A bicycle can find a great home almost anywhere. A bicycle’s needs are basic and its demands are straightforward; sounding something like, “get off the couch and take me for a spin.” From mountain towns with punishing terrain and bars flanked by foam-pad-tailgates to urban jungles where bikers sport shoulder bags and chunder is a manhole, here are the Blue Ridge towns that bicycles love.Brevard, North Carolina – Once mountain biking’s “best kept secret”, Brevard has a fat-tire grip on its claim as the capital of southern cycling. This small Appalachian hamlet has become a bicycle boom town with shops, breweries, and a variety of other businesses popping up in the wake of singletrack fever. Recent additions like The Hub Bike Shop, Pisgah Tavern, and Pilot Cove campground are enhancing Brevard’s regional repute and making it one of the hippest riding destinations in the world. The inexhaustible abundance of singletrack in Pisgah Forest, miles of windy road riding, including the Blue Ridge Parkway, and world class races and events means more and more riders are making the pilgrimage. Additionally, Brevard College has one of the top road, cross country, and downhill programs in the nation.Must Ride: Any single track trail descending from the top of Clawhammer Road: Bennett, Black, Avery.Chattanooga, Tennessee – 120 miles of purpose-built single track within 10 miles of the city limits only begins to explain how much Chattanoogans dig their scoots. With planners carving miles of trail, instituting a bike share transit system, and passing laws that protect cyclists, this small city is earning much applause for its progressive, two-wheeled worldview. Bicycle Magazine called Chattanooga the 27th best biking city in America, the highest designation to any small southern city. On top of new trail systems and greenways, Chattanooga offers all the extra amenities that make for a fun riding destination, including happening neighborhoods, with breweries, restaurants, and decked out bike shops, like Suck Creek Cycle, and even an adventure hostel called The Crash Pad.Must Ride: Racoon Mountain for wildly fun singletrack, or Enterprise South Nature Park, where there is a little something for the whole family.Harrisonburg, Virginia -With its proximity to a lifetime’s worth of trail riding and a full calendar of bike races and festivals, Harrisonburg is the capital of Virginia’s mountain biking and cycling scene. In addition to hosting stellar backcountry races like the Shenandoah 100 and rugged gravel grinders like the Harris-Doubaix, Harrisonburg is home to six bike shops and a collegiate team at James Madison University. While there, make sure you hit Massanutten Mountain for dirt and single track, or, to take advantage of breathtaking road rides through the countryside, head east of town to the Shenandoah Valley or up to Skyline Drive.Louisville, Kentucky – Louisville has one of the richest biking traditions in the country. At the turn of the century Louisville was leading the national peloton, as a town fully enamored the new sport of cycling. In 1898, for example, 10,000 citizens took to their bicycles for a cycling parade. A little over 100 years later, Louisville still finds itself at the cutting edge of the bike world scene, as it was the first non-European city to host the World Cyclocross championship. And the groundbreaking tradition continues. Today Louisville is home to the largest underground bike park in the world, a 22-acre subterranean dirt world known as Megacavern. Louisville’s famed urban park system is relished by the countless cyclists who train on Olmstead’s Parkways for numerous regional road races. Antiquated single speeds are the preferable way to cruise some of Louisville’s hip neighborhoods, where bourbon, food, and music delightfully slosh together.Must Ride: The Olmstead Parkways or Megacavern. You’re probably inclined one way or the other.Davis, West Virginia – Davis, West Virginia does not offer all the frills of other cycle-centric towns, but for what it lacks in amenities it makes up for with an authentic vibe and rowdy, black diamond single track. Besides, fewer breweries, shops, and crowds is a refreshing change of pace in an ever-more commercialized scene. The gear you truly need can be found at Blackwater Bikes, a main street dive which has served the Tucker County faithful since 1982. The wilderness areas of Monongahela, Black Water Canyon, and Canaan Valley surround Davis and offer immediate access to some of the most hair-bristling and technical trails anywhere in the East. Furthermore, every June the Canaan Mountain Biking Festival showcases Davis’s grassroots passion. Even the four-years-old gear up for trial races. Other area races include the Blackwater Classic and the Revenge of the Rattlesnake.Must Ride: The Hellbender Cirque will give you a taste of the gnarliest stuff in the Canaan Valley. Commemorate the experience with Davis-style apres-biking at Hellbender Burritos.Best of the RestBoone, North Carolina: Rocky Knob bike park is a top-notch, purpose-built, in-town network; nearby Beech Mountain is among the best in East Coast Downhill; and Wilson Creek offers rugged backcountry exploration.Ellijay, Georgia: The capital of Georgia mountain biking serves up roughly 59 singletrack trails, such as Bear Creek and Pinhoti, as well as sweet digs at the Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get Away.Washington, D.C.: Sharing systems, bike lanes, new trails, and other proactive approaches are making the nation’s capital one of the most bike-friendly metropolises in the country, especially as social planners try to bring biking to economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.Greenville, South Carolina: Ex-pro and Lance Armstrong crony George Hincapie figure heads the cycling scene, including opening a high-end chateau where road warriors congregate. A blossoming downtown invites a growing number of tourists, especially foodies.Asheville, North Carolina: While the Blue Ridge Parkway and the trails in Pisgah are international riding meccas, the best option could be a pedal, drink, and eat tour through downtown to South Slope to the River Arts District to West Asheville.
