Against all odds: South Sudan’s daring drive on women’s football | Football

South Sudan gained independence in 2011 and its history is so short that it is a regular low-scoring answer on the popular quiz show Pointless. Much less trivially, for a majority of its existence the country has been in civil war, with peace and a new national unity government in place only from February of this year.

For a country clawing its way back from the devastating effects of a conflict that has seen hundreds of thousands killed and 1.5 million internally displaced, where nearly half of girls are married by 18, child marriages are increasing and sexual violence was used tactically during the war , it would be easy to assume that football, let alone women’s football, would be nonexistent.

Yet on Friday, just over a year after its women’s national team competed for the first time, the South Sudan Football Association launched a four-year strategy for women’s

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DePaul women’s basketball is one of the few teams that wears masks during games, and the players won’t use it as an excuse

CHICAGO — The complaining lasted a week.



Doug Bruno standing in front of a crowd: DePaul head coach Doug Bruno on the sidelines during a 2017 game against Connecticut at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.


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DePaul head coach Doug Bruno on the sidelines during a 2017 game against Connecticut at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

OK, it lasted a couple of weeks. All right, maybe it was a month.

Yet DePaul women’s basketball players have dutifully worn face masks during every practice since Aug. 7 and all three of their games this season.

“We’re pretty used to it,” senior guard Deja Church said. “We complained a lot about it. But like Coach (Doug) Bruno says, ‘We’re going to make adversity our best friend.’ With or without masks, we’ll play to the best of our abilities. We’re not going to make masks an excuse.”

Seeing coaches and players wearing masks on sidelines has become routine as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But players competing in them? That’s rare.

The NCAA and the Big East

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DePaul women’s basketball team practices and plays in masks

The DePaul women’s basketball players have worn face masks during every practice since Aug. 7 and all three of their games this season. The NCAA and the Big East Conference do not require masks on the court and few teams nationwide have elected to wear masks during competition.

DePaul forward Kayla Caudle looks for open teammates to complete a pass in game against Chicago State on Nov. 30, 2020.

DePaul forward Kayla Caudle looks for open teammates to complete a pass in game against Chicago State on Nov. 30, 2020. (Eric Henry / The DePaulia)

DePaul teammates, including guard Sonya Morris (11), exchange high-fives before the second half of a game against Chicago State on Nov. 30, 2020.

DePaul teammates, including guard Sonya Morris (11), exchange high-fives before the second half of a game against Chicago State on Nov. 30, 2020. (Eric Henry / The DePaulia)

DePaul guard Kendal Holmes looks to shoot over defending Chicago State players Christina Britter and Laura Segues on Nov. 30, 2020.

DePaul guard Kendal Holmes looks to shoot over defending Chicago State players Christina Britter and Laura Segues on Nov. 30, 2020. (Eric Henry / The DePaulia)

DePaul guard Sonya Morris wears mask with "Black Lives Matter" printed across in a Nov. 30 game against Chicago State.

DePaul guard Sonya Morris wears mask with “Black Lives Matter” printed across in a Nov. 30 game against Chicago State. (Eric Henry

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No. 17 Oregon State Beavers women’s basketball vs. San Francisco Dons: Live updates

Oregon State gets another crack at a non-conference game at 2 p.m. Thursday when the No. 17 Beavers play San Francisco in Gill Coliseum.

The game, announced Tuesday following the cancellation of Monday’s non-conference game against Carroll College, is the Beavers’ final tune-up before Pac-12 play begins Sunday.

Scroll down to find live updates.

San Francisco (0-1) at No. 17 Oregon State (1-0)

Time: 2 p.m. Thursday

Where: Gill Coliseum

On air: Live stream

Projected starters for Oregon State

G – Aleah Goodman (5-9 senior)

G – Sasha Goforth (6-1 freshman)

F – Taya Corosdale (6-3 senior)

F – Ellie Mack (6-3 senior)

C – Taylor Jones (6-4 sophomore)

Up next for OSU: Colorado, 5 p.m. Sunday, Gill Coliseum (Pac-12 Network)

Previous meetings: Oregon State leads the series 7-3. Last time the teams played was 2008, an 83-66 OSU win.

Notable: The Beavers opened the season with an 88-54 win

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11 of the biggest names in women’s cycling who will retire in 2020

Masks and bubbles became the new normal for professional riders in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic that wreaked havoc this season. In some cases, the time away from travelling, training and competing gave riders a new perspective on earning a living and presented new life options. 



