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Dunga gives Brazil’s national soccer team a punch in the heart

Dunga gives Brazil’s national soccer team a punch in the heart

Dunga

Heading into the 2006 World Cup with a team loaded to the gills with talent — Ronaldinho Gaucho, Kaka, Adriano, Ronaldo, Lucio, etc — coach Carlos Alberto Parreira went with the idea that the star power would come together and Brazil would once again hoist the World Cup trophy.

Parreira couldn’t have been more wrong as Brazil — which warmed up for the World’s largest tournament with weak friendlies, including one against an under-20 team — never seemed in sync and crashed out lamely against a determined French side.  Complete Article


Tour De France - Floyd Landis breaks the camel's back - all athletes are now doped

Tour De France - Floyd Landis breaks the camel's back - all athletes are now doped

Landis

As the doping scandal -- and it is a doping scandal -- of Floyd Landis enters the ludicrous stage, with Landis's lawyer now just randomly running excuses up the flagpole, it's time that we as sports fans admit defeat and accept the inevitable.

They're all doped up now. All of them. When the winner of the Tour de France takes drugs to win, he incriminates everyone. Because Floyd Landis doesn't have a "naturally high testosterone level," and dehydration didn't cause his testosterone level to scream "Cheater!".  Complete Article


Baseball, Barry Bonds and Steroids

Baseball, Barry Bonds and Steroids

Bonds

In the last 5 years the growing popularity and use of illegal substances (steroids) in major league baseball has created a public outcry and led to indictments, arrests and congressional hearings. Some have even put major league baseball on par with professional wrestling as it is now a drugged or ‘juiced’ game and old, lasting records by the greats like Ruth and Hank Aaron can easily be broken by lesser athletes on steroids and have become meaningless. Just look at Barry Bonds for an example.  Complete Article


Golf Swing Basics Tutorial – One Golf Grip at a Time

Golf Swing Basics Tutorial – One Golf Grip at a Time

Golf

I would like to focus the jest of this article on the basis of the golf swing… the grip. With spring in the air and golf on our minds let’s get this year off to a good start by not overlooking the basics.

Unquestionably the biggest mistake I see in people’s golf swing isn’t in their golf swing itself. Nope. Not at all.

More often than not the mistakes happen before the swing even begins. The first mistake is made in how the golfer holds the golf club. After that the next mistake usually comes in with how they stand up to the ball. Poor posture. Then after having two strikes against them, they then finish the job of making it almost impossible to hit a good golf shot by improperly lining up to their intended target.  Complete Article


WWE Stars Show Up For OVW Matches - Riggs Brothers Seth Skyfire CM Punk and Deuce and Domino - Danny Davis Slammed Hard

WWE Stars Show Up For OVW Matches - Riggs Brothers Seth Skyfire CM Punk and Deuce and Domino - Danny Davis Slammed Hard

John Riggs

The Riggs Brothers defeated Chad Dick and Eddie Craven in one of last night’s OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling) matches at the Davis Arena in Louisville.  This was the first match back in the OVW for the Riggs Brothers after being released from the WWE.  The crowd liked them, even though Chad is still doing his striptease show. 

The taped show will include Charles Evans beating Pat Buck with a bodyslam.  In a more competitive fight, Elijah Burke beat Shawn Osbourne.  Afterwards Burke celebrated his patriotism.  Cody Runnels beat KC James by DQ.  Marcus Murtado, of PW Insider, reported that Aaron Stevens interfered on behalf of James, which prompted Roadkill to clean house and make a challenge for a tag match at Six Flags.  But just the same, KC was great doing his old school Tommy Rich gimmick.  Complete Article


Golf Tournament - 2006 British Open coverage begins July 20th

Golf Tournament - 2006 British Open coverage begins July 20th

Golf

One of the oldest golf tournaments is set to begin its 135th year at the 2006 British Open being hosted at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club for the 11th time.  ABC-TV and TNT will cover this year’s golf tournament.

The first British Open was held back in 1897.  In 1930, Bobby Jones made history at the Royal Liverpool.  Tiger Woods will get his chance to win at this year’s British Open.  This will be the first time that Tiger has played at this golf course in Hoylake, England. Complete Article
 


Biography of Robinho, Robson de Souza

Biography of Robinho, Robson de Souza

Robinho

A so-called “new Pele” appears in Brazil every year. Football journalists often give this name to good, but not super-talented, footballers. Recently we have an opportunity to watch a birth of a new football “miracle”.

And Pele himself has opened this “miracle”. In 1999 a great guru came back to his dear Santos to be a couch for growing youth. During the first day of his work he noticed a 15-years-old guy named ROBINHO.

After training Pele came to a boy and told he reminded him of himself in his young years. And really, they physically resembled each other a lot ­ both swarthy, thin and with cheeky smiles, that throw into confusion.  Complete Article


Viagra Helps Cyclists at High Altitudes - Bicycle Exercise Performance Benefit by As Much As 45% In Study Using Sildenafil

Viagra Helps Cyclists at High Altitudes - Bicycle Exercise Performance Benefit by As Much As 45% In Study Using Sildenafil

Cyclist

Researchers at Stanford University Medical Center believe that Viagra improves cardiovascular and exercise performance measures of trained cyclists at high altitude.  Some of the participants had an improved performance of up to 45%, while others found no benefit and there was no benefit for anyone at sea level.

Ten cyclists who took sildenafil (Viagra) collectively improved their stroke volume (the volume of blood moved out of one ventricle of the heart per beat) and cardiac output (stroke volume times heart rate) compared to the placebo trial.  The researcher also found that the Viagra group minimized the decline of arterial oxygen saturation of the arteries when the cyclists were at simulated altitude of 12,700 feet. Viagra Helps Cyclists at High Altitudes - Bicycle Exercise Performance Benefit by As Much As 45% In Study Using Sildenafil


Burn Body Fat by Exercising in the Morning before Breakfast

Burn Body Fat by Exercising in the Morning before Breakfast

Increase Metabolism

By exercising for at least 30 minutes in the morning when you first wake up and before you eat breakfast, you set your body up to burn more body fat.  The reason you burn fat better is because your body has been without food for several hours and you do not have carbohydrates available when you first wake up.  When you exercise your body need carbohydrates for energy but will instead substitute your body fat for energy instead which improves your fat burning ability. Burn Body Fat by Exercising in the Morning before Breakfast


Body Building and Weight Lifting– Cherry Juice could relieve Muscle Damage Pain

Body Building and Weight Lifting– Cherry Juice could relieve Muscle Damage Pain

Cherries

According to a study published in the today’s online edition of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, drinking cherry juice may help prevent the pain in the repair of muscle caused by weight lifting.