Considine had shot to fame among Scottish football fans five years ago when a video of him singing the song in drag with others on his stag do was leaked on YouTube.After being kept in the public eye by a podcast run by Peterhead midfielder Simon Ferry, Open Goal, Considine’s Scotland team-mates were quick to play the song as they celebrated their triumph. 0:43 – Advertisement – Highlights of the European Championship Qualifying Path C play-off final between Serbia and Scotland Image:Considine had shot to fame among Scottish football fans five years ago when a video of him singing the song in drag with others on his stag do was leaked on YouTube And now the song – and the circumstances behind its rejuvenation – has secured far wider appreciation.Dons midfielder Ferguson, who is hoping to secure European Championship qualification with Scotland U21s on Tuesday, said: “It’s brilliant. It is funny. Obviously I had seen the video of big Andy but it went quiet for a while.“I think the boys on Open Goal brought it back to life, Si Ferry and Paul Slane, with singing it every week.“The nation has just latched on to it. Seeing all the videos on Thursday night was hilarious.“To be honest, because it happened so long ago, everyone at Aberdeen had all had their say on the matter. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Lewis Ferguson says Scotland men’s U21s can emulate Steve Clarke’s side and qualify for the European Championships for the first time since 1996 – which they will do if they beat Greece on Tuesday Lewis Ferguson reckons Aberdeen team-mate Andy Considine will be laughing along with the rest of Scotland after his stag do antics somehow revived a disco classic.Baccara’s 1977 hit ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ was listed at number three in one UK singles chart at the weekend after footage of Considine and his Scotland team-mates dancing and singing along to the track went viral.- Advertisement – 8:53 “But it’s been brought back to life and, honestly, Andy is the nicest guy in the world.“He just has a laugh about it and I’m sure it will be the same when he’s away with the A squad, having a laugh and joke about it.“But it is absolutely brilliant and to see all the videos over social media in the past couple of days has been brilliant.“And is it close to number one? Magic.” The hit was played in the Scotland dressing room after last Thursday’s Euro 2020 play-off win over Serbia.
Chelsea have joined the medical response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak by making made their Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge available to NHS staff assisting with the crisis. The Premier League giants will allow NHS workers to use the four-stay hotel in west London for the next two months, with the offer open to any staff working at hospitals “in the north-west London region”, but that could be extended. Blues owner Roman Abramovich, who it is believed came up with the initiative, will be covering the costs of providing the accommodation. A Chelsea statement read: “Chelsea Football Club is joining the medical response to the coronavirus outbreak in London with the news the National Health Service (NHS) has accepted the Club’s offer to make the Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge available for NHS staff. “The initiative came from club owner Roman Abramovich and, after contact with the NHS was made by Chairman Bruce Buck, it was decided the best way Chelsea can assist the NHS is to provide accommodation for NHS staff.Advertisement Meanwhile, fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace have offered staff assurances over pay following the outbreak of coronavirus. With the leagues shut down until at least April 3, and many expecting it to be for much longer, the finances of clubs up and down the country have been hit, with non-league Barnet already making 60 staff redundant. Parish also said matchday staff who have lost work due to the suspension of the Premier League will not be out of pocket. Read Also:Chelsea, PSG make contact with Juventus for €60m Pjanic He said in a statement on the club’s official website: “Firstly, in order to ensure the impact of this health crisis is minimised, we will not be placing any of our colleagues on statutory sick pay for health issues relating to Covid-19 during this crisis. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History10 Body Features That Are Extremely Rare But Very Remarkable2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterSan-Francisco Runner Creates Art Just By Jogging AroundThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way
