Playing for Pizza: A Novel

By John Grisham

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Rick Dockery is the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. within the AFC Championship video game, to the shock and dismay of almost everybody, Rick truly will get into the sport. With a seventeen-point lead and simply mins to move, Rick offers what's arguably the worst unmarried functionality within the background of the NFL. in a single day, he turns into a countrywide laughingstock—and is instantly lower by way of the Browns and refrained from by means of all different teams.

But all Rick understands is soccer, and he insists that his agent discover a group that wishes him. opposed to huge, immense odds, Rick ultimately will get a job—as the starting quarterback for the strong Panthers . . . of Parma, Italy. The Parma Panthers desperately need a former NFL player—any former NFL player—at their helm. And now they’ve acquired Rick, who is aware not anything approximately Parma (not even the place it truly is) and doesn’t communicate a be aware of Italian. to assert that Italy—the land of good wines, super small automobiles, and football americano—holds a couple of surprises for Rick Dockery will be whatever of an understatement.

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The Fighter's Mind: Inside the Mental Game

By Sam Sheridan

In his acclaimed nationwide most sensible vendor, A Fighter’s Heart, Sam Sheridan took readers with him as he stepped throughout the ropes into the harmful international scuffling with. From a muay Thai bout in Bangkok to Rio, the place he informed with jiu-jitsu royalty, to Iowa, the place he matched up opposed to the hardest in MMA, Sheridan threw himself right into a quest to appreciate how and why we struggle. In The Fighter’s Mind, Sheridan does for the mind what his first publication did for the physique. To discover the secrets and techniques of psychological power and luck, Sheridan interviewed dozens of the world’s so much interesting and unsafe males, together with celebrated running shoes Freddie Roach and Greg Jackson; champion opponents Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, and Marcelo Garcia; ultrarunner David Horton; mythical wrestler Dan Gable, and plenty of extra. What are their secrets and techniques? How do they remain devoted via years of teaching, craft a video game plan, and comply with the realities of the hoop? How do they venture power whilst susceptible, and stay mentally difficult regardless of magnificent actual ache? a desirable booklet, bursting on the seams with outstanding tales and perception, The Fighter’s Mind solutions those questions and lots of more.

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Soccer in Sun and Shadow

By Eduardo Galeano

In this witty and rebellious historical past of worldwide football, award-winning author Eduardo Galeano searches for the forms of play, avid gamers, and objectives that specific the original character of convinced instances and areas. In Soccer in sunlight and Shadow, Galeano takes us to old China, the place engravings from the Ming interval exhibit a ball which may were designed by means of Adidas to Victorian England, the place gents codified the foundations that we nonetheless play by way of this day and to Latin the United States, the place the “crazy English” unfold the sport simply to discover it creolized through the locals.

All the greats—Pelé, Di Stéfano, Cruyff, Eusébio, Puskás, Gullit, Baggio, Beckenbauer— have joyous cameos during this publication. but football, Galeano cautions, “is a excitement that hurts.” therefore there's additionally heartbreak and insanity. Galeano tells of the suicide of Uruguayan participant Abdón Porte, who shot himself within the heart circle of the Nacional’s stadium; of the Argentine supervisor who wouldn’t allow his crew consume poultry since it may convey undesirable success; and of scandal-riven Diego Maradona whose actual crime, Galeano indicates, used to be continually “the sin of being the best.”

Soccer is a video game that bureaucrats try and uninteresting and the robust try and manage, however it keeps its magic since it continues to be a bewitching game—“a ceremonial dinner for the eyes ... and a pleasure for the physique that performs it”—exquisitely rendered within the magical tales of Soccer in solar and Shadow.

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Everything You Know Is Pong: How Mighty Table Tennis Shapes Our World

By Roger Bennett

A hugely illustrated, superbly designed tribute to ping pong, the world's hottest but least preferred sport—with stories from the desk via Nick Hornby, Will Shortz, Davy Rothbart, Harold Evans, Jonathan Safran Foer, and others.

each game claims to be the world's game—soccer, basketball, kabaddi. yet none can fit the worldwide prestige obtained by way of modest, ubiquitous ping pong—the preferred but misunderstood hobby on this planet this day, a snoozing gigantic of fast paced enjoyable. sign up for us on a trip into the darkish corners and far-off alleys of this ponging globe, from suburban basements of misspent youths to Bangkok backrooms to New Jersey rec rooms to Beijing stadia to dwarf baby champions to aged lovers to Hollywood hipsters to perky porn stars. This forged of millions, mixed with artifacts from the authors' ever-growing choice of ping pongalia, unearths the hidden truths of the realm at the back of the sport: the secrets and techniques of everlasting early life, guerrilla conflict, foolproof seduction, repute and adulation—all defined via paddles, sixty inches of internet, and a bouncing, bouncing ball. a global the place every little thing you recognize is pong.

*Please word: a few photographs contained during this e-book are of an grownup nature.

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Minneapolis Millers of the American Association, The (Images of Baseball)

The Minneapolis Millers graced the fields of the yank organization for 6 a long time, from 1902 to 1960. often called a high-level education floor for pro ballplayers, the Millers have been additionally well-known for his or her heated contention with the neighboring St. Paul Saints. Drawing at the vast array of images from the Hennepin County Library specific Collections and the authors deepest assortment, photographs of Baseball: The Minneapolis Millers of the yankee organization provides the background of those boys of summer time.