Declan Connolly, associate professor of education and director of the human performance laboratory at the University of Vermont along with colleagues from New York’s Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma and Cornell University all worked together to test a specially made highly-concentrated tart cherry juice blend which they tested in a randomized, placebo-controlled study.  The study had 14 male college students participate in this study.  Body Building and Weight Lifting– Cherry Juice could relieve Muscle Damage Pain


Basketball - Mark Cuban Fined $250K Because of Outburst After Game 5 of NBA Finals - Miami Heat Dallas Mavericks Series at 3-2 Now

Basketball - Mark Cuban Fined $250K Because of Outburst After Game 5 of NBA Finals - Miami Heat Dallas Mavericks Series at 3-2 Now

O'Neil and Wade

Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, was fined $250,000 for "several acts of misconduct" after game five of the NBA finals between the Mavs and Miami Heat.  Cuban went on to the floor after the game and vented directly at official Joe DeRosa and then turning to the scorer’s box where David Stern was seated.

According to an AP report he said to Stern and other NBA officials, who were seated at the scorer's table and was overheard to shout venomously in the jubilant din, '[Bleep] you! [Bleep] you! Your league is rigged!'  Later Cuban said that none of the ranting was directed at Stern. Basketball - Mark Cuban Fined $250K Because of Outburst After Game 5 of NBA Finals - Miami Heat Dallas Mavericks Series at 3-2 Now


Weight Lift to Lose Body Fat – Ideas to get you started in Lifting Free Weights

Weight Lift to Lose Body Fat – Ideas to get you started in Lifting Free Weights

Free Weights

If you need to lose weight and have be struggling along with modifying your diet and not losing weight, one way you can help to increase your metabolism and burn more fat is by weight lifting exercises.

You don’t need to join a fitness club to get access to weights.  You can purchase a couple of sets of free weights and bench to accomplish the goals.  If you have a difficult time challenging your weight lifting routine you can hire a personal trainer.  If you don’t have a budget for a personal trainer you can invest in body sculpting DVD’s that will couch you as you go.  Weight Lift to Lose Body Fat – Ideas to get you started in Lifting Free Weights


World Cup Opener Highlights - England Argentina German Win and Sweden and Trinidad Tie

World Cup Opener Highlights - England Argentina German Win and Sweden and Trinidad Tie

Argentina Flag

Argentina beat the Ivory Coast 2-1 Saturday night in the first game of the World Cup.  This is Argentina’s fourth straight World Cup opener and they will play Serbia-Montenegro on Friday.

Both Hernan Crespo and Javier Saviola scored in the first half.  The Ivory Coast defense was a little shaky.  This was Ivories first time to qualify, after getting past African power Cameroon.  Ivory Coast got their goal in the 82nd minute just missing a header, and then converting from in front after the ball was played back in.  World Cup Opener Highlights - England Argentina German Win and Sweden and Trinidad Tie


The World Cup 2006 - Watch out for the New Soccer Ball

The World Cup 2006 - Watch out for the New Soccer Ball

World Cup Official ball

The World Cup 2006 is about to begin today, but watch out for the new soccer ball being used for the first time for the World Cup.  The new ball has only 14 panels with fewer seams compared to the traditional soccer ball that has either 26 or 32 panels in a hexagon pattern.

Scientists say that this change is going to “bamboozle goalkeepers” during the game this year.  The reason they believe that the new soccer ball will cause problems is that its design resembles the aerodynamics of a baseball.  The new soccer ball when hit with a slow spin will make it more likely to give an unpredictable trajectory when kicked in the air. The World Cup 2006 - Watch out for the New Soccer Ball


Red Sox Greats

Red Sox Greats

Carl Yastrzemski

It’s no wonder the Boston Red Sox wear red and white. While red symbolizes passion and excitement and white symbolizes the "good guy" who wins in the end as well as angels, it’s the Red Sox greats such as Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski that make us believe there really are "angels in the outfield." The true pride American League baseball is represented by some of the best players in the nation.

The history of baseball changed with the added excellence of Carlton Fisk, Wade Boggs, Cy Young, Luis Aparicio, Dennis Eckersley, Roger Clemens, Fred Lynn, Nomar Garciaparra, and Pedro Martinez. Even a die-hard Yankees fan like me must admit the extraordinary accomplishments of some of the finest players to have ever dug their cleats into Fenway Park’s turf. Let’s take a closer look into the historical realm of the greatest players to wear the official jersey of blood, sweat, and tears. It is necessary to pay homage to one of the best teams in American baseball.  Red Sox Greats


Murderers’ Row - The 1927 New York Yankees

Murderers’ Row - The 1927 New York Yankees

Gehrig and Ruth

Widely known for "5-o'clock lightning", the 1927 New York Yankees boasted awesome offensive power. Intimidating all of baseball with the bats of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, this team was unstoppable. Many of their opponents built up hope slowly in the early stages of a contest, only to be "struck" with an unceasing barrage some time around 5-o’clock.

Baseball games routinely started at 3:30 pm back in the 1920s and generally ended somewhere around 6:00 pm. The '27 Yanks usually delivered a crippling offensive blow to their opponents in the late innings, thus the phrase "5-o'clock lightning." Of course, they had no lights for playing at night, all games were day games. Major League Baseball was settling into its widely held superstitions and routine, repetitiveness and all of the mythical and obsession-based ceremonial acts that still exist to this day. Murderers’ Row - The 1927 New York Yankees


The Chicago Cubs’ Legend ­ Ernie Banks

The Chicago Cubs’ Legend ­ Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks

It is often difficult to compare the legendary players of Major League Baseball in that by making comparisons based on statistics, the focus generally falls on the sheer performance on the field. It also tends to reflect on what effect those numbers have had in the teams’ success and how an individual players’ success has bolstered a team to championship levels.

Other players, no matter how individually successful, are too often viewed in an also-ran status because of the perception that their effort never was enough to allow the team to stand on a championship podium. Baseball is a team sport, yet a team sport loosely based on individual effort. Looking past the numbers to the intangibles of attitude and enthusiasm for the game, the greatness of a player cannot be judged merely on statistics. Ernie Banks is one such player in MLB history.  The Chicago Cubs’ Legend ­ Ernie Banks


The Babe Ruth Story—The Fierce Rivalry of the Red Sox and the Yankees

The Babe Ruth Story—The Fierce Rivalry of the Red Sox and the Yankees

Babe Ruth

Near the end of the 1919 season, Harry Frazee, then owner of the Boston Red Sox, decided to sell a group of his star players to the New York Yankees. Among them was George Herman Ruth, also known affectionately as "Babe". Ruth's career reflects the change in strategy and the shift in dominance from pitching to hitting at this time.

