CUBS AVOIDING MAJOR CHANGES THIS OFFSEASON

As fans around the country are still celebrating the Chicago Cubs World Series Championship, General Manager Theo Epstein and the Cubs brass are moving sensibly this offseason. At this point they are avoiding any major free-agent signings and instead are focusing on stabilizing their team with a few moves that could prove beneficial in the short-term. With a glut of young talent on the major-league roster and waiting in the wings, the Cubs feel good about their chances to make another run at a World Series title in 2017. Led by young stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs are currently slight favorites with Vegas at 7/2 odds to repeat. However, the Boston Red Sox, with some splashy moves, are right behind them with 7/1 odds. So far, this offseason the Cubs have made a few moves that can be considered under the radar. One to help stabilize their bullpen and another that can be considered a short-term patch for the centerfield position. The team signed left-handed reliever Brian Duensing to a one-year deal. The 33-year-old spent 7 seasons with the Minnesota Twins before spending last season with the Baltimore Orioles. He will bring experience and a left-handed arm out of the Cubs pen. They also made a move to bring in outfielder Jon Jay as a free-agent addition and signed him to a one-year deal. Jay is a seven-year veteran who played last season for the San Diego Padres. He batted .291 in 90 games for the Padres but lacks power with just 2 home runs. Jay is expected to help fill the gap with the loss...

Preparing yourself for a tennis tournament? This is what you should start doing now

It amazes me how less people know about preparing for a tournament. Dreaming and planning about the tournament in your mind won’t make things better. As a sportsperson, you really need to work on your strengths and weaknesses, and above all, you need to discover that special technique or style that perfectly compliments your brain and body. Many of those reading through this right now would be thinking that “I am better off showing up for the training sessions and just doing what works best for me”. But sorry people, that’s not how it works. You have to stringently train yourself while focusing on the key principles, because if your basics aren’t right, your special technique would rather just be a fault then. So here are a few things that you should working on ASAP, if your tournament is around the corner. Hydration Remember how your body craves for oxygen when you are practising for the game? Proper hydration keeps you active for longer levels, improves concentration and prevents injuries. As a rule of thumb, most tennis players do the following to keep their body hydrated: Body weight (KG) x 0.03 = no. of litres of waters required. This is the minimum water requirement for tennis players. Anything above that like 250-500ml of water (every half hour) keeps you fresh during your whole tennis exercise. Tennis nutrition They say “turning up to train isn’t difficult, feeding your body with the right fuel is”. Nutrition is the key to giving your body the energy it needs to train, recover and perform other chores, after all, training for tennis isn’t the...