Hearts move to first while Kotoko move up to fifth. What lessons did we learn?TEAM OF THE MATCHDAY: ACCRA HEARTS OF OAKPLAYER OF THE MATCHDAY: YAHAYA MOHAMMEDDISAPPOINTING TEAM OF THE MATHCDAY: DREAMS FCCIOABA HAS MADE ADUANA CONTENDERS YET AGAIN Aduana were tipped to battle for the league title after making impressive signings during the off season. However, after a horrendous start to the season which saw them lose three games in a row, opinions began to change about them. The introduction of Romanian Aristica Cioaba has restored the faith in the Dormaa side and they are well and truly in contention for the title. Four consecutive wins, 15 goals and conceding 2 in their last 4 games makes them a force to reckon. In addition to this, they have a fit and confident Yahaya Mohammed scoring for fun. The top of the league will certainly get more intriguing.DREAMS HATE BRONG AHAFODreams FC have lost 4 games already this season. The new entrants lost to Kotoko at Dawu and have lost to Chelsea in Berekum, Techiman City in Techiman and Aduana in Dormaa. With the exception of the Kotoko game which was at home, the other three have been away and more precisely three of these four defeats have come away in the Brong Ahafo region. Dreams will hope to overturn this bad record when they travel to face Bechem United, another Brong Ahafo side later on in this season. The positive however is that they will welcome all these Brong Ahafo sides to Dawu. DAUDA HOLDS THE KEY TO KOTOKOIt is no coincidence Kotoko’s best form has been met with a return to form and goal scoring ways of Dauda Mohammed. The youngster is the heart and soul of the team with Kotoko thriving on his dynamism in recent matches. Dauda had not scored prior to week 7. Within that period, Kotoko has managed only 3 goals. Since his return to full fitness, Kotoko have scored 8 goals in 5 matches with Dauda scoring 3 of these. His physical attributes such as strength and speed make him a nightmare for any defender. Kotoko have failed to score in only one match within this run and it was the game the Porcupines were unlucky with Dauda notably missing a sitter. Kotoko’s season largely relies on Daua. Football is a team sport, but he can generate moments of brilliance to decide matches for the Porcupines.HEARTS CONTINUE TO IMPRESS AWAYKenichi’s counter attacking machine once again proved the team has been built for away performances. Solid defence and quick transitions have been the order of the day for the Phobians and they once again exhibited this in Berekum, a place where no one dared to dream of a win. This result has propelled Hearts to the summit of the table. Though this matchday won’t win them the title, it makes a huge statement on their title aspirations. Keni has to find ways to improve his side at home especially in games where they are required to take the initiative. LEAGUE CHAMPIONS IN TROUBLEAshantigold’s season has gone from bad to worse. The Miners have drawn more than every team in the league and now find themselves languishing in the bottom. On and off the field problems have crippled Bashir Hayford and his team and an immediate solution ought to be found. At this same stage last season, Ashantigold were flying to the league title but cannot win at their own home grounds to save their lives. Ashantigold are one of the few teams yet to be relegated since the era of the Premier League and Fianoo and his team must ensue this proud legacy is kept.TIME FOR HERBERT ADDO? Herbert Addo has failed to conclude a full season for a second time in two seasons. It was Hearts last year and Inter Allies this season. Herbert is one of the tactically gifted coaches in the country showing flexibility and more importantly the ability to adjust to situations. While at Hearts, he paraded a swash buckling attacking side who scored for fun in 2002. At Aduana, he put together the best defensive side till date when he led the Dormaa side to their first and only league title. However, the tactically astute manager seems to have slightly lost the plot. The game has become more and more reliant on physical fitness and more tweaks which seems to be different from Herbert’s era. After two unsuccessful seasons, it is about time one of the celebrated coaches in the country calls time on his illustrious career.FORGETFUL DERBYEvery player dreams of making an impact on his debut. Either scoring a winner goal or delivering a cross that would decide your debut game. This certainly would have been the thought of Gilbert Fiamenyo who was playing his first game for Dwarfs against Kotoko. This did not go to script for the bulky striker who missed a penalty with his side 2-0 down. A bad day at the office for Fiamenyo but he will certainly hold the key to Dwarfs survival in the league. The Cape Coast side have scored 7 goals in 11 matches and Fiamenyo’s inclusion and goals could turn their loses into draws and draws into wins. –Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag
Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Five games into the season, he’s batting .471.“Maybe it just got me to say, ‘look, keep it simple.’ I’ve got a lot of other stuff going on, so when I’m at the field, all this other stuff I used to do, just put that aside,” Pollock said. “It’s like a pickup game of basketball. You go up there and compete. I feel pretty good up there. I feel like I can compete against the pitcher and put up some good at-bats.”Pollock’s two-run home run in the first inning against former teammate Robbie Ray (0-2) staked the Dodgers to a 3-0 lead. Corey Seager homered in the second inning to put the Dodgers ahead 4-0. By the sixth inning, the Dodgers led 6-1 and Ross Stripling (2-0) was well on the way to his second victory of the young season.Max Muncy went 2 for 4 and hit a solo home run of his own against left-handed reliever Alex Young. The Dodgers are 3-0 since leaving home for a three-city road trip and 5-2 this season.Stripling allowed four hits and three runs in 5 ⅓ innings. He walked two batters and struck out two. