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The Fix is the most explosive story of sports corruption in a generation. Intriguing, riveting, and compelling, it tells the story of an investigative journalist who sets out to examine the world of match-fixing in professional soccer.
Endurance: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zatopek (Wisden Sports Writing)
Voted the Greatest Runner of All Time by Runner's World in 2013, Emil Zátopek redefined modern running training techniques--with remarkable results. He is famed for setting a raft of world records and winning the Olympic ten thousand meters in London in 1948, followed by the remarkable and unprecedented wins of the five thousand meters, ten thousand meters, and marathon four years later in Helsinki. His story, however, goes way beyond races and results. From a lowly factory worker, “the Czech Locomotive” became a global hero. But at a time of political instability Zátopek risked everything for the love of his friends and country and soon found himself cast adrift into political exile. At its heart, this is a love story, as Emil courts and marries Dana, a promising javelin thrower. Born on the same day, they end up winning Olympic gold medals within half an hour of each other. With the unprecedented involvement of Dana, award-winning Times author Rick Broadbent has gained unique access to a dramatic past involving blood, guns, and the love that sustained beatings by Soviet henchmen and the cruelest twists of fate. With traces of Chariots of Fire and Laura Hillenbrand's New York Times bestseller and film Unbroken, this is both a beautiful love story and a landmark tale of hope and strength in the face of crushing injustices.
Intangiball: The Subtle Things That Win Baseball Games
A unique and refreshing ode to the “little things” that represent baseball’s heartbeat - the player who, in countless ways, makes other players better.Intangiball tracks the progress of the Cincinnati Reds through five years of culture change, beginning with the trades of decorated veterans Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey, Jr. It also draws liberally from such character-conscious clubs as the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, and Tampa Bay Rays. Author, sportswriter, and eternal fan of the game, Lonnie Wheeler systematically identifies the performance-enhancing qualities (PEQs) that together comprise the “communicable competitiveness” that he calls “teamship.”Intangiball is not designed to debunk Moneyball, but rather to sketch in what it left out: “What order is there to a baseball world in which a struggling rookie benefits not a bit from the encouraging words of the veteran who drapes his arm around the kid’s shoulders; in which Derek Jeter’s professionalism serves none but him; in which there is no reward for hustle, no edge for enthusiasm, no payoff for sacrifice; in which there is no place for the ambient contributions of David Eckstein, Marco Scutaro, or the aging, battered Scott Rolen; in which shared purpose serves no purpose?”Intangibles, as it turns out, not only ennoble the game; they help win it. And this is the book every fan must read.
Raising a Team Player: Teaching Kids Lasting Values on the Field, on the Court, and on the Bench
In an age when anger, selfishness, and win-at-all-costs attitudes pervade what was formerly known as fun and games, Raising a Team Player offers hope, perspective, and life-tested wisdom. Fierce yet even-tempered; hard-working yet fun-loving; competitive yet sportsmanlike; proud yet humble -- if these are the qualities we wish to see in our children, Harry Sheehy argues, then now is the time to get started. Drawing from a passion that fueled twenty years of coaching youngsters in grade school through college, Sheehy shows parents how to turn the high-pressure situations inherent to sports into true teaching moments that endow kids with resilient life skills -- skills that will serve them for years to come.
Why a Curveball Curves: The Incredible Science of Sports (Popular Mechanics)
Vizard, Frank (Edt)
Sports. They get our blood pumping and our hearts racing. Fans scream and cheer as their favorite athletes run, throw, pedal, dive, or swing their way to victory. But what makes an athlete successful? Why do some players excel when others fall behind? In Why a Curveball Curves, the experts at Popular Mechanics, along with top athletes, coaches, and sports journalists, explore the science behind sports. Fluid dynamics, biomechanics, and technology determine everything from speed in cycling to protection in football to performance measurement in all sports. This book is designed for both the player and the fan, helping athletes become better-prepared and giving enthusiasts a more complete understanding and appreciation of the subtle nuances of competition. The explanations are clear, entertaining, and written by people who really love their game.
Floodlights and Touchlines: A History of Spectator Sport
Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014 Spectator sport is living, breathing, non-stop theatre for all. Focusing on spectator sports and their accompanying issues, tracing their origins, evolution and impact, inside the lines and beyond the boundary, this book offers a thematic history of professional sport and the ingredients that magnetise millions around the globe. It tells the stories that matter: from the gladiators of Rome to the runners of Rift Valley via the innovator-missionaries of Rugby School; from multi-faceted British exports to the Americanisation of professionalism and the Indianisation of cricket. Rob Steen traces the development of these sports which captivate the turnstile millions and the mouse-clicking masses, addressing their key themes and commonalities, from creation myths to match fixing via race, politics, sexuality and internationalism. Insightful and revelatory, this is an entertaining exploration of spectator sports' intrinsic place in culture and how sport imitates life - and life imitates sport.
This Day in Philadelphia Sports
This Day in Philadelphia Sports offers a concise 366-day approach to looking back at the history of Philadelphia sports. Every day on the calendar is represented with a fun tidbit of information of what had happened on that specific date in the history of one of the greatest sports towns in the world: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Every page is filled with the recounting of specific events from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, and 76ers, as well as the local college and high school sports teams. The authors incorporate fun facts, specific information, and thoroughly researched statistical data into each entry.From the inception of the Penn Relays in 1895 to the Eagles Nick Foles’ record-tying performance in 2013, this book covers it all. Relive the evening in late October of 2008 when the Phillies captured their second World Series title or Allen Iverson’s 55-point showing against the Hornets in the first game of the 2003 playoffs. The authors take you through the greatest moments in Philadelphia sports history, as well as those moments when the pain of being a sports fan is in full force in the City of Brotherly Love. It’s all here, in This Day in Philadelphia Sports.
