Carli Lloyd’s well-publicized visit with the Philadelphia Eagles wasn’t her first appearance at an NFL training camp, but this one ended with a Hall of Fame executive advising teams to give her a tryout. The footage of Lloyd, a two-time Fifa player of the year, booting 55-yard field goals reignited the discussion of whether a woman will appear in an NFL game. Lloyd’s visit to Houston Texans in 2015 garnered headlines for a humorous kicking competition against defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. Last week, her seamless execution of long-range field goals during a joint practice between the Eagles and Baltimore Ravens triggered the conversation that her Hard Knocks cameo didn’t. The spark came from NFL Hall of Fame executive Gil Brandt. To Brandt and Tucker, Lloyd has the physical capabilities to kick in the NFL. Women have earned college scholarships to kick, scored points in college and professional games and even broken into professional coaching ranks. So what … [Read more...] about Will Carli Lloyd open the door for the NFL’s first female player?
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John McGinn scored a first-half hat-trick as Scotland defeated San Marino 6-0 on an increasingly waterlogged Hampden pitch. Lawrence Shankland and Stuart Findlay got their first international goals during a second half played in terrible conditions. Stuart Armstrong made it six after a bizarre incident in the latter stages. The ball held up with every pass in the second half, with the heavy rain continuing throughout the game. A domestic match would unquestionably have been abandoned in similar circumstances but neither team nor the French match officials were looking to try again 24 hours later, as Uefa rules dictate. While there was a limit to what can be taken from beating the world’s lowest ranked team on such a pitch, Scotland did move up to fourth spot in Group I of the European Championship qualifiers. With Cyprus and Kazakhstan both losing, Scotland are now a point off third in advance of playing both teams next month, and have a chance to boost morale before the … [Read more...] about John McGinn hits hat-trick in Scotland’s hollow demolition of San Marino
It was a big year, 2009, in the career of Eoin Morgan. In May, he scored a brilliant 161 off 136 balls for Middlesex against Kent to confirm his position as one of the most exciting young batsmen in the game and made his England debut in an ODI against West Indies at the age of 22. In June, he played his first Twenty20 international, scoring six off eight balls against the Netherlands at Lord’s. In July, he played his final game for Finchley, scoring 22 off 48 balls against Hampstead in the Middlesex County Cricket League before being dismissed off the bowling of a 40-year-old Paul Weekes. “I remember getting him out. I made it a must if any Middlesex player played against me I tried to dominate that particular day,” says Weekes, a former Middlesex bowler and friend of Morgan’s from their time playing together at county level, who was captaining Hampstead that day. “He hit the ball before for six and then he just pushed at a wide one and was caught at … [Read more...] about Eoin Morgan’s World Cup parade is a reminder of cricket’s kinship
This, as Ryan Giggs was only too happy to highlight, might yet prove a priceless point for Wales in the grand scheme of things. They were made to work overtime against Group E leaders Croatia, with Gareth Bale cancelling out a ninth-minute opener by Nikola Vlasic in a bruising encounter punctuated by several wholehearted challenges, including an inauspicious first-half collision that left the Manchester United winger Daniel James in a heap. James went on to complete the match but Ethan Ampadu was not so fortunate five minutes into the second half, hobbling off after clashing with the Croatia forward Bruno Petkovic, who laid on Vlasic’s opener. James said he was not knocked unconscious and his manager suggested the winger feigned injury, despite being grounded after being sandwiched by the Croatia pair Domagoj Vida and Borna Barisic, who flung themselves at a loose ball that James tried to head on out to the right flank. The ground fell silent and the referee Bjorn Kuipers … [Read more...] about Wales hopeful of qualifying after Bale salvages point against Croatia
After a 3-0 start to the season, the Dallas Cowboys stumbled in their next two games with losses to the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers. Yet there was no reason to overreact. After all, their opponents on Sunday were going to be the 0-4 New York Jets and starting quarterback Sam Darnold fresh off a month-long bout with mononucleosis. This would be the perfect chance for Dallas to get back into the win column, right? Well, as it turns out, not necessarily. Even before the start of Sunday’s game, there were factors working against the Cowboys. They began without many of their key players, most notably tackles Tyron Smith and La’el Collins and receiver Randall Cobb. During the game itself, quarterback Dak Prescott lost one of his most reliable weapons when wide receiver Amari Cooper exited the game with a quad injury. The Cowboys were playing at some disadvantage and on the road. Still, no one could have expected that halftime score. The Jets were not just ahead … [Read more...] about Make no mistake: it’s panic time for the free-falling Dallas Cowboys