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The five-year impact of the new free kick rule in football
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The five-year impact of the new free kick rule in football

In the fall of 2017, free kicks began to be considered a real offensive tool. After his purchase from Benfica, it quickly became clear that Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson possessed a left leg more akin to a catapult than a human limb, capable of launching the ball 80 metres over the opposition defence to create a goal-scoring opportunity. Teams were baffled by this tactic, as they had never seen it before. City's entire attacking trio positioned themselves 20 metres beyond the opposition's goal line, confident that they could not be offside from a goal kick. @SamLee (@SamLee)"This set-up of City's free kick is brilliant. The players are spread out all over the pitch; the opposition have no idea whether the pass will be short, into the big hole in the middle or straight forwar...
Caeleb Dressel’s Journey to Rediscovering His Passion for Swimming
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Caeleb Dressel’s Journey to Rediscovering His Passion for Swimming

Caeleb Dressel's extraordinary performance, winning seven gold medals, may paint the image of a champion without problems, but the reality of his swimming journey tells a different story. Despite his unparalleled success, Dressel has had to contend with the intense pressures of the sport. Widely regarded as one of the world’s best swimmers, Dressel holds the world record in the men’s 100-meter butterfly, a title he took from Michael Phelps in 2019 and then bettered at the Tokyo Olympics, where he won five gold medals. But even those accomplishments have failed to shield him from disappointment. Dressel was consumed by perceived failures, whether it was a turn, the finish line, or the lead. Winning gold and helping Team USA dominate the medal count did little to silence his inner ...
From Underdog to Superstar: Scheffler Faces Unexpected Fame
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From Underdog to Superstar: Scheffler Faces Unexpected Fame

Scottie Scheffler’s rise to the pinnacle of golf has been nothing short of meteoric. Once considered a talented but unremarkable player, the American has become a global sensation in 2024. This newfound fame, however, presents a unique challenge for a man who previously held his privacy in high regard. Scheffler’s journey began with a dominant win at the Masters in 2022, cementing his place as a world-class golfer. However, his celebrity status remained relatively understated. Fast forward to 2024, and a series of events catapulted him into the spotlight. A series of major victories, including a second Masters victory, cemented his dominance. But it was a bizarre arrest in Louisville that truly propelled him into the pop culture stratosphere. Fans rallied behind him, creating a s...
Brunson’s Loyalty Rewrites Knicks’ Future: A Win for Championship Aspirations
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Brunson’s Loyalty Rewrites Knicks’ Future: A Win for Championship Aspirations

Jalen Brunson defied convention this summer. While most players chase the biggest paycheck, Brunson prioritized winning in New York. The Knicks, eager to retain their rising star, offered a significant contract extension. But the really historic part? Brunson left a whopping $113 million on the table by opting into this deal a year early. The unprecedented move speaks volumes about Brunson’s dedication. He’s not just playing in New York, he’s invested in the team’s championship aspirations. That commitment goes beyond finances: He prioritizes building chemistry with teammates like Josh Hart and playing under Coach Thibodeau. Brunson’s decision is a gamble, but a calculated one. The new contract structure allows the Knicks to remain flexible under the NBA’s salary cap. That ...
McIlroy reflects on US Open disappointment, vows to learn and move forward
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McIlroy reflects on US Open disappointment, vows to learn and move forward

Rory McIlroy is using introspection and a change of scenery to process his heartbreaking U.S. Open finish. After missing putts on the final holes at Pinehurst, McIlroy took solitary walks through the busy streets of New York City. The walks served as a way to mentally unplug and gain perspective on the challenging tournament. A familiar pattern of frustration McIlroy described feeling like his "old self" for much of the final round, the version that was seeking major championship glory. He controlled the pace early, building a two-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau entering the 15th hole. However, a bogey on the 15th hole, followed by a missed short putt on the 16th, destroyed his momentum. McIlroy acknowledged a sense of unease creeping in as he waited his turn to putt on the 16th...
Unusual hype prompts U.S. women’s water polo team to seek history
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Unusual hype prompts U.S. women’s water polo team to seek history

The U.S. women's water polo team is making waves both inside and outside the pool. An unlikely partnership with rap icon Flavor Flav has brought a wave of attention to the sport as the team seeks an unprecedented fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal. From Hobbyist to Publicist Flavor Flav, who initially had limited knowledge of water polo, was inspired by the team’s dedication and the challenges faced by the athletes. His social media message, offering support and a donation, turned into a unique sponsorship deal. A team full of stars and new faces The U.S. team boasts a strong core, including veteran leader Maggie Steffens and world-class goalie Ashleigh Johnson. However, this year's roster also features several talented newcomers, such as 18-year-old Emily Ausmus, creati...