Other Ball Games

  • BHBIZ
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    Hurling is unique to Ireland, and widely considered the fastest sport in the world. 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 hurling fans wherever they are.
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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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    When Great Britain failed to qualify for the women's hockey competition at the 2004 Athens Olympics, the sport was at its lowest point. Sliding down the world rankings, in-fighting and discord within the squad, no funding and very little prospect of a bright future. Three players - Crista Cullen, Helen Richardson and Kate Walsh - were junior members of that team, and would have been forgiven for walking away at that point. Fast forward 12 years and the same three players were at the heart of the greatest moment in Great Britain women's hockey, standing on the podium in Rio de Janeiro with Olympic gold medals proudly hanging around their necks. During those intervening years, the team had undergone a transformation. It was no easy journey, but a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows, triumphs and disasters - with casualties along the way. The History Makers is more than an account of a famous victory. It is the story of how a team changed its culture and its attitude and transformed a sport barely worth a mention in the press into the provider of an Olympic moment that gripped the nation.
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    Sam Quek is mainly known for her starring role in the 2016 Olympic gold medal winning hockey team. This was the first time a British ladies team had won gold, but what is much less known is that Sam's rise to the top of her spot was far from easy. Sam???missed out on being part of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics but competed for England at the 2013 EuroHockey tournament and 2014 Commonwealth Games, which she won silver medals. She won the gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics after the GB hockey team beat the Netherlands on penalties. How Sam overcame the bitter disappointment of being overlooked for the two previous Olympics and ensured that she wouldn't miss out again are revealed here for the first time. She also tells of her tough childhood and her battle to reach the heights that she has. She then went on to further fame by appearing in 'I'm a Celebrity' where she proved to be hugely popular with the viewing public, eventually finishing fourth. Sam now presents a variety of sports for TV, including men and women's football, NFL and hockey. She has been signed up to be the main presenter for the women's World Hockey Championships in 2018, held in August. She is hugely popular on social media with thousands of followers on twitter and instagram. Sam also has some very strong views on how women are portrayed in sport and their treatment by both coaches and the media. This is a hugely topical subject at the moment and promises to remain so for some time.
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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.
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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.
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    Seoul Glow tells the story of the Great Britain men's hockey team who won gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Little to the team's knowledge, the final caught the British public's imagination as they beat rivals West Germany in the gold-medal match. After Sean Kerly's semi-final heroics and Imran Sherwani's double in the final, BBC commentator Barry Davies uttered the now infamous line: 'Where were the Germans? But, frankly, who cares?' Victory, for a team of amateurs, who had either quit their jobs or taken holiday to play in Seoul, propelled the team to celebratory heights on their return to British shores; it was GB's first hockey gold in the post-war era and followed an eight-year plan for a major title. The story also reveals how the team was inspirationally led by the late Roger Self, the manager who gelled his players into Olympic title holders.
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    Cora Staunton is an iconic figure in the world of modern GAA. In this ground-breaking autobiography, she reveals her extraordinary journey from teenage rookie to the highest-scoring forward in the history of Ladies Gaelic Football. Since making her senior inter-county debut for Mayo at just thirteen years of age, Cora has become a feared and respected opponent on any pitch. Now, for the first time, she recounts the triumphs of her career and the personal struggles that have plagued it. In this refreshingly candid book, Cora recalls finding refuge in the game after the death of her mother, but also speaks openly about the challenges and conflicts she and her teammates have experienced in the under-resourced world of female sport. She gives a fascinating insight into her move to a professional team in Sydney and how she coped with going from a veteran to a newcomer overnight. In the first-ever autobiography of a female GAA star, Game Changer will take its place as one of the most influential and powerful sports books in recent years.
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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.
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    SEAN CAVANAGH is one of the greatest Gaelic footballers of all time. A threetime All-Ireland winner and five-time All Star, Cavanagh was crowned Footballer of the Year in 2008 and captained Ireland in the International Rules series. He holds the record for the highest number of appearances (89) for an outfield intercounty footballer and was a permanent fixture in the Tyrone team after his debut in 2002. Early in 2018 he ended his glorious career with an unexpected All-Ireland Intermediate Championship title with his club, Moy. But those successes are only part of Sean Cavanagh's story. Cavanagh's youth played out amid the Troubles in Northern Ireland. He moved homes and clubs when he was ten, leaving Coalisland for Moy on the Armagh border and tells of the challenges he faced at that time - including being constantly spat on during one Ulster Championship game, having his teeth knocked out in another and his ongoing obsession to beat the arthritis that threatened his career. Along with the successes and victories throughout an incredible career, the massive strain that losing big games placed on him is laid bare. Like the dark night in 2016 when he spent hours alone just walking in his Tyrone strip for mile after mile, after losing to Mayo nearly tipped him over the edge. The time in 2009 when it was widely reported that Cavanagh's `roof caved in' before the All Ireland semi-final against Cork - now addressed here by Sean. And, for the first time, Sean reveals the full story of his controversial relationship with manager Mickey Harte, their bond over a 16-year period and the truth behind the rumours of serious rifts. Cavanagh also tells of scurrilous gossip surrounding his private life and how news journalists hounded his family during this time. He gives his view on Tyrone's RTE boycott and addresses the vicious tirade against him by TV pundit Joe Brolly that made headlines. On his road to greatness, Cavanagh also turned down a professional AFL career. This exhilarating book now reveals the enormous lengths he went to to ensure a lasting legacy at home in Ireland and the lifetime obsessions that have made Sean Cavanagh a legend of the game and the man he is today.
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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.
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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:

    -Warming up

    -Conditioning

    -Footwork

    -Ballhandling

    -Passing

    -Screening

    -Shooting

    -Rebounding

    -Defense

    -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!

