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Should Boxing Fans Doubt Tommy Morrison?

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Former heavyweight champion of the world Tommy Morrison, will once again step into the ring on February 25th, 2011. This will be his third fight in his comeback since 2007. However, this will not be the same Tommy Morrison that thrilled us with brutal ko’s and his signature left hook, and certainly not the Tommy we remember from Rocky V. No, this will be a hardened 42 year old Tommy Morrison that will be fighting to restore his reputation and livelihood that was stripped from him in 1996. If you are a big fan of boxing, you could support new gen boxers by playing 해외배팅사이트 online. 

I’m sure most that know boxing is familiar with the Morrison saga. From what I read, there are so many different versions and theories about what happened to Tommy Morrison and if he was actually infected with HIV. I can only speculate what happened in 1996 that lead to Morrison’s downfall. However, Tommy claims he tested negative for the disease in 2000 during a prison physical, after being convicted of a drug related offense, which was the second time he took the test since 1996. He took the test 3 times that year and tested negative 3 times. Tommy could not believe what he witnessed and realized he may never even contracted the disease. Still, more tests needed to be done and more doctors needed to analyze the results.

When Tommy was released from prison in 2003, he took more tests and got more opinions. From this point on, many versions will later come out that Tommy has HIV or he never had HIV. There has been so many conflicting versions from Tommy Morrison and various boxing commissions around the country, it is enough to make your head spin in confusion. According to Morrison, he has nearly passed every test given to him. However, many boxing commissions are not convinced he was negative at all and still caries the HIV antibodies based on his original test taken in Nevada in 1996.

The part of this ordeal which convinces Morrison and many others, that testing positive for HIV may have been some sort of conspiracy against him, is the fact that the Nevada boxing commission no longer has his original test results from 1996. What happened to them? How can a document of such importance just disappear? Well, Tommy Morrison has requested those documents or any documents that state he is HIV positive from the commission since 2000, and he has yet to recieve them.

Whether you believe Tommy Morrison is HIV positive or not, something stinks to the high heavens about this. Is it possible that the test was a simple mistake? Doctors make mistakes all the time. Labs can be negligent and make mistakes as well, or is there something more sinister going on. The fact is one test changed his life forever. He went from a star to prison in a matter of four years. His livelihood was taken from him because of negligence or a possible conspiracy. When people hear the word “conspiracy,” people tend to take the popular stance, and look at you as if you are just crazy. However, boxing is known for bad decisions, fixed fights, greedy promoters, and bad politics. Maybe it is a stretch to call this a conspiracy, but if your Tommy Morrison and you have questions that are not getting answered or avoided, should he feel otherwise? This is a man who has been betrayed by so many in boxing, even by members of his own team.

As a boxing fan, I would like to see some closure about Tommy Morrison’s HIV status. I think boxing fans should demand the truth when something smells sour. Is it too much to ask, to see actual proof either way. It is pretty hard to discredit his story when commissions don’t do what it takes to prove without a doubt he is HIV positive.

When thinking of Tommy Morrison, I think of a tragic figure. A fighter that could have been so much more, but his potential was ripped away from him, and now he is not only fighting for a check but for redemption as well. Although, like many of his planned fights, this fight in February may get scratched as well. In world of Tommy Morrison, the fight is not a sure thing until the opening bell rings.

China Wins Historic Double Boxing Gold

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Nicola Adams standing in front of a crowd

Winning 2 Golds, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze at these Games, including its first two boxing Golds ever, China put in a resounding home field performance and staked its claim to being an international amateur boxing contender. Cuba, who consistently fields a strong boxing team, won the most medals overall, claiming 4 Silvers and 4 Bronzes. Ireland put out its best boxing performance ever, winning a Silver and 2 Bronzes, while India brought back its first ever boxing medal in the form of a Bronze. If you are a fan of boxing and sports in general, you could make some serious money simply by placing your bets at สมัครUFABET.

The Val Barker Trophy for best boxer at the 2008 Olympic Games went to Featherweight Vasyl Lomachenko of the Ukraine.

Light Flyweight

China’s heavy favorite Zou Shiming won Gold when Serdamba Purevdorj of Mongolia retired in the 2nd Round, complaining of a worsening shoulder injury that he developed in a previous bout. It was an anti-climactic win for the talented Chinese fighter. It was China’s first ever boxing Gold in Olympic history.

