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Bored of hitting the gym every day this summer? Don’t fret! Fitness can be achieved through fun sports too. There are several fun sports that can help you achieve great health and fitness.

Summer Sport # 1: Tennis

Tennis is undoubtedly the best way to pass your time leisurely and improve your health. Playing tennis helps in moving your body and keeps your mind alert. Since it is a low-impact sport, you don’t need a lot of strength and skills to play the game. Hence a good option for toning.

Summer Sport # 2: Football

Football or soccer is one of the best summer sports, as it engages players to run fast and slow – with sudden balance shifts. This helps to build stamina and works for interval training too. Being a continuous game, it is extremely effective for fitness and cardiovascular health.

Summer Sport # 3: Cricket

This favorite Indian sport provides a number of benefits to its player along with gallons of excitement. Cricket helps in endurance, stamina, balance and co-ordination and physical fitness. It also improves hand-eye co-ordination.

Summer Sport # 4: Frisbee

Frisbee is a swift and easy sport which can be played with anyone, anywhere. Besides adding the fun quotient, this has health benefits too. Throwing a Frisbee is a good cardio-vascular workout; it uses your thigh muscles and arms too. It improves balance and helps to develop better landing skills.

 

Summer Sport # 5: Volleyball

Summer volleyball is one of the best sports workouts. This sport helps you burn calories and improves your muscular system.

Summer Sport # 6: Cycling

Cycling is a good summer sport option, because you don’t need company. All you have to do is pick your bicycle and race for good health. Cycling helps to build strength, tones muscles, builds stamina, burns calories, improves heart health and reduces stress.

Summer Sport # 7: Swimming

Swimming is the best way to help your body cool down during summer. Since, swimming involves your entire body; it is the best full-body workout. It helps you to relax, builds endurance, tones your muscles, maintains a healthy weight and improves flexibility.

Summer Sport # 8: Dancing

Dance is an amazingly fun activity. It allows people to enjoy, socialize and develop creative skills. Dancing for 30 minutes helps to keep the body active, helps to improve strength and flexibility, improves posture and balance, reduces stress levels and burns calories.

Summer Sport # 9: Badminton

Racquet sport is good for people of all ages. Badminton helps to burn calories, maintains healthy weight, and improves cardiovascular fitness.

Summer Sport # 10: Hiking

Hiking is a good recreational activity. It helps to improve muscular fitness, reduce depression, maintains healthy weight and lubricates your joints well. So, plan a trek this weekend to enjoy a peaceful traffic-less zone.

(By Renita Tisha Pinto)

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College basketball is a game of tradition. Fans line up days before a big game to make sure they get good seats, they do the same chants, wave their arms in the same way and cheer the same way all in an effort to propel their team to victory. The food fans eat is also a big part of the tradition, whether before the game, at it or after it.

There is one small problem, though, with college basketball food traditions: the weather. It’s cold outside and, while football breeds legendary tailgating and outdoor eating, college basketball fans are stuck indoors. Fortunately, the basketball arena itself or your local watering hole, restaurant or sports bar is there to be the cornerstone of your basketball eating traditions. Here are just a few of the more popular food destinations in great basketball cities.

Free State Brewery — Lawrence, Kansas

Free State is a local microbrewery in Lawrence that’s almost always packed full of hungry and thirsty Jayhawks. Known across eastern Kansas for its excellent ales, including the hoppy Ad Astra ale, Free State has been a Lawrence hangout for decades. It’s located on one end of Massachusetts Street, a five-block area in Lawrence filled with restaurants, bars and eclectic stores, making it a wonderful place to grab a good dinner and a beer before catching a bus to campus, cheering the Jayhawks to another home victory and then returning for a postgame celebration.

Eskimo Joe’s — Stillwater, Oklahoma

Eskimo Joe’s is an institution in Stillwater with a national reputation because of its simple, but always recognizable T-shirts with the Eskimo logo and sled dog logo. Eskimo Joe’s is a multistory, multibar, multi-TV eating-and-drinking establishment that is perfect for Cowboy fans to get to before, during or after the game. The food is amazing, the drinks cool and the merchandise is legendary. Game days usually feature food and drink specials, and the atmosphere gives Cowboys and Cowgirls plenty of reasons to stay and party long after the drinking is over.

