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Itâ€™s the law.Find out moreSummaryHalf-time: England 35-20 ScotlandEngland and Scotland’s second World Cup 2019 fixtureBoth have two points in Group D after opening day winsGet Involved: #bbcnetball or text 81111 (UK only)Live ReportingBy Denise EvansAll times stated are UKGet involvedSend a text to 81111 (charged at your standard message rate)Twitter: Use the hashtag #bbcnetballFacebook: BBC SportPosted at 15:3515:35Strange endingFT: England 71-34 ScotlandFor those watching on TV, it will have looked like a bit of a strange ending.There appeared to still be 15 seconds left on the clock, but the umpires on court whistled for full time.Serena Guthrie looked as confused as many faces watching at home, but the umpire took the ball off Guthrie and signalled the end of the game.A time-syncing error.Posted at 15:3015:30’We just wanted as many goals as we could’- GuthrieFT: England 71-34 ScotlandGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty Images”The first half wasn’t where we wanted it to be,” Roses captain Serena Guthrie said.”Scotland are a great team and have improved a lot since the Commonwealth Games. “We just wanted as many goals as we could on the board.”Posted at 15:2815:28England get the spoils!FT: England 71-34 ScotlandGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 15:2415:24Full time – England win!FT: England 71-34 ScotlandBig hugs between the England and Scotland coaching staff as the two teams shake hands on court.The Thistles had the final say of the match with a goal in the last minute, but it was England who did most of the talking.It wasn’t ground-breaking netball from the Commonwealth champions and Scotland matched them for periods of the game, but their class did shine through.Posted at 15:2415:24Post updateQ4: England 70-33 ScotlandClaire Maxwell and Niamh McCourt are having pockets of success in this final quarter.Less than a minute to play.Posted at 15:2215:22Post updateQ4: England 68-32 ScotlandWhere did that space come from? Rachel Dunn creates it all on her own by confusing her two markers. She’s had another excellent game here.Posted at 15:2115:21Post updateQ4: England 63-32 ScotlandSerena Guthrie take a bow!The Roses skipper tips a loose ball on the byline and loses her balance but mid-fall she manages to scramble, keep the ball in play and England reward her efforts with a goal.Posted at 15:1915:19Post updateQ4: England 63-32 ScotlandWe have a little over six minutes left to play in this match, as England motor on and Scotland continue to work hard.Bethan Goodwin likes that one as she scores a tough chance, then the Thistles defence do their job at the other end, turning the ball over.Posted at 15:1715:17Post updateQ4: England 63-40 ScotlandRachel Dunn thinks about a pass to Jo Harten but opts to switch the ball to Chelsea Pitman, who is hugging the shooting circle line.The ball eventually finds its way to Harten, who scores to join the party.Scotland’s Ella Gibbons is holding England off from entering the circle so well but she can’t stop Rachel Dunn from sneaking in and shooting under the post.Posted at 15:1515:15Post updateQ4: England 59-30 ScotlandFran Williams can’t quite keep a loose ball in and Emma Barrie makes a tough shot look easy.Jo Harten has come on for the first time in the game.Posted at 15:1315:13What will Tracey Neville make of this?Q4: England 58-29 ScotlandShe’ll have cause for concern over the fitness of Layla Guscoth, but generally England have done a professional job on Scotland in this game.Can they push on to get 70+ goals?Scotland have been no pushovers and have made the Roses work for every pass and move.PA MediaCopyright: PA MediaPosted at 15:1215:12Post updateQ4: England 56-28 ScotlandThere are 12 minutes left to play in this match and it’s all gone a bit flat.The crowd try to lift their teams and it seems to work as the pace speeds up.Posted at 15:1015:10Post updateQ4: England 55-27 ScotlandEngland have crane arms I swear. No idea how Fran Williams managed to tip that Scotland centre pass but she did.Lynsey Gallagher is doing her bit at goal attack with a popped in shot under the post.Rex FeaturesCopyright: Rex FeaturesPosted at 15:0815:08The final quarter is under wayQ4: England 55-26 ScotlandPosted at 15:0515:05What happened earlier?Northern Ireland 67-50 Sri LankaIf you missed it earlier, Northern Ireland regrouped from Friday’s heavy opening defeat by Australia to earn a vital 67-50 win over Sri Lanka.The win boosts Northern Ireland’s hopes of clinching the top-three spot in Group A which would see them progress to the next stage of the competition.Emma Magee and half-time substitute Noleen Armstrong both scored heavily. Magee hit 18 goals in the first half as Northern Ireland bossed the contest from the off.You can read the full match report on that game here.