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LONDON -- England and Scotland will face FIFA sanctions after insisting their players will wear black armbands with embroidered poppies to honor Britains war dead for a match between the neighbors.England and Scotland will meet for a World Cup qualifier on Nov. 11, Britains Remembrance Day, when British Commonwealth forces who have died on duty since World War I are honored.Both associations asked FIFA to let their players wear the commemorative poppies somewhere on their jerseys, but that would breach rules banning political, religious, personal or commercial messages on official uniforms and equipment. Granting an exemption for England and Scotland would create a political minefield, according to soccers governing body.FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said Wednesday that she had already been approached by other member associations asking for similar exceptions and the response has been the same: We have to apply uniformly and across the 211 member associations the laws of the game.You could make many exceptions, Samoura, a Senegalese, added on the BBC. Britain is not the only country that has been suffering from the result of war. Syria is an example. My own continent has been torn by war for years. And the only question is why are we doing exceptions for just one country and not the rest of the world?In separate statements, the English and Scottish Football Associations both insisted that the poppy is an important symbol of remembrance and we do not believe it represents a political, religious or commercial message, nor does it relate to any one historical event.The associations added that they intend to pay appropriate tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by having the ... team wear black armbands bearing poppies in the fixture.A FIFA compromise in 2011 allowed England players to wear the poppy on black armbands for a friendly game against Spain. Since then, the FIFA leadership has completely changed.England and Scotland are unlikely to face a points deduction in their World Cup qualifying group, with a fine more probable.It is not really my ambition to punish anybody, Samoura said at Wembley ahead of a meeting of the International Football Association Board, which features the English and Scottish FAs. They just have to recognize themselves that they are part of the rules of the game and they should be ready to face any kind of sanctions or measures against. They know better than me because they made the law.The dispute spread to the House of Commons on Wednesday with British Prime Minister Theresa May condemning FIFAs ban as utterly outrageous.Our football players want to recognize and respect those who have given their lives for our safety and security, May said. I think it is absolutely right that they should be able to do so. Jari Kurri Jersey . Its an influence in football and a big part of the game. 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The Cardinals have championship aspirations -- but not yet championship expectations.Connecticut, Notre Dame and South Carolina have those expectations.And after South Carolinas 83-59 win Sunday, that is how it is going to stay for now.I think our players really enjoy, they focus in a little bit more, when the competition is a little stiffer, South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said of the high-profile matchup. So it was great to see them come out and play this way and rise to the level of a competitive basketball team.Were still in search of who we want to be on both sides of the ball.Possessing both the potential and personnel to be a lot of things on both sides of the ball, that ought to worry the rest of the country.Sunday started as if two participants thought it was a Hall of Fame audition. South Carolinas Kaela Davis and Louisvilles Asia Durr traded long jumpers as both teams shot better than 70 percent from the field for much of the first quarter. South Carolina has played that game before and won against a top-tier opponent. It opened the season by scoring 92 points in a win at Ohio State while shooting the Buckeyes out of their own arena. Even with Aja Wilson limited by foul trouble that night, Davis and Allisha Gray took on all comers.But that wasnt how South Carolina went about it Sunday. They didnt give Durr a chance to grow her legend in a duel.At Ohio State, Davis outscored the nations leading scorer. Against Louisville, the Gamecocks collectively silenced the rising star.We knew a lot goes through her, Staley said of Durr. Shes a big part of what they do and the flow of how they want to play. So it was really key to us to make her work for everything, maybe deny her some touches and kind of crowd her space a little bit.Durr hit the fourth shot of her torrid start with just over five minutes remaining in the first quarter. That 3-pointer tied the score at 13. She hit her fifth field goal with just over one minute remaining in the third quarter. In the time between those baskets, South Carolina outscored Louisville 48-28.In what remained of the first quarter and through the entirety of the second quarter, Durr took two shots and missed them both. Nor did she get to the free throw line. When South Carolinas Bianca Cuevas-Moore picked up early fouls, freshman Tyasha Harris came in and suffocated Durr.Making sure that they made her work really hard for it and put other people in positions to shoot the ball for them, Staley said of the plan. And maybe they werent ready to be the main focal point of their offense, because Durr has been that for the first couple of games of the season.Mariya Moore tried with some success to hit those shots for Louisville. Briahanna Jackson hit a couple off the bench. In foul trouble, Myisha Hines-Allen couldnt help. But in a second quarter that separated the teams and a third quarter that settled matters, Louisville looked like a team without answers on the offensive end. Nothing came easy.That it was Harris who was so instrumental is notable. A highly touted freshman from the same Indiana high schoool that sent Kelly Faris to Connecticut, Harris, in her fifth game, played the way complementary pieces must for championship contenders.dddddddddddd She played South Carolina defense.The first thing I learned was drop-cross-run, said Gray, the transfer from North Carolina who spent last season practicing with South Carolina. We dont slide anywhere. Its easy to guard your opponent when you run and sprint to the space to beat your opponent.Staley said after the game that she wasnt satisfied with the defense, that there was too much gambling and not enough discipline. Tell that to Louisville coach Jeff Walz after his team shot 38 percent with 17 turnovers.I just thought the pace of the game, I thought we controlled that, Staley said. I thought Louisville wanted to play a little bit quicker from the games that Ive seen this year. They wanted to get up and down a little bit more. There were a lot of fouls in the game, so a lot of stoppage of play, which I think benefits us, because we can be more calculating offensively in what were trying to do. And thats to get the ball inside to our bigs.Ah yes, those bigs. The day didnt go perfectly for South Carolina, either. In a game with a lot of the aforementioned whistles, both Davis and Gray ended up on the bench in foul trouble for stretches of the pivotal second quarter. But while the Gamecocks collectively stifled their opponents on the defensive end, Wilson and Alaina Coates combined to outscore the Cardinals 10-9 on their own in the period.In a disappointingly empty arena, it wasnt difficult to make out Walzs instructions to his team as the game wore on. So much of it was centered around Wilson and Coates. About blocking them out every time the ball went up. About watching out for the high-low sets when Wilson would feed the ball to Coates on the block. About running the offense that limited their ability to dictate terms in the paint.Coates finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Wilson had 17 points, five assists and two blocks. South Carolina finished with 40 points in the paint and 17 more rebounds than Louisville.Hines-Allen on the court would have helped. But not to that degree.Theyre two of the best posts in the game, Walz said. [Coates] has a motor like I havent seen in a long time. ...She doesnt worry about who [theyre] playing. She just does it right because thats what youre supposed to do. I watch them on film, theyre up 30 at half, and shes sprinting the floor every single time.Asked if he thought South Carolina was really 24 points better than his team, Walz said no. Hes probably right. But the roles are set for now.Louisville has been to the Final Four, of course. The Cardinals have made that trip more often than South Carolina and played for the championship, something the Gamecocks have yet to do. But in each case, Louisville reached the semifinals as a surprise, a team that broke the bracket.To do that once, let alone twice, is a feat worthy of celebrating, an indication both of what Walz can do with time and what players can do with the same. There is a reason people will remember the game against Baylor forever. But such runs arent blueprints for the future.You dont build a program to be the one that pulls off the upset. You build it to be the favorite.Louisville is getting there. South Carolina is there. ' ' '

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