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Just as in any other sport, in soccer there are differences between the men and women’s accessories. The primary example would obviously be the womens soccer jersey. The other, not so obvious one would the cleats. In general they both have cleats at the bottom for all the sudden movements and changes of direction. The differences are in the sizing, color schemes available and the actual biomechanics of the cleats:
In terms of size, womens soccer cleats are smaller and not as wide as men’s. This difference in width is the biggest difference. Some women prefer men’s shoes and in that case they usually choose one and a half sizes smaller. For example, if a female soccer player usually wore size 7 then she would want five and a half in the men’s range.
When it comes to the biomechanics, the difference here is that men place much greater force on the lateral midfoot and forefoot. This is especially true when it comes to the rapid changes of direction. As a result men’s shoes tend to have more stability and support to reduce the chances of any injury.
Soccer cleats already come in various colors, even bright ones, ranging from red to blue. Women’s cleats tend to have other more feminine colors and design schemes. Pink, yellow and purple are some of the more popular colors.
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Lewis Hamilton won the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix after a final lap collision between himself and teammate Nico Rosberg, who was leading at the time. After a brake-by-wire failure going into turn one, Rosberg lost a lot of ground.
“He made a mistake into Turn 1,” Hamilton said of Rosberg, “and so I had an opportunity to go down the outside into Turn 2. I left a lot of room on the inside, and I guess he locked up and crashed into me. I think he had a problem with his brakes.”
As you would expect, Rosberg was extremely unhappy:
“I am absolutely gutted; it is unbelievable,” Rosberg said. “The sport sometime…I was sure to win that race and then I lost it on the last lap. It is pretty intense.”
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was angry: “Brainless! Seeing both cars nearly colliding is upsetting. It could have easily been a double DNF.”
Rosberg limped his car home in fourth after being passed by Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikonnen passed his slowing car. Something he was called out on the stewards for, in addition to taking the blame for collision with Hamilton:
“”Having taken note of the extensive evidence given by both drivers and the video and telemetry data, it was apparent that Car 44 (HAM) was in front of Car 6 (ROS) – i.e. more than fully alongside – and that the driver of Car 44 could have clearly made the turn (T2) on the track, if not for the resultant collision.
“Car 6 did not allow Car 44 ‘racing room’ and hence the driver of Car 6 was responsible for the collision.”
Now, as a result of the collision, Mercedes will be deciding shortly whether to implement team orders and freeze the order of the drivers beyond a certain point in the race. This might be the only way to prevent it happening again this year.
Teenager Max Verstappen became the youngest winner in Formula 1 at the Spanish Grand Prix. He took advantage of a stunning first lap collision between a temporarily slowing Rosberg and his teammate Lewis Hamilton. Lewis Hamilton, who was blamed by Niki Lauda for the incident, described it as a racing incident:
“I had a decent start from pole but got slipstreamed on the way to the first corner and lost the lead. Coming out of turn three, I was catching Nico really quickly and went for the gap on the right – I had part of my car alongside but then had to take to the grass. The gap was there and, if you’re a racing driver, you go for that gap”
Verstappen’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel switched to three stop strategies which ultimately proved to be the inferior option. Ricciardo was careful not to blame the team for choosing the wrong strategy:
“In hindsight, a three stop strategy was the wrong thing to do, but maybe during the race it seemed like the right thing to the team”
Verstappen then held off the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who was also two stopping, for the final 15 laps. He showed great temperament and maturity for his age and held of the world champion without a single mistake. It was a stunning achievement and completely justified the decision to move Verstappen to the Red Bull team from Toro Rosso.
In a surprising twist, Red Bull has swapped Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen with Danill Kvyat at Red Bull Racing with effect from the Spanish Grand Prix.
“Max has proven to be an outstanding young talent,” said Red Bull boss Christian Horner.
“His performance at Toro Rosso has been impressive so far and we are pleased to give him the opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing.
