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  31. <title>What is icing in hockey?</title>
  32. <link>https://heavy.news/sports/what-is-icing-in-hockey/</link>
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  34. <pubDate>Sun, 28 Jan 2024 20:44:47 +0000</pubDate>
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  38. <description><![CDATA[Have you ever wondered what Icing means in Hockey?]]></description>
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  43.  
  44. <p>Icing in hockey is a term used to describe a situation where a player shoots the puck from their own side of the rink and it crosses the opponent&#8217;s goal line without being touched by another player. Icing is a common occurrence in hockey games, particularly during power play situations. When a player shoots the puck from their own side of the rink and it crosses the opponent&#8217;s goal line without being touched by another player, it is considered icing. This rule is in place to prevent teams from gaining an unfair advantage by repeatedly shooting the puck from their own side of the rink, without allowing the opposing team to touch the puck. There are several key distinctions between icing and offside in hockey:</p>
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  46.  
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  48. <h2 class="wp-block-heading">Icing: </h2>
  49.  
  50.  
  51.  
  52. <p>Occurs when a player shoots the puck from their own side of the rink and it crosses the opponent&#8217;s goal line without being touched by another player.<br>Is a penalty against the attacking team, resulting in a faceoff in the defending team&#8217;s end.<br>Can occur during both even-strength and power play situations. </p>
  53.  
  54.  
  55.  
  56. <h2 class="wp-block-heading">Offside: </h2>
  57.  
  58.  
  59.  
  60. <p>Occurs when a player crosses the opponent&#8217;s blue line before the puck does.<br>Is a penalty against the attacking team, resulting in a faceoff in the defending team&#8217;s end.<br>Can occur during both even-strength and power play situations, but not during penalty shots or shootouts.</p>
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  63.  
  64. <p><br>In summary, icing is a rule in hockey that occurs when a player shoots the puck from their own side of the rink and it crosses the opponent&#8217;s goal line without being touched by another player. It is considered a penalty against the attacking team, resulting in a faceoff in the defending team&#8217;s end. Offside, on the other hand, occurs when a player crosses the opponent&#8217;s blue line before the puck does, and is also considered a penalty against the attacking team. However, offside can only occur during even-strength situations, not during power play or penalty shots/shootouts.</p>
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  68. <title>LeBron James named to record 20th All-Star team</title>
  69. <link>https://heavy.news/sports/lebron-james-named-to-record-20th-all-star-team/</link>
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  71. <pubDate>Fri, 26 Jan 2024 01:11:45 +0000</pubDate>
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  77. <description><![CDATA[In an historic achievement, LeBron James was named to his 20th All-Star team on Thursday night, setting the record for the most All-Star selections in NBA history. James, now playing his 21st season with the Los Angeles Lakers, was chosen as a Western Conference starter for the upcoming All-Star Game in Indianapolis, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's previous record.]]></description>
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  79. <p>By Robert Lutz</p>
  80.  
  81.  
  82.  
  83. <p>In an historic achievement, <a href="https://www.lebronjames.com/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">LeBron James</a> was named to his 20th All-Star team on Thursday night, setting the record for the most All-Star selections in NBA history. James, now playing his 21st season with the Los Angeles Lakers, was chosen as a Western Conference starter for the upcoming All-Star Game in Indianapolis, surpassing <a href="https://www.espn.com/nba/player/stats/_/id/4145" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Kareem Abdul-Jabbar</a>&#8216;s previous record. James, averaging 24.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 7.4 assists, continues to excel in his career.</p>
  84.  
  85.  
  86.  
  87. <p>Joining James in the Western Conference starting lineup are Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, Kevin Durant of the Phoenix Suns, Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder. This marks the first starting selection for Gilgeous-Alexander, who, along with Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton, is celebrating his second All-Star selection.</p>
  88.  
  89.  
  90.  
  91. <p>In the Eastern Conference, <a href="https://www.nba.com/bucks/">Milwaukee Bucks</a>&#8216; Giannis Antetokounmpo led the votes, forming a starting lineup with Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics, Haliburton, and Damian Lillard of the Bucks. For Antetokounmpo and Lillard, this is their eighth All-Star appearance, with Embiid making his seventh, Jokic his sixth, and both Doncic and Tatum their fifth.</p>
  92.  
  93.  
  94.  
  95. <p>Voting patterns for the starters showed little fluctuation week-to-week. In the Eastern Conference, Antetokounmpo, Embiid, and Tatum dominated the frontcourt voting, while Haliburton led among guards. In the Western Conference, James, Jokic, and Durant led the frontcourt votes. The most closely contested spots were the second guard position in the East, ultimately won by Lillard, and the Western guard spots, secured by Doncic and Gilgeous-Alexander, surpassing Stephen Curry in media and player voting.</p>
  96.  
  97.  
  98.  
  99. <p>The All-Star Game on Feb. 18 will return to its traditional East vs. West format, moving away from the captains format used in previous years. Last season&#8217;s starters included Antetokounmpo, Tatum, Durant, Donovan Mitchell, and Kyrie Irving for the East, with James, Jokic, Doncic, Curry, and Zion Williamson for the West.</p>
  100.  
  101.  
  102.  
  103. <p>Coaching selections for the game are still pending, to be determined based on standings as of Feb. 4. Last year&#8217;s coaches, Joe Mazzulla of the Celtics and Michael Malone of the Nuggets, are ineligible this year. The Bucks&#8217; new coach, Doc Rivers, who replaced Adrian Griffin, could potentially coach the East team, mirroring a similar scenario from 2016.</p>
  104.  
  105.  
  106.  