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Coaching Golf Successfully (Coaching Successfully Series)





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The Games That Changed the Game: The Evolution of the NFL in Seven Sundays

By David Plaut

From the appearance of the vertical passing online game to the advance of ever-more-sophisticated blitzing schemes on safeguard, specialist soccer within the final part century has been a game marked by means of relentless innovation. For fanatics made up our minds to maintain with the alterations that experience reworked the sport, shut exam of the coaching footage is a needs to. within the phrases of corridor of repute linebacker Mike Singletary, “The movie doesn't lie.”

In The video games that modified the Game, Ron Jaworski, a one-time NFL MVP became Monday evening soccer analyst and professional football’s number one game-tape guru, breaks down the movie from seven of the main momentous contests of the final fifty years. With a watch towards the intense online game plans and seminal strategic breakthroughs that revolutionized play on each side of the ball, Jaworski bargains readers a drive-by-drive, play-by-play consultant to the evolutionary leaps that now outline the trendy NFL, in addition to snap shots of the seven males who exhibited either creativity and braveness in bucking demonstrated options. From Sid Gillman’s improvement of the Vertical Stretch, which culminated within the San Diego Chargers’ victory within the 1963 AFL Championship online game and introduced the period of wide-open passing offenses, to invoice Belichick’s bold shielding online game plan in tremendous Bowl XXXVI, which enabled his outgunned squad to disenchanted the seriously favorite St. Louis Rams and bring in the New England Patriots dynasty, the main state of the art suggestions come alive back during the reminiscences of approximately seventy coaches and avid gamers interviewed for this e-book.

Writing with an identical shiny, passionate, and available sort that has made him television’s go-to X’s and O’s maven, Jaworski fills within the blanks for lovers who aren’t happy with purely losing the phrases “West Coast offense” or “46 security” into dialog, yet are looking to comprehend them totally, in context, as they have been skilled through the lads who performed the sport. You’ll by no means watch the NFL a similar approach again.

Foreword via Steve Sabol, president, NFL Films

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Agger's Ashes

By Jonathan Agnew

An inside of account of England's Ashes triumph in Australia 2010/11.

England's a lot celebrated Ashes win by way of transparent fits with 3 entire innings victories needs to rank as one of many most interesting of any English cricket group from any period. It stored humans at domestic glued to their televisions, pcs and radios -- usually all 3 even as -- lengthy into the evening because the sour iciness and a depressed economic climate have been compelled into the history through the sheer pleasure and excitement of giving the previous enemy a trouncing.

It have been twenty-two years on the grounds that a traveling aspect gained 3 checks in Australia and twenty-four because the Ashes have been final gained on Australian soil. the present England workforce bears worthwhile comparability with a few of the mythical groups of the prior, captained through greats like Brearley, Hutton and Jardine. Andrew Strauss with back-to-back Ashes wins can now sit down among that illustrious company.

From the 1st ball of the travel in Perth to a ultimate rendition of the notorious 'Sprinkler Dance' at the outfield in Sydney a few months later -- a clip that got a few 250,000 hits in exactly 3 days -- one individual was once there all through, BBC Cricket Correspondent Jonathan Agnew, higher recognized to his legion of try fit exact lovers as 'Aggers'.

Following the good fortune of his final e-book thank you, Johnners, Agnew has written a hugely own diary of his stories in Australia. no matter if he's sharing past due evening conversations within the bar with England trainer Andy Flower, changing banter with new TMS recruit Michael Vaughan or holding cricket junkies world wide sated along with his day-by-day Twitter feed, Aggers brings his distinctive feel of theatre and pleasure to each day's proceedings.

With extra contributions from the easiest BBC cricket bloggers and the resident TMS statistician, Aggers Ashes is the one significant other it is important to relive these excellent days whilst historical past used to be made Down Under.

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Unscripted (WWE)

By Mark Vancil

Lavishly illustrated and produced via a supremely proficient layout workforce, this can be a list of global Wrestling leisure because it hasn't ever been obvious earlier than. The author/photographer group of infrequent Air has been given unheard of entry behind the curtain to discover the internal workings of the WWE and the day by day lives of its stars. With a wealth of aspect -- a lot of it by no means printed sooner than -- and greater than three hundred complete color pictures, just about all of them specifically taken for UNSCRIPTED, this trendy, luxurious and crucial ebook is person who no precise WWE fan may want to be with no.

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Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town

By Warren St. John

The intense story of a refugee formative years football workforce and the transformation of a small American town

Clarkston, Georgia, was once a regular Southern city until eventually it used to be targeted a refugee cost middle within the Nineteen Nineties, turning into the 1st American domestic for ratings of households in flight from the world’s conflict zones—from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan. unexpectedly Clarkston’s streets have been full of ladies donning the hijab, the smells of cumin and curry, and children of all shades taking part in football in any open house they can locate. town additionally grew to become domestic to Luma Mufleh, an American-educated Jordanian lady who based a early life football crew to unify Clarkston’s refugee childrens and maintain them off the streets. those teenagers named themselves the Fugees.

Set opposed to the backdrop of an American city that with out its consent had develop into an enormous social test, Outcasts United follows a pivotal season within the lifetime of the Fugees and their charismatic trainer. Warren St. John files the lives of a various staff of adolescents as they miraculously coalesce right into a band of brothers, whereas additionally drawing a desirable portrait of a fading American city suffering to house its new arrivals. on the middle of the tale is fiery trainer Luma, who relentlessly drives her avid gamers to luck at the football box whereas protecting jointly their lives—and the lives in their families—in the face of a chain of daunting challenges.

This fast moving chronicle of a unmarried season is a fancy and encouraging story of a small city turning into a world community—and an account of the creative and complex methods we create a house in a altering international.

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