Babe Ruth had a reputation for being one of the fiercest “leftys” to ever take the mound. It was soon discovered that he wasn’t too bad with a bat either, and Ruth became the most celebrated and successful player in Boston. He was practically an institution. When many Bostonians awoke on January 6, 1920, and opened their morning newspapers, they mourned the fact that an icon had been sold to New York. The Babe was gone.   The Babe Ruth Story—The Fierce Rivalry of the Red Sox and the Yankees


StubHub - A Better Way to Buy and Sell MLB Major League Baseball Tickets

StubHub - A Better Way to Buy and Sell MLB Major League Baseball Tickets

Stub Hub Website

I am 49, a writer, inspector, and a resident of the Seattle area. It’s green, lush, bounded by water, a great place to live and a great place to watch sporting events. With the likes of Qwest Field, which has seen some major Seahawk action in the past few years and the beautiful Safeco Field, a real gem and the home of the Mariners, I just can’t lose.  StubHub - A Better Way to Buy and Sell MLB Major League Baseball Tickets


Major League Baseball Players in Japan - Strangers in Paradise

Major League Baseball Players in Japan - Strangers in Paradise

Sadaharu Oh

The final match-up of the World Baseball Classic featured two teams from countries where baseball is a beloved sport - Cuba and Japan.  Both countries are noted for producing fine players, some of whom are enjoying stellar careers in America.  Presently, Ishiro and Matsui from Japan are two of the best and most consistent players in the majors. Making it in the big leagues in America is a big deal in Japan, a country that loves baseball and embraces its own professional teams.  Major League Baseball Players in Japan - Strangers in Paradise


Difference Makers in the Playoffs - Key Positions Basketball Football Baseball and Hockey

Difference Makers in the Playoffs - Key Positions Basketball Football Baseball and Hockey

Basketball Positions

In baseball, hockey, football, and basketball, there are key positions that tend to be the dealmaker or breaker when the game is on the line. This doesn’t negate the fact that the four sports are true team efforts, with each position and player being important. Still, there are certain positions that more times than not are central in controlling the game when everything is at stake.

If you’re into wagering, understanding the importance of these positions in each game will give you an edge when analyzing teams or performing head to head evaluations. In this article, we’re going to focus on two positions from each sport, considering why they’re so important when it comes to big game performance.  Difference Makers in the Playoffs - Key Positions Basketball Football Baseball and Hockey


Baseball Tickets to see the Boston Red Sox—Go to Toronto!

Baseball Tickets to see the Boston Red Sox—Go to Toronto!

Sports

With over 200 straight sellouts and the diminutive Fenway Park (capacity 36,298) as their home, the Boston Red Sox are one of the hottest tickets in Major League baseball (MLB). If you are part of Red Sox Nation, the innumerable fans who live and die by each pitch and swing of the bat, and can't get through the turnstiles of the home park, there is an alternative-road trip! Baseball Tickets to see the Boston Red Sox—Go to Toronto!


Baseball - A Wheel Within a Wheel: The Negro Leagues

Baseball - A Wheel Within a Wheel: The Negro Leagues

Monte Irvin

Although many aspects of the early days of baseball have been well documented, historians are just beginning to chronicle the major role that Black athletes played in making professional baseball popular. Black ball players have played the game for about as many years as White players.

Players of color, both Black and Hispanic, were on mostly White ball clubs in the first days of amateur ball, but when the majors started to become popular in the early 1900's, an unwritten barbaric rule went into effect that kept players of color out of professional baseball.  Baseball - A Wheel Within a Wheel: The Negro Leagues


Early History of Baseball in America

Early History of Baseball in America

Ty Cobb

It is difficult to pinpoint when baseball was first played in America. The early development of baseball is chronicled more in myth and legend rather than in facts and history. The first and earliest written evidence of baseball in America is a bylaw written in 1791 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

The document, discovered by Society for Baseball Research member John Thorn in 2004, offers strong evidence that baseball is a unique American game, and it casts doubt on the long held belief that baseball was derived from rounders, a British game. It also raises the question of the origins of cricket, as it has been widely thought that baseball followed cricket, which was developed from a folk game known as stool ball (1085 A.D). Early History of Baseball in America


The Origin of Baseball

The Origin of Baseball

Sports

There is very little known about the origins of baseball. There appears to be a historic mish-mash of very early games that may very well have ties to modern baseball.  The idea that baseball evolved from any of these sources turns out to be conjecture or theory. Like most history, if it goes back far enough, details start to get quite fuzzy. By its very nature, baseball has been a game that has thrived on legends and myth.

There is evidence that baseball is strictly American, as many of its features are unique.  Conversely, many cling to the long held belief that baseball was derived from rounders, a British game. This claim is somewhat hard to dispute. Almost everything except the shape of the field is similar to baseball. The Origin of Baseball


The Biggest Rivalries in Sports

The Biggest Rivalries in Sports

Texas Rivalries

From college football to Major League Baseball, rivalries between teams have always added excitement to fan experience.  Many teams are old rivals, while others have developed a competitive intensity more recently. What teams have been fighting it out for some time? Rivalries are at the center of many fan’s lives. Here’s a quick look at some classic ones.

College football has some of the most talked about rivalries in all of sports.  To begin with, you have the heated battles between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners.  Being in neighboring states, they compete for regional bragging rights and often the same recruits.  Over the years, there have been many classic match-ups between the two teams.  The Biggest Rivalries in Sports


NASCAR – Corporate Sponsors spend Millions for Logo on Race Cars

NASCAR – Corporate Sponsors spend Millions for Logo on Race Cars

NASCAR

NASCAR is big business, with a huge fan base.  Corporate sponsors spend on average between $15-20 million annually to paint their logo on the race cars.  The problem with this is that the cars zip around the speedway at 200 mph and may be difficult for their logos to be seen, especially on television.

Paul Ostasiewski, a marketing professor at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV said, “A 200 mph billboard seems like a contradiction, yet that’s an important part of what NASCAR sells. A car’s paint scheme has to be designed so a major sponsor’s name can be easily read, particularly on television where it’s usually seen for a few seconds before cameras cut away to show another car. Television is where the greatest exposure is. It’s also where the biggest problems are.”  NASCAR – Corporate Sponsors spend Millions for Logo on Race Cars


The Unusual to Bizarre in Early Professional Baseball

The Unusual to Bizarre in Early Professional Baseball

Charles Comiskey

When you think about baseball, you think about a game that has been surrounded by myth, mystification and legends that have a tendency to get embellished over the years and re-embellished. There were many reported bizarre and unusual incidents and events in baseball featuring various baseball characters that seemed to be acting in an epic saga that combined comedy, mystery, and fantasy. Some of these incidents may be embellished, or they may not be apocryphal. Some though, are so unusual and bizarre, that I believe no one could make them up. Some of the events are well documented and there's no question that they actually happened.  The Unusual to Bizarre in Early Professional Baseball


Muscle Building and Weight Loss – Researchers find Protein that Increases Metabolism and Suppressing Appetite by Weightlifting

Muscle Building and Weight Loss – Researchers find Protein that Increases Metabolism and Suppressing Appetite by Weightlifting

Weightlifting

Canadian researchers have discovered a small protein that works in muscles to increase metabolism and is also able to suppress the appetite.  The protein is called ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF).  This study was first reported in the Nature Medicine journal.

Other research has focused on the leptin hormone for decreasing appetite. This research study was led by Dr. Greg Steinberg - a Target Obesity fellow funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Canadian Diabetes Association and found that CNTF could be a possible treatment for obesity. Muscle Building and Weight Loss – Researchers find Protein that Increases Metabolism and Suppressing Appetite by Weightlifting


Let’s get the NASCAR party Started: The Engines are ready to Rev it up!

