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Tahan Lew-Fatt Defends Reynolds Over Misogyny Claims

Gorgeous model Tahan Lew-Fatt is standing by her beleaguered boyfriend David Reynolds. This week Reynolds was fined $25,000 for making ‘inappropriate’ remarks concerning fellow Bathurst 1000 entrants Renee Gracie and Simone de Silvestra. Tahan Lew-Fatt is outraged at the suggestion […]

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Sledging and the Changing Face of Sport

Ford V8 Racing car driver David Reynolds has been fined $25,000 for remarks deemed offensive against fellow Bathurst 1000 competitor Renee Gracie. Gracie is getting more attention from the remarks she received prior to the race than from her driving; […]

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Ronda Rousey Talks About Her Fighting Edge

Ronda Rousey has opened up about what she things is her biggest asset in the Octagon. You might think it’s her arm-bar – a submission no one has yet escaped from. You might think it’s her judo skills – a […]

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Titans’ Bird, Harrison, Loa Have Charges Dropped

Gold Coast Titans Players Greg Bird, Beau Falloon, Ashley Harrison, and Kalifa Faifai Loa have had their charges for cocaine possession dismissed in a Southport Magistrates court this week. The charges were dropped due to lack of evidence. Magistrate Callaghan […]

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Skydivers Dodge Near Miss

Four skydivers practicing for the Australian Masters Games have narrowly avoided crashing aboard the Cessna 182 H. On Friday the four skydivers and their pilot, John, had taken off from East Parklands. One of the skydivers, David Boulter, 57, looked […]

 

Australia versus India 2013

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The Australian cricket team has just completed their latest tour of India, presenting what was arguably their worst performance of all time in the sub continent. Loosing in a 4-0 whitewash, the Indian team was on top from the very first day of the series.

After the last Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2011/12 where the Australians dominated overall, the men in green and gold went into the competition confident. With a number of controversies in recent years, the rivalry between the two teams has escalated to a new level.

The First Test

The first test in Chennai began with the Australian openers starting well, but a mid-innings collapse forced by spinner Ravichandran Ashwin restricted them to 380. The Indian response was stuttered also be the fall of a couple of early wickets, but a fight back from veteran Sachin Tendulkar and Cheteshwar Pujara brought the total to over a hundred. Virat Kholi scored a hundred, only to be overshadowed by captain MS Dhoni’s brilliant 224. This stance gave India a strong lead, which the Australian side dribbled past. India easily chasing down the target of the 50 in the final innings.

The Second Test

The second test brought the teams to Hyderabad, where after winning the toss and electing to bat, the Australian top order collapsed again. Whilst Michael Clarke’s 91 held the team up, this was not the Australian captain’s biggest impact on the innings. Making the unusual decision to declare at 237/9 towards the end the day’s play in an effort to gain early wickets, he felt the decision back fire incredibly when India summed a total of 503. A double century from Pujara was the highlight of the innings. The visitors weren’t able to match the total in their second innings, giving the Indian side a massive win. Interestingly, this made Australia the first team ever to declare in their first innings and then loose by an innings.

The Third Test

The third test was marred by controversies from within the Australian ranks. Four players – vice captain Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja – were made ineligible to play on the grounds that they failed to complete a homework task set by Coach Mickey Arthur. Clarke later stipulated that the ban was as a result of a series of misdemeanors, and not an isolated incident.

After the first day was washed out, The Australians managed to score a total of 408, with Mitchell Starc scoring an agonizing 99. The Indian response of 499 was highlighted by debutant Shikhar Dhawan’s record breaking opening stand of 187. Australia, responding with 223, set a target of 133 for the Indians. Because the first day was lost, the last day became a thriller as the Indians battled to reach the target in time. Jadeja and Dhoni, however, didn’t let the match get out of hand, taking the side over the line with a few balls to spare.

The Fourth Test

The final test saw Australia dismissed for 262 in the first innings, and fight back of sorts saw them dismiss India after they only took a ten run lead. It seemed that this final game, whilst not being critical in terms of winning a series, would be the tight game that we all were hoping for. This hope fell apart right after Australia was dismissed for 164 in the second innings. With the help of an 82 from Pujara, India eased to the target and won the series 4-0.

This test series was historic in the sense that it was the first in which India had won four matches to win a series. Ashwin was named Man of the Series with his 29 wickets. The Australians will look to rebuild over the next few months before their crucial series in England for the Ashes.

Formula 1

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The sport of Formula 1 is often dismissed when considering high action games. Surprising, considering the immense amount of skill required and life threatening situations that come about every time you jump in the car. It is possibly one of the most competitive sports around today, with the huge amounts of money that is being poured in for technological advances and drivers that are inch perfect.

The format and rules of Formula One racing alters slightly every now and then. As of the 2013 season, there are 11 teams, each with 2 drivers. These drivers compete for 20 races throughout the season, battling to earn points for their team and also for themselves in the driver’s championship.

Formula 1 itself is a highly complex sport, with rules and regulations governing nearly every area of the car’s performance. This includes the tyres, fuel, design configurations and others. Despite all of these regulations, the general format of the races themselves is relatively simple.

Each of the 20 races, called a Grand Prix, is run over a weekend. They consist of a series of practices, a qualifying period and a main race. The qualifying period has three sessions, where drivers aim to set their fastest time in order to progress the next session. The result is a rank of drivers, or a ‘grid’, which is the order in which the drivers line up for the final race, which usually takes place on the following day.

The final race is not just a dash to the finish. With rules regarding the number of tyres a driver can use, along with the amount of fuel, it is just as much a tactical battle as it is a race. With races being approximately two hours in length and speeds of over 300km/h, the level of concentration required for the drivers is phenomenal, especially with the penalty of any fault being serious injury or possibly death. This can be seen by the regular instance of 4 or 5 drivers not successfully completing the race.

