Tony Hawk lands absurd trick at 52, 720, broken bones, years of trying, reaction


Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk shared a video of himself landing a 720 – two full spins in mid-air – at the ripe age of 52.

Considered the greatest skateboarder of all time, Hawk retired from professional competition all the way back in 2003, but has maintained his sponsorships and can still teach the young’uns a thing or two about killer tricks.

His 720 was the first time he’s nailed the move in three years, and Hawk posted footage of his latest attempt on social media.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the San Diego native. The video shows him stacking it numerous times in the lead-up as he yells out in frustration and at one point buries his head in his hands as he lies on his knees.

But good things come to those who wait and soon those howls of frustration became cries of jubilation as Hawk shared his emotional reaction to getting the job done.

“I recently made a 720 and it was a battle. The last one I made before this was over three years ago, and it’s much harder now all things considered,” Hawk wrote alongside his video.

“Recently dislocated fingers hinder my grab, my spin is slower so I need to go higher for full rotation and … I’m really old.

“I can’t say for certain that this is the last one I’ll ever do, but I can’t imagine doing many more.”

CHECK OUT HAWK’S TRICK IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE

Hawk’s biggest claim to fame was being the first skater to land the 900, two-and-a-half full spins, at the 1999 X Games. The trick was considered nearly impossible at the time, and several other skaters had attempted it.

Hawk landed a 900 as recently as 2016, at age 48.

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Cameron Green debut, Damien Fleming welcome letter, hat trick club


For 26 long years Damien Fleming has worn the honour of being the only Australian cricketer to take a hat trick on Test debut – and he’s had enough.

The former swing bowler has written in jest of becoming tired of gathering solo with the “Australians with Hat-tricks on Test Debut Club” and is hoping Cameron Green can make it a party of two.

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Fleming posted a letter to his social media platforms on the eve of today’s First Test between Australia and India that appears originally drafted for Moises Henriques when he first wore the baggy green in 2013 but has now been edited for the West Australian 21-year-old.

Expectations couldn’t be much higher on Green, who has been labelled Australia’s best young cricket talent since Ricky Ponting and a solution to a decade-long search for a quality all-rounder.

But Fleming has upped the stakes, calling on Green to go one better than Nathan Bracken, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson – who took two wickets in two balls on their debuts – and join the “AWHOTDC”.

Fleming, now a popular commentator, detailed the events that led up to him joining England’s Maurice Allom and New Zealand’s Peter Petherick as the only cricketers in the world to achieve the feat on a memorable day at Rawalpindi in 1994.

“I think on that Pakistan tour I was sort of picked as a swing bowler Terry Alderman type, probably not there for the test matches, more about the tour games, there was a full one-day series,” he told SEN a couple of years ago.

“And then Glenn McGrath tore his quad – how good was that? So Pigeon (McGrath) tears his quad and lucky enough we had a centre wicket and we bowled on a green pitch and I had a Duke ball.”

Australia batted first and posted a huge score of 9/521 declared before knocking Pakistan over for 260 and enforcing the follow-on.

But the hosts dug in during their second innings to secure a draw and the stakes weren’t exactly high when Fleming was thrown the ball with Pakistan at 4/460-odd.

“When I got the ball eventually, the game was over. There wasn’t a lot of interest and the Aamer Malik wicket was just a half volley on leg stump,” he said.

“And then comes out Inzamam-ul-Haq and he’s a beautiful player, but he wasn’t a great starter, and I tried a yorker first ball and hit him dead in front.

“We appealed, but we’re not thinking about getting an LBW in Pakistan. That’s the other thing that fell into place. The umpire put his finger up. He was the neutral umpire.

“So I’m on a hat-trick, we take drinks, there’s no real interest in this game besides this hat-trick, I don’t want to bowl to Saleem Malik who’s on 237, but the last ball of the over he gets a single and he’s on strike.

“It was funny, I’ve got the ball in my hands, Mark Taylor says ‘what do you want, let’s get a few slips in’ – they’re 5/478.

“I just bowled the ball and unbelievably, outside edge, Ian Healy took the catch and everyone’s celebrating and all that sort of stuff.”

Over to you, Mr Green.



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Habit Stacking: The Secret Trick for Remembering To Do Things


 

Why is it so hard to remember to do things?

Have you ever tried to adopt a new habit – something really small that seems so simple, like drinking more water, reading more books or flossing your teeth?

Or maybe you just want to remember to do something important, like calling a friend, sending a text message to a loved one or checking your credit card statement each week to ensure you aren’t overspending.

It seems so simple at the time. You think “I’ll definitely remember to do that!”

Yet, despite your best intentions, a week or two passes and you realise you haven’t done it even once. Or perhaps you managed to do it for a few days and then it dropped off.

