The Sports Archives – The Biggest Derbys in World Football

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Dynamo Moscow V Spartak Moscow 

Moscow is a massive city so it’s surprising there are several derby matches between various clubs vying for the same trophies. However, the Dynamo V Spartak derby match is by far the most meaningful and resonant for fans. It won’t surprise you either, that there’s a political dimension. 

Spartak Moscow was formed in 1922 by trade unionists and soon gained a rival in Dynamo who reformed a year later. While Spartak have become the club of dissent, historically leaning on the Starostin brothers arrested by Stalin, Dynamo represents the political establishment. 

Ajax V Feyenoord

Like many of the biggest Derbies in world football Ajax V Feyenoord is a rivalry with deeper cultural roots. Ajax represents Amsterdam, a city that is classy, artsy, and liberal, while Feyenoord is more gritty and industrial, it is also increasingly right wing. 

As well as the build up of cultural resentment between the two clubs, there are also footballing reasons for the standoff. Both Ajax and Feyanoord are successful trophy laden clubs in the Dutch league and fight for every title to get one up on their intercity rivals – this is one Derby spectacle machine-made football predictions never misses. 

Celtic V Rangers

The Celtic V Rangers Derby matches are one of the highlights of the Scottish football season and the nature of the Scottish league means they are almost always pivotal. But the rivalry runs deeper than two of the country’s top teams from the same city going head to head for the title.

Unfortunately, there is a significant sectarian undercurrent to the rivalry that has historical and cultural roots. Glasgow Celtic was founded in 1888 to help the city’s growing Catholic population and Rangers became more entrenched in Presbyterianism. This makes it one of the most contentious football rivalries. 

Liverpool V Manchester United 

Both of these leading English Premier League sides have their own Derby matches; that is, sides in the same city and the same league they play against a couple of times a season. However, if you ask most fans they will tell you who the real rival is.

Liverpool and Manchester United are two of the most successful clubs in English football, which is possibly why such an intense rivalry exists between them. This is another Derby match that goes well beyond the importance of a mere three points, it’s an emotional affair that lives on in hearts and minds.

Lazio V Roma

While the big teams of northern Italy hoover up the trophies, the teams in the south have more of the fun. As Paolo Di Canio puts it, only the Derby between Celtic and Rangers compares to the one between Lazio and Roma. 

The Italian personality, witty and ironic, is well suited to football fandom and is in full flow in the bars and piazzas of Rome in the build up to the big game. It’s fair to say the fans of these teams care more about winning these games than they do about trophies and titles. 

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The Sports Archives – 5 Sites For Buying Sports Protective Gear

Sports: 5 sites for buying protective gear [Australia]

Every sports enthusiast is aware of the fact that personal protection is essential. Sports injuries are quite common, which exacerbates due to the absence of protective gear. For your success as a professional athlete, investing in protective equipment goes a long way. If you are searching for reliable sites to buy protective gear, you are in the right place.

In this article, we enlist the top five websites from where you can order protective gear.

1. Kookaburra

Kookaburra has been manufacturing sports products for about 130 years. So it is one of the oldest and experienced manufacturers in the region. It is a family-owned business with headquarters in Melbourne. On the website, you can find thigh, chest, arm, knee, and groin guards. In addition to protective gear, the Kookaburra website has cricket and hockey-related sports items, including clothing, sports gear, shoes, and other accessories.

The website offers affordable protective gear and guards for men and women. The delivery charges are free for orders above $100. Kookaburra only delivers its products in Australia. For a variety of thigh pads, visit this link: Kookaburra – Cricket Thigh Pads.

2. RDX Sports

You can find a wide variety of protective sports gear on the website for men and women. Moreover, you can find the items in the color of your choice as well. You can find hand wraps, groin guards, padded knee protectors, forearm pads, and ankle sleeves. The website specializes in protective items for wrestling and boxing. Hence, you may not find protective gear for a different sport. Another thing to keep in mind is that the protective items on the website are expensive.

