Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sports Carnival Ecstasy - May 31, 2012

A poster or logo for UFC Fight Night 6.
A poster or logo for UFC Fight Night 6. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Welcome to the May 31, 2012 edition of Sports Carnival Ecstasy. In this edition we have a College Football Preseason Guide  for 2012 by Justin Burnette. The Fight Night Blogger presents a couple of articles including a look at Steroids in Boxing and UFC 146 Results, when Dos Santos dropped Mir in the second round. Hope you enjoy the articles, bookmark, share, link on Facebook, tweet, and come back soon.


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Matt presents Independent Professional Baseball Trivia and History posted at Independent Professional Baseball Trivia and History, saying, "Daily trivia questions from the professional independent minor league baseball teams"


Eric presents May Bike Month, A Focus on Berlin posted at Philly Bike Lane Blog, saying, "Urban Cycling"


Laura Edgar presents 20 Sports Scholarships for Non-Athletes posted at NerdWallet | Education, saying, "Let’s face it, very few of us will enjoy a free ride to college to play varsity sports. Fortunately, there is still a lot of sports-orientated scholarships that do not rely on pure athletic ability."

Justin Burnette presents College Football Preseason Guide 2012 & Top 25: Fear the Purple & Gold posted at College Football Universe - Blog, saying, "College Football Preseason Guide 2012. All 124 FBS Teams Ranked."

Justin Burnette presents College Football Strength of Schedule Preseason 2012 posted at College Football Universe - Blog, saying, "College Football Strength of Schedule Preseason 2012."


Fight Night Blogger presents Steroids a Reoccurring Problem in Boxing posted at Fight Night Blog, saying, "Recent Cancellations May Make Some Wonder if PED Use is Rampant in Boxing."

Fight Night Blogger presents Strikeforce Results: Cormier Defeats Barnett by Dominate Decision posted at Fight Night Blog.

Fight Night Blogger presents ESPN Friday Night Fights Recap: Ji Hoon Kim, a Whirlwind of Excitement posted at Fight Night Blog, saying, "ESPN Friday Night Fights."

Fight Night Blogger presents UFC 146 Results: Dos Santos Drops Mir Round Two KO posted at Fight Night Blog, saying, "Dos Santos Impressive Stand Up Striking Ability."

Fight Night Blogger presents Cobra Strikes Again Froch Stops Bute posted at Fight Night Blog.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sports Carnival Ecstasy - May 10, 2012

Mel Kiper Jr. NFL Draft expert for ESPN during...
Mel Kiper Jr. NFL Draft expert for ESPN during the network's broadcast of the 2009 NFL Draft at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Welcome to the May 10, 2012 edition of Sports Carnival Ecstasy. In this edition we have Justin Burnette who takes a look at Spring Games for some of the best schools in the country including Arkansas, Notre Dame, Ohio State, & Penn State. Marky Mark (Not from the Funky Bunch) examines Sam Montgomery on his blog 'Not Mel Kiper Scouting Associates'. And finally we have an MMA article on Mayweather over Cotto from the Fight Night Blogger. Hope you enjoy the articles, bookmark, share, tweet, link on Facebook and come back soon.

Tracy Miller presents 8 Most Famous Daredevils in Motorcycle History posted at Insurancequotes,org.


RDG presents Offseason Basketball posted at No Helmets Required.


Collin Weyand presents How many shots to shoot daily? Part 1 posted at All Basketball Improvement, saying, "Check out my blog at"

presents Believe in yourself | Optimum Awareness Leads to Optimum Control in Your Life posted at Wizard Corpse, saying, "Improve overall psyche with this principle! plus a workout that will increase your explosiveness"
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Justin Burnette presents Spring Game Report Update: Arkansas, Notre Dame, Ohio State, & Penn State. posted at College Football Universe - Blog.

Justin Burnette
presents NFL Draft 2012: Luck & RG3, Bank or Bust? posted at College Football Universe - Blog.

Justin Burnette
presents Will It Be the Year of the Hog or Another Slap in the Face? posted at College Football Universe - Blog.

Justin Burnette
presents SEC Quarterback Spring Stats & Notes posted at College Football Universe - Blog.

