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3 Olympic Sports You Can Easily Play In Your Free Time

Posted on September 14, 2021 by Istvan Liptak

The Summer Olympics ended a while ago, showing the world that, despite the global pandemic, sports still have the power to unite. Aside from the positive message about the power of sports in our lives, the Summer Olympics probably reminded some of us of the other positive effect of sports in our everyday lives: keeping us fitter and healthier in the long run.

Most people only get involved in sports as fans, idly watching them on TV as a distraction while eating snacks and drinking ungodly amounts of sugary drinks or alcohol. But there are sports, even Olympic sports, that don’t require extensive training and peak physical fitness to be performed – they can be played for fun in one’s free time at home.

Badminton

Badminton has been around for ages – for more than a century in its current form. It has become an official sport in the 1930s, and an Olympic discipline at the 1992 edition of the games, and has been contested at the Summer Olympics ever since. China is the most successful badminton nation, with 20 Olympic gold medals and 12 silvers under its belt.

Badminton is not only a sport but also a fun thing to do. Anyone who can lift the otherwise lightweight racket can play it – there’s no need for a court or a net. It’s a surprisingly beneficial sport, helping to reduce health risks of all types, improving mobility, promoting heart health, and representing a total body workout with all the running and jumping it involves. Not to mention the fact that it’s a ton of fun to play – and can be a truly engaging social experience when played in a park or on the beach. Just make sure the weather is not overly windy.

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Cricket Betting Strategies

Posted on September 06, 2021 by Varun Kumar

Cricket is a popular team sport with a large fan base. Cricket is the world’s second most popular sport, after football. Cricket is a notoriously tough sport to grasp, with numerous variations in the regulations. Matches take place all year, and the betting options are nearly limitless. In many countries, cricket betting is a multibillion-dollar industry. When you place live cricket bets, you are very certainly also watching the game, whether at the stadium, on TV with friends, on the radio, or in some other way. Unfortunately, you probably don’t have access to your desktop or laptop at this time, so you’ll have to do your cricket betting on your phone or tablet. This is the ideal time to take use of cricket betting apps to increase your delight.

The popularity of cricket betting

We can claim that professional bettors are interested in cricket because of its national qualities. The line moves here not only because of many causes but also at the expense of the supporters. Fans from the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Pakistan, and other nations are influencing the outcome by betting on their preferred side. As a result, the odds on the bookmaker’s line don’t always reflect the substance of what’s going on the site.

Cricket bets must be placed based on a thorough comprehension of the sport as well as the ability to work with big amounts of data. You’ll need to know everything there is to know about the teams competing in the match, as well as the ancillary aspects such as weather and climatic conditions.

Different bets in cricket

  • Normally, bookies only accept bets on team victories, but a draw is possible in cricket. There are two sorts of draws: score-based and time-based. Almost all bookmakers do not accept bets on a tie, and if one occurs, they will refund all players who placed bets on a win.
  • Due to the small number of players in cricket competitions, you may examine the teams and place a wager on this market.
  • Bet on Batsman / Bowler of the Year; It is quite rare in cricket for one player to be significantly stronger than his colleagues; therefore, such a wager would be extremely dangerous.
  • For the best player in the match’s overall points. A wager on each player’s performance.
  • You can wager on the total number of wides or run-outs,
  • the total runs of a side’s first pair of batters, or which team will score the most runs or run-outs, among other things. It’s best to put such wagers only after you’ve thoroughly studied the game’s regulations.

There are many strategies for sports betting, especially cricket betting. Some of them are;

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6 Reasons Why Ping Pong is Good for Your Brain

Posted on August 28, 2021 by John Harris

Ping pong, also known as table tennis, is an indoor and outdoor sport played by people of all ages. Besides being a recreational activity for family and friends, ping pong offers excellent physical and mental health benefits. It helps you build strength, agility, and speed. Below are a few reasons why ping pong is good for your brain.

  1. It improves mental acuity

Ping pong is a fast-paced game that requires you to continuously focus on the ball as you quickly make decisions that will help you win. This helps boost mental alertness, improve concentration, developing and improving mental acuity. You need much to enjoy playing ping pong – get a Harvard ping pong table, a net, and a racket, and improve your mental acuity along with other benefits mentioned below. 

  1. Expands pathways

Just like strength training helps you build strength over time, regular brain activity helps strengthen your brain. Ping pong requires you to think faster and react quicker to calculate speed, spin, and ball placement, forcing your brain to create more pathways to replace the depleted ones. The production of these pathways indicates that a significant portion of your brain is active.

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Predictions for This NFL Season

Posted on August 24, 2021 by Zach Chambers

It’s right around the corner, and before you know it the NFL season will be upon us. There is nothing better than the fall when football returns, and Sundays are taken up with cheering, talking trash, and biting on your fingernails. With the NFL, the anticipation is not as good as the arrival, but it’s still fun to make predictions about what might happen in the coming season. Here are some bold, and maybe not so bold, prognostications heading into another exciting fall and winter of NFL football. 