Let’s get the NASCAR party Started: The Engines are ready to Rev it up!

Nascar

Let’s get this party started; the Engines are ready to rev it up!  NASCAR is in full swing now, which means it’s time to get the grills out and the campers ready. Why is this year going to offer more than last season? What’s in store for NASCAR fans?  This year should be a memorable one for enthusiasts across the nation as drivers compete for the Nextel Cup. 

This is the second year NASCAR is using a new point system, which allows drivers to position themselves for a final push down the stretch.  Last year, due to the new point system many of NASCAR’s top drivers were left out of the point chase, but with a year under their belts, more drivers will know what it takes to win the Cup.  Considering that only the top-ten drivers have a chance at the Nextel Cup, there’s not much room for error.  Drivers have to make sure each race counts in order to ensure they are not left in the infield at the end of the season.  Let’s get the NASCAR party Started: The Engines are ready to Rev it up!


Review of the New 2006 Smooth Elliptical Trainers

Review of the New 2006 Smooth Elliptical Trainers

Elliptical

Although Smooth Fitness has been selling elliptical trainers for a number of years, it is only recently that they manufactured their own models. In the past they private labeled machines from several companies.

They recently introduced three new models, the CE 2.1, CE 3.2 and CE 7.4, which are built at the same Taiwanese plant as their popular treadmills. The Smooth treadmills have a solid reputation, and received a “Best Buy” from Treadmill Doctor.

The Smooth CE elliptical can attribute its popularity to being a solid and reliable machine. It has a very good service record. It is build with a 40 lb. flywheel and an eddy brake system. Both contribute to a fluid and smooth motion, which is what you want in an elliptical trainer. The new Smooth ellipticals utilize the best qualities of the CE elliptical. In addition, they have improved on several important features. Review of the New 2006 Smooth Elliptical Trainers


Discount Treadmills ­ Are They Really a Deal?

Discount Treadmills ­ Are They Really a Deal?

Treadmills Online

We all want to save money and buy at a discount. When it comes to treadmills getting the best value is particularly important when you consider the price.

A treadmill can cost a small fortune. And if you are not sure it won't end up as an expensive clothes hanger, you want to be cautious on how much you spend.

Whether you buy online or in a retail store, you'll find just about any treadmill is marked down significantly from its list price. List prices have no basis in reality of the true value of the treadmill.

It is no different than other products like cars, jewelry, furniture, etc. The problem becomes, what is the real value, and how does that compare to the discount price. Having worked in the treadmill business for a number of years I know how companies manipulate the prices to give the illusion of value. Discount Treadmills ­ Are They Really a Deal?


Weight Loss Plateaus – How to get back on track to Losing Weight

Weight Loss Plateaus – How to get back on track to Losing Weigh

Free Weights

The weight no longer is coming off and you have reached a diet plateau.  No matter how hard you are trying to lose weight you don’t budge one pound.  You are still dieting and doing what you did before and the weight loss came to a stop.

This could be a process that your body is catching up with the changes going on in your body.  You could be reaching a point where the amount of calories and exercise are not enough to push past the plateau.  Adding more exercise will get you past the plateau, but you may need to add variety to your workout.  Weight Loss Plateaus – How to get back on track to Losing Weight


The Kentucky Derby - A Historical Look at Horse Racing’s Finest

The Kentucky Derby - A Historical Look at Horse Racing’s Finest

Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby, the premier horse race of all horse races, has a checkered history that spans 130 years.  At first, it struggled to survive, owing its success to the men and women who created and sustained it.

The dream started with a young man, Col. M. Lewis Clark, grandson of Gen. William Clark, the explorer.  He visited England and France in 1872 and decided that he would start a racetrack in Kentucky to revive the state’s horse breeding industry.  Development began soon after the trip on 80 acres he obtained from his two uncles, John and Henry Churchill.  Funding was through membership subscriptions that sold at $100 a piece. The track was officially opened on May 17, 1875.  Four races were held that day and the winner of the featured race, the Kentucky Derby, was a horse named Aristides. Two African Americans, Oliver Lewis and Ansel Williamson, trained and jockeyed Aristides. Throughout the years, the Kentucky Derby became the focal event for Churchill Downs.  The Kentucky Derby - A Historical Look at Horse Racing’s Finest


The Power of String - Tennis Rackets and Performance - Buying Online

The Power of String - Tennis Rackets and Performance - Buying Online

Tennis Rackets

There are so many different tennis rackets to choose from these days, so how do you know what is best for you.  There are tennis rackets designed for power and some for finesse.  Each company has incorporated different technology into their rackets, Head uses flexpoint and liquidmetal technology in several of their rackets.  Wilson uses the nCode technology in their rackets and every other company has their own theories of what is best in a racket. 

These are all great but what about the string.  String is just as important in the performance of a racket as the racket itself.  The type and gauge of the string as well as the tension of the string will all effect how the racket will perform.  There are also different stringing patterns which will effect how the racket reacts to the ball.  You can turn a high quality racket into a useless piece of equipment if your string isn’t set properly for you.  The perfect racket just isn’t enough.  The Power of String - Tennis Rackets and Performance - Buying Online


Which is a Better Workout ­ Treadmill or Elliptical Trainer?

Which is a Better Workout ¬ Treadmill or Elliptical Trainer?

NordicTrack Elliptical Trainer

We live in a society obsessed with losing weight and getting fit. In response there are countless products on the market that claim to get you in shape. Most are fads that come and go. For example, how many people are still working out with a Thigh Master. But, occasionally an exercise machine is designed that gets results. It promotes fitness and wellness. It helps both novice and fitness enthusiasts reach their exercise goals. It has 'staying' power!

The two most popular fitness machines that fit this qualification are treadmills and elliptical trainers. The tried and true treadmill has been around for years. It remains popular due to its appeal to both novice and seasoned athletes. It is a simple machine that requires no special skills, all you need to do is walk, jog or run.  Which is a Better Workout ­ Treadmill or Elliptical Trainer?


Let’s get the NASCAR party Started: The Engines are ready to Rev it up!

Let’s get the NASCAR party Started: The Engines are ready to Rev it up!

Late Dale Earnhardt

Let’s get this party started; the Engines are ready to rev it up!  NASCAR is in full swing now, which means it’s time to get the grills out and the campers ready. Why is this year going to offer more than last season? What’s in store for NASCAR fans?  This year should be a memorable one for enthusiasts across the nation as drivers compete for the Nextel Cup. 

This is the second year NASCAR is using a new point system, which allows drivers to position themselves for a final push down the stretch.  Last year, due to the new point system many of NASCAR’s top drivers were left out of the point chase, but with a year under their belts, more drivers will know what it takes to win the Cup.  Considering that only the top-ten drivers have a chance at the Nextel Cup, there’s not much room for error.  Drivers have to make sure each race counts in order to ensure they are not left in the infield at the end of the season.  Let’s get the NASCAR party Started: The Engines are ready to Rev it up!