Well, there’s a reason it’s so hard to establish these seemingly simple habits. There’s actually some brain science behind it. It’s called Synaptic Pruning.

Synaptic Pruning

Synaptic pruning is a process that takes place in the brain whenever we try to learn something new or adopt a new behaviour. Behavioural Science Expert, James Clear, explains it as follows:

There is a phenomenon that happens as we age called synaptic pruning. Synapses are connections between the neurons in your brain. The basic idea is that your brain prunes away connections between neurons that don’t get used and builds up connections that get used more frequently.
James Clear

What this means is that as an adult, when you are trying to adopt a completely new behaviour, no matter how small it seems, for that behaviour to become a habit, the brain needs to build (or rebuild) a new neural pathway. And these pathways take time to form. Exactly how long it takes can vary depending on many factors.

I’ve read different theories on how long it takes to form a new habit. However, one of the more reputable studies, published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, found that it takes between 18 and 254 days, with the average being 66 days. That’s more than two months on average to form a new habit.

The good news is that once these pathways are well established and the habits are formed they become much easier to stick to and in many cases start happening subconsciously.

Think of some of the daily tasks you perform without even thinking about it, like brushing your teeth in the morning or putting your shoes on before you leave the house.

These established habits already have well-formed neuro pathways. And by knowing this, we can take advantage of it.

Rather than trying to force our brains to build a completely new pathway for each habit we want to adopt, we can instead attach these new habits to one of the established pathways. It’s what’s known as ‘habit stacking’.

 

What is habit stacking?

The term ‘habit stacking’ was coined by author S.J Scott in his book Habit Stacking: 127 Small Changes to Improve Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness

The process of habit stacking involves grouping small activities together into a chain or mini-routine. You then treat the chain like a mental checklist. So, rather than having to remember to do all the individual activities, you just remember to start the routine and work through them in a sequence – i.e. before I do Y, I do X. After I do Y, I do Z.

This means you can implement a new habit by attaching it to an existing habit. The existing habit then serves as both an anchor and a trigger for the new habit.

For instance, if you want to start writing a daily journal you could attach it to your existing daily habit of eating breakfast e.g. after I eat breakfast, but before I wash the dishes, I will write a few sentences in my journal.

You can help make it even easier to remember by adding a visual reminder such as leaving your journal next to the breakfast cereal.

How to create a habit stack

Step 1: Choose something small

This strategy works best for small habits. So choose something that requires less than five minutes. In reality, many of these things often take less than a minute to complete.

But even if you ultimately want to establish a larger habit, you can start by breaking it down into something much smaller and more achievable.

For instance, rather than immediately attempting to meditate for 30 minutes every day, you can start by meditating for just one minute per day. Small habits are much easier to implement and once the habit is formed, it’s easy to increase if you want to.

Step 2: Identify a suitable anchor

Next, you need to choose an existing habit to which you can attach the new habit. To serve as a trigger it needs to be something very specific such as switching the kettle on or starting the engine in the car. If it’s too vague e.g. ‘sometime during breakfast’ it is less likely to work.

It’s also important that the anchor matches the desired frequency of the new habit. Therefore, if it’s something you want to do daily, choose an existing daily habit as the anchor. But if it’s something you want to do once a week, find a weekly habit to use as the anchor. As you can imagine, if you try to attach a weekly habit to a daily habit, you just end up confusing yourself.

Step 3: Set the sequence

The new habit can be inserted before, after, or possibly even on top of the existing habit. What’s important is that you establish a sequence of events.

E.g.

  • Before I brush my teeth I will floss.
  • After I brush my teeth I will mouthwash.
  • After I mouthwash I will drink a glass of water.

Or

  • While I am sitting on the train each morning I will read one chapter from my book

Step 4: Chain multiple habits together to form routines

Each of these habit stacks establishes a mini-routine. And there are various times throughout the day or the week where we can follow routines.

Your morning routine is an obvious one, as it’s a time of day when most people already follow a set pattern. But you may also develop a nighttime routine before you go to bed, or a work-routine whenever you sit down at your desk to start working.

In fact, our work-routine is a good example of where habit stacking can help a lot. Many of us start the workday on auto-pilot and fall into the habit of simply turning on the computer and opening our email. But imagine if you could set up a more productive habit stack which is triggered by the action of sitting down at your desk each morning.

E.g.

  • Before I sit at my desk I fill up my bottle of water
  • Before I open my laptop I send a text to my wife to tell her I love her
  • Then I write down my three most important tasks for the day
  • Then I check my calendar for any existing appointments
  • Then I complete the most important task on my list
  • After I’ve done the most important task – then I check email

Habit stacking works for children as well

As parents, we already know how important routines can be, especially for young children.

Think how well a bedtime routine works. This is the perfect example of habit stacking in action.

E.g. before you go to bed you put on pyjamas, then you brush your teeth then we read a book and after we read a book…… we go to sleep!

