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Sports round-up: 29 April – 5 May

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women's sportsWelcome to our weekly round-up of British women’s sporting exploits at home and abroad.

Athletics:

Not too British – but showing women picking up bad habits too: Turkey’s Olympic 1500m champion, Asli Cakir, has been charged with a second doping offence.

She has already served a two year suspension after being banned in 2004, when she tested positive for drugs while competing at the World Junior Championships.

This time she faces a lifetime ban.

Football:

Continental Cup

The Continental Cup features the eight Super League teams playing in two groups of four, with the top two from each group qualifying for the semi-finals.

This week’s fixtures finished as follows:

Lincoln 1 – 1 Arsenal

Arsenal scrambled a draw with a late equaliser.

Lincoln’s Jess Clarke took the lead in the 23rd minute, and the home side managed to hold off Arsenal until the 82nd minute, when Arsenal’s Ellen White struck from close range to secure the draw.

Bristol Academy 0 – 2 Birmingham City

Bristol’s 100 per cent start to the season came to an end with a loss to Birmingham – the Blues.

Birmingham’s Rachel Williams scored with a header in the 30th minute, and shot from Kirsty Linnett in the 65th made it two for the Blues. Birmingham were the better side throughout and deserved to take the plaudits.

Professional Footballers’ Association Awards:

Kim Little was named the first winner of the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year Player of the Year award this week.

The 22 year-old midfielder has been a fixture in the Arsenal side since signing from Hibernian six years ago.

“To win the award with so many great footballers in the room was a great occasion,” she said.

Squash:

England’s women retained their European team title in Amsterdam this week.

Although Alison Waters lost her game, Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf both won, securing the title for the team with a 2-1 win over Ireland.

This was England’s third European team Championship title in a row.

Taekwondo:

Bianca Walkden took gold in the +73kg category at the Spanish Open on May 4.

The final was just about as tight as it could be, with Walkden and her French opponent, Gwladys Epangue, impossible to separate at 6-6 after sudden death. It took a referee’s verdict to decide the match.

Jade Jones took a bronze medal after being beaten by Spain’s Eva Gomez in the semi-final of the -57kg category.

Next stop for the team will be the World Championships in Mexico from 15-21 July.

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