  107. <p>Reserve players, chosen by NBA head coaches, will be announced on TNT the following Thursday.</p>
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  111. <title>Cam McCormick Van Wilder? College Football player granted record ninth year of eligibility</title>
  112. <link>https://heavy.news/sports/cam-mccormick-van-wilder-college-football-player-granted-record-ninth-year-of-eligibility/</link>
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  114. <pubDate>Fri, 19 Jan 2024 00:01:24 +0000</pubDate>
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  120. <description><![CDATA[MIAMI, FL. -- In a scenario reminiscent of National Lampoon's character Vance "Van" Wilder, who famously extended his college experience, Miami Hurricanes tight end Cam McCormick has announced his return for an unprecedented ninth season of college football.]]></description>
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  123.  
  124.  
  125.  
  126. <p>By Robert Lutz</p>
  127.  
  128.  
  129.  
  130. <p>MIAMI, FL. &#8212; In a scenario reminiscent of <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0283111/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">National Lampoon&#8217;s character Vance &#8220;Van&#8221; Wilder</a>, who famously extended his college experience, <a href="https://miamihurricanes.com/sports/football/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Miami Hurricanes</a> tight end <a href="https://247sports.com/player/cam-mccormick-77429/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Cam McCormick</a> has announced his return for an unprecedented ninth season of college football. Like the fictional Van Wilder, McCormick&#8217;s college career has been notably lengthy, though for different reasons. McCormick, 25 years old and turning 26 in April, has had an interminable adventure in college football, marked by perseverance through adversity.</p>
  131.  
  132.  
  133.  
  134. <p>Starting his collegiate football career at Oregon in 2016, McCormick, a three-star recruit from the 2016 class according to 247Sports, has overcome multiple season-ending injuries. These setbacks, including a broken ankle and a torn Achilles tendon, caused him to miss significant playing time, notably the entire 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 seasons. His situation is unique as the ACC approved his waiver for a ninth season of eligibility, <a href="https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/39337111/miami-te-cam-mccormick-granted-ninth-year-eligibility">a decision reported by ESPN</a>.</p>
  135.  
  136.  
  137.  
  138. <p>The 6-foot-5 McCormick made significant contributions in his first season with Miami, catching eight passes for 62 yards in all 13 games, including eight starts. His perseverance has been a hallmark of his college career, which began with a redshirt year in 2016 due to rhabdomyolysis, a severe condition caused by damaged muscle tissue releasing proteins and electrolytes into the blood, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p>
  139.  
  140.  
  141.  
  142. <p>Despite the challenges, <a href="https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/cam-mccormick-1.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">McCormick&#8217;s stats</a> show a resilient athlete: 26 career receptions for 231 yards and four touchdowns, with a notable performance in 2022 where he recorded 10 receptions for 66 yards and three touchdowns. His return to Miami for the 2023 season saw him add eight receptions for 62 yards.</p>
  143.  
  144.  
  145.  
  146. <p>McCormick&#8217;s extended college career and his determination to overcome physical setbacks mirror the fictional Van Wilder&#8217;s extended stay in college for very different reasons. This comparison highlights McCormick&#8217;s unique journey in NCAA football, making him a notable figure in the sport.</p>
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  150. <title>Donald Trump ordered to pay almost $400,000 in attorney fees to The New York Times</title>
  151. <link>https://heavy.news/news/donald-trump-ordered-to-pay-almost-400000-in-attorney-fees-to-the-new-york-times/</link>
  152. <dc:creator><![CDATA[admin]]></dc:creator>
  153. <pubDate>Sun, 14 Jan 2024 06:37:08 +0000</pubDate>
  154. <category><![CDATA[news]]></category>
  155. <category><![CDATA[Politics]]></category>
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  158.  
  159. <description><![CDATA[In a recent ruling, New York Judge Robert Reed ordered former President Donald Trump to pay The New York Times and its three investigative reporters – Susanne Craig, David Barstow, and Russell Buettner – legal fees totaling $392,638. This payment stems from Trump’s unsuccessful lawsuit against them concerning a 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning article about his family’s financial dealings and tax strategies.]]></description>
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  162.  
  163.  
  164.  
  165. <p>By Robert Lutz</p>
  166.  
  167.  
  168.  
  169. <p>In a recent ruling, New York Judge Robert Reed ordered former President Donald Trump to pay The New York Times and its three investigative reporters &#8211; Susanne Craig, David Barstow, and Russell Buettner &#8211; legal fees totaling $392,638. This payment stems from Trump&#8217;s unsuccessful lawsuit against them concerning a 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning article about his family&#8217;s financial dealings and tax strategies.</p>
  170.  
  171.  
  172.  
  173. <p>The lawsuit, which was dismissed in May, initially included allegations against Trump&#8217;s niece, Mary Trump, for supposedly breaching a settlement agreement by providing tax documents to the Times. While the case against the newspaper and its reporters has been resolved, the claim against Mary Trump is still active.</p>
  174.  
  175.  
  176.  
  177. <p>Reed&#8217;s decision reflects the complexities of the case and supports the Times&#8217; legal expenses. Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoads Ha hailed the ruling as a testament to the effectiveness of New York&#8217;s anti-SLAPP statute in safeguarding press freedom. This statute aims to prevent frivolous lawsuits that could hinder free speech.</p>
  178.  
  179.  
  180.  
  181. <p>On the same day, Reed rejected Mary Trump&#8217;s request to pause the ongoing lawsuit during her appeal against the June decision allowing Donald Trump&#8217;s claim to proceed. Mary Trump&#8217;s legal team chose not to comment on this development.</p>
  182.  
  183.  
  184.  
  185. <p>Alina Habba, representing Donald Trump, expressed disappointment over the dismissal of the Times and its reporters from the lawsuit. However, she welcomed the court&#8217;s continued recognition of the claims against Mary Trump, emphasizing their intent to hold her accountable.</p>
  186.  
  187.  
  188.  
