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Dismal show from indians in Rio Olympics
October 26, 2017
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Revisiting olympics for indians has never been so difficult. It was olympics where india, despite carrying a contingent bigger size than in previous olympiad performed dismally. 1.25 Billion population had great expectations over the athletes. So much so all of us expected india to exceed the medal tally they got in London Olympic and also fetch a elusive a gold medal. But it turned how wrong was our expectation over the athletes. Excepting the two girls who managed to save us blushes of returning empty handed. All performed so bad that one wonders how they even managed to qualify for these olympics. Many stalwarts who previously won medal in olympics failed miserably. The reason, it can be a combination of factors.
One. Indians lacked hunger to win a medal. Just for the sake of representing india, they came, represented and went back home. There was no grit, gumption to win a medal.
Two. Indian athletes remain the same players they were in previous olympics. Neither they improved or tried to innovate their strategies. Whereas the foreign players even coming from small countries innovated their techniques and improved their style of play to outwit us.

We should be really ashamed that many individual players performed better than us indians combined. For example seeing Phelps medals tally, it reminds how he can be called Phelps Republic. Many countries including india failed to match the tally he got. It showed how a individual won so many medals and how we as country failed to win a single gold medal.

Its time we wake up from the slumber and no longer focus and invest only on stalwarts who brought us glory. We need to plan, invest and focus on young children to get them step on the podium in another 8 to 12 years from now. India needs long term planning to achieve what it needs. Unless we do that, there is no way india could win a gold medal or increase its medals tally.

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India needs to win abroad to justify World No 1 ranking
October 26, 2017
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Yes. We have been all, of late singing praises for the Indian Test team for defeating all test teams and reigning in as World No 1. But one also needs to understand that all this season, we have been largely playing at home. Since Dhoni’s era, we have been literally unbeatable at home defeating even the biggest team: Australia 4-0. But this can largely attributed to the pitches they have been playing. No disrespect to the wins. There is no doubt that even playing on that surface needs skill and capability to outwit the team. But at the same time, home team gets the advantage of knowing the cons and pros of the pitch, which the opposite does not know. And our players very well know how to play and which bowlers to utilize. The real test will come when India goes abroad and plays in alien conditions. How the team adapts and outplays the home team shows the real capability of this team. Largely indians have been poor winning in abroad. Especially against strong teams like Australia, the indians have meekly surrendered and that’s just something indians cannot afford to repeat if it really wants to justify its World No 1 Ranking. According to me, i would only agree with India’s No 1 ranking only if it goes abroad and wins there convincingly. No 1 ranking is just not a number, its the power, invincibility that shows up in that number. And that’s something Australia in recent times and West Indies in older times have shown. Australia during its strong times, they were just invincible. Does not matter which country they played, which team they played against, they thrashed them. Same with west Indian who were more dominant than the australians. Home pitches, abroad pitches never mattered to them. From the whistle go, they destructed every single team.

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WWE SummerSlam 2017: Is a Shield Reunion a Possibility?
August 2, 2017
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The last time The Shield Worked together was when the power bombed AJ Styles at Survivor Series, but could we see a match involving a reunited Shield at SummerSlam?

Ever since The Shield split up, it has nearly been impossible for the Shield to reunite. This is because, for the majority of his single run, Seth Rollins was a heel while Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose were top babyfaces. So, it just did’nt make sence for the trio to get back together at any point.

Then, when Rollins finally did turn face, the brand split prevented a proper shield reunion because Reigns and rollins were on RAW, while Dean Ambrose was on SmackDown Live. Although, they did tease partial shield reunions with Rollins and Reigns teaming up often on RAW.

Then, the SuperStars shakeup happened. This sent Dean Ambrose over to RAW. Now, all three former hounds of justice are all faces, and all three of them are on the same brand. So it may be time to pull the trigger on a Shield Reunion.

While a second run as the Shield is Unlikely due to all three being top single stars, WWE has a habit of banking on nostalgia acts for big events, and one match involving all three members of the Shield teaming up could provide that factor for SummerSlam.

