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Today is Women's Handball Champions League Final. In Romania the women's handball is one of the most loved sport so it will be a big event today.
CSM Bucharest will face Hungarian hosts' favorite team Gyor, which defeated in the first semi-final Buducnost Podgorica 21-20. The Romanian team has qualified to the final on Saturday evening after a victory in the semi-finals against Vardar Skopje 27-21 in Budapest, in the final four tournament.

Odds at Unibet: CSM Bucharest 4.90
Draw: 10.00
Gyor: 1.29

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9 May 2016 - 6:10pm
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CSM won the Champions League !!!

CSM Bucharest won the final after extra time and penalty shots, 29-26, continuing a series of outstanding results, which started in the competition’s quarter finals with a surprise victory against Russia’s Rostov-Don.

Swedish player Isabelle Gullden was decisive for the Romanian team scoring 15 goals. She was also awarded the top scorer trophy for her 108 goals in this Champions League season. CSM’s Croatian goalkeeper Jelena Grubišić won the MVP award for the whole season after a her good performances in the final stages of the competition. Brazilian goalkeeper Mayssa Pessoa was also great as she defended two penalty shots in the final.

Here you can watch the video of the penalty shots:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=880xDOCul94

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9 May 2016 - 10:37pm
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Not following closely women's handball but obviously it's a great success for this Romanian team, congrats to you mapika and all who loved this sport in Romania. Here in Bulgaria this sport is almost non existing really and just shows the stupidity of all kind of authorities.

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10 May 2016 - 6:28am
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I quite like handball but like you said sharpe the game is almost non-existant over here.

I feel sorry for those goalkeepers. They more or less just have to stand there and make themselves as big as possible and hope that the shooter throws it straight at them. They are too close to make a deliberate save.

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10 May 2016 - 11:29am
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Joking Agreed Ed, tough life for those keepers, I know they're doing a lot of side splits on training which really looks painful. But even though it's quite different than keeper position in football, in handball too the goodgoalkeeping could be the difference between winning and loosing.

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11 May 2016 - 8:54pm
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Ice hockey is one of my favorite sports over the years and it's always a busy period by that time of the year when NHL playoffs and World Hockey Championship taking place. Both events are huge although some of the best players don't participate in WHC.
The playoffs are just great this season with many new teams involved in the conclusion, San Jose and Saint Louis are two teams which I kind of like so will be every glad to see one of them on the Stanley cup finals.

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Congratulations! CSM won the Champions League. Coffee

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28 May 2016 - 10:21am
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Quite great race ahead of us today in Giro'd Italia final deciding stage today. The battle for the overall victory will be between Nibali and Chaves with the recent leader Steven Kruijswijk probably out of the race today after serious crash in downhill yesterday.It was tough way for him to loose the race because I didn't see anyone who could beat him if that crash doesn't occur.

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14 July 2016 - 9:00pm
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One of the strangest stages ever in Tour de France today! I guess no one here cares about but it was really amazing what happen with Froome, Port and Molema so if anyone wants to discuss it will be glad to hear from you Smile

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15 July 2016 - 6:51am
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I saw it. I am surprised this sort of thing hasn't happened earlier with all the idiots that get so close to the cyclists and the utter morons that run alongside them and try to take photos of themselves. Surely they have to put up barriers on the narrow sections so the crowd cannot spoil the race like that?

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15 July 2016 - 7:31pm
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Yeah agreed Ed, but sometimes is tough the climb to be safeguarded trough whole the way. It was 16 km climb which they cut off for the last 6 km so all that crowd which should be spread trough whole the way to the top was situated in a lot small area.
Anyway, I'm cycling fan for more than 20 years but I see such thing for a first time, poor Richie Port who crashed the motorcycle camera face first, Froome was in delirium I guess when he start running without his bike Smile but I'm glad they compensated both giving them the time of Molema.

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When I saw it I was wondering if he was even allowed to run without the bike? It would have been pretty funny if it had been right at the finish line and he crossed it without his bike.

It seems to have all worked out though as Froome is still in the lead. He has almost 2 minutes with 5 stages to go, so he's looking pretty good but its still close enough to be interesting.

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19 July 2016 - 9:10pm
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Yep, he's not allowed not only to finish but even to cover any distance without his bake so I guess they didn't punish him for that just because one of the promoter's motorcycles ran over his bike after the initial crash, which wasn't Froome's fault at all.
The fact is he could still be with the yellow jersey but just with smaller advantage at the top.
Anyway four exiting stages still to go from Wednesday to Saturday, all of them in the mountains , one of them is time trial on a climb. So probably a great finish in the Alps expecting us.