  189. <p>The 2021 lawsuit by Donald Trump accused the Times and its journalists of conspiring with Mary Trump to obtain confidential tax records, breaching her prior settlement. The Times&#8217; reporting, based on over 100,000 pages of documents, including the Trump family&#8217;s confidential tax returns, disputed Donald Trump&#8217;s narrative of self-made wealth. It highlighted the substantial financial support he received from his father, Fred Trump, using various tax avoidance strategies.</p>
  190.  
  191.  
  192.  
  193. <p>Donald Trump, who had sought $100 million in damages, alleged that the defendants were driven by personal animosity and exploited sensitive records for their benefit. In dismissing the newspaper and its reporters, Reed underscored that legal news gathering is crucially protected under the First Amendment.</p>
  194.  
  195.  
  196.  
  197. <p>Mary Trump, 58, the daughter of Donald Trump’s late brother, Fred Trump Jr., is known for her critical stance against her uncle, whom she has labeled as &#8220;criminal, cruel and traitorous.&#8221; In July, she filed a counterclaim under New York&#8217;s anti-SLAPP law, arguing that her uncle&#8217;s lawsuit was retaliatory and intended to suppress criticism.</p>
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  201. <title>Lakers narrowly beat Raptors 132-131</title>
  202. <link>https://heavy.news/sports/lakers-narrowly-beat-raptors-132-131/</link>
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  204. <pubDate>Wed, 10 Jan 2024 10:15:11 +0000</pubDate>
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  210. <description><![CDATA[After the Los Angeles Lakers narrowly defeated the Toronto Raptors 132-131, Toronto coach Darko Rajakovic unleashed a vehement criticism of the officiating, especially highlighting the disparity in free throw opportunities during the game's final quarter on Tuesday night.]]></description>
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  215. <p></p>
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  217.  
  218.  
  219. <p>By Robert Lutz</p>
  220.  
  221.  
  222.  
  223. <p>After the <a href="https://www.nba.com/lakers/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Los Angeles Lakers</a> narrowly defeated the <a href="https://theathletic.com/nba/team/raptors/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Toronto Raptors</a> 132-131, Toronto coach <a href="https://nbacoaches.com/darko-rajakovic-head-coach-bio/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Darko Rajakovic</a> unleashed a vehement criticism of the officiating, especially highlighting the disparity in free throw opportunities during the game&#8217;s final quarter on Tuesday night.</p>
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  226.  
  227. <p>Rajakovic, in his first year leading the Raptors, expressed frustration over the Lakers attempting 23 free throws in the fourth quarter, while his team had only two. He was particularly incensed by the performance of Lakers&#8217; Anthony Davis, who scored 20 of his 41 points in the last quarter, making all 11 free throw attempts in that period. Davis took 14 of the Lakers&#8217; 36 free throws in the game, compared to Toronto&#8217;s 13.</p>
  228.  
  229.  
  230.  
  231. <p>&#8220;This is completely B.S.,&#8221; Rajakovic said, repeatedly hitting the table for emphasis. &#8220;This is shame. Shame for the referees. Shame for the league to allow this. Twenty-three free throws for them, and we get two free throws in the fourth quarter? Like, how to play the game?&#8221;</p>
  232.  
  233.  
  234.  
  235. <p>Davis&#8217; performance was key for the Lakers, contributing 11 rebounds and going 13 for 17 overall. In the final 1:01, he scored 10 points, including eight successful free throws and a crucial block on Barnes.</p>
  236.  
  237.  
  238.  
  239. <p>The coach&#8217;s outburst is likely to result in a fine from the NBA, but his team appeared to support his stance. &#8220;It just says that he’s all for us as a family, as a team,&#8221; said <a href="https://www.spotrac.com/nba/toronto-raptors/thaddeus-young-2658/">Thaddeus Young</a>, Toronto’s starting center who scored 10 points.</p>
  240.  
  241.  
  242.  
  243. <p>For the Raptors, Barnes scored 26 points and <a href="https://www.espn.com/nba/player/stats/_/id/3149673/pascal-siakam" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Pascal Siakam</a> added 25. RJ Barrett, recently acquired from New York, contributed 23 points, while Immanuel Quickley, also new from the Knicks, scored 21 points including four 3-pointers. This was only the second loss for the Raptors in their last five games and a rare defeat in Los Angeles, where they had won seven of their previous eight visits.</p>
  244.  
  245.  
  246.  
  247. <p>Meanwhile, <a href="https://www.instagram.com/kingjames/?hl=en">LeBron James</a> led the Lakers with 22 points and 12 assists, marking their first back-to-back wins in a month. The Lakers had struggled after winning the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament in December, going 3-10 before these successive victories.</p>
  248.  
  249.  
  250.  
  251. <p>The game&#8217;s climax saw Davis and Austin Reaves combining for 10 consecutive free throws in the final 34 seconds, countering late 3-pointers by Toronto&#8217;s <a href="https://www.espn.com/nba/player/stats/_/id/3032979/dennis-schroder" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Dennis Schröder</a> and Gary Trent Jr. Quickley fouled out after elbowing Cam Reddish with a flagrant foul, and Barrett&#8217;s offensive foul nullified a tying 3-pointer by Barnes.</p>
  252.  
  253.  
  254.  
  255. <p>Toronto was without Jakob Poeltl, their starting center, due to a sprained left ankle sustained in a win at Golden State. Poeltl, a University of Utah product, has been a key player for the Raptors, leading the NBA in shooting percentage at 68.5%.</p>
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  259. <title>Michigan Triumphs Over Washington 34-13, Clinching Their First National College Football Championship in Over Two Decades</title>
  260. <link>https://heavy.news/sports/michigan-triumphs-over-washington-34-13-clinching-their-first-national-college-football-championship-in-over-two-decades/</link>
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  262. <pubDate>Wed, 10 Jan 2024 00:36:50 +0000</pubDate>
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  266.  
