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Big three become big two

Big Three Become Big Two

There is a point in every season of the Premier League that certain teams begin to filter out of the Premership Title race, and Sunday was unfortunately the time where Arsenal had to drop out of the race.

It usually happens at some point, three teams that have really had a go at it find themselves tighlty knit at the top with numerous games to go. Then after a few fixtures against each other, one is seen to be drifting out towards no-mans land.

Arsenal will be far less happy with their performance against Chelsea than that of their current league position and will need to hope and pray that the West London Club and Manchester United, drop enough points over the remaining fixtures for them to spring a surprise.

Chelsea and United both looked very dominant teams at the weekend and will want to push on from here. With each mistake now looking to be pounced upon by the other it could be “goodnight Vienna” for one of them come the end of March.

Now that the Champions League will again be taking the front seat it will be imperative that both teams plan and manage their up and coming games well, and everyone knows that Manchester United?s manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, is the grand master in doing this.

The best online bookmakers do not think so however and have, after a comfortable win over Arsenal, placed them as 4/6 favourites for the Premiership title.a a a a

From snowboarding zero to hero: basic pointers to learn

From Snowboarding Zero to Hero: Basic Pointers to Learn

There is much debate as to where snowboarding originated. But whether snowboarding descended from skiing or skateboarding, snowboarding is a legitimate sport that requires a descent on a snowy slope using a snowboard. It is difficult to really point out who started this fun-filled sport, but one thing is for sure: somebody will always have the idea of sliding down a snowy slope on a board or sled.

The growing recognition of snowboarding around the world is evidenced by its establishment as a sports discipline in 1995. As such, snowboarding has been included in events in Winter Olympics and Winter X-games. It even has a US Open tournament of its own. The growth of snowboarding as a sport is undeniable as more and more people get hooked on it.

Now that you are among the countless ones who want to try out the fun and excitement that only snowboarding can give, it is high time that you learn the basics of making your very first downhill ride on a snowboard. So how do you begin?

First, you need to procure the necessary snowboarding equipment. You need to have the right snowboarding gear, clothing, boots, and of course, snowboard. Make sure that your snowboard is the right size for you; not too expansive or narrow.

If you already have the necessary equipment, you can start learning the basics of riding your snowboard. Here are a few important things to remember as you start to find your destiny in snowboarding.

Keep in mind that snowboarding is similar to snow skiing. The body movements that enable you to control and stabilize your snowboard are the same as the movements in skiing. Therefore, if you are already a skilled skier, there will be fewer problems for you ahead. A skier will have easier time than a skateboard thrasher to learn snowboarding.

Always be in a relaxed position. Like any sport, snowboarding requires a calm and hang-loose mindset. Most accidents and injuries in snowboarding happen when one is in tensed position. As you mount your snowboard, keep your knees bent; a stiff stance will only make you absorb impacts between your snowboard and snow.

Do not start learning how to snowboard by immediately riding down the snowy slope during the first time. Instead, begin with snowboarding across a small patch of snow. Get a feel for the sport. Be conscious of your snowboard and your movement. Are you comfortable in your getup and equipment?

Try steering the snowboard over the small area you are in. Practice making turns, learn the finer points of toe-side turns, which means turning by lifting your heels up while pressing your toes to the snowboard; or heel-side turns, which make use of your heels for your turning. Once you have mastered the basics of balancing and steering your snowboard, you can move to a bigger patch of snow, but do not try a long and steep slope just yet.

Now that you have actually moved on your snowboard, you have to learn how to stop your snowboard. Stopping a snowboard basically requires making more turns until you find your self going for an uphill position. An uphill direction will certainly slow your snowboard down until you are in a complete stop.

After learning all the basic riding movements, you can now try a full-scale ride down a longer and steeper snow slope. Good luck!

Learn the 3 different ways to how to swim faster

Learn the 3 Different Ways to How to Swim Faster

How to swim faster? There are many ways to go about improving your overall time and conquering the pool in record time. Practice makes perfect. There is no other way to put it. If you are beginner who wants to improve your overall speed in swimming, then all you need to do is to go to the pool as often as you come and time yourself each time. Even if its an improvement of a second a week, that is progress and as you get tougher and hardier, you will find that you are able to swim faster that ever before. But the thing about practice is that it has to be maintained on a regular basis.

How do you think Michael Phelps was able to break all those records during the Olympics? He practiced on a regular basis and that is what you need to do if you want to break your own personal record and conquer the swimming pool. Make it a routine if you can and practice all the possible strokes that you want to be faster in. One of the best ways to swim faster is to have a swimming mate that has the same sort of performance capabilities that you do.

Competition is one of the best spurs to doing anything better. Athletes often train in pairs, because the performance of one another is just the motivation that they need to improve themselves. Find a partner to swim with and you will soon see that you will be able to swim faster. But be careful when you do choose someone to swim with. Swimming with someone that is too slow or too fast has the reverse effect on your performance. You will find that you either have no motivation to continue because the other person constantly outperforms you or you think its too easy and start to rest on your laurels. Grow together. Get better together. Get faster together. Now, we will discuss a bit on swimming tactics on how to swim faster.

First is the all important start of the swim, you need to find the technique that propels you into the water. Most expert swimmers talk about the glide technique that you need to master. Leg power is all where it is at so train those legs at the gym and stretch yourself before each swim. Strong legs are the key to swimming faster because they are the engines of the human body when it comes to the water. Swimming experts also recommend that you take longer strokes, not faster ones when in the pool, because they give you more torque and distance on average.

Short sharp strokes are not effective in swimming faster as opposed to controlled, longer strokes. These are just some of the ways in which you can learn how to swim faster. Surely, there are other ways and joining a swimming programme is a good way to get hints and tips to improve your overall time.