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Sophie Ecclestone, Deandra Dottin, Chamari Atapattu among overseas stars at Women’s T20 Challenge

Overseas players from seven countries will feature in the upcoming Women’s T20 Challenge, scheduled to be held in the UAE from November 4-9. However, Australian players will not be a part of the tournament, understandably, as it clashes with the Women’s Big Bash League that begins in Sydney on October 25.

Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj will once again lead the three teams – Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity – at the week-long tournament consisting of three round robin matches and a final.

Sophie Ecclestone, the No. 1-ranked T20I bowler, and Danni Wyatt who both appeared in the 2019 edition, are the two England representations, while other big names include West Indies allrounder Deandra Dottin, Sri Lanka’s current captain Chamari Atapattu and former captain Shashikala Siriwardene.

Thailand, who are among the fastest emerging teams in the women’s circuit, also have a representation in the form of batter Natakkan Chantam.

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Sharjah likely to host Women’s T20 Challenge

A bit more clarity has emerged around the Women’s T20 Challenge, which is scheduled to be held next month on the sidelines of the IPL. Some 30-36 Indian players who will take part in the three-team tournament in the UAE are likely to assemble in Mumbai on October 13 for a nine-day quarantine. This is the first clear indication of the scheduling and logistical process for these players since the announcement of the tournament on August 2.

ESPNcricinfo also understands that all three matches of the T20 Challenge are likely to be held in the emirate of Sharjah. Host to 12 IPL matches this year, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium has already staged four games, with seven out of eight innings yielding totals of 200 or more. On September 13, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had visited the stadium for a routine inspection along with the IPL governing council chairman Brijesh Patel,

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Team GB hopeful Gibson opens up on mental health challenge after Olympic and wedding postponement

Team GB hockey hopeful Harry Gibson says he’s had to dig deep to manage his mental health after the postponement of his wedding and the Olympic Games in the same year, writes Tom Harle.

The goalkeeper was making final preparations to marry fiancée Jessica in October, the highlight of a summer that should have included the Tokyo Games in July.

COVID-19 meant both have been pushed back to 2021 and Gibson says keeping physically fit and learning acceptance were key pillars of his pandemic journey.

“This was meant to be the best year ever and while I’m very lucky to have my health, it’s been rather rough for Jess and I,” said the 27-year-old.

“We gave ourselves a three-month window to postpone the wedding and ended up pulling the plug in June, the stress of it got too much.

“Tokyo was postponed on the day before my birthday, which was

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England women in overseas leagues: Six players head to WBBL; NOC likely for Women’s T20 Challenge

England captain Heather Knight and five other members of the national squad that beat West Indies 5-0 in September’s T20I series will fly to Australia for the Women’s Big Bash League on Saturday. Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt have already been announced as overseas signings by the Melbourne Stars, while Knight revealed in the presentation after Wednesday’s match that she has signed a deal to play in the competition, as have Tammy Beaumont, Amy Jones and Sarah Glenn.

Beaumont (Melbourne Renegades), Jones (Perth Scorchers) and Knight (Hobart Hurricanes) all held contracts in last season’s WBBL, but the teams they will play for this season remain unconfirmed. Glenn, Player of the Series against West Indies, will be playing in the competition for the first time, and is set to join the Perth Scorchers.

Meanwhile, it is understood that the ECB is open to allowing players to appear in India’s Women’s T20

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TPAC Announces Double Down Gift Challenge With $50,000 Gift From Delta Dental of Tennessee to Support Arts Education Programs

Delta Dental of Tennessee to give 2 for 1 match to individual and corporate gifts to TPAC Forward! Recovery Fund in October

The nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) announces that long-time supporter and community partner, Delta Dental of Tennessee, is pledging a $50,000 challenge gift for the TPAC Forward! Recovery Fund in October to help TPAC expand virtual arts education and community engagement programming during the pandemic.

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Delta Dental of Tennessee supports TPAC’s work to educate young Tennesseans about overall wellness and growth through its Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts program. (Photo: Business Wire)

Delta Dental’s gift allows TPAC to solicit individual and corporate donations through a Double Down Gift Challenge in which Delta Dental will give $2 for every $1 donated up to $50,000 during the month.

Contributions to the TPAC Forward! Recovery Fund

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Four-match Women’s T20 Challenge likely to be held from November 4 to 9

The third edition of Women’s T20 Challenge is set to take place between November 4 and 9 in the UAE. The tournament, which the BCCI had said in August would be played during the IPL playoffs’ week, will feature a total of four matches played between three teams.

ESPNcricinfo understands that both the Indian and overseas players will arrive in the UAE by the third week of October. All the three squads would be put up at one hotel, which will be part of a bio-secure bubble. Just like the eight IPL franchises, the women’s contingent, too, will undergo a mandatory six-day quarantine at the team hotel during which tests would be carried out on days one, three and five. Once they clear all three tests, they would be allowed to start training.

It is understood that the tournament is likely to be preceded by a stipulated number of training

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Wedding photographer, church groups challenge Virginia’s new LGBT rights law

In a case filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Loudoun County photographer Bob Updegrove asserts that the law could force him to photograph a same-sex wedding despite his personal opposition to same-sex marriage.

“The government cannot demand that artists create content that violates their deepest convictions,” Jonathan Scruggs, a lawyer with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious-liberty group representing plaintiffs in both cases, said in a statement.

State Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria), who sponsored the Virginia Values Act and was the state’s first openly gay legislator, noted that the law also bans discrimination on the basis of race, religion, disability and status as a veteran.

“People have a right to be free from discrimination,” he said. “We’re moving into a Virginia that can accept that. And there are a few people who want to hold onto the past, unfortunately.

The other suit, filed Monday in Loudoun

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Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat challenge the LeBron James superteam model

When Leonard made his power move last offseason, signing with the Los Angeles Clippers and convincing Paul George to force a monster trade to join him, the two-time Finals MVP was hailed as the competitor who balanced the league. He had no interest in joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis to form a superteam with the Los Angeles Lakers. He wanted to battle them, for L.A. and the Larry O’Brien Trophy. But his merge-with-a-peer approach was actually more of the same in this NBA era of nomadic superstars. Meanwhile, Butler was just an oddball, roving franchise player in search of something indecipherable.

Well, you can decipher what he was searching for now.

Butler left a young, star-studded cast in Philadelphia for a gritty Miami squad that didn’t make the playoffs in 2019. It seemed to be change for the sake of change. In reality, it was the genius decision of

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