Top 10 Most Successful Athletes Of All Time

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  1. Michael Jordan –

Michael Jeffrey Jordan, a.k.a MJ (his initials) is by far one of the greatest athletes the world has had the pleasure of knowing and watching on the basketball field. During his reign as a professional basketball player, the most admired things about him were his skills, grace, and coordination. He is now a retired professional basketball player.

  1. Muhammad Ali –

Muhammad Ali was a former American professional boxer. He was born on January 17, 1942. During his times he was one of the most acclaimed, and his name is used as a boxing reference till date. He aced in heavyweights and was considered on the greatest heavyweight champions in the history of boxing.

  1. Wayne Gretzky –

Wayne Douglas Gretzky CC is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player. Gretzky has played over 20 seasons as a part of the National Hockey League for four teams from the year 1979 to 1999. Later he went on to become a head coach, post which he retired from ice hockey.

  1. Usain Bolt –

Bolt is the star child of athletics in the dictionary of any athlete ever. He is a Jamaican sprinter who is regarded as the fastest individual ever timed. He is also the first ever man to hold both the 100 meters and 200 meters world records. Additionally, bolt also set a world record in the 4×100 meters relay alongside his teammates.

  1. Michael Phelps –

Michael Fred Phelps II, the American competition swimmer, is one of the most celebrated Olympian of the present day. He has a total of 22 medals in 3 Olympiads. Out of these 22, 18 are gold and 11 are gold from individual events. He also has around 39 world records to his credit.

  1. Bo Jackson –

Vincent Edward “Bo” Jackson is a former American baseball and football player. Bo Jackson is the sole athlete in the history of football and baseball to have been named an All-Star in both.

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  1. Babe Ruth –

George Herman Ruth Jr., more popularly known as Babe Ruth, was an American professional baseball player. His career lasted a good 22 seasons, starting from the year 1914 through till1935.

  1. Roger Federer –

Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player, currently ranked world number 3 in the men’s singles tennis by the organization, Association of Tennis Professionals.  Federer has been the recipient of19 Grand Slam singles titles, which is the most in the history of this game. He has held on to the world No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a record period of 302 weeks and was also ranked No. 1 for a record 237 consecutive weeks.

  1. Jim Thorpe –

James Francis “Jim” Thorpe was a popular American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. He was one of the members of the Sac and Fox Nation and was the very first Native American to have won  a gold medal for the United States.

  1. Pele –

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as “Pelé,” is a former Brazilian football professional who used to play as a forward. He is known as one of the kingpins in football owing to his outstanding skills.

 

Six Most Bizarre Sports In The World

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We all know many sports championships in the world and the popular ones such as football. Cricket, basketball, etc. In this article you will get know about the bizarre sports that you have never heard of:

  1. Wife carrying –

This is a sport that originated in Sonkajarvi, Finland and it involves the male competitors trying to race each other with their wives on their backs. Every year at the North American Wife Carrying Championship, the winners can get their hands on the region’s traditional prize that is, as much beer as the wife’s weight, cash that is five times her weight and also an entry into the World Championship in Finland.

  1. Chess Boxing –

Chessboxing is a bizarre hybrid of punching your opponent in the face and also checkmating them on a chess board, all at the same time and same place. This battle has 11 rounds in which the competitors are required to alternate between boxing and playing the traditional chess.

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  1. Cheese Rolling –

This cheese rolling event takes place at Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire, U.K. every year. What happens is that a giant cheese wheel is set rolling down a steep hill and the competitors are required to race after the rolling cheese. The winner is the first person to reach the bottom of the hill. Many a time, the steepness of the hills the cheeses are rolled out on have caused multiple injuries, and therefore it is not as easy as it may sound when you hear it for the first time.

  1. Extreme Ironing –

Can it be an Extreme sport or performance art or even both? Competitors in this sport who call themselves “the ironists” go into a remote location to iron their clothes. The domestic chore of ironing is performed underwater, while skiing, hanging from cliffs, or while snowboarding and even standing on top of vehicles.

 

  1. Underwater Hockey –

First, there was field hockey, then ice hockey and now underwater hockey? It is also known as Octopush, and it is a sport played worldwide and involves two competitors who are trying to push the puck using a stick across the floor inside a swimming pool and into the opposing team’s net. The sport also has its own World Championship that took place in the year 1980.

  1. Egg Throwing –

According to the World Egg Throwing Federation, egg throwing sport is competition enjoyed by all the people in the world since the early humans who discovered the fun in watching a failure of another person in catching a tossed egg. The eggheads in the game are given the opportunity to take part in the Annual World Egg Throwing Championship which also involves a variety of games in Swaton, England.

 

A Beginners Guide To Playing Basketball

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  1. Goal Setting –

Basketball just like any other sports requires discipline and for that to happen those engaging in the sport are required to set some certain goals. Doing this will give you something to work towards achieving and also encourage you to work hard for the same. Never lose focus on what your end goal is and take every day to be a new day for you to put in an effort. Therefore, ensure you set clear goals and your training will accomplish working towards these goals by default.

  1. Great players = Great Athletes –

Although basketball requires you to be familiar with techniques and drills, without basic levels of fitness and strength, you will not be in the position to absorb the sport entirely. Improving your athletic capabilities will help you get stronger and faster thereby making you a better player. What you can do is combine some conditioning exercises such as jogging, jumping jacks, running, pushups, sit ups, etc.

  1. Learn to handle the ball right –

In basketball, the ball is everything and therefore it is vital to ensure you handle it the right way in order to win. Being able to orchestrate the catch and hold the ball in the right manner is key and once you have the ball in your hand it is a good move to pass on the ball to your teammates strategically. You also need to keep away the ball from the competing team.