3. Decathlon

The manufacturer offers sports goods for a wide variety of sports, including team sports, running, combat sports, etc. It also has a collection of protective gear for each sport. However, the price for the equipment is slightly high. For cricket, they offer wicket-keeping and batting pads.

Perhaps, the best part about the site is that it offers regular discounts. There is currently a summer sale going on. You can shop at a discount of up to 70%.

4. Sting Sports

You can find protective gear for sports such as boxing and wrestling. The price of the head guards starts at $79 and goes up to about $280. In addition to this, you can find abdominal and groin guards on the website. These protective gears are available in various colors. However, if you require protective gear for team sports, such as cricket, hockey, or football, you have better luck on the other sites mentioned here.

5. Intersport

The website offers sports items from various global sports-goods manufacturers, including Nike, Adidas, Asics, and Puma. It does not manufacture these items. The website offers sports items for individual and team sports. These include footy, rugby, and soccer. The sports items are available for both men and women. You can find headgear, shin guards, gloves, knee pads, mouthguards, bicep protectors, and other equipment at affordable prices. You can also avail of free shipping services on orders above $150.

 

 

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The Sports Archives – Could You Be Saving Money on Watching Sports at Home?

If you’re a big sports fan then there’s a good chance that you’ve already hooked up a cable connection to your home to catch the latest games on your home TV. However, cable isn’t cheap and is actually one of the larger monthly expenses that we might invest in. Unfortunately, there usually isn’t a way around this, especially if you want to stay up-to-date with the latest sports games.

Thankfully, there are a handful of ways to save money when watching sports. So in this post, we’re going to take a look at a couple of ways that you can lower the bill and still enjoy the latest sports on your TV.

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Check if you can watch the quality that you pay for

There are a number of different service tiers these days for cable and streaming services. For example, some companies offer a 4K streaming tier that is usually a lot more expensive but provides much higher-quality video. However, it’s worth mentioning that not everyone actually has a TV or device that is capable of taking advantage of 4K. In addition, you’re going to need a strong and fast internet connection in order to watch 4K video.

As such, we suggest taking a look at the service you’re paying for and also looking at your device to see if it’s compatible. If your internet is too slow to take advantage of 4K or if you’re watching on a standard television that doesn’t support the resolution, then you can save money by downgrading your plan. This will save you a bit of money each month.

Consider switching to a streaming service

There are lots of IPTV services out there today that actually support sports in high-definition. Streaming services are usually a lot cheaper than a full cable connection since you can pick and choose what you want to watch, and you don’t need to commit to extremely long contract periods. This is a fantastic way to save money, but what kind of streaming services should you consider?

There are big names such as Amazon Prime and Netflix, but they might not have the sports that you’re looking for. In comparison, popular IPTV services are usually much cheaper and offer all of the sports and movies you could ask for. They’re compatible with most devices and you can watch in both standard and high-definition quality.

Check your viewing plan and downgrade if appropriate

In some cases, you might be able to downgrade your plan so that it limits the access to just the channels that you want. For instance, you might be able to downgrade to a sports-only plan that limits access to drama channels and films, but still gives you full access to watch all of the sports that you want. This is a fantastic option if you’re only interested in the sports channels.

You can combine this with a streaming subscription if you still want to watch other channels. It usually works out to be much cheaper in the long run.

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The Sports Archives – New England Patriots Win Super Bowl XXXVI

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When we speak about the New England Patriots in the modern context, it is hard to imagine any of their victories being a tremendous achievement against adversity, or a remarkable upset. While they have achieved great success, they have been the favorites in almost all of their successes. They took the hard route in some games, but they were always the one fancied before the game started.

But that does not apply to the game against the St. Louis Rams in 2002, when the Patriots were contesting Super Bowl XXXVI. This was the first Super Bowl for the combination of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. And it came off the back of Brady only being the Pats’ no.1 quarterback because of an injury. It was early in the season when Brady got the call, given the injury to his predecessor. He was going to have to lead the Patriots for the rest of the season, and boy did he lead them.

