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Week ending October 4th

Surrey Scorchers may be riding an early season high, but head coach Creon Raftopoulos is adamant there is plenty of hard work to come if the franchise wants to make a long-awaited return to the post-season.

Scorchers players, staff and fans revelled in an exhilarating and nail-biting 84-83 home triumph against Manchester Giants and one which demonstrated they can show composure required down the stretch to dig out more wins.

“It’s important for us as a coaching team to learn about individuals and how they respond in pressure moments,” revealed Raftopoulos.

“The two wins we have had have come in similar circumstances and that gives us a lot of confidence.

“The team has a lot of experience going into games where there are going to be tight situations.

“But, the most important part is that we need to get better at is improving our fitness – it’s so important as a team.

“We have guys at different levels because of the time they came into the club.

“Now for us, it’s about getting the level up as a unit.

“Then we can concentrate more on defensive rotations and defensive help.”

He added, “Newcastle and Leicester set the example on defence and we can learn from what they do.

“When we get the fitness levels up, we will start to show it on defence and my style of play will then be evident.”

With Scorchers enjoying their start to the campaign, there was more a sense of relief for Leeds Force and Glasgow Rocks after they both got off the mark with their first successes of the 2015-16 season.

Leeds inflicted a 72-68 loss on Bristol Flyers after some nice work from British rising star Louis Sayers who came up big with 17 points and also a decisive three-pointer in the final minute by Dwayne Camille.

Rocks made the most of having home court advantage at the Emirates Arena to make it a doubly disappointing weekend for Giants, as Sterling Davis and his team collected an 81-71 win – with GB centre Kieron Achara and fellow Brit Will Hall combining for 36 points.

Elsewhere, a rotten 12-year barren run for London Lions continued in the north-east as they suffered their first defeat of the season, going down 92-84 to Esh Group Eagles Newcastle.

Meanwhile Cheshire Phoenix are loving life on the road after Jordan Williams sunk a BBL season-high 36 points to help his new side take a third away win, courtesy of a hard fought 97-89 victory at Sheffield Sharks.



Week ending September 30th

It was a good weekend for teams from the north-west as Cheshire Phoenix responded to disappointment in style and Manchester Giants produced a stunning fight-back to remain unbeaten.

The teams met last weekend as Yorick Williams’ side spoiled the Phoenix party by winning the first game at the new Cheshire Oaks Arena.

But John Lavery’s men bounced back from that result to triumph 90-82 on the road at Bristol Flyers.

Phoenix started well before a 14-2 Flyers run gave the hosts the edge during the third quarter.

The visitors were able to find another gear, however, and pulled away as Jordan Williams went for 24 points and David Aliu added 23.

“I knew they would come out strong in the third quarter,” Lavery said.

“We talked about it at half-time but we came out slow and sluggish, they hit us pretty quick and I had to call a time-out in the first minute-and-a-half of the third quarter.

“But we re-grouped after the time-out, put a few different things in place and I was pleased.

“The most pleasing part for me was that against Manchester we had 17 turnovers, which absolutely killed us, and on Saturday we turned the ball over four times.”

It completed a tough weekend for Flyers, who were edged 78-76 by Worcester Wolves on Friday after Pavol Losonsky nailed two late free throws to cap a 29-point, 16-rebound showing.

Giants trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half of their meeting with Plymouth Raiders on Sunday as Dante Williams poured in 20 points for the visitors.

But a 27-4 spell across the third and fourth quarters allowed the hosts to build a five-point advantage of their own before going on to see out a 95-89 win, which sees them improve to 2-0.

Olu Babalola led the way with 23 points for Giants while Ingus Bankevics (20 points) and Stef Gill (19) also came up with key scores down the stretch to extend Raiders’ wait for a first win.

Esh Group Eagles Newcastle are now perfect through their opening three games after enjoying comfortable victories against Surrey Scorchers, 98-65, and Leeds Force, 91-63.

Scott Martin scored 24 points against Scorchers on Friday to pass 1,000 BBL points before Darius Defoe went for 18 against Leeds on Sunday.

Leicester Riders tipped of their BBL Championship campaign with an impressive 88-54 demolition of Wolves.

Without a fixture during opening weekend, Rob Paternostro’s men played two tune-up games in Sweden, and they look to have done the trick as American duo TrayVonn Wright and Neil Watson picked up where they left off last season, combining for 47 points.

Meanwhile London Lions made it two wins from two with a 99-60 triumph against Force, behind an efficient 19 points and nine rebounds from Demond Watt.

