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Sport in brief: November 20, 2023

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Taylor O’Brien netted 26 points as Leicester thrashed Cardiff Met 110-64 to move top of the Women’s BBL while London kept their beaten record intact with a 115-48 thumping of Newcastle.

Durham’s 85-72 victory over bottom of the table Nottingham was their first win of the season.

Manchester squeezed past Sheffield 75-72 and Megan Haines top-scored with 25 points in Essex’s 92-77 defeat of Oakland.

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Rangers still top the Scottish Women’s Premiership by a point after they won 2-0 at reigning champions Glasgow City, who are now eleven points off the pace.

Second-placed Celtic romped to a 5-0 win at bottom of the table Hamilton, Montrose drew 1-1 with Motherwell, Aberdeen beat Spartans 2-1, Partick edged Dundee United 1-0 and Hibs squeezed past Hearts 2-1 in the Edinburgh derby.

WOMEN’S RUGBY UNION: Champions Gloucester-Hartpury were without a game on the Women’s Premiership’s opening weekend due to Worcester’s late withdrawal from the competition but last year’s runners-up Exeter kick-started their season with a 44-27 win at league new-girls Leicester.

Just four months after giving birth to her daughter, Abbie Ward scored a try in Bristol’s 48-5 romp over Sale, Saracens thumped Loughborough 48-7 and Harlequins edged out Ealing 22-17.

WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Chelsea still lead the Women’s Super League by three points after a Lauren James hat-trick sealed their 5-1 thumping of Liverpool.

Beth Mead made her first start in 11 months for second-placed Arsenal on Sunday as they won 3-0 at Brighton.

Bottom-club Bristol City gained a 2-2 draw at Everton. Rachel Daly’s superb late winner gave Aston Villa a 3-2 victory at West Ham and Leicester drew 1-1 with Tottenham.

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