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Womens Sport and Fitness Foundation marks 30 years of progress and stutters | Anna Kessel

Guardian Sport - 16 min 14 sec ago
As the WSFF looks forward to a new life as Women in Sport, founders and luminaries agree there have been huge steps in some areas but also know the job isnt finished

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.

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Caroline Wozniacki sets up semi-final with Serena Williams at WTA Finals

Guardian Sport - 20 min 33 sec ago
Dane beats Petra Kvitova in straight sets in Singapore
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.

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Ashley makes Rangers funding offer

BBC Sport - 24 min 47 sec ago
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley tables a counter offer to Dave King as they vie for control of Rangers.

Costa has 'chance' of facing Man Utd

BBC Sport - 32 min 54 sec ago
Chelsea's Diego Costa could start against Manchester United, despite an illness that required a stay in hospital.

Luis Suárez on right path after seeing therapist to cure biting problem

Guardian Sport - 51 min 24 sec ago

Exclusive: All the bad things are in the past
But Uruguayan still refuses to accept being labelled racist
Barcelona strikers four-month ban expires on Saturday
Sid Lowes preview for Real Madrid v Barcelona

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.

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Detroit Lions prepare for Atlanta Falcons match at Wembley - video

Guardian Sport - 51 min 24 sec ago
The Detroit Lions train on Thursday for their match against the Atlanta Falcons at Wembley on Sunday. Coach Jim Caldwell also discusses the fitness of wide receiver Calvin Johnson who is recovering from an ankle injury. The match in London marks the 2nd of 3 NFL games being played in the UK this season as popular support for London to have it's own NFL team grows Continue reading...

Middlesex ditch Panthers nickname with immediate effect

Guardian Sport - 53 min 44 sec ago
County opts to be known as Middlesex CCC in all formats
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.

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Sam Burgess switching codes does not mean rugby league is under siege

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 4 min ago
Burgess searching for a buzz says Sam Tomkins
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.

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The sports quiz of the week: Champions League, own goals and rugby results

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 8 min ago
This week's quiz tests your knowledge of European goalscorers and the first weekend in the European Rugby Champions Cup Continue reading...

Beale fined for picture text offence

BBC Sport - 1 hour 11 min ago
Kurtley Beale is fined £24,600 for sending an offensive picture message to an Australian Rugby Union female team official.

VIDEO: Unfair to pick on Balotelli - Bruce

BBC Sport - 1 hour 29 min ago
Hull manager Steve Bruce believes people are unfairly "picking on" Mario Balotelli, after the Liverpool striker swapped shirts with Real Madrid's Pepe at half time on Wednesday.

Luke Campbell: Id fight Bruno over Tyson Tyson would hunt you down!

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 53 min ago
The Olympic champ and unbeaten lightweight boxer on face tattoos, speaking to the Queen and breaking phones in anger

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.

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Rafael Nadal withdraws from next weeks Paris Masters event

Guardian Sport - 1 hour 55 min ago
Spaniard cites personal reasons for his absence
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.

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Caterham hand over to administrators

BBC Sport - 2 hours 13 min ago
Administators cast further doubt on Caterham's participation in the US Grand Prix after taking control of the team.

Mertesacker attitude OK - Wenger

BBC Sport - 2 hours 15 min ago
Arsene Wenger has backed Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, who admitted lacking motivation after winning the World Cup.

Suarez to make Barcelona bow at Real

BBC Sport - 2 hours 18 min ago
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says striker Luis Suarez will make his debut for the club against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Rubber bullets used on Everton fans

BBC Sport - 2 hours 32 min ago
Rubber bullets and a stun grenade were used against Everton supporters in a disturbance before the club's match in Lille, French police say.

Mississippi State use intelligent play-calling and Bulldog spirit to rise to No1

Guardian Sport - 2 hours 38 min ago

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.

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