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesNorthern Ireland skipper Caroline O’Hanlon was passed fit to earn her 100th Test capImage caption: Northern Ireland skipper Caroline O’Hanlon was passed fit to earn her 100th Test capPosted at 15:0415:04End of third quarterQ3: England 55-26 ScotlandEngland ramped up the pressure in that quarter as Scotland had a bit of a merry-go-round in personnel on court.Rachel Dunn likes a shot on the buzzer, as she sends one through the middle of the net once again.Posted at 15:0315:03Post updateQ3: England 53-25 ScotlandScotland have made 14 changes and we are only in the third quarter! It’s hard to keep up with who’s playing where. One minute to play in this quarter.Posted at 15:0315:03Post updateQ3: England 52- 25 ScotlandEmma Barrie is looking more comfortable with every shot.Not easy to come on with your team behind.An uncharacteristic miss from Rachel Dunn gets gasps from the crowd.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 15:0115:01Post updateQ3: England 50-24 ScotlandScotland working the ball patiently in the centre court but it;s a pass too far and Eboni Usuro-Brown steps in for the intercept.Posted at 15:0015:00Post update”COME ONNNNNNN” shouts Rachel Dunn.She wants more. Scotland’s Emma Barrie gets a second chance at a shot but she misses. A shame as her movement is excellent and she had 100% record before that miss. Changes for Scotland coming up
Going for goal: Saudi Arabia kicks off first women’s football league
RIYADH: First they opened the grandstands to women, now Saudi Arabia is encouraging them to cross the touchline and compete in the Kingdom’s first Women’s Football League tournament. The historic competition kicks off on Tuesday morning, with 24 teams across Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam competing for a championship cup, and a $133,000 cash prize. The…
RIYADH: First they opened the grandstands to women, now Saudi Arabia is encouraging them to cross the touchline and compete in the Kingdom’s first Women’s Football League tournament.
The historic competition kicks off on Tuesday morning, with 24 teams across Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam competing for a championship cup, and a $133,000 cash prize.
The Kingdom opened its stadiums to women football supporters in January, 2018, but this is the first time they will have been allowed to compete in a tournament.
The competition has been lauded as an important step for the Saudi sports world, with many in the game throwing their support behind the event.
Calling the competition a “positive step,” Abdullah Alyami, Saudi football coach and sports reporter, said he expects many more women to participate in future tournaments.
“This is a very happy day for all athletes, be they male or female. And based on what we’ve seen, and how beloved the sport of football is all over the Kingdom, I believe we will see many more of our sisters getting involved in professional sports,” he said.
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Saudi sports reporter Riyan Al-Jidani tweeted his support.
“To all my dear sisters participating the Women’s Football League, your success in the tournament is a step in the right direction towards our dream of universality and representing our homeland to the outside world. Raising the flag on the field is a glory and pride,” he said.
The tournament was due to start in March – but the coronavirus pandemic stopped play.
But for some that just presented the opportunity to up their game.
“We started preparations early, and the delay due to the pandemic actually worked in our favor. We were able to take more than two months to prepare for the tournament,” Maram Al-Butairi, general manager and head coach at Dammam-based Eastern Flames FC.