Marky Mark
presents Sam Montgomery posted at Not Mel Kiper Scouting Associates.

presents A Sudden Death to NFL’s OT | No Helmets Required posted at No Helmets Required.

Mike @ fit36
presents Should I Let My Son Play Football? posted at


Fight Night Blogger presents Cotto's Last Stand, Mayweather Wins a Tough Fight posted at Fight Night Blog, saying, "Boxing HBO Pay Per View"
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me to The Races!

Elizabeth Hurley - cropped
Elizabeth Hurley - cropped (Photo credit: Carol Browne)
Aintree, Cheltenham and the Grand National are all popular haunts with some of the UKs glitterati. Everyone from footballers and their wives and TV personalities, to reality TV ‘stars’, put on their finery to enjoy a flutter at the races. When horseracing season is in full swing, we all love to see who was there, who wore what, and most importantly – who they were betting on.

But for some of these celebrities, sitting on the sidelines is no longer enough. In order to get closer to the action, more and more famous faces have taken the plunge into racehorse ownership. No longer limited to pub syndicates or Arab Sheiks, the world of racehorse ownership is littered with famous faces.

Increasingly popular with the sporting world, everyone from golfer Lee Westwood to Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney have recently experienced racing success. And we all know that The Queen is passionate about horseracing, but you might be surprised at some of the other famous faces you might bump into at the Grand National:

Dame Judi Dench

National treasure and quintessentially British film star Judi Dench may not be the stereotypical racehorse owner. But thanks to the training expertise of Mark Tompkins, her horse Smokey Oakey has experienced relative success at some of the most prestigious races in Britain. The James Bond actress is a regular feature at Newmarket, and has a number of horses in the care of Tompkins.

Elizabeth Hurley

Another famous actress, Elizabeth Hurley, has turned her passion for horse racing into ownership. Hurley is part of the Highclere Racing Syndicate and is one of several owners with interest in Census. She is regularly seen at some of the biggest racing events in the UK, cheering on her winning horse.

Ant and Dec

Geordie duo Ant and Dec are better known for their TV presenting and dabble in the music business. Few people associate them with the world of horse racing. Newcastle’s finest tasted victory twice in 2012 with their horse, Primaeval.

Jeremy Kyle

The chat show host, who has recently found fame in the US, is more used to dealing with people than horses. In fact, Kyle owns several horses in partnership with his wife. The couple have experienced great success with their horse in jump racing in 2010 and 2011.

Freddie Starr

In 1994, eighties wild child Freddie Starr became famous for something other than the alleged eating of small rodents. His horse, Miinnehorna, won the Grand National, despite a poor showing at the Cheltenham Gold Cup earlier in the month.

Other famous faces you might expect to see cheering on their horses include; Sir Alex Ferguson, Michael Owen, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jodie Kidd, and Denise Lewis. The sport has always been a Great British institution, but is growing in popularity with both the A-list and Joe Public. So next time you place a bet on the National, you might just be backing one of these celebrity-owned horses.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Motorcross: Ones to Watch

The high-octane world of outdoor Motocross is in for another year of thrills spills and monster jumps. The FIM Motocross World Championship is the premier championship of motocross racing and the 2012 contenders are already fighting it out for the sport’s top prize. The series began on Easter Weekend 2012 in the Netherlands, and will conclude later in the year with the prestigious Motocross of Nations in Lommel, Belgium. The competition is divided into three distinct classes: MX1, MX2, and MX3. Below is run-down of three of this year’s hot favourites in the MX1 and MX2 categories.