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Until the Dodgers acquired Mookie Betts from the Red Sox in February, A.J. Pollock was slated to be the team’s highest-paid outfielder. His $15 million salary is more than that of Cody Bellinger, the reigning National League MVP, and Joc Pederson, who hit 36 home runs last year.For Pollock, who trudged through 86 games in an injury-plagued 2019 season, the 2020 season came with something to prove.Then sports took a back seat to life. One week after spring training was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pollock began what he called a “wild ride.” His daughter, Maddi Mae, was born prematurely. In June, he tested positive for COVID-19. It wasn’t until last Saturday that his daughter was allowed to come home, 128 days into her young life.PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy waits his turn to bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the Diamondbacks’ home opener baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock connects for a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, the Diamondbacks’ home-opener, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)A.J. Pollock #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Max Muncy #13 after hitting a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 30, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling follows through against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of the Diamondbacks’ home opener baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)A.J. Pollock #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 30, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a sacrifice fly during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 30, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock (11) smiles as he celebrates his two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Dodgers’ Corey Seager (5) as Dodgers’ Max Muncy, middle, looks on during the first inning of the Diamondbacks’ home opener baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 30, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray pauses on the mound after giving up a home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager during the second inning of the Diamondbacks’ home opener baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Managers Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fist bump during introductions to the MLB game at Chase Field on July 30, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager (5) celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Dodgers’ Will Smith (16) during the second inning of the Diamondbacks’ home opener baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling follows through on a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the Diamondbacks’ home opener baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers greets Mookie Betts #50 during introductions to the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 30, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts (50) eludes Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed, left, as Betts makes his way to second base during the second inning of the Diamondbacks’ home opener baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Starting pitcher Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 30, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kiké Hernandez, left, warms up as he talks with Dodgers’ third baseman Justin Turner, right, prior to an Arizona Diamondbacks’ opening day baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo (17) greets Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (30) at home plate prior to a the Diamondbacks’ opening day baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (30) talks with a player as Dodgers’ Justin Turner, right, takes batting practice prior to an Arizona Diamondbacks’ opening day baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)While wearing face coverings, Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Kenley Jansen, right, talks with Dodgers’ pitcher Pedro Baez, left, prior to an Arizona Diamondbacks’ opening day baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Arizona Diamondbacks players and coaches, left, stand along with Los Angeles Dodgers players and coaches, right, prior to a the Diamondbacks’ opening day baseball game at Chase Field Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts rounds first base on a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks as the MLB and BLM for “Black Lives Matter” logos adorn the base during the second inning of the Diamondbacks’ home opener baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers play in an empty Chase Field during the fourth inning of the Diamondbacks’ home opener baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy waits his turn to bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the Diamondbacks’ home opener baseball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock connects for a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, the Diamondbacks’ home-opener, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)NextShow Caption1 of 22Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock connects for a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, the Diamondbacks’ home-opener, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)ExpandParadoxically, all the turmoil helped Pollock focus on baseball. He went 2 for 5 with a home run and a double Thursday in the Dodgers’ 6-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Starling Marte flied out to end a 14-pitch at-bat against Stripling in the bottom of the first inning. Ketel Marte’s solo home run in the third inning put the Diamondbacks on the board. Other than that, Stripling found little trouble until the sixth inning, when he hit Starling Marte with a pitch and allowed a run-scoring double by Christian Walker.