Amal Gimie, 26, an Eritrean midfielder for Jeddah’s Kings United, previously told Arab News that she had been playing the beautiful game since she was eight.
“There was a match every weekend. The boys made us play as goalkeepers in the beginning, and in 2002, when I first saw the Women’s World Cup, it sparked my passion to learn more about this sport,” said Gimie, who is also a management information systems graduate. She joined her first female football team, Challenge, in Riyadh in 2014.
She said: “It was the first time I joined something organized. I was happy to be playing but at the same time I felt as though it was an unreachable goal (to become a professional athlete or join an official league), I felt like I was growing older without achieving anything.”
The matches won’t be broadcast, but Saudi’s army of football fans remain excited by the tournament.
Wejdan Al-Shammary, who grew up playing sports in school, said she would have tried for a team “in a heartbeat” if she had been just a few years younger.
“I played both basketball and football on my high school teams. I was a complete sports nut, but it makes me happy to know that even if it’s too late for me to achieve those dreams, there’s a chance now for young Saudi girls that I never had,” she said.
Najla Ahmed, a 16-year-old from Riyadh who plays on her school’s football team, said she would try for a local team in 2021.
“I’ll be 17, and therefore eligible, and I would love to see anyone try and stop me,” she said.
Both women said they hoped this was just the start and that more sports would be opened up to women.
“Football is just the beginning. I would love to see more focus on other sports, as well. Basketball, tennis, maybe even competitive swimming,” said Al-Shammary. “I’m sure we have so many potential Olympians among us who just need their talents nurtured.”
NFL game postponed over Covid-19 cases
Tennessee Titans’ long snapper Beau Brinkley (left) and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (right) have been put on the reserve/Covid-19 listThe NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday has been postponed because of Covid-19 cases.The game will be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday after the outbreak among Titans players and staff.On Tuesday,…
Tennessee Titans’ long snapper Beau Brinkley (left) and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (right) have been put on the reserve/Covid-19 listThe NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday has been postponed because of Covid-19 cases.The game will be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday after the outbreak among Titans players and staff.On Tuesday, defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, long snapper Beau Brinkley and practice squad tight end Tommy Hudson were put on the reserve/Covid-19 list.The NFL has since shut down the team facility.According to the NFL network, a fourth player also returned a positive test on Wednesday.The Titans played the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis last Sunday.The Vikings’ facility was also closed on Tuesday and Wednesday and it is unclear whether their scheduled game with the Houston Texans will take place on Sunday.
Pliskova survives scare at French Open
Karolina Pliskova reached the Italian Open final earlier in SeptemberCzech second seed Karolina Pliskova came from a set down to avoid an upset against Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif in the French Open first round.World number four Pliskova, 28, had eight set points in the opener, before losing to Sherif – ranked 172nd in the world…
Karolina Pliskova reached the Italian Open final earlier in SeptemberCzech second seed Karolina Pliskova came from a set down to avoid an upset against Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif in the French Open first round.World number four Pliskova, 28, had eight set points in the opener, before losing to Sherif – ranked 172nd in the world – in a tie-break.The 2017 semi-finalist wrapped up a quick second set against the 24-year-old after winning four games in a row.Pliskova came through a tense decider to claim a 6-7 (9-11) 6-2 6-4 victory.”It was super tough,” she said. “Especially after losing the first set after having set points.”She played a great game, especially in these conditions.”Sherif kept up an impressive level throughout and the pair exchanged breaks at the start of the second set.But Pliskova then won four games in a row, eventually holding serve to level things.The Czech was made to work much harder for the final set as she failed to convert five break points before winning the sixth to go 4-3 up.She held serve and wrapped up the match after two hours and 15 minutes with an ace down the middle.Pliskova, who has never won a Grand Slam, will face Latvian world number 43 Jelena Ostapenko in the second round.Live scores, results and order of playAlerts: Get tennis news sent to your phone