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It was an epic downfall. In twenty-four seasons pitcher Roger Clemens put together one of the greatest careers baseball has ever seen. Seven Cy Young Awards, two World Series championships, and 354 victories made him a lock for the Hall of Fame. But on December 13, 2007, the Mitchell Report laid waste to all that. Accusations that Clemens relied on steroids and human growth hormone provided and administered by his former trainer, Brian McNamee, have put Clemens in the crosshairs of a Justice Department investigation. Why did this happen? How did it happen? Who made the decisions that altered some lives and ruined others? How did a devastating culture of drugs, lies, sex, and cheating fester and grow throughout Major League Baseball's clubhouses? The answers are in these extraordinary pages. American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime is about much more than the downfall of a superstar. While the fascinating portrait of Clemens is certainly at the center of the action, the book takes us outside the white lines and inside the lives and dealings of sports executives, trainers, congressmen, lawyers, drug dealers, groupies, a porn star, and even a murderer-- all of whom have ties to this saga. Four superb investigative journalists have spent years uncovering the truth, and at the heart of their investigation is a behind-the-scenes portrait of the maneuvering and strategies in the legal war between Clemens and his accuser, McNamee. This compelling story is the strongest examination yet of the rise of illegal drugs in America's favorite sport, the gym-rat culture in Texas that has played such an important role in spreading those drugs, and the way Congress has dealt with the entire issue. Andy Pettitte, Jose Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, and Chuck Knoblauch are just a few of the other players whose moving and sometimes disturbing stories are illuminated here as well. The New York Daily News Sports Investigative Team has written the definitive book on corruption and the steroids era in Major League Baseball. In doing so, they have managed to dig beneath the disillusion and disappointment to give us a stirring look at heroes who all too often live unheroic shadow lives.
People are drawn to water. Look at any waterfront and you will likely see boardwalks, beaches, bike paths, marinas and plenty of people enjoying themselves. Couples and students on spring break seek tropical beaches as vacation spots while families flock to waterparks and lake cabins. Commercial fishermen and mariners take to the water for their livelihoods. Water is an important part of our lives.
American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in the New Chinaby Matthew Polly
Autobiographical account of the author, who was the target of the bullies at school. He wanted to become a strong fighter and so attended the Shaolin temple in China where the martial arts are taught.
Largemouth, smallmouth or stripers--bass of all varieties are the number one sport fish across the country, and in America's Best Bass Fishing veteran angler and outdoor writer Steve Price points the way to the very best places to catch them.
From the Book Jacket: "A richly researched and written book with an unusual appeal." -Publishers Weekly "This book is a treat for everyone who knows or cares about horses." -Cleveland Amory No wild animal captures the spirit of North America quite so powerfully as the wild horse-nor has any faced such diverse and potent enemies. In this provocative account, Hope Ryden-who helped to ensure the passage of the Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, which grants mustangs special protection-combs the history of these proud and noble horses; Descended from the Spanish horses ridden by the conquistadors, they evolved into the tough and intelligent ponies that Indians-and later, explorers and cowboys-learned to rely on. From the period when wholesale extermination of the buffalo was underway until recent times, commercial and political interests have sought to eliminate the wild horses as varmints. In the latest update to this classic story Ryden tells of the successes: and failures in the past ten years of regulation, and has added stunning new color photographs. The subject of a front-page article in The New York Times. when it was first published, america's last wild horses continues to be a compelling testament to the life of a uniquely American symbol of grace and wildness, and is a must read for horse lovers and Western history enthusiast everywhere.
They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin' Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester United), and themselves. Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England's soccer thugs express it in ways that range from mere vandalism to riots that terrorize entire cities. Now Bill Buford, editor of the prestigious journal Granta, enters this alternate society and records both its savageries and its sinister allure with the social imagination of a George Orwell and the raw personal engagement of a Hunter Thompson.
Pamela Logan, a recognized expert in the martial arts, gives a breathtaking account of her journey across the windswept plateaus and icy mountain passes of eastern Tibet.
This book serves as a bridge between biomechanics and the practice of sport, Pilates, yoga, and dance, providing the reader with a complete understanding of how the body functions while exercising.
