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Andy Murray Has Savage Response To Reporter Who Forgot Women Play Tennis Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:42:08 +0000

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Andy Murray won his second Olympic gold medal for the UK on Sunday night in Rio.

After a long, tough fight, he beatJuan Martn del Potro from Argentina to win the gold in men’s individual tennis. The match ended with everybody crying literally. Everybody cried. The Olympics are amazing.

This was a great accomplishment that demonstrated the height of athletic excellence and endurance and perseverance, just like the Olympics are supposed to.

But then, as tends to happen, some man had to go and be a man all over everything and make us all groan and roll our eyes.

BBC reporterJohn Inverdale interviewed Murray after the match. Inverdale said,

You’re the first person ever to win two Olympic tennis gold medals. That’s an extraordinary feat, isn’t it?

To which Murray had to correct him for a horrific oversight. That oversight being, you know, women. Murray said,

Well, to defend the singles title.I think Venus and Serena won about four each.

Murray was referring to the fact that he’s the only tennis player to have two individual gold medals, but Venus and Serena Williams have a handful of their own gold medals from individual and doubles tennis at the Olympics.

Sexism is alive and well in the tennis world (along with racism: hey,Indian Wells). Earlier this year, there was controversy over a lack of gender equality in prizesas men get more than women do (Indian Wells! Shut it down!).

Novak Djokovic made the world groan by saying it made sense that women get paid less because more people watch men play than women. I’m sure that lack of equality in viewership also has nothing to do with sexism.

Serena Williams shot back at Djokovic. She said,

Novak is entitled to his opinion but if he has a daughter I think he has a son right now he should talk to her and tell her how his son deserves more money because he is a boy.


Thoroughly shut down, Djokovic apologizedprofusely.

In Rio this year, the Williams sisters haven’t been doing too hot, but they have dominated in the past. Venus was suffering from a virus coming into the games and she and Serena lost in the first roundof singles and doubles.

Venus went on to win the silver in mixed doubles with Rajeev Ram.

Regardless of how the Williams sisters competed this past week, you can’t deny theirexistence as highly decorated Olympic athletes.

Serena has stayed characteristically positive in the face of her losses. She cheered on Simone Biles and Simone Manuel after their incredible gold medal wins in gymnastics and swimming, respectively.

While it was right for Murray to state his own achievements with individual title medals, it was equally right for him to acknowledge the brilliantVenus and Serena Williams and their achievements at the Olympics.

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World Series: Relive Sandoval’s Historic 3-Homer Game in 46 Seconds Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:42:08 +0000

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Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols. Those three baseball legends were the only men in history to wallop three home runs in one World Series Game.

Until Wednesday. Until Pablo Sandoval.

Sandoval — who sports one of sports‘ better nicknames in “Kung Fu Panda” — went yard in the first, third and fifth innings to power the San Francisco Giants to a Game 1 home win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night at AT&T Park. Each dinger sent the Twitter world into a frenzy and the #KungFuPanda hashtag was spotted as a worldwide trend. According to Major League Baseball, more than 163,000 social comments included the words “Pablo,” “Sandoval” or “Panda” — 20 percent of the overall digital conversation surrounding the game.

But did you miss the historic feat? Or simply want to relive it in anticipation of Thursday night’s Game 2? Check out the video above to see all three spliced together in just 46 seconds. Also, this fun video shot by a fan in the stands shows how wild the San Francisco crowd went after Sandoval’s second home run put the Giants up 4-0:

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Youve Been Sold A Myth About Sports Drinks And It Could Be Slowing You Down Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:42:08 +0000

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The ConversationFrom eight glasses of water a day to protein shakes, were bombarded with messages about we should drink and when, especially during exercise. But these drinking dogmas are relatively new. For example, in the 1970s, marathon runners were discouraged from drinking fluids for fear that it would slow them down.

Now were obsessed with staying hydrated when we exercise, not just with water but with specialist drinks that claim to do a better job of preventing dehydration and even improve athletic performance. Yet the evidence for these drinks benefits is actually quite limited. They might even be bad for your health in some instances. So how did sports drinks come to be seen as so important?

Much of the focus on hydration can be traced back to the boom in road running, which began with the New York marathon in the 70s. Sports and drinks manufacturers spotted a growing market and launched specialist products for would-be athletes. The first experimental batch of Gatorade sports drink cost 28 to produce but has spawned an industry with sales of around 260m a year in the UK alone. And consumption is increasing steadily, making it the fastest-growing sector in the UK soft drinks market in recent years. What started life as a mixture of simple kitchen food stuffs has become an essential piece of sporting equipment.

Marketing victory

The key behind this huge rise in sports drinks lies in the coupling of science with creative marketing. An investigation by the British Medical Journal has found that drinks companies started sponsoring scientists to carry out research on hydration, which spawned a whole new area of science. These same scientists advise influential sports medicine organisations, developing guidelines that have filtered down to health advice from bodies such as the European Food Safety Authority and the International Olympic Committee. Such advice has helped spread fear about the dangers of dehydration.

One of industrys greatest successes was to pass off the idea that the bodys natural thirst system is not a perfect mechanism for detecting and responding to dehydration. These include claims that: The human thirst mechanism is an inaccurate short-term indicator of fluid needs Unfortunately, there is no clear physiological signal that dehydration is occurring.

