• Fitspo blogger Ling Lim in a push-up pose (Ruevan Tan)

    At first glance, it looks like it’s about vanity. Then you realize it might also be about showing off. Eventually, you start to realize it’s about motivation, inspiration and really, just staying fit and healthy.

    While thinspo or thinspiration, with its starvation methods, is widely considered as hazardous to one’s health, fitspo is a trend that has exploded online and is gaining traction here in Singapore. People are starting to work out to get in shape—and post pictures of their progress on their Tumblr, Instagram and other micro-blogging websites. Who doesn’t want to look good and feel great? Everyone does. These guys also do it to encourage and inspire each other and everyone else.

    Up until a few years ago, you couldn’t really put photos of yourself up online to be judged/ogled at or judge/ogle at others when they do the same. Enter the fitspo trend, where fitness fanatics try to achieve bodies of Greek gods and goddesses and furnish it with pictures on cyberspace.

    Shawn Lim selfie

    What drives them?

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  • Moss Rose, home of Macclesfield TownMoss Rose, home of Macclesfield Town

    By World of Sport (original post from Yahoo! Eurosport can be found here)

    Football fans are being given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play professional football in a proper competitive match – but only if they agree to pay for the privilege.

    Before you start thinking about raiding the piggy bank and trotting out at Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge, we should just point out that the club who have agreed to let a total amateur fulfil their dream is Conference National side Macclesfield Town.

    And as for how much you’ll need to pay? A cool £20,000. For that, you’ll be registered with the FA and guaranteed at least 10 minutes in a Conference Premier or Cup match this season.

    The club cooked up the scheme as part of its attempts to raise the £100,000 they need by August if they are to avoid going out of business.

    It’s a lot of money for the average football fan, and Macclesfield’s hopes of finding someone to take them up on the deal are not helped by the conditions attached to the deal: to

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  • Wimbledon organisers ban Federer’s footwear

    Photo: Reuters

    By Tramlines (original post can be found on Yahoo! Europort here.)

    He may have won seven titles but even Roger Federer is not above the strict Wimbledon dress code.

    According to numerous reports the Swiss master upset the bosses at SW19 by wearing orange-soled Nike trainers during his first-round match against Victor Hanescu.

    The All England Championship rules state that during Wimbledon all players must wear ‘almost entirely white' clothing and while shoes are a bit of a grey area, if you pardon the pun, Federer's are believed to have overstepped the line.

    Nike, who manufacture the trainers, launched them on Monday with their press release stating that Federer was "making a bold style statement."

    It looks like they will only get 69 minutes of television time for the shoes though as Federer destroyed his Romanian opponent 6-3 6-2 6-0.

    However, that seems to have been more than enough as Nike have already sold out of the limited edition shoes despite them retailing at $140 (£91).

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  • By World of Sport (Original post by Yahoo! Eurosport can be found here.)

    There are no new ways to take penalties these days - surely we've seen them all?

    Well, perhaps not.

    Luis Boa Morte, probably best remembered in the UK for his spells at Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham, turned on the style in a charity match to beat the goalkeeper.

    Playing for a legends team selected by Luis Figo, Boa Morte shaped to take the spot kick, swung over the top of the ball, and then poked a shot into the corner.

    The goalkeeper, committed to going for the first shot, could only scramble across in vain as the goal went in.

    Should it have stood?

    Certainly the 35-year-old's effort was allowed to stand, but outside the context of a charity match the referee might have taken a closer look at it.

    The FA's laws of the game reveal nothing other than the need to kick the ball forward - while FIFA's notes add:

    Feinting to take a penalty kick to confuse opponents is permitted as part of football.

    However, if in the opinion of

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  • By World of Sport (Original post by Eurosport can be found here.)

    It was not quite Diego Maradona for Argentina against England in the Azteca Stadium in 1986, but this effort by an Irish league player certainly has a touch of the great man about it.

    Playing for what we assume is Bohemians' reserve/school/youth side against Leixlip, this Irish magician, believed to be Eric Wade, manages to control the ball in the air several times before running it into the corner.

    Apparently boxed in with no where to roam he then leaves a couple of more players for dead before nonchalantly flicking the ball home with the outside of his right boot.

    Stunning stuff as we are sure you will agree. Even if it was apparently staged four years ago, the audaciousness of this effort has not withered with time.

    This deserves to become what is commonly known these days as an internet sensation. Enjoy - as we try to find out whatever happened to Wade...

