Farah out of Commonwealth Games - Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah withdraws from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of illness. Borini hurt as Liverpool lose friendly - Liverpool striker Fabio Borini injures his shoulder in a pre-season defeat, but Manchester City and Tottenham both win. Van Gaal has winning Man Utd start - Manchester United give new boss Louis van Gaal a winning start as they beat LA Galaxy 7-0 in a friendly in California. Cespedes hits 2 HRs, A's hold off Astros 9-7 (Yahoo Sports) - Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs before leaving with an apparent right thumb injury, and the Oakland Athletics held off the Houston Astros 9-7 on Wednesday night. The two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion hit a three-run drive in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fourth off Brad Peacock (3-7) for his 15th and 16th homers this season. Cespedes snapped a 25-game skid - matching his career high - since his last long ball June 19 against Boston. Cespedes was replaced in left field with the A's leading 8-1 in the seventh. Wiggins questions price of Tour fame - Sir Bradley Wiggins says he sometimes wishes he had never won the Tour de France and Olympic gold in 2012. Tigers acquire closer Joakim Soria from Rangers (Yahoo Sports) - NEW YORK (AP) -- The first-place Detroit Tigers have reinforced the back end of their shaky bullpen, acquiring closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitchers Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. Tampa Bay beats St. Louis 3-0 behind Cobb (Yahoo Sports) - Alex Cobb struck out 10 and drove in a run with his first major league hit, leading Tampa Bay to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, the Rays' seventh straight win. The Rays have won 25 of their last 36 games and are 13-4 in July. Tampa Bay completed its road trip at 5-0 and its eight-game road winning streak ties the franchise record set twice. The loss was the third straight for the Cardinals. Chiefs, running back Jamaal Charles reach deal (Yahoo Sports) - Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles has agreed to a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. The six-year NFL veteran ran for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last year to help the Chiefs reach the playoffs. He also had 70 catches for 693 yards and seven more TDs as Kansas City went 11-5 before losing to Indianapolis in an AFC wild-card game. ''It was important for us to keep him here in Kansas City long-term.'' Charles was expected to take part in the first practice scheduled for Thursday. Timberwolves weighing options with Kevin Love (Yahoo Sports) - The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. Talks have picked up again this week, with the Cavaliers coming off of their long-held resistance to including No. 1 overall draft Andrew Wiggins in an offer and making a trade with Utah on Tuesday to help make an acquisition easier to pull off. Just as the Cavs appeared to be closing in on grabbing Love to pair with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in a new-look ''Big 3'' in Cleveland, the Bulls appear to be making one last run to try to wrestle him away from their Eastern Conference competitors. Jerry Jones: Garrett not coaching for job (Yahoo Sports) - Jerry Jones doesn't like to repeat his good sound bites, so he found a new way to say Jason Garrett isn't coaching for his job. The Dallas Cowboys owner said Wednesday it wasn't a ''make or break'' season for Garrett, a year after opening training camp by declaring that last season wouldn't be ''Armageddon'' for his coach if the once-proud franchise missed the playoffs again. The Cowboys have identical endings to all three full seasons under Garrett, losing to NFC East rivals to finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs.

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Dolphin Kick and Body Undulation Drills for the Butterfly Stroke [Only Swimmers: December 31, 2011, 8:38 am]
The legs remain together throughout and the movement flows through the hips, resembling a dolphin swimming along. Gliding with the knees released, a butterfly swimmer presses down with the upper body as the hips rise, then presses down with the legs, causing the upper body to be pushed to the surface. This first lesson takes […]

Benefits from Breaststroke Swimming [Only Swimmers: December 1, 2009, 10:05 pm]
Breaststroke has existed since prehistoric times. Stone Age paintings featuring a similar stroke were found in the ‘cave of swimmers’ near Wadi Sora in Egypt. It was the only stroke permitted during the great plague in the Middle Ages, because swimmers could keep their faces out of the water and therefore would not, it was […]

Swimming: co-ordinated breathing – breaststroke [Only Swimmers: December 1, 2009, 10:04 pm]
In the breaststroke, exhalation takes place as you release into the glide. Extending the arms forward exerts pressure on the diaphragm, naturally encouraging the expulsion of air from the lungs. Similarly, raising the body up and bringing the arms round encourages the opening up of the chest and lungs, thus promoting an unforced inhalation. Assuming […]

Finding your feet and aspects of balance in the water [Only Swimmers: December 1, 2009, 10:04 pm]
Try the following set of maneuvers for recovering your footing in the shallow end of a pool. This procedure is particularly important for beginners and those who lack confidence in recovering an upright position in shallow water after a glide. Breathing presents a challenge to maintaining good orientation in the water. If we were able, […]

Technical aids and accessories of swimming [Only Swimmers: December 1, 2009, 10:03 pm]
Because a sense of ease in the water is so essential to the art of swimming, equipment that helps to promote this is a worthwhile investment. Adults who have difficulty putting their face in the water for any length of time can find good-quality swimming accessories invaluable. As the majority of swimming-pools use chlorine as […]

Swimming – tips of fitness can damage your health [Only Swimmers: December 1, 2009, 10:03 pm]
There is a Law of Reversed Effort. The harder we try with the conscious will to do something, the less we shall succeed. Proficiency and the results of proficiency come only to those who have learned the paradoxical art of doing and not doing. Aldus Huxley A common feature of the case histories is the […]

Exploring swimming orientation – backstroke [Only Swimmers: December 1, 2009, 10:03 pm]
When performed correctly, backstroke can be the most elegant and relaxed-looking of all the strokes. However, if a good head-neck-back relationship is not maintained, it becomes disorganized and awkward. Some swimmers pull their head right back so that their eyes are focused on a point behind them, which can cause the back to arch unduly […]

Swimming – healing power of water [Only Swimmers: December 1, 2009, 10:02 pm]
Water is both literally and symbolically the source of life. It’s the most abundant substance on the surface of the Earth, covering more than 70% of the planet. It constitutes a large proportion of all living things: about two thirds of a human being’s body mass is made up of water. To ensure the efficient […]

Swimming – the force of habit [Only Swimmers: December 1, 2009, 10:02 pm]
Everything we do involves a complex interaction of conscious and unconscious actions. In practice the Alexander Technique (AT) tends to work with relatively undemanding, commonplace activities, like standing, sitting, and walking. The effort of performing more complicated activities is likely to furnish distractions from the initial task at hand, that of learning to be aware […]

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