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Thats interesting. I wonder if anyone has ever tested whether its quicker to run up a really steep hill than ride? I'm betting it is in some cases.

I figured that short stage must be a time trial. Only 17kms but I guess after 2 and a half weeks of riding up and down mountains it is going to be a leg and lung busting sprint uphill all the way. I don't know how those guys do it.

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20 July 2016 - 9:42pm
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Thats interesting. I wonder if anyone has ever tested whether its quicker to run up a really steep hill than ride? I'm betting it is in some cases.

Yes for sure Ed Joking

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I figured that short stage must be a time trial. Only 17kms but I guess after 2 and a half weeks of riding up and down mountains it is going to be a leg and lung busting sprint uphill all the way. I don't know how those guys do it.

Yeah you right, not a long one but uphill most of the time so it' should be a painful one for the favourites.

Today Richie Porte has had a great stage, finished even in time along Frome before rest of the favs so he make up for a loss earlier in the tour and I think he could be a top 3 contender because of his good form.

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It looks like Froome has it all wrapped up now after smashing everyone in the time trial.

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22 July 2016 - 9:02pm
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Yes it looked over but you never now. He has a bad crash today which luckily for him didn't ends with some ferrous injury. He took the Geraint Thomas bike and loose just few seconds to the other contenders thanks to the great effort by Wout Poels.
Molema and Richie Porte have also crashed and lost time, that was an indication anything could happen in this sport and you can't be sure before the finish line in Paris but the irony was that Froome in fact increase his advantage despite the crash.
Still will be interesting how his body will react in tomorrow's stage which is so tough again and there are always consequences after a crash so let's see.

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Here's the profile of the last deciding stage, not a bad one for last when everybody is dead tired.
The finish is on a downhill but it could be even worst for Froome, lets hope not though.

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So Froome won the tour with quite big advantage in the end, now he has won it 3 times which place him amongst the legends in the history I guess and with the dominance Sky and Froome have that's might be not be he's last victory.

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Yes it was comfortable in the end despite the fall on the stage a couple of days ago. You know its in the bag when you see the leader riding the final stage with a glass of champagne in his hand!

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Yes it's a tradition Ed, the last stage is like a parade or something,
In fact he had a beer before the champaign Beer Wine Wink

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Yeah I know, I've always wanted to see what would happen if they got to the last stage and the leader only had 5 seconds or less. Would they still run it like a parade or would they have a serious contest?

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O, that would be a nervous last stage I guess Smile
If the gap is lower than 10 seconds I'm almost sure there will be attacks, although the good manners requires everybody standstill Angel

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Sir Dave Brailsford who is general manager of Team Sky announced today that Froome might take place in this years Vuelta if everything at the Olympics goes fine for him. I guess that means no crashes or something.
I hope he will be in Spain because this would make another great race this year.

Probably we should rename this thread from other sports to cycling or something Joking

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I didn't know you're such a cycling fan Ed, why is that? Maybe you ride a bike in your spare time? or you just like the drama and effort in the biggest cycling races?

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I'm a bit of a cycling fan but not a huge one. I do try to ride my bike when I can. No lycra suit though! Smile I try to watch Le Tour every year and I really like the track cycling (even more so than the tours) so will be watching it at the Olympics this year. My favourite events are the points race (I love this one) and the team pursuit.

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No lycra suit though! Smile .

It's a shame! Joking

But those are really not for anybody I guess Wink

yes I like the track too, but I'm able to see some races just at the Olympics, it's a shame there aren't much (or any) TV coverages outside that.
We should create an Olympic thread I guess.

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Ha don't believe it. Here there are plenty of guys who wear that stuff while they cycle to the cafe down the road on a Saturday morning. We call them MAMILs - middle aged men in lycra.

Yes to the Olympics thread. I'll start one now.

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Ha don't believe it. Here there are plenty of guys who wear that stuff while they cycle to the cafe down the road on a Saturday morning. We call them MAMILs - middle aged men in lycra.

lol lol
And I guess they are not the thinnest Joking
Yeah we have them here too although I don't know the specific name Joking
I guess most of them don't look too often at the mirror or at least I wouldn't do that if I wear something like that ever Joking No way!

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No, not at all. The MAMIL is as fine a specimen of physical fitness as you will ever see. Just like this guy...

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I think the only problem is that the suit is just not his size Joking

but at least everyone could read clearly team's name and sponsor banners Wink

The white socks combination with sandals is another stylish move that I wouldn't be brave enough to try.

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