“We are in the unique position to have all four drivers across Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso under long term contracts with Red Bull, so we have the flexibility to move them between the two teams.
“Dany will be able to continue his development at Toro Rosso, in a team that he is familiar with, giving him the chance to regain his form and show his potential.”
The demotion is due to a recent run of incidents. Kvyat collided with Sebastian Vettel twice at the start of the Russian GP last weekend. The second contact resulting in the Ferrari ending up in the wall and retirement. In Kvyat’s defense, he was caught off guard by the slowing Ferrari.
With the chances that Verstappen was to be promoted to Red Bull Racing next year high, this is seen as good time to evaluate the young driver at a time when mistakes will be less costly.
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Womens soccer cleats these days are more than just a different color and size. During the early eighties and nineties when the popularity of women’s soccer was increasing. Manufacturers did what is known as the “pink em and shrink em” process. They made womens soccer cleats in what they considered to be more “feminine” colors and made them in smaller sizes. This is no longer the case. Womens cleats are now designed for women and have some differences from the men’s version.
While different colors and smaller colors might work for a women’s soccer jersey, womens feet have an anatomical difference to men’s feet. In most cases women can wear men’s shoes if the same size. But for performance, and injury avoidance the shoes need to take into account the above differences.
One of them is that women’s feet taper in towards the heel. Modern womens cleats are designed this way. This gives the wearer a better fit. This translates to better agility, stability and much fewer injuries.
The other big difference is that women have much wider hips along with a much wider angle from the hip to the knee joint. This requires the shoe to have much softer support. Especially in the midsole.
When the shoe is designed with smaller heels and feet in mind along with the softer midsole, there is a lot of excess weight removed. These cleats are lighter and the wearer will be able to perform better with less chance of injury.
You can find the best womens soccer equipment at Soccer Garage.
The five time NBA champion was offered a contract by European club FC Barcelona. This would give him a chance to enjoy a longer basketball career overseas. But according to the Spanish sports newspaper, Mundo Deportivo, he has turned down the offer.
After hearing that Bryant may be ending his basketball career with Pau Gasol, the Catalan club put through their offer.
The NBA star had spent most of his childhood in Europe. He has also stated that he admired european basketball players. He however rejected last year’s offer from Barcelona, because he was unsure of the level of his health and if he would be fit enough to play for the entire season.
The star had passed on an offer from barcelona, which included competing for the club in high profile Euroleague games.
Bryant announced that he intends to retire in November this year, after he completes his NBA season. Bryant is also under contract with the lakers and has been for the past 20 years. He is said to receive a $25 million salary.
Bryant has not commented publicly on the rejection of the offer, but he has mentioned in past in interviews with ESPN, that once he retires from Basketball he intends to start a career as a businessman. In the interview with ESPN in 2014, he said that he had formed a business called Kobe. inc and that he currently has a small team of employees.
Skipper for India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, says that his current team is “balanced” and can “take on any team anywhere in the world”.
“Well if you see, more often than not, the team that we have played with (this year in T20’s), looks like a team that can play in any condition, especially in this format. Let’s not talk about the 50-over format. But in T20s, we can play with this team anywhere in the world,” He said after the team’s win against UAE in the Asia Cup.
“We now have three proper seamers, two spinners and if needed part-timers. I think it is the right combination. And even if you go for a few extra runs, with the batting that we have – till No 8, I think we can look to get those extra runs if the opposition scores off us. So I think this team is set for playing in any conditions, whether you are playing in India or outside India. It looks like a very balanced team.”
When asked when he intends to retire, at a Bangladesh conference, he said “I’m not getting rid of myself so soon. Bangladesh will have to face me more often than not. This is one occasion when the question was longer than the answer,” he said with a laugh.
Dhoni said that the final will be tough since the conditions are known well by Bangladesh. “As I said, any good team if they are the home team, they will always know the conditions very well. So to beat a home team is always difficult. Also Bangladesh, over the years has developed a lot. They have improved their strength. They know the condition well, as I have said. It will be a good final”
Nike’s marketing schemes are dominated by customer expression and emotionally-evoking messages.