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  1. Defense mechanism –

A defense may not always be the best option but in the case of basketball, it is an important technique you are required to master. For this purpose, some of the things you can do are practice shooting, passing, catching, dribbling and rebounding to help sharpen your skills. Doing this massively improves your control over the ball and reduce pressure.

  1. Make your feet agile! –

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Basketball is a land sport and is played wearing sports shoes mostly. Putting effort into training your feet and ankles will help you gain better control over body movements. Control over your body movements automatically means better control over the ball. This is so because your feet wis used to jump, pivot, and run up and down. Training your feet to do the job and be controlled by your will means you are the one calling the shots. Many times, in the course of trying to pass the bill you may need to pivot quickly. To achieve this purpose, you need to know how to pivot and be ready to do it quick. This skill of make-believe and manipulation will be extremely helpful in extracting info through the car game.

 

Basketball is a wonderful sport, and no matter how good you are at this game, it is crucial to keep in mind all the fundamental points mentioned above.

 

Facts about Football

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  1. Pele is the youngest player to be World Cup winner-

In the year1958, a teenager named Pele traveled along with great Brazilian team for the world cup at Sweden. Only at the age of 17, he was the youngest player to ever play in the world cup. He scored his debut goal against Wales in the quarterfinals and was known as the youngest goal scorer. On 19th June 1958, the team became the youngest player to ever play in the world cup final.

  1. Ronaldo had written Ronaldinho while playing in the 1996 summer Olympics in his jersey-

During the 1996 Olympics, when Brazil won the bronze medal. Ronaldo played under the name Ronaldinho since Ronaldo Guiaro was two years senior to him and also his teammate. After three years another player Ronaldo de Assis Moreira joined the Brazilian Team, Ronaldo Nazario was the only player with the same name in the squad. Hence, Ronaldo Moreira was called Ronaldinho Gaucho and even known today by the whole world as Ronaldinho ( little Ronaldo).

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  1. Gianfranco Zola is the only player to get a red card in the World Cup on his birthday-

The former Chelsea player Gianfranco Zola made his World Cup debut in the year 1994 as a substitute against Nigeria on the day of his birthday. The referee decided to gift him a red card for a foul that did not even deserve a yellow card. The player he fouled Augustine Eguavoen dived in to probably get Zola sent off and another teammate came to the scene as if Eguaveon was hit by a bus.

  1. Fernando Torres is the only player to have scored in 7 different tournaments in one season

He was known as the hero of Liverpool, the prodigy of Atletico Madrid and even the flop of Chelsea. All these changed in the 2012/13 season where he set a record that no one could achieve. He scored for about seven competitions such as the FIFA club world cup, FA Cup, UEFA Europa club, etc. The only time he did not score for Chelsea was the UEFA Super Cup.

  1. Jari Litmanen is the only footballer to play international football for the past four different decades-

Litmanen had a fantastic playing career that went from the year 1987 to the year 2011, which is about four decades. He even played for the top Europeans clubs like Barcelona, Liverpool, and Ajax. Even though he was always injured and never reached his real potential, he somehow managed play for four decades. He is among the very few people who have played for this long, but he is the only one who had played for international football for the past four decades. He started his football career in the year 1989 against Trinidad and Tobago and then has the team captain between the year 1996 and 2008.

 

Amazing Cricket Facts That’ll Blow Your Mind

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  1. Wilfred Rhodes’s Unbelievable Record in taking wickets-

A talented and A talented and a tireless gentleman named Wilfred Rhodes who plays for the England cricket team took about 4204 wickets during his period in first-class cricket who played for England ended up taking a total of 4,204 wickets during his stint in first-class cricket.

  1. Fastest Ball In Cricket-

Shoaib Akhtar from the Pakistani cricket team holds the record for the fastest bowling in cricket history. He delivers the ball at the speed of 100.23, piles per hour during the world cup held in South Africa 2003.

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  1. Attacking In A Test Match-

Test matches can be known for its grueling affairs that will last for five days unlike other match or sport in the world. During the match, all the player play the game cautiously, especially the batsmen who play the game in defensive mode. All of this did not matter to west indies player Chris Gayle as he is the first player to hit a six on the first ball of the match.

  1. Cleaning Out The Entire Opposition-

Only two bowlers in cricket history who has taken about ten wickets in the innings during a test match. This is a rare sight that never is replicated. Anil Kumble from the Indian cricket team did this in 1999, and Jim Laker from the England team did it in 1956.

  1. Highest Runs taken in a Single Over-

Believe it or not, the highest runs took in an over in not 36 runs but 77 runs. This rare run was done in a match between Canterbury and Wellington, and the batsmen who have this record is R.H Vance.

  1. Longest Innings In Cricket History-

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The amazing Pakistani all-rounder Hanif Mohammad spent about 970 minutes at the match during his marathon innings of 337 against the West Indies Cricket in the year 1957- 58.  This is the longest time spent by a player in the field for a single inning. He is one of the rare bowlers in cricket history to be able to deliver the ball with two hands.

  1. Merciless Game ever held-

The England team is the only team in the world to be in defeated in 60-over final, 20-over final and 50-over ODI final. On the other hand, Indian cricket is the only team in cricket history to have won all three kinds of finals.

  1. Technique Always work –

The late great Don Bradman was considered to be the greatest batsmen to have ever played the sport, he had his batting style and Is the only to score a six during his entire International Career.

  1. Double Hundred In only One-Day Cricket-

Only three players in cricket history have ever hit a double century in one day cricket. All the three players are from India, and they are Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, and Virender Sehwag.

  1. Merciless Game ever held

The England team is the only team in the world to be in defeated in 60-over final, 20-over final and 50-over ODI final. On the other hand, Indian cricket is the only team in cricket history to have won all three kinds of finals.