Now Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins both have their  eyes set on The Miz and The Miztourage. If only there was a third person to help Ambrose and rollins even out of the playing filed…

Sure, Roman Reigns is eyeing the Universal Championship at SummerSlam,.

So, if WWE manages to get Reigns out of a match with possible opponents like Brock Lesnar or Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns will be without a plan for SummerSlam. WWE has been trying so hard to make Roman Reigns the next face of the company, and if they put him with the rest of The Shield for SummerSlam, he might actually get cheered for once.

Roman Reigns could easily get involved in the angle involving Ambrose, Rollins, and The Miztourage by claiming he wants a shot at the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam after losing his opportunity for the Universal Championship.

Then, The Miztourage will ambush Reigns, and Ambrose and Rollins will come out to make the save. Once the dust has settled, The Shield will be standing tall and standing together in the middle of the ring.

This would eventually lead to a six-man tag team match between The Shield and The Miztourage at SummerSlam, and this would be a good way to get fans cheering and excited as 3 top babyfaces properly get cheered while a proper heel will get booed and get beaten to a pulp.

With all of the main event activity involving Roman Reigns, it is a long shot that we could see a full Shield reunion at SummerSlam, but a partial reunion between Rollins and Ambrose is a stronger possibility.

Then again, Ambrose could just turn heel on Rollins and ruin the entire possibility.

 

 

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Indian womens cricket team won world cup final
July 22, 2017
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YEAH India Women won by 36 runs,SO FINALY INDIAN WON THE WORLD CUP FINAL.Its Proud for us because our womens are not less than me

.Proud for all of us and for India.what a good game played by our womens team. Well done you make feel us proud. 🙂

Enjoy everyone may god blessed you all in cricket future.wish every time you will do likes yesterdays wins.

.Proud for all of us and for India.what a good game played by our womens team. Well done you make feel us proud. :)This was India’s highest ever total against the Southern Stars and proved to be match-winning even as Alex Blackwell’s power-packed 90 took them to 245 in 40.1 overs.

The day belonged to Harmanpreet as her innings could well be termed as one which will be remembered for years to come. It drew comparisons with Kapil Dev’s historic 175 against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells during the 1983 campaign with members of the men’s team, including skipper Virat Kohli, showering accolades on her.

Harmanpreet’s third ODI century was embellished with 20 fours and as many as seven sixes.

It was also the second highest individual score in ODIs for India behind Deepti Sharma‘s unbeaten 188 against South Africa earlier this year.

With enough runs on the board, confident Indian seamers Goswami (2/35 in 8 overs) and Shikha Pandey (2/17 in 6 overs) came up with brilliant opening spells.

Opener Beth Mooney and skipper Meg Lanning were cleaned up by Pandey and Goswami respectively.

The Derby Ground proved to be a happy hunting one for Mithali Raj and her team as they won all five matches here.

It was out of the world power-hitting by the girl from Moga district in Punjab — something that has made her a stand-out player for India.

The milestone from 51 to 100 was reached in 26 balls while she raced to 150 from 101 in mere 17 balls. The sixes flew from her bat with monotonic regularity as the Aussie bowlers had no clue as to what hit them.

After a dry run during the better part of the league stage, India’s most sought after T20 cricketer stepped up just when it mattered the most.

What worked to Harmanpreet’s advantage was her experience of playing the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) for Sydney Thunders due to which her familiarity with the current Aussie attack was much more than any other player.

After a useful 60 against New Zealand in the virtual quarter-final, Harmanpreet upped the ante like never before.

She batted like as if there was no tomorrow as she repeatedly hit the troika of left-arm spinner Jess Jonasen (0/63 in 7 overs), off-break bowler Ashleigh Gardner (1/43 in 8 overs) and leg-spinner Kirsten Beans (1/49 in 8 overs) with utter disdain.