So, if there is a new habit you want your children to adopt, see if you can identify an existing habit to attach it to.

For instance, if you want them to remember to do their homework and they already have a habit of eating ice-cream each night, you can attach it to this i.e. before we eat ice-cream we do our homework.

Okay, that’s a poor example – but hopefully, you get the idea. In this case, the act of eating ice-cream is serving both as an anchor for the new habit and as a reward to teach your children ‘delayed gratification’….. Two birds, one stone!

Small changes make a big difference over time

Whilst each of these individual habits may seem insignificant on its own, over time they have a compounding effect and over a lifetime they can make a huge difference.

Remember to start small. Choose little things that you need to do regularly. Find an existing habit to use as an anchor. And then, start stacking!

Once that habit is established, move onto the next one and repeat the process. As the saying goes, the best way to eat an elephant is one small bite at a time.

Good luck!

 

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PICTURES: Hat trick for Le-Ba after surf prowess dominates



FAR North Coast boardriders clubs have dominated the top ranks at the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle northern NSW regional qualifier.

Le-Ba (Lennox / Ballina) Boardriders have claimed victory at the event, held in Coffs Harbour on Saturday.

This cemented the club’s third consecutive win in the event.

Nine boardriders clubs competed in the competition for a chance to qualify for the national final, which is to be held next year.

 

 

Le-Ba had some spectacular surfing from James Wood, Marcus Aboody, Rino Lindsay, Mikey McDonagh and Nyxie Ryan during the competition at Gallows Beach.

They claimed the final, in front of host club Coffs Harbour, by a 1.36 point margin.

“It is a bit of a dream to win this event three times in a row,” club stalwart James Wood said.

“The whole team really pulled together and posted some pretty solid scores and fortunately we got the nod over some pretty impressive competition.

“I just hope we don’t blow it when we go to the national final.”

Coffs Harbour was followed by Kingscliff Boardriders in third place, with Byron Bay Boardriders coming in fourth.

The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is now in its eighth season and is the country’s biggest grassroots boardriders event, involving more than 60 of Australia’s best boardrider clubs and $112,700 in prize money.





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Meng Wanzhou scores victory as lawyers allowed to argue U.S. tried to trick Canada


Meng Wanzhou scored a victory in her battle to fight extradition Thursday as the judge overseeing the proceedings agreed to let the Huawei executive’s lawyers pursue their claim that the United States misled Canada about the basics of the case.

In a ruling posted online, Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes said there was an “air of reality to Ms. Meng’s allegations of abuse of process in relation to the requesting state’s conduct.”

At a hearing held last month, the chief financial officer’s lawyers said they believed the evidence was strong enough to prove that the United States omitted key components of the case that undermine allegations of fraud against their client.

Holmes’ ruling means Meng’s lawyers will be able to include those claims as one of three lines of attack in February, when they try to convince the judge that the entire case should be thrown out for abuse of process.

In her ruling, Holmes noted that staying the proceedings against Meng was a possibility if the defence can make its case, but that she might also consider a less drastic remedy, like cutting out parts of the Crown’s record deemed unreliable.

Judge rules new evidence allowed

Meng is charged with fraud and conspiracy in the United States in relation to allegations that she lied to HSBC about Huawei’s relationship with a hidden subsidiary that was accused of violating U.S. economic sanctions against Iran.

Prosecutors claim that by lying to HSBC to continue a financial relationship, Meng placed the bank at risk of loss and prosecution for breaching the same sanctions.

The U.S. claims Meng Wanzhou lied to an HSBC banker in a PowerPoint about Huawei’s relationship with a subsidiary accused of violating U.S. sanctions against Iran. (Chan Long Hei/Bloomberg)

As part of the extradition process, the United States provided a record of the case that includes slides from the PowerPoint presentation Meng gave an HSBC executive in Hong Kong in August 2013.

But Meng’s lawyers claim the U.S. deliberately omitted two slides from the PowerPoint that showed Meng didn’t mislead the bank.

And they also claim that where the U.S. said only “junior” employees knew about the real relationship between Huawei and its subsidiary, senior executives at the bank were also aware.

In her ruling, Holmes said she would allow two statements from the missing slides to be included as evidence in the extradition case. She also agreed to allow evidence about HSBC’s management structure to help determine who is junior and who is not.

Rights violation issue not raised, CBSA agent testifies

Holmes released her decision even as Meng’s lawyers were in court gathering evidence related to the second line of argument that there was an abuse of process: the claim that her rights were violated at the time of her arrest.

Meng was questioned by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers for three hours before she was arrested on Dec. 1, 2018, after her arrival at Vancouver’s airport on a flight from Hong Kong.