Working out can be fun and rewarding. But if you're not doing it correctly, it can seem pointless, and even painful. Knowing the best way to build muscle-and knowing why it's the best way-can mean the difference between a lifelong devotion to exercise and a fabulously fit body, or giving up in frustration.Health and fitness expert Pat Manocchia gives readers the tools they need to embark on a journey of fitness and health, from basic movements to information on how to build a complete exercise plan. With step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow illustrations of starting positions and movement paths, it's like having your very own personal trainer.Learn what to do and what not to do. For example, hands should be shoulder-width apart during a chin-up, and you should never, ever swing the body during that move. Keep a slight arch in the back while performing a dead lift, and do so by keeping the head up. Find out how to get results by following these and other exercises.Anatomy of Strength Training brings a new dimension to workouts, helping readers target every problem area-and helping them stay on the path to health and fitness.
It doesn't matter if you're a fitness novice or an elite athlete. You should be starting each workout exactly the same way - with a stretching regimen designed to warm up your body and help you achieve a new personal best each time. But without the expertise of a professional trainer and without an expert's understanding of muscle anatomy, it can be hard to know what exercises are best.Craig Ramsay is here to help! In Anatomy of Stretching, he brings the lessons learned in ten years as a trainer to celebrities and professional athletes and the star of Bravo's Thintervention to everyone. You'll learn when and how to do a tricep stretch and a shoulder stretch, when to avoid toe touches and hamstring stretches, and why it's important to keep your neck relaxed during a hip flexor stretch. While taking you through each movement step by step, Anatomy of Stretching also goes beneath the skin to allow you to see just which muscles you are working during each stretch.Get limber - and get the most out of your workout - with Anatomy of Stretching!
Full of Exercises, Training Tips, and Injury Remedies That Every Cyclist and Coach Should Have!Every year, more and more people take up cycling to get in shape and stay fit. Thousands of people are buying new bikes with the latest technology, entering races, and even forgoing rush hour traffic and crowded public transportation to ride to work. But the joy and thrill of cycling are often marred by injuries that can bother you for a few weeks or for years. That's why every cyclist needs to have Anatomy, Stretching & Training for Cyclists. Lisa Purcell includes a detailed exercise program that is designed for cyclists from beginner to advanced levels and that is devised to strengthen and stretch the major muscle groups used in cycling. She provides answers and tools for training, including: Step-by-step photos Tests to assess your form An assessment of cycling gear Exercises to improve your core The truth about stretching And much more!Featured are targeted stretches to increase flexibility and a wide-ranging selection of exercises that thoroughly strengthen the legs and arms and build both core strength and stability, as well as hone your balance and posture on the bike. A handy guide lets you know which muscles are the main targets of each exercise, as well the exercise's benefits and cautions, along with tips on perfecting your form. With a series of sample workouts that show you how to devise a training program to suit your unique goals, Anatomy, Stretching & Training for Cyclists is the ultimate reference for anyone wanting to achieve optimal cycling fitness.
ANOTHER ROUND OF INSPIRATION AND INSTRUCTION. When Harvey Penick signed copies of his now classic first book,Harvey Penick's Little Red Book,Bud Shrake, his coauthor, noticed that he often inscribed them with the line "To my fried and pupil." When Shrake asked him why, Penick replied "Well, if you read my book, you're my pupil, and if you play golf, you're my friend."Taking up where theLittle Red Bookleft off, this is the second dose of Penick's singular brand of wit and wisdom, full of the simple and easy-to-understand lessons on golf that Penick is known and admired for. Like its predecessor,And If You Play Golf, You're My Friend is rich with Penick's great love of the game, a love that he delighted in sharing with golfers of all ages and levels of ability.
An Olympian who sacrificed a medal to save a competitor, a professional soccer player who was bribed out of retirement with pizza, a runaway pig who disrupted the start of a baseball game -- truth is stranger than fiction, especially in sports! In this sequel to his first compilation of sports bloopers and unbelievable stories, And Nobody Got Hurt, Today Show regular and Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Len Berman shares more of the funniest and most amazing stories in the history of sports, including favorite moments from his popular Spanning the World segments on NBC-TV.
Craig Heimbuch, urban dad, journalist, and editor-in-chief of manofthehouse.com offers readers a humorous exploration of hunting culture in And Now We Shall Do Manly Things. Outdoors enthusiasts, fans of A.J. Jacobs's The Know-It-All and the Bill Bryson classic, A Walk in the Woods will appreciate Heimbuch's aspirations to better understand the men in his family by immersing himself for one year in the manly art of hunting. A book that explores with great wit and open-hearted appreciation the ideal of traditional masculinity, And Now We Shall Do Manly Things demonstrates that it is possible to be both a hunter and a modern American man.
