Written on November 26th, 2013 by Shane Dawson Other Sports Comments
By Shane Dawson: Before a sliotar was pucked in this years All Ireland hurling championship, many thought it was a two horse race between Kilkenny and Tipperary. Indeed this frame of thought was further backed up when Kilkenny overcame their local rivals Tipperary in the league final by three points, on a scoreline of 2-17 to 0-20.
Beaten league semi-finalists Dublin and Galway were expected to be competing with the favourites at the business end of the Championship. Subsequently, the foundations were set for another predictable year for hurling fanatics across the country.
The season unfurled with Dublin and Wexford playing out a dull draw, with the Dubs coming out on top in the replay. Next up for Anthony Daly’s men was a trip to Portlaoise to battle against Kilkenny under the leadership of Brian Cody, in his 15th year of inter-county management. Surprisingly Dublin managed to hold Kilkenny to a draw in the Leinster semi-final and a replay was due to be held the following week at the same venue.
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Written on September 29th, 2013 by Shane Dawson Other Sports Comments
By Shane Dawson: Arsenal players, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla, have a message of support for the Clare senior hurling team ahead of their All Ireland final replay today against Cork.
The Banner county, as they are affectionately known in Ireland, are aiming to secure their fourth All Ireland senior hurling championship. A well drilled Cork team, mentored by the enigmatic Jimmy Barry Murphy, stands in their way. The Cork team were favourites going into the original fixture on the 8th of September. However, it was Clare who dominated the match but still found themselves lucky to obtain a replay after a last-minute Domhnall O’Donovan point ensured the scores would remain equal after a pulsating game of hurling.
The message of support ahead of the replay no doubt stems from a large Irish presence within the Arsenal backroom staff. Former Ireland and Munster rugby player, Jerry Flannery is on a work placement contract as a strength and conditioning coach. The head of the Arsenal Academy’s sports medicine and athletic development is Des Ryan.
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Written on July 20th, 2013 by Raj Bhandari Other Sports Comments
Sunil Gavaskar buys stake in IBL’s Mumbai franchise
By Raj Bhandari: Yes, you have read it right! I am referring to the Indian Badminton League. The legendary Sunil Gavaskar has become party to it! Gavaskar has bought a stake in one of the franchises, along with two other partners. The franchise is called Mumbai Masters, one of the six prominent franchises in the IBL. It is heartening to note that the veterans of Indian sports are happily fulfilling their social responsibilities by promoting other sports as well.
This little contribution will lead to a major positive impact towards promoting the game of badminton. According to a news item appeared in a leading newspaper, Gavaskar has stated that he is happy to be associated with the game of badminton. He also clarified that he has played a bit of badminton before. He added that badminton has given many legends to the nation, and hoped that his association with the game would prove fruitful. We simply acknowledge this grand gesture with respect.
Let us understand a bit about the event. The Indian Badminton league is going to be a grand gala. It has got a prize money of 10 lakh dollars. In all, 150 players from different countries are likely to participate. A total of 90 matches are to be played. All the matches will be played in six different cities, namely Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Pune, Lucknow, Mumbai and Delhi.
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Written on July 26th, 2012 by Robert Evans Other Sports Comments
By Robert Evans: One thing you certainly will not be seeing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London is Yoga. Although the Olympics Committee has been petitioned several times the jury is out as to whether or not yoga is really a sport – or a form of spiritual exercise – or both.
There is certainly no sense of competition in yoga – one thing which many argue is pivotal in an activity being classified as being a sport.
Yet many of the attributes necessary in many sports can be found in yoga.
As any activity evolves over time – and so has yoga.
This century has seem something different – and quite remarkable – happening in the world of yoga.
Seeing is believing. Prepare for your jaw to hit the floor.
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