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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK A "thoroughly captivating biography" (The San Francisco Chronicle) of American icon Arthur Ashe-the Jackie Robinson of men's tennis-a pioneering athlete who, after breaking the color barrier, went on to become an influential civil rights activist and public intellectual. Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1943, by the age of eleven, Arthur Ashe was one of the state's most talented black tennis players. He became the first African American to play for the US Davis Cup team in 1963, and two years later he won the NCAA singles championship. In 1968, he rose to a number one national ranking. Turning professional in 1969, he soon became one of the world's most successful tennis stars, winning the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975. After retiring in 1980, he served four years as the US Davis Cup captain and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985. In this "deep, detailed, thoughtful chronicle" (The New York Times Book Review), Raymond Arsenault chronicles Ashe's rise to stardom on the court. But much of the book explores his off-court career as a human rights activist, philanthropist, broadcaster, writer, businessman, and celebrity. In the 1970s and 1980s, Ashe gained renown as an advocate for sportsmanship, education, racial equality, and the elimination of apartheid in South Africa. But from 1979 on, he was forced to deal with a serious heart condition that led to multiple surgeries and blood transfusions, one of which left him HIV-positive. After devoting the last ten months of his life to AIDS activism, Ashe died in February 1993 at the age of forty-nine, leaving an inspiring legacy of dignity, integrity, and active citizenship. Based on prodigious research, including more than one hundred interviews, Arthur Ashe puts Ashe in the context of both his time and the long struggle of African-American athletes seeking equal opportunity and respect, and "will serve as the standard work on Ashe for some time" (Library Journal, starred review).
Sir Alex Ferguson said that his brief as Manchester United manager was to "knock Liverpool off their f*****g perch". After over 2,000 games and 25 seasons, this year he finally succeeded. Following an endless supply of trophies, none meant more to United's global legion of fans than their 19th league title - simply because it finally put Liverpool in their place. It has taken Sir Alex 25 years to establish United as the leader of the championship pack. When Alan Hansen captained Liverpool to their most recent championship in 1990, the tally read 18-7 in Liverpool's favour and few would have given the Scot a prayer of capturing one championship, never mind 12. In "19", award-winning journalist Harry Harris looks back at all the title winning seasons and analyses each one from the viewpoint of a player who distinguished himself in that title year, building up to the record title and an in-depth analysis of the 2010-11 season and how United finally surpassed Liverpool. The book looks at the record through the eyes of those who took part in each of them, or who observed them from close quarters. "19" features exclusive interviews with Arthur Albiston, Alan Brazil, Steve Bruce, Garth Crooks, Gary Pallister, Paul Parker, Lee Sharpe, Gordon Taylor, Dave Whelan, Ray Wilkins.
An authorized visual history of America's most popular sport Timed to coincide with the National Football League's 100th anniversary, NFL 100 celebrates the history of America's most popular and highly watched sport. From its humble beginnings in Canton, Ohio, to its emergence as a sport cherished by millions, all the key moments and famous athletes are honored within the pages of this handsomely produced book. In addition to the lively text, and action and portrait photography, the story of the game and the context in which it grew are animated by original lists, charts, creative statistics, and infographics, along with beautiful photos of the evolving equipment and artifacts essential to the story of the sport. A perfect gift, NFL 100 will be cherished by every football fan, new or old.
Golf is perhaps the most complicated simple game ever invented. Watching the professionals gives you only a glimpse of the complexity of what is happening, with each shot involving biomechanics, aerodynamics, ballistics, materials science, probability, even meteorology. Golf Science takes a timely new look at the game by investigating the scientific wonders that transfer the ball from tee to hole. Each chapter investigates a different area of the game and is organized around a series of Q&As. What is the optimum length for a driver? How does backspin work? The answers and the data are presented through illuminating info-graphics. The perfect way to analyse your own kit and technique, by studying the techniques of the professionals and the latest innovations in design and coaching. Golf Science is the ultimate accessory for any golfer wishing to understand their craft.
Arsenal Football Club has enjoyed a storied history at the top table of English football since its founding in 1886: in fact, the Gunners remain the only club never to have been relegated from the premier division. In that time they have picked up 13 League Championships, 11 FA Cups (including three prestigious Doubles), and two European titles - scoring a wealth of goals in the process. This book, produced with full endorsement from Arsenal FC, celebrates the 50 greatest goals in the club's history. The perception of a goal's greatness is of course subjective. Is a simple tap-in that is nevertheless a culmination of 30 passes a better, or worse, goal than a 30-yard screamer? Everyone has their favourites and this book merely presents 50 of the best in a book for the first time. Featuring great goals from the likes of Liam Brady, Ian Wright, Thierry Henry and, of course Michael Thomas, this official guide sure to be on target for all Arsenal fans.
