Cyclist Born in 1911 Sets World Record

[Sports ★★★]

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(P1) A French cyclist has set a new record for riding 14 miles in one hour. If that doesn’t sound so remarkable, the world record is 33.8 miles, consider the category in which Robert Marchand was competing: over 105. The retired firefighter did it the first time riding in under one hour in the over-100 category in 2012, then topped it two years later at age 102, the Guardian reports. He also holds the 100-plus record for fastest 100km (4 hours, 17 minutes). He turned 105 a few months ago and competed Wednesday in the new category created just for him. Marchand circled the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome near Paris 92 times with a crowd cheering him on.

(P2) Afterward, he was modest about his feat, telling BFMTV via the BBC that he “could have done better” but missed a sign telling him he had 10 minutes to go. He adds, “My legs didn’t hurt … My arms hurt, but that’s because of rheumatism.” Marchand, who cycles daily and once biked from Paris to Moscow, tells the AP he’s “now waiting for a rival.” Chips in his physiologist: “He could have been faster but he made a big mistake. He has stopped eating meat over the past month after being shocked by recent reports on how animals are subjected to cruel treatment.”

WORDS: 218

SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/236417/at-105-cyclist-sets-new-record.html

VOCABULARY: remarkable, velodrome, modest, feat, rheumatism, rival, chips in

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. In your opinion, why do you think the cyclist was able to set a new record in cycling?
  3. If you were over 100 years old, do you think you could accomplish the same thing Mr. Marchand did? Why or why not?
  4. Do you think the elderly should be encouraged to exercise more? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. When Mr. Marchand was working, he used to be a ______________.
  2. How many times did the cyclist go around the bicycle track in France?
  3. What disease affects Mr. Marchand?
  4. In the past, Mr. Marchland cycled from __________ to ____________.
  5. Why did Mr. Marchand quit eating meat?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • the first time riding in under one hour (P1)
  • then topped it two years later (P1)
  • cheering him on (P1)
  • subjected to cruel treatment (P2)

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After Bizarre Scene, Rwandan Soccer Bans Witchcraft

[Sports ★★★]

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(P1) Rwandan soccer officials have added a new rule to the game: no witchcraft. The move comes after a bizarre turn of events at a match between teams Mukura Victory and Rayon Sports on Dec. 16. After hitting the crossbar, Rayon’s Moussa Camara can be seen in video footage dashing to one of the goalposts and grabbing an object, one that had been placed there by the goalie as a bit of “juju” to help him protect the net. The goalkeeper then chases him before both receive yellow cards, notes Fox Sports. The even weirder part: After the disruption, Camara scored his team’s tying goal in the match, which ended 1-1.

(P2) Under the new rules, players and coaches found to be using witchcraft to try to gain an advantage face fines and penalties, reports the Rwanda New Times. The Washington Post notes that “juju” has long played a role in African soccer. In fact, the Confederation of African Football previously banned witchcraft after Rwanda’s national team was accused of burying a doll behind its net in a 2003 match against Uganda. But a soccer official in the country says the traditional practice gives the nation a bad image. Hence, the new penalties. “Since there is no scientific way to prove the use of witchcraft, these measures will be based upon reports from match officials and anything that is deemed to incite witchcraft will be put under consideration,” he says.

WORDS: 238

SOURCE: http://www.newser.com/story/236178/after-bizarre-scene-rwandan-soccer-bans-witchcraft.html

VOCABULARY: witchcraft, bizarre, crossbar, confederation, hence, deemed, incite

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you believe in witchcraft? Why or why not?
  3. What are some symbols of good luck in your country?
  4. Are there any traditional practices in your country when playing sports? If yes, describe them.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. The witchcraft rule was an old rule that officials decided to re-establish. (T or F)
  2. Why did the goalie place an object at the goalpost?
  3. The new rule states that players and coaches can receive _______ and _________ if they use witchcraft.
  4. In 2003 a _________ was buried behind the goal.
  5. According to the article, witchcraft can be proven by using Science. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • turn of events (P1)
  • face fines (P2)
  • long played a role in African soccer (P2)
  • will be put under consideration (P2)

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Wasim Akram

[Sports ★★]

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(P1) Cricket is a hugely popular sport in Pakistan, and there have been some incredible Pakistani cricket players. One of the all-time greats has to be the left-arm fast bowler and batsman Wasim Akram. Here are five fun facts about this record-breaking cricketer.

  1. He was born on June 3 in 1966.
  2. His nickname is The King of Swing because of his ability to swing a cricket ball.
  3. He took more than 500 wickets in one-day international matches (ODIs).
  4. He took an incredible 400 wickets in international test matches.
  5. He was placed into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.

(P2) Even now he is still one of the most popular sports celebrities in Pakistan and a cricket legend around the world.

