Kelly Simmons revels in smashing barriers for women’s football | Football

A lot has changed in the women’s game since Kelly Simmons joined the Football Association from Warwick University in 1990. “There was just so little then, and so many cultural barriers to overcome internally and externally,” she says. “Those barriers just felt so huge and it’s been wonderful to see them smashed away and for women’s football to be so mainstream now.”

Simmons, the FA’s director of the women’s professional game, is speaking after being named in the inaugural Women’s International Champions Cup Best XI, which aims to honour players, executives, coaches and journalists who have pioneered or are pioneering the development of women’s football and women in football.

She has been named on the list alongside the 2019 World Cup star Megan Rapinoe, Brazil’s No 10 Marta, the Lyon centre-back Wendie Renard, the two-times World Cup-winning head coach Jill Ellis, the former referee Bibiana Steinhaus, Lyon’s owner and president

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Kelly Simmons revels in smashing barriers for women’s football

A lot has changed in the women’s game since Kelly Simmons joined the Football Association from Warwick University in 1990. “There was just so little then, and so many cultural barriers to overcome internally and externally,” she says. “Those barriers just felt so huge and it’s been wonderful to see them smashed away and for women’s football to be so mainstream now.”



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Simmons, the FA’s director of the women’s professional game, is speaking after being named in the inaugural International Champions Cup Best XI, which aims to honour players, executives, coaches and journalists who have pioneered or are pioneering the development of women’s football and women in football.

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She has been named on the list alongside the 2019 World Cup star Megan Rapinoe, Brazil’s No 10 Marta, the

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Claressa Shields signs with PFL as women’s boxing champion makes transition to MMA

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After winning world championships in three weight divisions in just 10 fights as a professional boxer, Claressa Shields has signed on to take her talents to the MMA cage. The two-time Olympic gold medalist signed a contract to compete in the Professional Fighters League, PFL officials confirmed on Tuesday.

“I want to thank Professional Fighters League and Peter Murray for believing in me and giving me this amazing opportunity,” Shields said in a PFL press release. “What drew me to the PFL is that it is definitely a fighter-first organization, and I can’t wait to be a part of that. Since turning pro it has been my goal to be the GWOAT and to be a two-sport star like Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders,” said Claressa Shields. “I want to go where no man or woman has gone and hold championships in both boxing and MMA at the same

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Iowa State to allow fans for home football finale on Saturday and also men’s and women’s basketball games

Iowa State will allow up to 15,000 ticketed fans into Jack Trice Stadium for what could be a history making occasion Saturday during the season’s final home game.



a stadium full of people: Nov 7, 2020; Ames, Iowa, USA; Fans find their seats before Iowa State takes on Baylor at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports


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Nov 7, 2020; Ames, Iowa, USA; Fans find their seats before Iowa State takes on Baylor at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports

In a letter to fans Tuesday morning, athletics director Jamie Pollard said “we are resuming our COVID attendance policies beginning with Saturday’s football game against West Virginia, and basketball games Sunday vs. South Carolina (women) and DePaul (men).

“The decision to allow fans to return to our venues was made after thorough discussion with university leaders after reviews of state and local COVID positivity trends and hospitalization rates.

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Claressa Shields signs with PFL as women’s boxing champion makes transition to MMA, per report

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After winning world championships in three weight divisions in just 10 fights as a professional boxer, Claressa Shields has signed on to take her talents to the MMA cage as the two-time Olympic gold medalist signed a contract to compete in the Professional Fighters League, according to a report by MMA Junkie.

Shields won gold medals in 2012 and 2016 before turning professional in November 2016. In just her fourth professional bout, Shields won the WBC and IBF super middleweight titles. She then added the WBA and IBF middleweight titles in her sixth fight. Four fights later, she dropped to light middleweight and won the WBC and WBO world championships.

Her name had been previously tied to both two-division UFC champion Amanda Nunes and former UFC and current Bellator champion Cris Cyborg for dream fights, either in the cage or the boxing ring.

While those promotions didn’t land Shields, there

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Erin Boley scores 25 as No. 10 Oregon women’s basketball beats Portland 85-52

Erin Boley had 25 points and nine rebounds, and the No. 10 Oregon women’s basketball team defeated Portland 85-52 on Monday night to extend its winning streak to 21 games dating to last season.

