Analysis. History. Perspective.

Sports Then and Now


Halfway Through Wimbledon: Predicting the Future

Posted on July 03, 2015 by Marius Kiniulis
Defending champion Novak Djokovic is among the favorites to win the 2015 Wimbledon men's title.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is among the favorites to win the 2015 Wimbledon men’s title.

With Rafa Nadal unexpectedly dropping out of the most prestigious grass tournament of the year and Kei Nishikori leaving the title race due to an injury the tennis fans are wondering: who’s next? We took a shot and tied to predict the way Wimbledon is going to play out.

World’s No 1 Novak Djokovic should feel pretty comfortable with his upcoming bracket – none of his potential opponents, at least until the quarter-final are living up to their expectations. Today he plays the 27th seed Bernard Tomic, who had a pretty bumpy ride to the third round. It took the Aussie five sets to beat the 98th ranked Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round and two tiebreaks against ATP’s 151st Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the second.

Meanwhile Djokovic himself feels really comfortable in the record-breaking Wimbledon heat outplaying both of his previous opponents in three-set matches. In fact, the highway to the semi-final looks pretty clear for the defending champion. Yes, there are eight players in the top half who yet have a set to lose, but of the whole list only Stan Wawrinka seems like a potential threat for Djokovic.

It comes as no surprise that the bookies see the Swiss as Novak’s most likely opponent in the semis. The US Open champ Marin Cilic took a huge blow for his reputation from the World’s No 90 Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania in the second round, while the 7th seeded Milos Raonic has yet to face what seems to be a pretty tough challenge in the third round against Nick Kyrgios. The UK-licensed bookie TonyBet gives Raonic just 1.45 odds at advancing to the next round.

Meanwhile, the bottom half looks a little bit more complicated. The 2013 champion and the local favorite Andy Murray is seen as the main candidate to face Djokovic in the final, however, he still has a long way to go. While his third round opponent Andreas Seppi might not seem as a big threat for the World’s No 3, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga just might be. Read the rest of this entry →

Sports Betting Can Be Easy and Fun

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Masoom Anwar

sports-bettingHave pleasure in betting with the help of bookmakers

Sport betting is the most popular entertainment in all over the world. The creation of betting in every sport changes the real nature of every sport. Once you enter into the internet world you can see different type of strategies in betting. In the past days if you like to contribute in the culture of betting you want to work out with more time and effort. You want to visit the nearby bet retail store and after that you want to make a purchase on some equipment for betting activity. In the recent days with less effort you can effortlessly obtain more amounts in betting action. After the completion of age eighteen you can involve in sports betting as it is a rule.  If you make a sincere research in online you can find more number of betting websites that is specially meant for the customer satisfaction. With the use of sports bookies you can take pleasure in betting game.

Promising betting activity in online

A person who is warm of bookies can make use of online resource so that it can enhance the chance of winning in bet. Bet365 is the promising betting agency which is involved as important part in all betting games. If you like to join as the member in this website you want to sign up as a new account holder therefore you can get the free bet options. In this www.bookie-bonus-code.co.uk website you can identify more essential information about the betting and their rules and regulations. In the recent days most of the people like to enjoy the real pleasure in the sports betting. This website offers you to bet on casino games and also in other types of games with simple betting choices. You can earn more bonus options in the free betting so that more number of users getting into the world of sports bet. Read the rest of this entry →

Whether you're looking for advice on which online Casino to visit, reviews and tips on how to play a Casino game such as online blackjack, roulette, slots and many more then Online Casino Info is the latest portal that covers it all.

sports goods on dhgate at wholesale price

SBRForum.com provides the latest betting news, updates and what you need to know before placing your next bet, access injury reports stats and real time betting odds using SBRodds free tool.

How to Play Baseball Better in 5 (Not So) Easy Steps

Posted on June 25, 2015 by John Harris

baseballImproving your fitness in key areas will help you fine tune your baseball skills and give you the edge over your opponents. It takes hard and regular work to start seeing the gains but make no mistake about it: it can be done. Try these exercise ideas and see if your game improves.

At The Batter’s Box

Want to hit the ball harder and faster? Then you are going to need to work on the core and upper body strength. Push-ups will help you develop your chest and shoulders while crunches will increase your core strength. Start slowly and build yourself up – once every other day is more than enough. Once you have developed your strength a little, you can move up to pull-ups. Rest one of your feet on a chair if you are struggling, and it won’t be long until you are pulling yourself up easily.

Sprinting

You are going to need speed if you want to make it around the field, either for your first home run since high school or just to make a catch. Forget about jogging ten miles a day – you need high-intensity interval training to increase your speed over short distances. The best thing about HIIT sprinting is that you can achieve a lot from a single workout, and it only takes up a small amount of your day. Hit up this workout from Shape.com to get started. Read the rest of this entry →

Rugby League: Who will win this year’s Challenge Cup?

Posted on June 08, 2015 by Simon Power

Rugby-1The Challenge Cup remains one of the greatest accolades in sport and is, behind the Super League Grand Final title, the biggest and most prestigious award in rugby league. This year’s tournament has been one of the best in recent memory, entertaining viewers with some tremendous tackling, phenomenal passing and sensational scores. As the tournament starts to heat up, most of the major teams remain in the competition and will be quietly confident of their chances this season. In fact, the only major shock so far came in the previous round as Hull KR earned an impressive away victory against Wigan Warriors to knock Shaun Wane’s men out of the competition.

