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Behnaz Shafiei: Iran’s trailblazing female biker makes history with first women’s race

Behnaz Shafiei: Iran's trailblazing female biker makes history with first women's race

When Behnaz Shafiei crosses the finish line on Friday at the end of a dusty, rock-strewn race track in Karaj, near Tehran, it will mark the end of both a simple motorcycle race and a three-year campaign for women’s rights in Iran. Whether she wins the race or not, it’s a victory. The 27-year-old has got a concession from Iran’s …

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Canadian women beat U.S. to capture Sydney 7s cup

Canadian women beat U.S. to capture Sydney 7s cup

Canada’s women’s sevens team can add the Sydney Sevens cup to their trophy case after beating the United States 21-17 on Saturday in the cup final. It’s the third World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series cup victory for the Canadians, with title wins at the Amsterdam Sevens in 2015 and the Clermont Sevens in 2016. “It was a 12-person effort. The …

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Has Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign played as big a role in women’s sport as the industry thinks?

Has Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign played as big a role in women’s sport as the industry thinks?

Sport England’s much celebrated ‘This Girl Can’ campaign has returned and the acclaim the original received is richly deserved in its encouragement of more women to take up exercise. However, its success stands atop the foundations of sports brands campaigns which came before it. The latest iteration of Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign was launched earlier this week (31 …

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France Galop female jockey rule criticised by Turner, Gordon and Kirby

France Galop female jockey rule criticised by Turner, Gordon and Kirby

A new rule in France allowing horses with female jockeys to carry less weight has been labelled “unfair”, “offensive” and “patronising”. Governing body France Galop will allow 2kg (4.4lbs) less in the saddle to encourage use of female riders. Group One-winning jockey Hayley Turner wants “more subtle” help, adding: “It seems a bit unfair on the lads.” The British Horseracing …

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Australian Open 2017: Venus & Serena Williams to meet in final

Australian Open 2017: Venus & Serena Williams to meet in final

Venus and Serena Williams will meet in a Grand Slam final for the ninth time after the American sisters came through their semi-finals in Melbourne. Thirteenth seed Venus, 36, beat fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-3 to reach her first major final since 2009. World number two Serena, 35, saw off unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2 6-1 in …

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World’s top woman golfer Ko wants to get ball rolling on equal pay

World's top woman golfer Ko wants to get ball rolling on equal pay

Hong Kong (AFP) – The world’s top woman golfer Lydia Ko wants her stunning achievements as a teenager to narrow the sport’s huge gap in prize money between men and women. “Hopefully one day it will be equal” she told AFP, while recognising her and her LPGA Tour colleagues have a crucial part to play in growing the sport among …

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Karen Bardsley replaced by Sophie Baggaley for England games with Norway and Sweden

Manchester City Women’s goalkeeper Karen Bardsley has withdrawn from the England squad to play Norway and Sweden later this month with a thigh injury. Birmingham City Ladies stopper Sophie Baggaley has been called up as her replacement. England travel to Spain on Tuesday where they will play Norway at La Manga on 22 January and Sweden at Murcia’s Pinatar Arena …

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Rachael Heyhoe Flint, trailblazer for women’s sport, dies aged 77

Rachael Heyhoe Flint, trailblazer for women’s sport, dies aged 77

The former England women’s cricket captain and vice-president of Wolverhampton Wonderers Rachael Heyhoe Flint has died aged 77, the football club has announced. Heyhoe Flint died early on Wednesday morning after a short illness. She was a trailblazer for women’s cricket, captaining the national side in a career spanning […] Click here to view original web page at www.theguardian.com

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Sky Sports to show all England Women’s Six Nations 2017 clashes

Sky Sports to show all England Women's Six Nations 2017 clashes

Exposure to the women’s game will be greater than ever this year with Sky Sports showing all five of England’s Six Nations matches for the first time on UK television. England, looking to reclaim the trophy they last won in 2012, open their campaign against reigning champions France on Saturday February 4 at Twickenham, with the match being broadcast live …

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Kate Palmer appointed Australian Sports Commission’s first female CEO after successful Netball Australia stint

Kate Palmer appointed Australian Sports Commission's first female CEO after successful Netball Australia stint

Kate Palmer has been appointed the first female chief executive of the Australian Sports Commission. Palmer has recently left a highly successful reign at Netball Australia where she oversaw massive surge in revenue, and a landmark pay deal for players. The role became vacant when Simon Hollingsworth left the […] Click here to view original web page at www.abc.net.au

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