Lacrosse: A Growing Sport In Strength, Popularity and Prestige

There is no doubt about the fact that in order for a person to attain the greatest benefits of health and fitness, it is highly recommended for individuals to participate in a sport. Not only do sports promote health and fitness, they also promote discipline, cooperation, determination and many other qualities that ultimately builds a strong character. There are a myriad of sports one can choose from when looking to attain such benefits. One of the fastest growing sports in regards to popularity is lacrosse.

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The game of lacrosse is a team sport that is properly played utilizing a small-sized rubber ball and a long-handled stick that is called a lacrosse stick, or crosse. The sport is often played with contact. The head portion of the lacrosse stick is constructed with a loose mesh material that is specifically designed to catch and grasp onto the ball. The objective of the sport is to score as much as a team can by shooting the ball into their opponent’s goal using the crosse to catch, stick, pass and cradle the ball. The objective of the game is to keep the opposing team from gaining and scoring the ball through the utilization of body contact, positioning and/or stick checking. There are four major types of the sport, including: women’s lacrosse, box lacrosse, men’s field lacrosse and intercrosse. There are four different positions in the sport: goalie, attack, midfield and defense.

Today, lacrosse is a popular team sport that is gaining in its popularity in the North American continent. The sport may have originally developed in 1100 AD among indigenous groups of the continent. It had become a well-established sport in the seventeenth century and was documented by missionary priests of Jesuit in present-day Canada. Since those times, the sport has undergone many different modifications.

Some of the most important aspects of the sport’s strength and growth lie heavily on the players, their beliefs, determination and will. There are hundreds of thousands of lacrosse players all across the world. Among these players is an American from Pelham, New York named Matt Landis. He is most known for his respectable career at the University of Notre Dame.

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In December of 2010, Matt Landis as a sophomore had accepted a scholarship to join the lacrosse team of Notre Dame. He had considered a number of other colleges to play at as well, such as Brown, Navy, Colgate, John Hopkins, and University of massachusetts. He had also held a solid gpa of 3.281 at Mendoza College of Business while training full time in the sport. As a freshman student, Matt ranked number 66 on the “Power 100 Freshmen” listed and 18th as “best defenseman” in the class of 2012. Matt Landis excels at his best as a one on one player and on-ball coverage defender

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Harvick takes First Place in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Kevin Harvick was tired of finishing in second place, and on Sunday the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series banged on the table in jubilation in the race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway .

Once Harvick placed in front of the Kobalt 400, after starting from the eighteenth position, Harvick was untouchable.

Even with a disturbing vibration in the final stretch of the race, Harvick had enough margin of an advantage to hold back Martin Truex Jr ., who finished in second place, with 1640 seconds apart.

Harvick, who finished second in the Daytona 500 inaugural race of the season, and the Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 in Atlanta, led a maximum of 142 laps to get his first win in Las Vegas and the number 29 of his career.

In his last six races, Marc Sparks tells us that Harvick won three wins and three finishes in second place.

Ryan Newman finished the Kobalt 400 in third, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Denny Hamlin and AJ Allmendinger . Brad Keselowski , previous winner of the race, recovered from a penalty in the pits to finish seventh.

Kyle Larson , Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano completed the Top 10.

Harvick will try to extend his winning streak late in the first two positions at Phoenix International Raceway , where the driver of the Chevrolet No. 4, Stewart-Haas Racing has won four of the last five races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series .

“It’s great to win here in Las Vegas and a spectacular way to start the tour on the West Coast,” Harvick said in the Victory Lane. “It’s very special to win here.”

The only concern of Kevin Harvick during the race was whether it would be able to keep all the pieces together in the closing laps.

” That last part was not that comfortable,” Harvick told his team over the radio.

The win catapults Harvick to the top of the standings with nine points ahead of Earnhardt Jr. , who finished third, third and fourth in the first three races of the season.

Located in the fourth position in the ranking, Truex Jr. was catching up, but was never close enough to threaten Harvick.

Julius Thomas joins the Jaguars.

Julius Thomas became an overnight superstar when Peyton Manning arrived in Denver just a few years ago. Manning and the big tight end hit it off in training camp and that carried over to the regular season. In the past two years we saw ‘Orange Julius’ become one of the go to scoring players in the game. Julius racked up almost 1,300 yards on 108 catches for 24 scores. Now Julius Thomas is leaving the friendly confines of Mile High Stadium to play in Jacksonville. Not exactly a glamorous transition, but Thomas doesn’t seem to mind.