Physical Fitness - How to become motivated with Exercise to improve your Health

Physical Fitness - How to become motivated with Exercise to improve your Health

Bike Riding

Many people will fail in there exercise goals and quit within a 3 – 6 months after starting an exercise routine.  People lose their dedication and enthusiasm for continuing on a long term exercise program.  One reason for the lack of dedication is that we believe that we are too busy to find the time to exercise.

If you have a different attitude about exercise you might actually stick to it.  Using mental strategies could help to convince you that exercise is ok.

If you hate gyms don’t go to a gym.  Don’t follow the masses of people just because it is a trend that people go to gyms to workout.  You can get a workout without joining a gym.  Physical Fitness - How to become motivated with Exercise to improve your Health 


Pinehurst NC is Not Only About Golf! - North Carolina Golf Courses

Pinehurst NC is Not Only About Golf! - North Carolina Golf Courses

North Carolina Golf

Many people are discovering that Pinehurst North Carolina offers more then world class golf. It is also one of the best places to live in the Southeast. Not too many years ago the majority of people moving to Pinehurst were retirees. But now the southern charm and exceptional quality of life is attracting families who want to escape the cold of the northlands, and urban congestion.

Golf Paradise There are a number of factors that attract people to this area. Of course, there is the golf, and it just does not get any better than Pinehurst. For avid golfers, you’ll think you died and went to heaven. The Sandhills is packed with more than 40 golf courses within a 15-mile radius; about one golf hole per 100 residents.

Pinehurst is renowned for their golf courses! The ability to golf throughout the year has brought both residents and travelers to the Sandhills. Lovers of the game have found the great climate and incredible variety of courses to be an intoxicating mixture. Pinehurst NC is Not Only About Golf! - North Carolina Golf Courses


Manning and Manning-Can Either Brother Win the Big One?

Manning and Manning-Can Either Brother Win the Big One?

Peyton Manning

It was just over a year ago, after the Colts lost to the Pats in their post-season contest, that Boomer Esiason said on national television, "I think maybe Peyton (Manning) is this generation's Dan Marino."  Esiason went on to state that Manning "is a great football player, but he's not going to get to the Super Bowl, I'm telling you, not with that defense."

Marino, who was on the set, took umbrage at the reference and shot back, "Oh, wait a minute. I got to a Super Bowl."  Marino made a good point, but still, Esiason seemed to be on target by not blaming either quarterback for their failings but, rather, the guys on the other side of the ball-their weak defenses.

Fast forward to January 15, 2006, almost exactly a year to the date that Esiason made his comments. What was different this time for Peyton Manning and the Colts?  Manning and Manning-Can Either Brother Win the Big One?

Chicago Cubs Pitcher Mark Prior Re-signs

Chicago Cubs Pitcher Mark Prior Re-signs

Mark Prior

After many trips through the rumor mill, Mark Prior accepted the Chicago Cubs’ offer on January 27 to a one-year, $3.65 million contract. That is $900,000 more than the salary he would have earned under the contract he voided in November. Since Prior's definitive season in 2003 (18-6), he has cooled off somewhat, and has only managed to go 17-11 over the past two seasons.

The Cubs were within five outs of reaching the World Series in 2003, due, in part, to Prior's performance. A sore elbow put him on the disabled list early last season, and when he entered the normal rotation again, he was hit on the same elbow by a scorching line drive. He finished the 2005 season going 11-7 with a 3.67 ERA over 27 games.

The Chicago Cubs’ pitcher, whose name has been mentioned as possible trade bait this off-season, said that he was not too upset at the rumors because he figured they were just that -- rumors. Chicago Cubs Pitcher Mark Prior Re-signs


The Designated Hitter DH: Making Life Tough for AL Pitchers

The Designated Hitter DH: Making Life Tough for AL Pitchers

Edgar Martinez

In 1973 Major League Baseball instituted three rules designed to lessen the power of pitchers and create more offense. One theory at work was that the game needed to be energized and that more hitting would create additional runs and excitement.

Both the National and American Leagues lowered the pitcher’s mound and made the strike zone smaller.  The American League, as is well known, also created a new offensive position - the designated hitter (DH). The DH specialized in one thing and one thing only - hitting.

Usually third in the batting order, the DH was more often than not a power hitter who also swatted the ball for average.  Sometimes he was an older, less mobile player trying to extend his career or he could be a younger guy ill-equipped to be a position player.  The Designated Hitter DH: Making Life Tough for AL Pitchers


Yankees’ Rodriguez to Play in WBC

Yankees’ Rodriguez to Play in WBC

Alex Rodriguez

After several months of doubtfulness, Alex Rodriguez has decided that he will participate in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), and that he will do so wearing a Team USA uniform. After struggling with his decision whether or not to represent the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez’ country of origin, the American League MVP came to a somewhat surprising conclusion on Tuesday night, as Rodriguez posted on his Web site that he would represent the United States in the initial tournament.

NEW YORK -- After several months of uncertainty, Alex Rodriguez has decided that he will participate in the World Baseball Classic, and that he will do so wearing a Team USA uniform.

The WBC saga of the reigning American League MVP came to a somewhat surprising conclusion on Tuesday night, as Rodriguez announced on his Web site that he would represent the U.S. in the inaugural tournament. Yankees’ Rodriguez to Play in WBC

Who's Tops in Hockey and Who's Not

Who's Tops in Hockey and Who's Not

Hockey

The National Hockey League needs to do more to encourage better coverage of the hockey games. With so many other sports realizing national coverage, the NHL is sometimes forgotten. However, this year, there's a race for the Stanley Cup, and only one is set to win it. But which team will that be?

Right now, bookmakers are showing that, while the Philadelphia Flyers were on top only days ago, the odds are now swinging back and forth with the Flyers and other potential contenders such as the Ottawa Senators, as the teams to watch in the sprint for the Stanley Cup this year. Of course, all of the NHL information and stats change daily, but the odds are the best current indicator of which team is certainly a contender for the Stanley Cup of 2006.Who's Tops in Hockey and Who's Not 


Buying a Treadmill Online ­ What You Need to Consider!

Buying a Treadmill Online ­ What You Need to Consider!

Buying a treadmill online

Not too many years ago the idea of buying a treadmill online would have been absurd. Now a significant portion of sales are conducted through the Internet. And with those Internet sales, many are through a shopping cart. More and more people are buying treadmills costing as much as several thousand dollars, without ever having any human contact. Who would have thought? What are the benefits of buying online?

The Convenience of Shopping From Your Home When you purchase online you avoid the hassle of traveling all over town checking out various models. For city dwellers you know how time consuming and frustrating that can be. You also are not subjected to pushy salespeople, particularly the ones who work on commission. They are more likely to try and upsell you on features and functions that are not necessary for achieving your fitness goals. Buying a Treadmill Online ­ What You Need to Consider!


L.A. Lakers Kobe Bryant-One of the Greatest?

L.A. Lakers Kobe Bryant-One of the Greatest?