KFC YUM! Center — Louisville, Kentucky

Perhaps eating KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut during a game isn’t the most gourmet of food traditions. Still, when you’re at a stadium named after the YUM! brands (the owners of KFC, Pizza Hut, etc.) you know that you’ll be able to eat well at one of the stadium’s concession stands which will sell you a Taco Bell taco, a Pizza Hut pizza, etc. Plus, KFC YUM! Center is fairly unique in that not a lot of basketball arenas are sponsored by large food concerns. At the very least, the presence of so many YUM! foods means you’ll never have to eat stale nachos and that weird yellow cheese.

Players Sports Bar — San Diego, California

Players tops the list of the best sports bars in California, which is no small feat given the huge number of places where one can catch a game in the Golden State. However, San Diego gets high marks because of its proximity to one of the best emerging college basketball programs in the nation (San Diego State University). Players, though, gets high marks not for its local clientele, but for the fact it always keeps some of its large number of TV screens tuned to games from the Universities of Missouri, Texas, Illinois, and North Carolina, giving visitors and people who move to San Diego a little taste of home. Try their fried green beans and a burger when you drop in.

Walk-On’s — Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Located within stumbling distance of LSU’s Pete Maravich Center, Walk-On’s is a local chain of sports bars named after three LSU walk-ons (two of who happen to be the bars’ owners.)  Walk-On’s is perfect for getting some postgame grub because of its proximity to campus and because it prides itself on being a center of food and fun for all LSU sports fans. Some of the fun may not be of the family-friendly variety, but that doesn’t mean that the adventure seekers and college-students-at-heart won’t find a great meal at the place voted Best Sports Bar by ESPN.

(By Chris Perrin )

 

Top Sports Stories of 2012: From the rise of Linsanity to the fall of Lance Armstrong we count down the biggest stories of the year

The Jerry Sandusky Scandal

The Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Matt Rourke

  • Top sports stories of 2012: 1. The Jerry Sandusky Scandal

It was the scandal that shocked and horrified the nation. Jerry Sandusky, the long-time defensive coordinator under the legendary Joe Paterno at proud Penn State, is found guilty of 45 counts of sexual abuse of minors. Sandusky, who used his youth charity Second Mile to hand-pick his victims, will spend the rest of his life behind bars. The resulting scandal led to Paterno’s firing (JoePa died in January from lung cancer), and crippling sanctions against the Nittany Lions football program for turning a blind eye to the abuse.

The King gets a ring

The King gets a ring

RHONA WISE/EPA

  • Top sports stories of 2012: 2. The King gets a ring

Nobody received more scrutiny than LeBron James before the 2012 season – and perhaps no one is more celebrated for getting the monkey off his back than the King. In a lockout shortened season, James played at a ridiculously high level through 66 games and all through the playoffs, bouncing his nemesis Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals and taking down Kevin Durant – his likely rival for years to come – in the NBA Finals. After all the All-Star Games and MVP award, King James finally earned the jewelry to fit his nickname.

Linsanity

Linsanity

ANDREW GOMBERT/EPA

  • Top sports stories of 2012: 3. Linsanity!

No single player across any sport owned 2012 more – or for a shorter time – than Jeremy Lin. The Harvard grad is the ultimate underdog story. Undrafted out of college, Lin was sleeping on teammate Landry Field’s couch. His journey and a pun-able last name (check the DN back pages, why don’t you) led to a media frenzy when the struggling Knicks finally gave him a shot. A memorable 38-point performance against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, game-winning shots left and right and overall enthusiasm in resurrecting the downtrodden Knicks endears him to fans and the media alike. We will all remember where we were when ‘Linsanity’ hit.

NFL's uses replacement refs

NFL’s uses replacement refs

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

  • Top sports stories of 2012: 4. NFL’s uses replacement refs

Come NFL playoff time, if the Seahawks get in or get a home game and the Packers are left out or have to travel, everyone will point to the Sept. 24 game between Green Bay and Seattle. That’s because replacement officials called what appeared to be a clear game-ending interception by Green Bay into a game-winning touchdown for Golden Tate and the Seahawks. The NFL used replacement officials as it locked out its refs to start the 2012 season. After Seattle won 14-12 – which gave us the lasting image of one replacement ref signaling TD and one right next to him signaling an INT – the NFL reaches an agreeement with the real zebras.

