A New Role Model

On Saturday, 17-year Australian Jessica Watson arrived home after 210 days at sea. Even though her accomplishment will not be considered a recored by the World Speed Sailing Record Council, she is still the youngest person to circumnavigate the world unassisted. Her perserverance, determination, and willingness to take risks has inspired people not only in Australia but around the world. She is a true role model for young girls to look up to. For more of the story, click here.

Phoenix Suns Heading To the Western Conference Finals… At Last!

For the last couple of years the NBA playoffs have been bittersweet for Suns fans. The initial excitement over a great season and moving on to the next round is quickly overshadowed by defeat as the Spurs achieve victory once again. But not this year! On Sunday, the Spurs and the Suns played one of the closest games of the series. It was a close game until the very end and the Suns were able to hold on to their narrow lead. The Suns will now have 7 days off to rest before they have to face the Lakers and the Western Conference Finals. It won’t be easy but they can do it. To read more about the history between the Suns and the Spurs, visit the ESPN website.

The History of Tennis

Tennis is actually quite an old game.  It has roots in history that go back thousands of years.  Initially made up by some bored monks in Europe, tennis was for entertainment in religious practices and celebrations.  Perhaps one of the most interesting facts about tennis is that the racket did not exist; instead players used their hand to hit the ball.  Naturally, a glove made out of leather came to being employed.  However, as soon as this invention came along, the racket finally got created as hitting a ball with your hands is not an especially effective way of playing tennis.

The racket has had many alterations throughout the years to make it better and better, and as the racket improved, so did the ball.  Much like the first incarnation of the racket, the first incarnation of the ball was … Read the rest