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Windsurfing from Germany

The Vodafone sponsored event, the Windsurf World Cup in SYLT is on live here.

Some of the commentary and interviews are in English – but it is mostly in German, but the action is all you really need.

Have a look the great action here:

Tuesday action here, including some cool footage from a Samsung phone from live out in the water with the competitors


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Monday Action:

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Great Britain Women in Euro Final – American Football

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The GB team celebrate getting to the final of the Euros – Photo BAF Facebook


The women do it again – this time in American football at the European Championships.

GB defeated Sweden 30 – 14 at the 2015 IFAF Women’s European Championships in Spain

Victory sees Lions through to the final

The GB Women’s team cemented their place in Saturday’s IFAF Women’s European Championship final with a 30-14 win over Sweden.

Quarterback Jo Kilby threw for two touchdowns and the defence forced multiple Swedish turnovers, including a fumble returned for a touchdown, as the Lions won their second game against quality opposition in three days.

Given the strong running game on show in both fixtures, it can be no surprise that the entire GB offensive line was given MVP honours after the game.

Great Britain head coach, Jim Messenger, said, ‘I think we are as ready as we can be now. You can always practice more but there comes a time when you have to experience the game for the team to fully assimilate all the learning and make the next big step forward. No amount of practice will teach the experience of this competition.’

Great Britain’s final game of the tournament will be played on Saturday 8th August. This will be the final s and so match-up will depend on the results of the other games throughout the week, with Great Britain facing off with Finland for the title.

‘I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported and believed in us over the last two years, ‘ said Messenger. ‘It’s been an unbelievable journey and we couldn’t have done it without that support. It’s amazing to think how far we have come already in such a short time, but I know there is even more to come as we open up the fantastic world of American football to our incredible population of  sportswomen.’

The final will kick off at 20.00 GMT on Saturday 8th August.

You can see the final live on  the IFAF Youtube Live channel – there are two other games earlier in the day for the bronze and for 5th place.

We are negotiating with the IFAF to bring the stream to you here live as well.


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Women in F1 – What is the future?

Susie Wolff
Williams test driver – photo Instagram

This week’s AUTOSPORT magazine is a women in motorsport special, guest-edited by Williams development driver Susie Wolff. This is her editorial:

When will a woman race in F1 again? It’s a bold question to ask on the cover of AUTOSPORT magazine – and a strong statement from the editor Edd Straw to dedicate this special issue to women in motorsport. Kudos to him for doing so and thank you, Edd, for the opportunity to guest-edit the magazine.

The way I look at it, our sport is just one small part of the wider story of female participation in all sports. There is momentum behind women’s sport right now – just look at the success of the recent Women’s World Cup football tournament in Canada – and there is no doubt that times are changing in motorsport too.

In the past, we have seen pioneers such as Divina Galica and Lella Lombardi, who were trailblazers for women in Formula 1. In my role as test driver with Williams, I am on the verge of breaking through the glass ceiling. But the sustainable progress will be made when it’s no longer unusual to see women racing and winning in motorsport.

Ultimately, it all comes down to opportunity – giving talented girls the chance to prove themselves in the lower categories. There’s no question that, as a woman, you have to work harder to earn the respect initially, as there is the slight doubt from many people that you’re capable.

But once you do that, it’s all about performance – and in motorsport, performance is power. The stopwatch doesn’t see gender, race or any other factor; it just says whether you’re quick or slow. And that’s what you’re judged on.

When I look at the steps I have taken in my career, they have been all about getting a foot in the door and grasping that opportunity. My time in DTM started with a chance to test the Mercedes car – from there, I got a race seat, learned German and immersed myself in the programme. With the machinery at my disposal, I did a solid job.

It was the same with Williams: my gender opened the door to test the car, but it was my performance that justified my continued involvement. I’ll never forget the young driver test at Silverstone in 2013, when the engineers couldn’t put together a definitive run plan for me because they didn’t know how many laps I could manage. So I prepared well, did my training and I completed the full day.

Of course, there is a physiological aspect to the debate, because on average women have 30 per cent less muscle than men. But I did a full race distance in the pre-season test at Barcelona and showed it could be done. I am 100 per cent convinced that there is no physical impediment to women racing in F1.

Now, I am right on the cusp of breaking onto that starting grid. I can’t speak highly enough of Williams and my experience working with them, beginning with Sir Frank and Claire and going all the way through the company. It’s a team that knows about grasping opportunities and making your own luck – that racing spirit runs through the whole place and it’s something I’ve drawn on many times.