WORDS: 120

SOURCE: http://dreamreader.net/lesson/wasim-akram/

VOCABULARY: hugely, fast bowler, batsman, nickname, wickets, legend

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Is cricket a popular sport in your country?
  3. Who are some sports celebrities in your country? What sport do or did they play?
  4. If you could be a famous sports player, which sport would it be? Why?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Cricket is not really a well-liked sport in Pakistan. (T or F)
  2. Akram uses his _________ arm.
  3. What year did Wasim Akram come into this world?
  4. Akram is in the ICC Cricket _________________.
  5. Akram is an internationally well-known cricketer. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • one of the all-time greats (P1)
  • left-arm fast bowler (P1)
  • he was placed into (#5)
  • even now (P2)
  • around the world (P2)

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Fifa corruption crisis: Rafael Callejas & Alfredo Hawit get life bans

[Sports ★★★]

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(P1) Two former senior officials who have pleaded guilty to criminal corruption charges have been banned from football-related activity for life by Fifa.

(P2) The sport’s governing body began its own investigation into Rafael Callejas and Alfredo Hawit after they were among 16 football officials arrested by US authorities in Zurich in December 2015.

(P3) Hawit and Callejas pleaded guilty to racketeering and wire fraud conspiracy charges in the US earlier this year. They are due to be sentenced in 2017.

(P4) Fifa’s ethics committee says the men, both Honduran nationals, took bribes from marketing companies over the awarding of commercial rights for World Cup qualifying matches. It said the bans would come into force immediately.

(P5) Hawit, a former Fifa vice-president, was interim president of Concacaf when he was held in Switzerland last year. Concacaf governs football in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

(P6) Callejas, Honduras’ president between 1990 and 1994, was a member of Fifa’s marketing and TV committee when the arrests were made in a dawn raid at the same hotel where seven other top Fifa officials were held in May 2015.

(P7) The pair were arrested on suspicion of accepting millions of dollars of bribes, at the request of the US authorities.

(P8) Speaking at the time, US attorney general Loretta Lynch said: “The betrayal of trust set forth here is outrageous. The scale of corruption alleged herein is unethical.”

(P9) Callejas will be sentenced in the US on 27 January, while Hawit, who has also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice, will be sentenced on 24 March.

WORDS: 256

SOURCE: http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/38370767

VOCABULARY: racketeering, fraud, bribes, interim, raid, betrayal

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. In your opinion do you think the two individuals should have received a life ban from FIFA? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think bribery happens in every country? Why or why not?
  4. Why do you think people take bribes?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Where were the two Hondurans taken into custody?
  2. What high ranking FIFA position did Hawit hold in the past?
  3. Callejas was the _____________ of Honduras in the early 1990’s.
  4. What country asked for the two Hondurans to be arrested on bribery charges?
  5. Both Callejas and Hawit will be sentenced on the same day. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • for life BY FIFA (P1)
  • the sport’s governing body (P2)
  • Honduran nationals (P4)
  • dawn raid (P6)
  • the scale of corruption (P8)

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Next target for Tiger Woods return: December tournament in the Bahamas

[Sports ★★★★]

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(P1) Tiger Woods has a new return date: Dec. 1.

(P2) That might not come as a surprise, considering the tournament he plans to enter. It’s the World Hero Challenge, and he just happens to be the host.

(P3) What the heck, if you’re going to be on hand anyway why not play a few rounds of golf while you’re in the Bahamas? And, why not return ahead of your 41st birthday?

(P4) Woods hasn’t played a PGA Tour event since August 2015. He continues his long, arduous recovery from back surgeries. After announcing he would play the first tournament of the 2016-17 Tour schedule, Woods withdrew a few days before last month’s Safeway Open.

(P5) It sounded as if he was worried about embarrassing himself when he pulled out of that California tournament. “My game is vulnerable and not where it needed to be,” Woods said at the time.

(P6) Here was Woods’ statement in announcing his plans for the Safeway Open: “I’m looking forward to going to California for my foundation event and Safeway. I’m also excited to return to Turkey and Albany. It could be a fun fall.”

(P7) Contrast that with his announcement this week of playing in the Bahamas: “I am excited to make my return at the Hero World Challenge at Albany and play in this terrific tournament.”

(P8) The Turkey tournament, the Turkish Airlines Open, begins Thursday. Woods will not be the main course.

(P9) Woods did hedge on playing the Safeway Open, and there is no guarantee he won’t back out of the Bahamas event.

(P10) If Woods plays in the Bahamas, he still would not have made his return to the PGA Tour. The December tournament is open to 18 plays and not on any pro golf tour.

(P11) So how are fans taking the news of Woods’ Bahama plans? Not well, according to Golf Digest. If Twitter comments it posts are any indication, Tiger will be toast as a major attraction.

(P12) And if he backs out of this tournament, Woods will only alienate fans further. So unless he plays like Tiger Woods in his prime, Tiger Woods will not impress.

(P13) Hero, by the way, is an Indian motorcycle and scooter maker.

