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    导出博客文章NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Although the formal decision has not been made, New York
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson foresees Tim Tebow being assigned to minor
    league camp during spring training.Tebow, a former NFL quarterback and Heisman
    Trophy winner with the?Florida Gators, nonetheless would be borrowed for
    occasional Grapefruit League games involving major leaguers. He then likely
    would break camp in April with a full-season minor league team, Alderson added
    Tuesday.Tebow, 29, signed a minor league deal with the Mets in September. He
    proceeded to hit .194 with three doubles, two RBIs and eight walks while
    striking out 20 times in 62 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League.?Tebow has also
    continued working as a college football analyst with ESPN.He was in the Arizona
    Fall League, but thats the only organized league hes ever participated in beyond
    high school, Alderson said. And we understand hes a little bit older, so that
    the process needs to accelerate at some point. But we still need to be prudent
    about it and put him in situations where he can succeed and not be viewed as, I
    was going to say, a circus animal. But thats probably not appropriate.Alderson
    indicated theres no compelling reason to have Tebow assigned to major league
    camp except for advertising purposes.We knew hed be overmatched in the Arizona
    Fall League. We also felt that he needed to play games, Alderson said. And so,
    as we look at going into spring training and his first full season, I think the
    same priorities would hold true -- he needs to play games. Under most
    circumstances that would mean, look, hes in minor league camp. Hes playing games
    every day. He comes over once in a while. And, at the end of camp, he goes to a
    full-season team. I think thats what we would foresee. Now, things could change
    based on how he performs or what have you.Although its not the apparent plan,
    manager Terry Collins said Tebow would be welcome if he were assigned to
    big-league camp for spring training.Were in New York. We can handle anybody with
    a name on his back in our camp, Collins said. If they decide to send him to
    camp, well get him better. I can tell you, I certainly hope you will see Tim
    Tebow in some of our games. ... I think hes a name in Florida. Hes a star in
    Florida. He should be. I think it would be fun to have Tim come over. And
    certainly one thing about our players, theyre athletes. Theyre fans, too. They
    would probably like to know how to run a quarterback sneak one day.Said
    Alderson: I think the fact that Terry said he would be welcome is indicative of
    sort of the impact hes had on the organization from a personal standpoint as
    much as a professional one. This is someone who already has had a positive
    influence within the clubhouse among his peers. Thats one of the benefits we
    anticipated. Its nice to know that hes the real deal.
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    and author Molly Schiot typed women and sports into Amazon?last year, the first
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    academic books about the limitations of female participation in organized
    athletics.Schiot was disappointed (but not surprised) by the dearth of books
    about the lives and careers of female athletes. So she decided to change the
    results.Now Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History, Schiots new
    best-selling book about the women and girls who have changed the male-dominated
    face of sports, is doing just that.Based on her wildly popular Instagram account
    @TheUnsungHeroines, Game Changers (released in October) features pictures and
    stories of female athletes from around the world, as well as referees,
    journalists and the people who spearheaded Title IX.The authors first book is a
    thoughtful, exhaustively researched and long-overdue tribute to the women who
    have paved the way for the likes of Serena Williams, Abby Wambach, Simone Biles
    and more.Schiot spoke with espnW about the inspiration behind the release, the
    importance of sharing diverse stories and how social media helped her change the
    face of sports.espnW: How did you go about developing the @TheUnsungHeroines
    Instagram account? Molly Schiot: I was doing some research in hopes of pitching
    a few ideas about female athletes to a sports network. I wanted them to be part
    of a documentary series. I started gathering these stories and pitching them,
    and none of them really got off the ground. I got really frustrated ... and I
    kept finding story after story, [but there was] no public space for these women
    to be seen. Then I was like, No one is going to green light these ideas; I might
    as well just figure it out myself. So I started the IG account to give these
    stories a platform.espnW: At what point did you decide to translate the account
    into a book? MS: I had done maybe about 100 posts and then, just through a
    couple different connections, I got in touch with this really radical woman
    named Erin Hosier, who works at the Dunow, Carlson & Lerner literary agency.
    So she and I put together a pitch for the book, and the one thing that wed say
    to each other all the time is, Seriously how has this book not been made
    before?espnW: Many of the women in this book were big stars in their era but
    arent household names now. Why have so many of their legacies been lost over
    time? MS: Thats the sort of thing where I want to walk out my front door and
    just stick my middle fingers up into the air and say, Hey everyone, these
    stories have always been there, but nobodys telling them! There is nobody that
    is approving or writing these stories or nobody in positions of power whos
    saying, Hey, we really need to tell this story. You can say how have we never
    heard these womens names before, but why would we? You see documentary stories
    about male athletes [all the time], and everyone knows the intricacies of every
    mens sports team out there. People know those stories because theyre being
    told.espnW: The book also touches on gender and race discrimination,
    transmisogyny,, homophobia, domestic violence and the financial hardships
    these?female athletes faced.dddddddddddd How much of that was an intentional
    part of making the publication diverse? MS: It was definitely really important
    and, lets face it, a lot of times the most interesting stories are the ones that
    are of adversity, struggle and oppression. So I think it was pretty easy for me
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    inspiring -- whether it was [Japanese mountaineer] Junko Tabei, who became the
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    Enriqueta Basilio], who in 1968 became the first woman in history to light the
    Olympic torch. Theres also the [African-American] women from Wake-Robin Golf
    Club in Washington, D.C. -- they actually had to build their golf course on a
    trash dump [in 1939].I honestly feel like you could take any of these stories
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    going to be more celebrated and valued?MS: I definitely think that its changing.
    There have been really inspiring women that have started to make their mark in
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    photographer named Christin Rose and she has kind of dedicated her Instagram
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    skater named Cindy Whitehead, and she is a huge advocate for young girls that
    want to be skateboarders. And she sponsors them and just gives them a platform
    where they feel really special.I think that thats really important. Because when
    I grew up I feel like I had no role models that were women. I wanted to be like
    Tom Cruise in Top Gun or Sylvester Stallone in Rocky or Daniel (Ralph Macchio)
    from The Karate Kid. You think about 80s movies, and theres no women in places
    of power. Now girls can have their own role models.espnW: Lastly, tell me about
    the cover of Game Changers, which features a photograph of American sprinter
    Wilma Rudolph. Why her?MS: When I was doing this book I came across a Jezebel
    article about Marley Dias, the 11-year-old from Jersey that started the
    #1000BlackGirlBooks movement. It was so interesting [to me] because my foreword
    is so much about how I had no role models and that all of my role models were
    men, and her interview was about the fact that she was always so frustrated
    because she was tired of seeing books about white boys and their dogs. And then
    she started that social media campaign.I was just thinking about her when I was
    doing the cover, and I thought that the [photo of Wilma Rudolph would be] really
    strong. Its super powerful and Im really grateful that I got that on the
    front.Ann-Derrick Gaillot writes about sports culture, pop culture, and so much
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