  267. <description><![CDATA[In the 2024 College Football National Championship game, the Michigan Wolverines, led by head coach Jim Harbaugh, secured their first national title in 26 years, defeating the Washington Huskies 34-13 at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX, on January 8, 2024. ]]></description>
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  271.  
  272. <p>By Robert Lutz</p>
  273.  
  274.  
  275.  
  276. <p>In the 2024 College Football National Championship game, the <a href="https://www.espn.com/college-football/team/_/id/130/michigan-wolverines" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Michigan Wolverines</a>, led by head coach <a href="https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/H/HarbJi00.htm" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Jim Harbaugh</a>, secured their first national title in 26 years, defeating the Washington Huskies 34-13 at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX, on January 8, 2024. The victory marks a triumphant end to Michigan&#8217;s tumultuous 2023 season, during which Harbaugh faced two suspensions, affecting six of the team&#8217;s 15 games.</p>
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  278.  
  279.  
  280. <p>Michigan, ranked No. 1, established an early dominance over No. 2 Washington, thanks in part to Donovan Edwards&#8217; remarkable performance. Edwards, who had been averaging less than four yards per carry, stunned with two long touchdown runs in the first quarter, contributing to Michigan&#8217;s impressive 174 rushing yards in that period. His 41-yard and 46-yard touchdown runs played a pivotal role in Michigan&#8217;s 17-3 lead at halftime.</p>
  281.  
  282.  
  283.  
  284. <p>Washington, closing the first half with a crucial touchdown by Michael Penix Jr. to Jalen McMillan, narrowed the gap. However, an interception by Michigan&#8217;s Will Johnson at the start of the second half dimmed Washington&#8217;s prospects of a comeback. The game remained closely contested until Michigan&#8217;s Blake Corum&#8217;s 12-yard touchdown run in the final quarter, sealing the Wolverines&#8217; victory.</p>
  285.  
  286.  
  287.  
  288. <p>Michigan&#8217;s ground game was formidable, accumulating 303 yards and four touchdowns. Both Edwards and Corum scored twice, while quarterback J.J. McCarthy completed 10 of 18 passes for 140 yards.</p>
  289.  
  290.  
  291. <div class="wp-block-image">
  292. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" width="1024" height="768" src="https://heavy.news/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Michigan_Huddle_Michigan_Wolverines.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-1156859" srcset="https://heavy.news/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Michigan_Huddle_Michigan_Wolverines.jpg 1024w, https://heavy.news/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Michigan_Huddle_Michigan_Wolverines-300x225.jpg 300w, https://heavy.news/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Michigan_Huddle_Michigan_Wolverines-768x576.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /></figure></div>
  293.  
  294.  
  295. <p>The Wolverines&#8217; undefeated season (15-0) not only clinches their first national championship since 1997 but also stands as a testament to their resilience and determination. Harbaugh, after guiding the team to this pinnacle following a challenging 2020 season, has now firmly reestablished Michigan as a powerhouse in college football.</p>
  296.  
  297.  
  298.  
  299. <p>For Washington&#8217;s <a href="https://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/players/286878/">Michael Penix Jr.</a>, the Heisman runner-up, the championship game was a struggle. Despite a commendable performance in the Sugar Bowl, Penix faced difficulties against Michigan&#8217;s defense, finishing 27-of-51 for 255 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.</p>
  300.  
  301.  
  302.  
  303. <p>The Wolverines&#8217; triumph is a significant achievement for the team and its fans, especially after the challenges and storylines that surrounded their 2023 season.</p>
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  306. <item>
  307. <title>Paolo Banchero scores his first NBA triple double. What is a triple double in basketball?</title>
  308. <link>https://heavy.news/sports/paolo-banchero-scores-his-first-nba-triple-double-what-is-a-triple-double-in-basketball/</link>
  309. <dc:creator><![CDATA[admin]]></dc:creator>
  310. <pubDate>Mon, 08 Jan 2024 17:26:56 +0000</pubDate>
  311. <category><![CDATA[sports]]></category>
  312. <category><![CDATA[Basketball]]></category>
  313. <category><![CDATA[NBA]]></category>
  314. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://heavy.news/?p=1156851</guid>
  315.  
  316. <description><![CDATA[Paolo Banchero of the Orlando Magic secured his first career triple-double, contributing significantly to his team’s victory over the Denver Nuggets. Banchero achieved 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists, coupled with three steals.]]></description>
  317. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<div class="wp-block-image">
  318. <figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" width="630" height="1014" src="https://heavy.news/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Paolo_Banchero_Dunking_in_High_School.jpg" alt="Paolo Banchero Dunking in High School" class="wp-image-1156854" srcset="https://heavy.news/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Paolo_Banchero_Dunking_in_High_School.jpg 630w, https://heavy.news/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Paolo_Banchero_Dunking_in_High_School-186x300.jpg 186w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Paolo Banchero Dunking For O&#8217;Dea High School in 2020</figcaption></figure></div>
  319.  
  320.  
  321. <p>By Robert Lutz</p>
  322.  
  323.  
  324.  
  325. <p>In a remarkable performance on January 5, 2024, <a href="https://www.nba.com/player/1631094/paolo-banchero" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Paolo Banchero</a> of the <a href="https://orlandomagicdaily.com/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Orlando Magic</a> secured his first career triple-double, contributing significantly to <a href="https://www.nba.com/game/orl-vs-den-0022300488" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">his team&#8217;s victory over the Denver Nuggets.</a> Banchero achieved 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists, coupled with three steals. His outstanding play included making two crucial free throws with just 9.1 seconds left, following a foul during a fast break initiated by a steal. This achievement places him among an elite group of only seven NBA players who have recorded a 30-10-10-three game before their 22nd birthday. This illustrious list includes basketball greats like Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Steph Curry, and Luka Doncic.</p>
  326.  
  327.  
  328.  
