Across the Net: Issue 27

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Leotards Are Not the Problem

Sometimes all it takes is less than 300 characters, and in this tweet Aly Raisman is clear: stop victim shaming. Since her powerful statement during the sentencing of Team USA's former doctor Larry Nassar, it's been suggested to the Olympic gold medalist that perhaps gymnasts shouldn't wear such tight clothes. 🤦🏻‍♀️🙅🏾‍♀️ We're grateful the busy athlete still manages to take time out of her day to help people understand everything that's wrong with that question. ✊🏼

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Danielle Collins on a Miami Open Hot Streak

As you know, we've been following Naomi Osaka's sprint to the top eagerly, and now we have another young player to watch out for. Danielle came into the Miami open as world no. 93 on a winning streak from India Wells, unexpectedly making it into the fourth round. The 24-year old's victory over Venus Williams is her first of a top-10 player, and it just happened to be her hero; "The first time I saw Venus in the locker room I nearly cried" Collins said, having just beat Williams 6-2 6-3.

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Are Champions Born or Made?

The age old nature/nurture debate, and Livinnia Wood's dad is hoping the latter will prevail – he's aiming to "create two of the greatest female tennis players the planet has ever seen". No pressure girls! They might only be 11 and three years old, but their family has built their life around building their tennis careers. Will it work? 18 grand-slam title winner Martina Navratilova 100% isn't convinced: "You might as well buy a lottery ticket".

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England Suffer Record Loss Against Australia in Twenty20

Ouch. After a strong start including an incredible individual score from record-setting Danni Wyatt, England have incurred two miserable losses against Australia and India in the T20 cricket, including Australia's win which came inside 11.3 overs – England have never before lost a game with so many deliveries remaining. They face Australia again in the final on Saturday and captain Heather Knight is remaining positive, "it keeps us humble. The first two wins were amazing, but sometimes little knocks like this remind you where you are and how fickle the game is."

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BBC to Show FA Cup Semi-Finals for the First Time

Yes! For the first time in the competitions 48-year history, the BBC will broadcast both of this season's FA Cup semis. Save the date beautiful people, 15 April will consist of you watching back to back semi finals between Everton and Arsenal at 12:30 followed by Chelsea and Man City at 15:30. But where will you watch the final?! With us of course 😉

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Chelsea Reach Champions League Semi Finals for the First Time

Lost of history making going on in football at the moment. Two goals from Fran Kirby and another from Ramona Bachmann secured the blues place in the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in the team's history in their match against Montpellier. They'll be joined by Man City, who also managed a spectacular victory over Linking this week, and they'll be up against German team Wolfsburg and Lyon respectively. Chelsea's coach Emma Hayes said, â€œfor so long we’ve been told that English clubs can’t do it, because it’s about the French and German sides, but this is a proud day for Chelsea and Manchester City."

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Miami Open
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4th â€“ 15th  |  COMMONWEALTH GAMES
Gold Coast
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1st, 15th, 18th  |  CYCLING
UCI World Tour
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15th  |  FOOTBALL
FA Cup Semi-Finals
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22nd  |  ATHLETICS
London Marathon
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28 – 29th  |  TRIATHLON
World Series, Bermuda
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