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Betty Ellis officiates NASL game

When she started to ref her kids' youth soccer games in the 1970s, California teacher Betty Ellis wasn't thinking of the gig as a stepping stone to bigger things. But on May 16, Ellis (second from left) was handed a whistle and sent out as a linesman -- lineswoman -- for the Portland Timbers' 2-0 win over the Calgary Boomers at Civic Stadium in Oregon. It was the first time a female had served as an official in an American pro soccer game.

Julie Krone gets first win

It was just a six-furlong, $3,500 claiming race at Tampa Bay Downs. But after Julie Krone, a 17-year-old apprentice jock in her second race, rode Lord Farkle to her first victory, it became a whole lot more. "The closer I got to the wire, the more I started thinking, I'm gonna win." She got used to the feeling. Krone triumphed 3,703 more times, making her the sport's all-time leading female rider -- not to mention richest ($90 million in purses). In 2000, Krone became the first woman inducted into the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.