  329. <p>In the world of basketball, few achievements garner as much respect and admiration as the triple-double. A statistical feat that signifies a player&#8217;s all-around game, a triple-double occurs when a player accumulates double digits (in other words, gets at least 10) in three of five statistical categories—points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks—in a single game. This rare accomplishment highlights a player&#8217;s versatility and ability to influence the game in multiple ways.</p>
  330.  
  331.  
  332.  
  333. <p>The Origin and Evolution of the Triple-Double</p>
  334.  
  335.  
  336.  
  337. <p>The term &#8220;triple-double&#8221; was coined in the early 1980s by former Los Angeles Lakers PR director Bruce Jolesch, who wanted a way to highlight Magic Johnson&#8217;s all-around skills. However, the concept predates the term, with players like Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain frequently achieving the feat in the 1960s and 1970s, although it wasn&#8217;t tracked officially during their era.</p>
  338.  
  339.  
  340.  
  341. <p>Oscar Robertson, famously known as &#8220;The Big O,&#8221; remains one of the most significant figures in the history of the triple-double. In the 1961-1962 season, Robertson achieved the seemingly impossible, averaging a triple-double throughout the entire season—a feat that stood unmatched until Russell Westbrook achieved it in the 2016-2017 season.</p>
  342.  
  343.  
  344.  
  345. <p>The Significance of a Triple-Double</p>
  346.  
  347.  
  348.  
  349. <p>Achieving a triple-double is considered a testament to a player&#8217;s skill and versatility. It requires a player to be proficient in scoring, defending, and creating opportunities for teammates. While points, rebounds, and assists are the most common combination, the inclusion of steals and blocks in the criteria emphasizes defensive prowess as well.</p>
  350.  
  351.  
  352.  
  353. <p>The Impact on Game Strategy</p>
  354.  
  355.  
  356.  
  357. <p>The quest for triple-doubles has also influenced how the game is played and coached. Players known for achieving triple-doubles, like <a href="https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/jamesle01.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">LeBron James</a>, <a href="https://www.proballers.com/basketball/player/47568/russell-westbrook" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Russell Westbrook</a>, and <a href="https://theathletic.com/nba/player/nikola-jokic-bCjsyLGuQMrMSWNr/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Nikola Jokić</a>, often have their teams&#8217; offenses and defenses built around their versatile skills. This can lead to more dynamic and unpredictable gameplay, as opponents must prepare for a player capable of impacting the game in various ways.</p>
  358.  
  359.  
  360.  
  361. <p>Statistical Insights and Criticisms</p>
  362.  
  363.  
  364.  
  365. <p>While the triple-double is an indicator of a player&#8217;s all-around ability, it has faced criticism from some quarters of the basketball community. Critics argue that the pursuit of triple-doubles can lead to players prioritizing personal stats over team success. Additionally, some argue that the triple-double can be a misleading indicator of a player&#8217;s impact, as it doesn&#8217;t account for efficiency or the context of the game.</p>
  366.  
  367.  
  368.  
  369. <p>Despite these criticisms, the achievement continues to be celebrated and sought after in the basketball world. It&#8217;s a milestone that not only showcases a player&#8217;s individual talent but also often correlates with team success. Players who consistently record triple-doubles are usually key contributors to their teams.</p>
  370.  
  371.  
  372.  
  373. <p>Memorable Triple-Doubles in Basketball History</p>
  374.  
  375.  
  376.  
  377. <p>Throughout basketball history, there have been numerous memorable triple-double performances. Magic Johnson&#8217;s triple-double in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals as a rookie, where he started at center in place of an injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and led the Los Angeles Lakers to a championship, stands out as particularly iconic. Similarly, Russell Westbrook&#8217;s record-breaking 42 triple-doubles in a single season captured the imagination of basketball fans worldwide.</p>
  378.  
  379.  
  380.  
  381. <p>The Future of the Triple-Double</p>
  382.  
  383.  
  384.  
  385. <p>As the game of basketball continues to evolve, so does the significance and frequency of the triple-double. Today&#8217;s players are more versatile than ever, and the triple-double has become a more common occurrence. However, this doesn&#8217;t diminish its significance as a barometer of a player&#8217;s all-around game and ability to influence various aspects of play.</p>
  386.  
  387.  
  388.  
  389. <p>The triple-double remains one of the most revered achievements in basketball. It symbolizes a player&#8217;s versatility, skill, and ability to contribute to their team&#8217;s success in multiple ways. As basketball continues to evolve, the triple-double will undoubtedly remain a key metric for evaluating the all-around abilities of the sport&#8217;s best players.</p>
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  393. <title>U.S. companies unexpectedly create 216,000 new positions, indicating ongoing robust economic health</title>
  394. <link>https://heavy.news/news/u-s-companies-unexpectedly-create-216000-new-positions-indicating-ongoing-robust-economic-health/</link>
  395. <dc:creator><![CDATA[admin]]></dc:creator>
  396. <pubDate>Sat, 06 Jan 2024 09:51:22 +0000</pubDate>
  397. <category><![CDATA[news]]></category>
  398. <category><![CDATA[United States of America]]></category>
  399. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://heavy.news/?p=1156700</guid>
  400.  
  401. <description><![CDATA[In the latest display of economic resilience, U.S. employers added a substantial 216,000 jobs in December, surpassing November’s addition of 173,000 jobs. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.7%, marking the 23rd consecutive month below 4%. This robust job growth indicates a strong labor market, even as the country contends with high interest rates.]]></description>
  402. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<div class="wp-block-image">
  403. <figure class="aligncenter size-full is-resized"><img loading="lazy" decoding="async" width="533" height="799" src="https://heavy.news/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/welder-9976.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-1156704" style="width:787px;height:auto" srcset="https://heavy.news/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/welder-9976.jpg 533w, https://heavy.news/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/welder-9976-200x300.jpg 200w" sizes="(max-width: 533px) 100vw, 533px" /></figure></div>
  404.  
