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"Sport, also known as sports, is all forms of "physical activity which, through casual or organized participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability. Sport can be practiced for health, for leisure or "competitively, in the latter case often with spectators. Hundreds of sports exist, both from those requiring only two participants, through to those with hundreds of simultaneous participants, either in "teams or competing as individuals.

Sport is generally recognized as activities which are based in physical "athleticism or physical "dexterity, with the largest major competitions such as the "Olympic Games admitting only sports meeting this definition, and other organizations such as the "Council of Europe using definitions precluding activities without a physical element from classification as sports. However, a number of competitive, but non-physical, activities claim recognition as "mind sports. The International Olympic Committee (through "ARISF) recognizes both "chess and "bridge as bona fide sports, and "SportAccord, the international sports federation association, recognizes five non-physical sports, although limits the number of mind games which can be admitted as sports.

Sports are usually governed by a set of "rules or "customs, which serve to ensure fair competition and allow consistent adjudication of the winner. Winning can be determined by physical events such as scoring "goals or crossing a line first, or by the determination of judges who are scoring elements of the sporting performance, including objective or subjective measures such as technical performance or artistic impression.

In organized sport, records of performance are often kept, and for popular sports, this information may be widely announced or reported in "sport news. In addition, sport is a major source of entertainment for non-participants, with "spectator sports drawing large crowds to venues, and reaching wider audiences through "sports broadcasting.

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""Women playing netball at the BKP Netball Tourney
"Netball is a "ball sport played by two teams of seven players. Its development, derived from early versions of "basketball, began in England in the 1890s. By 1960, international playing rules had been standardised for the game, and the International Federation of Netball and Women's Basketball (later renamed the "International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA)) was formed. As of 2011, IFNA comprises more than 60 "national teams organized into five global regions. In 1995, netball became an "International Olympic Committee recognised sport.

Games are played on a rectangular "court with raised goal rings at each end. Each team attempts to score goals by passing a ball down the court and shooting it through its goal ring. Players are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court. During general play, a player with the ball can hold on to it for only three seconds before shooting for a goal or passing to another player. The winning team is the one that scores the most goals. Netball games are 60 minutes long. Variations have been developed to increase the game's pace and appeal to a wider audience.

Netball is most popular in "Commonwealth nations, specifically in schools, and is predominantly played by women. According to the IFNA, netball is played by more than 20 million people in more than 80 countries. Major "transnational competitions take place, including the "Netball Superleague in Great Britain and the "ANZ Championship in Australia and New Zealand. Three major competitions take place internationally: the quadrennial "World Netball Championships, the "Commonwealth Games, and the yearly "World Netball Series.

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""Sid Barnes
"Sidney George Barnes (5 June 1916 – 16 December 1973) was an Australian "cricketer and cricket writer, who played 13 "Test matches between 1938 and 1948. Able to "open the innings or "bat "down the order, Barnes was regarded as one of Australia's finest batsmen, averaging 63.05 over 19 innings in a career that, like those of most of his contemporaries, was interrupted by the Second World War.

Barnes helped create an enduring record when scoring 234 in the second Test against England at Sydney in December 1946; exactly the same score as his captain, "Don Bradman, in the process setting a world-record 405 run "fifth wicket "partnership.

He made his "first-class début at the end of the 1936–37 season when selected for "New South Wales and was later included in the team for the "1938 Australian tour of England, making his Test début in the final international of the series.

On the resumption of Test cricket after the war, Barnes was picked as the opening partner to "Arthur Morris. He was a member of "The Invincibles, the 1948 Australian team that toured England without losing a single match. Retiring from cricket at the end of that tour, Barnes attempted a comeback to Test cricket in the 1951–52 season that was ultimately and controversially unsuccessful.

Barnes was a shrewd businessman who used the opportunities afforded by cricket to supplement his income through trading, journalism and "property development. Increasing "paranoia brought about by "bipolar disorder saw Barnes lose many of the friends he had made through the game, as he sought treatment for his depression. On 16 December 1973, he was found dead at his home in the Sydney suburb of "Collaroy; he had ingested "barbiturates and "bromide in a probable suicide.

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""The Miz, left, and John Morrison as World Tag Team Champions
"John Morrison and The Miz were a "professional wrestling "tag team and former "WWE Tough Enough contestants. The team was compried of "John Hennigan, going by the "ring name John Morrison, and "Michael Mizanin, going by the ring name The Miz. The team worked for "World Wrestling Entertainment on its "ECW "brand, but also appeared on the "SmackDown and "Raw brands due to ECW's talent exchanges with those brands during their tenure as a team. The team had no official name, although they had been referred to as "The In Crowd" or "The Dirt Sheet Duo", after the name of their online webshow.

They first began teaming together in 2007. John Morrison and The Miz, originally rivals, became partners as a result being paired together and winning the "WWE Tag Team Championship, making the title exclusive to the ECW brand for a brief time. They eventually "dropped the title in July 2008. During their title reign, Morrison and The Miz developed a gimmick that resulted in the duo being given their own webshow, "The Dirt Sheet, and their own in-ring interview segment of the same name on ECW. In December 2008 they won the "Slammy Award in the category for Tag Team of the Year and won the "World Tag Team Championship. The team split in April 2009, after the Miz was drafted to the Raw brand and Morrison was drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the "2009 WWE Draft.

In October 2009, WWE premiered a new pay-per-view event based around inter-brand matches. At the time, The Miz was the second-tier champion on Raw after winning the "United States Champion and was subsequently booked against SmackDown's "Intercontinental Champion, John Morrison. In the build up to their first match since splitting, the two hosted a one-off edition of The Dirt Sheet on the October 16 episode of SmackDown. The Miz won the bout. The following month at "Survivor Series, Miz captained a team of five wrestlers against Team Morrison in a "five-on-five Survivor Series elimination match and once again bested his former partner. Soon after, Miz continued his ascendency and won the "WWE Championship.

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""Nelson Mandela in 2000
Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.     

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