Archive for January, 2012


The Top 4 Men Players Reach the Semi-Finals — For the Third Time

7 amazing tennis accomplishments by the best players of all time



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Sports is a veritable gold mine of statistics, records, facts, myths and legends. Tennis is no exception — as the 2012 Grand Slam Series opens in Melbourne, here are some of the more amazing facts about the sport of tennis:


1. Top Four Semi-Final

The top four ranked players have all reached the semi-final of the same tournament (one of the four Majors) just 11 times in 42 years, and another 3 times in the last eight months.

In the 42 years between 1968 (when the Open Era — meaning both professionals and amateurs were allowed to enter the tournaments — began) and 2010, the four top ranked men players in the world reached the semi-finals of the same Grand Slam only 11 times.

In the eight months since the 2011 French Open, the top four players — Novak Djokovic (1), Rafael Nadal (2), Roger Federer (3), and Andy Murray (4) — have faced off in the semis of three Grand Slams: 2011 French Open, 2011 U.S. Open and the 2012 Australian Open. 

2. Grand Slam

In the more than 100 years that all four majors have been held yearly (1905 was the first year), only five players have won the “Grand Slam” — winning all four titles in a single year —

·        Don Budge in 1938

·        Maureen Connolly in 1953

·        Rod Laver — the only player ever to do it twice! — in 1962 and 1969,

·        Margaret Smith Court in 1970

·        Steffi Graf in 1988

3. Golden Slam

Only one player has ever won the “Golden Slam” — all four majors and the Olympic gold medal in a single calendar year — Steffi Graf in 1988.


4. Career Grand Slam Winners

In addition to the five Grand Slam winners, two players have won a “Non calendar-year Grand Slam” — meaning they won the four majors consecutively — to hold all four titles at once:

·        Martina Navratilova (1983 Wimbledon thru 1984 Roland Garros — winning two more titles in 1984, she is tied with Margaret Court for winning the most consecutive Grand Slam singles titles — 6)

·        Serena Williams (2002 Roland Garros thru 2003 Australian Open). 

Nine more players have won a “Career Gland Slam” — having won each of the four Major titles at least once during their career.

·        Andre Agassi

·        Rafael Nadal

·        Roy Emerson

·        Roger Federer

·        Fred Perry

·        Doris Hart

·        Shirley Fry

·        Billie Jean King

·        Chris Evert

5. Martina

Martina Navratilova was described by Billie Jean King as “the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who's ever lived."

She has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles (an all-time record) and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

She holds the record for reaching the most consecutive Grand Slam singles tournament semifinals (19), and five Wimbledon records — the only player to ever win 6 consecutive singles titles and holds the most singles titles total (9) of any player, she reached 9 consecutive singles finals and 12 singles finals total and the only player to ever win Wimbledon four times in a row in straight sets.



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6. Roger

Roger Federer, often called the greatest tennis player ever, is still adding to his list of accomplishments.

To date, he has 16 Grand Slam single’s titles, shattering Sampras’ former record of 14 titles. He is sixth on the all time Grand Slam singles titles list — five women have won more singles titles, with Margaret Courtat the all-time record of 24 titles , followed by Steffi Graf (22), Helen Moody (19), Navratilova (18) and Chris Evert (18).

Federer has reached a record 23 Grand Slam singles finals.  He played in a record 18 out of 19 consecutive Grand Slam tournament finals — and won 12 of the 19 titles.

Fed has won 5 consecutive Wimbledon titles (tying for the record with Bjorn Borg, 5 consecutive US Open titles. He is the only male player to win 3 consecutive Grand Slam titles twice (Wimbledon, US Open and Australian in 05-06 and 06-07).


An Apple a Day Is Only the Beginning

5 tips for staying healthy this winter

1. Wash Your Hands — 80% of all infections are transmitted through our hands

This is number one on almost every health professional’s preventive care list.  Turns out, 80% of all infections are transmitted through our hands. The trick is to really wash your hands: wet your hands first, use soap, and lather and scrub your hands (front and back!) for at least 20 seconds. (via ABS CBN News)

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2. Get Vaccinated — vaccine is effective in about 86% of healthy adults

The CDC recommends you get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available near you — generally before December. In 2010, vaccine experts voted that everyone aged 6 months and older, with certain groups excluded, should be vaccinated against the flu every year. For complete information on the CDC’s recommendations, see the CDC’s Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine.