The winning streak matches the Oregon record set in 1978-79. Sedona Prince added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks (2-0), who led by as many as 37.

“I think it’s really important right now to be aggressive as much as we can, especially to start each half, because it really sets a tone,” Boley said. “Because we don’t have any one person that’s super dominant on the court, it’s really important for all of us to try and be aggressive and have a lot of energy and attack to start each half.”

Alex Fowler paced the Pilots (1-1) with 12 points.

Both teams were coming off victories over Seattle. The Pilots downed the Redhawks

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No. 10 Oregon Ducks women’s basketball team cruises past Portland, 85-52

The No. 10 Oregon women’s basketball team made some history on Monday night at Portland.



a close up of a person holding a basketball: Oregon's Erin Boley shoots against Washington in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Seattle.


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Oregon’s Erin Boley shoots against Washington in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Seattle.

The Ducks (2-0) defeated the defending West Coast Conference champion Pilots (1-1) 85-52 at the Chiles Center for the program’s 21st consecutive victory dating back to last season, matching the longest streak in program history set in 1978-79.

Oregon can break the record by beating Colorado in the Pac-12 opener on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena.

“I can’t believe we open Pac-12 play on Friday, it’s crazy,” coach Kelly Graves said. “We’ve had two dry runs at this thing and now it’s time.”

Erin Boley, who only scored eight points during the Ducks’ 116-51 victory over Seattle in the opener, scored 25 points on 11-for-17 shooting to lead

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Be Part of Women’s Health’s Next Virtual Health & Fitness Event

Women’s Health’s next virtual event is coming soon – and it’s going to be our biggest one ever.

Of course, we don’t want to give away too much just yet, but considering past events have seen tens of thousands of women tune in from the UK and beyond to work out with and hear talks by the likes of Jillian Michaels, Davina McCall and Kayla Itsines…

Well, you know this one is going to be *big*.

This time, we’re inviting brands to take part, and reach our audience – for starters, that’s a social media following of 1.4 million strong. Interest piqued? Here’s more info.

What are WH Virtual events?

While getting together to get sweaty is not an option, we connected with our audience in two groundbreaking virtual events in 2020.

In both, we’ve beamed fitness, health and wellness sensations like Jillian Michaels, Davina McCall, Kayla Itsines, Kelsey Wells,

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Oregon State gets it going after halftime, blows out Montana Western 88-54 in women’s basketball season opener

Oregon State blew open a close game with an enormous third quarter as the Beavers opened the 2020-21 women’s basketball season Saturday afternoon with a 88-54 win over Montana Western in Gill Coliseum.

Sophomore post Taylor Jones scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Beavers.

Oregon State shot 52 percent (32 of 62) from the floor.

Montana Western, an NAIA school that competes in the Frontier Conference. The Bulldogs and Oregon State agreed to play a game earlier this week when the Beavers’ two previously scheduled non-conference games were cancelled. OSU plays Carroll College of Montana at Gill on Monday.

Montana Western made a game of it for a half, outscoring the Beavers 18-13 during the second quarter to cut the halftime deficit to 32-28. But Oregon State left no doubt during the third quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 30-9. Jones scored 13 points and OSU hit 12

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Maryland transfer Taylor Mikesell leads Oregon women’s basketball in season-opening rout of Seattle

EUGENE — A new era of Oregon women’s basketball began at Mattew Knight Arena Saturday afternoon.

Gone are the icons; Sabrina, Ruthy and Satou.

Here now for the No. 10 Ducks are returners Erin Boley, Jazz Shelley, Taylor Chavez and Lydia Giomi, bigs Sedona Prince and Nyara Sabally, transfers Taylor Mikesell and Arielle Wilson and five heralded freshmen. All of them played and 11 of them scored, led by 28 from Mikesell, the Maryland transfer who notched a career-high in her first game at UO, in a 116-51 demolition of Seattle in an empty gym.

“Especially offensively, I thought we played pretty well,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. “It’s hard to play 13 players in each half and really have any kind of continuity at all. It may not have looked as pretty as I think it will at some point.”

Making the debut more impressive was Oregon didn’t even

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