Not only did Brady lead the Patriots to an impressive 11-3 finish for the season, but he managed to get them through the playoffs and into the Super Bowl. And we cannot talk about that Super Bowl run without mentioning the infamous snow game, where the Patriots needed a late, late field goal from Adam Vinatieri to win the game against The Oakland Raiders in Foxborough.

When analysts look back at the 2001 Patriots, and their triumph in the 2002 Super Bowl, it is easy to see it as the start of that period of dominance. But we have to remember that none of that was in place when they were achieving this triumph. They were not favorites in any of their playoff games, and they were certainly not expected to get into the Super Bowl that season.

We all look at Tom Brady as a legend now. But at the time, he was a young quarterback who had been drafted in the sixth round. He was the 197th pick in the draft when he came into the NFL, and no one thought he would be the one who would start off this Patriots dynasty.

But when Brady got that call ahead of Blesdoe after the latter’s injury, he never looked back. He needed some help from his defense and kicker, but he led that Patriots team to heights that even he could not have anticipated. It was his first season as a starter in the league, and he finished it as a Super Bowl champion.

The Rams put up a great fight in that Super Bowl, and it needed another Vinatieri field goal to give the Patriots a 20-17 win. Brady was the MVP, and he had cemented his place as one of the top quarterbacks in the league. He would go on to become an absolute legend of the game. But during those weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, he was an up and coming quarterback who no one expected could put up one great performance after another to help his team to glory.

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The Sports Archives – 5 Covid-friendly Sports To Take Up Right Now

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Covid-19 has made it harder to participate in many sports due to social distancing guidelines and restrictions. While a number of vaccines have now been approved, the pandemic isn’t going away any time soon, which means that it will still be a while before many of us can play contact sports. Fortunately, there are many sports that don’t require being in close proximity to others. Below are just five Covid-friendly sports that you can take part in right now. 

Running

Running is a great solo sport that you can do anywhere. It’s a great sport for improving cardiovascular fitness and building strong bones. Running with others may be too risky right now and you won’t find many organized runs being held, however for those that want to get competitive there’s still the option of competing with others’ running scores using a running app. You can compare a few of these apps here at https://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/. Make sure to buy yourself a decent pair of running shoes to avoid injury.

Cycling

Cycling is a great form of cardiovascular exercise that you can partake in outdoors. It can also help you to lose weight, build leg muscle and strengthen joints. As with running, you can compete with others using apps. You will need to invest in a decent bike and cycling gear if you want to take it seriously, however there are many affordable equipment options for beginners. 

Golf

Many golf courses such as this one at https://www.laurelridgeexperience.com/golf-course have been able to stay open throughout the pandemic. This is because golf is often played over large areas, making it easy to socially distance oneself from others. You may even be able to play golf with friends safely while keeping a distance. While golf isn’t very physically active, there are still many health benefits to this sport. You can buy equipment or hire it from a golf course (hired equipment is likely to be thoroughly cleaned between uses if you’re playing on a professional golf course, so you shouldn’t worry too much about the risk of spreading the virus this way). 

Tennis

Tennis courts are still open in many places around the country. This sport is great for providing a cardiovascular workout and can be played with friends while keeping a safe distance at all times. There’s little risk of Covid spreading through touching a tennis ball, but if you want to be safe you can always use separate marked balls. This site https://www.usta.com/ offers more advice on playing tennis during Covid-19. Make sure to buy your own equipment.

Fishing

Fishing is another sport that can be carried out while social distancing. While not a particularly active sport, it has its health benefits like golf. You can fish solo or you can fish with friends and compete to get the best catch. Fishing hire stores may be closed in some areas so you may want to buy your own equipment beforehand. 

 

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The Sports Archives – How To Avoid Injuries When Trying Out A New Sport

As we enter 2021, you may have set yourself new goals for your personal health and fitness. Whether this means you are trying out a new diet or embarking on a new fitness journey, it is important that you do so safely. After all, the last thing you want to be dealing with is a sporting injury. As with any new adventure – whether you are taking up hiking or CrossFit – it is always important you prioritize your safety. 

