by Robert Bicknell Well, two pretty serious tournaments later, Tiger Woods continues to show he’s trying to make a comeback, but it’s not the same Tiger. This one is very different and, for that reason, I have my doubts that he will win again anytime soon. Yes, all the naysayers and Tiger fans are now screaming, calling me even more names than usual, and instead of using my column for the bottom of the bird cage, they decided to burn it instead. Go ahead. If that’s what makes you happy. However, it doesn’t change the fact that this Tiger isn’t the same wrecking machine as the old one. In professional sports, “attitude” is a major reason for winning. If you look at some of the best players in their various sports, they were notorious trash-talkers. They knew they were great and weren’t shy about sticking it in your face. They beat you even before you got on the course, court or field. Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Charles … [Read more...] about Has Tiger lost will to win?
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Football fans will cheer on their teams at the World Cup finals in Russia later this month but researchers suggest the passions involved can be put to good use even off the pitch. A photograph taken on May 30, 2018 shows the FIFA World Cup 2018 flag in front of the Kremlin in Moscow. The FIFA World Cup 2018 tournament kicks off on June 14, 2018. (Photo: Mladen ANTONOV / AFP) The emotional effects of victory and even qualification for a major tournament may help strengthen national identity in countries where it is lacking, they argued. The study, published last month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, suggested a feel-good factor from big-match wins can improve trust between ethnic groups and cut unrest. "The effect is sizeable and robust and is not explained by generic euphoria or optimism. Crucially, national victories do not only affect attitudes but also reduce violence," it added. Ruben Durante, a political economist at the Paris Institute of Political Studies … [Read more...] about World Cup can bring fractured nations together: Study
A twelve-year-old Vietnamese-Canadian is taking the figure skating world by stormNguyen Phuc Nam’s goal is to be the first Vietnamese-Canadian to take home an Olympic gold medal in figure skating.The four-foot-nine-inch (1.45- meter) tall boy from the town of Burnaby in British Columbia says he dreams of taking home the medal.“This is my ultimate dream,” Nam told Thanh Nien Weekly via email.And many people in Canada share his aspiration.After Nam won the Canadian junior men's figure skating title on January 20, Canadian Press news agency touted him as the country’s figure skating future.The twelve-year-old boy – also known as Nam Nguyen – was born to a Vietnamese couple in Ontario in 1998.At age five, Nam had already found his way onto the ice.“Hockey is a favorite sport for all kids here and I began to learn to skate to play hockey at five, then I started to learn figure skating when I was six,” he wrote to Thanh Nien Weekly, via email. … [Read more...] about Canada’s ‘Super Nam’ glides toward Olympics