The Quiet Hero

When two bombs were set off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April many lives were changed forever. The bravery and selflessness of people on the scene helped mitigate the extent of the injuries, if not the death toll. Devin Wang was volunteering to aid injured and dehydrated runners as they crossed the finish line that day. An accomplished figure skater and student in Boston University’s athletic training program, the marathon was a good opportunity for Wang to put her developing skills as a trainer to use. But suddenly Wang was thrown into chaos and just happened to be captured in that fateful day’s most memorable photograph when, alongside two others, she helped transport Jeff Bauman — who had been severely injured in the second of the two blasts, including losing both of his legs — to safety and immediate medical attention. Wang, an unassuming hero, was graceful under the worst circumstances that day but many difficult moments have ensued. Bonnie D. Ford of ESPN has Wang’s story.

In Other News

We Talking About Retirement

Allen Iverson announced his retirement from the NBA, three years after his final game – sportsonearth.com

Fight Club

The case for fighting in the NHL, which is weak in my view. Not because the writer doesn’t make good points, but because the quality of actual hockey in games where there is no fighting is always better – usatoday.com 

Fast Talk

With the New York City Marathon right around the corner, a debate has ignited: Are Europeans faster runners than Americans – wsj.com

Tip Of The Cap

A Yankees fan pays a complement to the 2013 Red Sox – salon.com 

Plowing The Football Field

Paul Quinn College in Texas converted its football field into a profitable organic farm, with an assist from the Dallas Cowboys – yahoo.com