Sarah Spain Archive

Sarah Spain

Contributor, espnW.com
Sarah Spain (follow her on Twitter @SarahSpain) is the co-host of espnW Presents: The Trifecta on ESPN Radio, host of the That's What She Said podcast, a SportsCenter reporter and an espnW columnist since 2010. She was a heptathlete at Cornell and is a lifelong Chicago sports fan.
  • Laver right on: Real slam is a calendar slam

    Today Rod Laver was quick to point out that if Rafael Nadal wins next week's Australian Open, his four straight majors would not technically be a Grand Slam. Laver was right to make the distinction.

    Jan 25 10:00 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Big Ten battles highlight hoops slate

    For football lovers like me, this weekend's NFL divisional playoff games can't come fast enough. But while we wait it out, counting down the hours, at least there are some good Big Ten hoops battles to help pass the time.

    Jan 25 10:01 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Duke goes down, milestones in women's hoops

    Wednesday night was an evening of upsets, as the Clippers stunned the Heat in Los Angeles and a No. 1 Duke squad went down in Tallahassee. We give you all hoops and nothing but the hoops in today's About Last Night.

    Jan 25 10:16 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • What about your friends?

    When LeBron James took to Twitter during the Cavs' blowout loss to the Lakers Tuesday night, his mind wasn't on how terrible his old teammates must feel about the defeat, or their pitiful 8-30 record. He wanted revenge.

    Jan 25 10:16 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Hump day hoops

    Women's hoops fans rejoice! Three of the top five teams in the country are in action tonight, including the No. 1 Baylor Lady Bears and the No. 2 UConn Huskies. A big night of basketball will get you through hump day.

    Jan 25 10:16 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Athlete's Life

    Not quite ready for my close-up

    In three weeks Sarah Spain heads to Dallas for the culmination of her training program through the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. As she looks ahead to being weighed and measured, she has new appreciation for the motivational power of fear and shame.

    Jan 12 | By Sarah Spain

  • Blatter control a problem again

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter, whose statements have drawn more international ire than LeBron James' "I'm taking my talents to South Beach" snafu, is at it again. And this time, he's targeting women.

    Jan 25 10:19 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Not talkin' bout playoffs

    Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?? Everyone's talking about the start of the NFL playoffs, but if your team failed to qualify and you just can't bear to watch, there's plenty more on the docket to keep you busy all weekend.

    Jan 25 10:20 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Athlete's Life

    Reconnecting with my inner athlete

    Sarah Spain is following a seven-week fitness and fuel plan program designed for her by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. She'll be tested, pushed, poked, prodded, and put through the proverbial wringer.

    Jan 7 | By Sarah Spain

  • Tar Heels tumble, RedHawks (who?) soar

    The Miami (Ohio) RedHawks capped a turnaround of historic proportions with a bowl win, while there were significant upsets in women's hoops and the NBA. Here's what you missed while you were googling the golden-voiced homeless man.

    Jan 25 10:20 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Buckeyes buck the odds

    One heck of a bowl game, a couple college hoops streaks and another NFL coach-ousting highlighted Tuesday's headlines. Here's more About Last Night.

    Jan 25 10:23 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Could the Seahawks actually upset the Saints?

    It seems ludicrous to argue that the 7-9 Seahawks are more dangerous than the defending champion New Orleans Saints, right? Well, Sarah Spain says if history repeats itself, Seattle has a pretty good shot to get the upset.

    Jan 25 10:23 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Gimme some Sugar

    After the Big Ten went 0-5 in New Year's Day bowl games, I suggested the league change its recently announced division names to "Legends and Losers." Tonight, Ohio State will try to stay out of the losers bracket in the Sugar Bowl.

    Jan 25 10:24 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Stanford gets Luck-y

    Stanford not only won its first bowl game in 14 years in last night's Orange Bowl -- they routed Virginia Tech with a 40-12 win. Here's more About Last Night.

    Jan 25 10:23 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Lovie wins, even in loss

    Some people are arguing that Bears coach Lovie Smith's decision to play his starters in an essentially meaningless season finale in Green Bay was just plain stupid. Though I understand their point, I don't join them in criticizing the move.

    Jan 25 10:24 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Get a diary, Oney Guillen

    Stop the Twirades! Ozzie Guillen's 24-year-old son, Oney, needs to take his personal grievances off of Twitter, so he won't further embarrass his father and the White Sox organization.

    Jan 25 10:26 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Bedeviled by the Blue Devils

    The hapless (and winless) Spartans of UNC-Greensboro lost by 46 points to Duke last night. With the win, the 880th of his career, Coach K moved into sole possession of second place on the all-time Division I men's basketball wins list.

    Jan 25 10:27 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Athlete's Life

    Combating a caloric catastrophe

    Sarah Spain is following a seven-week fitness and fuel plan program designed for her by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. She'll be tested, pushed, poked, prodded, and put through the proverbial wringer.

    Dec 29 | By Sarah Spain

  • The Eagles have landed ... with a thud

    A packed Tuesday night of sports saw upsets on every level, from a Vikings victory in Philly to a Cardinal crush in Stanford and a Wolfpack win in Orlando. NFL, NBA, bowl games, college hoops and hockey -- we've got it all in today's About Last Night.

    Jan 25 10:29 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Ed Rendell, Philly's Chuck Norris

    Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell sounded like football's answer to Chuck Norris, criticizing the league's decision to move the Eagles/Vikings game from Sunday night to Tuesday night due to an impending snow storm. Rendell was right.

    Jan 25 10:26 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Holiday hoops and bowling in D-Town

    An old NBA rivalry that peaked in the early '90s returns to MSG, the Celtics vie for a 15th straight win and the Heat and the Lakers do battle at the Staples Center. And Detroit is the site for the cheesiest bowl game around.

    Jan 25 10:31 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Road warriors and an island upset

    The Hoyas and the Heat notched road wins, Washington State staged an upset in Hawaii and the Steelers and the Aztecs rolled on the gridiron as we serve up a steaming hot dish of basketball and football to get your Friday morning started off right.

    Dec 24 | By Sarah Spain

  • 'Merry Christmas! You're fired.'

    Add Larry Brown and John MacLean to the list of folks who won't be having a holly, jolly Christmas (or in Brown's case, a very, merry Hanukkah). Seems every year, right about now, too many coaches get the axe meant for their Christmas tree.

    Jan 25 10:32 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • A Broncos romp and an East Lansing upset

    The Broncos won their (consolation) bowl game, the Longhorns spoiled Tom Izzo's return, and the Celtics kept their streak alive with a 14th straight victory. Here's what happened in sports last night while you were wrestling with that wrapping paper.

    Jan 25 10:33 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Mean-spirited dad (almost) derails girl's dreams

    Toronto attorney George Atis is our blockhead du jour, thanks to a public agenda he wrote detailing all the reasons why 12-year-old Kayla Watkins shouldn't be allowed to play on the local boys' ice hockey team.

    Jan 25 10:33 AM ET | By Sarah Spain