Staples Center

The Lakers are riding high, feeding off a boisterous crowd that will now be in a Kobe-induced frenzy. I imagine the hottest NBA ticket is in Los Angeles when the Lakers play at home, Tickets are selling like hotcakes these days, as a lot of people are going to want to see what Kobe's doing each night. After scoring 81 points in one game, Kobe Bryant's status as a player is now in the company of Wilt Chamberlain, arguably, the greatest NBA player to ever play the game.

Bryant's feat is second only to Chamberlain, who scored 100 points in a game for the Philadelphia Warriors in 1962 against the New York Knicks. So, it begs the question; Is Kobe Bryant one of the greatest? Well, at least he had his name placed next to Chamberlains in the record books.

Kobe Bryant says he feels a little embarrassed by his 81-point effort against the Toronto Raptors, and that he is not trying to eclipse Wilt Chamberlain's long-standing record of 100 points in a game, according to a Reuters report. Bryant continues to be hounded by questions after his scoring outburst. L.A. Lakers Kobe Bryant-One of the Greatest?


Could the Detroit Pistons be the Best in NBA History?

Could the Detroit Pistons be the Best in NBA History?

Basketball

The Detroit Pistons have everything on their side right now. Time, wins, great players and some say they may be one of the best NBA team to ever grace the professional courts of the NBA. What do you think?

Look at Detroit’s last season record of 54 wins to 28 losses making them first in the Central Division. Also, take into account the fact that two years ago, they took the NBA title by maintaining outstanding play throughout the season and with exceptional coaching. Will it be the same for the 2005 - 2006 season? What has changed and what has remained the same?

First of all, Detroit’s former Coach Larry Brown has moved to New York. Brown is often credited with developing the fabulous defense that gave the Pistons that winning edge. Brown is also credited with leaving players and fans angry in the wake of his decision to move to New York.  Could the Detroit Pistons be the Best in NBA History?


The Flags are Waving in Daytona Beach

The Flags are Waving in Daytona Beach

Race Flags

Gentlemen, start your engines and ladies, grab your beach bag. It's NASCAR time in Daytona Beach, Florida. 2006 is already wooing a track full of die-hard race car drivers and fans are pulling up trackside to get a glimpse of the action. Make sure you're there in 2006 for non-stop excitement at every turn on the track!

The season begins with the forty-fourth Rolex 24 which kicks off the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series on the weekend of January 26-29. Considered one of the most prestigious endurance races, the entry list features 73 entries which will exceed the 2005 entry list by eleven cars. Benny Parsons will act as the Grand Marshall for this event.  The Flags are Waving in Daytona Beach


Steeped in Tradition- A History of the NCAA Men’s Basketball

Steeped in Tradition- A History of the NCAA Men’s Basketball

NCAA Sports

A comprehensive and in-depth history of the NCAA men's basketball Tournament offers a genuine look at individual and collective adversities and strengths.  It is a looking glass for human hope, excellence and positive social change. It is, in short, a microcosm of the human existence, with all of its exuberance, tragedy and triumph.

The excitement and tradition of "March Madness" as we know it today has been shaped by many significant events in NCAA tournament history: The first NCAA men’s basketball tournament was held in 1939 with the first championship game held at Northwestern on March 27, 1939.  Only eight teams competed in two regions.  Oregon defeated Ohio State in the championship, and the West region held a third-place game.  Steeped in Tradition- A History of the NCAA Men’s Basketball


Benefits to having your own Home Gym

Benefits to having your own Home Gym

Bowflex Ultimate
Home Gym

If you currently have gym membership, you might find that you don’t go as often as you should and if you figure out what you pay for each trip per month, you might be better off exercising at home.

You should plan for variety with a home gym.  Must have items would be a good treadmill and a multi function weight lifting machine.  Losing fat is added by more muscles you have.  So if you want to lose weight you should do an aerobic exercise in combination with weight training.  The more muscles you have the better your metabolism at burning calories.

If you have young children you will find it extremely difficult to find time to exercise whether it is at the gym or not.  But the good part about exercising in your own home gym is that you don’t have to pay for babysitting.  You can exercise before the kids wake up in the morning or after they go to sleep at night.  Benefits to having your own Home Gym


Super Bowl 40 Statistics – Controversial Touch Down Calls and Final Score  

Super Bowl 40 Statistics – Controversial Touch Down Calls and Final Score

Final Score

The Pittsburgh Steelers played one of their worst games in a month and still beat the Seattle Seahawks.  This is the Steelers fifth Superbowl win, and their first since 1980.  It was a relatively clean game with no fumbles or safeties. 

The Seahawks held the ball for more time and even moved the ball further than the Steelers (Seahawks 396 yards, Steelers 339 yards).  The Seahawks ran more plays than the Steelers (Seahawks 77 plays, Steelers 56 plays). 

But the Stat that mattered the most in the end was the number of touchdowns.  The Steelers scored 3 of them and the Seahawks only scored one. A controversial call at the end of the first half put the Steelers ahead 7 – 3, when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger ran the ball “almost” into the end-zone. Roethlisberger, who was already down on the ground, reached forward with the ball.   Head official Bill Leavy let the touchdown stand.   Super Bowl 40 Statistics – Controversial Touch Down Calls and Final Score


SuperBowl Matchup - Seattle Vs Pittsburgh - Odds Makers Give SeaHawks 4 Points in the Spread

SuperBowl Matchup - Seattle Vs Pittsburgh - Odds Makers Give SeaHawks 4 Points in the Spread

Football

The Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers square off Sunday in Super Bowl 40 (XL).  The Steelers were not expected to be there.  They were not supposed to survive three consecutive road games to make it there.  But they did.

This year the Super Bowl will be in Detroit.  “Detroit would be a frozen and forlorn destination. An easy target for any hack with a computer or microphone. But it hasn't been”, according to Mike Lopresti of USA Today. Many have criticized Detroit for their declining economy.  The Big 3 have announced major layoffs.  The ridership of their People Mover has long been a symbol for what people think is wrong with the city, according the ABC News.   SuperBowl Matchup - Seattle Vs Pittsburgh - Odds Makers Give SeaHawks 4 Points in the Spread


Fusion Workout, Home Gyms and Exercise Videos expected to be Popular for 2006  

Fusion Workout, Home Gyms and Exercise Videos expected to be Popular for 2006  

Variety in Workout

Home gyms are expected to be very popular this year.  The AB Lounge and Bowflex have both started major advertising campaigns.  Many busy people do not have the time to hit the gym after a long day of work.

Other concerns pop-up when considering going to the gym.  According to the News in Science Website “Past outbreaks of the antibiotic-resistant skin infection have been seen in groups such as athletes and intravenous drug users - people who live in close quarters and share things like gym equipment and towels, or needles.”

Hillary Swank developed a serious drug resistant staphylococcus cellulitis infection on her foot while filming Million Dollar Baby.  In Swank's case, it started with a blister on her foot, resulting in "red marks going up my leg," and was extremely painful, she told Mike Wallace on CBS's 60 Minutes.  In her quest for fitness, she picked the painful illness up (and possible life threatening) off the floor of a gym.  Fusion Workout, Home Gyms and Exercise Videos expected to be Popular for 2006  


Treadmill Walking for Weight Loss

Treadmill Walking for Weight Loss

Treadmill

Only about 20 percent of the U.S. population engages in some type of physical activity on a regular basis, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturer Association International (SGMA).

