No pain, no gain during the Holy Month for Red Bull wakeboarder

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Omeir Saeed: Loves to hate certain workouts

Red Bull wakeboarder Omeir Saeed finds himself working out between three-five times a week during the holy month of Ramadan as well as being on the water every day. For the final article of his column this month, Saeed talks about the exercises he does in the gym, which he knows are good for him – but doesn’t enjoy.

Burpees

These are probably my least favourite exercise of all. I do ones with a push up in between jumping as well so it makes it even harder. I start with my hands by my side and then squat to the floor and kick my feet back into a plank position and then do a push up and spring upwards as quickly as possible. 40 seconds of these are a really tough workout, the benefits are obvious though. Burpees work your arms, chest, quads, glutes, hamstrings and abs. So as much as I don’t enjoy doing them I’m always glad when I complete sets.

Star jumps

I don’t like anything that has to do with jumping up and down during a workout. This is a really good way to get your heart rate up at the start of a workout though. Star jumps [also called jumping jacks] require full-body movements so they tone your whole body. I usually do a high tempo for 30-40 seconds, then rest and repeat for three sets. To add to the intensity I do ones where I bring my hands down to my feet and jump up into the star position. The worst thing about these is there’s no excuse not to do them, no matter what physical shape you’re in, you should be able to complete a few star jumps.

Hanging knee raises

I don’t enjoy doing these at all, but it’s a really good exercise for your lower abs so I make myself do it. You basically hang from a bar and lift your knees upwards towards your chest so you crunch the lower abs. You need to have strength in your arms too hang as well. It’s a tough workout, if you’ve done it correctly you feel like you’ve been hit in the stomach afterwards. I do sets of 10 and just repeat until I physically can’t continue. It’s important that you control the speed in which you do them though, slow and controlled will engage the abs more than quick reps.

Stair climbers

There’s one of these machines in the gym, which I always try and avoid because it’s so boring so I usually look at my phone or drink Red Bull while I’m doing it. There are actually a lot of benefits to it – if you want to lose weight, or recover from an injury it’s very useful. It engages your calves, glutes, quads, and hamstrings, so it’s a good way to target and tone your lower body. It kills your legs too, but it’s worth it after. Generally I’ll attempt to do 10-15 minutes on the machine as part of every gym session.

Planking

I don’t mind doing this as much as the others but it’s the worst feeling towards the end, when your legs and arms are trembling and you’ve got to keep holding your body up. I usually just do it for a minute and then after that, if I hold it for longer, it becomes one of my least favourite exercises because all I want to do is drop to the floor. It’s important to do it to build core strength though. If you want to make it even harder, you can try it with one leg and your opposite arm raised off the ground, so you’re core is working overtime on your balance.

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Daily Digest: Golden State Warriors edge closer to NBA title

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Hey everyone, it’s Niall here giving you a bitesize look at the sporting world.

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Defending champion Golden State, powered by 43 points from Kevin Durant, moved to the brink of a third NBA title in four seasons Wednesday by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102.

The Warriors seized a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals and by winning game four Friday can complete the first championship series sweep since Cleveland was blanked by San Antonio in 2007.

Durant added 12 rebounds and seven assists to his career-high playoff scoring total, but it was not until his 3-pointer with 49 seconds remaining to give the Warriors a 106-100 lead that Cleveland’s fate was sealed.


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Egypt boss Hector Cuper is optimistic that Mohamed Salah will be in the best condition possible for the World Cup but admits that he Pharaohs have had to prepare for the tournament without him just in case he doesn’t make it.

Elsewhere, Diogo Dalot admitted he could not turn down the chance to join ‘the biggest club in the world’ after completing his move to Manchester United from Porto.

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Australia have vowed to keep on sledging as they launch their first series since march’s ball-tampering scandal.

Tim Paine’s side will play England in a five match ODI series which gets underway on Wednesday 13..

In other news, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland announced he will stand down in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that rattled the game and acrimonious pay dispute with players.

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Day two of the ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals picked up where the first left off with a thrilling set of group stage matches.

Simon Rosner won again to qualify for the semi-final while former world No1 Gregory Gaultier crashed out after his defeat to Karim Abdel Gawad.

Elsewhere, there were wins for Raneem El Welily, Laura Massaro, Nour El Sherbini and Joelle King.

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The Avengers-less Queensland succumb to the Baby Blues - but stay tuned for the sequel

Alex Broun 6/06/2018
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Queensland were missing some Avengers on Wednesday night

Belief.

It’s a hard quality to quantify but a crucial part of any winning team.

In Australian rugby league’s State of Origin for over a decade that belief has resided firmly with the team in the maroon jerseys.

It has helped Queensland dominate the annual bi-state series – winning 12 of the past 13 years.

