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Paintball Times History: The story that almost wasn't
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It may be hard to believe today, but Paintball Times began way back when no one even knew what paintball was. Back in 1990, a group of high school friends decided to play paintball somewhere near Toledo, Ohio. They all had heard of this "war game" (that's what it was called) and wanted to give it a try. At the time, none of them knew what they were getting into. Mohammed Alo, Sami Khan, their brothers and some friend who were in medical school decided to play paintball. The field was very far away, near a nuclear plant, but they...

 Mohammed Alo
The History of Paintball
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Paintball started in 1981 with 12 competitors playing capture the flag. They shot paintballs at each other using special marking air guns. Since then, the game has exploded into a multimillion-dollar sport with amateur and professional tournaments across the United States and internationally, offering cash purses and prizes in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Daisy (manufacturer of air guns), Crossmam (manufacturer of air guns), Scott USA ( they make ski poles and goggles), and JT USA (famous for motocross safety equipment) are just a few of the major companies that have expanded into the paintball world. Paintball is a...

A Brief History of Baseball: Part I: Origins of the Game
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Unlike professional basketball and American football, interest in baseball has not been sweeping the globe . Declining participation at the amateur level and protracted labor problems at the professional level have thrust "America's Pastime" into an era of uncertainty. Despite this current adversity, baseball will always occupy an important place in American culture. This column starts a three part look at the history of baseball. Most cultures have some sort of stick and ball game, cricket being the most well-known. While the exact origins of baseball are unknown, most historians agree that it is based on the English game of...

 Sean Lahman
Spyware and the Law
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The media is full of spyware stories. It covers a multitude of sins, threatens consumers and businesses alike and is constantly changing. It has a mysterious title, and fits in (at least vaguely) with this year's focus on the surveillance society (RFID, identity cards et al). At the heart of the story is the question – who owns (and controls) a user's PC? The general risks posed by the spyware invasion are well publicised: industrial espionage, identity theft, abuse of...

 Simon Briskman and Mark Smith  Comments Comments: 6
Sports History of China
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Some known ancient cultural relics have provided evidence that health-building activities appeared in China over 4,000 years ago. By the time of the Western Zhou Dynasty (1066-771 BC) archery and cauldron lifting had emerged as sports activities in their own right. To get a complete and vivid picture of the development of ancient China's sports, go to the China Sports Museum, which lies in the southeastern corner of the National Olympic Sports Center in the northern suburbs of Beijing. It is an octagonal spiral building flanked on one side by a huge sloping wall with its highest point protruding out...

History of Chogān (Polo)
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Polo is arguably one of the most complex of games in the world. The precise origin of polo is obscure and undocumented and there is ample evidence of the game's regal place in the history of Asia. No one knows where or when stick first met ball after the horse was domesticated by the ancient Iranian (Aryan) tribes of Central Asia before their migration to Iranian plateau; but it seems likely that as the use of light cavalry spread throughout...

 Shapour Suren-Pahlav
Sports, women and History
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Around the time of Australia's Federation at start of the 20th century, sport became a means for an emerging nation to place itself on the world scene. This early desire for international success outweighed sexual prejudice and even today men - and women -who succeed on the international sports field, become national icons. Many of the early sports established in Australia were popular in England. Cricket, croquet, tennis and cycling were among them. According to the Australian Sports Commission the...

Intramural Sport History
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The inception of the intramural activities at Wisconsin was noted as early as 1893 upon completion of the Armory Gymnasium on Langdon Street. Interclass and inter-college participation in baseball, contact football, gymnastics, and track and field existed in the early 1900's under the direction of various physical education department staff members. The period of 1910-1920 marked the first dramatic increase in intramural activities. Inter-fraternity swimming contests marked the beginning of competition between Greek organizations. All-university competition was to follow and in 1920, a staff of seventeen members, directed by the program's first intramural director, George Berg, conducted an expanding program...

Lithuania Sports
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Of the three Baltic states, Lithuania is probably best known as a sports nation. This is primarily because of its national basketball teams, which are consistently among the top three or four in the world. Basketball: In domestic leagues, the perennial powerhouse is Zalgiris Kaunas, which has also brought in several ex-NBA players; they were European champions in 1999. Having won the prestigious European Cup over all other clubs in Europe in 1997, Zalgiris earned a place in the EuroLeague, the top echelon of basketball on the continent-and then won its championship in 1999. Lithuania has two players in the...

BC Zalgiris
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In 1944 best basketball players from Kaunas united into one team which was named "Zalgiris" shortly after that. From the beginning "Zalgiris" starts fighting for the first places in the Soviet Union's championship. Just three years later "Zalgiris" climbs on top of all teams and wins the first championship in 1947. Till 1990 "Zalgiris" have won gold medals five times (1947, 1951, 1985-1987), silver medals - seven times (1949, 1952, 1980, 1983-1984, 1988-1989) and bronze medals - six times (1953-1956,...