THE HORSETHE HORSE SHOW Lissa Green’s Burghley Debut

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On this week’s show Chris Stafford caught up with British eventer Lissa Green who is preparing for her second four star event this year as she heads to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials at the end of this month. Lissa withdrew before the show jumping phase at Badminton Horse Trials this spring to save her partner Malin Head Clover (Ali G) for another day, and not least of all because she was extremely ill during the event.  Lissa is of course the daughter of David & Lucinda Green who have both competed at Burghley but Lissa who describes herself as born to ride and bred to event has her own point to prove.

So what excites her about the chance to ride at this iconic four-star event: “Everything, the Trout Hatchery in particular, I’ve always wanted to jump that, that just looks so cool going through all those water fences backwards and forwards.”

And future goals include a run at the Kentucky Four Star Event: ” That would be amazing, I’ve always dreamt of going to America to compete. That would be another incredible dream. The Americans are great, they are always so behind all their horses, the crowds over there are brilliant so it would be wonderful to see it first-hand rather than just hear about it.”

CSKA defeated “Spartacus” and moved to fourth place in the standings

In the match of the sixth round of the Russian Football Premier League CSKA won a strong-willed victory in the derby over “Spartacus.” The bout ended with a score of 2: 1, according to “Championship.com.”

At the beginning of the match Spartak led 1-0 – Croatian footballer Mario Pashalic scored a goal. Then the army team scored two goals in two minutes. Georgy Schennikov and the Brazilian Vitinho distinguished themselves.

“In the last minute could not control the situation, which led to two missed balls. I can not blame the guys – they surrendered as much as possible. Unfortunately, at the moment this maximum is not enough, you need to show more. The team is always given high-grade, struggling, “- said after the game, the head coach of the Moscow” Spartacus “Massimo Carrera.

As a result, after six rounds of Premier League, CSKA scored 12 points and rose to fourth place in the table. “Spartacus” with eight points takes the eighth position.

Destiny 2 PC beta update: Bungie reveals the latest changes since the console version

Even though the extended Destiny 2 console beta has successfully been completed and console gamers will enjoy the official release on the 6th of next month, PC gamers are still looking forward to the upcoming beta to get a first taste of the popular multiplayer shooter.

Just two days ago, Bungie announced that several changes and updates are coming to the Destiny 2PC beta. Specifically, the focus lies on the game’s PvP modes known as the Cubicle. The company has decided to tune the two available matchmaking modes, Quickplay and Competitive, separately in the effort of improving the gaming experience.

Multiplayer design lead Lars Bakken shed some more light on the topic:

One of our goals for Destiny 2 has been to create two different ways to challenge yourself against other players

From this point forward, to allow for more varied experiences between the playlists, matchmaking for Quickplay and Competitive will be tuned separately.

Essentially, Bungie wants to provide two different routes for gamers depending on their gameplay objective. In Quickplay, matchmaking will be much shorter in favor of the action, while Competitive will feature a longer matchmaking time in order to ensure that the skill level of the competing players will be more closely matched.

But the changes don’t stop there. Certain tweaks have been made to the game type rules to better reflect the differences in the gameplay. For example, the winning score in Control has been bumped up to 100 from the previous 75 to allow more time for the players to play the game and use their abilities, while the Mercy rule has been tuned to trigger less often. Finally, more changes are being implemented that include mainly bug fixes, ironing out glitches and further balancing to the characters’ abilities.

Destiny 2 PC open beta is expected to become available on the 29th of August, while users who have pre-ordered the game will enjoy a one-day early access giving them a headstart. The official release of the PC version is set to take place on the 24th of October.

Bodybuilder Rich Piana Had 20 Bottles of Steroids During Medical Emergency

Bodybuilding superstar Rich Piana had 20 bottles of steroids in his home at the time of his medical emergency … this according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports.

Cops were called to Piana’s Florida home at 1:30 PM on Monday after the 46-year-old social media sensation suddenly collapsed in his bathroom while getting a haircut from his girlfriend, Chanel.

Piana’s girlfriend says she tried to catch the former Mr. California bodybuilding champ when he collapsed but couldn’t due to his massive size and weight. Chanel told officials Piana struck his head during the fall.

The 911 operator instructed Chanel to perform CPR but she was unable to revive him.

When emergency personnel arrived, paramedics found crushed up white powder on a table along with a credit card and straw and decided to give Rich 2 doses of Narcan (often used to treat opiate overdoses) to try and revive him.