But 2018 marks a huge change in the landscape of Origin. Three Queensland legends have stepped down from Representative rugby – Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston – a trio who between them represent some of the greatest players to pull on any jersey in the history of the game.

A fourth member of the Maroons magnificent quartet – Billy Slater – is retiring from Origin this year but was ruled out of game 1 with an injury.

Cameron Smith has announced his retirement from all representative Rugby League

Cameron Smith has announced his retirement from all representative Rugby League.

To give you an idea of the hole this leaves in the Queensland side – and how much these players have contributed over the last 13 years – it would be like The Avengers without Captain America (Smith), Iron Man (Cronk), Thor (Thurston) and Spider Man (Slater).

Against this depleted Maroons line up stood NSW’s Baby Blues – including 11 debutants – a gang of bright faces, brash and supposedly unscarred.

The thinking from new NSW coach Brad ‘Freddie’ Fittler was in order to instill some belief in his squad he ditched the bulk of last year’s squad, tainted by another heart-breaking series loss after winning the first match 28-4 and leading 16-6 at halftime in the second.

These talented but inexperienced youngsters had one thing in common – they had not tasted defeated at Queensland’s hands.

The setting was perfect.

The same city where the (short-lived) NSW dynasty ended and the Queensland dynasty started 12 years ago. On that night back in 2006 at the nearby Telstra Dome, now Etihad Stadium, Queensland trailed 14-4 with less than ten minutes to go in the deciding third match.

But two late tries saw the Maroons home 16-14. Few there that night would have guessed they were watching the birth of a dynasty

From there Queensland won the next eight series, briefly interrupted by a Blues win in 2014, before claiming three more.

And from the kick-off it looked like that pattern would continue in 2018, new faces or not.

The much vaunted NSW attack was limp – one out, disorganized – and the defence struggling.

Queensland, as always, were poised, confident, expansive, precise. Just like the All Blacks – another team even more dominant than the Maroons.

These young Blues were meant to be fearless, bold – instead they looked like deer caught in the headlight.

Queensland didn’t necessarily have the better players – they just have a winning culture. They have belief. No matter what the scoreline they simply believe they will win and 12 years out of the last 13 they have.

NSW had a brilliant fast young team – but they still had to have the belief to use that talent.

Somehow NSW survived the first 6 minutes without conceding but the sense was that soon enough one of Queensland’s superstars would break the match open.

The first points came after 16 minutes with NSW taking the two on offer when a better bet may have been to go for six with the Maroons defence exhausted.

But even when they are exhausted the Maroons still seem to hang on so NSW took two, better than coming up empty handed.

Queensland then wasted a half break when Will Chambers dropped a Felise Kaufusi pass, that he should have taken, and NSW made him pay soon after when young dummy half Damien Cook sprinted away to set up fullback James Tedesco for the opening try.

But like all great teams, Queensland are the masters of controlling the pace of the game. Conserving their energy and only using it when it will be most effective – and most damaging to the opposition.

NSW were also inviting problems, the line speed way too slow in defence giving the Maroons precious metres to build momentum.

This was now the time – as so often in the past – when Queensland would strike. Would it be the same for this new generation?

Of course. Just when Queensland were on the ropes they found a way out, Valentine Holmes scooping a perfect intercept from NSW five-eighth James Maloney and running away, 80 metres untouched, to score – at the very moment when it looked like the Blues would increase their lead.

Queensland then scored early in the second half through the ‘one-handed’ Dane Gagai, and Holmes’ conversion made it 12-8. It looked like yet another victory for the Maroons.

But suddenly the Blues’ flipped the script.

Latrell Mitchell scores for NSW.

Latrell Mitchell scores for NSW.

NSW hit back with two quick tries – one due to the power of centre Latrell Mitchell, the other to the aerial skills of one time Sydney Swans target Tom Trbojevic to give NSW a 18-12 advantage.

But surely the composure and experience of Queensland would shine through? There was still a long way to go. The Maroons line speed was still excellent and just one mistake would open the door again for the champions.

But NSW held on as the seconds ticked away and the crowd of over 85,000 waited for the killer blow to be struck.

And it came – but this time not from the northerners, but from NSW – James Tedesco slicing through in the 70th minute after another Cook break, then as he was falling he found tyro prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard who passed to Maloney who floated a superb long ball to winger Josh Addo Carr who beat Will Chambers to dive over.

22-12. Surely NSW could not lose this from here…

There was a late flurry when Queensland half back Ben Hunt executed a perfect 40-20 to put the Maroons deep on attack – but this time there was no final minute heroics. The Baby Blues had won.

Of course Queensland will not be overly concerned. They lost the first match of last year by an even bigger margin. They will still have that unshakeable belief that this year will be no different, starting with game 2 in Sydney on June 24.

Cameron Munster (r) and Greg Inglis look forward to the sequel.

Cameron Munster (r) and Greg Inglis look forward to the sequel.

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