“I was able to kind of keep my energy and strength throughout the outing, which I am encouraged by,” Stripling said. “There’s not a ton of swing and miss with this lineup. … I felt like my stuff was good. I held them at bay through five. Overall I feel good about the outing.”With David Price opting out of the season and Alex Wood on the injured list with shoulder inflammation – Manager Dave Roberts said Wood has been prohibited from throwing for a week – Stripling figures to remain in the rotation for most of a 60-game regular season. That’s fine with the 30-year-old right-hander, who has shuffled between the rotation and the bullpen his entire career.“(Starting) is kind of the best gig in the big leagues for sure,” Stripling said.Adam Kolarek, Joe Kelly, Brusdar Graterol and Pedro Baez worked 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Baez was credited with his second career save.Pollock’s first home run of the season traveled an estimated 384 feet, according to MLB’s Statcast system. He doubled off Ray to begin the fifth inning and scored on a groundout by Seager, who finished with two RBIs.“I think I’ve gotten better and better at (compartmentalizing),” Pollock said. “I’ve had injuries. It’s kind of a similar situation with what’s happened with my daughter, trying to get her through the hospital. My wife’s frustrated. It’s day after day in a hospital. I’ve taken everything day by day, not getting too up or too down, getting your work done and not dwelling on stuff.“The situation I’ve been in, it’s forced me to put stuff behind me pretty quick. I’ve learned a lot.”Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season
Advertisement hc0kNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsc0jWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eu6( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3mgjbpWould you ever consider trying this?😱37cCan your students do this? 🌚9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Around the world and especially in the Indian subcontinent, the sport of Arm wrestling is very popular among the smallest group of friends to even the extent of professional tournaments all over the globe. We, Sports India are organising the inaugural Pro Panja League 2020, and the tournament will see the most elite arm wrestles competing with each other for the ultimate glory. A sport which is dominated by sheer forearm strength, there are several methods the pros use to increase their vigour. Lets check out some of those tactics.Advertisement 1. Pull ups:Pull ups are the single most effective method for bodybuilders, power lifters and athletes to increase their upper body strength, which mostly includes back and forearm muscle training. In case of arm wrestling, regular pull ups are crucial for training your forearm muscles, especially the pronator teres muscle, located on the anterior side of the forearm. A strong pronator muscle results in having a stronger forearm, thus being very effective in arm wrestling. Pros even perform the pull ups with an added weight, usually hanging from their waist or legs, to make their pronator muscles even stronger.Advertisement Pull ups (or weighted pull ups) are crucial to increase forearm strength. (Image Courtesy: Brute Belt)2. Wrist Flexion:Wrist flexion or cupping means to bend your wrist inward and trying to touch your wrist with your fingers. While it depends on the flexibility of one’s wrist, training to flex your wrist helps tremendously in overpowering your opponent in arm wrestling. Pros often use the method of hook technique, a crucial tactic to overpower your opponent. Flexing your wrist makes the opponent open up his bicep, which is as effective way to defeat them.Wrist flexion exercises help in the hook technique. (Image Courtesy: Voice of Armwrestling)3. Tendons and Ligaments:While growing out your forearm muscles are necessary to excel in arm wrestling, training your arm tendons and ligaments are equally important. As professional Canadian arm wrestler Devon Larratt says: “Muscles are the movers, but connective tissues (tendons and ligaments) are everything that holds you together.” Having huge muscles mean nothing if you don’t develop strong tendons and ligaments.Advertisement 4. Less Weight, More Reps:From body weight exercises to weight training, pro arm wrestlers focus on a balance of explosive strength and endurance. While having straight out explosive power is important, keeping a hold on that power is what matters in battling it out with your opponent. So for pros, the focus is always on the endurance. For this reason, they use a lower amount of weight and do more repetitions per set. They perform various forearm exercises such as wrist curls or reverse barbell curls with low weights, but with a high number of reps, ranging from fifty to even one hundred.5. Isometric