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DETROIT -- The Jacksonville Jaguars finally forced a couple turnovers.Then they lost anyway -- thanks in part to a giveaway of their own.After five straight games without a takeaway, Jacksonville recovered two Detroit fumbles Sunday, but that wasnt enough on a day when neither offense was particularly impressive. Instead it was the Lions who capitalized on the games most significant turnover, returning an interception for a touchdown in their 26-19 victory over the Jaguars.Jacksonville had not forced a turnover since Oct. 2 against Indianapolis. The Jaguars (2-8) forced one on special teams and one on defense Sunday.One wasnt enough, and if thats going to be the case, thats fine, Jacksonville linebacker Paul Posluszny said. We have to find a way to continue to build off that and make it happen, so that we end up winning these types of games.On Detroits very first play from scrimmage, the ball came loose after Matthew Stafford completed a pass to Anquan Boldin. Officials ruled Boldin down, and that call was upheld after the Jaguars challenged.Jacksonville didnt have to wait much longer to snap its takeaway drought. Later in the first quarter, Andre Roberts muffed a punt, and Ben Koyack recovered for the Jaguars at the Detroit 11-yard line.Jacksonvilles offense couldnt take advantage, though, settling for a field goal and a 3-0 lead.Near the end of the third quarter, with the Jaguars up 19-16, Detroits Golden Tate fumbled, and linebacker Telvin Smith recovered at the Jacksonville 34. Again, the Jaguars wasted the opportunity, going three-and-out and punting. The Lions (6-4) then drove 79 yards and took the lead for good on Eric Ebrons 1-yard scoring run.That was the only offensive touchdown of the game for Detroit, which also scored on a 55-yard punt return by Roberts in the second quarter and a 39-yard interception return by Rafael Bush in the third.Punt return for a touchdown, a pick-6 for a touchdown, Posluszny said. We finally forced a turnover on defense, which was great, because it shows us that, hey, if you really concentrate on tackling the football and making plays on the ball, things can happen.The Lions had lost only one fumble all season before Sunday, and they had forced only seven turnovers themselves. They managed three more takeaways against the Jaguars, recovering a fumble in the second quarter and adding two interceptions in the second half.During the course of the season, youre going to have to win a football game a lot of different ways, Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said. It cant just be your offense. Sometimes its going to be your defense, sometimes its going to be your kicking game combined with it.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL.---Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister Cheap Utah Jazz Jerseys . 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If they didnt come back, they wanted their mom and dad to know how much they appreciated their sacrifices and encouragement.They also wanted the chance to say goodbye.The Malik twins, from the Himalayan town of Dehradun, grew up hearing what they could not do because they were girls. They were drawn to sports because during their field hockey and cricket matches they felt free from this gender bias. Once they walked off the pitch they were laughed at by their male classmates.?Their teachers even told them there was no future for girls in sports.Their father, Virender Malik, had other ideas. He was the only boy born to his family in the rural village of Anwali in northern India. He had four sisters and saw the advantages he received both from his family and from Indias society.In village life parents consider girls as a liability rather than an asset, Tashi Malik says. The challenges that are thrown at a girl are like invisible mountains.The twins father could see these mountains, but rejected the concept of gender inferiority. He was elated to have two healthy daughters and against the wishes of his family and in-laws decided to not try for a boy.I realized the world was bigger than just having a son, Virender Malik says. We have to overcome our own fears and not pass them down to the next generation.As children, Tashi and Nungshi remember a man approaching their father and saying that it was too bad he didnt have a son.?From that day on we decided that someday we would do something extraordinary to make parents realize that they are fortunate to have daughters, Tashi says.When his girls were young Virender Malik took them on hikes. He showed them the majestic Himalaya Mountains that were practically in their backyard and told Nungshi and Tashi that there was nothing they couldnt do.He also told them his own story about fighting societal barriers by marrying outside of his economic class and by becoming the first person from his village to enter the military. These stories inspired them.So did the mountains.After