While most Australian sports stars have been active on social media platforms for over a decade, Ponting has avoided creating Twitter and Instagram profiles. However, the 44-year-old’s first tweet was posted on Wednesday evening — four adorable photos with his son, Fletcher. The pictures on Twitter show Ponting teaching young Fletcher how to grip a cricket bat during their first net session together. “A day of firsts; finally on social media and the first net with my son Fletcher,” Ponting posted. A day of firsts; finally on social media and the first net with my son Fletcher. pic.twitter.com/DAe79MzqKr— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) December 11, 2019 Soon after, an Instagram profile emerged with a video of Ponting feeding Fletcher some tennis balls in the nets. The younger Ponting was filmed creaming one back over his father’s head. Channel 7’s Cricket account amped up the reveal on their Twitter, posting clues about the “big, huge, … [Read more...] about Ricky Ponting’s adorable first Twitter and Instagram posts
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By Steph Yin Violins, cameras, school desks, computer mouses, can openers — these are just a few items that demonstrate how routinely disadvantaged left-handers are in this world. One notable exception may be sports. Whether it is Lou Gehrig in baseball, Wayne Gretzky in ice hockey, Martina Navratilova in tennis or Oscar De La Hoya in boxing, some of the best athletes in history have been portsiders. But even in this realm, the southpaw advantage may vary, being more pronounced in sports where a player has less time to react to an opponent, like table tennis, according to Florian Loffing, a sports scientist at the University of Oldenburg in Germany and author of a study published Wednesday in Biology Letters. In such games, he found a higher proportion of lefties than in those with longer intervals between players’ actions. Including an analysis of the pressures of time shows “that there is an additional effect” in left-sider sports dynamics, said Kirsten … [Read more...] about Do lefties have an advantage in sports?
IMAGE: Odisha FC players celebrate a goal during the ISL match against Hyderabad FC, in Pune, on Wednesday. Photograph: ISL A 10-man Odisha FC registered their second win of the season as they overcame Hyderabad FC 3-2 in the Hero Indian Super League match, in Pune, on Wednesday. Carlos Delgado (27th minute) and Xisco Hernandez (41st) gave Odisha a first-half lead before Bobo (65th) scored from the spot to set up a nervy finish to the game. Odisha were awarded a penalty of their own at the other end, which Martin Guedes converted to secure the three points. Rohit Kumar (89th minute) pulled one back at the death for Hyderabad. Odisha had Vinit Rai sent off for a second bookable offence in the 65th minute but they soldiered on for the rest of the match. After eight matches, Odisha are sixth on the table with nine points while Hyderabad are at the bottom with four. The hosts' intent to get off the mark quickly was evident as they pressed high up the field in a bid to launch one attack … [Read more...] about ISL: Odisha beat Hyderabad for second win
Roger Federer became the first living Swiss to feature on a coin, as a special $20 franc silver coin was commissioned. The demand was such from fans to get their hands on the special coin, that the Swissmint website crashed. Around 35,000 coins were commissioned and 15,000 have already been bought by fans. Eager fans hoping to get their hands on the remaining 20,000 overwhelmed the shop's servers. In fact, when the coin went on presale on 3 December, the website's traffic saw an increase of around 2.5 million times. The legendary tennis star's popularity is such that it was no surprise to the Federer is one of the most famous sportspersons in the world, so it comes as no surprise to Swissmint's CEO Marius Haldimann that the commemorative coin was sold out. "We had 2.5 million clicks... It was too much for the shop to handle," said Haldimann, adding that even though they had anticipated a high demand but admitted that it was beyond their expectation. "We never imagined it would be this … [Read more...] about Demand for Roger Federer Coins Causes Swissmint Website to Crash
Rohit, Rahul and Kohli in T20 mode as India complete win to bag series 2-1 against WI Obviously the first few balls, I want to see what the pitch is doing, what are the shots I can play on the pitch, those are the things I like to assess when we’re batting first.” This was Rohit Sharma talking about his batting approach a day ahead of the deciding T20I against West Indies. The second ball of the match last evening at Wankhede Stadium, Rohit smoked Sheldon Cottrell over mid-off for four. Who knows what he might have done with the first ball if it had not been a near-yorker to his open stance. No, this is not going to be a ball-by-ball account of the boundaries India hit yesterday. For the record, they hit 19 fours and 16 sixes; they have struck more sixes in a T20I only once. Now we all know how much Rohit likes to play himself in, irrespective of the format. It may even be a matter of only a few deliveries in T20, but that is his me-time, where he is trying to suss out … [Read more...] about INDIA ENJOY CALYPSO