That leaves approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population living predominantly sedentary lifestyles! These sedentary lifestyles have produced a high number of adults who are overweight or obese. To be more precise, around 65 percent of U.S. adults weigh too much, according to the "results from the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey" conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics.  Treadmill Walking for Weight Loss


Reebok Coreboard for a challenging Workout

Reebok Coreboard for a challenging Workout

Original Reebok Coreboard

The Reebok Coreboard is used to improve core stability strength.  It is a way to challenge muscles that don’t usually get used.  It will create a neuromuscular challenge because it is not a stable surface like the floor.  It will keep your brain working with your muscles.

Exercises that can be done with the Coreboard are sit-ups, pushups, squats, lunges, and arm lifts - to name a few.  This is an advanced exercise equipment, that should be used for people that need an additional challenge and have accomplished the regular exercises on a flat surface first.  Always practice on the floor first before trying it on the Coreboard. Reebok Coreboard for a challenging Workout


How Much Should You Spend on a Treadmill!

How Much Should You Spend on a Treadmill!

Treadmill

This time of year treadmill sales soar for primarily two reasons:

People commit to a New Years resolution to get back into shape.
Fanatic runners are faced with sucky winter weather and have to move their workouts outdoors.
But buying a treadmill can be complex and confusing. Like cars, there are countless models, and the question is, do you buy the equivalent of a Yugo or a Mercedes.

There are two important factors to consider when you compare treadmills.  How Much Should You Spend on a Treadmill!


Tips on Buying a Treadmill

Tips on Buying a Treadmill

Treadmill

When you buy a treadmill you are about to spend a considerable amount of money. That is of course, if you are going to buy a quality treadmill. Treadmills under $800 dollars are not built for endurance and performance. You will probably get an inferior workout and your machine will potentially breakdown after minimum use.

So what do you look for when you buy a treadmill, and should you buy your treadmill from a retail dealer or on the Internet?

When You Buy a Treadmill From a Retail Store

The advantage when you buy a treadmill from a store is obvious, you get to try it out. You can try out all of the features, and determine which one best serves your needs. But this comes with a price. You are paying for two costly expenses. First, you have to pay for the retail overhead costs. Most retail fitness equipment stores are in prime locations. This cost of leasing the building adds significantly to the price of the treadmill.  Tips on Buying a Treadmill


Treadmills and Elliptical Trainers Offer a Great Workout

Treadmills and Elliptical Trainers Offer a Great Workout

Treadmill

Both Treadmills and elliptical trainers are excellent tools for an aerobic workout.  Both offer the opportunity for a workout indoors at home. When you consider the cost of a gym membership for a year, both the elliptical machine and treadmill start to become a bargain.  Get yourself a set of dumbbells for the strength training portion of your workout.

So which one is better?  A good elliptical trainer can be very “impact-free”.   This will help your knee and other joints remain free from damage due to the jarring motion of walking.  The treadmill is not quite as good in that regard.  Treadmills do have a pad underneath the rotating mat that helps alleviate the jarring.  Although better than walking / running on concrete, a treadmill is not quite as good as a superior quality elliptical.   

According to About.com the elliptical trainer will allow you to burn the same number of calories but without the impact on your joints.  Plus you can get your arms moving at the same time.  I usually like to put some weights in my hands when I walk on the treadmill.  It gives me a more competitive workout.  Treadmills and Elliptical Trainers Offer a Great Workout


Types of Exercise to help Prevent Back Pain

Types of Exercise to help Prevent Back Pain

Consult a Doctor First

Exercise may extend your life and help prevent back pain and other ailments.  Very little research indicates that exercise is bad.  Many experts believe a combination of strength training and aerobics is best. 

About eight in ten Americans will experience some form of lower back pain at some point in their lifetime.  The good news is that there are a multitude of treatments available.  The bad news is that lower back pain can also be tricky to treat according to the Austin American Statesman Online.

Treatments include drugs and / or surgery.  Sometimes aspirin may help, but in some cases a strong prescription drug is necessary.  There are also pain-pumps, nerve blocks, acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy.  Simple things like a message or complicated treatments like mechanical devices that stretch the back can also help relieve back pain.  Types of Exercise to help Prevent Back Pain


Pressure in Kids Sports

Pressure in Kids Sports

Authors Website

Pressure is part of all sports and its impact in kids’ sports is something we need to carefully evaluate. The spotlight is brightest in baseball; there is simply no place to hide. For the pitcher, batter, catcher and anybody the ball is hit to, all the attention of parents and peers is riveted on that player. In soccer, basketball or other sports, it’s easy enough to “blend in”, but not in baseball. I have tremendous respect for every kid who takes the risk and goes out to play ball ­ especially the kids who are not as talented; it’s not easy. Is there simply too much pressure put on kids to early? I don’t think so. As we evaluate the physiological aspects of pressure, the kid’s psychology, our own beliefs, and effective ways to deal with pressure, I’ll let you know why.  Pressure in Kids Sports

Walking on a Treadmill is good way to lose weight

Walking on a treadmill is good way to lose weight

Nordictrack Treadmill

Walking may not be the most athletic sport, but it can help an overweight person lose weight and increase their overall health.

Anyone that is overweight should always consult a doctor when starting a new exercise program, as you may have high blood pressure and other hidden ailments that may require a different goal when starting an exercise program.

If you work all day or have children it can be hard to get to the gym to work out, not to mention the extra expense involved with baby sitters.  If you have room to invest in a treadmill you can exercise when you wake up or late at night.  There are units that are available that are just a good as the gym models. Walking on a Treadmill is good way to lose weight


Major League Baseball’s New 3 strikes Rule for Drug Use

Major League Baseball’s New 3 strikes Rule for Drug Use

New Tougher Baseball Rules

Major League Baseball along with the players union has put into effect a new penalty for steroid use.  This move to regulate is preemptive before Congress determines appropriate testing procedures, punishments, and banned substances.

The new rule is a 3 strike policy will make it a more career threatening mistake.  The urine drug test will be preformed during spring training physicals, another time at least once during the season and once again in the off season. Major League Baseball’s New 3 strikes Rule for Drug Use


MuscleTech Gakic: A new era in Muscle Building Performance

MuscleTech Gakic: A new era in Muscle Building Performance

Muscle Building

GAKIC, chemically known as glycine-l-arginine-alpha-ketoisocaproic acid, may be new to Bodybuilders, athletes, and sports enthusiasts, though it has been in development for 8 years already and many studies have been done on this supplement. It's not like creatine, a stimulant or a generic pre-workout supplement. GAKIC is a pre-workout musclebuilding supplement.
 