The points gained from each race are dependent on where a driver finishes. In 2013, first place gains 25 points and only 1 point for a tenth place finish. Placing 11th onwards earns no points.

Formula 1 is an incredibly fascinating sport, and arguably one of the most dangerous. It is unfortunate that there is a general stigma against it from parts of the population labeling it as ‘dull’ or ‘boring’. Anyone that understands the sport, however, will beg to differ.

English Premier League around the World

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The English Premier League (EPL) is arguably the biggest football competition in the world. With the games being televised to over 600 million viewers in more than 200 countries world wide, it is easy to see why it’s gained such a following. Australia is no exception to this, with hundreds staying up to horrific hours of the morning to support their favourite teams.

English Premier League in Australia

Not surprisingly, the teams that get the greatest following in Australia are the most famous and successful ones. This is a trend that follows the world, and Australia is no exception. Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool gain the greatest following as they are branded as the ‘Big 4’, with teams like Tottenham and Everton commanding the next block of fans. Manchester City has also gained resurgence in recent years after their success following the takeover from the Abu Dhabi United Group.

The following of the Premier League in Australia (and in most parts of the Asian continent) shows it’s great commercial value. Everywhere you go you will see team kits with EPL colours, and not only will you see them, they will be recognized – even by non-followers.

This level of recognition all over the world has a monumental impact on the game from a number of different aspects. The demand for quality is incredibly high, seen clearly by the uproar when EPL teams fail in international competitions such as the European Champions League. Other ways in which the league’s massive following affects the game is through the financial and marketing aspects. Each premier league kit is covered in branding and advertising material, and as each kit is sold, companies that are originally only based in the UK instantly become international companies. There are instances where overseas fans know and recognize brand names, but don’t understand what exactly the company does!

It’s clear that the expansion of the EPL has been hugely successful and has set the standard for all other competitions in the world. The English Premier League in Australia in particular has developed a somewhat cult following for the league, one I’m sure has only space to grow.

Physical education in Schools

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Physical education in schools plays a central role in breaking down barriers to participation in sport,” the report says. “It provides significant health and social benefits. It was concerning to learn from experts Australia-wide that the education system no longer reliably provides the platform upon which much of the nation’s sporting activity is based.”

That proposal has universal support in the national sports community, which has noted with concern the dramatic drop in the physical abilities of young athletes coming into the elite system in the past 20 years as physical education has declined in schools.

“The young athletes we saw 20 years ago were vastly superior in all-round fitness and general co-ordination,” says Australian Institute of Sport athletics coach Craig Hilliard. “The ones we see now lack fine motor co-ordination.

Tennis

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Playing Sport over 35

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Association Football or ‘Soccer’ is the world’s most popular sport. There are over 240 million registered players worldwide and many more recreational football players.

Most football injuries affect the lower extremities, which are defined as the groin and pelvis, hip and thigh, knee, calf, foot and ankle. Research shows that most football injuries are caused by trauma, such as a collision with an opponent or landing awkwardly from a jump. Approximately one quarter to one third of all football injuries are due to overuse and develop over a period of time.

When reviewing the published literature on football injuries, the overall incidence of injury in football is between 9 and 35 injuries per 1000 hours of football in adults, and between 0.5 and 13 injuries per 1000 hours of football in adolescents. It is clear that the older the player, the more likely they are to get injured.

The research also shows that more injuries occur during competitive matches than occur during training. There is also a sex difference in football injuries with female players having a higher injury rate than males.

Outrageous Sports in Australia

New Zealand All Blacks

The All Blacks are known for the awesome display of complete manhood. The Haka continues to impress audiences all over the world.

Cricket

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Cricket is a team sport for two teams of eleven players each. A formal game of cricket can last anything from an afternoon to several days.

Although the game play and rules are very different, the basic concept of cricket is similar to that of baseball. Teams bat in successive innings and attempt to score runs, while the opposing team fields and attempts to bring an end to the batting team’s innings. After each team has batted an equal number of innings (either one or two, depending on conditions chosen before the game), the team with the most runs wins.

(Note: In cricket-speak, the word “innings” is used for both the plural and the singular. “Inning” is a term used only in baseball.)
Equipment

Cricket Ball:

Hard, cork and string ball, covered with leather. A bit like a baseball (in size and hardness), but the leather covering is thicker and joined in two hemispheres, not in a tennis ball pattern. The seam is thus like an equator, and the stitching is raised slightly. The circumference is between 224 and 229 millimetres (8.81 to 9.00 inches), and the ball weighs between 156 and 163 grams (5.5 to 5.75 ounces). Traditionally the ball is dyed red, with the stitching left white. Nowadays white balls are also used, for visibility in games played at night under artificial lighting.

Cricket Bat:

Blade made of willow, flat on one side, humped on the other for strength, attached to a sturdy cane handle. The blade has a maximum width of 108 millimetres (4.25 inches) and the whole bat has a maximum length of 965 millimetres (38 inches).

Wickets:

There are two wickets – wooden structures made up of a set of three stumps topped by a pair of bails. These are described below.
Stumps:
Three wooden posts, 25 millimetres (1 inch) in diameter and 813 millimetres (32 inches) high. They have have spikes extending from their bottom end and are hammered into the ground in an evenly spaced row, with the outside edges of the outermost stumps 228 millimetres (9 inches) apart. This means they are just close enough together that a cricket ball cannot pass between them.

Bails:

Two wooden crosspieces which sit in grooves atop the adjacent pairs of stumps.