The second edition of a ground-breaking football book that concentrates wholly on the fast-growing women's game. This is the definitive annual, with coverage of the top six divisions and top 90 clubs in England - The Woman's Football Yearbook is the only printed annual to include a complete list of results, League tables, player appearances, goals and stats for the Women's Super League, The FA Women's Cup, Women's League Cup and Women's Premier Leagues. It includes an entry on each of the top 90 English league teams and also covers European and international results. With the Three Lionesses ranked second in the world, two English teams in the semi-finals of the European Cup, domestic games shown on BT Sport and BBC, Manchester United forming a women's team for the first time, a crowd of 45,000+ at the FA Women's Cup final, 6,000 women and girls teams and over 100,000 regular players... women's football is on the rise and this book is aimed squarely at this fast growing market place.
The Scottish Cup: Celtic's Favourite Trophy is the story of Celtic's love affair with football's oldest prize. The club first won the cup in 1892, an achievement that meant so much to the young side and their struggling, oppressed community. In the years that followed this special trophy became entwined with the club's identity through many unforgettable moments. Jimmy Quinn scored the first hat-trick in a Scottish Cup final in 1904, there was Patsy Gallacher's extraordinary goal in 1925, a record attendance when Celtic lifted the cup in 1937, Willie Wallace's brace of goals en route to Lisbon in 1967, two remarkable comebacks in the 1980s, and Odsonne Edouard's heroic turnaround in 2019. The book goes beyond the cup finals, recalling the tough games in the early rounds, including the more spectacular encounters with Rangers and Aberdeen. Romance, drama and passion are all bound up in Celtic's annual quest for the cup, involving great players, from the Sandy McMahon era to the days of Scott Brown.
'I have always thought Gleneagles is one of the greatest places in the world to play golf' - Jack Nicklaus The Ryder Cup is coming home to where it all began; the 40th staging of golf's showpiece event is returning to Gleneagles, Scotland. Tracing the history of the Ryder Cup back to that famous forerunner match at Gleneagles in 1921, this book intertwines the histories of the coveted prize with the five-star resort's own rich heritage, on and off the course. Through a series of over 80 in-depth interviews with an array of national and international celebrities, including Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Sir Jackie Stewart, Andy Murray and Stephen Hendry, Jewel in the Glen reveals what the Ryder Cup and Gleneagles means to them while examining the impact of the tournament on the local community and the wider Scottish society, culture, and economy. With a foreword from golf's greatest player, Jack Nicklaus, designer of the Ryder Cup 2014 course, The PGA Centenary, and a hole-byhole guide by Ryder Cup legend Colin Montgomerie, this volume paints a unique and absorbing portrait of Gleneagles and Scottish golf as a whole.
Ade loves playing football and he's amazing in goal, despite the heavy metal caliper he has to wear on his leg. He can save any ball that's sent his way, from any direction, so his friends have nicknamed him the Cyborg Cat. But when the Parsons Road Gang stumble upon some unusual graffiti it starts to have a really weird effect on Ade. Somehow, the art is drawing him into another dimension, where he really is Cyborg Cat! But that's not all - after seeing the Night Spider's art, Ade starts to feel weak and everything begins to go wrong. He's banned from a school trip to a safari park because of his disability, and the doctors have some bad news about his legs. How can Ade overcome his challenges and what power does the mysterious Night Spider have over Cyborg Cat? Ade needs all his friends' help to uncover the truth. An amazing adventure full of fun and friendship from the inspirational Paralympian wheelchair basketball star Ade Adepitan.
The 1970s had been a generous decade to the Norfolk club. It had witnessed promotion to the top flight of English football for the first time in their history, relegation, promotion, a first and then second ever visit to Wembley for a major cup final, as well as the appointment of the club's very own star of both the game and celebrity circus, the one and only John Bond. However, with the club beginning to struggle and the obvious talents of the mercurial John Bond constantly attracting the attention of some bigger clubs, the end of the decade looked to be a prelude to the sort of anonymity and struggle that had characterised the club's existence for much of its history. Would the 1980s turn out to be a time when the Canaries briefly flared in the footballing skies for all to see, before falling back into obscurity? Or would they grow and prosper with the game, despite the glamour and celebrity favouring the big clubs and the big games which comes at the expense of everything else? This drive within the game that sees clubs, even to this day, fall on hard times and into administration, and, even in some cases, liquidation. One thing is for certain - if the club was to continue to prosper in the coming decade, it would be a bigger achievement than anything they had achieved in the previous one.
With every touchdown, home run, and three-pointer, star athletes represent an American dream that only an elite group blessed with natural talent can achieve. However, Kimball concentrates on what happens once these modern warriors meet their untimely demise. As athletes die, legends rise in their place. The premature deaths of celebrated players not only capture and immortalize their physical superiority, but also jolt their fans with an unanticipated intensity. These athletes escape the inevitability of aging and decline of skill, with only the prime of their youth left to be remembered. But early mortality alone does not transform athletes into immortals. The living ultimately gain the power to construct the legacies of their fallen heroes. In Legends Never Die, Kimball explores the public myths and representations that surround a wide range of athletes, from Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio to Dale Earnhardt and Bonnie McCarroll. Kimball delves deeper than just the cultural significance of sports and its players; he examines how each athlete's narrative is shaped by gender relations, religion, and politics in contemporary America. In looking at how Americans react to the tragic deaths of sports heroes, Kimball illuminates the important role sports play in US society and helps to explain why star athletes possess such cultural power.
