Line(s) of the Day #NikiLauda

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I’ve been through a lot and I realise the future can’t be controlled. I’m not worried. You can always learn to overcome difficulties.”

“You appreciate that it is very easy to die and you have to arrange your life to cope with that reality.”

It was with great sadness I read that Formula 1 great Niki Lauda had passed away at the age of 70. Courage comes in many forms and he had it throughout his life. The courage to go against his family’s wishes and follow his dream, the courage to drive a car at the fastest of speeds on all kinds of tracks and the courage to race (and win) again after a horrific accident that had lasting physical and mental damage. Farewell Niki Lauda, who was always far more than a 3 time Formula 1 World Champion.

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Line(s) of the Day #WhentheGamewasOurs

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My high school coach George Fox used to tell me to never take my talent for granted.

“You’re special, Earvin,” Fox used to say. “But you can’t stop working hard. Just remember there’s someone out there who is just as talented as you, and he’s working just as hard. maybe even harder.

When Coach Fox told me those things I’d nod my head, but in my mind i was thinking, “I’d like to meet this guy because i haven’t seen him.” Truthfully? I wasn’t sure anyone like that existed.

That changed the day in 1978 when I walked into a gym in Lexington, Kentucky, and met Larry Bird for the first time.

As said by Earvin “Magic” Johnson in the brilliant biography When the Game was Ours. Written by Johnson, Larry Bird and Jackie MacMullan, it is filled with insight and anecdotes of the engrossing rivalry between the two stars of the LA Lakers and Boston Celtics that peaked in the 1980s.

Film Quizzes: Winter Olympics/Summer Olympics

The Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics finishes today, after 16 drama-fuelled days. As with any major sporting event, there have been all stories. Records have been obliterated, heroes have appeared, legends created and dreams fulfilled. But there’s also been all kinds of disappointment on display too as years of hard work fall away in an instant. Inspired by a blog post on Vinnie H, below are 12 films on the Summer and Winter Olympics. Some are based on a true story, others entirely fictional. Can you work them out?

Film Quizzes - Sporting film 6 Film 1 (1980s)

MSDPEBE EC013 Film 2 (1980s)

Film Quizzes - Olympics and Winter Olympics film 3 Film 3 (1990s)

Cool Runnings Film 4 (1990s)

Film Quiz one word filmsFilm 5 (1990s)

film-quiz-sporting-underdogs-film-7 Film 6 (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Olympics and Winter Olympics film 7 Film 7 (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Olympics and Winter Olympics film 8 Film 8 (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Olympics and Winter Olympics film 9 Film 9 (2010+)

Film Title: Unbroken Film 10 (2010+)

Film Quizzes - Olympics and Winter Olympics film 11 Film 11 (2010+)

Film Quizzes - Olympics and Winter Olympics film 12 Film 12 (2010+)

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Awards/Notifications: #AndyMurray #MichaelStich articles

I’ll get back to regular posts soon, but just wanted to share with you my two articles for a new tennis website, Tennis365.com. One is a look at the achievements of Andy Murray so far while the other is Michael Stich’s run to the Wimbledon crown in 1991. Feel free to click on them and have a read.

Top 10: Andy Murray’s Biggest Tennis Achievements to Date
When the 33-1 Michael Stich Won Wimbledon

Line(s) of the Day #ArtDonovan

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I’m a light eater.  As soon as it’s light, I start to eat.

American football Hall of Famer and broadcaster Art Donovan (1924 – 2013). Nicknamed The Bulldog, the Donovan was a self-deprecating character and popular figure who titled his autobiography Fatso: Football When Men Were Really Men. 

Things to See: #SoccerSixes 2017 at the 02, London

As an odd number year, there hasn’t been a World Cup or European Championship this summer. While there has been a Confederations Cup and various youth competitions, there’s still been plenty of appetite for more football. And so the first Star Sixes competition was created. Hosted at the 02, it featured 12 countries, including half who come from a nation that have won the World Cup – Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. In China, Denmark, Mexico, Nigeria, Portugal and Scotland there was mostly solid representation too. The even ran for four days, with three groups of four teams. The top two from each group and then the two best third placed teams went through to the quarter-finals. Each team had 11 players in their squad, with only 6 allowed on the field at the same time.

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Line(s) of the Day #ArthurAshe

Arthur Ashe

Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.

Three time Grand Slam champion and four time Davis Cup winner Arthur Ashe (1943 – 1993). As well as his impressive achievements on the court, he was a true inspiration off it. Ashe played a crucial role in forming the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), vigorously campaigned against racism even during his career and set up the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.

Line(s) of the Day #AndyRoddick

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People say, “You retired too young.” And I counter that by saying “I got a head start on the rest of my life.”

Andy Roddick, who along with four-time slam winner Kim Clijsters and four-time Paralympic tennis wheelchair medallist Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, will be inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame. During his highly-consistent career Roddick was an ATP World Number One, won the Davis Cup, was in the top 5 for 187 weeks and memorably won the US Open. Since his retirement the 34-year old Texan native has concentrated on his family, broadcasting career, commercial real estate companies and the Andy Roddick Foundation.

Line(s) of the Day #AndyMurray

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I never thought I’d be number one in the world. It’s been many years of work to get here.

Two-time Olympic champion, two-time Wimbledon champion, US Open and Davis Cup winner Andy Murray. Murray is the first British tennis player to be ranked top since the ATP rankings came into play in 1973, and achieved it seven years after first being ranked second.