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HOLLY HOLM DETHRONES ROWDY RONDA ROuSEY

In the past 25 minutes, the world may have witnessed one of the biggest upsets in UFC history, as the famous Rowdy Ronda Rousey, the previously undefeated 12-0 bantamweight champion was dominated in a fight that went to the second round.

I watched this fight myself, and on a personal review of the fight, Rousey relied too much on her grappling experience as a Judo master, and left herself completely vulnerable to Holm’s wrath of punches and kicks. It was as if Ronda forgot how to block.

Rousey-Holm

This teaches a valuable lesson about life: don’t refuse the glove touch in the beginning of the fight. If anyone asks you to touch gloves, touch them.

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Serena Williams is Truly Unique

As Patrick Mouratoglou had stated, after Serena Williams had won her 21st grand slam in singles tennis, it is undoubtedly true that “Serena is unique”. Although Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, and various other female tennis professionals won numerous grand slams, Serena is simply a class above them. Currently ranked no. 1 in the world and holding the record of being the oldest female tennis player to win a grand slam, she aspires to hold the record of winning the most number of grand slams as well, embodying much hope for beating former German tennis player’s, Steffi Graf’s, record of  22 grand slams.

However, Serena has numerous goals in mind; not just of holding the record of winning the most championships. She is additionally seeking to have a calendar-year grand slam, which is when a player wins all four grand slams (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open) in a single year. With Williams having completed seventy-five percent of her goal, she evidently is thrilled about completing her calendar-year grand slam in her home country in the United States as she states, “It would be incredible. It would be really good to have this opportunity to go in New York, being American, with that incredible New York crowd. I don’t have words to say how I feel.”

A picture of Serena Williams after she won her 21st Grand Slam, in South West London.

In Serena Williams’ most recent grand slam tournament, which was the Wimbledon Championships, she seemed to have cruised through most of the rounds, and astonishingly as well as in the semifinals, beating Maria Sharapova with a score of 6-2 6-4, and afterwards, beating Spain’s Garbine Muguruza to win the championships. With multifarious, impressive records that Serena Williams holds, numerous experts, spectators, and commentators refer to her as the greatest female tennis player of all time, which is downright evident by her performance throughout her career as a professional.

Boston Marathon 2015

As approximately 30,000 runners participated in the one of oldest annual marathons, crowds were anxiously awaiting at the finish line cheering on the runners.  Spectators were undeterred by the chilling rain and temperatures of 40’s.

Undeniably, talk of what had occurred two years ago was brought up among the viewers. However, with the higher police presence, bomb-sniffing dogs, dump trucks blocking the streets, and bag inspectors at several checkpoints, a breach in security was unlikely.

The Winners for the 2015 race taking place today, Monday April 20th were: Caroline Rotich, Lelisa Desisa, Tatyana McFadden and Marcel Hug.

Caroline Rotich, the winner for the womens division, finished the race with a time of 2:24:55. The Kenyan was not leading at any of the checkpoints at the race and was, for a while, lagging behind as the finish line approached. Competing against Mare Dibaba, Rotich broke into a sprint completing the race just four seconds earlier than Dibaba claiming the winner’s purse in the process- $150,000.

Lelisa Desisa, crowned first place for mens, completed the race with a time of 2:09:45. Representing Ethiopia, he won his second Boston Marathon this year. As he crossed the finish Line he shouted “Strong Boston!” a version of “Boston Strong” moto that became the city’s rallying cry after the April 15, 2013 attack that killed three and injured 264. Dedisa who finished with a 31 second margin, won $150,000.

Tatyana McFadden, claimed her third straight victory at the Boston Marathon for the women’s wheelchair division. She was representing not only America in this race but also memory of Martin Richard, a bombing victim from the marathon two years ago. Finishing at 1:52:54, she won by a minute.

 

Marcel Hug, finished first for the men’s wheelchair division with a time of 1:29:53. Nicknamed “Swiss Silver Bullet” this swiss had placed fourth place in 2013 and 2014. He took control of the race around the 15K mark and never looked back. He won by a solid seven minutes.

These winners represent not only great effort and quality, but courage, unity and resilience.

Participating in the race only two years after a bombing not only revived the belief in freedom but kept the spirit of the marathon ongoing.

In the years to come, we can only hope the Boston Marathon continues  and flourishes as it does to this day.

Crouse, Lindsay. “This time Lelisa Desisa wins Boston Marathon for himself.” New York Times. 20 April 2015. Web.

The Importance of Water for Athletes

Athletes always need to perform at their best level.