Sports Talk: A Journey Inside the World of Sports Talk Radio
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In James Citrin’s new paradigm-shifting book, he identifies the essential characteristics and disciplines that have led many of our outstanding athletes and other extraordinary performers to achieve equally significant accomplishments in their respective business careers. Citrin uses dozens of compelling interviews with personalities as varied and impressive as Colin Powell, Tony Hawk, Billie Jean King, Magic Johnson, Mia Hamm, and Buzz Aldrin, to name a few, to illustrate a new personal achievement program called the Dynamic Path - a plan that any businessperson can put to immediate use. Citrin identifies three stages on this path to greatness: the Champion - combine the work ethic of Tiger Woods with self-confidence and mental toughness to reach the top; the Great Leader - follow Bob Iger’s revitalization of Disney as one of our best brands; the Legacy - learn the ultimate lesson in good and lasting work from Lance Armstrong. With inspiring anecdotes, real-world business examples, and his trademark penetrating insight into what it takes to get ahead, Citrin once again provides a clear and concise roadmap for personal excellence.
Worldwide Space-A Travel Handbook & RV Camping Guide
Les Powles only had 8 hours of sailing experience when he decided to sail solo around the world. Many novices would be content to just dream of such an adventure, and maybe get as far as a solo Channel crossing a couple of years down the line. Not so Les Powles, one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary and eccentric sailors. Les was in his 50s when he built himself a yacht with little prior knowledge of boatbuilding. Remarkably he made it across the Atlantic, though his navigation skills didn't match his boatbuilding abilities; his first landfall was Brazil. He'd been aiming for Barbados - 100 miles north, and in a different hemisphere! Three complete solo circumnavigations followed, all of them full of incident. The last one saw him given up for dead when he hadn't been heard from for four months. His boat had been damaged in a storm, he'd lost all communications and had virtually run out of food. When he sailed up the Lymington River (aged 70) in a skeletal state his arrival caused a media frenzy. Lymington Yacht Haven subsequently gave him a free berth for life. A terrific achiever who has beaten the odds, Les Powles tells his story in a lively, entertaining, humorous and compelling way. It will resonate with sailors and non sailors alike, and may inspire one of them to become the twenty-first century's Les Powles.
Wisden on Grace - An Anthology
Wisden was first published in 1864, the same year that William Gilbert Grace, then aged 16, made his debut in first-class cricket. The great man made his first appearance in the 1865 edition and two years later Wisden reported his 224 not out against Surrey at The Oval. From then on, W.G. was the main headline in each year's annual as he cast his considerable shadow over the game. Today the continuing interest in, and influence of, Grace on cricket is remarkable.Wisden on Grace records the highlights of an astonishing playing career - W.G. remains not only one of the top ten run-scorers of all time, but also one of the top ten wicket-takers - with notable scorecards, match reports and records. But the real treasures are to be found in the opinions and articles written about - and sometimes by - W.G. during his lifetime and afterwards.
Clemson: Where the Tigers Play
Clemson: Where the Tigers Play is the most comprehensive book ever written on Clemson University athletics. This book chronicles more than 100 years of Tiger athletics, listing yearly accounts of statistics, records, bowl and tournament appearances, and historical moments.
Calling the Shots: Ups, Downs & Rebounds - My Life in the Great Game of Hockey
Few people have had a better front row seat to hockey history than Kelly Hrudey, whose former teammates include Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey and Wayne Gretzky, among many others of the game’s greats. In 1987, he stood tall in net during the Easter Epic, the longest playoff game in Islanders history. Kelly made seventy-three saves (to this day an NHL record for most saves made in a playoff game) against the Capitals before Pat LaFontaine scored the winner in the fourth overtime period of Game Seven at two o’clock in the morning. Later that year, Kelly was in the Canada Cup lineup of one of the most talented teams ever assembled on ice. In 1989, he joined Wayne Gretzky and Marty McSorley on a team that took Los Angeles by storm: the Kings went all the way to the Stanley Cup final against the Canadiens in 1993.Hrudey is now a well-respected hockey analyst and broadcaster and has watched with a keen eye as the game continues to evolve. Through it all, he has seen greatness and missed opportunities, inspiring moments and outright craziness. Working with bestselling author Kirstie McLellan Day, Kelly delivers a lively and thoughtful memoir, rich in behind-the-scenes anecdotes, humour and insight.
Coaching: The Art and the Science
The complete guide to self management, team management, and physical and psychological preparation. Coaching: The Art and the Science contains valuable information on developing positive coaching strategies in any sport, using principles collected from many fields of sport psychology, sport pedagogy, and sport physiology. Written to meet the needs of coaches at every level, this practical book takes readers through the most fundamental coaching techniques to more advanced mental and physical training methods designed to help players perform at their best. Coaching includes sections on: Talent identification Time and stress management Team organization Training for strength, power, and speed Competing under adverse conditions Sports nutrition Physical and psychological testing Motivation and communication Problem solving and decision making and much more. The comprehensive text is studded with exercises, worksheets, charts and diagrams that make learning to be an effective coach both interesting and enjoyable. Filled with more than 50 illustrations and dozens of tables and charts, Coaching offers easy access to all the key principles of the craft of coaching in one exceptional book.
Tendulkar in Wisden: An Anthology
Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from playing in 2014, is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest cricketers of all time - and arguably the greatest batsman ever. He is revered throughout India like no other player, and there is intense, constant interest in all things Tendulkar. Tendulkar in Wisden records the highlights of an exceptional playing career, all taken from the various Wisden publications over the past quarter of a century and tailored generally to a global audience, but particularly to an Indian readership.
Under the Lone Star Flagstick
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