- Womens Sport and Fitness Foundation marks 30 years of progress and stutters | Anna Kessel
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In the past 30 years of women playing sport, one single theme has dogged their progress: wombs. More specifically the male sporting establishments view on what should or shouldnt be done with them. Running at great distances, jumping at force, even turning upside down were all, incredibly, labelled a danger to womens ability to procreate. Antiquated science prevailed for another half a century as campaign after campaign fought for barriers to be overturned and women be allowed to compete in marathon running, football, pole vault, and triplejump.
It was within this climate that a group of female academics first came together to found the Womens Sport and Fitness Foundation three decades ago. Anita White, Sue Campbell who would later go on to chair UK Sport Professor Celia Brackenridge and Margaret Talbot were collectively inspired by a growing womens sport movement in the United States spearheaded by Billie Jean King. Initially simply the Womens Sports Foundation and quickly dubbed the Greenpeace of womens sport, the WSF was viewed with suspicion by the establishment, according to White: We were seen as a protest group because we were campaigning for equality. At that time womens sport wasnt on anyones agenda. It was seen very much as the male preserve. Theres since been a feminist struggle within almost every sport.Continue reading...
Agnieszka Radwanksa to face Simona Halep in other semi
Caroline Wozniacki arrived in Singapore as the eighth and bottom seed for the WTA Finals, but the Dane never doubted her ability to compete against the very best and goes into Saturdays semi-finals with a spotless record after round robin play.
Wozniacki opened her tournament with a three-set win over Maria Sharapova and after brushing aside Agnieszka Radwanksa, she ensured she finished top of the White Group with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Friday.Continue reading...
Exclusive: All the bad things are in the past
But Uruguayan still refuses to accept being labelled racist
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Luis Suárez has claimed that he is on the right path to becoming a reformed character having sought help to cure his impulse to bite people but the Barcelona striker remains steadfast in his refusal to accept being labelled a racist over the 2011 incident with Patrice Evra.
Suárez, who is set to make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid on Saturday night, revealed that he has been seeing a therapist to cure his biting problem in an exclusive interview with the Guardian and admitted that he understood the uproar caused by his bite on Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguays 1-0 victory over Italy at the World Cup, which led to him being banned from competitive football for four months.Continue reading...
Club mascot Pinky the Panther will survive the rebrand
Middlesex have called time on their limited-overs name Panthers with immediate effect.
The county, who previously played one-day cricket under the controversial Crusaders moniker, have decided to abandon nicknames altogether and will be known simply as Middlesex CCC across all three formats of the game.Continue reading...
England full-back believes NRL is a tougher challenge
The England full-back Sam Tomkins says absent team-mate and international player of the year Sam Burgess is leaving for rugby union in search of a buzz more than a tougher sporting challenge.
Rugby leagues Four Nations kicks off in Brisbane Saturday in somewhat curious circumstances when England take on Samoa and Australia meet New Zealand before an anticipated Suncorp Stadium crowd of up to 50,000. Englands Burgess, New Zealands Sonny Bill Williams and Australias Jarryd Hayne each played a full season of NRL but have chosen other sports in preference to the international series. For Burgess and Williams it is rugby union, for Hayne it is training alone in Los Angeles in the hope of winning an NFL contract.Continue reading...
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Hi Luke! Youre back fighting in Hull on Saturday fighting Daniel Brizuela for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental lightweight title. Excited?
Yeah! Seems like it was ages ago. The support and the atmosphere that I get in Hull is unbelievable. I still live in the city.Continue reading...
Speculation grows Nadal could pull out of ATP Tour Finals
Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next weeks BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.
Personal reasons were cited by tournament organisers in a statement, with US Open champion Marin Cilic also withdrawing because of a right arm injury.Continue reading...
Under Dan Mullen the Bulldogs are the first team ever to ascend to No1 overall in five weeks after starting a season unranked
As Mississippi State defensive back Justin Cox preserved the biggest victory in school history with a sprawling interception near the goal-line, thousands of cowbells rang in unison producing a cicada-like din inside Davis Wade Stadium.
The Bulldogs 38-23 win over No2 Auburn, their third straight victory over a top-10 opponent, vaulted them past Florida State into the top spot in the nation. Not only had Mississippi State accomplished the superlative for the first time in school history, the Bulldogs also became the first team ever to ascend to No1 overall in five weeks after starting a season unranked.Continue reading...