When Andy Murray finally overcame Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller to secure the 2012 US Open, it was a dream fulfilled for the man from Dunblane. After four previous defeats in Grand Slam finals, Murray had finally achieved what no British man had managed since the 1930s. But the story of how he got there was just as compelling as the final itself, with as many twists and turns along the way. Writer Mark Hodgkinson has been covering that story since the start - he was actually the first person to interview Murray for a national newspaper back in 2004, and has worked closely with Judy Murray in the past. In Andy Murray: Champion, Hodgkinson explains how Murray first emerged as a tennis player of true quality, and how his rivalry with his brother Jamie spurred him on. He looks at the close relationship Murray has with his mother, and the various coaches who haved worked with him to assess their influence on his game. In a hugely competitive era of tennis, with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic all counted to be among the greatest tennis players of all time, Murray has earned the right to be ranked alongside them all - and this book explains how and why he has done so, becoming a true national sporting icon in the process.
The inspiring autobiography of a three-time World Touring Car champion, and almost certainly Great Britain's best-kept sporting secret . . . until now! For someone who grew up on a small island with a speed limit of just 35 mph, Andy Priaulx drives his car awfully fast. But then the man from Guernsey is a hugely determined figure who has been fighting against the odds and performing the role of underdog throughout his entire career. In this his first book, Priaulx tells of how he has fought--tooth and claw, with virtually no back-up--for every sponsor, every car, and every penny on his way to achieving his dream of one day becoming a world champion. With refreshing honesty, Priaulx reveals how he and his wife risked everything financially to get on the lower rungs of the motor racing ladder, even spending some time living in a borrowed caravan at the Silverstone circuit in an attempt to save money. "Pikey Priaulx" was his nickname at the time, but the story only goes to show how sacrifice and sheer bloody-mindedness can pay off. Priaulx's reserves of energy, enthusiasm, and dedication--not to mention his natural talent--served him well as he won the European Touring Car Championship in 2004. Motor sport's governing body, the FIA, recognizes only three world championships--Formula 1, World Rally, and World Touring Cars. Priaulx has won the WTC championship for the last three years, an unprecedented achievement. In fact, such has been Priaulx's success that he has been universally hailed as the greatest touring car driver of all time, and widely dubbed "Britain's Schumacher. " In 2007 Priaulx received the ultimate accolade when he was awarded the Gold Medal of the British Racing Drivers' Club "in recognition of outstanding contemporary racing success. " This was only the eighth time the Gold Medal has been awarded. Told in Andy's energetic and engaging style, this is the story of that most rare of sporting beasts--a true British world champion.
Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan: Taking the Field with Pro Athletes and Olympic Legends to Answer Sports Fans' Burning Questionsby Todd Gallagher
Massive goalies, midget batters, and Mike Tyson. . . Todd Gallagher faced them all to answer your questions Every sports fan knows that the debates can be almost as interesting as the games themselves (unless you're a Tampa Bay Devil Rays fan, in which case they're much more interesting). But some debates can never be settled no matter how much you run up your bar tab arguing with your friends. Well, it's time to answer your questions once and for all: * Could an average guy start in the WNBA? * Would sumo wrestlers make great NFL linemen? * How easy is it for pro athletes to get laid? * How good are pro golfers at miniature golf? * Do pro athletes really play drunk or high? * How would a fan hit against a major league pitcher? To settle more than thirty of sports' greatest (and most ridiculous) debates, Todd Gallagher has teamed up with coaches, general managers, and athletes--including LeBron James, Mike Tyson, Dwyane Wade, Johan Santana, Eddie George, Jose Canseco, and many others. But Gallagher didn't just ask questions. He put these debates to the test--literally. He sent an all-midget lineup up against a pro baseball team. He swam freestyle against a doggie-paddling Olympic gold medalist. He recruited America's #1 darts player to test that uncanny accuracy in beer pong. And, yes, he stuck a frying pan in tennis star Andy Roddick's hands and went to battle. The results are hilarious and enlightening. Best of all, once you have the answers you'll be able to shut up the next loudmouth who tries to debate you at the bar.
