It may seem early to be previewing a spring athletic event, but for a lot of horse racing fans the 2014 season has essentially concluded. Attention now starts to turn toward the first major competitions of 2015, and for those in the UK that means the Cheltenham Festival is already being marked on calendars. Taking place annually in early to mid-March, this festival is one of the first major horse racing events and celebrations each year. And if you’re keen on adding it to your live sports must-attend list in 2015, here are five things to do and see at Cheltenham.Follow paulmbanks
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KT Tape can help runners push through common injuries such as ankle sprain, muscle strains, shin splints, and turf toe, among others.
Kinesiology therapeutic (KT) tape is growing in popularity among professional athletes (such as the U.S. national soccer team) and amateur sports enthusiasts. There are an estimated 3.5 million sports injuries each year, according to the University of Rochester Medical Center.Follow paulmbanks
There are many possible reasons why you might have to take a drug test. Your job might require it, or you might be going through a program that requires testing. Athletes are often subject to drug tests, and so are members of the military. Drug testing can make people nervous because there are many misconceptions about the process. To fully understand these misconceptions, first check out these common drug testing procedures in the lab and then take a look at some of the most common fallacies below:Follow paulmbanks
Time for your daily Arturo Vidal is coming/not coming/maybe coming/definitely coming to Manchester United update. We’ll look at what
has been completed. Or not. Or maybe it has.
There’s media in three countries interested in this: Juventus () his current club, Chile (where he was a national for the Cup team) and United (England of course!)
One thing is for certain, no one can dispute this: the Arturo Vidal to Man United storyline will not go away.Follow paulmbanks
The Ohio Machine, an expansion team in Major League Lacrosse (MLL), qualified for the MLL playoffs with a 14-10 victory over the Florida Launch at Selby Stadium on Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of about 5,000.
The Machine, after inaugural campaigns of identical 2-14 records, surged to win five consecutive games in a row after a 3-6 start to their season. However, five of their six losses were by a combined seven goals.
The Machine started out a bit sluggishly, being down 1-0 halfway through the first period; however, they responded with four straight goals, two of which were scored by MML goal-scoring leader, Marcus Holman, to take a 4-1 lead and led at the end of the 1st period, 4-2.
Holman scored his third goal in the 2nd period and was assisted by two goals from Steele Stanwick to put the Machine up, 8-4 at halftime.
The Launch answered the bell in the 3rd period, posting three consecutive goals to narrow the gap to 8-7. However, Stanwick responded with a goal to close the 3rd period to put the Machine up, 9-7 at the end of the 3rd period.
In the 4th and final period, the Machine put away the Launch for good, scoring five goals, including Holman’s 4th goal of the evening, thus finishing the regular season as the MLL’s goal-scoring champ. Peter Baum completed the scoring with his 35 goal of the campaign.
The Machine will now face the Rochester Rattlers, who capped off an impressive campaign by soundly defeating the Boston Cannons, 18-8, which would have allowed the Machine to clinch the last playoff position without winning against the Launch. The Rattlers finished with a 10-4 record and will face the MLL’s hottest team in the Machine, who have won five in a row, including victories against the Rattlers in Rochester just two weeks ago as well as the 2nd place-finishing Denver Outlaws, in Overtime.
For the upstart Machine, this late-season surge and success allow them to carry momentum into next week’s slate against the Rattlers, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 16th at 3 P.M.Follow paulmbanks
The Ohio Machine, an expansion team in their 3rd season in Major League Lacrosse (MLL), are on the cusp of qualifying for the MLL playoffs. Either a win against the Florida Launch or a loss by the Boston Cannons against the Rochester Rattlers would allow the Machine to nab the 4th spot in the playoffs and face the Rattlers in the opening round of the playoffs.Follow paulmbanks
Sports are one of America’s favorite pastimes, but some of those sports come with a higher risk of physical injury than others. Viewers may enjoy watching a game of football, baseball, or basketball, and players might enjoy participating in those sports, but it’s an undeniable fact that such sports aren’t too kind on players’ bodies.Follow paulmbanks
Retired Chicago White Sox legend Frank Thomas is an MLB analyst for Fox Sports 1 and Comcast SportsNet Chicago. As Thomas enters the Hall of Fame today, CSN Chicago presented a documentary on the extraordinary career and life of Frank Thomas.
Narrated by radio host and lifelong White Sox fan Richard Roeper, “Welcome to Cooperstown: Frank Thomas” premiered Thursday, July 17. I originally did a preview on this documentary, which got a whopping 17 page views! 17!!! For the greatest player in White Sox history, going into the Hall of Fame. Tells you everything you need to know about how White Sox content, or baseball content in general, does on the web. When you consider that my site got 38,000 page views the day that I ran it, and the site in general gets 20,000 page views a day.Follow paulmbanks
Awards shows are self-congratulatory industry bacchanalia that we play voyeur to because we love watching rich and famous people be rich and famous and pretend to be humble.
Slap on a death montage and a lifetime achievement award of some sort to keep it from being a full blown orgy of how awesome everyone must think this specific entertainment medium being celebrated is.Follow paulmbanks
Wakeboarding is fun activity to engage in out on the water, and like many sports enthusiasts interested in an upgrade it is important to understand what options are available for your boat and how they may be tailored to individual taste. There are many options available through niche manufacturers, all of which benefit the wakeboarder in some way. The ability to evaluate your personal needs are as important as understanding the engineering nuances as well as the styling each accessory will lend to your application. Niche manufacturers like Big Air, Inc. for example offer the following accessories for your boat:Follow paulmbanks