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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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    In 1965, 18-year old Lew Alcindor, who would later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, left New York City to play basketball for Coach John Wooden at UCLA. It was the beginning of what was to become a 50-year long relationship that ended with Kareem sitting at his 99-year old coach's bedside on a June evening in 2010, holding his hand, just before he died. This is the story of their enduring friendship, both on and off the court. On the court, Jabbar led UCLA to three national champions, and was named the Outstanding Player in the NCAA for each of those years-a feat that has yet to be matched in college basketball. Wooden coached UCLA for 27 seasons and won more NCAA championships than any other coach in history. Off the court, they transcended their athletic achievements to gain even wider recognition and tremendous national respect. They came together at the height of the civil rights era, and Coach Wooden made sure that every player on his team got the same opportunity and was treated equally. Even when Kareem controversially adopted the Muslim faith, and changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wooden was there to support him. Abdul-Jabbar will intimately reveal the lessons Coach Wooden taught-- from putting your socks on right, to the philosophies in his famous "Pyramid of Success,"--and how they shaped his life, and more generally take you back to the basics of what a coach should be. Part memoir, and part inspirational, this book is filled with untold stories about the famous pair; private correspondence; exclusive interviews with other teammates and coaches, friends, and even family, on Coach Wooden's impact; and much more.
    Dave Hopla
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    NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan put it best: "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." With Basketball Shooting as your coach, you can hit the court with confidence in your ability to make any shot from anywhere on the court. Shooting is an art, and in this special book and DVD package, professional shooting coach Dave Hopla presents the same skills and strategies that have made him one of the world's most sought-after experts. Covering long-range three-pointers, midrange jumpers, bank shots, and free-throw shots, Coach Hopla pulls from his extensive coaching experience--which includes stops in the NBA and with multiple international squads--to help you master every element of a correct shot. In addition, you'll learn over 20 drills to help you perfect the techniques you need to hit shots from anywhere. Before you hit the court for your next game, turn to Basketball Shooting and take your game to new heights.
    Michael Holley
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    In Patriot Reign (2004), Michael Holley wrote a bestselling look inside what makes the Patriot organization tick and win. In War Room (2011), Holley explored the draft and personnel strategy that makes the Patriots win year in and year out. Now, in BELICHICK & BRADY, he examines how the relationship between these two men has formed the core of arguably the greatest dynasty in the modern-day NFL. Holley is interviewing current and former Patriots players and coaches to provide an unprecedented portrait of Belichick and Brady, two future Hall of Famers. Timed for the beginning of the 2016 NFL season, this book reveals how their partnership has yielded four Superbowl rings, a feat unsurpassed by any other NFL team in recent history. Holley explores their partnership, how they strategized together, weathered controversies, and the big game wins, all fueled by behind-the-scenes anecdotes and information. It will be required reading for Patriots fans and students of the game of football.
    Maury Klein
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    The 1911 New York Giants stole an astonishing 347 bases, a record that still stands more than a century later. That alone makes them special in baseball history, but as Maury Klein relates in Stealing Games they also embodied a rapidly changing America on the cusp of a faster, more frenetic pace of life dominated by machines, technology, and urban culture. Baseball, too, was evolving from the dead-ball to the live-ball era--the cork-centered ball was introduced in 1910 and structurally changed not only the outcome of individual games but the way the game itself was played, requiring upgraded equipment, new rules, and new ways of adjudicating. Changing performance also changed the relationship between management and players. The Giants had two stars--the brilliant manager John McGraw and aging pitcher Christy Mathewson--and memorable characters such as Rube Marquard and Fred Snodgrass; yet their speed and tenacity led to three pennants in a row starting in 1911. Stealing Games gives a great team its due and underscores once more the rich connection between sports and culture.
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    Gaelic football is Ireland's native sport. Fast, physical, athletic and driven by local and national rivalries, it is a unique part of our heritage. Ray McManus and his team at Sportsfile are as passionate as all true sports fans, and have been taking photographs for over forty years. They have been at All Ireland finals, of course, but also at club matches throughout the land. With reminiscences from photographers and players alike, this book is a look back over the decades at the legendary players, matches and moments that have contributed to the narrative of one of the world's most exciting sports. A must for Gaelic Football fans wherever they are.
    Henry Blofeld
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    Henry Blofeld's voice is the sound of the summer to thousands of cricket lovers all over the world, and this autobiographical book is a celebration of his career commentating on the sport he loves. Henry has been a summariser on Test Match Special for over forty years and cricket fans all over the world adore him, in this book he relives his favourite moments in the sport and shares behind the scenes anecdotes and stories told in his unique style.
    James Patterson
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    Aaron Hernandez was a college football All-American who became the youngest player in the NFL and later reached the Super Bowl. He was a star on the league-dominant New England Patriots, who extended his contract for a record $40 million. Hernandez's every move as a professional athlete played out in the headlines, yet he led a secret life - one that ended in a maximum-security prison. What drove him to go so wrong, so fast? Hernandez was the best athlete Connecticut's Bristol Central High had ever produced. But by the time he arrived at University of Florida, he was already courting trouble. As his fame grew and he joined the NFL, trouble followed him. Between the summers of 2012 and 2013, Hernandez was linked to a series of violent incidents culminating in the death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro American football player who dated the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. All-American Murder is the first book to fully investigate the shocking story of Aaron Hernandez - from his meteoric rise in the world of American football to his first-degree murder conviction and the mystery of his own untimely death. Drawing on original, in-depth reporting, this is an explosive account of a life cut short in the dark shadow of fame.
    The American Volleyball Coache
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    The Volleyball Coaching Bible presents the drills top coaches use for developing players at each position and offers insights on strategies for various match situations, including strategic serving, defensive schemes and decision making. In addition to on-court do's and don'ts, coaches will learn what it takes to establish a successful school, university and beach volleyball programme. Setting programme expectations and tactics, building a positive and winning culture, recruiting the right way and running camps are all keys to sustained success detailed in the book.
    Hal Wissel
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    Now in it's 3rd edition with over 130,000 sold, learn to play and coach basketball with the experts! Learning and teaching basketball skills and tactics can be challenging. Executing them in competition can be troubling. Mastering them can be a career-long quest. Is it possible that a single book can provide all the instruction you need to conquer these basketball roadblocks? First you must know exactly how the skill or tactic is properly performed. Then you need to attempt it again and again, with corrective advice through those trials until you get it right. Next comes practice. Lots of practice, with drills designed to make performance of the skill or tactic efficient and effective. In "Basketball: Steps to Success", Coach Hal Wissel covers the entire progression of technical and tactical development needed to become a complete player.
    Women's Basketball Coaches Ass
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    The ultimate drill collection from basketball's best!