WORDS: 359

SOURCE: http://www.sportingnews.com/golf/news/tiger-woods-return-bahamas-world-hero-challenge-safeway-open-back-surgery-rehab-recovery/rpbgootdcnxx1s3cw385q1s70

VOCABULARY: arduous, vulnerable, hedge, be toast, alienate

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Are you a golf fan? If yes, who are your favorite golfers? If no, why not?
  3. Have you ever participated in a tournament of any kind? If yes, what type of tournament was it?
  4. If you could be a champion sports player, which sport would it be and why?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Tiger Woods will be back in action on _______________.
  2. When was the last time Tiger played in a tournament in the PGA?
  3. Woods will be the main attraction in the Turkish Airlines Open. (T or F)
  4. By playing in the golf tournament in the Bahamas, means Tiger Woods will be back in action in a PGA tournament. (T or F)
  5. What are 2 products produced by the company Hero?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • what the heck (P3)
  • pulled out (P5)
  • Woods will not be the main course (P8)
  • backs out (P12)
  • in his prime (P12)

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Andy Murray is No. One

[Sports ★★]

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(P1) Andy Murray, the British tennis player, became number one in the world for the first time. This happened when his competitor, Milos Raonic, dropped out of their match due to a leg injury. The officials automatically granted Murray the title.

(P2) Murray is the first British tennis player to top the singles rankings for tennis, and at 29 years old, is the oldest person to become number one since 1974. However, he will need to continue to play well as the number-one ranking advances until the end of the year. As well as this new title, he has two Olympic gold medals under his belt.

WORDS: 104

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/andy-murray-is-no-one-level-3/

VOCABULARY: competitor, automatically, granted, rankings, advances

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you like to play or watch tennis? Why or why not?
  3. Have you ever been injured? If so, describe how?
  4. Are there other sports you enjoy watching or playing? If so, which ones?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. This is not the only time Murray has been ranked number one. (T or F)
  2. Who was Murray’s opponent in the match?
  3. Murray was given the top spot by _______________.
  4. What is Murray’s nationality?
  5. What else has Murray won in the past?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • number one (P1)
  • dropped out (P1)
  • singles rankings (P2)
  • under his belt (P2)

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Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, Mary Keitany win NYC Marathon

[Sports ★★★★]

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(P1) Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie and Kenya’s Mary Keitany won the New York City Marathon on Sunday.

(P2) Keitany became the first woman to win three straight titles since Grete Waitz won five straight from 1982 to 1986. She pulled away around the 15th mile and finished with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 26 seconds, one second behind her time last year.

(P3) Ghebreslassie finished his debut in New York with a time of 2:07:51.

(P4) For most of the course, the men’s field was a three-man race between Ghebreslassie, Kenya’s Lucas Rotich, and Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa. By Mile 20, Ghebreslassie began gradually pulling away.

(P5) The 20-year-old beat Rotich by 62 seconds to become the youngest male winner in New York. The previous youngest male winners were Alberto Salazar in 1980 and Tom Fleming in 1973, who won as 22-year-olds.

(P6) Defending champion Stanley Biwott of Kenya withdrew at the 10-mile mark with a right calf injury. He also dropped out in the Rio Olympics after getting sick.

(P7) American Abdi Abdirahman placed third.

(P8) Desisa, the runner-up in New York in 2014 and a two-time Boston Marathon winner, dropped out at the 22nd mile.

(P9) Tatyana McFadden won the women’s wheelchair race to sweep the four major marathons for the fourth straight year.

(P10) The 27-year-old American finished with an unofficial time of 1:47:43. She completed the Grand Slam by winning in London, Boston, Chicago and New York, extending her record-breaking streak to 17 straight wins in major marathons.

(P11) McFadden, who won six medals at the Rio Paralympics, took the lead for good at the 15-mile mark and comfortably led the rest of the course to win for the fifth time in New York.

(P12) Marcel Hug of Switzerland won his second NYC Marathon title in the men’s race and his sixth marathon this year. He edged Australia’s Kurt Fearnley by sixth-tenths of a second, repeating their photo finish at last month’s Chicago marathon.

(P13) Defending champion Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa came in fourth.

WORDS: 330

SOURCE: http://www.espn.com/sports/endurance/story/_/id/17982995/new-york-city-marathon-eritrea-ghirmay-ghebreslassie-kenya-mary-keitany-win-titles

VOCABULARY: pulled away, debut, withdrew, runner-up, streak, photo finish

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Have you ever ran a marathon? If no, do you think you could run a marathon without stopping? Why or why not?
  3. Have you ever won a competition? If so, tell me about it.
  4. Do you think marathon runners have to train hard to be a champion runner? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. When did the NYC Marathon take place?
  2. Keitany and Waitz both won 5 consecutive NYC Marathons. (T or F)
  3. Which male runner pulled out of the race after sustaining an injury?
  4. Tatyana McFadden isn’t a disabled competitor. (T or F)
  5. There was a close finish between Marcel Hug and Kurt Fearnley. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • by Mile 20 (P4)
  • three-man race (P4)
  • placed third (P7)
  • to sweep the four major marathons (P9)
  • took the lead for good (P11)

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