With that in mind, here are some top tips that you can use to avoid injury in sports.

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Use the right equipment.

When you are just getting started, you might be reluctant to spend too much money on your fitness journey. For example, you might not be entirely sure that the sport is for you, and may feel like you’re wasting money by getting expensive equipment. However, it is important that you ensure you are purchasing quality equipment, as cheap or faulty products can lead quickly to injury. 

In short, don’t risk your safety to save a few dollars. 

 

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Don’t over face yourself.

When you are just getting started with exercise, you’re probably itching to see results straight away. You want to be able to look in the mirror after a workout and see a real, instant change in your body. However, this is simply not the case. Change takes time. You have to be patient and willing to put the work in. That also means that it’s essential that you don’t put too much pressure on yourself right away. If you’re just getting started on your journey, it’s vital that you know your limits and don’t push yourself beyond them. Take your time. You can always build in intensity as your skillset and ability progress. 

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Warm-up and Cool Down.

Another way in which you can avoid sports-related injuries is by ensuring you dedicate time on either side of your workout to warm-up and cool-down. This prevents muscle strain, tension, and can help you relax after a challenging session. Thankfully, there are plenty of effective warm-up and cool-down methods available online.

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Focus on aftercare.

It is crucial that you listen to your body after a workout and provide it with the appropriate care it needs. For example, if you are beginning to try out CrossFit, you will probably need to develop a crossfit handcare routine. This prevents callouses, rips, and tears in your skin that can cause pain and limit your performance capabilities. You can avoid this by using wax, tape, gloves, salve, and more. 

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Don’t ignore pain.

When you are working out, you might feel tired from time to time or a slight ache in your muscles. While this is normal, it is also essential that you don’t ignore pain. If you think you may have been injured, or feel a sudden, sharp pain, stop working out immediately and ask for some help. Pain when working out could be a sign of a much broader issue, and ignoring it could put your health and safety at risk. 

 

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The Sports Archives – Booking A Family Sports Adventure – What Should You Consider?

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Family activity vacations are extremely exciting and a great way to get everyone together to bond and create some special moments to cherish for a lifetime. However, it can often be difficult to decide where to go on vacation and what type of activities to partake in. After all, there are literally so many fantastic destinations to choose from and diverse activities you can opt for. To give you a helping hand, this article will provide you with some advice in order to help you narrow down your choices.

The first thing you obviously need to consider is the cost of the vacation. It is important to sit down and devise a budget; how much can you truly afford to spend on a vacation? Be strict. After all, a vacation is supposed to be an enjoyable experience and you won’t enjoy it at all if you have spent more money then you can afford. Sticking to a budget is vitally important. You do not have to spend a great heap of money in order to go on vacation. There are some fantastic deals to be found. All you have to do is search online and compare different websites and offers in order to find the best one for you!

In addition to this, the next way to narrow down your choices is to decide upon which activities you would like to participate in on your vacations. First and foremost, you can do this by merely taking into consideration everybody’s tastes and what they want to do. However, if you have younger children then you obviously need to consider their ages and what they will be allowed to do. Obviously, you cannot send your four-year-old child down a steep ski slope by themselves! Nevertheless, there is still a vast range of activities you can choose from, such as; hot air balloon rides and sight seeing. In fact one of the best ways to go on a sightseeing trip is in a helicopter, you can do this at a whole host of places. In fact, there are some of the best Grand Canyon tours, which are a popular choice amongst most. Or, what about fishing? All you need is a Penn Prevail fishing rod and you’re good to go!

A final aspect to consider is how much time you can dedicate to your vacation. As some places require a longer time period than a week, especially if you are traveling a long distance and participating in activities which require training and a lot of time to adapt to. Therefore, it is important to factor this in before making your final decision when booking your vacation.

