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Top 10 Gravel Bike Races in the U.S.

Posted on August 17, 2022 by Tyler Tafelsky

Gravel bikes have become a common staple in the cycling world. Allowing cyclists to experience a wider range of riding – from forest roads, two-tracks, single track, and other forms of unpaved terrain – gravel bikes give ways to more freedom and more possibilities.

With the growing popularity of gravel bikes has come more gravel-centric races throughout the U.S. A unique cross between road cycling and mountain biking, these events provide participants with a greater sense of adventure. You don’t need a high-performance bike to get involved, either. Many cyclists, especially those who are beginners, find a budget gravel bike gets the job done.

If you’re keen to participate in a gravel event sometime in the near future, check out these top gravel bike races found all throughout the U.S.

1. Unbound Gravel

Formerly known as Dirty Kanza, Unbound Gravel is one of the most widely-known gravel bike races in the US offering a range of short-course options along with the coveted 200-mile course and XL version extending 350 miles. Navigation is key for this race, so it’s highly recommended to use a GPS-enabled multisport watch or bike computer to help guide your way.

Bringing amateur and professional cyclists from around the world, Unbound Gravel transforms the small town of Emporia, Kansas in early June. The long courses meander the rugged and remote roads of east-central Kansas’ Flint Hills region, which hosts the only remaining expanse of natural tallgrass prairie in North America.

Unbound Gravel attracts several thousand gravel cyclists every year, yet not all participants finish. The race is extremely challenging with considerable climbing, self-supported race dynamics, and hot conditions. Learn more about this world premiere gravel bike race at UnboundGravel.com.

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America’s Storyteller Vin Scully Passes Away at Age 94

Posted on August 03, 2022 by Dean Hybl
Vin Scully has been an icon since announcing his first major league game in 1950.
Vin Scully was one of America’s great storytellers of the 20th Century.

Legendary sports announcer Vin Scully has passed away at the age of 94. Scully began his broadcast career as the third announcer along with Red Barber and Connie Desmond for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950 and spent 67 years broadcasting baseball for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers before retiring in 2016.

Listening to a Vin Scully broadcast was not just an afternoon enjoying live baseball. It was an afternoon remembering both legendary and relatively obscure players from baseball’s past while also likely having American culture and history woven into the conversation.

Scully was not just a walking baseball encyclopedia, he was a walking American history book.

Having grown up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, Scully spent two years in the U.S. Navy before attending Fordham University. During his college career, Scully played on the baseball team while writing for the school newspaper and broadcasting football and basketball games on the radio.

Following his graduation, Scully was a fill-in announcer for CBS Radio station WTOP in Washington, DC. It was during this time that Red Barber, the Sports Director for the CBS Radio Network, recruited him to broadcast college football games.

After joining the Dodgers broadcast team in 1950, Scully continued to learn his craft from the legendary Barber. In 1953, Barber got into a salary dispute with World Series broadcast sponsor Gillette, propelling the 25-year-old Scully into the broadcast booth for his first World Series. He still holds the record as the youngest broadcaster to announce a World Series game.

He eventually became the lead announcer for the Dodgers and stayed with the team when they moved to Los Angeles following the 1957 season.

Though he was originally a New Yorker, it was in California where Scully truly became a broadcasting legend. Announcing Dodger games during the era of Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Maury Wills, Scully became a fan favorite as many would bring transistor radios to the stadium just to hear Scully call the action.

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Which Casino Has The Best Payout?

Posted on July 28, 2022 by John Harris

If you are a passionate gambler, you probably have faced a problem with your payout. It is only natural and most people have been there back in the days. Of course, some high-class casino platforms such as betheat have good payouts and a good review among their clients.

What is the payout?

When you are intensively gambling every day, and you seem to be getting really not only in the activity but the game rules, results and dynamics, you actually start thinking automatically about turning this in your real profession. When you have made some money in an online casino and you want to withdraw them, you start the withdrawal procedure. It might take some time. This really depends on the provider of the gambling services that you are using. It might even take more than a week to have your winnings in your card.

However, there are some super fast ones and you get your money in your bank account in just a few hours, but I would not recommend that you keep waiting for this to happen as these providers are very rare and most are not fast enough, if not moody and slow.

The payout is literally the percent of your winnings that you can see coming into your bank account. Usually, a few percent of the whole value of your winnings is missing and the true payout is what is left of your winnings for you to have. This percent may not be a big amount of money if your winning was not massive, so a few dollars missing would not be a big deal. However, if you have won a lot of money, and a few percent of it is missing, then, it is very probable that the amount of money missing can be a significant and noticeable one.  This amount of money is literally the profit for the casino.

 To avoid this we have to check out what are the best and biggest payouts in different sites.  Here are the best sites with the biggest payouts and lowest profit for the casinos.

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2022 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions: Better Late Than Never

Posted on July 24, 2022 by Dean Hybl

The 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame induction class is quite interesting as it includes a recent star with a questionable history and then several greats from past eras who waited far too long for Hall of Fame induction.

