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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.
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.
Third and expanded edition of this classic work of scholarship on the sports of ancient Greece.
60+ revealing moments of baseball by Russell Baker, Robert Coover, Joseph Durso, Curt Flood, Peter Gammons, Donald Hall, Dan Okrent, William Safire, Gay Talese, George F. Will, and many more
Surprisingly, one of sport's most contentious, complex, and defining clashes played out not in the boxing ring or at the line of scrimmage but on the genteel green fairways of the world's finest golf courses. Arnie and Jack. Palmer and Nicklaus. Their fifty-year duel, in both the clubhouse and the boardroom, propelled each to the status of American icon and pushed modern golf to the heights and popularity it enjoys today.Arnie was the cowboy, with rugged good looks, Popeye-like forearms, a flailing swing, and charm enough to win fans worldwide. Jack was scientific, precise, conservative, aloof, even fat and awkward. Ultimately, Nicklaus got the better of Palmer on the course, beating him in major victories 18-7. But Palmer bested Nicklaus almost everywhere else, especially in the hearts of the public and in endorsement dollars. By the end of this page-turning narrative, we see that each man wanted what the other had: Arnold wanted the trophies. Jack wanted the love.In the tradition of John Feinstein and Mark Frost, Ian O'Connor has written a compelling account of one of the greatest rivalries in sports history.
Ohsawa relates judo and aikido to the establishment of world peace.
When Muffy's father becomes the new soccer coach, the team is happy at first--everyone gets new uniforms and ice cream. But then the kids realize Mr. Crosswire isn't like the old coach, and they begin to wonder if he really cares. Can the players and Coach Crosswire figure out what being a team is all about? Picture descriptions present.
Ashe's diary of the 1973-74 tennis season, one of his most successful as a player.
Childhood of Famous Americans One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily read by children of eight and up -- today's youngster is swept right into history.
At the age of thirty, elite triathlete Kathryn Bertine had no job, no home of her own, no direction, a canceled wedding, and just over $200 in her checking account. Just as she was about to renounce her athletic dreams, the phone rang. ESPN The Magazine made her an offer she couldn't refuse: Bertine would have two years to make the 2008 Summer Olympic Gamesby any means necessary - as long as she survived to tell the tale.
"It's not your life, it's not your wife, it's only a game." -- Lloyd Mangrum. "There is no type of miracle that can't happen at least once in golf." -- Grantland Rice. No one knows exactly when the first golf quotation was spoken; nonetheless, we can be very sure it was unprintable. The game is a source of endless study, endless fascination, and endless frustration -- which has led to an endless pursuit of wisdom about how to play it better. "It doesn't matter if you look like a beast before or after the hit, as long as you look like a beauty at the moment of impact." -- Seve Ballesteros. "Nobody ever swung a club too slowly." -- Bobby Jones. In the game's 500 years of history, it has drawn the attention of kings and commoners, pros and con men, stylists and butchers, bag-toters and sandbaggers. All have had something to say about the game, its implements, or the impossibility of ever plumbing its inner depths. "The trouble that most of us find with the modern matched sets of clubs is that they don't really seem to know any more about the game than the old ones did." -- Robert Browning. "If profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game would be played far better than it is." -- Horace Hutchinson. Randy Voorhees has taken on the daunting task of choosing the best, most helpful, and most entertaining quotations about the game of golf. From Penick to Trevino, from Jones to Nicklaus, from Mackenzie and Wodehouse to Updike and McLean, all the greats of the game are here, with thoughts that will enlighten, entertain, and ensure lower scores. "When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls." -- Henry Beard "Hit the ball up to the hole...You meet a better class of person there." -- Ben Hogan. So read, skim, dip, and savor. Your next round of golf will be more enjoyable, and your nineteenth-hole banter will be vastly improved when you casually drop into the conversation, As Hogan Said... WHO SAID THE 389 BEST THINGS ABOUT HOW TO PLAY GOLF? Jonathan Abrahams * Michael Adams * Tommy Armour * Gloria Armstrong * Robert Baker * Lord Balfour * Seve Ballesteros * Jerry Barber * Henry Beard * Max Behr * Tommy Bolt * James Braid * Billy Ray Brown * Robert Browning * Bob Brue * Craig Bunker * Jackie Burke, Jr. * Tom Callahan * Billy Casper * Dr. Richard Coop * Henry Cotton * Ben Crenshaw * Bernard Darwin * Peter Dobereiner * Pete Dye * Shirley Englehorn * Bob Estes * Jim Flick * Raymond Floyd * Walter Hagen * Martin Hall * Hank Haney * Butch Harmon * Arnold Haultain * May Hezlet * Dave Hill * Harold H. Hilton * Ben Hogan * Chuck Hogan * Horace Hutchinson * Hale Irwin * John Jacobs * Dan Jenkins * Bobby Jones * Ernest Jones * Robert Trent Jones * Robert Trent Jones, Jr. * Tom Kite * Glenn Kummer * Neal Lancaster * Tony Lema * Lawson Little * Bobby Locke * Henry Longhurst * Francisco Lopez * Nancy Lopez * Davis Love, Jr. * George Low * Cliff McAdams * Gary McCord * Jim McLean * Dr. Alister Mackenzie * Stewart Maiden * Roger Maltbie * Lloyd Mangrum * Dr. Cary Middlecoff * Johnny Miller * Colin Montgomerie * Bill Moretti * Michael Murphy * Byron Nelson * Jack Nicklaus * Greg Norman * Ted Osborne * David Owen * Arnold Palmer * Willie Park, Jr. * Corey Pavin * Dave Pelz * Harvey Penick * George Peper * Gale Peterson * Gary Player * Chris Plumbridge * Jimmy Powell * Charles Price * H. H. Ramsay * Grantland Rice * Donald Ross * Dr. Bob Rotella * Lorne Rubenstein * Paul Runyan * Doug Sanders * Gene Sarazen * Tom Simpson * Sir Walter Simpson * Randy Smith * Wiffi Smith * Sam Snead * Curtis Strange * Louise Suggs * George Thomas * Annette Thompson * Peter Thomson * Dr. T. J. Tomasi * Jerome Travers * Claudia Trevino * Lee Trevino * John Updike * Harry Vardon * Glenna Collett Vare * Ken Venturi * Tom Watson * Brian Watts * H. N. Wethered * Joyce Wethered * H. J. Whigham * Dr. Gary Wiren * P. G. Wodehouse * Mickey Wright * Steve Wynn.
Packed with fascinating facts, Weber's book is the ultimate insider's look into the small and largely unknown world of baseball's professional umpires
Millions of American baseball fans know, with absolute certainty, that umpires are simply overpaid galoots who are doing an easy job badly. Millions of American baseball fans are wrong. "As They See 'Em" is an insider's look at the largely unknown world of professional umpires, the small group of men (and the very occasional woman) who make sure America's favorite pastime is conducted in a manner that is clean, crisp, and true. Bruce Weber, a New York Times reporter, not only interviewed dozens of professional umpires but entered their world, trained to become an umpire, and then spent a season working games from Little League to big league spring training.
Volume 23 of the Thoroughbred Legends series is about the 1940's champion, Assault. His racing exploits are told with great care by Eva Jolene Boyd.
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