* Confirmed National Publicity: Good Morning America on 9/4 * More Confirmed Publicity: Associated Press publication announcement on 8/1; Sports Illustrated excerpt; The Players' Tribune "Open Letter"; Radio appearance on WFAN's "Mike's On"; Multiple ESPN venues * Pitino's name recognition: only coach to take four different schools to the Final Four and two different schools to NCAA Championships * The true story behind college basketball's most current scandal, which began one year ago: Sept. 27, 2017, New York Times headline was "Rick Pitino Is Out at Louisville Amid F.B.I. Investigation"; Sept. 28, 2017, headline was "Rick Pitino Is Under FBI Investigation for His Role in Corruption Case" * Unmatchable influencer's view of the evolution of college basketball: Pitino has been there from the 1960s to today, and he is the only authoritative insider voice willing to reveal how the money flows throughout the ENTIRE college recruiting game * Unmatchable influencer's account and opinion on sneaker money in college basketball: from its introduction in the 1980s to its overwhelming influence today * Unflinching accountability and defense of author's roles in college basketball scandals: a 2010-2014 escort sex scandal involving recruits; and the 2017 investigation-still ongoing-into allegations that an Adidas executive conspired to pay $100,000 to the family of a top-ranked recruit to attend Louisville and represent Adidas when he went pro * Among the most outspoken voices on the past 50 years of college basketball: especially on issues like the one-and-done NCAA players, coaches who do things right vs. wrong, and the rule of the NCAA government * Unflinching accountability and defense of author's roles in college basketball scandals: a 2010-2014 escort sex scandal involving recruits; and the 2017 investigation-still ongoing-into allegations that an Adidas executive conspired to pay $100,000 to the family of a top-ranked recruit to attend Louisville and represent Adidas when he went pro * For the good of the game: Pitino offers his take on what needs to change in basketball--from the NBA to college down to youth leagues--in order to save the game he loves * First to market: will be in bookstores more than a week before The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino from Penguin Press MARKETING - Confirmed pub date appearance on Good Morning America - Confirmed excerpt with Sports Illustrated - Confirmed article with Players Tribune - Confirmed appearance on Mike Francesca WFAN - Sports media second serial excerpts - Social media marketing on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads giveaways - Heavy emphasis on sports media
The Official History of the FIFA World Cup, revised and updated to include a full report on the outstanding FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia, is an authoritative and comprehensive review of the 21 FIFA World Cups to have taken place since the inaugural tournament in 1930. Packed with stunning photography, exclusive interviews with the biggest stars of each edition, unique official documents and statistics, it is a must-read for football fans worldwide. In this unique book you can read the stories behind the scenes, as well as the events and the most famous incidents. It features the biggest stars and many previously unknown ones too, all with a unique global point of view.
He was one of the hardest, most controversial footballers of his generation: the GBP20million man who became the first professional player to go to jail for an offence committed on the field of play. He was the fans' hero who disappeared. Duncan Ferguson was an old-fashioned Scottish centre-forward who went from a boarding house in Dundee to the marble staircase of Rangers in a record-breaking transfer. His GBP4m move from Dundee United to Ibrox made him British football's most expensive native player. But he would also become one of the most notorious footballers in the land. Sent to prison after head-butting an opponent during a Scottish Premier Division match between Rangers and Raith Rovers, Ferguson made history all over again. He served half of a three-month sentence in Glasgow's infamous Barlinnie Prison. A twelve-match ban from the Scottish Football Association was later overturned following a long appeal process. Bruised by the experience, he turned his back on Scotland's national team and the media. Ferguson reaped the riches of the Sky era. He was a folk hero at Everton, where he spent ten years either side of an injury-hit spell at Newcastle United. Although the game made him a millionaire, he rejected its new culture of celebrity and remained a fiery figure, racking up a Premiership record of eight red cards. And then, after scoring in the final minute of the last game of his career, he turned his back on football completely - or so it seemed.
An amazing adventure full of fun and friendship written and narrated by inspirational Paralympian wheelchair basketball star Ade Adepitan. Super cyborg skills, cat-like reflexes ... you've never seen a superhero who rolls like this! Ade loves playing football and he's amazing in goal, despite the heavy metal caliper he has to wear on his leg. He can save any ball that's sent his way, from any direction, so his friends have nicknamed him the Cyborg Cat. But when the Parsons Road Gang stumble upon some unusual graffiti it starts to have a really weird effect on Ade. Somehow, the art is drawing him into another dimension, where he really is Cyborg Cat! But that's not all - after seeing the Night Spider's art, Ade starts to feel weak and everything begins to go wrong. He's banned from a school trip to a safari park because of his disability, and the doctors have some bad news about his legs. How can Ade overcome his challenges and what power does the mysterious Night Spider have over Cyborg Cat? Ade needs all his friends' help to uncover the truth. This audiobook is an mp3-CD.
A famous account of growing up to be a fanatical football supporter. Told through a series of match reports, FEVER PITCH has enjoyed enormous critical and commercial success since it was first published in 1992. It has helped to create a new kind ofsports writing, and established Hornby as one of the finest writers of his generation.
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