  405.  
  406. <p>By Robert Lutz</p>
  407.  
  408.  
  409.  
  410. <p>In the latest display of economic resilience, U.S. employers added a substantial 216,000 jobs in December, surpassing November&#8217;s addition of 173,000 jobs. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.7%, marking the 23rd consecutive month below 4%. This robust job growth indicates a strong labor market, even as the Federal Reserve contends with high interest rates.</p>
  411.  
  412.  
  413.  
  414. <p>Despite these positive indicators, the report suggests challenges for the Federal Reserve&#8217;s inflation reduction efforts. Average hourly wages increased by 4.1% compared to last year, a rise from November&#8217;s 4% increase, complicating the Fed&#8217;s objective to lower inflation to 2%.</p>
  415.  
  416.  
  417.  
  418. <p>Overall, the December jobs report reflects a robust economy with ongoing job creation, rising wages, and moderating inflation. This suggests the potential for the Fed to achieve a &#8220;soft landing,&#8221; avoiding a severe recession while controlling inflation.</p>
  419.  
  420.  
  421.  
  422. <p>However, public sentiment about the economy remains negative, a point of focus in the upcoming 2024 elections. Despite a decline in inflation and a strong labor market, many Americans still feel economic strain due to lingering high prices. Surveys reveal a significant disconnect between the economy&#8217;s health and public perception, with most consumers viewing the economy negatively and reporting increased expenses.</p>
  423.  
  424.  
  425.  
  426. <p>Consumer spending has continued robustly, supported by wage growth outpacing inflation over the past year. This spending, vital for U.S. economic growth, remained strong in various sectors including retail, online shopping, dining, and travel throughout much of 2023.</p>
  427.  
  428.  
  429.  
  430. <p>The jobs report also included some cautionary elements. Job gains for October and November were revised down by 71,000. Job growth in December was concentrated in certain industries, with notable additions in leisure and hospitality, healthcare, and government. From October to December, the average monthly private-sector job growth was the lowest since mid-2020.</p>
  431.  
  432.  
  433.  
  434. <p>The labor force participation rate decreased to 62.5% in December, the lowest since February. A drop of 676,000 in the labor force was the largest since January 2021. This decline puts pressure on employers and could lead to higher consumer prices as companies adjust to increased labor costs.</p>
  435.  
  436.  
  437.  
  438. <p>Despite predictions of a recession due to the Fed&#8217;s interest rate hikes starting in March 2022, the economy has remained resilient with sustained job creation and low unemployment. Total job additions for 2023 reached 2.7 million, a healthy figure though lower than 2022&#8217;s 4.8 million.</p>
  439.  
  440.  
  441.  
  442. <p>As the job market stabilizes, the need for signing and retention bonuses may decrease. The Fed&#8217;s rate hikes have brought borrowing costs to a 22-year high, aiming to curb inflation. Consumer prices in November were up 3.1% from the previous year, significantly lower than the 9.1% peak in June 2022. The Fed has paused rate increases since July, anticipating rate cuts in the future.</p>
  443.  
  444.  
  445.  
  446. <p>However, the strong job and wage growth reported may delay the Fed&#8217;s planned interest rate reductions. The journey to achieve 2% inflation remains challenging, with potential rate cut delays extending into the latter half of the year.</p>
  447.  
  448.  
  449.  
  450. <p>Employers continue to face difficulties in filling job vacancies. State-level minimum wage increases may prompt more automation, price hikes, and reduced operation hours in some sectors. The struggle to hire full-time workers persists, with job candidates seeking higher wages and specialized positions remaining challenging to fill. <a href="https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Read the US government&#8217;s Employment Situation Summary Here.</a></p>
  451. ]]></content:encoded>
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  454. <title>Coalition led by the United States issues a caution to the Houthi rebels, pledging repercussions for their attacks in the Red Sea</title>
  455. <link>https://heavy.news/news/coalition-led-by-the-united-states-issues-a-caution-to-the-houthi-rebels-pledging-repercussions-for-their-attacks-in-the-red-sea/</link>
  456. <dc:creator><![CDATA[admin]]></dc:creator>
  457. <pubDate>Thu, 04 Jan 2024 08:57:18 +0000</pubDate>
  458. <category><![CDATA[news]]></category>
  459. <category><![CDATA[United States of America]]></category>
  460. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://heavy.news/?p=1152678</guid>
  461.  
  462. <description><![CDATA[A senior Biden administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, emphasized that the Iranian-backed Houthis should not expect another warning from the U.S. and its allies. The joint statement condemning the attacks was issued by the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.]]></description>
  463. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  464. <p>By Robert Lutz</p>
  465.  
  466.  
  467.  
  468. <p>The United States, along with 12 allied nations, issued a final warning to Houthi rebels on Wednesday, urging them to halt their attacks on Red Sea vessels or face potential military action. The warning comes in response to the 23 attacks by Yemen-based militants since December 19, linked to the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza.</p>
  469.  
  470.  
  471.  
  472. <p>A senior Biden administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, emphasized that the Iranian-backed Houthis should not expect another warning from the U.S. and its allies. The joint statement condemning the attacks was issued by the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.</p>
  473.  
  474.  
  475.  
  476. <p>The U.S. separately called on the United Nations Security Council to take action against the Houthis and cautioned Iran, their financier, to reconsider providing support to the rebels. The statement stressed the immediate end of illegal attacks and the release of unlawfully detained vessels and crews, with a clear warning that the Houthis would bear responsibility for any consequences.</p>
  477.  
  478.  
  479.  
  480. <p>The Houthi attacks, initially claimed to be in response to the Israel-Hamas war, have targeted commercial shipping vessels in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a critical waterway connecting Asia and Europe. Operation Prosperity Guardian, involving U.S., French, and UK warships, has been formed to protect ship traffic in the region.</p>
  481.  
