2014 Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Awards

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The caliber of athletes honored by Gatorade with its High School Athlete of the Year Awards has been quite impressive since the awards were introduced in 1986. Names like Lebron James and Peyton Manning show up on the banners honoring past winners, and this year’s NBA Draft saw the two previous winners for the men’s High School Athlete of the Year Award, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, going first and second in the draft.

We had the opportunity to meet both of these young talents as we covered the awards over the past several years, along with female standouts like Breanna Stewart who has already won two National Championships at UConn in her first two years there! We were back this year for the awards ceremony on Tuesday night to see hoops standout Karl Towns Jr. receive the honor as the top high school male athlete and Brianna Turner receive the honor for top female athlete.

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Product Review: Adidas Predator Instinct FG Cleats

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Two months ago, we wrote about the new collection of Battle Pack cleats that adidas unveiled in conjunction with the 2014 World Cup. And with two adidas-sponsored teams ready to battle it out in today’s World Cup Final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, we figured it was as good a time as any to take a closer look at one of the five styles available: the Predator Instinct.

The latest version of the popular Predator line has been worn by several top players throughout the tournament (including Germany’s Mesut Özil, Brazil’s Oscar and USA’s Graham Zusi), and that’s because it’s arguably one of the best soccer cleats on the market. Along with a HYBRIDTOUCH synthetic leather upper that offers premium softness and light weight without sacrificing durability, the shoes feature a transparent, firm-ground outsole with a control frame that’s more flexible and thus more responsive.

But what sets the Predator apart from adidas’ other styles are the five control zones located on the top of the cleat that are designed for more power, swerve and contact. Each raised zig-zag pattern (or “zone”) is made of a next-gen SL rubber that allows you to make the ball move in ways that’s an absolute nightmare for goalies. Additionally, adidas has upgraded the gel pad located on the instep that improves grip and control for a better all-around touch of the ball.

Though we weren’t crazy about the tribal war paint design of the Battle Pack collection when it was first announced, they’re a lot more attractive in person, particularly the Predator, which isn’t nearly as flashy thanks to its white-on-black color scheme. Of course, it hardly matters what the shoes look like if they perform on the field, and the new adidas Predator Instincts don’t disappoint in that department. Whether or not they’ll give Özil and his German teammates the edge they need to take down Lionel Messi’s Argentina is another matter entirely, but there isn’t a better stage to showcase these awesome cleats than the biggest sporting event in the world.

The adidas Predator Instinct Battle Pack cleats are available now in specialty soccer stores and online at www.shopadidas.com.

  

World Cup remains hard to predict

It’s been a wild World Cup so far, and if you’ve been betting the underdogs you’re a happy guy right now. Traditional powers like Spain were booted, and Italy got screwed on a lame red card and a biting incident that was missed by the officials, highlighting just how difficult it has been to predict the outcome.

So keep that in mind when you’re about to bet on sports at www.williamhill.com. Sure, some traditional powers are winning as well, as Argentina looks pretty damn good with Messi pumping in goals. Brazil keeps winning, but they’ve looked pretty mediocre so far. Still, if you predicted a Brazil/Argentina final things are shaping up that way even with all the upsets so far.

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Jordan hits the gym ahead of new season

After a below-par rookie season, Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan has spent the majority of the offseason getting himself into the sort of shape that means he can have a bigger impact during his second season in the NFL. The Dolphins 2013 first round pick has returned to pre-season training sporting bigger shoulders, larger arms and an overall stronger look to his upper body in the hope of making more of an impression next season than he managed in the last one.

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Adidas RG3 cleats are just the right fit!

Robert Griffin III is fast becoming one of the most popular players in professional football, and his new adidas RG3 cleats look to do the same in the shoe market. We tested a pair of these technological wonders and found out quickly that they are the real deal, just like RG3. Right out of the box, you’ll notice the sleek design with the RG3-designed shoelace pocket on the tongue that keeps laces out of the way. They also feature a light and flexible techfit upper with QUICKWEB support and the QUICKFRAME plate outsole for the kind of speed that moves chains.

Adidas knows cleats, and they smartly constructed the RG3s with Bootee construction for a snug and comfortable fit, because no matter how good the cleats look, they have to fit right and give you that edge to make things happen on the field. The RG3-influenced cleats are your teammates in going the extra yard to win, and with the QUICKFRAME plate outsole, say hello to superior speed and quickness!

Robert Griffin III is a one-of-a-kind athlete, and the RG3 cleats are as original as the player himself. Check them out at adidas’ official site, because football will be kicking off before you know it.

  

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