Have you heard of ice sledge hockey? Don't be embarrassed if you haven't. I hadn't before 2014. But, I have never forgotten it. The mundane nature of many modern day mainstream sportspeople - a creation of spin doctors who seem to see a threat in anything that could been conceived as interesting - makes it hard to sometimes focus on what's been great about reporting on sport. But Sledge hockey was unforgettable.
MELBOURNE Rebels' star English import Danny Cipriani has committed to playing out next year with the team and pledged to work hard to keep himself out of trouble when he steps off the field. Cipriani, who said he is often misunderstood and misjudged, has found himself offside with club officialdom this year after a series of off-field incidents that led to him being dropped from the team and missing four games.
Close your eyes for a moment. Take a breath. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about swimming? Not just any type of swimming but the type that could one day lead you to standing at the top of a medal podium singing the national anthem. Early starts, endless hours following the black line, gut-busting training sessions, relentless coaches and a career path that, in many cases, comes to an end in your early 20s (if you're lucky). Yep, all of those can be the case.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".