Bantamweight

Badar-Uugan Enkhbat of Mongolia won that country’s first Gold in boxing (and only the second Gold in Mongolian Olympic history) by defeating Yankiel Leon Alarcon of Cuba, 16-5. Enkhbat adds Beijing Gold to Chicago Silver, as he was the #2 man in last year’s World Amateur Championships. Enkhbat came out strong in the 1st, with Leon Alarcon rebounding in the 2nd to pull even in the scoring. Then Enkhbat resumed control and piled on a commanding lead in the 3rd and 4th.

Lightweight

Gold went to Alexey Tischenko of Russia, who won a hard-fought bout with Daouda Sow of France, 11-9. Tischenko established an early lead, but had to struggle hard to retain it as Sow almost overtook him in the 3rd. This is the second Olympic Gold for Tischenko, who fought in the Athens 2004 Games as a Featherweight.

Welterweight

Bakhyt Sarsekbayev of Kazakhstan defeated Carlos Banteaux Suarez of Cuba in a lopsided 18-9 victory, denying Cuba any boxing Gold at the Beijing Games. Cuba, an international amateur boxing powerhouse, entered four men into the finals, more than any other country. With Beanteaux Suarez’s defeat, not one brought home a Gold Medal, the first time this has happened since 1968. The Cuban opened the fight from a defensive, “peek-a-boo” shell and stymied Sarsekbayev. However, in the 2nd, Sarsekbayev figured Banteaux Suarez out, and began to pick up points. By the time the Cuban started to let his hands fly, he was behind and continued to fall as the Kazakh built up his lead.

Light Heavyweight

Ireland’s Kenny Egan was coming out of a stirring victory against cross-isles rival Tony Jefferies going into the finals. It proved to be no match for Zhang Xiaoping’s roaring hometown support, as the Chinaman beat the Irishman 11-7 in a barn burner bout. Zhang won the Gold, building on Shiming’s earlier accomplishment.

This bout was also the second time the Irish boxing team criticized the scoring they received at the Beijing Games. In the semi-finals, Paddy Barnes was clearly defeated by Zou Shiming, but just as cleary not by the monsterous 17-0 shut out that the judges awarded. In this case, if only a few of Egan’s clean punches had been counted, the results of the fight would have been very different.

Super Heavyweight

Italy’s intense, sharp Roberto Cammarelle trounced Zhang Zhilei of China en route to a late stoppage. He racked up the points and was leading by 14-4 when he clocked his Chinese opponent, leading the referee to stop the fight and declare a knockout. The 6’3″ Cammarelle had knocked out his previous opponent, David Price of Great Britain. He is the reigning World Amateur Champion, and adds a 2008 Olympic Gold to his 2004 Bronze.

Factors that Make the Tennis Serve Lethal

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Stan Wawrinka hitting a ball with a racket

Serving is perhaps the most important shot in tennis. For starters, the serve is the shot that begins each point. Needless to say, if your opponent can’t get the ball back in the play, you win the point. It’s not only a shot that is sometimes difficult to return, but it also forces your opponent into a situation he or she doesn’t want to be in-if you do it correctly.

Pace/Speed –The serve is a shot that can be hit really hard. Serves with more pace (or speed) on the ball tend to be the most difficult to contain and control. Unfortunately, speed alone isn’t enough to make a serve a deadly weapon. Hard serves are easily returned if hit directly to your opponents forehand, or in some cases, backhand.

Angle- The angle of the serve will determine much of the outcome of your opponents return. If served wide, with good speed, the ball becomes predicable off the return. Obviously, serves placed wide enough, or deceptively enough down the line or the “t”, are often out of the reach of the opponents racquet. Angle should be mixed throughout your service motions making it difficult for the opponent to predict where your next serve will land. You can serve out wide, down the middle or into the body of your opponent.

Spin – Spin creates several advantages for the server. First, the spin creates a more reliable ball which is why it is often used in second service attempts. The spin allows the ball to travel into the service box at a higher percentage rate than balls with no spin, or “flat” serves. Secondly, spin creates a very deceptive ball often forcing unpredictable outcomes for the ball once it has hit the surface of the court; for example, a top spin serve, or “kick” serve, will often “kick” off the court after hitting the courts surface, thus, throwing your opponents timing off. Finally, certain spins create advantages for left-handed players. Be sure to acknowledge which hand your opponent is playing with.

