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The AFL Is Testing Smart Footballs That Know Where They Are

We’re pretty comfortable with the idea of involving technology in sports, from the mundane usage of broadcast footage to aid a score review to full-blown, dedicated solutions like Hawk-Eye for tennis and cricket. The Australian Football League (AFL) has a reputation for being more measured when it comes to introducing such aids, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t investigating its options, with the most recent research involving “smart” footballs that can communicate their position via GPS.


Nike's New Baseball Glove Comes Already Broken In

Nike’s new Vapor 360 fielding glove is specially designed to be used “straight out of the box,” according to Nike. Forget stashing it under your mattress for weeks until the leather loosens up — this glove is broken in from day one.


How To Make Soccer Popular In America: Play It With Giant Slingshots

Leave it to Joerg Sprave, the internet’s favourite slingshot-building madman, to finally come up with a guaranteed way to make all Americans love soccer. Instead of the players being limited to only using their feet, they should all be allowed to carry this soccer-ball-firing slingshot that can easily propel a ball the length of the field.


TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio Sport Watch: Australian Review

TomTom is a company with a lot of plates spinning at once. In-car GPS, mobile apps, and the competitive fitness wearable segment make for a lot to pay attention to. The new Multi-Sport Cardio, though, is so simultaneously simple, and powerful, and versatile that it really is a runner’s best friend.


Brazil's Soccer Team Has Smart Gatorade Bottles That Track Hydration

Everyone knows you should drink plenty of fluids when playing sports, but hydration actually becomes an exact science when the pride of your nation is at stake during something like the World Cup. That’s why at this year’s tournament, Brazil’s soccer team is using specially-designed Gatorade bottles that track how much the players are drinking.


Uruguay Claims The Luis Suárez Soccer Bite Is A Photoshop Hoax

Earlier this week, Luis Suarez — Uruguay’s talented but controversial soccer player — appeared to bite Giorgio Chiellini in a World Cup match. Now, though, Uruguay’s Football Association claims that he’s on the receiving end of a cruel Photoshop hoax.


How Far Do Soccer Players Run During A Match?

As it does every four years, the world has turned its adoring eyes to fútbol. But while you’re marvelling at the well-placed headers and acrobatic kicks and whatever’s going on with Ronaldo’s hair, take a moment to appreciate the most astonishing feat that happens during these 90 minutes: How far these guys are running.


Colour-Changing Suit Shows Injuries That Paralysed Athletes Can't Feel

Paraplegic athletes push their bodies to the absolute limit — and sometimes beyond. When an athlete injures a body part he or she can’t feel, that can lead to some very dangerous situations. Now, a design team at Imperial College London has an ingenious solution: an athletic suit that uses off-the-shelf pressure sensing film to show where serious impacts have occurred.


This App Can Tell If A Soccer Ball Needs Air By Listening To It Bounce

Nothing tops talent when it comes to how well a soccer player performs on the field, but believe it or not, how inflated (or under-inflated) a soccer ball is can affect how the ball moves when kicked. You can throw your antiquated pressure gauge away, though, because there’s now an app called BallTune that can calculate a ball’s internal pressure simply by listening to it bounce.


Viva Brazuca: Taking The 2014 World Cup Game Ball For A Spin

Every four years, there’s another World Cup. Every World Cup gets a new game ball. And since 1970, that ball has been made by Adidas. Enter Brazuca, the official game ball for World Cup 2014. It’s different, which is great — especially for players who find themselves in need of a scapegoat.