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More Girls Are Playing Football. Is That Progress?

More girls are playing high school football, even as the sport draws fewer participants overall in an injury-conscious era.

As part of Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, the National Football League organized its third Women’s Summit for Friday “to discuss how football and the broader sports world can continue to support the advancement of women on and off the field,” said Kamran Mumtaz, an N.F.L. spokesman.

The sport remains male-dominated, with no women playing in the N.F.L. and few on college teams. But some high school girls, playing on teams of boys, are gaining attention for their achievements.

For example, last fall, the high school quarterback Holly Neher threw a touchdown pass in Florida, making headlines as the first girl known to do so in state history.

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And K-Lani Nava, a kicker, became the first girl in Texas to score points in a high school state championship game.

But … Read More

East Bengal’s Alejandro Menendez – Difficult to improve with refereeing mistakes

Coach Alejandro Menendez stated that he was pleased with the performance of his players in the first half. He was also rued the fact that Jobby Justin was wrongly flagged offside when the striker had a brilliant opportunity to score.

“I think that we played well in the first half. We took out many of their men. We created many chances. In the second half, they pushed ahead and we missed the ball and the game got open. After the match was open, we had a big opportunity for Jobby that was offside and they got momentum after that. One more time in 0-0, we got a bad decision from the referee and they scored from the only one good chance they got,” said Menendez.

Coach Alejandro Menendez stated that he was pleased with the performance of his players in the first half. He was also rued the fact that … Read More

Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or snub blamed on mafia in bizarre rant by Juventus star’s sister

The Portuguese has failed to add a sixth Golden Ball to his collection in 2018, with former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric taking the prize
Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister, Elma, has reacted angrily to her brother’s Ballon d’Or snub, with “the mafia” blamed for the Juventus star being overlooked in a bizarre rant.

The Portuguese had been hoping to land a sixth Golden Ball of his stunning career at a glitzy ceremony in Paris on Monday.

He was, however, to finish second in the vote behind former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric .

The Portuguese has failed to add a sixth Golden Ball to his collection in 2018, with former Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric taking the prize
Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister, Elma, has reacted angrily to her brother’s Ballon d’Or snub, with “the mafia” blamed for the Juventus star being overlooked in a bizarre rant.

The Portuguese had been hoping to … Read More

William Opoku heaps more misery on lacklustre East Bengal

East Bengal’s misery continued as they tasted their third defeat on the trot against defending champions Minerva Punjab on Tuesday at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.

William Opoku scored the only goal of the match in the 77th minute to seal crucial three points for the visitors.

East Bengal’s misery continued as they tasted their third defeat on the trot against defending champions Minerva Punjab on Tuesday at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.

William Opoku scored the only goal of the match in the 77th minute to seal crucial three points for the visitors.

East Bengal’s misery continued as they tasted their third defeat on the trot against defending champions Minerva Punjab on Tuesday at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.

William Opoku scored the only goal of the match in the 77th minute to seal crucial three points for the visitors.

East Bengal’s misery continued as they tasted their third … Read More

ISL 2018-19: Controversial penalty helps Jamshedpur FC hold Kerala Blasters

Kerala Blasters failed to bring their winless run to a halt but put on a spirited show against Jamshedpur in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday at the JLN Stadium in Kochi.

A foul on Tim Cahill outside the box was punished with a spot-kick that Carlos Calvo scored. Seiminlen Doungel equalised to help his team to a point from an engaging contest.

Both coaches made three changes to their starting lineups. Sandesh Jhingan and Seiminlen Doungel returned to the first team and Slavisa Stojanovic recovered from his injury in time to start. Nikola Krcmarevic missed out due to an injury.

For Jamshedpur, Tim Cahill started for the first time after his farewell game for Australia national team. While Pablo Morgado was rested, young midfielder Mobashir Rahman and Malsawmzuala earned starts.