  • Top sports stories of 2012: 5. BountyGate scandal in New Orleans

Sean Payton and Gregg Williams were above reproach before 2012, but that’s when the details of what became known as ‘BountyGate’ came out. A full-on investigation by the NFL revealed details of what the league said was players paying teammates for injuring opponents. At the center of it all is a playoff game against the Vikings and Brett Favre, of which the future Hall of Fame QB was knocked out. The findings from the league resulted in a year ban for Saints head coach Payton and GM Mickey Loomis and an indefinite ban for Williams, the Saints defensive coordinator. Players fought and appealed and battled and Jonathan Vilma, whose alleged money was on the table, is back on the field.

  • Top sports stories of 2012: 6. Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace

If there were any supporters of Lance Armstrong left in 2012, it seems they must have deserted him by now. The cyclist abandoned his fight against doping chargers, which resulted in a lifetime ban from cycling (and loss of seven Tour de France titles). In perhaps the biggest and final insult, Armstrong’s foundation, Livestrong, drops his name and all association with the disgraced cyclist.

  • Top sports stories of 2012: 7. Phelps swims into Olympic history

Michael Phelps takes his place among the all-time greats with his 18th gold medal – 22 total in his careeer – at the London Olympics. He indicates he won’t be back for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio De Janeiro, but whispers have begun that we may not have seen the last of him.

  • Top sports stories of 2012: 8. Super Giants pluck Pats… again!

Eli Manning and the Giants survive a thriller to beat the favored Patriots in the Super Bowl – no this isn’t 2007. The Giants did it again in February of 2012, besting Belichick’s Brady Bunch again in Super Bowl XLVII.

  • Top sports stories of 2012: 9. The rise and fall of Tebow

So your 23-year-old quarterback comes off the bench, breathes life into your franchise and leads you to a playoff victory by torching the Steelers with a long touchdown pass in overtime to win. So of course you give him away for a couple of draft picks, right? Doesn’t seem to make sense, but not much does in the world of Tim Tebow. The undisputed king of the 2011-12 season is banished to the Jets, where is forced to backup Mark Sanchez and play personal punt protector. His lack of playing time gets him to ask Gang Green for a trade or release, and Jets brass seems like they will oblige. The only certainty for Tebow seems to be uncertainty.

  • Top sports stories of 2012: 10. Mets finally get no-no in year of pitcher

It was the year of the pitcher – three perfect games happened in 2012, one each from the Giants’ Matt Cain, the White Sox Phil Humber and Mariners ace Felix Hernandez – so it was no surprise the Mets finally broke their no-hitter hex. On June 1, the lefty tossed the first no-no in the franchise’s 50-year history (even though he got a little help from the umpires, but we’ll let that slide).

(SOURCE:New York Daily News)

David Beckham ended his five-year stint in America’s pro soccer league in style Saturday as his team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, won the MLS Cup.

Storming back from a deficit, the Galaxy scored three second-half goals — two of them on penalty kicks — to beat the Houston Dynamo by a 3-1 score. It marked the second straight year Los Angeles not only won the league championship, but did so by beating Houston.

Dispelling notions about Los Angeles’ soccer fans being laid back, many of the roughly 30,000 at Saturday’s game at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, erupted after goals from Omar Gonzalez, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane.

They interrupted their cheers with colorful chants and songs, including one by the exuberant Riot Squad fan club toasting the home team’s outgoing midfielder by singing “One David Beckham” to the tune of “Guantanamera.”

 

david beckham

david beckham

 

Beckham seeking one last challenge

More spry than he was during last year’s title game when he was hampered by a hamstring injury, Beckham was very involved in play all game long and was part in several near misses, though he didn’t factor into any goals.

Fans thanked him with a thunderous ovation as he left the pitch, on a substitution, late in the game.

“I’m 37 and I’ve been able to play in quite a few finals and championship games, and I still love it like I did when I won my first,” Beckham told reporters after the game.

 

Did Beckham’s U.S. project succeed?

Asked about his stint with the Galaxy, he said he hoped people had enjoyed watching him play and that he’d brought “a bit of interest to the game.”