Evidentially there are a whole host of places you can go when deciding on a vacation abroad. Moreover, there are various activities you can participate in as well. However, if you take notice of the advice given in this article then hopefully you will be able to narrow down your choices somewhat. Remember to contemplate the following; price, vacation duration, your family’s tastes when it comes to the activities you want to do and the age range of those going abroad.

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The Sports Archives – Why Are Extreme Sports Worth The Risk?

For those who look at extreme sports and the people who enjoy them and wonder where the fun is in doing something so dangerous, it might seem nonsensical. Yet many millions of sports enthusiasts can’t think of anything better than doing something that has an inherent risk within it. The risk is part of the fun, and for some, it is everything – they just wouldn’t play the game or take part in the activity if it wasn’t there. 

The question that perhaps should be asked, then, is whether that risk is really worth it? Let’s look more closely at the reasons why people play extreme sports and you can decide for yourself. 

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It’s A Calculated Risk 

One of the main reasons why people love to participate in extreme sports is that the risk involved – which should never be underestimated, of course – is a calculated one. It’s not as though they don’t know what they are getting into, and it’s not as though they haven’t done any training or looked into the possibilities of something going wrong. This is all part of the process of learning how to enjoy these particular sports responsibly and as safely as possible. 

Unlike other areas of life where something unplanned can happen and the situation can become dangerous, the risk in extreme sports is known beforehand, and the participant has the chance to decide whether the risk is worth taking. It’s a ‘safe’ kind of risk-taking that is exhilarating. 

Freedom 

The question of whether or not we’re ever really free is a big one, and not one that can (or should) be answered here. However, what can be said is that in our day to day lives, we often don’t feel free. There are always some chores to do, we have to work to earn money, we have to pay bills, keep our homes clean and tidy, take care of this, that, or the other. It can be exhausting, and it never ends. 

Sometimes it’s great just to feel completely free, even if that freedom isn’t exactly real or long-lived. Extreme sports can offer this option. There are far fewer constraints on what you can do (barring safety measures, that is) meaning that you might only ever feel free when you are jumping out of a plane or careening down a mountainside on a bicycle. 

Learning Control

As well as freedom, there is a certain amount of control that needs to be exercised when it comes to extreme sports. Whether you have to learn how to buy the right equipment such as when you look for airsoft equipment for sale, or you have to learn the rules of the game or activity to ensure that the risk remains a calculated one, this is a skill that is difficult to learn but once you understand it, you can use it in many other areas of your life. 

Being able to feel in complete control of a situation that looks dangerous and feels free is a combination of factors that no other activity will ever be able to provide you, and it is this combination that makes extreme sports so thrilling to be a part of.

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The Sports Archives – Has Covid-19 Affected the NFL’s Injury Picture This Season?

There is not a part of everyday life that has not been affected by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, and it’s no surprise that the NFL’s season thus far has been disrupted. The season opener featuring the Texans’ visit to Kansas was the first time since Super Bowl Sunday that players took to the field in full uniform, meaning that the usual four-week round of preseason games was junked in favor of a longer training camp. 

Games have been postponed, and others have gone ahead under the strangest of circumstances, particularly for Broncos practice squad WR Kendall Hinton, whose first NFL action came as his team’s emergency starting quarterback against the Saints. As can be seen below, it went as well as can be expected.

One way in which the crisis may have affected the professional game is in the high injury toll that has been experienced by playing squads up and down the country. While a wider study will be necessary to attribute a reason to the season-ending and -shortening injuries suffered by some of the game’s stars, the clubs affected by the worst of these injuries will be counting the cost right now and wondering what lessons can be learned. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest names to fall victim, and see what conclusions can be drawn as of now.

Bosa loses sophomore season to ACL tear

Last season, Nick Bosa was chosen second overall in the NFL Draft and played a huge part as the San Francisco 49ers went all the way to the Super Bowl. For his nine-sack, one-interception debut season, Bosa was rewarded with the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, and looked set to add to his story before a torn ACL in Week Two against the Jets. The defensive end, brother of Chargers star Joey, looks on target to be ready for 2021’s big kick-off. Until he has played a few games, questions will however be asked as to whether he can be the same dominant force he looked set to become.