With free agency approaching the Denver Bronco’s knew that they had some tough decisions to make. Demaryius Thomas was in need of a new contract and, after losing Eric Decker, they had to make sure they kept him. Thomas was coming off of a season where he caught 111 passes for 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns. Thomas locked himself into a new contract and Peyton Manning came back for one more season shortly after.

So this left Julius out in the dark and seemingly leaving Denver. It was going to be interesting to see what teams were willing to pay up for the player, fearing that he’d be a product of the Denver offense. Jacksonville made the best offer and Thomas was quick to sign a five year, $46 million dollar contract. Now Julius will start catching balls from Blake Bortles instead of Peyton Manning.

Such is life in the NFL, which is what troubles some bankers.

Craig Sager Is Back!

Craig Sager has returned to the sidelines for the broadcasts on TNT. He has been absent since he went into treatment for leukemia. He has been missed by everyone in basketball circles including Flavio Maluf, and he is the one person that got Gregg Popovich to play nice with the sideline reporters. It was one of the more touching moments on TV to see Pop ask Sager to come back healthy.

Now that he is back, we get to see his crazy suits and watch coaches answer questions without saying anything. It is one of those reminders that we are more mortal than we think. Craig Sager has been a fixture in broadcasting for years, and we wish him all the best.

Now that we are getting back to the NBA playoffs, this is the best time to get Sager back because he is going to be participating in the playoffs on the sidelines. He will be able to get into some good conversations with these coaches, and we get to see the games in the way that we are used to seeing. Welcome back, Craig, and thank you for being so very good at your job that we did not know how to watch the games without you.

Tyson Vs. Douglas Historic Fight

Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas was the biggest upset in boxing history. Mike Tyson was the baddest man on the planet in the mid 80s. Tyson is the youngest heavyweight champion in boxing history. He was a devastating puncher, and he had the speed of a middleweight.

Tyson was trained by legendary boxing trainer Cus D’Amato. Cus was very old by the time that he met Mike Tyson. Tyson was a troubled child when Cus first laid eyes on him. Cus told Tyson that he could be the heavyweight champion of the world, and together they made that dream come true. When Cus died, so did Mike Tyson’s passion for boxing.

Mike Tyson went off the rails, and he had the wrong people around him. Tyson faced Buster Douglas in February of 1990. Buster Douglas was a 30-1 underdog. Somehow, Douglas knocked Mike Tyson out to become the heavyweight champion of the world. Douglas vs. Tyson is one of the most historic fights in the history of boxing, according to superfans like Brian Torchin.

On May 2, Manny Pacquiao will be facing Floyd Mayweather in the richest boxing match of all time. Hundreds of millions of dollars are on the table, as well as legacy. Pacquiao vs. Mayweather could potentially be the most historic fight in the history of boxing. For more information on the sport of boxing, visit Yahoo! Sports.

How North American Spine Center Changes Lives

North American Spine has been changing athletes lives for a long time now.  But more recently they’ve really been killing it because of the fact that they’ve developed the AccuraScope procedure. Something that I’ve had done in the past, and that’s been a lifesaver.

The North American Spine Center is a full service facility designed to give patients the chance to get rid of pain that has plagued them for years. These patients are often tormented by pain that they cannot get rid of. These patients are found to have been in such pain that they needed surgery, or they have had to alter their posture to feel more comfortable.

When these patients come to the North American Spine Center, they are given a personal consultation that is going to show them what needs to be done to help them get over the pain that has been nagging them. They will get a list of things that they should do for themselves, and they will be given a schedule that is going to show them precisely how to get their treatment done. Patients can use this set schedule to get their treatments done, and they can plan accordingly.

When patients need more help with their therapy, they are welcome to come into the Center at any time to get the help they need. They can talk to one of the physical therapists, or they can use the equipment to get their work in. The people that are given a chance to learn how to live pain free are often much more happy with the results simply because they are in control of their pain management.

North American Spine Center does the care management so that all patients can handle their own pain management. Once the patients are done with the program, they are free to return for checkups every six or twelve months. The patients are always under the expert care of the people at North American Spine Center, but they walk out the door without the pain that brought them in in the first place.