exercise:The best way to train for arm wrestling is not to do pushing or pulling exercises, but to do isometric training. Isometric exercise means to keep a muscle under static contraction, which is exactly what happens in arm wrestling. The opponents apply force on each others’ arms, and they try to hold that force in one place until one’s arm falls out. For this reason, the pros need frequent training in isometric exercises, such as holding heavy barbells or dumbbells in one place. This keeps the forearm muscles under contraction, and developing the muscle fibres over time to exert the ability to hold heavy weights.Isometric weight training helps in static holding of a weigh. (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)6. Wring out a cloth:The twisting motion of the wrist proves very useful in arm wrestling, and to train it, the bet go to method for the pros are to do the wringing out a cloth or a towel. While there are no options to overload the weight involved in anyway, prolonged training over a period of time increases the wrist’s twisting power, which is an effective way to dominate your arm wrestling opponent.Training to wring out clothes helps in a stronger twisting ability of the wrist. (Image Courtesy: DLD Running(The online registrations for this event is ongoing and can be done here. Additionally, the on spot, registrations for the tournament can be done on 28th February at the venue in New Delhi. The tournament will begin at 4:30 pm and the entry for the event is free.Pro Panja League Ranking Tournament takes place at Thyagaraj Stadium New Delhi Feb 29th 2020 4:30-7 pm. Be there!Also read-Pro Panja League 2020 Athlete profile: K.Lalhriatpuii5 best arm wrestlers in the world today Advertisement
By The Nelson Daily SportsAll season long it’s been a period here or a period there that has cost the Nelson Leafs a victory in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League standings.Saturday night in Osoyoos it was in the second frame that most of the damage was done.Thierry Martine and Brock Anderson scored goals in a 12-second span to lift the Desert Dogs to a 4-2 win over the Leafs at the Osoyoos Sun Bowl.The loss gives the Leafs a weekend split in KIJHL action. Friday Nelson finally got one monkey off its back when Cody Abbey and Colton Schell each scored twice and Gavin Currie had three points to lead the Leafs to a 6-2 victory over the Murdoch Division leading Beaver Valley at the NDCC Arena.In the South Okanagan City Nelson stayed with the Coyotes through the first 20 minutes. Despite being out shot 12-10 the Leafs finished the period leading 2-1 on goals by Cameron Dobransky and Connor McLaughlin. Dobransky finished the game with two points.McLaughlin’s marker came with no time remaining in the period. Stefen Jensen had tied the game late in the period before McLaughlin scored.However, in the second the Desert Dogs got the offence going with Martine, second in KIJHL scoring, evening the game before Anderson put the home side in the lead for good.Matt Geurts added an insurance goal on the power play in period Osoyoos owned, out shooting Nelson 21-10.Marcus Beesley, earning his second start of the weekend, took the loss in goal for Nelson.Both teams struggled on the power play with Nelson scoring once in nine attempts while the Coyotes had 13 opportunities. Friday, a four-goal second period, two of the markers coming in the latter stages of the frame, was the difference as the Leafs defeated the Hawks for the first time in four meetings.Nelson has yet to get a win against the other Murdoch power this season, the Castlegar Rebels.After a scoreless first period, Nelson took the lead on goals by Abbey and Schell. Beaver Valley tied the game as Ryan Edwards scored twice in a span of 41 seconds. One marker came on the power play.However, Currie scored on the power play with two minutes left in the frame, and Schell added his second of the game 78 seconds later to give Nelson the lead for good.Abbey, on the power play, and Connor McLaughlin scored third period goal to ice the contest. Beaver Valley out shot Nelson in the contest by a 23-18 count, including a 12-6 barrage in the second period.Leaf netminder Beesley out dueled Mike Vlanich in the battle of the backstoppers to register the victory. It was the first loss in four games against Nelson for the Beaver Valley goaltender.ICE CHIPS: Next home game for Nelson is Sunday, December 12 against Grand Forks. The Leafs travel to Kimberley Friday and Fruitvale Saturday. . . .Nelson finished the month of November with a 7-3 record. . . .The Leafs, jumping into third spot in the division ahead of Spokane Braves with a 16-13 record, also improved to 8-10 against Murdoch Division opposition. Nelson trails division-leading Beaver Valley and Castlegar by 10 points. . . . Nelson’s leading scorer, Gavin Currie, continues to score in bunches. Friday was the Abbotsford product’s 12th multiple-point game of the season. Currie, who had one assist Saturday, has accumulated more than two points in 10 of his last 15 games. . . .Cody Abbey is finally starting to get in the groove after spending most of the season on the injured list. The Kaslo native has registered points in four of the past five games. . . .Braeden Hikichi was back in the lineup Friday after missing last week’s game against Castlegar due to [email protected]