Tony Cairoli (ITA) Red Bull KTM
Undoubtedly the bookies’ favourite for the MX1-GP world championship Antonio "Tony" Cairoli is the Italian five-time Grand Prix world champion. Cairoli began his dazzling Grand Prix career in 2002 riding a Yamaha. He quickly rose to prominence becoming the FIM world champion in the MX2-GP class in 2005. He won it again in 2007 as well as winning that year’s English Supercross    championship. In 2009 Cairoli claimed the MX1-GP title for the first time. After a move to Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, he successfully defended his title in 2010 and 2011. The charismatic Italian is certainly the man to beat in the MX1 class.
Clement Desalle (BEL) Suzuki
With an impressive list of GP wins to his name Desalle has been knocking on the door of the MX1 championship for two or three years now. In the 2009 season he placed third in the championship, riding for the LS Motors/Honda Team. After a move to Suzuki in 2010 he placed second behind Cairoli and in 2011 he won four races between April and August before bowing out due to injury. This year he will be looking to take crucial step towards becoming champion for the first time. His team will be hoping he can do it too: this is Suzuki’s ninth season competing in the championship and so far they have only won it once, way back in 2007, with another Belgian, Steve Ramon.
Jeffrey Herlings (NED) Red Bull KTM
‘Flying’ Dutchman Jeffrey Herlings is the man to catch in the MX2 category. Strongly tipped to win his first FIM World MX2 Championship, Herlings showed his speed last season winning several times. Unfortunately he narrowly lost the rider’s championship to the formidable German Ken Roczen. But with Roczen now racing Supercross in America, Herlings has a great chance to go and grab his first FIM World Motocross Championship.
So strap on your helmet, your boots and don’t' forget to pack your windshield repair kit – with this kind of talent in the field, the rest of the season should be one hell of a ride!
Catherine Halsey writes for a digital marketing agency on a range of topics. This article links to

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Football League Playoffs

Prepare for Playoff Day
For our friends in West Ham, the potential trip to Wembley is no more than a trip across London (a trek though it may be), and accommodation probably won’t be an issue. For all the other runners and riders, Playoff day could well involve early starts, long train journeys – which themselves could well be stressful affairs depending on the result – or a costly overnight stay in whatever rooms are available, often at inflated prices. Booking early could save you a few quid on the train or hotel, but who has the best chance of getting to use their tickets? Let’s have a look at how the playoff picture currently stands.

Four teams have secured their places in the nPower Playoffs, and as of tonight the first leg of West Ham v Cardiff will be under the belt. West Ham will be considered clear favourites going into the tie: they finished the season strongly, and only missed out on automatic promotion by a couple of points, and should be feeling pretty confident of returning to the top flight at the first attempt. In Carlton Cole, Kevin Nolan and Ricardo Vaz Te they have a core of players who have played Premiership football previously and have found their shooting boots during the year.
Cardiff may have some trouble forgetting past experiences: they were beaten at Wembley by Blackpool two years ago and by Championship winners Reading at this stage last year. However, they are unbeaten in their last ten matches and have already beaten the Hammers once this season, and with a fully fit squad are in a great position to go all the way.
In the other semi, Blackpool and Birmingham know all about life in the Premiership, and their two legs should be very tight indeed. During the season Birmingham have the advantage, earning a 2-2 draw at Bloomfield Road and picking up a 3-0 win at home. Both sides have relied on a mix of veterans and exciting young players through the season, and there is very little to choose between the two.
League One
The second automatic spot is a showdown between Sheffields Wednesday and United, but as both face teams who are already relegated (Wycombe and Exeter respectively) Wednesday should be confident of heading up the easy way. That leaves MK Dons and Huddersfield secure in fourth and fifth, then a final-day shootout between Stevenage, Notts County and Carlisle, who are separated by only a point. Stevenage has the advantage of a much greater goal difference, but it’ll be a nervy finish for all three, one of whom will face either of the in-form Sheffield sides in the playoff semis.
League Two
It’s shaping up to be a frantic final day in League Two as Crawley, Torquay and Southend fight for the final automatic spot, with Torquay visiting a Hereford side playing for their Football League survival, while Southend take on already-relegated Macclesfield and Crawley travel to Accrington, who have little more to play for than pride. Meanwhile Crewe Alexandra still need a point from their last fixture against Aldershot and will hope that local rivals Port Vale will give them a hand by beating their only remaining challengers Oxford United. Whoever takes the chequered flag will face an uphill battle against two well-organised and confident sides.
So if you’re following one of these teams and feel confident of a trip to the big game, you can pick up some cheap hotels in London if you know where to look. Otherwise, we’ll be following every kick from now until the end of May, when the marathon is over and the worthy victors decided.
Catherine Halsey is based in Edinburgh and works for a digital marketing company. This article links back to

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