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England Women have announced a 54-strong elite player squad for this season, with more than half the group awarded inaugural 15-a-side professional contracts. Sammy Sosa Jersey .The squad is split into full-time, part-time, short-term and non-contracted players. Eight of Great Britains Rio Olympics rugby sevens squad that narrowly missed out on a medal in Brazil will return to the 15-a-side programme, including Emily Scarratt, Claire Allan, Natasha Hunt and Danielle Waterman.Eighteen players have been handed full-time deals as England look to retain the womens World Cup in Ireland next August, with nine on part-time contracts, 11 gaining short-term deals and 16 non-contracted.The squad will prepare for games in November against France, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada, ahead of the Six Nations, in addition to the HSBC world rugby sevens series.England Women head coach Simon Middleton said: With less than 12 months to the 2017 womens Rugby World Cup, the focus for the EPS this year will be very much on the 15-a-side game.We believe everyone in this squad has the potential to make the World Cup.We are looking forward to an exciting season, and I would like to recognise and thank those employers who have supported and released players to take up these contracts and represent England. 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Even last year, when the University of Michigans basketball schedule allowed Katelynn a brief return home, she and her dad left the wrapping paper behind so that she could shoot a few hundred jump shots, almost as many off the dribble and a bundle of free throws.For a few years, Lynn Flaherty would explain to family why her husband and daughter were running late. Eventually no one needed the explanation.Forget sleigh bells. The sound of a ball swishing through a net marked the season.It was the same sound Michigan coach Kim Barnes Arico heard recently as she left the practice complex at the end of a long day. In an otherwise empty gym, Flaherty worked her way through a daily routine.There are approximately 5,000 women eligible to play Division I college basketball this season. Only two of them, All-Americans Kelsey Mitchell at Ohio State and Kelsey Plum at Washington, averaged more points per game a season ago than the 22.1 Flaherty produced for the Wolverines.A person doesnt reach those heights without something driving her, especially when an unimposing 5-foot-7 frame sometimes leaves even those on her own campus skeptical that she actually plays on the basketball team, let alone she is its star. What her first two years in Ann Arbor showed Flaherty, now a junior, is that what drives her is the product of her own free will.Today, I could totally say without hesitation that its her passion, Barnes Arico said. I didnt know if I would always say that.Listen to the family history, and it is apparent that Flaherty didnt really choose basketball any more than an Alaskan grizzly bear chooses to hunt salmon. No one made her play, but she was born into basketball. Her parents, Lynn and Tom, met on a basketball court. Both played the sport in college -- Lynn at the College of New Jersey and Tom at Seton Hall. Both coached various levels of youth basketball. Their daughter grew up on sidelines and in gyms.The first time Barnes Arico heard about Flaherty was when the coachs husband told her about some third grader from a town on the shore who was supposed to be the next big thing. The die was already cast.When Michigan tempted Barnes Arico away from St. Johns after the Red Storm reached the Sweet 16 in 2012, Flaherty was one of her first recruiting priorities. She knew that Flaherty, an outstanding student, could handle Michigan. And she was convinced, having seen the small guard put up big points at the highest levels of AAU, that she could thrive on Big Ten courts.But opposing defenders who had several inches and a couple of dozen pounds on her werent the only challenges Flaherty faced as a freshman. An only child, she was on her own for the first time. Lynn wasnt there to take care of her when she was sick. Tom, who so carefully trod the ground between coach on the court and dad off it, wasnt there to be either. There were new demands and new challenges. Amid all that was new, it was difficult to figure out what to do with old routines. Was basketball her passion or a passion others assumed was hers?Sometimes I wondered was basketball something that she was continuing because it got her an education, or did she really love it? Lynn said. Billy Williams Jersey. And in the beginning, when she was first there, I think she was definitely figuring that out, like I just want to be a normal student sometimes. But as shes become more adjusted, you definitely know that basketball -- shes doing it for her. Of course she wants to please everybody around her, she wants to be good. But she has this inner drive.That is what college should offer: the freedom to figure out who you are.I think sometimes kids get here and realize, I like it, but I dont love it. Barnes Arico said. And there is a different level. Liking it is, youre going to practice, youre going through it, youre getting a scholarship, youre having a solid career.To love it takes more of an effort, a drive, a passion.It takes not just sticking around after practice to take more shots, but wanting to do that, looking forward to that solitude, when the noise of the swish of the net replaces the noise of daily life.It used to be more of a struggle for me, especially coming to college and being so tired all the time, Flaherty said. Now I look forward to it more than dread it.So a person who plays far bigger than her frame is now the key if Michigan is to finally act its size in womens basketball. Over a span of decades, there might not be a more underachieving program in the sport. Though rarely awful, it is almost less befitting Michigans self-image that it has almost always been irrelevant.The Wolverines have been to the NCAA tournament just six times and won three tournament games.That isnt an easy identity to change. And despite at least 20 wins in each of her first four seasons, Barnes Arico is still trying to change it after three consecutive WNIT trips.Now youre associated with the block M and one of the greatest universities, one of the greatest athletic departments, in the world, Barnes Arico said. But womens basketball hasnt done it. So why cant we be the first to do it?I think the players in our program believe that, Katelynn headlining that.It cant be a one-woman show. Flaherty was not only among the most prolific scorers in the country a season ago but also one of its most efficient. Given the volume of shots she took from the 3-point line, her overall field goal percentage (.449) was about as efficient as a post player who shoots 60 percent from the field. So its not as if she gets her points at the expense of the offense. All the same, Michigan may well be a better team with Flaherty scoring 18 points per game than 22, if it means 6-foot-5 sophomore Hallie Thome is a force inside and senior Siera Thompson beats Flaherty to the career record for 3-pointers.At the same time, there is no reason to make the game more complicated than it needs to be. The Wolverines will need her to shoot the ball hundreds of times this season. So Flaherty puts up hundreds of shots each day.Alone in the gym, listening to the voice in her own head that drives her to be the best.I can honestly say that I found my passion, Flaherty said. Especially just being able to get in here by myself and really enjoy it and cherish every moment knowing its not going to last forever. ' ' ' 
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