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Alyssa Nakken becomes first female full-time coach in MLB history

Giants Manager Gabe Kapler, who was hired in November, added Nakken and Mark Hallberg to his staff on Thursday, the team announced. Kapler said they will help build a winning culture in the clubhouse."In every organization, environment affects performance, and baseball clubhouses are no different," Kapler said. "That's why in addition to assisting the rest of the coaching staff on the field, Mark and Alyssa will focus on fostering a
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Giants make Alyssa Nakken first female coach in MLB history

SAN FRANCISCO -- Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history Thursday when she was named an assistant under new San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler.Major League Baseball confirmed Nakken is the first full-time female coach in the majors. Nakken is a former softball standout at first base for Sacramento State who joined the club in 2014 as an intern in baseball operations.
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Kimia Alizadeh, Iran’s only female Olympic medalist, says she has defected

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Iran's only female Olympic medalist said she defected from the Islamic Republic in a blistering online letter that describes herself as "one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran."Taekwondo athlete Kimia Alizadeh posted the letter on Instagram as Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency said she had fled to the Netherlands. She criticized wearing the mandatory hijab headscarf and accused officials in Iran of sexism
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MMA Junkie’s 2019 ‘Female Fighter of the Year’: Amanda Nunes repeats

Amanda Nunes is getting awfully used to being on top. Widely regarded as the greatest fighter of all time in the women’s divisions, Nunes notched a pair of UFC title defenses in 2019 to once again claim MMA Junkie’s “Female Fighter of the Year,” the second year in a row she’s claimed the honor. A dual-division champion, Nunes focused on the 135-pound weight class in 2019, starting in July with
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Serena Williams takes home AP Female Athlete of the Decade honors

Serena Williams dominated the decade, on the court and in conversation.There were, to begin with, the dozen Grand Slam singles titles -- no other woman had more than three over the past 10 seasons -- and the three and a half years in a row at No. 1 in the WTA rankings.And then there was the celebrity status that transcended tennis, making everything she did and said newsworthy, whether it
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Simone Things — Biles named AP Female Athlete of the Year

They're called "Simone Things,'' a catch-all phrase for the casual ease with which Simone Biles seems to soar through her sport and her life.The irony, of course, is that there's nothing casual or easy about it. Any of it. The greatest gymnast of all time and 2019 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year only makes it seem that way.Those jaw-dropping routines that are rewriting her sport's code of points
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The best female MMA fighters of the decade

The evolution of women's mixed martial arts started right at the end of the previous decade, with Cris Cyborg vs. Gina Carano headlining a Strikeforce show on Showtime in front of almost 14,000 fans in San Jose, California. And it exploded in 2013 when Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche faced off in the very first UFC women's fight.Over the past 10 years, women's MMA has grown exponentially, from smaller promotions
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Fallon Sherrock first female darts player to beat man at world championship

LONDON -- Fallon Sherrock became the first female darts player to beat a man at the PDC World Championship on Tuesday.Sherrock, a former runner-up at the women's world championship, recovered from losing the opening set to beat Ted Evetts 3-2 in front of a raucous crowd at Alexandra Palace in London. The Englishwoman made six 180s -- a perfect score over three darts -- and had a match average of
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Julie Ertz beats Megan Rapinoe to U.S. Soccer’s Female Athlete of the Year

World Cup winning midfielder Julie Ertz has been voted U.S. Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year for 2019.Ertz, 27, claimed the honor for the second time in her career, earning 42% of the vote to beat out fellow nominees Rose Lavelle, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Alyssa Naeher, and FIFA World Player of the Year Megan Rapinoe.While Ertz is the 10th player in the award's history to win multiple times, she
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Amanda Nunes is easily MMA’s female GOAT

For Miesha Tate, it’s not a difficult choice. Widely considered one of the best female mixed martial artists of all time, Tate believes the greatest women’s MMA fighter to date is an easy choice – and she isn’t picking herself. In the main event of UFC 200 in July 2016, then-UFC bantamweight champion Tate faced off against surging Brazilian Amanda Nunes. Midway through the first round, Nunes submitted Tate by