The serve can be a true advantage when done properly. Unfortunately, terrible serves are often destroyed by the returner, thus, weaker serves become a distinct disadvantage. I recommend practicing serve by choosing targets along the service line and trying to serve consistently to these designated spots. Once you have that down, begin to throw in a little extra pace and spins.

Will Horse Racing Ever Return to Greaat Leighs Racecourse?

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After 3 years in the planning stage, in 2003 the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), eventually gave the go ahead for the development of a new racecourse at Great Leighs in Essex. To be Britain’s first all new racecourse for 81 years, it was to be a state-of-the-art horse racing venue, with first class facilities not only for spectators, but also for racing staff and horses.

The idea was the brainchild of entrepreneur John Holmes and his son Jonathan. The 165 acre site of the Essex County showground at Great Leighs, near Chelmsford, was purchased in 1997 and the pair soon started to work on planning the construction of a first class equestrian arena.

It was an ambitious project to construct a racecourse from new, in an area previously devoid of a similar facility. However the course was ideally located, being within easy travelling distance from London and only 50 miles from Britain’s largest racehorse training centre at Newmarket in Suffolk. The track was to be constructed from an artificial Polytrack surface, with further plans to increase the facility with a turf track, located inside the all-weather course, at a later stage.

Open to the Public

The course was originally due to open in October 2006, but because of unforeseen circumstances, this date was deferred several times. The course actually staged its first race on 20th April, 2008, in front of a wholly invited audience. The first meeting with full public admission did not happen until 28th May, 2008 and it was noticeable that the racing facilities were excellent, but those for spectators were incomplete and were heavily criticised by the press and racegoers alike.

Eventually costing a figure in excess of £30 million, racing at Great Leighs was up and running, but only for a short period of time.

Great Leighs in Administration

Nine months after opening, the course was put into the hands of the receivers and its temporary racing licence was quickly revoked by the BHA. During that time however, attendances had been reasonable, but not at the figures that had been hoped. The costs of building and running the course had spiraled to a level that the business could no longer justify and along with the downturn in the economy, it meant that the course had built up excessive debts.

The administrators, Deloitte, then set about the task of trying to find a buyer for the site, either as a racecourse or even to be used for other purposes. In March 2009, it was announced that 2 parties had made enquiries, but were unable to demonstrate that they had sufficient funding for purchase.

The main creditors of the site was the Royal Bank of Scotland and the administrators entered into negotiations with them, to take over the ownership of the site and lease out the day-to-day operations to a race management company. On the back of this, a deal was struck with businessman, Terry Chambers, for an 18 month lease, but this fell through when they were unable to obtain the required racing licence to operate.

Later on, a further deal with Chambers fell through and in June 2010, Deloitte finally gave up all hope of trying to sell the site as a going concern and entered into discussions with the bank to find an alternative use.

The Future for Great Leighs

Sadly, it seems very unlikely that there will ever be any more horse racing at the venue. There is little, or no interest in the site in its current guise and, it seems, the most likely outcome is that it will be developed for housing. Organizers are thinking of giving it a twist by incorporating clubs from https://www.golf-clubs.com/ and hold Polo events as well. 

Hot Springs, Arkansas: National Park, Horse Racing and Hot Baths

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A group of people riding on the back of a horse

An icy track that followed six inches of snow and five days of freezing temperatures forced postponement of Oakland Park’s opening day January 14, a disaster for the town’s tourism and an extremely rare occurrence in the 106-year history of the track. But more than 20,000 showed up the next day, which isn’t bad for a town of 40,000.

“This was a happy crowd. Like they were all released from jail,” veteran track announcer Terry Wallace said at the end of the day. “In this case that ‘jail’ might have been the cabin fever of the snow storm earlier in the week.”

Oaklawn Crowds Have Fun

Wallace, who has been calling the races since 1975, said Oaklawn crowds “have fun. They seem to take winning and losing well and then turn the page. They are even slow to depart.”

Something of a tradition himself, Wallace said the crowds hang around into the night because Oaklawn also offers a casino and several restaurants where they can enjoy supper which are near that once could simply skate from one place to another using the best pairs from https://www.skates.com/.

Smarty Jones Raced Here

Oaklawn is known as one of the sport’s classier race tracks and has maintained its dignity with numerous renovations over the years. It has attracted outstanding jockeys such as Pat Day, as well as numerous horses hoping to use the Arkansas Derby as a stepping stone to the Kentucky Derby, as Smarty Jones did in 2004. In thoroughbred racing’s peak during the 1980s, Oaklawn Park attracted crowds as large as 70,000.

