Each week, Outsports stops the clock for an instant reply of the week that was. It’s our way of memorializing the glorious victories, the ignominious defeats, and the players and personalities who made them, lived them or just couldn’t avoid them.
This week, we’re shooting for a breezier read. If you’d like to read more about each entry, just click the link!
We realize our roster may differ from yours, and we welcome your comments, contributions and critiques. We read them all! Details on how to reach us are below, after our look at the week’s winners and losers.
Winner: Toni Pressley
29-year-old Toni Pressley underwent successful breast cancer surgery last week. She will continue treatment with team sponsor Orlando Health.
Losers: The NFL team that told 49ers Assistant Coach Katie Sowers it ‘wasn’t ready to hire a woman’
In an interview with Fox Sports 1’s “Fair Game with Kristine Leahy,” San Francisco 49ers Assistant Coach Katie Sowers talked about the NFL team that turned Sowers away, because she’s a woman.
Winners: The Golden Lovers
Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi’s journey of love was neither the beginning nor the end of LGBTQ pro wrestling’s rise.
Losers: Brittney Griner, Kristine Anigwe, Diana Taurasi, Briann January, Kayla Thornton and Kaela Davis
Six WNBA players were ejected and five received suspensions for a fight that broke out during the 4th quarter of the Dallas Wings-Phoenix Mercury game last Saturday night.
Winner: Odell Beckham Jr.
In answering claims again this week that he’s gay, Beckham said enough is enough. And we agree. The circular speculation that Beckham is gay does no one any good and is, at this point, desperately unfair to OBJ.
Loser: Mike Petke
Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke was supposed to be coming off an unpaid suspension. Instead he’s out of a job, in what is apparently the unprecedented step of firing a coach for using a homophobic slur.
Winners: Trans teen athletes and the filmmakers of the “Changing the Game” documentary
A discussion of transgender high school athletes through a human, and humane, lens.
Losers: The U.S. Soccer Federation
U.S. Soccer might have a strong legal case in the equal pay lawsuit, but the benefits of having the USWNT as its happiest employees outweighs any costs.
Winners: Cricket Australia and its transgender athletes
Cricket Australia, the sport’s national governing body, has unveiled new and inclusive transgender policies.
Losers: Australia and whoever is designing its sports uniforms
Avert your eyes! Perhaps Australia’s greatest contribution to world sports is that of ugly attire, especially in the early 1990s.
Winner: Nicky Bandini
Nicky Bandini came out as transgender in The Guardian, a newspaper with a history of questionable coverage. As I’ve learned, there’s reason to be proud and wary.
Losers: Pittsburgh Pirates owner Robert Nutting and his Winchester Star newspaper
Following a report in Outsports, the publisher of Nutting’s Virginia newspaper pulled an editorial calling marriage equality and transgender rights ‘dubious achievements.’
Winner: Chris Mosier
Transgender athlete Chris Mosier says he didn’t break his stride when some random man called the transgender triathlete “faggot” on Tuesday. Mosier was training on a public track. “This gave me fuel, and I am grateful. Perhaps it is odd to think that being called a hateful slur could be a highlight of one’s day, but this was a gift that brought me some incredible insight to where I am now, where I hope to be, and the necessity of following this path to accomplish what will make easier paths for others.”
Losers: The women who failed to show support for Caster Semenya
South African Olympian Caster Semenya says the group whose support she lacks most is other women. “Since I have been in sport I have never really felt very supported, I’ve never felt recognized mostly by women,” she said. “I think it comes more into the international stage when you see your own rivals come with this... what can I call it... these rude responses in terms of me competing against them.”
Winners: Out athletes Eric Blevins and Kaitlyn Long
Eric Blevins is a college diving coach who is openly gay, married and now a world champion. Bisexual track and field athlete Kaitlyn Long left the University of Minnesota as a champion on the field and an advocate off it. She was the focus of this week’s Being Out feature, which looks at LGBTQ people in sports who have come out since Outsports first published in 1999.
That’s all for this week! We’ll bring you a fresh list of winners and losers next Saturday. Got a name we missed, or want to challenge our choices? Comment here or on Facebook or Instagram, tweet at us, message us via any social media, or just plain email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!