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How the Internet has Influenced Sport

Posted on February 12, 2019 by Liam Hughes

Internet and sportsPeople have been playing, watching and betting on sports for thousands of years but the past 30 years have seen the world of sport change like never before. It’s not that we’re playing games that differently or that more people are participating, it’s because the internet has revolutionized our whole relationship with them. It has opened up a host of new opportunities, to check results, read informed comment, and to watch sport, and has made the various sports accessible to more people than ever before.

All the details

Keeping up with sporting results used to require turning on the radio or sitting in front of the television at a certain time and waiting through a lot of irrelevant results to hear the ones that mattered to you. Miss them and you had to wait for the next broadcast, phone around your friends or go out in search of more information. Now you can get results online as soon as a game is finished or watch them stream in point by point. There’s a tremendous amount of detail available and it’s up to you to decide whether or not you want insights and opinions to go along with it.

Following sport online also makes it easy to keep track of rankings, fixtures and transfers so that you can stay up to date on every aspect of your passion. Read the rest of this entry →

Remembering the Great Frank Robinson

Posted on February 07, 2019 by Dean Hybl

Frank Robinson-OriolesThe baseball universe is missing a major star today with the passing of all-time great Frank Robinson. Anytime you use the words “only” and “first” in someone’s biography, you know that they were probably quite special.

That is certainly the case for Robinson during his playing days as well as throughout his career as a manager and administrator.

There are many superlatives to share about what Robinson accomplished on the field, but one thing that makes him stand out is that he remains the only player in Major League Baseball history to earn the Most Valuable Player Award in both the American and the National Leagues.

Starting his career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1956, Robinson blasted 38 home runs and was named the National League Rookie of the Year. He quickly joined Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente as one of the elite outfielders in the National League.

In his first seven major league seasons, Robinson eclipsed 30 home runs six times and the other season hit 29. He was a regular .300 or better hitter and annually ranked near the top of the league in runs batted in.

He reached new heights during the 1961 campaign when he was named the National League MVP while leading the Reds to the National League Pennant and a spot in the World Series. He hit 37 home runs with 124 RBI and a .323 batting average. Read the rest of this entry →

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How Fashion Has Taken Over the NBA

Posted on February 04, 2019 by Scott Huntington

Perhaps no sport is more associated with fashion than the NBA. The competition among players to dress the best is fierce, and it’s become a big part of the news cycle surrounding the league.

Players receive a lot of chances to flaunt their fashion choices. The most notable is the pre-game walk through the tunnel. Traveling to and from games, press conferences and other events provide opportunities as well.

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Over the last few decades though, the story of the NBA and fashion has moved beyond just pre-game and press conference outfits. Players such as Russell Westbrook and James Harden make regular appearances at world-famous fashion shows and on the covers of style magazines. Many players also have their own fashion lines and brand collaborations. Westbrook even wrote a book, titled Style Drivers, about his relationship with fashion.

In 2017, the NBA officially recognized the importance of fashion for the league by introducing the NBA Style Award, which the league gave out alongside awards for most valuable player and rookie of the year. Westbrook took home first place, followed by Cleveland’s Iman Shumpert and Chicago’s Dwyane Wade. Read the rest of this entry →

Altior Ready to Cement Legacy Among Cheltenham Greats

Posted on February 02, 2019 by Cathy Carter

Cheltenham-1You have to go all the way back to April 2015 to find a race in which Altior was defeated. It was just his 3rd outing, a national hunt flat race at Punchestown, and the 14/1 Altior was well-schooled, finishing 6th in a race that had several prominent horses of today, including Bellshill, Supasundae and Disko.

17 races later and Nicky Henderson’s Altior hasn’t missed a step. It’s a run that has included the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the Arkle and, of course, last year’s Champion Chase. A hat-trick of Grade 1 wins at Cheltenham, achieved with the minimum of fuss.