A still from a video of Meng Wanzhou first few hours in CBSA custody. The defence claims her rights were violated during that time. (B.C. Supreme Court)

The defence team claims the CBSA and RCMP conspired with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to mount a covert criminal investigation into Meng by using the border agency’s extraordinary powers to question her without a lawyer.

The CBSA agent who seized Meng’s phones was on the stand Thursday for his second day of testimony.

Border services officer Scott Kirkland testified that he believed there were grounds to question Meng about the possibility she might be involved in espionage. 

During his testimony Wednesday, Kirkland said that was because the CBSA’s internal system has flagged her for “national security” reasons, but he admitted in cross-examination Thursday that this might not have been the case. Meng’s lawyer suggested that she was only targeted because of the criminal charges.

Kirkland also said he thought the RCMP should have arrested Meng immediately, before the CBSA carried out its inquiries, because he worried about the impact of a delay on her right to obtain legal counsel.

Kirkland said he knew the high profile case would end up in court.

But he said he didn’t raise the issue of possible Charter of Rights and Freedoms violations out loud. And no one else among the RCMP and CBSA officers who were present said the word “Charter.”

Two weeks have been set aside in February 2021 for arguments about the record of the case and the alleged violation of Meng’s rights at the time of her arrest.

The third defence claim relates to allegations that U.S. President Donald Trump has politicized the case by threatening to use Meng as a bargaining chip to get a better deal with China.

Holmes noted in her ruling that if any one of those lines of argument were proven, they might not be enough in and of themselves to derail the case, but the cumulative effect of all of them might end in a stay. 

Meng has denied the allegations against her. 



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How Collingwood “missed a trick” in Friday night’s loss to Brisbane


Garry Lyon believes Collingwood “missed a trick” by not taking full advantage of Harris Andrews’ absence after he injured his hamstring in the third quarter of Friday night’s game.

Andrews, who is arguably the game’s most in-form defender, ended the night with ice on his hamstring as Brisbane closed out a narrow eight-point win to return to second spot on the ladder.

After the 23-year-old sustained the injury, Lyon said the Pies weren’t able to “make the most” of Brisbane’s “glaring” omission.

“I can’t help but think that Collingwood have missed a trick here particularly after half time with Harris Andrews (being injured),” he said on AFL Nation.

“They didn’t take advantage of it, it’s as glaring as an opportunity presented to them as you possible can have and it wasn’t until three quarter-time that (Collingwood) started to get pro-active about it.

“Grant Birchall’s value in Brisbane’s side is his experience but never once did I see Collingwood once try and isolate him.

“This is the way footy is played these days, teams go out and say ‘this is how we’re going to play’ and they don’t react to the opposition’s circumstances.”

Lyon pointed out the height differential of the 211cm Mason Cox compared to his 192cm opponent in defender Ryan Lester.

Collingwood wasn’t able to isolate Cox against his opponent in the minutes after Andrews left the ground and Lyon said it was a missed opportunity.

“Mason Cox didn’t get a one-on-one with Ryan Lester for the whole third quarter,” he said.

“The first two he got in the last quarter, he out-marked him. It’s as plain as the nose on your face, give him an opportunity, and I’m not saying it as a knock on Ryan Lester, that is the time where you do have an advantage with Mason Cox, when Harris Andrews is off the ground and you’ve got a foot advantage on the defender.”

The Pies are currently sitting in sixth spot on the ladder and have a handy one-and-a-half game buffer from ninth spot with two games remaining.






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Quade Cooper wows social media with another trick pass


Quade Cooper is at it again.

The former Wallabies star spent lockdown delighting social media with his NFL trick passes and he’s offered up another example of his outrageous skill level.

In April, Cooper posted a video on his Instagram account of him nailing a 30-40m behind-the-back pass that hit Brisbane Broncos star Tevita Pangai Jr on the chest.

The clip went viral around the world, getting noticed in the UK, United States and Canada as American commentators cracked jokes about the rugby player taking over from quarterback Tom Brady at the New England Patriots.

Days later, Cooper went one better with a ridiculous over-the-back spiral pass that once again found Pangai Jr perfectly as he ran onto the ball.

Cooper added to his highlights reel today with the perfect bluff that left one of his training partners crying foul.

Simulating an NFL play, the 32-year-old shaped to pass to a receiver but as the defender split off in a different direction, Cooper went behind his back with a bullet pass that never looked like missing the intended target.

As you can see in the video below, not even his mate had any idea what was coming.

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Fellow rugby star Karmichael Hunt was certainly impressed, giving Cooper a score of 100 followed by a fire emoji on Twitter.

All Black Nehe Milner-Skudder also liked what he say, commenting on Instagram with three flame emojis while ex-Wallaby Digby Ioane wrote: “Body the best I’ve seen in years … Looking ripped champion.”

Irish rugby star Simon Zebo was another to give the trick play his tick of approval on Instagram.



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