The visitors dominated possession right from the off but were dealt an early blow when Soosairaj picked up a knock … Read More

Availability of players more important than IPL venue – Delhi Capitals CEO

Availability of players, and not the venue, will be the key factor ahead of the forthcoming IPL auction, scheduled on December 18. That is is the opinion of Parth Jindal, co-owner of the Daredevils franchise which was renamed Delhi Capitals on Tuesday.

IPL 2019 is likely to be advanced, keeping in mind that most international players will have to attend preparatory camps for the World Cup, which starts in England on May 30. The IPL had already informed franchises earlier this year that both CA and ECB would be restricting the participation of those in their World Cup squads till May 1 only. Moreover, the venue for IPL 2019 is still undecided, with the tournament being held at the same time as the general elections in India.

Jindal confirmed that English and Australian players in particular, were likely to be less desirable at least for Delhi at the auction. “We’ll … Read More

Rovman Powell to lead West Indies in ODIs in Bangladesh

In the absence of the injured Jason Holder, allrounder Rovman Powell will lead West Indies in their ODI leg of the ongoing Bangladesh tour. Batsman Darren Bravo, who had last played an ODI more than two years ago, returned to the squad, as did T20I captain Carlos Brathwaite and offspin-bowling allrounder Roston Chase.

“In the absence of captain Jason Holder, the panel believes the team can still be competitive, especially with the return of Darren Bravo,” Courtney Browne, the chairman of selectors, said. “Darren’s experience will add value to the batting, which in turn will place selection pressure for spots in the squad.”

Evin Lewis, who had missed the limited-overs leg of the India tour citing personal reasons, will not be a part of the matches in Bangladesh as well, despite playing for Punjabi Legends in the T10 league last week.

ESPNcricinfo understands Lewis turned down a West Indies central … Read More

In between email feuding, Raj, Harmanpreet met to break the ice

Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur, the two cricketers at the centre of a raging selection controversy, met in Delhi on Sunday, less than a week after their public feud began. The meeting – in the presence of Vinod Rai, the head of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) – does not, however, appear to have ended the issue: a day after the meeting Harmanpreet sent an email to the CoA and the BCCI top brass, reiterating the rationale behind not playing Raj, India’s most experienced player, in the semi-finals of the WT20 and backing Ramesh Powar as coach.

Diana Edulji, the other half of the CoA and a former India captain herself, was not present at that meeting but it is understood that Rai briefed her on it via email.

ESPNcricinfo understands both players wanted to sit across the table and clarify their individual positions on a feud that many suspected … Read More

Hendricks, Christian power Jozi Stars to second place

Chris Gayle had warned before this game that it was Reeza Hendricks, rather than Gayle himself, who posed the most formidable threat to Cape Town Blitz, and Hendricks proved him right with his fourth successive score of fifty or more in the Mzansi Super League.

After his 55 against Tshwane Spartans last week and back-to-back hundreds against Durban Heat and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Hendricks blazed his way to a 48-ball 79 to set up Jozi Stars’ dominant 196 for 4. Dan Christian then backed up Kagiso Rabada’s accuracy with the new ball to collect 4 for 22 in a massive 50-run win that took Stars to second on the tournament table with a bonus point, with Duanne Olivier also chipping in with 3 for 38.

Stars lost Gayle to a travel-weary chip to mid-on off Nandre Burger in the fourth over and Blitz worked up considerable pressure in the … Read More

50% of new guitar players are young women, finds new study

The future certainly is female, especially for music. A new study by guitar conglomerate Fender reveals that females now account for 50% of young, aspiring guitar players across both the United States and the United Kingdom.

“Today’s players have grown up in a different cultural context and popular music landscape, and rising artists like Mura Masa, Tash Sultana, Youngr, Daniel Caesar, Grimes and Ed Sheeran are changing the way guitar is being used,” says Fender CEO Andy Mooney. “As a brand, we are committed to creating tools – both physical and digital – that this generation of creators needs for self-expression, now and in the future.”

The results echo Fender’s previous survey from three years ago in the US, which prompted the company to recalibrate their promotional campaigns, introducing new millennial-focused guitars in 2016 with acts like Warpaint and Bully.

“The fact that 50 percent of new guitar buyers in … Read More