As a result, healthcare organisations routinely give advice to ignore your natural thirst mechanism. Diabetes UK, for example, advises: Drink small amounts frequently, even if you are not thirsty – approximately 150 ml of fluid every 15 minutes – because dehydration dramatically affects performance.

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Drinks manufacturers claim that the sodium in sports drinks make you feel thirstier, encouraging you to consume a higher volume of liquid compared with drinking water. They also claim these drinks enable you to retain more liquid once youve consumed it, based on the observation that the carbohydrates found in the drinks aid water absorption from the small intestine.

This implies that your thirst mechanism needs enhancing to encourage you to drink enough. But research actually shows natural thirst is a more reliable trigger. A review of research on time trial cyclists concluded that relying on thirst to gauge the need for fluid replacement was the best strategy. This meta-analysis showed for the first time that drinking according to how thirsty you are will maximise your endurance performance.

On top of this, many of the claims about sports drinks are often repeated without reference to any evidence. A British Medical Journal review screened 1,035 web pages on sports drinks and identified 431 claims they enhanced athletic performance for a total of 104 different products. More than half the sites did not provide any references and of the references that were given, they were unable to systematically identify strengths and weaknesses. Of the remaining half, 84% referred to studies judged to be at high risk of bias, only three were judged high quality and none referred to systematic reviews, which give the strongest form of evidence.

More harm than good?

One of the key problems with many of the studies into the benefits of sports drinks is that they recruit highly trained volunteers who sustain exercise at high intensity for long periods. But the vast majority of sports drink users train for very few hours per week or exercise at a relatively low intensity (for example walking instead of running during a race). This means the current evidence is not of sufficient quality to inform the public about benefits deriving from sport drinks.

Even more importantly, as sports drinks rise in popularity among children, they may be contributing to obesity levels. A 500ml bottle of a sports drink typically contains around 20g of sugar (about five teapsoons worth) and so represents a large amount of calories entering the body. But endorsements by elite athletes and claims of hydration benefits have meant sports drinks have shrugged off unhealthy associations in many peoples eyes. One study found more than a quarter of American parents believe that sports drinks are healthy for children.

Thats not to say hydration research into different drinks isnt useful. For example, it could help identify which drinks help the body retain fluids in the longer term. This would be of real benefit in situations where athletes have limited access to fluids or cant take frequent toilet breaks.

But the current evidence is not good enough to inform the public about the benefits and harms of sports products. What we can be almost sure about is that sports drink are not helping turn casual runners into Olympic athletes. In fact, if they avoided these sugar-laden drinks they would be probably be slimmer and so faster.

Alberto Dolci, Course leader MSc Sport & Exercise Nutrition, Lecturer in Exercise & Environmental Physiology and Exercise Immunology, University of Westminster

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25 Insane Examples Of Extreme Ironing Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:42:08 +0000

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If you haven´t heard of extreme ironing, let us introduce this new “sport” to you. The official Wikipedia definition of extreme ironing says it is an extreme sport and a performance art in which people take ironing boards to remote locations and iron items of clothing. According to the Extreme Ironing Bureau, extreme ironing is “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.” If you have read our post about the world´s craziest and most bizarre sports and competitions, you won´t be surprised that this sport also originated in England which is the birthplace of numerous similarly insane sports. Since 1997, when extreme ironing started, this crazy thing has become popular in many other countries all over the word with people posting photos of them ironing in the most improbable places and positions. To have an idea of what extreme ironing looks like in practice, check out these 25 pictures.

25. Ok, let us start slow and nice. If you are a beginner, try this sport at a decent and safe place such as up on a tree.

24. Once you master the fear of height, you can try some other elevated places such as the roof of your house.

23. Talking about roofs, a car roof is also a popular spot for extreme ironing.

22. Advanced sportsmen may handle ironing when attached to the back of the car too.

21. Even soldiers grew fond of this original sport.

20. If you want to enjoy some cool panoramas when ironing your clothes, climb on a high rock.

19. But when it comes to the best views while extreme ironing, nothing compares to being on top of a mountain.

18. To those who don’t find ironing on rocks, mountains or cliffs exciting enough, the hang-up version is recommended.

17. Now, let us take it really high. A group of skydivers elevated extreme ironing to another level.

16. But extreme ironing can also be done as low as at the sea bottom.

15. Still not extreme enough? Then upgrade it with a shark.

14. Or you can invite some other diving fellows and throw an awesome underwater ironing party.

13. Extreme ironing has been practiced in various regions around the world including the ice cold waters of the north…

12. …and a hot desert (where you can also try another totally useful activity – vacuuming sand).

11. Sporty people can easily integrate extreme ironing in their popular activities such as biking…

10. …snowboarding…

9. …waterskiing…

8. …and gymnastics.

7. Animals can also be involved in extreme ironing. Ironing on a horse seems to be suitable only for the most experienced extreme sportsmen though.

6. Ironing when grazing cows is considerably less dangerous but still a very cool example of extreme ironing.

5. Extreme ironing is often practiced not only by individuals but also entire groups of enthusiastic people.

4. Seeing a speleologist ironing his clothes in the middle of a cave is something you probably don’t experience every day but as the picture suggests, it can really happen.

3. Naturally, tank crew members have to do the ironing under the camouflage netting.

2. In 2012, extreme ironing was successfully incorporated into the Hastings Half Marathon with some competitors wearing an ironing board and pressing garments on the way.

1. We are not sure if ironing while bouncing on a trampoline is even technically possible but obviously, some people are determined to defy the laws of physics.

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