I make no apology for having used gender as a USP in my career. Why should a woman deny her femininity just to conform with the expectations of the racing world? I’m a woman, I drive racing cars and if there’s an advantage in terms of finding sponsorship or support, then I will make the most of it.

That’s what racing is all about: finding competitive advantage and exploiting it. That can open new doors for me and other female racers, which is great. But then we have to stand or fall based on our ability.

I am realistic about where I find myself right now. Unless the rules change to make it easier for less- experienced drivers to test and get themselves on the grid, it will be hard to make the next step. But if I can’t be the woman to break through the glass ceiling, then I want to be involved in making it happen for the person who does.

When I started out in racing, I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of being a role model, because I still had everything to prove as a driver. Now, social media connects me with people around the world and the positive response is amazing.

There are little girls in onesies who want to be F1 drivers “like Susie Wolff” and young women hunting for career opportunities in engineering schemes with F1 teams.

I feel I have a responsibility to pass on the lessons I have learned, to help young women avoid some of my mistakes and to provide inspiration for them to chase the same dream. Female participation in F1 is changing mindsets in a positive way. The more little girls and young women who start racing, the more opportunities they will have at the top level.

We need to make sure girls know motorsport is an option for them. When I feel the time is right, I want to dedicate my energies to a project that can attract young women to the sport and help open doors for them. But it’s early days yet.

We all have a duty to nurture our sport. It has given us so much and we have to put something back to help it evolve in a positive way. In the long term, a more diverse sport will be even richer, healthier and more competitive than it is today.

We need to encourage participation and make opportunities happen for the young drivers and engineers who are the future of motorsport – and that includes the women who make up 50 per cent of the population. It’s great that AUTOSPORT recognises that need as well.

Read the digital version of Autosport’s women in motorsport special issue here

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Powerlifting – World Classic Championships 2015

We have some powerlifting for you today from Salo, Finland.

It may be an acquired taste – but I am sure that it is far more difficult and dangerous than it looks at first.

If this gets you hooked have  a look at the fabulous site that has the full scoreboard available at:

Anyway let us know what you think.

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Men 59 – 66 kg

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Earlier this week

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EuroArm – Arm wrestling is riveting

EuroArm 2015 – Arm wrestling at its best – live now from Sofia, Bulgaria, from the World Armwrestling Federation

When we started looking at this event it was on the Random Sports Generator slot, but we have grown to love it – it really is riveting, the differences in technique are really facinating, so here goes with more – enjoy.

Day 4 – More action from table 1 – there are other feeds of the other tables on youtube live if you are now totally distracted by this now like us. The WAF are doing a great job of this coverage.

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Day 3

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Day 2


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Day 1

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Day 1, second table

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Barcelona training for the Champions league – Live

From BarcaTV the training session  during the media day for the Champions League Final from BarcaTV.

As this is now archived you will need to go forward to the training session as there appears to be no audio on the opening hosting part of the video. It is probably in Spanish when the audio does come up.

With english commentary over the training session.

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Rugby – County final – Live

The England Rugby coverage of the finals day of the County Championship

Watch  here as  first Eastern Counties are up against Surrey in the first match then Lancashire take on Cornwall in the Bill Beaumont Cup Final, and the County Championship Shield Final  features Leicester V Cumbria

All three of the games are now available to watch below as a VOD – you may have to skip the two hours where the England game was played and there is just a billboard up.

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Red RC – Euro Rounds – Luxembourg

May 31 saw the finals of the Luxembourg round of the Euro Series brought to you by Yokomo, here are some highlights form our friends at

As far as we know it is not actually Rich Hall  – the american stand-up – doing the commentary..

The action is fast and furious, and the driving skills of these competitors is really at the top of the curve – I am astounded the marshals rarely have to get involved to right a rolled car.
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Simon Brooke – Director/Producer

Simon Brooke is a multi-camera television director with a wide experience of live outside broadcast and studio production. With a career beginning in Australian network television in the early 1980’s and continuing in his native Britain from 2000, he has directed programmes ranging from light entertainment, news & current affairs and all manner of sports.


Sports productions include Olympic and Commonwealth Games, grand slam & ATP tennis, football, cricket, showjumping, darts and basketball. And that’s just the start!


With the ability to keep things in perspective under pressure and maintain a sense of humour, Simon enjoys an extensive variety of work. He became a freelance director through choice not circumstance, is used to and welcomes the challenge of creating different formats for new productions, or adapting to clients’ requirements of an already established programme.