Chanel told responders Rich had battled opiate addiction in the past but she believed he was clean.

Rich never regained consciousness and was transported to a nearby hospital where he was placed into a medically induced coma.

The report notes that police found bottles and bottles of testosterone in the home, 20 in total. Chanel said Rich is an admitted steroid user who’s been juicing for more than 20 years.

Chanel also noted Rich had suffered from a slightly enlarged heart at one point in his life — but didn’t know if that contributed to the medical emergency.

Chanel says Rich is still alive and fighting — but has asked for prayers.

Asha Philip and co thrilled to win women’s world 4x100m silver for GB

A mixed week for British athletes at these world championships in London is suddenly encased in a silver lining. Last year Britain’s talented women’s 4x100m squad took an unexpected bronze in the Olympics. Now they have an upgrade to silver. Given Asha Philip, Desirèe Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita have age on their side, a global title may yet be next on the list.

True, their time of 42.12sec in the final was not among the quickest. In fact it was nearly two tenths slower than they managed in their morning heat. But they handled the pressure of a couple of rickety changeovers to finish a deserved second behind a US team spearheaded by Allyson Felix and Tori Bowie.

As Philip put it: “At first I didn’t even know where Daryll was on that final leg and I was just screaming, panicking: ‘What’s going on?’ while the crowd was just getting louder and louder. I began to panic more and then she popped out and then we got a silver medal. I’m pretty happy with that.”

It was not smoothest set of baton changes. Henry was at full stretch when she handed over to Henry, while Asher-Smith had to check her stride to get the baton on the third leg. But with the Americans’ handovers also ragged, Neita was in the hunt for first place with 80 metres to go before Bowie, winner of the individual gold, burned away to take gold in 41.82.

Said Philip: “We had a couple of precarious moments. It happens – it’s a relay. But we got it round and we got a medal so doesn’t really matter. We didn’t drop it.”

It also helped they were against a Jamaican team stripped of their biggest names – Elaine Thompson, the fastest 100m woman in the world this year, and those stalwarts Veronica Campbell-Brown and Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce. Still, they claimed bronze in 42.19, with Germany fourth in 42.36.

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Asher-Smith was left to reflect on a topsy-turvy season that started with her breaking her foot and ended with fourth place in the 200m and her third global relay medal. “I think I’m still in like a dream phase because obviously to me I didn’t even know in February if I was even going to be here, and then suddenly when I started running again it was a bit like: ‘OK, I might not be fast enough be in the team.’ And I’ve gone from that to winning a world silver which is the highest medal that I have ever won. It’s absolutely incredible.”

There was a shock in the women’s 100m hurdles as Australia’s Sally Pearson blasted clear of the world record holder, the American Kendra Harrison, to win gold.

Pearson has fond memories of this track, having won Olympic gold at London 2012. But two years ago in Rome she suffered a wrist injury so serious she feared she would need her lower arm amputated.

Yet she was back close to her best here, leading from the gun to win in 12.59sec. The American Dawn Harper-Nielsen took silver in 12.63, while the Germany Pamela Dutkiewicz grabbed a surprise bronze 0.09 further back. Incredibly, Harrison could only run 12.74 to finish fourth.

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Manchester United are in talks with Ibrahimovic about signing for the second part of the season

A serious knee injury brought Ibrahimovic’s maiden campaign at Old Trafford to an endPhoto: PA
Jose Mourinho has confirmed Manchester United are in talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic about signing for the second part of the season.

The 35-year-old confounded the doubters last season, plundering 28 goals before a serious knee injury brought his maiden campaign at Old Trafford to a shuddering halt.

Ibrahimovic was let go at the end of his one-year contract, but the veteran Swede is undergoing rehabilitation at United ahead of his expected return to fitness around Christmas.

Mourinho said during pre-season that a new deal was a possibility and confirmed ahead of the Premier League opener against West Ham that talks are under way.

“You know, he’s injured, he needs time to recover,” the United boss said. “He’s not ready to play tomorrow.

“It’s not something urgent, it’s nothing that you are desperate to have it done or not done.

“I just think that he was very clear by showing that what he did last year was not enough for him. He thinks he can do more.

“He wants more at football’s highest level, so we are having conversations and we are discussing the possibility of him staying with us for the second part of the season.”