Annika Sorenstam is the best professional female golfer in the world and has made history as the first woman in more than 50 years to compete in a men's Professional Golfer's Association (PGA) Tour event. She has now become an international celebrity and is so popular in her native country, Sweden, that her picture was put on a postage stamp.
Applied Sport Management Skills, Second Edition uses the four management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling to teach students how to become strong leaders and managers in the world of sport. This comprehensive and fully updated text provides an overview of management topics with a unique focus on developing the skills necessary for managing sport organizations.
Written with the expertise of more than 30 industry experts, Aquatic Fitness Professional Manual, Sixth Edition, is the most comprehensive and relied-upon resource for fitness professionals, personal trainers, therapists, and facility or program managers who specialize in water exercise. No longer just for seniors, aquatic fitness has emerged at the forefront of fitness trends as a challenging reduced-impact option for group exercise, small-group fitness, and personal training for all age groups. With new and expanded information, extensive updates, and the most current research and best practices, the sixth edition is sure to make waves by helping you design appropriate and engaging programs to bring the benefits of aquatic fitness to a wide range of individuals. This all-in-one aquatic fitness reference is the definitive resource for those preparing for the AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional certification exam. Reorganized for easier study and exam preparation, the sixth edition contains essential foundational information such as the components of physical fitness, group fitness teaching techniques, and AEA Standards and Guidelines. Special learning features, including key concepts, chapter summaries, and review questions with answers, will help you learn and retain vital safety information, current aquatic-related research on exercise science, program design concepts, and updated nutrition and weight-management guidelines. The Aquatic Fitness Professional Manualfocuses on vertical exercise in both shallow and deep water. An improved, user-friendly layout includes an expanded glossary and index, added references, and new and revised charts. Italso includes a library of cardiorespiratory movements, toning exercises for major muscle groups, and stretching options to augment your current exercise routines. All movements and exercises are clearly described with full-color photos and detailed instructions. Plus, straightforward explanations of current exercise science concepts, applied exercise anatomy and physiology, and updated research on deep-water exercise will assist you in creating and leading safe and enjoyable exercise programs. In the sixth edition you'll also find new recommendations on warm-ups and cool-downs, shallow-water exercise, and aquatic fitness alternative training for better health. Expanded information on equipment and effective use of equipment keeps you and your clients focused on safety. Learn new cueing techniques and deck-teaching skills to enhance your group fitness leadership skills, and get the latest information to assist you in presenting a professional appearance and demeanor. Dive into the new sixth edition of Aquatic Fitness Professional Manual today, and increase your knowledge, enhance your techniques, and bring the benefits of better fitness to your exercise community!
Introduces the Arabian horse, one of the oldest breeds in the world, and how it has changed over the centuries.
Head to the range with the skills to hit the bull's-eye. Archery Fundamentals will have you shooting on target in no time. Instruction in all the essentials--from stringing the bow through the anchor to learning aim, grip, and release--will put your technique right on the mark. Sequential instructions and accompanying photographs will guide your execution through every phase of the shot.In addition, you'll find inside tips for choosing and maintaining equipment as well as using accessories to improve your accuracy with both recurve and compound bows. You'll also discover how to use arrow patterns to correct errors. And, if you want to compete, you'll appreciate the recommendations for entering and participating in archery tournaments. Archery Fundamentals is a better, faster way to learn the basics. With this book, you'll have as much fun learning the art of shooting as you'll have hitting your mark consistently.
This book introduces scouts to the exciting world of archery. It includes safe use, equipment, creation of arrows and other topics.
Are You Kidding Me? The Story of Rocco Mediate's Extraordinary Battle with Tiger Woods at the US Openby John Feinstein Rocco Mediate
June 2008's US Open produced one of the most unexpected and dramatic showdowns in golf history. Day after day the invincible Tiger Woods was challenged by Rocco Mediate, a respected journeyman. On Sunday, both ended play tied at par, forcing a playoff. Defying expectations, Mediate played Woods to yet another tie, losing only after forcing a sudden-death showdown. Through it all, Rocco Mediate emerged as one of the most likable, open, and fascinating golfers. In ARE YOU KIDDING ME?, he tells the full story of these five life-changing days. With John Feinstein, whose insider knowledge of the golf world is unparalleled, Mediate relives one of sport's greatest feats, how one man overcame every obstacle to challenge the game's finest.