Here is my first attempt at a sports portrait - this is Jordan Clodfelter, attack of the Guilford College Quaker Women's Lacrosse team. Clodfelter placed second at the Allodac Lacrosse conference last season.
This was taken at around 10 in the morning, and the lighting was much harsher than I would have liked. I used a Nikon D100 with a 17-35mm lens in addition to an SB-80 on a light stand illuminating her. I wanted her to be against the sky, but the streamers showed up more clearly against the trees. The background is too busy - I could not darken it enough without underexposing the subject. My next attempt will be in studio and/or at dusk if on location.