  482.  
  483.  
  484. <p>In recent incidents, U.S. Navy helicopters engaged Houthi rebels attacking a cargo ship, resulting in casualties among the rebels. The U.S. and its allies have faced Houthi ballistic missile attacks and explosive drone incidents in the past weeks. President Joe Biden aims to prevent the Israel-Hamas conflict from escalating regionally but emphasizes defending interests and partners if global commerce is impacted.</p>
  485.  
  486.  
  487.  
  488. <p>The U.S. official mentioned that any potential action against the Houthis would be executed in a strategic manner, avoiding deeper involvement with Iran and its proxy groups. At the U.N., U.S. deputy ambassador Christopher Lu highlighted the role of Iranian support in the Houthi attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.</p>
  489.  
  490.  
  491.  
  492. <p>The official reiterated President Biden&#8217;s stance on avoiding conflict in the Middle East while affirming the commitment to self-defense and protecting international commerce. Despite this, the U.S. has taken military action against Iranian-backed militia groups in Iraq in response to attacks on U.S. forces.</p>
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  495. <item>
  496. <title>Five strategies for extending your lifespan</title>
  497. <link>https://heavy.news/news/five-strategies-for-extending-your-lifespan/</link>
  498. <dc:creator><![CDATA[admin]]></dc:creator>
  499. <pubDate>Wed, 27 Dec 2023 07:34:36 +0000</pubDate>
  500. <category><![CDATA[news]]></category>
  501. <category><![CDATA[Health]]></category>
  502. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://heavy.news/?p=1136405</guid>
  503.  
  504. <description><![CDATA[Hassan Vally, Deakin University At this time of year many of us resolve to prioritise our health. So it is&#8230;]]></description>
  505. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  506. <figure class="wp-block-image"><img decoding="async" src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/565071/original/file-20231212-19-m904rz.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;rect=0%2C437%2C6500%2C3746&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt=""/><figcaption class="wp-element-caption"><a href="https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/seniors-enjoying-breakfast-1105683980">Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock</a></figcaption></figure>
  507.  
  508.  
  509.  
  510. <p><a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/hassan-vally-202904">Hassan Vally</a>, <em><a href="https://theconversation.com/institutions/deakin-university-757">Deakin University</a></em></p>
  511.  
  512.  
  513.  
  514. <p>At this time of year many of us resolve to prioritise our health. So it is no surprise there’s a <a href="https://digiday.com/marketing/health-food-brands-ramp-up-marketing-efforts-around-consumers-new-years-resolutions/">roaring trade</a> of products purporting to guarantee you live longer, be healthier and look more youthful.</p>
  515.  
  516.  
  517.  
  518. <p>While an <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4822264/">estimated</a> 25% of longevity is determined by our genes, the rest is determined by what we do, day to day.</p>
  519.  
  520.  
  521.  
  522. <p>There are no quick fixes or short cuts to living longer and healthier lives, but the science is clear on the key principles. Here are five things you can do to extend your lifespan and improve your health.</p>
  523.  
  524.  
  525.  
  526. <h2 class="wp-block-heading">1. Eat a predominantly plant-based diet</h2>
  527.  
  528.  
  529.  
  530. <p>What you eat has a huge impact on your health. The evidence overwhelmingly <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8210981/#:%7E:text=According%20to%20an%20expansive%20review,13%20Given%20that%20so%20many">shows</a> eating a diet high in plant-based foods is associated with health and longevity.</p>
  531.  
  532.  
  533.  
  534. <p>If you eat more plant-based foods and less meat, processed foods, sugar and salt, you reduce your risk of a range of illnesses that shorten our lives, including heart disease and cancer.</p>
  535.  
  536.  
  537.  
  538. <figure class="wp-block-image"><img decoding="async" src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/565062/original/file-20231212-19-nxaeys.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="Delicious Mediterranean serving platter."/><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest and most studied eating patterns. <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/tray-of-food-on-white-surface-K47107aP8UU">Louis Hansel/Unsplash</a></figcaption></figure>
  539.  
  540.  
  541.  
  542. <p>Plant-based foods <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41398-019-0552-0">are rich</a> in nutrients, phytochemicals, antioxidants and fibre. They’re also anti-inflammatory. All of this protects against damage to our cells as we age, which helps prevent disease.</p>
  543.  
  544.  
  545.  
  546. <p>No particular diet is right for everyone but one of the most studied and <a href="https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-weight/diet-reviews/mediterranean-diet/#:%7E:text=%5B6%5D%20Those%20who%20had%20the,who%20had%20the%20lowest%20adherence.">healthiest</a> is the <a href="https://www.eatingwell.com/article/291120/mediterranean-diet-for-beginners-everything-you-need-to-get-started/">Mediterranean diet</a>. It’s based on the eating patterns of people who live in countries around the Mediterranean Sea and emphases vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, legumes, nuts and seeds, fish and seafood, and olive oil.</p>
  547.  
  548.  
  549.  
  550. <h2 class="wp-block-heading">2. Aim for a healthy weight</h2>
  551.  
  552.  
  553.  
  554. <p>Another important way you can be healthier is to try and achieve a healthy weight, as obesity <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health/obesity/how-obesity-affects-body">increases the risk</a> of a number of health problems that shorten our lives.</p>
  555.  
  556.  
  557.  
  558. <p>Obesity puts strain on all of our body systems and has a whole myriad of physiological effects including causing inflammation and hormonal disturbances. These <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK572076/">increase your chances</a> of a number of diseases, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and a number of cancers.</p>
  559.  
  560.  
  561.  
  562. <p>In addition to affecting us physically, obesity is also <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6052856/">associated with</a> poorer psychological health. It’s linked to depression, low self-esteem and stress.</p>
  563.  
  564.  
  565.  