Nike has redefined the way sports marketing, and even general marketing, is seen today. Their industry dominance as well as global reach has made them one of the powerhouses in the market.
A Defined Image
Throughout the years, Nike developed itself into that company with the “swoosh” logo.
It’s safe to say that pretty much everyone can associate the swoosh logo with Nike. They’ve ultimately separated themselves from their competition by not only releasing unique designs and products, but also by partnering up with athletes that are well-known by the public.
Steve Doctrow, who is the Executive Vice President of Marketing for Rogers & Cowan, worked with Nike on several high-profile campaigns. According to Doctrow, the integration of brands and media can substantially raise exposure.
Nike didn’t become a successful company overnight. They rose in popularity because they created a buzz in the scene. They made their product easily identifiable to the public, which increased their overall marketing success through word-of-mouth. They also promote powerful messages to their viewers in commercials and advertisements which factors in to the recognition of the brand.
Raising Awareness To Build Sales
Another important factor that Nike feels strongly about is the emotion that their products carry. If you notice, they place a strong emphasis on how customers express themselves through the use of the product. This not only helps build up awareness for the industry giant, but it also increases overall sales.
Late January this year the Dallas Police Department received a complaint of domestic violence that put Johnny Manziel under investigation.
The allegations stated that he beat his former girlfriend Colleen Crowley. The charges were dropped. But it is said that Crowley has now decided to press charges. detectives stated that this was common for domestic violence cases, since the victims tend to delay reporting the assault.
The judge has issued an order of protection, which stated that Manziel will have to stay away from Crowley for 2 years. Crowley informed the police that Manziel beat her repeatedly at a hotel. He than drove her back to her apartment and beat her again.
Manziel’s father, Paul Manziel, stated the following ”I truly believe if they can’t get him help, he won’t live to see his 24th birthday,”. Paul stated that he had spoken to the Manziel and urged him to check into rehab, but his attempts were unsuccessful. Paul had also informed the Denton Sheriff officer that he believed that his son could be suicidal.
A statement was released by the Browns, stating that Manziel will be released before the league begins. The owner of Brown’s, stated that he has not been able to reach the player. “Johnny has not responded to us, but we’ll do anything we can to help him personally and our thoughts and prayers are with Johnny and his family,…We’re not worried about Johnny Manziel the football player, we’re worried about Johnny Manziel the person, and I think that’s all we need to say on the issue.”
By Phin Upham
In 1986, the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox dueled for the World Series title. The two teams were bitter rivals in the eyes of their fans, and that part is important. How fans perceived what happened in this series had an intriguing effect on one man’s life.
It was game 6 in the bottom of the tenth inning. Kevin Mitchell was on third, Ray Knight on first. The feeling was tense. The Red Sox were sitting on two outs, with just one more strike to go. It would be their first title win in 68 years, but the Mets were prepared to duke it out.
They’d come back from a point deficit to tie the game. This was literally a make or break moment.
Mookie Wilson hit a slow roller toward first base and several things happened at once. Bill Buckner moved up on the ground ball and attempted to grab it closer to the first base bag. He was afraid of Mitchell’s speed and wanted to react quickly. He set his glove down and ran through a drill every pee-wee baseball player goes through: fielding a ground ball. Only he missed.
The crowds erupted, and the moment would haunt Buckner throughout his career. He would later play for the California Angels, eventually accumulating 2,700 hits over a career of twenty years. But Boston fans couldn’t bring themselves to forgive him until 2008. Buckner was invited to throw the first pitch to his former teammate Dwight Evans during the unfurling of the 2007 Championship banner. Buckner had retired in 1990, the moment long past him. He finally received a four minute standing ovation and a proper greeting back to Boston.
Phin Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or Twitter page.