach a fair compensation deal with USA Hockey officials, USA Hockey announced that an agreement had been reached that would get the women on the ice in time for the Championships.

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THE NWHL: TOO SMALL TO FAIL

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Last year, a former hockey player at Northeastern announced that she was doing something that no one had ever done; she would be paying women in the United States to play hockey.  Dani Rylan loves hockey, she wants others to love women’s hockey and she has plenty of ambition to go with her love of the sport.  Her announcement showed that her ambition might not have been misplaced.  Prior to making the announcement Rylan had convinced a significant number of investors and sponsors that the world did in fact want to see women play hockey.  Her professional league would be called the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) and would consist of 4 teams, the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters.  Its inaugural game sold-out, and its inaugural season ended on March 12, 2016, with the Pride winning the Isobel Cup.  On the surface, things seem to be going well for the NWHL, but below the ice things seem to be jeopardizing the League’s viability.

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YOU MISSED WHAT?!

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You missed what is back to let you know what you missed in women’s sports over the weekend. 

23-year-old Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece, claimed her first major professional tour title with her win at the Australian Ladies Masters.  Guess it runs in the family.

Louisville tried to beat UConn.  They couldn’t.  Their efforts earned them a 81-64 loss to the Huskies.

The US Women’s Hockey team simply dominated Switzerland with a 9-0 victory.  Yeah, nine to zero.  This victory makes team USA a likely shoe-in for the semifinals.

Julia Mancuso claimed her second Olympic medal in the super-combined event.  She claimed bronze.  This is Mancuso’s fourth Olympic medal overall. 

GladiatHer to Watch

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It’s nice and cold in most parts of the country, so you know what that means, right? It’s hockey season! Today’s GladiatHer to Watch takes the sport to a new level.  Kelsey DiClaudio is a teen sled hockey phenom.  What’s sled hockey? It’s a modified form of hockey for people with disabilities that DiClaudio, an athlete with spina bifida, has conquered since she was eight years old.  By the time she was 14, DiClaudio was one of the star players of the nationally ranked, all-men’s Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins.  In addition to being a force to be reckoned with in men’s leagues, he’s now a member of the recently formed national women’s sled hockey team which hopes to soon make an appearance in the Paralympics.  DiClaudio’s passion and talent is propelling her to the forefront of a sport that’s sure to make an impact in women’s sports. 

Follow DiClaudio on twitter @kelseydiclaudio