Federer to progress in ATP World Tour Finals

FedererRobin Soderling faces Roger Federer today in the O2 Arena needing to beat the Swiss comprehensively if he is to qualify for the next round of the ATP World Tour Finals.

Following his triumph at the Paris Masters, Soderling arrived in London as the man in form, but lost his opening game of the tournament in straight sets to Andy Murray.

However, the Swede managed to keep his hopes of reaching the knockout stage alive by battling past David Ferrer to move joint second alongside the Brit, who was crushed by Federer.

“I served very well, especially in the first set. But it was tough. It was a close match, two really tough sets.” the 26-year-old Swede said afterwards.

“I’m lucky that I won. I still feel that I have a lot of things that I can improve. Hopefully I can do that in one or two days and play a good match in my next match.” Continue reading

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Father of Texans’ Cushing Stands Fast in Son’s Defense

Brian Cushing will play football Sunday at the Meadowlands, and his parents, Frank and Antoinette, plan to drive 20 minutes or so from their home in Park Ridge, N.J., to watch. They will sit with relatives of one of Cushing’s college teammates, Mark Sanchez. Mark Sanchez

Cushing is a second-year linebacker for the Houston Texans, who will try to stop Sanchez and the red-hot Jets. Frank Cushing said he would have looked forward to the game, Brian’s homecoming as a professional, much more if this were a normal season.

But he spent much of this year defending his son Brian, a 262-pound bruiser, in the court of public opinion. His fight to restore Brian’s reputation has been exhausting.

“The fun is gone,” Frank Cushing said during a telephone interview Thursday.

The 23-year-old Cushing, who like Sanchez played at Southern California and was a first-round pick in the 2009 N.F.L. draft, was suspended for the first four games of this season for violating the N.F.L.’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Frank Cushing, who is 67 and retired, said he would “take the hit” had Brian Cushing been using the banned substance hCG, a hormone that can restart testosterone production after steroid use. But he said that when he asked Brian if he had used any banned substances, Brian said no. Frank Cushing says he believes him. Continue reading

Pre-Flop Strategy

The flop is the determining point – the point of no return – in Texas Hold’em.  When you wait to see the flop, you commit part of your stack.  If you do, you risk losing your bet.  If you don’t, you risk losing a potential win.

Pre- FlopYour pre-flop strategy is therefore crucial in poker.  You should know how to properly and wisely play your cards before the flop and the hit or miss that follows it.  The following are some basic tips that you can use as a guide in determining your own pre-flop poker strategy.  Just note that actual circumstances will probably require you to act differently; however, this will give you a basis on which to make your pre-flop playing decisions.

Fold Pre-Flop

Folding pre-flop is the easiest and the least costly way of playing poker.  When you fold your hand pre-flop, you don’t lose anything – unless you are the small or the big blind, that is, because your forced initial bet is already a loss if you fold.  Even if you are the small or the big blind, however, folding may still be the rights strategy if it keeps your loss for that hand at a minimum.

When should you fold pre-flop?  Clearly, if you have bad starting hands or if you are dealt pocket cards that will give you a very slim chance of winning, you should fold; as a general rule, you should still do this even if you are already invested in the pot (i.e. you’re the small or big blind) and naturally don’t want to lose the blinds. Continue reading

Live Sports Betting

The sports betting industry has grown over the years and every year it seems to get bigger and expand even more. It started with the online boom and since then it has grown to include offering different ways for the bettor to bet on games. The most recent and one of the more popular ways to bet on sports is “Live Sports Betting”. Sports-Betting

Live sports betting is exactly as it sounds. The player or bettor will place a bet on a game as it unfolds. This has can be good and bad for the avid sports bettor. It is good because it will allow the sports bettor to hedge a bet on the game after it has been played or use the information that is picked up on a game that has already started to make money. It is bad because it will allow the bettor to place multiple numbers of bets on a game in progress. This gives the bettor a chance to put too much action on one game or one outcome and could hurt the bettor in the long run. This option can work but it has to be used properly. Continue reading