Hello folks. Ajit Vijaykumar to give you a snapshot of what’s going on in the world of sport.
The stellar record of the now former Real boss means the next person to take the hot seat will have to live up to some incredibly high expectations.
It therefore makes sense to look at former Madrid stars like Santiago Solari or Guti for the top job.
Stuart Appleby has more on it here.
Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka has suffered a World Cup injury scare after he hurt his knee during training on Thursday.
Arsenal’s Xhaka injured his left knee in a challenge while training in rain with his international team-mates in Lugano.
Read more here.
England face an uphill task as they take on Pakistan in the second and final Test in Headingley, trailing 1-0.
All-rounder Ben Stokes faces a late fitness Test on Friday as Sarfraz Ahmed’s Pakistan look to pull off a huge upset by clinching a Test series victory.
Read our preview here.
Rafael Nadal said he is in favour of on-site pre-tournament withdrawals that have been introduced at the Grand Slams and ATP tournaments.
“For a lot of players, that they are inside the tournament of a Grand Slam and they have a physical problem in that week, just playing tournament helps a lot to save the year,” Nadal said after his second round victory over Guido Pella at the French Open.
FEATURE OF THE DAY
Zinedine Zidane stepped down as Real Madrid boss after one of the most successful stints in less than two-and-a-half seasons.
The Frenchman has only raised his status in his already illustrious history at the club.
Here we take a look at seven stats from his amazing reign.
SOCIAL MEDIA ROUND-UP
LeBron walks off the podium after an exchange with a reporter about JR Smith, tells him to “be better tomorrow” pic.twitter.com/Fq8wezSuFT— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 1, 2018
Good luck to Zidane’s replacement 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣— Demba Ba (@dembabafoot) May 31, 2018
It’s wonderful that from being underdogs,the team needing to survive the 1st test,Pakistan are deemed the better team and almost favourites going into the 2nd!!India was to be the real series!!!How is test match cricket not exciting,intriguing and entertaining?? #EngvPak— Bazid Khan (@bazidkhan81) May 31, 2018
WHAT’S ON TODAY
Cricket: England v Pakistan, Second Test (14:00)
Tennis: French Open (13:00)
Hey everyone, it’s Niall here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on in the world of sport.
In other news, Mohamed Salah is set for a three-week lay off, paving the way for him to feature at the World Cup.
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are both back in action at the French Open today looking to reach the third round, while Rafael Nadal continues his bid for an 11th title.
In other local news, centre midfielder Abdullah Al Naqbi spurned greater wages and a bigger transfer fee to become Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club’s first Emirati signing.
FEATURE OF THE DAY
Some brave decisions lie ahead in the coming months for Barcelona. Read Matt Monaghan’s review of Ernesto Valverde’s squad.
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Red Bull wakeboarder Omeir Saeed finds himself working out between three-five times a week during the holy month as well as being on the water every day. For the third article of his monthly column, Saeed talks about the endurance exercises he’s doing to build strength and stamina during Ramadan.
I run both in the gym and outside so I’m not just doing the same thing every day. Endurance is obviously a big part of being a wakeboarder and running is a good way of building stamina. It’s important to push yourself though as it can be easy to just jog along when really you need to be raising your heart rate. Sprints and shuttle runs are very effective workouts too.
Every time you’re out on the water you have to swim a lot, no one comes to get you if you fall down after doing a trick. So, basically, if I’m not on the board then I’m in the water. Some days I’ll spend more time in the water swimming than I do actually wakeboarding. When you swim it works pretty much every muscle in your body so it’s perfect for keeping fit. A benefit of being a wakeboarder is you develop into a strong swimmer too.
I go cycling for an hour or so a few times a week at a high tempo to get my heart rate up. Thankfully, it’s still not that hot outside, which is beneficial because it means I can get out on the bike, even during Ramadan, when usually the humidity is unbearable. Although I still go cycling during summer in the gym, just 10 minutes on the machine every day is enough see improvements in endurance.
I play football once a week, which is a proper 11-a-side game and the good thing about that is you’re constantly on the move both sprinting and jogging. So your heart rate never really drops for 90 minutes, making it a brilliant cardio workout. You only need to play a few matches and you’ll see your overall strength and stamina get better very quickly.
I do HIIT workouts in the gym, which really build stamina because the rest period between sets is only a few seconds, so your heart rate is racing constantly. Skipping in particular is great for improving your endurance. Plus, your coordination improves with it as well. I like doing exercises where I can see improvements in my ability. It’s important to keep the rope moving, so when you’re starting out just see how long you can go without stopping, and then increase the speed and go flat-out for as long as you can once you’ve got the rhythm.