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Who Will Guard Kevin Durant?
June 8, 2017
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The Golden State Warriors proved to be too strong basketball team in this planet. These guys are unbeatable. True to what they say when Kevin Durant joined the Warriors. They are Super Team and no team can beat them.

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photo credits to pixabay.com

Is there any way Lebron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers can defeat the GSW. As of now, it seems the probability is impossible. Look, the GSW is 15-0. The team is unbeatable since the conference. Note that, no one has beaten them. Even the King James was helpless in doing this, well—at least there is still one game for Cavaliers to do this.

Have any of the basketball analysts and masters have predicted this? Could it be 4-0?  That’s a nightmare. A defending champion will be like a helpless kid that can’t pull even just one win? A team that has the best player of this generation can do nothing to prove his supremacy in the basketball land.

Many thought that the 2 wins of GSW are just because it’s there… home. Here comes the third game and the Cavaliers lost, 118-113. It’s the castle of the king. And Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Tyron Lue are watching the team in the brink of blowout loss.

When Kevin Durant joined the Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson plus Draymund Green, it was already the explosive team. Durant wanted the championship ring so he left Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder to chase the elusive ring he ever wanted. Seems like his decision is not a bad decision after all. Just one more win and he’s in the gang of the ring bearers of championship.

It cannot be denied he is the key for another championship in this triology. Durant is the player who contributed many for this greatness of Warriors. The question now, who will guard Durant so that Cavaliers will have the moment to chase the trophy.

There is still hope, anyway. Let’s not forget the 3-1 disadvantage of Cavaliers last year and yet they played the game to championship.###

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It’s My Biking Day Today
May 27, 2017
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I’m not a pro biker. So when I bike it’s a hobby, not even part of my everyday physical workout routine because it’s running that’s what I doing. Running is my passion, it’s has been for seven years. But once in a while I do biking to break the monotonous of running in the road.

Screenshot_20170527-101555But today is different because I bike through from home to my work station because I told myself that if our boss is absent and let me handle his programs today I will  ride my bike from San Esteban to Candon City. So yesterday I rode my motorcycle which I usually left in the station. And yesterday afternoon, my boss texted me to sit on his program because he will not be able today.

This morning I prepared my morning ritual earlier than I was because I need to come early—because I will not ride a passenger bus which takes only 30 minutes to travel. It would have in the bus because all you need to do is sit and wait till the unloading are is reach.

At 7:30AM I started to pedal my mountain bike. With my backpack at my back and wearing a long sleeve black Nike Sport dri-fit and the short pant I begin my journey going to south. Along the day I got thirsty so I bought plastic bottled water and drink a little.

The route is not easy; three elevated portion of the road and then sloping down.  Plus there are some on-going constructions along the way. I also felt my bag is a little bit heavy because my laptop was there.

In short I made it and the following data is my record.

  • 55 kilometers is my total distance
  • 01:00:03 is my time
  • 394 kcal my workout burned calories
  • 03’25”/km is my average pace 01’51”/km the max pace
  • 88 meters is highest elevation

It was a great Saturday biking day.###

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The Rivalry Continues Between Warriors And Cavaliers
May 26, 2017
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Trilogy.

Its not only boxing now; it’s not UFC, we are talking about National Basketball Association.

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photo credits to pixabay

It’s the Cleveland Cavaliers versus Golden State Warriors for the third time. The first meeting was the GSW’s trophy and last year it was Cavs that brought home the glory.

Who will win the third face off? Let the guessing game begin.

The Warriors have their big players who can shoot at short or in long distance. The addition of Kevin Durant who is a great offensive player to the rooster of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson who are used to be called Splash brothers. Then include in the team are Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala.

The Cavaliers has the strongest player of NBA in this time, Lebron James. He who brought the first championship to Cleveland last year is so determined to repeat the history. The team has Kyrie Irving who is big impact to the team and Kevin Love who is so industrious now.

GSW swept the west conference finals, 12-0, who made another history in the NBA and the Cavaliers lost only once. Warriors eliminated the San Antonio Spurs and the Cavs just rested the Boston Celtics.

