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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.


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

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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

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

How friendly can Australia v India actually be?

Sunil Gavaskar versus Dennis Lillee. Venkatesh Prasad versus Michael Slater. Andrew Symonds versus Harbhajan Singh. Ricky Ponting versus Zaheer Khan. Gautam Gambhir versus Shane Watson. David Warner versus Rohit Sharma. Virat Kohli versus Steven Smith.

Australia versus India has become synonymous with individual encounters, many of them ugly ones. The Harbhajan v Symonds narrative overshadowed an entire summer, while Kohli’s verbal and mental duels with Smith in 2017 included accusations of systematic cheating by India’s captain. Even the 2014-15 summer, played out in the shadow of Phillip Hughes’ death, contained more histrionics and confrontations than anyone expected.

So what to expect this time around, when Australia are seeking to remake themselves in the wake of the Newlands scandal, while India under Kohli glimpse their best chance, perhaps ever, to win a series in this country? Kohli and Tim Paine’s teams will exchange handshakes at the outset of the encounter, in … 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

Tommy Tiernan has hinted that a ‘Derry Girls’ movie could be in the works

Derry Girls proved a huge success with viewers when it first aired in January and we’ve been getting very excited about season two – which completed filming last Friday.

The laugh-out-loud show follows the lives of four schoolgirls in Derry during the 1990s and it captured the hearts of viewers, going far beyond just a comedy.

The Channel 4 series became the most successful Northern Irish TV show based on views since records began in 2002.

Now one of the show’s cast members has revealed when fans can expect to see the second season and hinted that a film version could also be on the way.

Comedian Tommy Tiernan, who plays Da Gerry, appeared on Today FM’s The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show where he confirmed that fans will definitely get a third season, while a movie has been discussed.

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War vet set to marry his first love 70 years after PTSD tore them apart

World War II veteran Roy Vickerman and 89-year-old Nora Jackson of the U.K. are planning a summer wedding, 72 years after first getting engaged.

Vickerman originally popped the question when the high school sweethearts were 18 and he was about to go off and fight in the war, according to media reports. The engagement crumbled, though, under the weight of his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when he came back wounded in 1946.

The pair eventually moved on to other relationships, married and started families. Jackson, who’s been widowed for 14 years, admits she did think about her old fiancé over the years.

“In fact I dreamed about him a few times,” she said to The Telegraph.

READ MORE: 93-year-old WW2 vet reunites with wartime love after 70 years apart

“I always thought a lot about Nora,” Vickerman, whose wife died in 2012, told the BBC.

He turned to … Read More

BJP committed to Telangana development: Smriti Irani

HYDERABAD: Asserting that the Modi government at the Centre was committed to the development of Telangana, Union minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday alleged that the ruling TRS had ‘failed’ to take the central schemes to people at the grass root level.
Addressing an election rally at Nizamabad, she said if voted to power, the BJP would provide bicycles at free of cost to girl students from class VII to X, besides scooter at 50 per cent subsidy to young ladies pursuing higher studies.
Highlighting the promises made in the BJP manifesto for December 7 assembly elections in Telangana, the information and broadcasting minister said her party would waive farm loans up to Rs two lakh and provide free borewell to farmers.
She claimed that as many as 20 lakh families in Telangana were given free gas connections under Ujjwala Yojana scheme and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government had sanctioned … Read More

26 students fall sick after drinking poisoned water at Morang school

MORANG: As many as 26 students have fallen sick after drinking water laced with poison at Shree Secondary School in Letang Municipality-9 of Morang district this morning.

The school principal Khem Raj Dulal said that all 26 students, who fell ill after drinking water at the school, were immediately rushed to a primary health post in Mangalbare after it was found that the drinking water for students was poisoned. He also informed that four of the sick students have returned home after treatment adding that four students — ninth graders Khusbu Mishra and Kamala Limbu, fifth grader Manis Thapa, and seventh grader Shristi Niraula — were undergoing treatment in Nobel Medical College.

“At 10:00 am, the school had just started when some grade 10 students came to us complaining of strange smell from the water. We found a bottle of poison in the water tank upon inspection,” said the school … Read More