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Sports include many games structured in threes. In baseball, there are three strikes and you are out, three outs to an inning, and a trinity of trinities (3X3), in other words, 9 innings. Do you know about "Tinker to Evers to Chance?" Pictured to the right is none other than Joe Dimaggio.

Olympic motto – Citius, Altius, Fortius

Citius, Altius, Fortius
Citius, Altius, Fortius

Citius, Altius, Fortius or Faster, Higher, Stronger

Gender bias in sports

… His comments come, as the Huffington Post points out, just a few days after a study by the U.K.’s Cambridge University Press found that male athletes are three times as likely to be discussed in a sporting context as women, who are frequently described based on their age, marital status, or appearance.

(CNN)Welcome to the world of sport. It’s a world where men are “strong, big, real, great or fastest,” while women are more likely to be “aged, pregnant or unmarried.”
That’s the conclusion of new research from the UK’s Cambridge University Press, which has looked at the way we talk about men and women in sport.

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Olympic medals

Olympic medal compositions - 2016
Olympic medal compositions – 2016

If you’ve been watching the Olympics, you might have assumed that the medals given out are, as advertised, made of gold, silver, and bronze. Due to metal values, however, the reality is slightly more complicated. Giving out pure gold medals would be financially crippling for the International Olympic Committee, so unsurprisingly some compromises are involved. This graphic looks at the different metals used.

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White Sox turn third triple play of the season, this time against the Braves

Anderson fields short-hop, turns triple play
By Jason Foster

The White Sox turned their third triple play of the season Friday, this time pulling off the triple-killing against the Braves.

In the top of the third inning with Chicago up 4-3, the Braves had runners on first and second with no outs. Freddie Freeman hit a liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who scooped it up, tagged second for the first out, then tagged Atlanta runner Chase d’Arnaud, who had strayed slightly off second base, then threw to first for the third out.

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Three-wheeled electric bikes in China


The growing number of private car drivers is at odds with the millions of residents who ride two- and three-wheeled electric cycles. The conflict has stirred emotions about inequality in urban China, pitting wealthier drivers against the blue-collar workers who need the electric bikes to make a living.


“We’re just scapegoats,” Liu Xiaoyan, an electric bike courier, who watched the aftermath of the crash, said recently at an intersection in northeast Beijing. “They always say that electric bikes are the road killers, but the cars are the real killers.”
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Energy – mechanical, potential, kinetic

energy pendulum
energy pendulum

Work is done upon an object whenever a force acts upon it to cause it to be displaced. Work involves a force acting upon an object to cause a displacement. In all instances in which work is done, there is an object that supplies the force in order to do the work.

energy displacement
energy displacement

An object that possesses some form of energy supplies the force to do the work. In the process of doing work, the object that is doing the work exchanges energy with the object upon which the work is done. When the work is done upon the object, that object gains energy. The energy acquired by the objects upon which work is done is known as mechanical energy.

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Carli Lloyd gets the first hat trick as the USA wins the World Cup in Soccer

World Cup Women's Soccer 2015
World Cup Women’s Soccer 2015

The United States soccer team put on a clinic Sunday night, as it routed Japan 5-2 to win the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Team USA scored two goals within three minutes, and was ahead 4-1 at halftime. While Japan did ultimately score two goals on the previously unstoppable American defense, it was never even close to being enough to compete with the U.S. team.

World Cup Final - Carli Lloyd's hat trick
World Cup Final – Carli Lloyd’s hat trick

Carli Lloyd had a hat trick in the game, scoring three goals–one of them an impressive shot from the half-field mark.

The game ended up being the highest-scoring final game in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and avenged America’s loss to Japan in the 2011 World Cup.


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The Elusive Triple Crown

Pharoah - Triple Crown Winner 2015
Pharoah – Triple Crown Winner 2015
On an idyllic Saturday evening at Belmont Park, American Pharoah made it worth the 37-year wait. Under a perfectly calculated ride by Victor Espinoza, the son of Pioneer of the Nile led the field from start to finish in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, drawing away in the stretch to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 and end a drought that had seen the hopes of 13 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winners end in disappointment.
The milestone victory in the 147th ‘Test of the Champion’ was sweet redemption for the colt’s connections, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and Espinoza, as the pair had accumulated five failed Triple Crown bids between them.

What are the odds?

Assuming 8 tables per session and all players of equal ability, then the odds of someone winning the ‘tripple’ are 1/8 to the power of two, or one in 64; so you can expect it about every 6 months or so, depending upon the number of players (obviously it’s much easier to win the tripple in the low season when there are only three or four tables).

The odds of two independent people (who only partnered each other on one occasion and obviously play in different directions on the other two occasions (as with Dave & Terry 21-25/5/05) both winning in the same week are 1/8 to the power of three, or one in 512; so once in 5 years or so.

Anyway, here’s a list of triple winners. I hope it’s complete, let me know if there are any omissions.

News-sheet   dates Winner

121 21/5 – 25/5/05 Dave Cutler
121 21/5 – 25/5/05 Terry Quested
139 27/6 – 1/7/05 Tobjorn + Gunn
141 11/7 – 15/7/06 John Gavens
141 11/7 – 15/7/06 Terry Quested
162 5/9 – 9/9/06 Bob Pelletier
169 23/1 – 27/1/06 Terry Quested
172 13/2 – 17/2/06 Terry Quested + Chuck Paparigian
214 4/12 – 8/12/06 Terry Quested
240 4/6 – 8/6/07 Jan v Koss
272 21/1 –  25/1/08 Olaf Ries
280 17/3 – 21/3/08 Hans Vikman
326 2/2 – 6/2/09 Janne Roos


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We Three Kings

Kings College sings "We Three Kings"

King’s College Choir

Kings College

The Choir owes its existence to King Henry VI to sing daily services in his magnificent chapel. This remains the Choir’s role and is an important part of the lives of its 16 choristers, 14 choral scholars and two organ scholars, who study a variety of subjects in the College.