With the stakes high, the competition tough, the obstacles unrelenting, an athlete must do all he or she can to keep healthy and strong. In order to be able to win the gold, every aspect must be taken into account: stamina, agility, strength, reflex, technique, emotion, stress, endurance, and tactic just to name a few. These areas are influenced easily by external factors, most prominent being nutrition. The dietary component impacts all the categories mentioned.

In terms of diet and nutrition, it is imperative that proper portions of vitamins and minerals are consumed. It is absolutely indispensable that water intake is adequate. Water, a crucial element of every day becomes even more vital to athletes.

Unfortunately, dehydration is not an uncommon case for many athletes. Dehydration occurs when water intake is not sufficient enough to replace water loss. Whether one is playing professionally or simply recreationally, the importance of water is often understated. Up to sixty percent of an adult human body is composed of water. Water regulates body temperature and lubricates joints. It transports nutrients for energy and all in all keeps one healthy. If hydration levels drop, your body will not be able to perform at its highest level. Instead, you will give way to fatigue, muscle cramps, dizziness, and several more fatal symptoms.

For physical activity, one should typically:

– Drink 17 to 20 ounces of water approximately two to three hours before exercise

– Drink 8 ounces of water every half hour during warm-up

– Drink 7-10 ounces of water every ten to twenty minutes during exercise

– Drink 8 ounces of water no more than thirty minutes after you exercise

Since these are general guidelines, one should drink according to personal needs. There are no exact measurements, water intake should be according to length of exercise, humidity, environment conditions, and ones own hydration level.

If your body does not have enough water to go by, not only is one not at their best game, they can give way to heat illness. Heat illness can occur when your body cannot cool itself effectively, resulting in heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. In such ways, it does not matter if you are an athlete or not, anyone involved in a physical sport can suffer from dehydration and subsequent heat-related problems.

Next time you are out playing for your school, competing with your friends, exercising in hot weather-don’t forget to DRINK WATER!

“Athletes: The Importance of Good Hydration.” Athletes: The      Importance of Good Hydration. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2015.

“Dehydration.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2015.

What the Pinnacle of One Man’s Career Can Say About His Future

On the fateful day of January 29, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia the top two tennis players of the world clashed in what became known as the match that set the standards for all future ones.

The Australian Open 2012 final was a nail-biting, heart-wrenching 5 hour 53 minutes of one of the best matches in history. Both contestants, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, used all their energy to compete in the Rod Laver Arena for the championship title.

With the score of 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 this game was a test of endurance. In a close last few minutes, as both players further intensified the competition, Novak was able to come out to claim that title. His will to win and determination was what pulled him through against the odds: the crowd, nadal, and his own fatigue.  After winning the last point, the crowd around him erupted in cheers and he was hardly able to stand due to sheer exhaustion. “I think it was just the matter of maybe luck in some moments and matter of wanting this more than maybe other player in the certain point,” Djokovic said after the match, “It’s just incredible effort. You’re in pain, you’re suffer(ing). You’re trying to activate your legs. You’re going through so much suffering your toes are bleeding. Everything is just outrageous, but you’re still enjoying that pain.”

In the end,  it was well worth the effort as he got his hands on another championship, making it his third consecutive grand slam title- all of which included outlasting Nadal in the finals. This final was more than just a grand slam win, more than just a trophy, and more than history in the making-it showed Djokovic’s mental strength, physical finesse, and his optimism in even the most testing circumstances.

Since this match, Djokovic has continued to prove his resilience and unbreakable will, paving the way for an even more successful career as he currently holds 8 grand slams and numerous masters. Given the elite recognition as being in the “big 4”  Djokovic is a prominent figure in tennis worldwide and has potential to go even further.

Manuel Neuer should win the Ballon d’Or over Messi and Ronaldo

The FIFA Ballon d’Or  is an award given annually to the male soccer player who is considered to have performed the best in the previous year, basically the MVP of all of the soccer world. It is awarded based on votes by coaches and captains of international teams, as well as journalists from around the world. Originally the award was for the best player in the European leagues. Then the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award were merged into one in 2010.