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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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    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.
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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.
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    For followers of American football there is nothing more exciting than watching a skilled running back sidestep a tackler, hit an open hole in the line, pivot turn and accelerate up the field for a huge gain. It's a position that many-have played but few have excelled in and not one has succeeded without the help and support of a top coach. Author, Tom Horton has coached at the highest level and with his help, players will learn to think, move and play with a purpose.
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    High Stakes, Deep Faith, and Unbreakable Brotherhood They were the first No. 1 seed in NFL history to enter the playoffs as an underdog. Their star quarterback was out with a season-ending knee injury. Five-time Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots towered over them. But public opinion didn't matter to the Philadelphia Eagles. They believed in each other. The band of Christian brothers on the team believed in the God of the impossible, and they played for an audience of One. The most extensive book to explore the Christian faith shared by many of the team's players, Birds of Pray details the incredible inside story behind the Eagles' capture of the biggest prize in professional sports: the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Through exclusive interviews with the players, never-before-seen photos, and insider accounts of the miracle season's most memorable moments, Philly native and Associated Press sportswriter Rob Maaddi reveals a side of the team the world has yet to fully witness. From an impromptu baptism in the team's cold tub to weekly Bible studies and pre-game prayers, to the unique friendship between star quarterback Carson Wentz and back-up-then-MVP Nick Foles - the Eagles excel in the unexpected. Birds of Pray follows the deep faith shared among players, the high stakes they faced together, and their relentless reliance on Christ who gives all strength in moments of crisis and celebration alike. The result is a boldly inspiring, entertaining read that will challenge readers to go deeper in their faith, dream bigger, and live with renewed courage for whatever odds life stacks against them.
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    The NFL is the most popular professional sports league in the United States. Its athletes receive multimillion-dollar contracts and almost endless media attention. The league's most important game, the Super Bowl, is practically a national holiday. Making it to the NFL, however, is not about the promised land of fame and fortune. Robert W. Turner II draws on his personal experience as a former professional football player as well as interviews with more than 140 current and former NFL players to reveal what it means to be an athlete in the NFL and explain why so many players struggle with life after football. Without guaranteed contracts, the majority of players are forced out of the league after a few seasons. Over three-quarters of retirees experience bankruptcy or financial ruin, two-thirds live with chronic pain, and too many find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Robert W. Turner II argues that the fall from grace of so many players is no accident. The NFL, he contends, powerfully determines their experiences in and out of the league. The labor agreement provides little job security and few health and retirement benefits, and the owners refuse to share power with the players, making change difficult. And the process of becoming an elite football player--from high school to college and through the pros--leaves athletes with few marketable skills and little preparation for their first Sunday off the field. With compassion and objectivity, Not for Long reveals the life and mind of high school, college, and NFL athletes, shedding light on what might best help players transition successfully out of the sport.
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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.
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    Ireland's love affair with Gaelic Games in general, and Gaelic football in particular, has never dimmed. Through the lean days of hunger and emigration, through the champagne-mojito-flavoured years of the Celtic Tiger and on after it slunk away with its tale between its legs, Ireland's love affair for 'our games' has endured. Fact-packed but light-hearted in style, this reliable reference book and a quirky guide reveals little-known facts and Gaelic football along with details of classic matches, statistical records, famous players, amusing anecdotes, and the general history of the game. This can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about this ancient game.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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    When future NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was still an 18-year-old high school basketball prospect from New York City named Lew Alcindor, he accepted a scholarship from UCLA largely on the strength of Coach John Wooden's reputation as a winner. It turned out to be the right choice, as Alcindor and his teammates won an unprecedented three NCAA championship titles. But it also marked the beginning of one of the most extraordinary and enduring friendships in the history of sports. In COACH WOODEN AND ME, Abdul-Jabbar reveals the inspirational story of how his bond with John Wooden evolved from a history-making coach-player mentorship into a deep and genuine friendship that transcended sports, shaped the course of both men's lives, and lasted for half a century. COACH WOODEN AND ME is a stirring tribute to the subtle but profound influence that Wooden had on Kareem as a player, and then as a person, as they began to share their cultural, religious, and family values while facing some of life's biggest obstacles. From his first day of practice, when the players were taught the importance of putting on their athletic socks properly, to gradually absorbing the sublime wisdom of Coach Wooden's now famous "Pyramid of Success"; to learning to cope with the ugly racism that confronted black athletes during the turbulent Civil Rights era as well as losing loved ones, Abdul-Jabbar fondly recalls how Coach Wooden's fatherly guidance not only paved the way for his unmatched professional success but also made possible a lifetime of personal fulfillment. Full of intimate, never-before-published details and delivered with the warmth and erudition of a grateful student who has learned his lessons well, COACH WOODEN AND ME is at once a celebration of the unique philosophical outlook of college basketball's most storied coach and a moving testament to the all-conquering power of friendship.