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How to choose the right competitive swimwear for women

Posted on April 27, 2019 by Christian Taylor

Unlike leisure swimming wear, selecting a swimwear for competitive swimming should be a carefully thought and analysed purchase. Having the right wear is a crucial factor in competitive swimming – where in the performance is measured to the nearest of 0.10 seconds. Top tier competitive swimmers are separated by 0.10 seconds, and if you are wearing the tech suit that fits into your physique perfectly, it helps you to reduce the drag of your body and boosts your speed and performance. High tech suits improved the efficiency of swimmers to such an extent that in 2009, FINA, the world body governing the sport, banned use of high tech swimsuit totally.

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Earn Money with Slot Games

Posted on April 23, 2019 by Lisa Turnbull

Playing slots online is so much fun, especially at sites such as Mega Reel. You can have fun playing from the comfort of your own home and they can be great to help pass the time on a long journey. You can also play on mobile and desktop at any time. The 24/7 casino is the best! Although you can play online slots for free to practice, it’s so much more fun when you’re winning actual money. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best ways you can earn money while having fun with slots games:

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Who’s going to stop you from joining multiple online casino sites to bag the freebies? No-one! Do your research and take advantage of all of the fantastic welcome bonuses offered on most online casino websites.

Sometimes you’ll get the chance to win a Mega Wheel to unveil exciting prizes including lots of free spins and other prizes like Amazon vouchers. These are great as you only tend to have to make a small deposit of £10 to access the freebies.

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What are the Different Types of Horse Racing that you can bet on?

Posted on April 23, 2019 by Avinash Pathak

Churchill Downs Betting on your mind? Well, before that you need to know the different types of horse racing to place a bet on. So, read on!

Being one of the oldest sports in existence, many competitive horse races have been held throughout the history. Horse racing, undoubtedly has evolved over the years, but the basic idea is somewhat the same. And today it is incredibly popular, and is considered as a major sport in various parts of the world.

But the popularity of the sport is due to its association with betting. Horse racing and betting have always been naturally linked, and betting on the result of races is traditionally an integral part of a day at the racetrack. Modern day horse racing industry rests on betting in fact, as it leads to a significant percentage of sport’s funding. Therefore, ageless allure for horse race betting together with betting aspects of the sport ensures that all types of horse racing thrive into the foreseeable future. So let us now take a round-up of various horse races that you can bet on that are still in play today:

  • Thoroughbred Racing

Thoroughbred racing is considered as one of the most popular type of horse racing over its competitors by a considerable margin. For around hundreds of years, thoroughbreds have proved to be a marvel to all the sports enthusiasts on the basis of speed and power. The horses are trained in racing on flat and mostly round tracks. While racing, Thoroughbreds are mostly controlled by jockeys but the other significant factors in the thoroughbred racing includes trainers, who look after the horse’s exercise, feeding and training regimens to prepare them for the actual race.

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10 Gym Bag Essentials for Gym Goer

Posted on April 23, 2019 by Christian Taylor

Be it your first day at the gym or just your regular day at gym. It doesn’t matter if you train in a well-equipped gym like the gyms in Bondi beach with excellent hygiene and facilities or to a local gym, there are a few gym essentials that you must have in your gym bag – the essentials will come handy during and post workout session.

Here are ten must-have accessories you can’t afford to be without for your workout session.

Reusable Water Bottle

If you don’t want to wait in line for a water fountain or not comfortable drinking tap water, then a BPA free drink bottle is an essential item you should have in your gym bag. With this investment, you will able to keep yourself hydrated pre, during and post workout session.

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Competitive Swimming: 5 effective tips to boost your performance

Posted on April 22, 2019 by Christian Taylor

Swimming as a sport and competitive swimming are two different areas. If you are the latter area and planning to head into the first one, than the first question that comes to the fore is: What should I focus on to increase my performance in the pool? Well, to be honest there are plenty of things that you should focus on but we have narrowed them down to 5 areas that you MUST focus at the start.

But before we dive into the details, I want to ensure that you perfectly understand that competitive swimming is all about building stamina by committing more hours to workout per week, focusing on your diet to fulfill all your dietary requirements, focusing on perfecting techniques and strokes and wearing the right swimwears and training equipment.

The areas that we have outlined here can be easily adjusted within your existing routine and help you make your overall swimming training sessions more goal-oriented and fun at the same time (listed in no particular order):

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Remembering the 1956 Topps Baseball Cards

Posted on April 20, 2019 by Joe Juhasz

1956 Topps Baseball Cards
Checklist & Values


1956 Topps Wax Box 1956 Topps Wax Pack My fondness for 1956 Topps started way back in 1964 when I first started collecting as an 11 year old. My friends and I wandered nearby neighborhoods in search of “old cards”. Back then, the oldest cards we ever found in dealing with other kids were 1957 Topps.

Eventually I saw my first 1956 Topps card – I was hooked. It was larger, thicker, fluffier making it look much, much older compared to a 1-year old 1957. “Ancient” we thought.

I changed neighborhoods in 1966 leaving my childhood friends behind. Before I left, except for a small cigar box of my favorites, I “donated” all my cards to the neighborhood – and stopped collecting. I had a great 3 year run but sure wish I would have been collecting in 1966 and 1967 with those tough high numbers. I would have loved to have had a cigar box full of them in place of my hoard of 1964 Topps Felix Mantilla and Gary Peters cards.

The regular 1956 Topps baseball card set is one of my favorites. Topps again went with a slightly larger (3-3/4″ by 2 5/8″) horizontal card design, similar to their 1955 Topps cards. Several of the portraits are even the same used on 1955 Topps cards some even back to 1954 Topps. 1956 was Topps first issue to feature team cards and checklists. A much more boring addition was the addition of the 2 league presidents.

With Bowman gone, Topps could again make cards of Mickey Mantle missing from Topps issues since 1953. After Mickey Mantle, it is a fun and simple set to complete with no high numbers or extremely expensive rookies with Hall-of-Famer Luis Aparicio being the top rookie.

For the serious 1956 collector, there are over 200 variations, making things extremely difficult for master set collectors. Most the variations deal with card stock (gray or white backs).
Cards #1-100 gray backs scarcer with slight premium
Cards #101-180 white backs much scarcer with larger premium
… rumor has it gray outnumbers white about 9-to-1 in the above run.

There are also several cards with color line variations on front. For example: Ted Williams’ card has either no line over his name or a thin green, red, blue, or yellow line between the white border for a total of 5 variations. Whitey Ford and Early Wynn also have no line or a thin red or yellow lines. In addition, many team cards had 3 different variations with team name either on the Left, Center or Right.

1956 Topps Hank Aaron 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle
There are a few uncorrected errors, the most famous being card #31 Hank Aaron which actually pictures Willie Mays sliding home ! Card #135 Mickey Mantle is also an interesting card. Exciting card pictures Mantle leaping high into the stands trying to catch a home run ball. The artist did a great job and Mantle makes the catch !!! An awesome play to put on this great card – right ? Only problem is that on the real play, Mantle missed the ball. 1956 Topps Mickey Mantle Catch
And as always for vintage Topps sets, take a quick look at Don Mossi and his famous ears !

Collectors of 1956 Topps likely love Topps side issue ‘1956 Topps Pins’ which used the same portrait photos as the cards. Seems collectors preferred cards to pins and Topps cut the 1956 Topps Pin set from a planned 90 pins to just 60.
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