When it come possible injuries to the players of the team, Love and Irving is vulnerable to injuries as they have been like that in the previous finals and in Warriors its Durant who was sidelined in the conference semis.

Mike Brown who used to coach Cavaliers and James is the head coach of Warriors—he is still unbeatable this finals because his team never been lost yet. Tyronn Lue, for the second time will lead the Cavs to another championship.

Long before the Finals happen, it have been predicted that the Cavs and GSW will again face off in the finals. That sure-to-happen prediction never failed, it will happen this June.

The question now is who will win the Finals. Many are saying it will be in Game 7 again.###

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Importance of coach in sports or education
May 16, 2017
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Be it sports or education, both the arenas require grit, determination and discipline! From the first vowels that you learnt to the first time you scored a goal on the basketball court, there was always a hand backing you with all its might! A coach is someone who̢ll give you more than you can ask for. For you, it might be an individual venture, but what your coach seeks is perfection; not for himself but for his disciple.

In sports one cannot thrive without the guidance of a strong support, someone who chides you when you make mistakes and supports you when you feel low. Athletes need that kind of a figure to look up to who can make them realise the power of discipline and dedication. It takes a blend of gritty determination and roaring confidence to slap someone on their back and push them into the arena!

A coach instructs an athlete, brushes up his skills and makes him full of courage and confidence. They are responsible for training the sportsman; they can make a man out of a person! Playing a sport is something which can change your life and that spirit can be instilled in you only if the pair of hands guiding your back has a firm grip on the field itself!

The shades in the role of a coach vary from dark to light hues. A coach is a friend, mentor, facilitator, chauffeur, demonstrator, adviser, supporter, fact finder, assessor, motivator, counsellor, organizer, planner and an incessant fountain of knowledge.

Whether it comes to academics or sports, every novice needs motivation. Every time you fail a test, your coach will guide you along the points where you went wrong. Be it studies or sports, a good teacher or instructor always finds the best and most impressionable methods to teach his students. Whether you learn your lesson the hard way or the soft way, it is worth it if you̢ve learnt it well.

A coach creates the best possible atmosphere for learning and always finds examples, real-life instances, and words to inspire you! Motivation goes a long way in boosting an athlete̢s or a student̢s confidence and that̢s where your coach will never leave you alone! Motivation builds enthusiasm and drives away all the negative energy that stops one from giving their hundred percent.

A good coach-learner relationship pays off really well in the long term! Something which clearly reflected in Sindhu̢s overwhelming performance at the Olympics. While a million hands cheered for the silver medallist, the world knew the face behind her victory; her coach Gopichand!

A coach assists athletes to get ready for training programs, communicates efficiently with his disciples, lend a helping hand to learners to develop new skills, use grilling assessment tests to keep an eye on the training progress and predict the athlete̢s performance.

Every challenging task requires an extraordinary person to train! For achieving results, one needs to put adequate efforts and an able guidance by someone who is efficient as well as proficient: A good coach!

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Fake Friends and Part-Time Foes
May 14, 2017
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A good friend may be hard to find. Sometimes one may appear to be friend but is actually foe. Some friends become foes and vice versa. Even a good friend can fall into the trap of betrayal. Perhaps listening to others or going through some sort of struggles. It’s hard to tell at times if some are truly friends. Perhaps monitoring their actions may help but some can “kind” their true colors in order to gain but once they’ve realized that gaining isn’t easy then they may want to be foes.

If being friends isn’t beneficial then some may choose to become a foe. Some may be friend when in the mood and foe when not wanting to be bothered. No rewards then they may just choose foe all the way. Once a friend has taken on the role as foe then it may be a good idea to just allow the friendship to dissolve. Not all friendships are worth saving. Some are toxic friends. Never ever considering their friend’s feelings.

With the way so many engage these days it may not be a bad idea to just disconnect. No person should have to deal with wolf like friends. Some watch to see what it is they can gain from their friends and when they’ve received what they need then they’ll move on to find new victims. Pretending as if there’s some sort of concern but are actually up to no good. Always observe the motives. “Some are genuine” while others are just mere jerks.

