Finding The Game

Author: Gwendolyn Oxenham
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250010888
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Across two dozen countries—from back alleys to remote beaches to the roofs of skyscrapers—an eye-opening journey into the heart of soccer Every country has a different term for it: In the United States it's "pickup." In Trinidad it's "taking a sweat." In Brazil it's "pelada" (literally "naked"). It's the other side of soccer, those spontaneous matches played away from the bright lights and manicured fields—the game for anyone, anywhere. At sixteen, Gwendolyn Oxenham was the youngest Division I athlete in NCAA history, a starter and leading goal-scorer for Duke. At twenty, she graduated, the women's professional soccer league folded, and her career was over. In Finding the Game, Oxenham, along with her boyfriend and two friends, chases the part of the game that outlasts a career. They bribe their way into a Bolivian prison, bet shillings on a game with moonshine brewers in Kenya, play with women in hijab on a court in Tehran—and discover what the world looks like when you wander down side streets, holding on to a ball. An entertaining, heartfelt look at the soul of a sport and a thrilling travel narrative, this book is proof that on the field and in life, some things need no translation.

Under The Lights And In The Dark

Author: Gwendolyn Oxenham
Publisher: Icon Books
ISBN: 1785781545
Size: 43.48 MB
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Under the Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer takes an unprecedented look inside the lives of professional football players around the world – from precarious positions in underfunded teams and leagues, to sold-out stadiums and bright lights. Award-winning filmmaker and journalist Gwendolyn Oxenham tells the stories of the phenoms, underdogs, and nobodies – players willing to follow the game wherever it takes them. Under the Lights and in the Dark takes us inside the world of women’s soccer, following players across the globe, from Portland Thorns star Allie Long, who trains in an underground men’s league in New York City; to English national Fara Williams, who hid her homelessness from her teammates while playing for the English national team. Oxenham takes us to Voronezh, Russia, where players battle more than just snowy pitches in pursuing their dream of playing pro, and to a refugee camp in Denmark, where Nadia Nadim, now a Danish international star, honed her skills after her family fled from the Taliban. Whether you’re a newcomer to the sport or a die-hard fan, this is an inspiring book about stars’ beginnings and adventures, struggles and hardship, and, above all, the time-honored romance of the game.

The Stupidest Sports Book Of All Time

Author: Kathryn Petras
Publisher: Workman Publishing
ISBN: 1523501979
Size: 13.44 MB
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The thrill of victory! The agony of a tight jockstrap! It’s a celebration of true sports lunacy from the renowned connoisseurs of stupidity, Kathryn and Ross Petras, authors of the beloved 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said calendar. Here from the wide world of professional and amateur sports are the worst plays, most embarrassing achievements, surliest fans, lamest excuses, and wackiest mascot tricks. Plus history-making blowouts: Georgia Tech trounces Cumberland College 222–0. Freakiest injuries: Pitcher Joel Zamaya plays so much Guitar Hero he goes on the DL with tendonitis. Improbable memorabilia: Andre Agassi’s ponytail, Ty Cobb’s dentures. Looniest promotional giveaways: Win a free vasectomy! Bizarre sports from across the globe: Olympic solo synchronized swimming. And dubious superstitions: Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs eats chicken before every game of his 18-year career. And, of course, quotes. From athletes: “We lost because we didn’t win.” (soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo). Coaches: “We were scoring, they were scoring. Then we stopped scoring and they kept scoring” (Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue). And sportscasters: “Winfield goes back to the wall, he hits his head on the wall and it rolls off! It’s rolling all the way back to second base. This is a terrible thing for the Padres!” (announcer Jerry Coleman).