Minnie Minoso is among the seven inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame for 2022.

Based on career numbers and post season success, there seems little doubt that David Ortiz has the credentials to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame. However, given that many other greats from recent eras with similar association with the steroid era have been shunned by the Hall of Fame electorate, it seems a bit odd (and perhaps hypocritical) that Ortiz is being inducted in his first year of eligibility.

It seems clear that the reason Ortiz is being inducted in the same year that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens roll off the ballot after a decade of receiving below the voter threshold is related almost totally to likeability. Even before they became the poster boys for the steroid era, Clemens and Bonds were seen as surly and self-absorbed. They were unquestionably among the top talents of their era, but that was not enough for either of them. When their bodies started the natural breakdown associated with baseball players in their 30s, they fought back with banned substances and ultimately posted otherworld numbers into their 40s.

The career of Ortiz is quite different. He was an inconsistent power-hitter in six seasons with the Minnesota Twins. In 2002 he posted career-high numbers in home runs (20), RBI (75), Slugging Percentage (.500) and OPS (.839), but still struggled against left-handed pitchers (.203 average, .637 OPS) and was released following the season in a cost-cutting measure.

As they say, “the rest is history”. Ortiz signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent in December 2002 and quickly became a key component of the most successful era of Boston Red Sox baseball in 100 years. He helped the Red Sox break the Curse of the Bambino by winning the 2004 World Series and ultimately won three World Series rings with the Red Sox.

Ortiz was one of the most consistent sluggers in baseball from 2003 until his retirement in 2016. He averaged 34.5 home runs and 109 RBI in 14 seasons with the Red Sox.

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Top Tips for Hitting the Progressive Jackpot at Online Casinos

Posted on July 11, 2022 by Mia Natalia

The progressive jackpot is where the real money is at in online casinos. These jackpots keep growing until someone wins, and they can reach into the millions. Just imagine becoming an instant millionaire!

If you’re looking to hit the login joker123 progressive jackpot, you can do a few things to improve your chances. Here are our top tips:

1. Wait until the jackpot is high to play

You want to wait until the jackpot is as high as possible before you start playing. The higher the jackpot is, the higher your profit will be if you win. If you see a progressive jackpot starting to get big, start playing and hope for the best!

Stay away from low jackpots because the return on your investment isn’t as high. Instead, peak into your favorite online casino’s lobby to see their current jackpots before playing.

2. Play the maximum number of coins

If you want to win the progressive jackpot, you need to play the maximum number of coins. This is because the progressive jackpot is only available to those playing the maximum number of coins.

So, if you want to have a chance at winning the progressive jackpot, make sure you’re playing the maximum number of coins. Betting the max will also give you a better chance of winning the regular jackpot.

3. Look for special promotions

Some online casinos offer special promotions to put extra money into the progressive jackpot. These promotions can be in the form of a bonus or a contest. To take advantage of these offers, you need to be on the lookout for them.

The best way to find out about these promotions is to sign up for the online casino’s newsletter. This way, you’ll be the first to know about any special offers that could help you win the progressive jackpot.

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Sports Injury Solutions to Prepare You for Your Next Game

Posted on June 07, 2022 by Brooke Chaplan

There are many different methods for treating your sports injury from over-the-counter pills to physical therapy. Discovering regular treatment options can be especially helpful, such as anti-inflammatory medications, and alternative treatments, such as water spas. Below are a few treatments to improve your health.

Hot/Cold Packs

A hot or cold pack is the easiest, safest method used to reduce an injury’s pain and inflammation. Contrast therapy is the process of alternating heat with cold every few moments to improve the recovery process. The heat expands the blood vessels and increases circulation to the injured site while the coldness reduces the pain and swelling.

Massages

Sports massaging is recommended to relieve stress and tension in damaged muscles and joints. This is a treatment of physical therapy that is common for people with neck, back, and shoulder pain. Many injuries can cause inflammation, so it’s important to be delicate when treating muscle pain. Massaging relieves pain, reduces tension, and increases the range of motion. As a result, the injury heals faster and reduces scar tissue.

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Hall of Famer Tony Oliva
      July 17, 2022 | 2:15 pm
      Tony Oliva

      After waiting for 45 years after his retirement, the Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month is finally taking his rightful place as a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

      Before injuries cut short his Hall of Fame worthy career, Tony Oliva was one of the best hitters in baseball and combined with Hall of Famers Rod Carew and Harmen Killebrew to make the Minnesota Twins a perennial American League contender during the late 1960s.

      Discovered on the baseball fields of Cuba by a Minnesota Twin scout, Oliva came to the United States in 1961 and within three years the American League Rookie of the Year. There have been many great MLB players from Cuba, including a new generation of stars today, but it is hard to argue that there has been a better player from the island in MLB than Oliva.

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