Can Ezekiel Elliott Return to Prime Form in 2021?

Ezekiel Elliott Bounces Back In A Big Way

Last year was a rough one for the Dallas Cowboys, and Elliott was a big part of that. He’s won the rushing title twice already, even though he’s only 26 years old. However, last season he struggled, gaining fewer than 1000 yards and averaging only 4.0 yards per carry. To some, he might be considered washed up. However, there are plenty of reasons why he might bounce back and even win the rushing title yet again this year. 

To start, Dak Prescott will be back under center once again after a catastrophic injury early on in 2020. He’ll be throwing to their three-headed monster of a receiving corps, with Amari Cooper, Ceedee Lamb, and Michael Gallup. The ability to air it out will open up a lot of space for Zeke, allowing him to do what he does best. Plus, the Cowboys play in the weakest divisions in the league. This means that they should be able to win a lot of games. When they are in the lead, Elliott will get the ball a lot to run down the clock and lock down the wins. It should also be noted that Elliott had a very similar season in 2017 to the one he had in 2020, and he bounced back and won the rushing title the very next year. 

Julio Jones Takes The Titans To New Heights

If Julio Jones hasn’t been the best receiver in the NFL since he came into the league, he’s at least been in the conversation. With the Falcons, he was an instrumental part of one of the best offenses in the league year in and year out. Now he finds himself on the Tennessee Titans after requesting a trade in the off-season. 

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Practice Makes Perfect: The Importance of Regular Gun Safety

Posted on August 21, 2021 by Brooke Chaplan

Being a legal gun owner can save your life. However, it’s important that you understand the importance of gun safety as soon as you decide you want to own one. It’s especially important if you have small children in your home.

In 2019, six percent of the gun-related deaths were deemed accidental or preventative. To avoid hurting yourself or someone you love, it’s best to practice proper gun handling.

Practice Makes You Comfortable

Everything from driving a car to cooking becomes easier when you have practice. Regularly practicing your gun handling from the time you leave the gun store will make you comfortable with your guns. Be sure to practice handling both a loaded and unloaded gun. That way, you’ll feel comfortable cleaning and using your gun when necessary.

For example, you should practice dry firing at least once a week. Dry firing is the art of doing everything you’d do with a loaded gun without loading it like maintenance and adding rounds. Live firing, which involves actively using your firearm, should be practiced at least once a month.

Consult an Expert

Some guns are better suited for beginners compared to others, and it is important to find the right weapons to learn gun safety with. Visit a gun store and ask what kinds of guns are best for beginners. Seeking advice from a professional will allow you to find a simplistic firearm that will not require too much maintenance. Once you have a little more experience under your belt, you can return to the store purchase some more advanced guns.

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Most Famous Football Clubs in the World Right Now!

Posted on August 21, 2021 by Varun Kumar

Football is the most popular sport today, with around 3.5 billion followers; second is cricket with 2.5 bn fans and hockey in 3rd position. There are tens of thousands of professional football clubs on a worldwide scale, and people yearn to place a bet on them on their favourite football betting sites. Here in this post, we will unveil some of the most popular clubs in the world today.

We placed the clubs on our list based on a number of variables. Titles won, social networking follower counts, sponsorship partnerships, and worldwide TV viewing statistics are just a few of the considerations.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid is, without a doubt, the most popular football club on the planet. It has the largest fan following in the sport. Whilst Real Madrid has a long and illustrious history; it is also among the most successful clubs in football. Real Madrid has won a total of ten European titles and other significant awards during its history. In addition, the squad holds the record for most La Liga trophies won. Real Madrid also received 42.35 percent of the voting for FIFA Club of the Century. It is very well-known on social media, with the team having the most followers.

Arsenal

Arsenal is the FA Cup’s most successful team. The squad has won 14 FA Cup championships thus far. In addition, Arsenal has 13 Premier League championships to their credit. Arsenal is a well-known football club based in Islington, London. Kroenke Sports and Entertainment own Arsenal Football Club.

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Drew Pearson: Mr. Clutch
      August 7, 2021 | 6:59 pm

      Drew Pearson

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month is a former NFL wide receiver know as “Mr. Clutch” for his penchant for making big receptions at crucial moments of the game. After waiting for more than 30 years, he is finally earning his rightful place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2021 Hall of Fame Class.

      During his decade with the Dallas Cowboys, Drew Pearson had a habit of making the big catch at the right moment to help the Cowboys time and again snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

      The favorite target of Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, Pearson was widely recognized as one of the great receivers of his era. Though at the time of his retirement many expected Pearson to easily breeze into the Hall of Fame, his enshrinement was derailed by changes to the game which artificially inflated receiver stats and made the numbers he produced during a time when wide receivers weren’t catching 100 passes a season seem inferior.

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