    Two of the game's winningest coaches - Tennessee's Pat Summitt and Texas' Jody Conradt - share their favorite drills that have helped produce over 1,800 victories! Fellow NCAA National Championship head coaches Nancy Fahey, Brenda Frese, Wendy Larry, Muffet McGraw, Amy Ruley, and Tara VanDerveer combine with over 40 more of the game's legendary minds to bring you their game-winning drills and strategies to create The Women's Basketball Drill Book, the most comprehensive basketball drill book ever published.

    Whether you're a coach or player, aspiring young hopeful or experienced team leader, this resource will provide you with 186 drills covering all aspects of the game:

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    -Perimeter play

    -Post play

    -Transition play

    Whether you wish to develop new skills or fine-tune your game, rely on the drills that have produced a combined 21 NCAA National Championships. The Women's Basketball Drill Book is the one and only drill book you'll ever need!

    Mike Hebert
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    This book helps you get the coaching secrets of a volleyball legend. Anyone wishing to be a successful volleyball coach needs to know more than just how to teach the basic skills and implement a plan. In such a fast-paced game, not only do you need to outperform your opponent, but you must out think him as well. Volleyball Hall of Fame coach Mike Hebert spent years learning the secrets to success and among the most important is that you should never stop learning. In Thinking Volleyball, he goes beyond the development of motor skills to provide a unique cerebral look at how athletes learn. Hebert also introduces the strategies behind his reading defence approach, which will give a team an advantage against any opponent. Regardless of how talented players are, a positive environment that includes a solid mutual trust among everyone involved with the programme is a vital component for any coaching programme both on and off the court.
    Elizabeth Anders
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    Master coach and field hockey legend Elizabeth Anders details the step-by-step programme that will teach the reader how to develop skills such as score more goals by developing better shooting techniques, improve ball control and dribbling, establish solid passing and receiving skills, develop better footwork and balance for improved stick handling and employ attacking and defensive tactics. Whether the reader is new to the sport or seeking new techniques to add to their arsenal, this book - part of the popular "Steps to Success Sports Series" will help improve every aspect of their game.
    Weeshie Fogarty
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    Why has Kerry, in the rugged south-west, won more All-Ireland Gaelic football championships than any other county? It's a fascinating question, and The Heart & Soul of Kerry Football provides plenty of answers. Weeshie Fogarty tells stories about the great players he played with and against, Kerry's intense rivalries and its outstanding captains. He extols the handing down of a unique tradition, and explains why the increasing profile of girls and women bodes well for the future of the sport. Weeshie also selects his all-time most skilful/classy/stylish team, which is sure to spark debate in the homes and pubs of Kerry. Gaelic football is the very heartbeat of Irish life and culture, both in the Kingdom and beyond, and players and coaches from the most successful county have grown the sport in Ireland and internationally. This unique book reveals the living heart and soul of Kerry football.
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    Get ready for London 2012, this game's going to be big. The "Volleyball Drill Book" covers all volleyball's positions and provides 115 team drills that reflect gameplay situations and enables players to be ready to serve, set and hit their way to victory. This comprehensive book will help players improve their passing, setting, blocking, digging and serving skills and helps coaches plan and develop more effective team practices. The numerous drills and comprehensive coverage will keep team motivation high, improve scoring efficiency and emphasize players' conditioning. Each drill includes a detailed explanation of the purpose, setup and execution, as well as variations and coaching points to help teams perform each drill properly and help coaches fix common mistakes. During and after the 2012 games, interest in this Olympic sport is sure to rocket and this book is suitable for players and coaches at all levels of play.
    Jay Norvell
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    Taking a walk on the wide side. In the complex game that is American Football the wide receiver must be strong, fast, powerful, intelligent and focused - the total package of physical and mental skills in order to excel at the position. "Complete Wide Receiver" covers it all, from the fundamental skills to how to read the game and make appropriate adjustments. From catching and securing the ball, fighting through contact and adjusting to defensive schemes, and developing the quickness and superior agility necessary for precise route running, "Complete Wide Receiver" provides in-depth coverage of the skills and strategies for mastering the position. In addition, there are 48 drills, off-season conditioning programmes and physical and mental strategies for matchday preparation to enable players to unlock their potential and maximize performance in one of the offense's most important positions.
    Tom Howley
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    Today's lacrosse players are bigger, faster, and stronger than ever before. A focused program of strength, speed, and conditioning has become essential to anyone serious about on-field success. "Complete Conditioning for Lacrosse" features a comprehensive approach that develops players' physical abilities as well as the lacrosse-specific skills their positions require. Renowned Cornell University strength and conditioning coach Tom Howley presents the exercises, drills, and programs he's relied on to make the Big Red a perennial powerhouse. In "Complete Conditioning for Lacrosse" you'll find a detailed individual assessment protocol that will help you identify strengths and weaknesses. Using these results, you'll work through the ready-to-use off-season and in-season programs by tailoring each workout to individual needs. Featuring 190 exercises, each accompanied by step-by-step instructions, photo sequences, and unparalleled advice on training, this resource is everything you need for raising your game and improving your team. Whether you are a coach, player, strength and conditioning professional, or athletic trainer, "Complete Conditioning for Lacrosse "is your guide to excellence on the field and in the training room.