the twins graduated from high school in 2009, their father signed them up to a basic mountaineering course at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in India. Nungshi and Tashi excelled at this male-dominated sport. They discovered they had the right temperament and their bodies were perfectly?suited for extreme elevations. They also found that they could climb faster, longer and higher than some of their male counterparts.Mountaineering was a completely new world, Tashi says. It opened our horizons and we knew who we wanted to be in life.After climbing less than a year, the sisters set their sights on becoming the first female twins to scale Mt. Everest. This dream led to the loudest NO in their male-dominated culture, but from an unexpected source -- their mother.Nearly four years passed before she finally granted them her permission, and with this nod came the money to finance their trip, in part, from a loan she had obtained using all of her gold jewelry as collateral.I thought my girls were dainty and delicate, Anju Malik, the twins mother, says. But their mountaineering instructors assured me that they were made of steel.The 10-day trek to basecamp was transformational, and the twins began to feel connected to the mountain. Virender wanted to make the trip, but he spent all of his money getting his daughters there. He did so knowing that he might never see them again.When Nungshi and Tashi reached the Lhotse Face on their way to the summit, between camp two and three, they experienced something that changed their lives.ddddddddddddTheir Sherpa, Mingma, just one year older than they were at the time, was climbing a 75-degree gradient ice wall when he clamped onto a wrong rope -- it had been there for many years, was brittle and snapped. From the foot of the wall, the twins watched Mingma plummet 2,000 feet and disappear into a unfathomable crevasse.All we could hear were the echoes of his screams, Nungshi says. We became numb. We didnt know what to do. We stood there for hours not sure what had actually happened.Returning to basecamp, Nungshi and Tashi could barely eat, think or move. Four days passed as they decided whether to make a bid for the summit or quit and go home. They texted their father, who motivated them to keep climbing in honor of their fallen Sherpa and for all of India. With mixed emotions they pushed forward and became the first female twins to summit Mt. Everest.We were at 29,000 feet, looking at the sunrise from under our feet and it gave us a sense of belonging and achievement for our nation, Nungshi says. But even while we were celebrating, we had this troubling thought that this could be the end.After conquering Mt. Everest in May 2013, the Malik twins turned their attention to the highest peak on every continent and finished the Seven Summits in December 2014. Tashi and Nungshi, then skied to the South and North Pole, completing the Explorers Grand Slam on April 21, 2015.At the age of 24 they became the youngest in history to accomplish this feat. They were also the first South Asians and the second fastest from start to finish, man or woman.Mountains do not discriminate based on gender, Tashi says. If youre passionate about what you want to do you have to back it with commitment.The Malik twins now have their sights set on the Four Icecap Challenge, which includes Patagonia, Greenland and a return to the Poles, but they are equally focused on their mission of empowering young women in India.***In 2015, the twins were selected to participate in the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP), which matches female executives in the U.S. with young, emerging international leaders in sports. With guidance from Susan Cohig, a senior vice president at the National Hockey League, the twins set up the NungshiTashi Foundation, designed to help young girls in India obtain employment in the mountaineering industry.?Two of their many missions include pushing India to recognize mountaineering as an official sport and to look at the mountains as an opportunity to spark economic development in a region that is suffering stagnation.Nungshi and Tashi credited Cohig and the GSMP for giving them the tools needed to set up their foundation and to bring girls and sponsors through their doors.It was a revelation for us to meet so many women who were there to change the state of others and to make a difference in their own communities, Nungshi says. With the work we are doing, we want to open horizons for other girls to climb their own mountains.The hidden letter in the back of the closet was never needed. The Malik twins summited Everest and returned to show their gratitude by giving young women in India the same tools and opportunities that their parents gave to them.?Max Saffer is a Columbia Journalism School graduate and an avid golfer. He is working on his first novel. Follow him @maxavize ' ' '

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