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  • By World of Sport (original post from Yahoo! Eurosport can be found here)

    "They've got some magnificent midfield players - Tiote, Ben Arfra, Yohan Kebab." - Joe Kinnear can't quite his his tongue round the names of Newcastle's players after being appointed the club's new director of football.

    "I don't know what angle they (the fans) have got, if they want to sit down and argue with me... Some are talking out of their backsides, a load of tosh. I'm not accepting it, as simple as that. I have certainly got more intelligence than them, that's a fact." - Kinnear then makes friends with the Geordie public.

    "That is taking the piss. It's taking the piss with our money, with the public's money, it's a lack of respect, a lack of scruples." - World Cup winner Romario, now a congressman, hits out at the level of public money committed towards the 2014 tournament by host nation Brazil, as protests rage across the country.

    "Let's forget all this commotion happening in Brazil, all these protests, and

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  • By Pitchside Europe (original post from Yahoo! Eurosport can be found here)

    Spain may have put out a second string side in the Confederations Cup on Thursday night but it didn’t stop them putting 10 goals past Tahiti at the Maracana.

    With stars such as Andres Iniesta and Xavi rested by coach Vicente Del Bosque, no less than seven of Spain’s goals came from players who ply their trade in the Premier League, with Fernando Torres weighing in with four, David Silva scoring twice and Juan Mata adding his name to the scoresheet.

    The reigning world and European champions’ incredible strength in depth got us thinking: could you field two separate Spanish sides, one drawn from English shores and one from La Liga?

    And, if so, which team would come out on top in a head-to-head battle?

    No less than 25 Spaniards played in the Premier League last season, with only Ireland and France having more representatives at 30 apiece. This translates to 7.5 per cent of the total players in the league and means we

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  • By World of Sport (original post from Yahoo! Eurosport can be found here)

    The name "Larsson" was once again on a scoresheet in a Swedish match as former international striker Henrik Larsson made a comeback but this time it was his 15-year-old son Jordan who netted the goal.

    "We didn't combine a whole lot but obviously I'm proud," Henrik Larsson told newspaper Expressen after seeing his son score in Hogaborg's 4-2 win over Tenhult in Sweden's Division Two (fourth tier).

    "It is of course a rare luxury to get to play with your son," added Henrik, who won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006 and the European Golden Shoe award in 2001, and was part of the Sweden side who came third at the 1994 World Cup.

    Jordan has already been linked to several major European clubs, as well as Helsingborg, the Allsvenskan club where his father made his name after leaving Hogaborg.

    "It was great fun - maybe next time I can make an assist for him," Jordan told Expressen.

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  • By World of Sport (original post from Yahoo! Eurosport can be found here)

    One of the most turbulent championships in NBA history will reach its climax on Thursday when the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs meet in the decisive seventh game of the Finals.

    Basketball fans in the United States have been whipped into a frenzy of excitement by what has already been a classic series full of wild fluctuations and escalating drama.

    The teams have raised their games to new heights, producing an extraordinary standard of play and athleticism which peaked with Miami's exhilarating overtime win on Tuesday that tied the series at 3-3.

    With everything on the line for Game Seven, the stakes could not be higher with millions of people around the world expected to tune in for Thursday's grand finale.

    "They're the best two words in team sports, 'Game Seven,'" said Miami coach Erik Spoelstra.

    "Our guys aren't looking for games that are less meaningful. We're looking for games that are more meaningful.

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  • Silat practitioner Saiedah Said looks on as members of the Al-Haq club train at Kaki Bukit Community Centre. (Yahoo! Photo)Silat practitioner Saiedah Said looks on as members of the Al-Haq club train at Kaki Bukit Community Centre. (Yahoo! Photo)

    Sport and family are everything to silat fighter Saiedah Said.

    Since she was five, the former national athlete has trained, fought for and coached at the Al-Haq silat club founded by her late grandfather, Haji Hosni Bin Ahmad.

    Saiedah’s uncle is Hidayat Hosni, head coach at the Singapore Silat Federation (PERSISI). Both her brothers, aged 27 and 21, are well-versed in silat – with the younger, Elyasak, a two-time Southeast Asian (SEA) Games athlete.

    So when Saiedah was handed a two-year ban for failing a dope test earlier this month, the ex-world champion felt she had committed the unthinkable.

    “I brought down silat,” the 28-year-old told Yahoo! Singapore after a training session with her club at Kaki Bukit Community Centre. ““I brought down my family,” she said, choking back tears.

    Saiedah first tested positive for the illegal substance sibutramine, a weight-loss stimulant, at the National Pencak Silat Championships in April.

    After a second urine sample sent a month later confirmed the

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