BBC Olympics presenter Alex Scott “accepts” criticism of her accent

Former Arsenal Women’s football legend and now BBC presenter Alex Scott has received criticism from an ex-minister of her pronunciations whilst hosting the Tokyo Olympic. Alex Scott responded by underlining her pride in her roots and rebuked complaints based on her lack of elocution lessons.

A prayer for athletes experiencing poor mental health & suffering with an injury

by Jennifer Valentine-Miller

Dear heavenly Father, what a wonderful name is the name of Jesus and it is in His name that I pray for healing for this athlete today. You designed their body from the top of the head down to the tips of their toes. I pray for encouragement to help them get through – however long it takes to deal with this injury. Please send encouragement from the physiotherapists and mental health practitioners, and send, through this prayer, a miracle of your healing touch either by the medical care offered or supernaturally. Thank you for your wonderful working power and loving compassion you give to this athlete today. Amen.

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Standard Sport@standardsport· Women’s top seed Ashleigh Barty retires from French Open due to injury#RolandGarros

Before travelling to Italy #AndyMurray described the series of injury setbacks he has suffered since his hip resurfacing surgery in 2019 as “hard to take”. It is not clear what is behind the latest setback.

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Naomi Osaka Withdraws From French Open 2021 For Opponents’ Mental Health #RolandGarros

The Independent @Independent Trent Alexander-Arnold’s injury a new problem for England’s wounded squad #Euro2020

Prevalence of menstrual pain in young women: is preventing sports from being first choice

Edited by Jennifer Valentine-Miller

12 Foods which provides support leading up to and during menstrual cycle.

Herbal Banana
Evidence Suggests that bananas help reduce cramps associated with menstruation. In addition to being a rich food source of anti-cramping nutrients such as vitamin B6, bananas are loaded with potassium which helps reduce water retention.

Wheat Germ
Wheat germ may be one of the best foods you can include in your diet if you suffer from menstrual cramps. Try adding wheat germ to breads, cereals, muesli, milk shakes, or pancakes — it makes a highly nutritious addition.

Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are an excellent addition to your diet if you suffer from menstrual cramps. These mild nutty tasting seeds are loaded with vitamin E as well as the key anti-cramping minerals zinc and magnesium. Sunflower seeds are also an excellent source of pyridoxine (vitamin B6), with one cup providing nearly a third of the recommended daily intake for this important pain relieving vitamin. When incorporating sunflower seeds into your diet, moderation should be exercised because these seeds, like most other seeds, are high in calories and fat.

This often under-appreciated vegetable is much more than just a decorative garnish that accompanies meals in restaurants. It is loaded with important nutrients, and it can be used to treat various health problems, including menstrual cramps.

Turbo-charge your an:ti-cramp diet by regularly eating pineapple. Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that is thought to help relax muscles and thus help with menstrual cramps.

Fenugreek Seeds
This is an Asian product. These little seeds with a pungent-sweet flavour popular remedy for menstrual pain. They are available whole or in powder form in most grocery stores. It is advisable to buy whole seeds which can be grind down into a powder form so that it can be sprinkled into your food.

Ginger has been enjoyed throughout the ages for its aromatic, pungent flavour and its health promoting properties. In traditional Chinese medicine, ginger has been widely used as a remedy for menstrual cramps. A large body of anecdotal evidence from around the world validates the use of ginger as an anti-cramping remedy.

Consuming walnuts in moderation can confer great benefits to women who suffer from cramps during menstruation. Walnuts are rich in the healthy omega-3 fatty acids which are known to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties

Sesame Seeds
When it comes to foods that help ward off menstrual cramps, it’s hard to beat the sesame seed. Sesame seeds are loaded with nutrients that have been shown to reduce cramps associated with menstruation.

The nutritional profile of spinach makes it an excellent health food and an important vegetable. It provides an ample supply of many nutrients that have been shown to fight menstrual cramps, including vitamin E, vitamin B6, and magnesium.

Eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast is a great way to start a day off right. Oats are loaded with the anti-cramping mineral magnesium They are also one of the best sources of dietary zinc for women who suffer from painful periods.

Most of the nutritional and benefits of kale are well known today, but what many people don’t know is that this green leafy vegetable is one of the best plant-based sources of calcium Anecdotal evidence, as well as an increasing number of scientific studies, suggest that calcium can alleviate menstrual cramps. However, the exact mechanisms by which calcium reduces cramping are not fully understood. Some experts believe that calcium’s ability to alleviate pain associated with menstruation could be related to the role of this important mineral in maintaining normal muscle tone. When buying kale for a bowl of salad, it is advisable to choose organically grown produce whenever possible. According to research, conventionally grown kale is among the most contaminated vegetables in terms of pesticide and chemical content.

DO NOT FORGET TO DRINK WATER (alongside gentle exercise)
Stay hydrated! Drinking glasses of water daily will help reduce bloating. While you’re at it, stay away from sugary and salty foods/drinks during your period.

Why Are Footballers Highly Paid?

(Includes Bank of England report)

The demand for talented football players is high as they increase the team’s chances of winning titles. Successful teams make more money from broadcasting rights, merchandise and ticket sales. Clubs have to compete for the best players by offering the highest wages. If a particular club was to offer lower wages, other clubs would simply outbid them. Football is a globally popular sport, with millions of young hopefuls aiming to reach the top, but very few will be good enough to play in the best leagues and an even tinier percentage will be considered among the world’s best, able to command the biggest wages.