  566. <p>One of the biggest challenges we face in the developed world is that we live in an <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6817492/">environment</a> that promotes obesity. The ubiquitous marketing and the easy availability of high-calorie foods our bodies are hard-wired to crave mean it’s easy to consume too many calories.</p>
  567.  
  568.  
  569.  
  570. <h2 class="wp-block-heading">3. Exercise regularly</h2>
  571.  
  572.  
  573.  
  574. <p>We all know that exercise is good for us – the <a href="https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/au/news/breaking-news/hcf-reveals-australias-most-popular-new-years-resolutions-for-2023-431665.aspx">most common resolution</a> we make this time of year is to do more exercise and to get fitter. Regular exercise <a href="https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/physical-activity">protects</a> against chronic illness, lowers your stress and improves your mental health.</p>
  575.  
  576.  
  577.  
  578. <p>While one of the ways exercising helps you is by supporting you to control your weight and lowering your body fat levels, the <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1402378/#:%7E:text=For%20instance%2C%20routine%20physical%20activity,HDL%5D%20cholesterol%20levels%20and%20decreased">effects</a> are broader and include improving your glucose (blood sugar) use, lowering your blood pressure, reducing inflammation and improving blood flow and heart function.</p>
  579.  
  580.  
  581.  
  582. <figure class="wp-block-image"><img decoding="async" src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/565049/original/file-20231212-27-u1vhzr.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="Woman with grey hair does yoga outside"/><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Do the types of exercise you enjoy. <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/woman-in-black-tank-top-and-gray-denim-jeans-sitting-on-green-grass-field-during-daytime-FGQQho5XXn4">Kelly Newton/Unsplash</a></figcaption></figure>
  583.  
  584.  
  585.  
  586. <p>While it’s easy to get caught up in all of the hype about different exercise strategies, the evidence <a href="https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320760">suggests</a> that any way you can include physical activity in your day has health benefits. You don’t have to run marathons or go to the gym for hours every day. Build movement into your day in any way that you can and do things that you enjoy.</p>
  587.  
  588.  
  589.  
  590. <h2 class="wp-block-heading">4. Don’t smoke</h2>
  591.  
  592.  
  593.  
  594. <p>If you want to be healthier and live longer then don’t smoke or vape.</p>
  595.  
  596.  
  597.  
  598. <p>Smoking cigarettes affects almost every organ in the body and is associated with both a shorter and lower quality of life. There is no safe level of smoking – every cigarette increases your <a href="https://theconthatkills.org.au/?utm_source=googlesearch&amp;utm_medium=search&amp;utm_campaign=theconthatkills23&amp;utm_content=RSA&amp;gclid=Cj0KCQjwqP2pBhDMARIsAJQ0Czrlep6EQHC-8_9xUhpz0h9v2ZglMF-6-k7_65awq8FxVaIL5HRoivwaAqJwEALw_wcB&amp;gclsrc=aw.ds">chances of developing</a> a range of cancers, heart disease and diabetes.</p>
  599.  
  600.  
  601.  
  602. <p>Even if you have been smoking for years, by giving up smoking at any age you can experience <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/how_to_quit/benefits/index.htm">health benefits</a> almost immediately, and you can reverse many of the harmful effects of smoking.</p>
  603.  
  604.  
  605.  
  606. <p>If you’re thinking of switching to vapes as a healthy long term option, <a href="https://theconversation.com/can-vaping-help-people-quit-smoking-its-unlikely-204812">think again</a>. The long term health effects of vaping are not fully understood and they come with their own <a href="https://theconversation.com/no-vapes-arent-95-less-harmful-than-cigarettes-heres-how-this-decade-old-myth-took-off-203039">health risks</a>.</p>
  607.  
  608.  
  609.  
  610. <h2 class="wp-block-heading">5. Prioritise social connection</h2>
  611.  
  612.  
  613.  
  614. <figure class="wp-block-image"><img decoding="async" src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/565064/original/file-20231212-21-u1vhzr.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="Older men play chess outdoors."/><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Don’t forget about friendship and socialising. <a href="https://unsplash.com/photos/two-men-playing-chess-ItphH2lGzuI">Vlad Sargu/Unsplash</a></figcaption></figure>
  615.  
  616.  
  617.  
  618. <p>When we talk about living healthier and longer, we tend to focus on what we do to our physical bodies. But one of the most important discoveries over the past decade has been the recognition of the importance of spiritual and psychological health.</p>
  619.  
  620.  
  621.  
  622. <p>People who are lonely and socially isolated have a much higher risk of dying early and are <a href="https://healthnews.com/longevity/healthspan/social-connection-and-longevity/#:%7E:text=One%20of%20the%20biggest%20benefits,the%20following%20factors%20and%20influences.">more likely</a> to suffer from heart disease, stroke, dementia as well as anxiety and depression.</p>
  623.  
  624.  
  625.  
  626. <p>Although we don’t fully understand the mechanisms, it’s likely due to both behavioural and biological factors. While people who are more socially connected are <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3150158/">more likely</a> to engage in healthy behaviours, there also seems to be a more direct physiological effect of loneliness on the body.</p>
  627.  
  628.  
  629.  
  630. <p>So if you want to be healthier and live longer, build and maintain your connections to others.</p>
  631.  
  632.  
  633.  
  634. <p><a href="https://theconversation.com/profiles/hassan-vally-202904">Hassan Vally</a>, Associate Professor, Epidemiology, <em><a href="https://theconversation.com/institutions/deakin-university-757">Deakin University</a></em></p>
  635.  
  636.  
  637.  
  638. <p>This article is republished from <a href="https://theconversation.com">The Conversation</a> under a Creative Commons license. Read the <a href="https://theconversation.com/you-cant-reverse-the-ageing-process-but-these-5-things-can-help-you-live-longer-214580">original article</a>.</p>
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