Finding a good friend is rewarding and should be cherished. A good friend will try to be there for their friends. They’ll “be understanding” and compassionate. Good listeners and care if there’s some troubles going on in their friend’s lives. Some don’t seem capable of being friends at all. Not everyone is friendly and some may become isolated because of coming in contact with so many foes.

There is always a friend in Jesus. Jesus Christ never forsakes and always listens. Don’t have to worry about any feuds with Jesus Christ. The world is so corrupt and one may never know which way a wolf will come. There’s a lot of people who prefer to be foes. Some may be afraid of being friends because of bad experiences. Going through certain situations can make some not want to experience any closeness. There’s some who will be friends for many years and distance isn’t “a reason” for friendships to fade.

There are some who live many miles away and can seem as close as the ones who live a block away. String friendships can hold up when there’s a lot of “distance.” The type of friendship where there can be a misunderstanding and not long after there’s connect again. Strong bonds are a blessing. Having at least one good friend is worth more than gold. Having a strong connection is important and a good friend won’t turn foe.

“Know the Difference between the Friend and the Foe. Some can be Tricky.” By: Tanikka Paulk

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Performance-Enhancing Supplements: Information for Parents
May 11, 2017
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Young athletes can improve their sports performance by focusing on the basics: fluids, calories, training, conditioning, and rest. Shortcuts, such as the use of performance-enhancing substances and supplements, are of little benefit and can be dangerous.

Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about performance-enhancing substances and supplements for athletes. 

Performance-Enhancing Supplements

Parents and athletes need to be aware that dietary supplements are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Studies looking at the purity of supplements find high rates of contamination with possibly harmful substances. Also, many products do not contain the ingredients listed on the label.

Protein and Creatine

Young athletes sometimes take protein supplements or nucleic acid supplements (creatine) to help their sports performance. However, studies have not shown these supplements help improve sports performance in younger athletes.

During puberty athletes grow and become stronger and their performance often improves very quickly. Creatine does not appear to offer any additional benefit in this age group. Most young athletes who eat a healthy, well-balanced diet do not need and would not benefit from protein supplements. However, vegetarians may be at risk of not eating enough protein and may benefit from meal planning with a registered dietitian. See Effects of Puberty on Sports Performance: What Parents Need to Know for more information.

Energy Drinks and Stimulants

Caffeine is found in a variety of foods and drinks. About 3 out of 4 children consume caffeine on any given day.

The FDA regulates the amount of caffeine in items sold as foods and drinks; however, it does not have control over items sold as supplements, such as energy drinks. It is very difficult to know how much caffeine is in many of these products. Consuming too much caffeine, such as that found in powders, pills, and multiple energy drinks, can be dangerous.

Although caffeine appears to improve some parts of sports performance in adults, the effects vary a lot. The effects of caffeine are not as well studied in children.

Young athletes who take medicine for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder need to be very careful when using energy drinks that contain stimulants. They also need to keep track of their fluid intake and how they respond to severe heat and humid conditions when exercising or competing.

Vitamins and Minerals

Athletes do not need vitamins and mineral supplements if they are eating healthy, well-balanced meals. Low iron levels are associated with decreases in athletic performance, but high doses of iron, or of any other vitamin or mineral, have not been shown to improve sports performance in otherwise healthy athletes.

Anabolic Steroids

Anabolic steroids are drugs that are illegal without a doctor’s prescription. Athletes sometimes use anabolic steroids to enhance muscle strength and size. Nonathletes may use anabolic steroids because they want to look more muscular. However, there are side effects. Anabolic steroids stop growth in children and teens who are still gaining height. They may also cause long-term problems with the heart, skin, and other organs that can be severe and may be irreversible.

Note: Anti-inflammatory steroids, such as prednisone, that are used for asthma and other conditions are safe and often needed for young athletes when prescribed by a doctor.

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