Submitted by: Odio @ 02:44 PM | Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | (url: http://medicalxpr...)
Dark chocolate has already been hailed for its positive effects on cardiovascular health and now a study undertaken at London's Kingston University has found the tasty treat could help give sports enthusiasts an extra edge in their fitness training.
A team led by postgraduate research student Rishikesh Kankesh Patel discovered that dark chocolate provides similar benefits to beetroot juice, now taken regularly by elite athletes after studies showed it can improve performance. "Beetroot juice is rich in nitrates, which are converted to nitric oxide in the body. This dilates blood vessels and reduces oxygen consumption allowing athletes to go further for longer," Mr Patel explained.
The Kingston University team wanted to find out whether dark chocolate could provide a similar boost, as it contains a substance called epicatechin a type of flavanol found in the cacao bean, that also increases nitric oxide production in the body.
To test the theory, Mr Patel carried out a study with a group of nine amateur cyclists. The 23 year old researcher from Stratford, East London, was supervised by sport science field leader Dr Owen Spendiff and senior lecturer in sport analysis James Brouner.
After undergoing initial fitness tests to establish a baseline for comparison, the participants were then split into two groups. The first group was asked to replace one of its normal daily snacks with 40g of a dark chocolate known to be rich in flavanols for a fortnight, while the other participants substituted 40g of white chocolate for one of their daily snacks as a control.
Submitted by: Odio @ 06:25 PM | Monday, February 1, 2016 | (url: http://www.popula...)
A Belgian cyclist competing in the cyclocross world championships had her bike confiscated by race officials to investigate a case of "technological fraud," and sure enough, she had a motor hidden in her bicycle.
The 19-year-old rider Femke Van den Driessche suffered a mechanical failure that forced her to walk her bike on the final lap of the race. International Cycling Union (UCI) officials then took the bike and discovered electrical wiring in the frame's seat tube and had trouble removing the bottom bracket because a motor was stuck inside the lower part of the frame, according to Velo News.
The UCI, professional cycling's governing body, has long suspected that this type of cheating, known as "bike doping" or "mechanical doping," has been going on in professional races. Tour de France riders had their bike's periodically checked last year, but this is the first time a rider has been caught using a motorized bike.
Driessche denies allegations of cheating, claiming that the motorized bike looked identical to hers but belonged to a friend and was given to her by a mechanic by mistake.
Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 08:36 AM | Thursday, October 22, 2015 | (url: http://www.polygo...)
Steve Bornstein, former CEO of ESPN and the NFL Network, and former president of Major League Gaming are joining forces to help Activision Blizzard create a new division dedicated to eSports, the company announced today.
"I've been in the eSports space for a really long time," MLG co-founder and former president Mike Sepso told Polygon. "I've worked with Activision and Blizzard for many, many years and I've always been a big fan of the company. When a senior team presented this opportunity to me, it seemed like a chance to fulfill a lot of big goals."
Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 07:34 PM | Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | (url: http://blog.massl...)
According to the article, Guerrero claimed to be a doctor who had found a cure for cancer and AIDS, making millions off medicine he said could cure each disease. He then was investigated by the Federal Trade Commission and sued by the government. The FTC announced a settlement with Guerrero in 2005.
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Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 09:32 PM | Tuesday, July 28, 2015 | (url: http://www.nytime...)
N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Tuesday after finding that he had destroyed potential evidence about his role in the deflation of game balls to gain competitive advantage in the A.F.C. championship matchup in January.
The league said in a 20-page statement that its decision was based mainly on Bradys asking an assistant to destroy a cellphone that he had used before, during and after the week of the game. The league said the phones destruction, eliminating what league investigators believe were 10,000 texts, came to light in Bradys testimony to the commissioner at an appeal hearing in June, months after league-appointed investigators requested text messages and emails.
Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 02:28 PM | Saturday, July 4, 2015 | (url: http://www.cnn.co...)
New York (CNN)
Down goes Chestnut. Long live the "Megatoad."
For the first time in nearly a decade, the world's hot dog king is someone not named Joey Chestnut.
Matthew "Megatoad" Stonie devoured 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes at Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York on Saturday, beating longtime champion Chestnut's tally of 60 and winning his first Mustard yellow belt.
At 5-foot-8 and 130 pounds, Stonie beat his own record of 56 from last year's contest. A smiling Stonie told the crowd it was surreal to win on the sport's biggest stage.
Submitted by: trop @ 11:27 PM | Monday, November 21, 2011 | (url: http://www.tribal...)
i saw it in the forums so clicked it
Submitted by: MaDAssassin @ 02:24 AM | Tuesday, January 5, 2010 | (url: http://www.digita...)
With the bowl season nearing its championship game many are left wondering what the consensus is on the best bowl game of the season. Several bowls such as the Outback Bowl and Humanitarian bowl included some of the most epic football endings for the regular season, let a lone the bowl season.
You decide which bowl games were the best.