NASCAR Driver Kurt Busch Indefinitely Suspended For Domestic Violence

Well-known NASCAR driver Kurt Busch has been indefinitely by NASCAR, the American auto racing governing body, for domestic violence acts committed against an ex-girlfriend. According to  The Star, “NASCAR said Busch would not be allowed to participate in any series activities until further notice ‘given the serious nature of the findings and conclusions’ made by a Delaware judge involving the driver known as the Outlaw.”

This is an unfortunate turn of events Brian Torchin thought, after Busch’s former girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, went to police with allegations that Busch committed violent acts by “manually strangling” her and smashing her head against a wall in his motorhome during a race last September.

The 36-year old Busch, who’s one of the most well-known drivers in the 2015 Sprint cup circuit, has denied the allegations against him. However, the Delaware judge determined that Ms. Driscoll’s account of the events is more credible than Mr. Busch’s account. That finding is the basis for the court proceedings against the race car driver.

This news story is becoming more controversial by the day. Rusty Hardin, Busch’s attorney, has stated there will be an appeal. Mr. Hardin is known for representing many famous athletes, such as former MLB pitcher Roger Clemens in the 2012 steroid scandal, as well as current baseball player Alex Rodriguez, among other athletes.

Chevrolet, Busch’s auto sponsor, immediately suspended its relationship with Busch as well. Someone scrawled outside of Busch’s garage stall at Daytona “#41 Ray Rice” a reference to the former Baltimore ravens running back who is involved in his own court case of domestic violence. Busch drives the #41 Chevrolet, in an interesting irony.

Who Lost The Deadline?

Only one team lost the deadline, but they have been losing everything of late. The Sixers are at the point that they might have to be contracted in favor of a team in Vegas.

The Sixers got rid of their best player in Michael Carter-Williams, and that alone is reason enough for people to be concerned. Ray Lane says they are truly tanking the season, and this is by far the worst a team has tanked in the history of the league. We need to think very hard about changing the lottery, and the NBA needed to stop some of these horrid transactions.

The Sixers are trying to get the first overall pick, but we have no idea what they are going to do with it. This is a major issue for a team that is stockpiling draft picks when the depth in college basketball is not great. They can get a good player, but all those good players are going to die in Philly because the franchise is very bad. We need to make sure that we are watching Philly, and the fans need to stop showing up to games. They need to vote with their wallets against this mess.

Unapproved Balls

At the Super Bowl, a locker room assistant for the Patriots was noticed to have introduced an unapproved ball into the kicking setup for the game. The architecture suggests this locker room attendant has been interviewed, and it appears he is going to be the fall guy for this whole deflate gate mess.

The problem is that the Patriots are at the heart of deflate gate. They were cheating, but they will use someone else to take the fall so that they will not have to incur the full wrath of the NFL.

We can talk all we want about what was going on behind the scenes, but it appears that this guy was just following orders. He is going to take the fall probably because the Patriots told him to, and he will never say a word on threat of God only knows what.

We need to look at the Patriots as an evil empire because that is what they are. They are doing the same thing that a corrupt politician would do, but we are letting them get away with it. We need to reevaluate our values in football because winning and honor do not have to be mutually exclusive of one another.

Jackie Robinson West Team Still To Get Rings

Little League International has stripped the Jackie Robinson West All-Star team of their win at the United States Championships. Other teams brought to the league’s attention that the boundaries had been changed in order to bring in so called “ringer” players to help the team win. These chargers are what caused Little League International to strip the title from the Jackie Robinson West team.

All of this fraud was brought about by adults and league officials. The checks and balances the league is supposed to have in place for this sort of thing were not followed. If the league had done its job and checked everything like it was supposed to, this problem would have been solved a long time ago.

This is really a failure of adults and brings to light a systematic failure in the Little League system as Organo Gold has seen in the past. The decision to punish the team for the League’s mistakes seems a little harsh.

There has been a lot of talk about the players will “learn” from this experience about the importance of honesty. However, no one has really addressed why these kids need to learn that lesson. Is there some reason to suggest they will not learn this like every other kid does. It seems like a cop out to say that the kids will learn a lesson from this experience.

Luckily, the mayor of Chicago seems to agree. He is going forward with his plan to present the team with their championship rings, which took months to make. He stands behind the children who have become caught up in a scandal they did not create. By honoring the children with their championship rings, it seems that he is one of the few adults involved in this situation that understands that these kids don’t need to learn a lesson the hard way, and should be honored for their accomplishments.