“I just want to thank everyone over the U.S. and around the game for the support that I’ve had over the years,” Beckham said.

Beckham had a stand-out career playing for Manchester United and Real Madrid, and captained the England national team when he joined the Galaxy — and helped raise Major League Soccer’s profile in the United States and beyond — in 2007.

Nearly two weeks ago, team officials announced that the Englishman would no longer play for the Galaxy or any other MLS team after Saturday’s contest. The move came ten months after Beckham signed a reported two-year contract with the squad, rebuffing a number of offers from leading European clubs.

The November statement gave no indication where he was headed, but in a statement released by the team, Beckham said he “wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career.”

“I don’t see this as the end of my relationship with the league as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future,” he added.

Beckham has been a global icon of the sport for years, inspiring the 2002 movie “Bend It Like Beckham.” A UNICEF ambassador, he’s also been a hot item off the field as a model and as husband of former Spice Girls singer and fashionista Victoria Beckham.

 

(Source: CNN, CNN’s Paul Vercammen reported from California. CNN’s Greg Botelho contributed to this report.)

 

Talking about the sports all around the world, there are thousands of sports with varying popularity in different countries. Sports like Basketball and American football in are most popular in America, Cricket in India, Australia and soccer in UK. Some of sports are local and some are global. The top sports that have dominated in terms of popularity around the world are football, cricket, tennis and others. So the top ten sports are:

Top 10 sports in the world

1: Soccer

Soccer

Soccer

Among all the globular sports named as the King of Sports football is the most popular sports in the world.Especially its popularity is high in Europe,Asia,Africa and South America.With around 5 billion viewers around the world Soccer is the highest viewed most popular and top sport among the top 10 sports in world.

2: Cricket

Cricket

Cricket

After football the sports after which peoples are more crazy is cricket undoubtly. Especially in Australia, England, Africa, West Indies, Pakistan and India craze of cricket is very high. Players like Sachin Tendulkar have expanded the popularity of cricket with their huge contribution. With around 4 billion fans around the world cricket is the second popular game among top sports after football.

3:Tennis

Tennis

Tennis

Tennis is another famous sport in the recent world. The prestigious tournaments like wimbledon, Australian open, French open, Shanghais Open and many others. The great players like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic, and William Sisters are the icon for tennis. With around 2 billion viewers around the world it is 3rd most popular sport in world after cricket and football.

4 : Hockey

Mainly famous in European, Asian and Australian Countries Hockey is the fourth most popular sport in the world with around a billion fans over the world. There are many formats in hockey played like ice hickey, air hockey and field hockey. It is played between two team consisting 11 players each.
5 : Volleyball

Volleyball is the game played between two teams separated by a net with 6 players in each team. It is famous all over the world.With about 800 million viewers all over the world volleyball is 5th most wanted sport in the world.

6 : Golf

Golf is the longest of all the sports in world.It is played by individual players which includes spotting the ball into the hole by the golf bat.Players like Tiger Woods has expanded its glory all over the world.With around 600 million viewers it is ranked as the 6th most popular game in the world.

7 : American Football

American football is the game played between two teams with 11 players each team.It is mainly popular in U.S.A and other American countries. With around 400 million fans around the globe it the 7th highest most popular sport in the world.

8 : Basketball  

Basketball is on the rapid increasing in terms of popularity. Especially among the teenagers of world its the most wanted game. Basketball is also a game between two teams with 5 players playing in court. It is most popular especially in American countries.With around 350 million viewers and fans it is the 8th among the most popular sports.

9 : Table Tennis  

Table Tennis named as TT is the game played between two player in the tennis board with net between two players.It is world widely most famous especially among the youths and school students. With around 300 million total viewers and fans it is the 9th most wanted game of the world.

10 : Baseball    

Baseball is also one of the most popular games played around the corners of world.It is also the game played between two teams consisting nine players each.It mostly popular in America and Japan.With more than 200 million fans around the world baseball is 10th among the list of most popular games played all around the the world.

(Source: http://www.sportapex.com/2011/05/top-ten-sports-in-world.html )

Which sport is your favorite? No matter what sport is, remember ”Enjoy your Sporting Life and sports for life“.


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