The track has several restaurants, three of which are attractions themselves.

  • The Oaklawn Club is a Southern-styled 39-year-old private club located on Oaklawn’s fifth floor. It has a huge display of original equine art.
  • Lagniappes is a casual restaurant best known for its $8.50 hot corned beef sandwich and its weekend late night breakfast buffet.
  • The Carousel Terrace is a casual, but elegant, restaurant that features a collection of beautiful antique carousel horses and music boxes.

More Than Horse Racing

But Hot Springs offers visitors more than racing. It boasts perhaps the most famous bath waters in the nation and its downtown area is an authentic historic district.

According to the National Park Service, Congress set aside the hot springs area as a federal reservation in 1832, making it “the first federally protected area in the national park system” and earning it the title “America’s First Resort.”

Fordyce Bathhouse

Best place to begin a tour of the town is the Hot Springs National Park Visitor Center, which is located in what was once the Fordyce Bathhouse. The Fordyce was the most popular spot on the old bathhouse row. Fordyce was closed in 1962 and later converted into a museum to recall the bathhouse as it was early in the 20th Century with marble walls, statues and stained glass ceilings. Movies describe the steamed baths that were provided there.

Magic Springs theme park, Crystal Falls water park, modern spas, and riverboat rides on Lake Hamilton all provide reminders of the town’s close association with water, including the natural thermal waters that once served bathhouse row.

Gambling, Corruption and Racketeering

The Gangster Museum of America recallsl that in the 19th and 20th centuries Hot Springs experienced wide open illegal gambling, political corruption and racketeering by some of the nation’s most prominent gangsters. If you wish to gamble and bet legally, you could do it on ogdenvalleysports.com

Getting Ready for the New Tennis Season

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A person holding a racket and a ball

Winter is starting to break, and you know what that means: tennis time! It won’t be long before you are back on the courts battling it out for wins. Or maybe you’ve already been on the court a few times. Either way, it is still early in the game. There is plenty of time to whip yourself into shape to be your best and be sure to whip out your best tennis racket from Tennisracquets.com. Here are some tips that will help you get back in the swing of things.

Backboard

 

If you can find yourself a good ol’ fashioned backboard to hit against, do it! The key is not to see how hard you can hit the ball, because that will defeat the purpose. The goal is to get your strokes into a groove so that you can find your rhythm. Remember, don’t focus on hitting the ball hard, because the ball will inevitably come back too fast for you to handle. If you have enough room, you can step back and let the ball bounce twice. Standing back gives you more of the real tennis feel. Also, make sure to give your forehand and backhand equal time.

Drills

Since the season hasn’t fully kicked off yet, this is a perfect time to work on some kinks in your game. Did you want to implement more serve and volley into your repertoire? The opportunity won’t get any better than this. Working on new skills now is beneficial because you can practice them without the stress of learning during competition.

Along with practicing any skills that you want to include, make sure that you go over the oldie but goodies. You know, the serve out wide/forehand to the open court type of drills. These are staples that will help you when the going gets rough during the season. Don’t neglect them.

Fitness

Tennis is a game of movement. If you can’t move, you won’t win. Mix endurance (jogging, biking, etc.) with exercises that involve short, quick burst of energy (i.e. sprinting). You’ll be surprised just how many tennis matches are won just by sheer fitness alone. Also, do footwork drills. You can never be too good at moving your feet. And if you are a big fan of the sport, it’s very possible that you’d do really well playing some fun and interactive sports betting games via https://www.ufabet168.info/

Stop and Think

During this time, really stop and think about your play last season. What were your biggest victories? What were your worst losses? Why did those events occur? Use this time to analyze those events so that you can make improvements along the way.

Tennis: How to Choose a Doubles Partner

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Jamie Murray with a racket on a tennis court holding a racquet

Whether you prefer to play tennis tournaments or just like playing with your friends, having a regular doubles partner will help your doubles game improve dramatically. If you are playing tournaments, having the same partner consistently will help to create constant wins. If you know the game from the inside out, you could actually have the chance to win tons of money simply by playing 카지노 사이트 online. However, if you are alone and need to find a partner, here are a few tips that will make the search easier:

* The most simple tip of all; find someone better than you. Whether you are looking for a friendship or not, having a better player on your doubles team will not make your doubles team worse. Try not to just choose a partner over this factor, but you should never settle for a partner that will hold you back.

