Ladies Got Game: What a Year for Women in Sports Danica Patrick was in the running to win the Indianapolis 500. Lorena Ochoa — not Tiger Woods — is the most dominant force in golf. It's been a remarkable year for women in sports.
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Ladies Got Game: What a Year for Women in Sports

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Ladies Got Game: What a Year for Women in Sports

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RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

When it comes to women to in sports, from auto racing to golf to tennis to basketball, commentator Frank DeFord says this has been a remarkable - not necessarily a winning, but a remarkable year.

FRANK DEFORD: Danica herself, of course, had already become the first woman to win an open- wheel race, which must have astonished the fatuous Bernie Ecclestone, the head of Formula One racing, who had declared earlier that women should be dressed in white, like all the other domestic appliances.

MONTAGNE: And hey, what's become the meanest rivalry in sport? Red Sox-Yankees? Forget about it. It's women's basketball - Pat Summitt of Tennessee and Geno Auriemma of Connecticut. Okay, Geno is a man - technicality. He's a women's coach. Summitt has already called off their regular-season series, so if UT and UConn face each other in the championship next year, that would be a real grudge match and the biggest women's game in history, any sport, and a lot more interesting than anything the men could put up in their Final Four.

MONTAGNE: And then back to Danica. She didn't have to be the standard-bearer for womanhood and beat the men at Indy, because on "Dancing With The Stars," Kristi Yamaguchi was a rare female winner, upsetting the top male athlete, that handsome NFL hunk, Jason Taylor.

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MONTAGNE: The comments of Frank Deford. He joins us each Wednesday from member- station WFHU in Fairfield, Connecticut. This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

ROBERT SMITH, Host:

And I'm Robert Smith.

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