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Photos and Video: Abby Wambach in ESPN’s Body Issue

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I am still speechless.

The full issue gallery is here, and here is a behind the scenes video of Abby Wambach’s photo shoot:

The magazine hits mailboxes and newsstands starting today, with the great pictures of Wambach after the jump.

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Photos and Video: Carlos Bocanegra in ESPN’s Body Issue

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I am speechless.

The full issue gallery is here, and here is a behind the scenes video of Captain America’s photo shoot:

The magazine hits mailboxes and newsstands starting today, with the great shots of Bocanegra after the jump.

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End of the Road for Spencer: A Turning Point in Timbers Season?

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John Spencer who was the first Major League Soccer coach of the Portland Timbers has been sacked by the Owner Merritt Paulson late yesterday.

In his press conference, Merritt was very emotional throughout because of his good friendship with Sepncer, said that the reasons for the sacking was because of “philosophical differences” between the two men. He stressed that the record of the team was not to blame for this decision. Merritt went on to say that Gavin Wilkinson, current General Manager and former Timbers player and coach, will be the interim coach of the Timbers for the remainder of the season.

They went on to talk about how starting today they are formally searching for a permanent head coach and have 10 names that they are zoning in on. They will announce the decision of a new coach by the end of the 2012 calendar year. During the interview Merritt did say that this decision to sack John Spencer was not “waiving the white flag on the 2012 season” and that they will be able to turn it around and make the playoffs by season’s end. He said in the conference that his goals was to make the playoffs this year and next year be in contention of the MLS Cup. The timing of Spencer being sacked happened to be Sunday night and was finalized at 8am today. read more…

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Is Megan Rapinoe America’s Most Prominent Openly Gay Athlete?

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Think Progress’ new regular sports writer asserts that Megan Rapinoe may be “America’s most prominent openly gay athlete.”

It’s a great post, reminding us all that while there may be a lot of reactions that an out female athlete is “obvious” or the women’s sports environment makes it easier for out athletes, it certainly doesn’t make what Megan did easy.

Rapinoe with girlfriend Sarah Walsh

Let us know in the comments what out athletes you think may be more prominent than Rapinoe.

Megan was also featured in USA Today’s run-up to the Olympics yesterday, as one of their 100 Olympic Hopefuls series.

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Announcing gay4soccer Night During MLS All Star Game Week

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Are you headed to the 2012 MLS All Star Game or a gay4soccer fan in Philadelphia?

Join us Monday, July 23 at Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar to celebrate the All Star Game with Philadelphia’s LGBT soccer-loving community.

We’ll be posting more details over the next fortnight, but wanted to make sure everyone saved the evening of July 23 to join us for a bit at Tabu, located at 200 South 12th Street.

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Chicago Fire Begins a Formal Partnership with Equality Illinois

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In what is being hailed as the Midwest’s first formal partnership between a pro sports franchise and an LGBT-rights group, the Chicago Fire is teaming up with Equality Illinois for a number of events over the summer.

The first sign of the new partnership was on June 24, when members of the Fire staff marched along with Equality Illinois and their marriage equality float in the city’s Pride Parade:

(via @chow3 on Twitter)

The first-of-its-kind partnership was formally announced July 5. Other Chicago teams have donated items or held LGBT theme nights, but there has never been a pairing like this between a team and an organization.

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NPR Story and Commentary on Megan Rapinoe’s Coming Out

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I had mainly seen web coverage of Megan Rapinoe’s official coming out this week, so when I heard commentary from NPR and WBUR’s Bill Littlefield, I felt it was worth sharing because of its unsurprising quality.

Littlefield hosts NPR’s sports program “Only a Game,” produced by the member station in Boston.

It’s a great commentary that closes:

Some retired male athletes have told the world they are gay. Occasionally a gay high school or college male athlete has come out. But I wonder if this week anybody currently playing in the NBA, the NFL or Major League Baseball is thinking about how he could move things along by becoming his sport’s Megan Rapinoe?

Happy International Kissing Day

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It’s International Kissing Day. Apparently it’s really a thing that got started in the United Kingdom and has expanded internationally to promote the pleasures of the act itself without it being a precursor to other (ahem) activities.

Need a gallery of soccer smooches to help celebrate? Here you go.

Maybe we can see some Major League Soccer goal celebrations honoring this holiday over the weekend.

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Vancouver’s New Secret Weapon: Joe Cannon in Short Shorts

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After a thwomping in Los Angeles, the Vancouver Whitecaps’ five-game road trip continued with a 1-0 Independence Day victory over the Colorado Rapids.

Could the secret to their shutout success be goalkeeper and soccer ally Joe Cannon’s extremely short shorts?

Cannon took some pride in his clothing choice on Twitter after the game:

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Portland Ends Another MLS Winning Streak

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This week Portland saw something that has happened plenty of times before: a team on a hot streak ends up losing in the Rose City. This time the takedown was San Jose in a 2-1 win. It was a hard fought match that was nerve-wracking at the very end of the game.

Portland had goals from two people who haven’t scored a goal yet this season until last night, hometown favorite Danny Mwanga and captain Jack Jewsbury. It was a long time coming but I could see in their eyes that they were glad to get one goal under their belts — especially Mwanga. He even did a very interesting goal celebration after he scored:

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