Articles by: Greg Rakestraw

  • Now What Part Two: Where does soccer stand in the US?

    Now What Part Two: Where does soccer stand in the US?

    Indy Eleven, Rake's Take July 3, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Yesterday, I took a look at what the future of US Soccer looked like the next time the globe gathers together for a World Cup in Russia. I stated that the future looked bright for the Americans. I think the outlook is the same, if not better, for the sport […]

  • This may have been the last World Cup for prolific U.S. goalie Tim Howard.

    The every 4-year question: What’s next for U.S. soccer?

    Rake's Take July 2, 2014 at 11:16 am

    It was fun while it lasted…but it’s gone. The United States made it to the round of 16 for the second straight World Cup, a first in this country’s history. But the result was the same as it was four years ago in South Africa. A loss in extra time […]

  • Rookie Carlos Huertas (L) won for Dale Coyne's team Saturday, while Simon Pagenaud and Mikhail Aleshin pulled a 1-2 finish for Sam Schmidt's team Sunday. (Photos: IndyCar)

    Houston IndyCar weekend a great equalizer

    Indy Car, Rake's Take June 30, 2014 at 10:01 am

    It was a bumpy weekend for everyone in the IndyCar series. That’s simply how the track surface treated everyone. But with two races to be contested in the searing south Texas heat, most had their chances for glory and frustration on different days around Reliant Stadium and the Astrodome. Continuing […]

  • Noah Vonleh (L) and Gary Harris will be the focus of local attention in the NBA Draft tonight. (Photos: Icon SMI)

    Vonleh and Harris play waiting game on draft night

    College Basketball, I.U. Basketball, Rake's Take June 27, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Hoosier fans had dreamed of Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh playing together. Now they get their wish. However, it will be in purple and teal, not cream and crimson. After being projected as high as the number three pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Vonleh had to wait until pick […]

  • No backing in from ‘Group of Death’ for USA

    No backing in from ‘Group of Death’ for USA

    Rake's Take June 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Never has a loss felt so good for millions of American sports fans. Germany beat the US 1-0. It actually wasn’t that close. But thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal, it didn’t matter. Portugal got a win, but couldn’t make it’s way out of the group after losing 4-0 to […]

  • Tracy Smith helped IU become a national power in baseball before leaving for Arizona State. (Photo: Icon SMI)

    Smith leaving Hoosier baseball behind

    Rake's Take June 25, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Earlier in June, Indiana baseball lost key pieces like Kyle Schwarber, Sam Travis, Dustin DeMuth, and Joey DeNato to the MLB Draft. Yesterday, the program lost the only piece bigger than any one of those key cogs from an unprecedented two-year stretch in Bloomington. The man who put all of […]

  • James Blackmon Jr.

    Blackmon Jr., Bluiett get their moments for All-Stars

    I.U. Basketball, Rake's Take June 17, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Over the long and storied history of the Indiana/Kentucky all-star series, a team without its Mr. Basketball winner might be seen as having a disadvantage. Luckily for the home team, there were another couple of Mr. Basketball level players with an Indiana on their chest that were up for the […]

  • Everything but a league win for Indy Eleven at halfway point

    Everything but a league win for Indy Eleven at halfway point

    Indy Eleven, Rake's Take June 12, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Off the pitch, it’s been a fairy tale for Indy’s newest entrant into the sports scene. And on the field, it hasn’t been terrible, but…there just hasn’t been that moment of complete joy yet. At least in terms of league play. The official standings for the Indy Eleven still have […]

  • Roberson’s sudden departure means IU is Sudfeld’s team

    Roberson’s sudden departure means IU is Sudfeld’s team

    College Football, I.U. Football, Rake's Take June 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    In the down time of the sports cycle in Indy, breaking news can be a welcome happening. But not when it’s a former Indiana Mr. Football that announces he’s leaving the program two months before fall workouts begin. With a surprising press release just after four o’clock Wednesday afternoon, Tre […]

  • Last breather for IndyCar season is already here

    Last breather for IndyCar season is already here

    Indy Car, Rake's Take June 10, 2014 at 9:26 am

    With a compacted five month season, the only real break in open wheel racing these days occurs during the offseason. The only thing that comes close to it is the next two weeks. After kicking off the season in St. Petersburg on the last Sunday in March, the only time […]