Legacy can be a strange thing to witness in horse racing, as sometimes we are not fully aware that history is unfolding in front of our very eyes. Altior’s effortless victories perhaps clouds the fact that we are seeing one of the greats in action. Few horses have given him a real battle: the last time a horse finished within 4 lengths of Altior was back in 2015, when Ch’tibello finished just over a length behind in a Grade 3 hurdle.

It’s perhaps unfair to judge Altior’s career over those he has beaten, but it’s natural to lament that he did not come up against, for example, Douvan when he was at his best. On the other hand, the likes of Min and Un De Sceaux – remarkable horses in their own right – have challenged and been swatted aside with ease. Read the rest of this entry →

Gambling Among Student-Athletes

Posted on February 01, 2019 by Abhinav Vasudevan

sports betting-2The Curiosity of Gambling
The curious youths are literally curious about everything and anything they hear, see or read. Though gambling is age-restricted, there are some forms of gambling that students end up to try such as online scratch cards games in uk. Gambling has a strong impact psychologically on young student-athletes. A lot of college students try their luck in gambling. More often than not, it gets out of their control after a while. This affects mental and physical health in a bad way.

Effects of wagering
Gambling has shown an adverse effect on the behaviour of the students. Any student playing excess of gambling tend to become socially awkward. This anti-social behavior also affects their academic and sports performance by a great deal. In some cases, it leads the students to depression and drug addiction and they tend to become more abusive.

Besides, poor academic results, the worst impact of gambling is on the athletic performances. The student-athletes often engage them in criminal activities and drugs. This impairs their concentration level and physical prowess. Studies show that male students are more likely to fall prey of gambling than the female students. Many male athletes stop playing totally because of lack of interest.

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The authorities encourage young athletes to not put money in any kind of gambling activities. Student-athletes often gamble money on the sports and before they know is they get addicted to it. The records show that more students are engaging in gamble-related activities compared to last decade. The related facts are present at sportsthenandnow.com.

Sports wagering is quite common in student-athletes. But in recent years, sports betting has increased a lot in the youth, mainly online betting. The players are easy to get lured by the cool bonus features of the online betting site. And they like to prove their mettle among the friends by winning the bets based on their in-game knowledge and skills. Read the rest of this entry →

How Professional Athletes Recover After Practice and Competition

Posted on January 29, 2019 by Jessica Peters

training campThe world’s elite athletes are always looking to give themselves an advantage over their opponents, regardless of the sport and the team/individual they are competing against. One crucial way of achieving that is to train hard, and compete even harder. Unfortunately for some athletes, however, all they do succumb to injury or get too tired to train. This means less training and less chance of competing at the highest levels, due to the stiff competition they are up against. What do some of the world’s leading athletes do to counteract this issue and how do they stay fit and healthy through their training and competitions?

Massage Therapy

Some athletes take to the table to ensure they get some quality time for muscle and mental relaxation. Massages encourage the muscles to breath and blood to recirculate. Training/competing hard means muscle tissues become extremely stiff and aren’t able to circulate blood as they would normally. However, a simple massage could be all it takes to get an athlete back in training sooner rather than later, which always gives them a competitive edge.

Nutritional Protein Shakes

There are many nutritional protein powders available on the market to athletes who are looking for quick muscle repair and the chance to get back to the gym quickly. There are many powders that can be mixed with fruit and veg to give athletes the nutritional value they seek, and the chance to repair their muscles at a quicker rate. Shakes come with different flavors and benefits to suit a variety of athletes, so it’s better to do your research before you go out and buy a big pot, as it’s generally quite expensive. Read the rest of this entry →

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      Randy Smith-BravesThe Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month may have had a pretty common name, but his iron man streak as an NBA player was anything but ordinary.

      In a streak that lasted more than a decade, Randy Smith played in 906 consecutive NBA games to establish an NBA iron man record that lasted more than a decade.

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      A three-sport standout at Bellsport High School in Long Island (basketball, soccer and track), Smith also was a three-sport All-American at Division II Buffalo State College. He helped lead the Bengals to three straight basketball conference championships and a spot in the 1970 Division II Final Four.

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