    Shea Serrano
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    Who had the greatest dunk of all time? Which version of Michael Jordan was the best Michael Jordan? What is allowed and absolutely not allowed in a game of pickup basketball? Basketball and Other Things takes readers through the most pivotal and ridiculous fan disputes in basketball history, providing arguments and answers to basketball's greatest questions, explained with the wit and wisdom that is unique to Shea Serrano. Serrano breaks down debates that all NBA fans have considered, from the classics (Which years was Kobe at his best?) to the fantastical (If you could assign different values to different shots throughout basketball history, what would they be and why?). With incredible art from Arturo Torres, this book is a must-have for anyone who has ever stayed up late into the night debating basketball's greatest moments, what-ifs, stories, and legends.
    Jeff Sparrow
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    Film star. Icon. Agitator. Martyr. Paul Robeson was a brilliant student and champion athlete who abandoned a career in law to find worldwide fame as a performer and activist. He was undoubtedly the most famous African American of his time - before losing everything for the sake of his principles. The son of a former slave, Robeson's life took him to Hollywood via the Harlem Renaissance and London's West End. While he stunned audiences with his performances of 'Ol' Man River' and Othello, he also championed social justice around the world, travelling from the coal-mining towns of Wales, to the frontiers of the Spanish Civil War, and to the Soviet Union. Yet privately Robeson was a troubled figure, burdened by his role as a symbol for the African-American people and an international advocate for the working class. His stratospheric rise would reach its end in the courtroom of the McCarthy hearings. Today, Robeson is largely unknown, his legacy obscured by the forces of history that destroyed him. Jeff Sparrow traces Robeson's career, showing how his remarkable life tells the story of the twentieth century and illuminates today's reality. From Black Lives Matter to Putin's United Russia, Sparrow explores questions of race in America, political freedom in Moscow, and the legacy of communism in Europe. Part travelogue, part biography, it is a story of political ardour, heritage, and trauma - a luminous portrait of a man and an urgent reflection on the politics that define us now.
    Frank Colbert
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    Let us take a nostalgic trip back in time to the age of Harry Stafford, Charlie Roberts, Sandy Turnbull, Joe Spence, Johnny Carey and Jack Rowley. These were the greats who made Manchester United great; legends for their immense contribution both on and off the pitch but now consigned to history. There are no shrines or statues to these players at Old Trafford yet without them, other legends might never have emerged, indeed the club itself might not exist. The Forgotten Legends brings to vivid life the careers of an elite set of footballers. They had two things in common: all made their United debuts before the start of the Second World War and none of them have had their story told in print before. HARRY STAFFORD -- The mysterious figure who saved Manchester United and then disappeared. CHARLIE ROBERTS -- Manchester United's first great captain and founder of the PFA. SANDY TURNBULL -- a figure who attracted controversy as easily as he did match winning goals. JOE SPENCE -- United's only true great between the wars, a legend among the fans. JOHNNY CAREY -- United's next great captain, leading the club back to glory. JACK ROWLEY -- A prolific striker with a fearsome reputation on and off the pitch.
    Allan Maki
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    Celebrating the 50th anniversary of America's greatest game. From its inauspicious beginnings as 'The First World Championship Game between the AFL and NFL' in 1967 to the raucous worldwide cultural event that was Super Bowl 50, Allan Maki and Dave Naylor count down the greatest moments in each staging of the first 50 Super Bowls. Be it Joe Namath's guaranteed victory in Super Bowl III or the Miami Dolphins' perfect ending in Super Bowl VII or David Tyree's helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII, all the iconic moments are recounted here, and more! MVP performances and game-changing plays are all included in this action packed book, filled with photos, informative stat boxes and essays that deliver a complete picture of how the biggest game in sport played out, year by year. One-name heroes like Brady, Montana and Bradshaw share top billing with lesser-known, big-time contributors, like: Max McGee, Timmy Smith and Rod Martin. And what compendium of Super Bowl stories would be complete without a mention of the media moments, famous commercials and controversial plays that sometimes shared centre stage with the on-field heroics? From the highest highs to the lowest lows, Maki and Naylor cover it all in 50 Super Bowls.
    Chris Kroeger
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    In his book, Chris Kroeger has compiled the most effective volleyball drills. Packed with numerous illustrations this working manual will help you to improve your fundamental volleyball skills. Volleyball Drills features 97 basic drills & 19 basic games designed to help players improve their serving, passing, setting, attacking, blocking, and defending skills. This book is a working manual of organized and demanding drills from which practice lessons may be created. Each drill includes a detailed explanation of the purpose, setup, and execution, as well as variations and teaching points. With simple instructions and accompanying graphics it is easy to teach and coach kids to play volleyball quickly and simply. This is a book for teachers and coaches of beginning to intermediate players of all ages.
    Ryan Goodson
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    LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and all of the best basketball players in the world began their careers in the same way: by focusing on the fundamentals. With Basketball Essentials there has never been a better way to learn to play!

