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China’s professional men’s soccer team did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Ibrahem Alomari/Reuters

China cannot spend its way to soccer greatness

China want to win the World Cup by 2050. This year, its team didn't even qualify for the tournament. China has money, power and a dream – but that doesn't add up to soccer brilliance.
Not so “ladylike” – the netball rivalry between Australian and New Zealand will continue at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Ross Setford/AAP

From ‘good temper and pluck’ to fierce international rivalry: the story of netball

Commonwealth Games netball is an intensely physical and competitive affair. It's a far cry from netball's roots – the game was designed to shape women into model middle-class citizens.
Big hitter: England’s Tammy Beaumont. Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Women cricketers hit sixes too

And they are attracting record crowds: Lord's is a sellout for England vs India in the World Cup Final.
Latvian Jelena Ostapenko won this year’s French Open at the age of just 20. Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Why women’s tennis rankings need an overhaul

The unpredictability of women's tennis in 2017 should make us strongly question the performance of the official rankings – and not simply the players’ performance.
Women’s football isn’t popular? Pull the other one. Chris Ison/PA

Debunked: four myths about women’s football

The progressive march of women’s football offers a refreshingly different FIFA story from that which has dominated the headlines over the past few weeks.

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