In addition, football is not run on the same basis as US sport. There is no salary cap and no draft system, so there is little to stop the teams with the biggest resources simply outbidding smaller teams to secure the best talent around. An example of the competitive nature of football can be found in England, where it is estimated that of the 1.5 million young players taking part in organized youth football in any given year, only 180 will ultimately make it to the Premier League as professionals. The pool of potential superstars is therefore small, yet the demand for the kind of football talent that can help a team to win trophies is insatiable. Good players not only increase a club’s chances of winning, but they can also boost the club’s profile, which in turn means that the club will be able to attract more fans and more sponsors.

Players are being paid increasingly high wages because the clubs are making more money than ever. As a result of globalisation and technological advances such as the pay TV market, football has become more popular and so more profitable. If people lost interest in football, clubs would not be able to make such high profits and the demand for players would drop and so would their wages.

You go up by the stairs and come down by the lift… (Arsene Wenger)

Arsene Wenger was understandably disappointed after second 3-0 loss to Manchester City within five days.

On how he assesses the performance…
I felt it was a game of top intensity physically. I think we produced our highest physical performance of the season and Manchester City did as well, by quite a long way. Physically, the two teams gave a lot. I knew that the first half could have been difficult for us because we came out of Sunday’s game with a low confidence level. They came back with a very positive mindset and that’s why they took advantage of every defensive weakness we showed in the first half. At the end of the day, I must say we lost against a top-quality team who at the moment are the best team in the country. On top of that, the combination of their quality plus the fact that they’re high in confidence and we’re low in confidence played a big part in the game tonight. After that, in the second half we came out and dominated well in the first 20 minutes. We needed the penalty to go in to get a bit of momentum, so that was the killer of the game after that.

On how dangerous the lack of confidence is at the moment…
It’s always dangerous but you earn it by putting the effort in and staying together in the moments where it’s very difficult.

On confidence going quickly and coming back slowly…
You go up by stairs and come down by the lift. That’s what confidence is. That’s what you have to show, that you have the level to be at Arsenal Football Club.

On it being painful to watch City do what Arsenal have done to other teams in the past…
When your confidence is not at the best, the first thing that goes is your fluidity in the movement, the spontaneous side of the game. You could see that tonight. I don’t deny their quality because they have top quality, but we’re going through a difficult patch at the moment. That’s part of football as well unfortunately.

On how to regain confidence…
By staying united inside and focusing on the next game to continue to put the effort in.

On losing 6-0 on aggregate to Man City over two games…
I leave all these conclusions to you because every game is different. It was always going to be a big turnaround after Sunday, what we had to face. Once they took advantage of every chance they had in the first half, it was always going to be a big [challenge]. We have to accept that, at the moment, in the two games, they were better than us.

On whether he’s experienced a more difficult period in charge…
I don’t know. I leave that situation with full intensity. I don’t compare it to any other situation I’ve faced before. That’s part of my job, to deal with the situation I face, commit completely, and stay committed and focused on the next game.

On how difficult it is when the fans turn…
Do you want the fans to be happy when you’re 3-0 down? I’m surprised that you’re surprised.

On whether he was surprised by the low turnout…
It was certainly a combination of the weather conditions and the fact that we had a big disappointment on Sunday. There was a combination of the two things together.

On being under massive scrutiny going into Sunday (the next scheduled game)…
We are already and we always have been, so that will not change.

On whether he’s confident there’s enough fight in the squad…
Yes of course. I’m confident of that. Nothing is permanent in life, apart from the judgements. They are always permanent but the reality in life is that nothing is permanent. It’s down to you how you respond and what kind of focus and effort you show to turn things around.

On whether new signings Mkhitaryan, and Aubameyang have done enough since their first appearance…
They need some time to adapt and things change quickly in sport. That’s part of modern sport as well. You have to accept that. Every game you lose nowadays means you’re under big pressure. These are players who have just joined us and I’m sure they’ll do well.

Copyright 2018 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source.

👟Success, Love & All (a short play)

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by Jennifer Valentine-Miller

This short play has a sports theme. It focuses on one woman’s determination to carve a career for herself as a tennis player; with all its disappointments and hard work. Her parents and friends are concerned that she wants to lead a single life of false dreams. Will good advice and guidance rescue her future in sport?

Kathryn – successful sports student
Anders – Tennis coach
Female friend #1 Male companion #1
Female friend #2 Male companion #2
Female friend #3 Male companion #3
Female friend #4 Male companion #4
Kathryn’s Mother/ Kathryn’s Father
Church Pastor
Extras – at the restaurants
Extras = at the tennis tournament
Extras – at the awards ceremony

Outdoor – training grounds
Outside (front door/in the car)
At home (living room/bedroom)
Tennis tournament
Wine bar/restaurant
Awards ceremony

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EXT #Day – At the sports training ground

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Sport Helps solve our Social Problems Too


by Jennifer Valentine-Miller via Evening Standard

The biennial Sport Relief Initiative, run by the BBC’s Comic relief since 2002, has done much to combat deprivation. Its success highlights the central role that sport plays in our culture but has also laid bare problems that arise from the lack of opportunities which prevents many people from playing sport.  Watching the football in the pub is all very well but is vital to the nation’s health that people can get involved in sport beyond being a spectator.

Obesity levels have made the UK the “fat man of Europe”.

In London, childhood obesity is a particular problem: figures last year showed one in five children are classed as very “overweight” by the time the leave primary school.  Sport is one way to help fix things.  It can also do much more than promoted better physical health. It can also do much more than promote better physical health: it can improve concentration levels; it can encourage interpersonal skills; it can bring joy to the dispirited.

The rise of multi channel television, easy internet access and endless social media mean that sport has much to compete against.  The short-sighted sell-off by councils of school playing fields in years past has hardly helped matters.  So to those taking part in events to raise money for Sport Relief “good luck”.  To those who choose to be a sponsor  “dig deep”.