Meanwhile, the likes of Warrington Wolves, Leeds Rhinos and St Helens remain firm contenders for the crown, while Catalans Dragons have shown that they are more than capable of beating the best teams in Super League on their day. At the quarter-final stages, anything can happen and it would be foolish to dismiss any of the remaining teams in the competition. With the exception of Leigh Centurions, who have won 14 of their 15 Championship league matches this season, all of the quarter-finalists are Super League clubs and have beaten each other on various occasions – so this year’s tournament really is up for grabs. That is not to say that Leigh should be ruled out, however, and, at the time of writing, betfair are pricing Leigh at a hefty 40/1 to lift the trophy at the end of August. However, it is likely that Warrington Wolves – Leigh’s opponents in the last-eight – will be looking to spoil the party as they hunt a fourth Challenge Cup title since 2009. Read the rest of this entry →

American Pharoah Proves That History Can Be Repeated

Posted on June 06, 2015 by Dean Hybl
American Pharoah is the first horse racing Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

American Pharoah is the first horse racing Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

After 37 years and many close calls, it might have been fair to believe that horse racing in the 21st Century was not destined for a Triple Crown winner. However, that was before American Pharoah did what 13 previous horses could not since Affirmed in 1978 and added victory at the Belmont Stakes to wins at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

With his wire-to-wire victory, American Pharoah is now the 12th member of an impressive club that began with Sir Barton in 1919 and also includes well known horses including Secretariat, Affirmed, Citation, Whirlaway and War Admiral.

While much has been made of the 37 year drought, perhaps the real number to indicate just how challenging it is to win the Triple Crown is that American Pharoah is just the fourth winner in the last 67 years. In fact, if you set aside the anomaly between 1973 and 1978 when there were three Triple Crown winners in a six year stretch, American Pharoah accomplished what 20 horses had not been able to complete since Citation in 1948.

That both jockey Victor Espinoza (twice) and trainer Bob Baffert (three times) had been in this position previously gave both of them an interesting perspective and understanding of the pressure and extra demands surrounding a run for the Triple Crown.

Of course, the different component of the equation in 2015 was the horse and American Pharoah proved that he was up to the challenge. That he headed right to the front and then stayed there throughout, actually growing his lead over the final quarter mile, illustrated that he was indeed a champion worthy of immortality. Read the rest of this entry →

The Totally Awesome Health Benefits of Cycling

Posted on June 04, 2015 by John Harris

Cycling is one of the cheapest and best ways to exercise today. It is perfect for people of all ages and abilities because the activity does not place excess strain on any areas of the body. No matter where you live in the country, there will be lots of designated cycling routes in your local area. Also, you might like to consider using a bike to get to work during the summertime if you are committed to lowering your fuel consumption. The health benefits of cycling are listed below.

Using a bike on a regular basis will help to build strength and muscle tone. Indeed, that is why so many boxers and bodybuilders choose to cycle in their spare time. If you want to improve your body image without working too hard, jumping on a two-wheeler could be a wise move.

Cycling is known to improve stamina greatly because the results from this exercise are relatively easy to judge. People tend to download an app to their phone to keep track of their movements these days. So, it is easy to see that you manage to travel slightly further with each ride.

Those who choose to use bikes in their free time encourage their heart to pound in a steady manner. That have been proven to help improve cardiovascular fitness. Studies have shown that people who cycle to work increase their fitness levels by 3-7% depending on the distance traveled.

As you can see, there are many health benefits to cycling that we simply can’t ignore. Now is the time to get started if you want to lose some weight and feel better about yourself before Christmas. The infographic will tell you more…

bicycling_infographic_600 (1)

Infographic By peak1sports.com

  • Follow Us Online

  • Check out the best free bets at freebets4all. Learn how to convert online bookmakers free bets into guaranteed cash using the matched betting technique.

  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Maureen Connolly: Little Mo
      July 3, 2015 | 3:39 pm
      Maureen Connolly

      Maureen Connolly

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was the most dominating women’s tennis player of her career before a tragic accident ended her career while she was still a teenager.

      Maureen “Little Mo” Connelly won the final nine majors in which she competed, which is quite impressive given how challenging Serena Williams is currently finding it to win four straight majors for the second time in her career.

      Read more »

    • RSSArchive for Vintage Athlete of the Month »
  • Sign up for Email Updates

    Sign-up to get daily updates of all the great articles and information on Sports Then and Now.

    Enter your email address:

    Delivered by FeedBurner

  • No Deposit Bonus Codes

    Affordable Satellite TV Great prices on Dish network packages.

  • Gear up for your next trip with new North Face Backpacks from SportsUnlimited.com. Shop great Field Hockey Sticks from Grays & Gryphon.

    Football Jerseys

  • SportsNation Pick!


    Sports Then and Now was very proud to be selected as ESPN's SportsNation Site of the Day on January 28, 2010! Click here to check out the video!
  • Weekly Poll

    Who is the best coach in College Football?

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...
  • Post Categories



↑ Top