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The is no doubt there are genuine soccer-loving fans out there amongst four-odd million born and bred Singaporeans… especially if there’s a wager on the game.

Just go down to the kopitiams on EPL nights and also on Friday’s “Live” on 5 S.League matchdays and you’ll see that the proof is in the pudding.

I myself am a loyal soccer culture vulture and make a concerted effort to catch a game... after a visit to the booths. Its part of the game, keeps the adrenaline pumping.

And when I’m at the betting booths or at the neighbourhood kopitiam, the usual suspects are always around to make it undoubtedly clear that a footballing culture is alive and kicking. Twisted? Maybe, but Culture? Definately. 

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Thirteen years old and the S.League is growing-up quite well I must say!

Without doubt the S.League is a fledgling league, having been around just thirteen years. As the young child matures into the uncertain years of teenage adolescence, puberty and all, what can the average Singaporean soccer aficionado say about the local league and its quality? Not very much, would be the majority view. Something akin to, Bah humbug! OR Well! there’s some value for my money here… and we don’t mean by way of a quick betting buck at the booths.

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Protecting the head means protecting the brain. That’s what I thought until a while ago, when a fellow adult skater fell on her left cheek, resulting in concussion.

The American Council on Exercise defines a concussion as “an injury resulting from a violent blow or trauma to the head, causing, at a minimum, a temporary loss in brain function.”

The Brain Injury Resource Centre estimates 300,000 sports-related traumatic brain injuries in the United States each year.

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Posted in: Other Sports
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Ever had an ice pack to your bruise? How about soaking in that after your rigorous training sessions? Crazy? Definitely not. Realistic? Hell, yeah... Well not totally.

The England squad in the Rugby World Cup made use of a five-minute ice bath, followed by five hot and cold shower exposures lasting one minute each. This is known as hydrotherapy. Hydro = water, while therapy = treatment. Hence hydrotherapy in general refers to the use of water in any of its three forms, solid, liquid, vapour, internally or externally.

Spas, Jacuzzis, and saunas are several techniques used in hydrotherapy. However, in this article, we will discuss contrast bath, which is the immersion of oneself into hot and cold water.




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Posted in: Football, Scoops
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The Bangkok International Soccer 7s is a football tournament held in the lively city of angels to combine fun and sport in Thailand. This tournament is an invitation tournament that provides a socially competitive environment for players who approach the game with the right attitude and in the right spirit. With no prize money at stake, teams take part for one reason only, their love of soccer.

This year the tournament will be played over 1 day on 26th April with 6 teams in Open and 6 teams in Masters, including Bakare Football Club that will come from UK and Marseille All Stars leaded by Manuel Amoros (82 selection with the French team, 2 Euro Cup finals and 2 World Cup finals) and ex-pro players from the Olympique Marseille Club.

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Posted in: Football, Scoops
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Posted in: Running, Scoops
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Sports in schools and at the youth level is two-fold. It makes a great athlete and a great person. It’s a journey of discovery, unraveling to the child the immense promise she has as a sportsman and as a human being. It’s an amazing journey that leads to excellence.

However a fork in the road make for a different journey. It can come in the form of competition, and how the scoreboard overtakes mastery.

Everyone wants to win. Kids play to win. Parents like their children to win. Schools want their student-athletes to win. Coaches are pressured to produce winners. So where is the sport in all of this winning?

We often glorify sports in schools, many of which did not disappoint. However, very often the greatest moments were not the score line but the gestures of humanity (a.k.a. sportsmanship) that came out of the meeting. Kids as young as 10 were shaking hands with their worthy adversaries, bowing to the judges and thanking the spectators for their support.

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Look out for some star action as the new season of the Australian National Basketball League opens in September this year. 2 new players Darren Ng and Sam Harris were presented to sponsors, well wishers and the media this afternoon at the Singapore Indoor Stadium during a Captain’s rally held as a pre-season launch of the team in Singapore. The Team also announced several plans to engage the community and garner support from all stakeholders in Singapore.

Mr Bob Turner, Managing Director of the Singapore Slingers who was speaking at the rally commented, “We are looking to make the Slingers an aggressive team in the coming season. Shane McDonald, John Fitzgerald and Darren Ng are all aggressive athletes and Jason Castro would only add to that. Two new American signings along with Ben Knight, Blagoj Janev and Sam Harris would also make the front court a lot more solid to compete with the more established teams.”

Sam Harris, a fuzzy giant Australian centre, standing at an impressive 7’4” (2.24m), also looks set to become the tallest player in the NBL. Harris is just 2” shorter than Houston Rockets’ Chinese superstar Yao Ming. 

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Posted in: Basketball, Scoops
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Posted in: Rugby, Scoops
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