3. Get Some Sleep — most adults need 7 to 9 hours every night

When you don’t get enough sleep, just about everything degrades a bit in your body. Insufficient sleep has been linked to weight gain, reduced ability to concentrate and a suppressed immune system — that’s the one that makes it easier for you to get sick. (via WebMD)

4. Get Moving — 20 minutes a day lowers the amount of time you’ll be sick by nearly half

Adults who get in 20 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise — like jogging, biking, or swimming — five or more days a week, spent about five days suffering from cold or flu symptoms compared to those who exercised just once a week or less, who spent nearly nine days suffering. Not only that, those moderate exercisers experienced milder symptoms. (via The Chart on CNN Health)

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5. An Apple A Day — really might keep colds and flu away

The better you eat— the better you’ll feel. Junk food, fast food, high-in-sugar-or-fat-low-in-everything-else food all do more to weaken your immune system instead of strengthen it.  Just 75 to 100 grams of sugar (think two cans of soda) has been shown to reduce your ability to fight bacteria. On the other hand, antioxidants and micro-nutrients (e.g., vitamin C, E, A & D, zinc, selenium, beta-carotene) — have been shown to strengthen your immune system, not only lowering your chances of getting a cold or the flu, but also reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer. For a great slideshow of foods rich in antioxidants, go to FitSugar. As for that apple, although not an antioxidant superfood, it can still pack a punch — just remember that the skin has six times the antioxidants as the flesh. (via WebMD)

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Day Twelve of the New Year — About Those Resolutions…

5 reasons we make, keep and fail to keep resolutions

New year. Fresh start. Clean slate. Blank page. However you slice it, January 1st is the day most associated with goal-setting.


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1. Lose weight

The top 10 New Year’s Resolutions (via Statistic Brain) are

1.         Lose Weight

2.        Get Organized

3.        Spend Less, Save More

4.        Enjoy Life to the Fullest

5.        Stay Fit and Healthy

6.        Learn Something Exciting

7.        Quit Smoking

8.        Help Others in Their Dreams

9.        Fall in Love

10.      Spend More Time with Family            

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2. Make it past 6 months and beat the odds

The percentage of people keeping to their resolution over time (via Statistic Brain) is

·        75% past the first week

·        71% past 2 weeks

·        64% after one month

·        46% after 6 months

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3. Give back that plow

New Year’s Resolutions are thought to date back to ancient Babylon — the most popular resolution was to return used farm equipment.

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4. Q. What do the South, Africa and Jews have in common?

A. Black-eyed peas. Eating black-eyed peas during the New Year celebrations is a Southern tradition that goes back to the era of Scarlett O’Hara and Abraham Lincolon. Stemming from a combination of African and Jewish lore, eating peas to usher in the new year is thought to welcome prosperity — symbolized by the peas swelling when cooked and their coin-like shape.

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5. Get S.M.A.R.T.

The 46%’ers who are keeping their resolutions after six months tend to make “SMART” resolutions — their resolutions are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely goals. SMART goals transform “get fit” or “lose weight,” into “go to the gym once a week in January, twice in February, working up to four times a week by April” and/or “eat egg whites instead of eggs for breakfast.”


What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2012?


2011 — A Record Breaking Year For Sports

3 records that fell this year



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Sports fan or not, chances are you heard Drew Brees’ name last week. Deservedly so — during the last Monday Night Football game of the year, Brees broke the NFL record for most passing yards in a single season; a record that has stood for over a quarter of a century, since Dan Marino set it in 1984. He is also the only quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 5,000 twice — in 2008, Brees had 5,069 yards. (via The Washington Postand The Examiner)

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On August 25th, Curtis Granderson, the Yankees’ center fielder, stepped up to bat and hit the team’s third grand slam of the game — something no team has done in major league history. It’s no wonder the Yankees beat the Oakland A’s that night 22-9. (via The New York Times and Wiki Commons)




Mike Krzyzewski, otherwise and more often known as “Coach K,” became the winningest coach in college basketball history on November 15th when Duke beat Michigan State — for Coach K’s 903rd win. The win broke his tie with the man who had been his coach at Army, Bob Knight. (via CBS News and