A couple weeks ago, FIFA released the Final candidates for the award which included the following players:

(Player Name, National Team, Club Team)

Gareth Bale, Wales, Real Madrid
Karim Benzema, France, Real Madrid
Diego Costa, Spain, Chelsea
Thibaut Courtois, Belgium, Chelsea
Angel Di Maria, Argentina, Manchester United
Mario Gotze, Germany, Bayern Munich
Eden Hazard, Belgium, Chelsea
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden, Paris Saint-Germain
Andres Iniesta, Spain, Barcelona
Toni Kroos, Germany, Real Madrid
Philipp Lahm, Germany, Bayern Munich
Javier Mascherano, Argentina, Barcelona
Lionel Messi, Argentina, Barcelona
Thomas Muller, Germany, Bayern Munich
Manuel Neuer, Germany, Bayern Munich
Neymar, Brazil, Barcelona
Paul Pogba, France, Juventus
Sergio Ramos, Spain, Real Madrid
Arjen Robben, Netherlands, Bayern Munich
James Rodriguez, Colombia, Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, Real Madrid
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Germany, Bayern Munich
Yaya Toure, Ivory Coast, Manchester City

Of these twenty three, three were announced as finalists yesterday and they are: Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid), and Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona).

Although these three players are more then qualified to win the award I am going to explain why Manuel Neuer should be the first goalkeeper to EVER receive the award.

To begin let’s look into why Neuer’s fellow finalist should not win.

We will start of with last year’s winner Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo is without a doubt the best field player in the world right now. In 2014 he has had 50 goals and 18 asissts in just 46 apperances for his club Real Madrid. Not to mention he led the team to a Champions League victory while breaking the Champions League scoring record in the process. Ronaldo seems like the perfect choice, does he not? Well that’s where your wrong. Ronaldo’s sole blemish on his 2014 record was the World Cup this past summer in Brazil. Though Ronaldo has almost completely carried his national side in these past few years his world cup performance was sub par.  Ronaldo scored just one goal in Brazil as his poor Portugal side failed to qualify for the knockout stages. Ronaldo carried his Portugal into the World Cup in 2013 which basically was the clinching factor in him receiving the award last year.  The expectations were high and Ronaldo failed to meet them. This alone is why Ronaldo won’t win the Ballon d’Or this year.

Next we will cover Lionel Messi. Messi is one of the best players ever to play the game, period. He also has won almost 3 Ballon d’Ors (not counting when it was FIFA Player of the Year Award). Messi had an amazing World Cup in Brazil leading his team to the final where they lost to Germany. This season for his club, FC Barcelona,Messi has been phenomenal. In the past weeks alone he has become the all-time leading scorer in both La Liga and the Champions League and he continues to torment defenders at home and abroad. Messi may have starred in the World Cup finals, the actual final itself was a bitter disappointment as he performed poorly in a loss to Germany. Add to all this the fact he has clearly been inferior to Ronaldo, in terms club play, across 2014, recording only 44 goals and 19 assists in his 48 appearances. Messi also didn’t win any titles (multiple tournaments and leagues) this season, something that would have surely boosted his chances. It is pretty clear that Messi won’t win another Ballon d’or this season.

Manuel Neuer should win the Ballon D’or. He is the undisputed starting goalkeeper for both for reigning world cup champions Germany and the German league titleholders Bayern Munich. He made numerous magnificent saves at the World Cup  this summer to play a key role in his side’s title success and was deservedly awarded the adidas Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper. Neuer also added two more medals to his collection in 2014 after winning the Bundesliga and DFB Cup double with his club. He does it all: shot-stopping, commanding his area, organizing the defense and even launching attacks with his feet. He does it better than anyone else. Neuer is just a beast. He is by far the best goalie in the world and at the same time is the best overall player. He has been amazing all year whether it was for club or country and therefore deserves the award over any other player in the world.

Feel free to comment below. I would love to hear your opinions as well. I will respond to them as soon as I can.

Messi’s Unstoppable Run

In Saturday’s league match against Sevilla, Lionel Messi scored 3 goals to become the league’s top scorer of all time with a total of 253 goals. At the age of 27, this is one of the most remarkable feats achieved by any individual. After the match, there was a huge honor bestowed upon Messi as the entire crowd and his teammates congratulated him for his astounding achievements. He was thrown up into the air several times by the team.

Messi’s illustrious career is marked by several records that have been broken but none can match this one. The Argentine thanked all his supporters on Facebook and also posted a video of his first goal in the league back in 2005. He went on to say that he never believed that he would be able to any records, let alone this one.

Barcelona’s coach, Luis Enrique went onto say that Messi was “beyond comparison, one of a kind, never to be seen again.” The goal that allowed Messi to tie the record at 251 goals came with a spectacular free kick beating the goalkeeper with relative ease. His next two goals came from a closer range later on in the game but nonetheless, Messi was an irresistible form for the entire match.

At this rate, it almost seems like there are no records left for Messi to break anymore. However, he claims that he still wants to get his hands on the World Cup trophy in four years time. Argentina had come close to doing so this past summer but a second place finish was not enough to please Messi. It will be interesting to see what Messi manages to accomplish in the future as well.