SACRAMENTO, CA - MAY 19: Overall winner Katie Hall of the United States riding for UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling Team in the yellow Amgen Leaders jersey poses following stage three of the Amgen Tour of California Women's Race Empowered with SRAM, a 70km stage in Sacramento on May 19, 2018 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for AEG)


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SACRAMENTO, CA – MAY 19: Overall winner Katie Hall of the United States riding for UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling Team in the yellow Amgen Leaders jersey poses following stage three of the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race Empowered with SRAM, a 70km stage in Sacramento on May 19, 2018 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for AEG)

Some riders had already entered 2020 as a last hurrah to make a breakaway or crest a climb as a professional.

While riders who have decided to retire in 2020 may not pin a number on next season, they’re

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This is the first DII women’s basketball all-stats team of the 2020-21 season

It’s been another exciting week of DII basketball, which means it’s now time to bring back our all-stats team of the week.

Like the starting five, this will be a bi-weekly team crafted using the most impressive and eye-popping numbers from around the Division. Players are selected exclusively based on individual performance, regardless of team results and records. So with that, let’s unveil the first DII women’s basketball starting five of the 2020-21 season.

Note: All games played through Monday, Nov. 30, were taken into account.

G — Ashley Steffeck, Colorado School of Mines

How often do you see a double-double consisting of points and steals? Well that’s exactly what Steffeck did in the Orediggers’ season debut. Her 15 points led Mines offensively while her 10 steals set the tone defensively. The Orediggers forced 33 turnovers and Steffeck nearly accounted for a third of them and she currently leads

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Cal Women’s Basketball: Two Bears Starters Lost for the Season

Two days before its Pac-12 opener, Cal’s women’s basketball team announced some crippling news as two players projected to be backcourt starters will be sidelined the rest of the season.

Sophomore guard Jazlen Green, who was the team’s top returning scorer, did not play in the Bears’ first two games and will miss the rest of the season with a knee njury.

Freshman guard Alma Elsnitz, who was the team’s top scorer with 14 points in the Bears’ loss to Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, suffered a torn anterior-cruciate ligament that will keep her out for the rest of this season.

Cal head coach Charmin Smith made the announcement of the two injuries on Wednesday morning.

“Obviously these are devastating blows to our program, but we will support Alma and Jazzy throughout their recovery and I have no doubt that they will come back stronger than ever next season,” Smith

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The Latest: Wisconsin women’s hoops cancels another game

Wisconsin says its women’s basketball home game next Tuesday with Prairie View A&M has been canceled due to protocols related to COVID-19

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The Badgers’ Big Ten opener Saturday at Iowa remains on as scheduled.

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Kent State’s football game at Miami (Ohio) scheduled for Saturday has been canceled due to positive COVID-19

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2 Syracuse women’s basketball players on Wooden Award watch list

Syracuse, N.Y. — The talented backcourt of the Syracuse women’s basketball team had its spotlight turned up even more on Tuesday.

Guards Kiara Lewis and Tiana Mangakahia were both named to the 30-player Wooden Award women’s preseason watch list. That puts them in the running for the Wooden Award All-America Team and Most Outstanding Player Award.

The honor is the latest in a string of accolades for the pair. Both are among the 50 players named to the 2020-21 Naismith Award watch list.

Mangakahia is one of 20 players nominated for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which recognizes the nation’s best point guard in Division I women’s basketball. Lewis was nominated for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, which recognizes the nation’s best shooting guard.

The Wooden Award All-America Team will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2021 John R. Wooden

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Women’s team, US Soccer settle part of their lawsuit | Sports

The USSF agreed to provide equal resources to both the men’s and women’s teams for chartered flights. The federation also will maintain comparable budgets for accommodations and ensure the women stay in top-quality hotels. Will Wilson, who started as USSF CEO in March, said working conditions of the women will be equal to those of the next labor contract with the men.

USSF will ensure that playing surfaces and venues for women’s matches under its control will be similar to those of the men, an issue that arose when the women refused to play a 2015 exhibition against Trinidad and Tobago on artificial turf in Honolulu. FIFA scheduled the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada on artificial turf but the men’s World Cup has been played exclusively on grass.

The federation will provide equal support staffs to both the men’s and women’s teams.

“Coming to agreement on the working conditions

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