Flying High

Author: Jamison Hensley
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1613216823
Size: 41.68 MB
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From Art Modell’s founding of the Baltimore Ravens in 1996 to the decision to draft Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden, to victories in two Super Bowls in the past 15 years, the Baltimore Ravens’ short history has been full of highlights. In Jamison Hensley’s Flying High, the former Ravens beat writer covers these achievements and much more. Stories of players, coaches, and administrators from throughout the team’s history are all here. Recent Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, manager Ozzie Newsome, legendary coach Brian Billick, and current coach John Harbaugh, are just a few of the beloved Ravens personalities that are featured in the latest book in the Tales series. So get ready to cheer for the greatest Ravens moments and laugh at the humorous ones from both on and off the field. Perfect for any fan of the NFL’s defending champions Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. Whether you are a New York Yankees fan or hail from Red Sox nation; whether you are a die-hard Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys fan; whether you root for the Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, UCLA Bruins, or Kansas Jayhawks; whether you route for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, or Los Angeles Kings; we have a book for you. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Thomas Kinkade

Author: Thomas Kinkade
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780789200822
Size: 23.83 MB
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Celebrating the charming and radiant works of Thomas Kinkade, a foremost contemporary painter of light, this delightful volume recounts the uplifting story of the artist's life and adventures, recalls the inspiration behind his work, and describes the fascinating personal references--to loved ones and to his faith--found in his paintings. Over 75 color illustrations. 3 gatefolds.

For Soccer Crazy Girls Only

Author: Erin Downing
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 1250064201
Size: 38.77 MB
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"To be a great soccer player, you must be in love with the game." – Mia Hamm Do you love lacing up your cleats for the first game of the season—and do you love it even more when they're caked with mud after the game? Are there many nights when you dream about kicking the ball, and watching as it soars through the air toward the goal? Would your perfect day include hours on the soccer field? Do you love to watch people play, soaking up everything you can from other soccer-crazy players? Have you ever felt like your soccer team is a second family? Then you're definitely soccer-crazy . . . and this book is definitely for you! From training techniques formations and strategies—this book has it all!

Every Shot Counts

Author: Mark Broadie
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698138597
Size: 38.97 MB
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Columbia Business School professor Mark Broadie’s paradigm-shifting approach that uses statistics and golf analytics to transform the game. Mark Broadie is at the forefront of a revolutionary new approach to the game of golf. What does it take to drop ten strokes from your golf score? What part of Tiger Woods’ game makes him a winner? Traditional golf stats can't answer these questions. Broadie, a professor at Columbia Business School, helped the PGA Tour develop its cutting-edge strokes gained putting stat. In this eye-opening new book, Broadie uses analytics from the financial world to uncover the secrets of the game of golf. He crunches mountains of data to show both professional and amateur golfers how to make better decisions on the course. This eagerly awaited resource is for any player who wants to understand the pros, improve golf skills, and make every shot count.

When Nobody Was Watching

Author: Carli Lloyd
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 054481455X
Size: 14.23 MB
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A New York Times Bestseller “If you are a real soccer player—then this is the book for you to read . . . Inspiring and uplifting. ”—GoalNation In 2015, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team won its first FIFA championship in sixteen years, culminating in an epic final game that electrified soccer fans around the world. It featured a gutsy, brilliant performance by team captain and midfielder Carli Lloyd, who made history that day, scoring a hat trick during the first sixteen minutes. But there was a time when Carli almost quit the sport. In 2003 she was struggling, her soccer career at a crossroads. Then she found a trusted trainer, James Galanis, who saw in Carli a player with raw talent, skill, and a great dedication to the game. Together they set to work, training day and night, fighting, grinding it out. Despite all the naysayers, the times she was benched, the moments when her self-confidence took a nosedive, she succeeded in becoming one of the best players in the world.

Planet Golf

Author: Darius Oliver
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN: 9780810994034
Size: 61.61 MB
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A breathtaking tour around more than 130 of the world’s finest golf courses, this exciting book focuses on courses outside the United States. Many fabulous courses will be new to the American reader, and are featured in magnificent photographs made especially for this book. Generously oversized, 'Planet Golf' is a treasure trove of new information and great ideas for the golfing traveler. Comments on the courses by leading designers such as Greg Norman, Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Doak, Gary Player, Tom Weiskopf, and others accompany the authoritative text by Darius Oliver.