Bengals’ Burrow sees dream start turn to nightmare

The one bright side of just how bad Cincinnati were in 2019 was that, in April, they had a free run at the graduate class. To no-one’s surprise, they selected Ohio State triggerman Joe Burrow, and he repaid their faith with thirteen touchdowns through the air and another three on the ground. While these stats, added to 2,688 passing yards through Week 11, would have had Bengals fans researching how to watch ESPN ahead of December 21’s showdown with the Steelers, they’ll need to reconsider now. A horror injury against Washington sheared his ACL and MCL, as well as damage to PCL and meniscus; with luck he’ll be back early in the 2021 season, but in his absence the Bengals looked anemic in Miami most recently.

ACL injuries at a peak

At the present time, the NFL lists 33 players as being out of contention for at least the next game with anterior cruciate ligament injuries. These include both of the above players and Cleveland stud Odell Beckham Jr. Indeed, soft tissue injuries as a whole are up, something that is being attributed to a lack of on-field practice leading to muscles and ligaments having less elasticity. A similar issue was noted in German soccer when their players returned back in April, with serious injuries occurring at a rate previously unseen. Football is back, and we’ve had an intriguing season on the field thus far – but the biggest story of the NFL in 2020 may yet be what comes out of the treatment rooms.

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The Sports Archives – Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Athlete

Do you have a football-mad friend or a budding athlete in the family? This Christmas, surprise that person who never stops moving with a gift you know they will love and that will see hours upon hours of use.

For Footballers

Footballers will appreciate any gifts related to the game. For the tactically minded or budding coaches – a tactic board, whiteboard or magnetic with pieces, will do the trick. FIFA 21 is sure to delight the gamers and will keep them occupied, especially while staying at home is the norm.

For the football fans, tickets to see their team play will never go amiss. Tickets to the big games might be difficult to source at the moment, but setting money aside or even watching local league games could be a thoughtful alternative.  

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For Golfers

For the keen golfers, these putter covers come in a range of designs. A putter cover is sure to add zest to their play and protect their equipment in the meantime. Besides a gift, golfing tips might lift their festive spirit and make for interesting conversation. Send them links to golfing articles, like the top 100 US golf courses, or perhaps give them a book about a golfing champion.

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For Dancers

Serious dancers are high-energy and graceful, and therefore need the equipment to suit their busy lifestyle. A sleek, reusable water bottle is a useful gift and can be personalised or designed to suit particular tastes.

For something more sentimental, beautiful figurines and jewelry that showcase dancers are the perfect gift for ballerinas, dancing queens and kings. Try Willow Tree for bespoke ornaments with extraordinary detail.

For a special someone that danced ballroom in their heyday, and potentially still watches it on TV, this is the perfect coffee mug to accompany their nostalgia.

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For Swimmers

A future Michael Phelps or Katie Ledecky would be thrilled by a new pair of comfortable and stylish goggles. When choosing goggles, it’s important to consider where they swim usually, and if they swim competitively. Some goggles are best suited to pools while others are great for open water. For the tech-savvy swimmers, ‘smart’ swim goggles display split times, distance swam, and even your heart-rate.

For Tennis players

The perfect gift for an avid tennis player is a new racket, that’s a given. To go with that racket, why not give them a personalised tennis ball? It’s not only a thoughtful present, but it will see some action on the court.

Any fashion icons that love tennis will appreciate a crisp, white tennis skirt or dress for those summer games. There’s nothing wrong with being sporty and fabulous at the same time.

For Runners

If you aren’t ready to splash out on a Fitbit or Apple Watch, a handy gift for a runner is an armband to store their phone or music device. That way, they don’t have to carry a sweaty phone or store it in a pocket where it might fall out.

 

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