‘Goodbye To Cricket’, Says Lalit Modi, Resigns From Nagaur Cricket Body

Former Indian Premier League or IPL chief Lalit Modi has resigned as the president of the Nagaur District Cricket Association in Rajasthan.

In a late night resignation, Mr Modi put out three-page letter calling for the Rajasthan Cricket Associatiobn to be made “best again”.

“I feel that the time is now ripe to pass on the baton to the next generation. Thus, today I want to bid goodbye to cricket administration for now,” he said.

Mr Modi, 50, who faces allegations of money laundering, is on the run from Indian authorities and in exile.

Because of Mr Modi’s presence BCCI had banned the Rajasthan Cricket Association.

With his exit, the state cricket body is now hopeful the ban will be lifted and 100 crores fund will come back , money badly needed by Rajasthan cricket.

Rajasthan has not hosted a single  IPL match past 3 years.

Lalit Modi’s 22-year-old son Ruchir had lost the high-stake Rajasthan Cricket Association election in June to Congress man CP Joshi.

The IPL founder left India in 2010 amid allegations of tax evasion, money-laundering and proxy ownership and is based in London since the last few years.

Revolutionary new ZERO1 football helmet may help NFL players reduce concussions

For more than half a century, football helmets have done a great job of preventing skull fractures, but they’ve been ineffective when it came to preventing concussions and protecting the brain. They just weren’t meant to do that.

But now there’s a new helmet that’s been designed to protect not only the skull, but what’s inside it.

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It’s called the Zero1 and it’s ranked No. 1 on the NFL/NFLPA 2017 Helmet Laboratory Testing Performance Results. VICIS, the Seattle-based sports equipment company that makes the Zero1, says 25 of the NFL’s 32 teamsbought the helmets before spring practice, and the company hopes many NFL players — and players on at least 20 NCAA teams — will be wearing them during the upcoming season.

Doug Baldwin, a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks who is working with VICIS, said participation in football nationwide has diminished because of fear of concussions and their link to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)— but the Zero1 helmet should change all that.

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“We take significant hits on the football field. Football is a violent collision sport,” Baldwin said. “A product like this can give you that confidence of safety. It can boost your performance. I think it’s going to save the game.”

Dave Marver, VICIS’ co-founder and CEO, said the Zero1 has four protective layers that “are designed to work together to provide outstanding fit and mitigate impact forces or slow them before they can reach the head and brain … better than any helmet ever made”:

  • The outermost layer deforms like a car bumper, yielding when it’s hit and slowing impact forces.
  • Right below that is a second, reflex layer of columns that “bend and eventually buckle upon impact.”
  • The third layer is a very thin hard shell that protects against skull fractures.
  • The fourth, innermost layer is the form liner, which conforms to the player’s head.

Marver said traditional helmets have a hard outer shell that makes a “crack” sound on impact. The Zero1, on the other hand, goes “thump.”

“The sound of the game is going to change,” Marver said. “It means that players are going to be better protected.”

Dr. Sam Browd, a pediatric neurosurgeon and co-founder of VICIS, said no helmet will fully eliminate concussions from football. But he said the Zero1 should prove very effective in reducing them.

Browd teamed up with Marver and VICIS’ chief technology officer, Per Reinhall, to create the Zero1 because he had treated many teenagers who had to quit football because of repetitive head injuries.

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“This was sad,” Marver said. “So Sam wanted to do something about that, and he brought Per and me together and we started the company.”

A Zero1 helmet costs $1,500, much more than others, “because it’s a more sophisticated design,” Marver said. Besides the potential to reduce concussions, the helmet provides better peripheral vision, so players can see more of the field and opponents coming at them.

Reinhall said VICIS’ technicians “torture the helmet” extensively, using a linear ram machine and a pendulum that hits the helmet at different speeds to judge its performance in the company’s “smash lab.”

Browd said a lot of players who have test-driven the helmet, linemen in particular, have said they “don’t feel the impact as much” when they are tackled.

“It’s really encouraging,” he said.

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Added Baldwin: “There’s a lot of concerns out there amongst parents and adults about their children being safe on the football field. We [have] introduced a piece of equipment that is going to make the game safer, make their youth safer, prolong their careers in the NFL, in high school or college or wherever it may be.

“Then you have something sustainable … that’s going to bring back the attention to the fun of the sport, and not necessarily the risks of the sport. It’s going to help prevent injuries.”