    In Basketball Essentials, you learn by doing. Sequential instruction and detailed photographs will guide you to perform the techniques and tactics of the game:






    In addition to the basics, you'll be challenged to expand your repertoire of skills and use those newly acquired tactics for competitive advantage. More than 100 of the best practice drills will develop your game and improve your performance. You'll gain an understanding of the game, offensive and defensive strategies, and proven plays.

    Basketball Essentials is the best way to learn the basics in less time. It's the only guide that teaches the skills and the love of the game.

    Diarmuid O'Flynn
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    Since the time of Na Fianna, Ireland's ancient sport of hurling was used to practise and refine the art of war. Today the tradition continues, the tribal passions remain and hurling is Ireland's greatest spectator sport. But are great hurlers born or made?What are the key elements of hurling greatness? In these pages, hurling is defined by modern heroes, current and former players, managers and coaches. The result is an analysis of the fundamental skills and qualities needed, the first attempt to demystify the art of hurling. Donal Og Cusack, Pat Hartigan, Sean McMahon, Ray Cummins, Nicky English, Liam Griffin, Henry Shefflin and many others discuss the finer points and skills that make the perfect player. They recall great performances, great exponents, tricks and tactics, and openly offer advice. The result is a must-read for hurling fans, a handbook for coaches, and insights for those who want to understand this ancient game renowned for the sportsmanship and kinship of those who play it.
    George Plimpton
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    After forays into American football, golf and the world of professional boxing, George Plimpton accepts his riskiest assignment yet: taking to the ice as goalie for his beloved National Hockey League team, the Boston Bruins. Signing a release holding the Bruins blameless if he should meet with injury or worse, his initiation into the league's toughest tribe begins. But when the Bruins find themselves up against the equally fearsome Philadelphia Flyers, a mere five minutes in the rink can seem an eternity. Told with Plimpton's characteristic humour and insight, Open Net is at once a celebration of the thrills and grace of the greatest sport on ice, and a probing meditation into the hopes and fears of every man.