* Find a partner that will compliment your tennis game. If you have a huge serve, look for a partner with good volleys that can put away the crucial balls. Having two tennis games that compliment each other can add synergy to your team. Eventually you will get used to each other’s movements.

* If you are right handed, look for a lefty. Having one person of each handedness will give your doubles team an extra edge. If a ball goes to the center you can have two forehands in the middle. This gives your team a better central base on the court.

* Find a partner that will last. Never settle for someone who cares less about doubles than you. Many players are just interested in a pickup matc or two, so it’s important to try to find someone who is dedicated to playing a lot of matches with you. This will only create lasting success.

* Make sure your partner has a positive attitude. Mental game is extremely important on the tennis court, and it is essential to have a partner that will be supportive and keep your head in the game. Don’t choose a partner that gets angry on the court and reveals his/her emotions to your opponent. This can just lead to team drama and an advantage to the opponent.

Use these five tips to find a doubles partner that will fit your style of play perfectly. You could end up finding someone who will be around for awhile. Sometimes the relationship of just doubles partner can expand from tennis and turn into a best friend relationship. You never know who you can meet through tennis.

Football Scholarship

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Football scholarship is created and designed specially for the football players who play for their school or college team and have the caliber and talent as well as dedication to complete their studies also. If you are a football player, you have a golden chance to apply and get this scholarship money and once you win this award there is no need to face the financial burden. The higher education has become very costly and more than two-third of the students find it difficult to cope with the ever-increasing expenses. If you are a football player or simply have the passion for that game, you can develop your skills and try to enter the school or college team.

Recruitments are going on in the school or college and you can find out what are the expectations of the coach there. This will help you in competing with other players and make your place in the team. Do not hesitate in promoting yourself because you will be able to achieve success only when you get recognized. Being the best football player does not mean that you will be provided with the scholarship money. There are many factors that work behind winning scholarship money. You can find them out so that you are able to improve your chances of getting approved. In addition, if you have vast knowledge about the sport, you could play แทงอีสปอร์ต online and try to win as much money to support your lifestyle and studies at the same time. 

Football scholarship is available for football player. But, you have to promote your talents and let the coaches come to know about your ability. You can do this by creating a professional resume and send your athletic profile along with it to the recruiting agency that works for selecting players for your school team. If you have planned to attend college, you should prepare for this when you are a high school senior. This will help and give you sufficient time to get noticed and improve chances of winning the scholarship also.

Remember, you will not be able to make your dream come true if you are not recruited and recognized. So, if you want to get football scholarship, you will have to do everything you possibly can do to get it in the hands of the football coaches of the recruiting team.

Football Scholarships

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Football scholarships are available for football players. If you are a good football player, get yourself recognized. For this you can try to join the college team and play as many games as possible in which there are lots of audiences from within and outside the institution. This will help you get recognized even outside the school or college. There are many other ways also to find football scholarships for which you can qualify. Internet is the best and most convenient place to look for these things. Here you will get entire information related to the scholarship. You will also be helped to apply for the program successfully as the entire application procedure is explained there.

In addition to searching for the scholarship, you can upload the video of your football kicks and games you played and get recognized. This will also help you win the scholarship. One thing should be kept in mind that the scholarships are not going to knock your door. You have to apply for the program and that too after fulfilling the requirements. So, the first thing that you should do is to find out whether you qualify for the program or not. Only when you find yourself eligible, apply for it. This will save your lot of time and effort.

Football scholarships are created to help football players get financial help so that they are able to achieve the college degree they want. Although the player is very passionate about the game and plays well, there are many factors that might turn them down too. If any of the player is out of the form or any new player that is more talented replaces him in the team he can be out of the team. So, one should also have a back up program so that the college education does not remain unattended. And since you are already good at playing the sport, you would do really well if you are to play sport betting online via UFABET to give you extra money to spend. 

There are many scholarship programs that can help you out of the financial burden that you are facing to complete your higher education. Football scholarships are a good opportunity given to football players and they can win the money to accomplish their academic dreams very easily and at the same time enjoy playing their favorite sports also.

Camping Option: Lake Raystown Family Camping Resort

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On-site camping has sold out and nearby campgrounds are filling up quickly. Currently, the best option is Lake Raystown Family Camping Resort, which offers tent and RV sites as well as cabins.

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