Many studies have been done on this supplement and some have been published in publications such as Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. In one study, GAKIC supplementation significantly increased the total muscle work performed during resistance training by an average of 10.5 percent during the first 15 minutes. In the same study, GAKIC supplementation was shown to significantly increase fatigue resistance by up to an average of 28 percent when compared with the placebo.  MuscleTech Gakic: A new era in Muscle Building Performance

Developing a Perfect Circular Golf Swing

Developing a Perfect Circular Golf Swing Tutorial

Steven Bishop

Last month I went into our JOB of swinging the club backward and forward, meaning in only TWO directions.  That is a very simple principle which I hope you can all see is derived directly from the meaning of "Swing".  By simply making a backward motion then a forward motion, our minds cannot over complicate matters.  This is the optimal mentality when approaching any shot.

This month I thought we should go into the other primary term used in our definition of a "Swing".  That is the CIRCULAR part.  Developing a Perfect Circular Golf Swing


U.S. Basketball Team loaded with effort

Team US Basketball No Kobe Bryants or Shaquille O'neals effort here

team USA Basketball

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil -- It seems slightly surreal to consider an 11-point loss to Brazil in International basketball as a moral victory for the U.S. national squad. Last week’s 88-77 loss to Brazil in Belo Horizonte was such a game, however, and a strange realization took place – this should be the future of U.S. basketball.

The team the U.S. trotted out for a series of exhibition games in Brazil last week – the same basic team the Americans is sending to the Dominican Republic this week for the FIBA Americas Men's World Championship Qualifying Tournament – is a Dream Team only from the players’ standpoint. No Kobe Bryants or Shaquille O’Neals, but U.S. Basketball Team loaded with effort


Team Names are not nearly as "Abusive" as NCAA Influence on Sports Culture

NCAA athletics and gambling

NCAA Athletics

Athletics and sporting events are, on their face, frivolous diversions from the drudgery of daily life. They offer us opportunities to debate our friends on subjects that do not cause deep offense or thought. If we actually devote ourselves to participating in various sports, they provide their most significant benefit by helping us organize in activities that help us maintain our physical health.

Athletics and sports in America, however, are fueling destructive obsessions. The inordinate wealth and celebrity garnered by professional athletes is converting many youth sports leagues into training mills that initiate career tracks for aspiring child athletes. Such hopes have helped to birth an industry of training gadgets, sports schools, and instructional books and video tapes. The desire for athletes to cash in on their talents has driven demand for chemicals that supposedly enhance strength and agility.NCAA Influence on Sports Culture


Tony Stewart wins at the Brickyard

Tony Stewart Wins the Allstate 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart won the Allstate 400 Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with 250,000 fans in attendance.  He started in 22nd position and it took 100 laps for Tony to get to the front passing Brian Vickers. 

The atmosphere was tense in the final laps as Kasey Kahne and Stewart fought for the top spot.  The vast majority of the were elated as Stewart crossed the finish line ahead of Kahne.  . 

"I am going to take a little detour, boys," Stewart said to his crew over the radio moments after winning. "I am going to enjoy this one."  Stewart Wins Allstate 400


NASCAR president Inspects Damage from Tornado

Alex Smith 49er's Quarterback Contract


Disputed Middleweight Boxing Title

Jermain Taylor after the fight Saturday against Bernard Hopkins

Taylor after the fight

Jermain Taylor is not the undisputed middleweight champion of the world, according to Bernard Hopkins.  Hopkins has filed an appeal to the Nevada Athletic Commission for a review of last Saturday’s fight. 

Taylor won the fight Saturday taking away the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO middleweight titles.  Hopkins held these titles before the judges awarded Taylor the fight in a decision. 

According to reports after the fight, one of the judges scored the fight 116-112 in favor of Hopkins while two other judges scored it 115-113 for Taylor. Disputed Middleweight Boxing Title


Yankees beat the Red Sox


Tiger Woods leads at British Open in Scotland

Tiger Woods British Open St Andrews

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods leads at the British Open at 12-under 204 in this year’s third major.  Tiger has a two shot lead over Jose Maria Olazabal going into the final round in St Andrews, Scotland. The conditions were warm and calm at the world’s oldest championship. 

Tiger Woods, (age 29) the world’s top ranked player, had three bogies and four birdies. Both Colin Montgomerie and US Champion Retief Goosen trail by 3 shots (9-under 207).   Montgomerie is considered the local favorite after fellow countryman Seve Ballesteros withdrew. Tiger’s lead was cut in half.  Complete article


Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins NASCAR Nextel Cup Sunday

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the NASCAR Nextel Cup at the USG Sheetrock 400 in Joliet Illinois Chicago Speedway Sunday.  Dale started in the 25 position, and spent the majority of the race near the 10th spot in his number 8 Chevrolet. 

Earnhardt said "I thought we had a top-10, maybe a top-five car…My guys on pit road won the race for me. Got me out front with two tires."

Matt Kenseth was disappointed with his 2nd place finish, some five car-lengths back (just 4 tenths of a second).  He led 176 of the 267 laps, but lost first place because he chose to change all four tires falling behind at his final pit stop. Complete Article


Harvick wins the USG Durock 300 NASCAR race

Kevin Harvick Wins

Kevin Harvick had to hold off Greg Biffle to win the USG Durock 300 NASCAR Busch Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois on Saturday.  Harvick held on to the lead for the last 19 laps earning him his second victory of 2005. 

"I got a good start and never had to check up through (turns) 1 and 2. Once we got out (in) front it was that much better. There for about 10 laps, you didn't have to let out of the throttle," Harvick said. Complete Article


Zen and the art of Golf:  Part II

The Game of Golf

Here I am watching the first round of the 2005 US Open and I see a lot of great swings. I also see a lot of swings that "get the job done." As with it seems every sport, precision doesn't always come from spotless technique.

I thought I'd open with that concept in this article. It's an important thing to remember when you're out there actually playing a round with your friends. Sometimes just being aware of yourself is all it takes to pull out the better round. This ties in with what I spoke about in the last article where we defined what our JOB was as the golfer. It's not about the person who has the perfect techniqe, but rather that person who creates the nearest thing to a "swing".

Today I'd like to delve into the somewhat more nitty gritty parts of that definition of "swing" that I gave you. In case you forgot here's a quick reminder. Your only task as a golfer (or JOB) is to "Swing" the golf club.
That's it. I later went on to define a swing as a "backward and forward circular motion."
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Zen and the art of Golf

A very profound concept is missing in most golfers minds, and it all starts with a simple question. What is your job? Now, you've probably never been asked that question about your golf game. The usual answers a person would give actually have nothing to do with your real JOB as a golfer. Here are some common answers.

"To put the ball in the hole."
"To hit the ball."
"To shoot a good score."
"To make my wife angry."

Although all of these seem to fit the bill, might I invite you to look at the game in a much simpler way. Lets break it down into very finite terms.

There are 4 things involved with every golf shot. The environment (which includes the hole), ball, club, and you. Now each one of these performs a specific function or JOB. It is the environment's job to get in the way of the ball, again this includes the hole. It is the ball's job to get in the way of the club. It's the clubs job to strike the ball...... so what then is YOUR JOB since all those other responsibilities are taken. The answer, to swing the club.
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