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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Every Friday after nightfall, teenage girls and young women make their way through a middle-class apartment complex and take over a field of emerald green grass. Youth Wizards Jerseys . They put on their cleats, tie their hair into ponytails and test their speed with agility drills.The Friday night practice is the only time of the week when you will find women playing soccer here.Every day you see teams and teams of only men, and on top of it, we also had to fight for this slot, said Bruna Cavaliere, a 16-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a professional player.In a country where mens soccer is ingrained in peoples psyche, women have found it difficult to find their place in sports because of the lack of athletic programs, funding shortfalls and what they call unfair marketing decisions that promote men.But Brazilian female athletes are shining at the Rio Olympics -- and people here are paying attention, some for the first time.Each victory of Brazil womens soccer team is savored with more enthusiasm, and female athletes in other sports are being celebrated in ways rarely seen in Brazil. When Rafaela Silva won gold in womens judo -- Brazils first gold medal of this Olympics -- major newspapers splashed her photo on front pages.All the love we are getting during the Olympics, we hope that it doesnt go away, Brazils most famous female soccer player, Marta, said to reporters Monday ahead Tuesdays semifinal against Sweden. We hope that it lives on, and with that much-needed support, womens soccer can grow and the love is not just a fleeting thing.Cavaliere, like most girls interested in soccer in Brazil, grew up playing with boys. At 4, she chased her older brother and his friends down the street with a ball. Later, she attended after-school practice where she was the only girl among the boys training with a 90s soccer star.While boys could try out for dozens of under-17 clubs in soccer-mad Rio de Janeiro, she found only two places. At 14, she was chosen for the female youth squad of a famous Rio soccer club.After practices, her teammates passed around a tin to collect money in the dressing room.It was so sad to watch. That money was for the bus fare or a bologna sandwich. Some girls had to choose between food and transportation, Cavaliere said.Some of her teammates also had to miss practice because of money problems.You think `hey Brazil, everyone plays soccer all the time, but when you are a girl and you want to get more serious about it, it is a lot more difficult, she said. Its the country of soccer, but there are very few places where you can go.Many school physical education classes teach boys soccer and girls volleyball, a practice that dates back to 1965 when the military dictatorship banned girls from playing soccer and other sports. The dictatorship-era law held women back for decades as soccer continued to be perceived by many as too rough for women, academics say.But thanks to the strong performances of Brazilian women at the Rio Games, fans are shouting Marta! at stadiums even when the men are playing. In Fridays qualifier shoot-out against Australia, goalkeeper Barbara won the hearts of the country when she stopped an attempt.I never thought I would live to see the day when people would say `the men should play more like the women, said Jamile Marques, a 33-year-old biologist who founded and coaches the neighborhood soccer team Cavaliere plays on.Some people have even scratched Neymar, the biggest star on the mens team, off jerseys found in the busy flea markets to write Marta, who also is No. 10 in the team. Thats because Marta shirts are hard to find.They are very difficult to get because womens soccer is not watched like mens soccer, said Jair Neves, 25, a salesman in downtown Rio.Cavalieres father shares that sentiment. He urges her to give up playing and focus on studying. He tells me I should stop because theres no future for female soccer in Brazil, she said. I dont think I have ever seen him watching women play on TV.The gender gap is not unique to Brazil. Women play far less soccer than men in much of South America and other parts of the world. In the United States -- where womens soccer is much more popular -- female players filed a complaint for wage discrimination earlier this year, contesting their male counterparts are paid much more even when women have out-performed them.Vadao, the head Brazilian womens coach, said he hopes the Olympics is a start toward having more girls play soccer in his country.The hope that we have is that this will be the first stage and (we) have the motivation to develop the sport in this country, he said Monday.In the meantime, Marques, the neighborhood coach, encouraged Cavaliere and her mother to seek opportunities for the teen to play collegiate soccer in the U.S. Theres no structure here for her, says Marques, who feels she missed her shot of playing professionally by not applying for scholarships in American universities.I want to go to the United States because soccer is much stronger there and they appreciate it more, Cavaliere said. 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ARLINGTON, Texas -- With a 13-yard completion in the first quarter to Brice Butler, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott established an NFL rookie record with his 135th straight pass without an interception.Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz saw his interception-less streak come to an end in Sundays 24-23 loss to the Detroit Lions with a pick on his 135th pass of the season.Prescott and Wentz had been trading the record in recent weeks.?The previous rookie record was 95 by the Cowboys Chad Hutchinson in 2002.Prescott said the record doesnt mean much to him.Some good fortune goes into that, Prescott said after the Cowboys 28-14 win over the?Cincinnati Bengals. There have been some passes that have been tipped or been in the defenders hand with a shot to intercept it.Prescott entered Sundays game against the Bengals with 1,019 yards on 90-for-132 passing with three touchdown passes in the Cowboys 3-1 start. Tom Brady has the most passes to open a career without an interception (162) in 2000-01. Discount Wizards Jerseys. rescott moved closer to Bradys record by the end of Sundays game. He finished the game with 155 consecutive pass attempts without an interception after going 18-of-24 for 227 yards and a touchdown in the victory.Its a record. Theyre meant to be broken, Prescott said of possibly passing Brady. If I dont break it, then Im sure someone else will here in some time. Its not something I go into the game thinking about. I allow yall to have fun with those things.Prescott still has a ways to go to set the Cowboys record by any quarterback. Troy Aikman went 216 attempts without an interception in 1999. Aikman had a string of 184 passes in 1995, and Tony Romo had a string of 174 passes without a pick in 2013. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '