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  1. What can Roger Federer teach us about the secret of longevity? What do the All Blacks have in common with improvised jazz musicians? What can cognitive neuroscientists tell us about what happens to the brains of sportspeople when they perform? And why did Johan Cruyff believe that beauty was more important than winning? Matthew Syed, the ‘Sports Journalist of the Year 2016’, answers these questions and more in a fascinating, wide-ranging and provocative book about the mental game of sport. How do we become the best that we can be, as individuals, teams and as organisations? Sport, with its innate sense of drama, its competitive edge, its psychological pressures, its sense of morality and its illusive quest for perfection, provides the answers.
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  2. On June 26, 2017, on the turquoise waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound, Peter Burling (26) became the youngest ever helmsman to win the premier trophy in sailing, the America’s Cup. Amongst several other firsts, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron became the first club ever to win back the America’s Cup and did so against one of the best funded and technologically astute teams in the 166-year history of the event. Along with sailing partner Blair Tuke, Burling put down another marker in sailing history to become the first crew to win an Olympic Gold medal and an America’s Cup inside a 12-month period. The rookie New Zealand crew, of whom only one had previous America’s Cup experience, trounced the Defender, Oracle Team USA led by the brash Australian, Jimmy Spithill who had ripped the heart out of the Kiwi sailing nation just four years before. The Second Coming is a celebration of the Emirates Team New Zealand win in Bermuda, written from an on the water perspective by one of the world’s most influential America’s Cup photo-journalists, Richard Gladwell, who also shot many of the images used in the 200-page book. This include images deliberately withheld prior to the Cup as they were “too revealing” of the Kiwi boat and technology. Gladwell closely followed Emirates Team New Zealand through its highs and lows after the 2013 upset in San Francisco. He captured the first images of the “cyclors” on the morning the AC50 Aotearoa was first splashed in Auckland and broke that story to the sailing world. He was in Bermuda for the 28 days of racing in the 35th America’s Cup Regatta and had a ringside view of the racing from a photography boat. Gladwell was in a unique first-hand position to see the highs and lows of the New Zealand campaign and will relate how a remarkable victory unfolded.
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  3. Champions All is an Oral History of AFL/VFL football, an encyclopedia of the history of our great game, compiled from the brutally honest thoughts of over 170 of its players from the 1940s to now. From Triple Brownlow winners, four time...
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  4. Go inside the trend that spawned a multi-billion dollar industry for the top five percent Sweat Equity goes inside the multibillion dollar trend toward endurance sports and fitness to discover who's driving it, who's paying for...
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  5. Predictably Irrational meets Moneyball in ESPN veteran writer and statistical analyst Keith Law’s iconoclastic look at the numbers game of baseball, proving why some of the most trusted stats are surprisingly wrong, explaining what numbers actually work, and exploring what the rise of Big Data means for the future of the sport.For decades, statistics such as batting average, saves recorded, and pitching won-lost records have been used to measure individual players’ and teams’ potential and success. But in the past fifteen years, a revolutionary new standard of measurement—sabermetrics—has been embraced by front offices in Major League Baseball and among fantasy baseball enthusiasts. But while sabermetrics is recognized as being smarter and more accurate, traditionalists, including journalists, fans, and managers, stubbornly believe that the “old” way—a combination of outdated numbers and “gut” instinct—is still the best way. Baseball, they argue, should be run by people, not by numbers.In this informative and provocative book, the renowned ESPN analyst and senior baseball writer demolishes a century’s worth of accepted wisdom, making the definitive case against the long-established view. Armed with concrete examples from different eras of baseball history, logic, a little math, and lively commentary, he shows how the allegiance to these numbers—dating back to the beginning of the professional game—is firmly rooted not in accuracy or success, but in baseball’s irrational adherence to tradition. While Law gores sacred cows, from clutch performers to RBIs to the infamous save rule, he also demystifies sabermetrics, explaining what these “new” numbers really are and why they’re vital. He also considers the game’s future, examining how teams are using Data—from PhDs to sophisticated statistical databases—to build future rosters; changes that will transform baseball and all of professional sports.
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  6. Rugby and war have played major roles in the forging of a national New Zealand identity. This is the story of where both met, on the hot sands of Egypt and the muddy fields of Britain and France during World War I. War Blacks presents for the first...
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  7. ’A tour de force that provides fresh insight not only into the nature of sport, but cooperation, the mind, altruism, teamwork, leadership, tribalism and ritualism. It’s a book that every sports fan should read, and every sports writer should absorb’ Matthew Syed’David Papineau’s book is an important contribution to our thinking about sports, society, psychology, and moral philosophy. But it is also much more than that. Gripping from start to finish, it is a terrific read full of humour and good sense. You don’t even have to like sports to enjoy it’ Ian BurumaWhy do sports competitors choke? How can Roger Federer select which shot to play in 400 milliseconds? Should foreign-born footballers be eligible to play for England? Why do opposing professional cyclists help each other? Why do American and European golfers hate each other? Why does test cricket run in families? Why is punching tolerated in rugby but not in soccer?These may not look like philosophical questions, but David Papineau shows that under the surface they all raise long-standing philosophical issues. To get to the bottom of these and other sporting puzzles, we need help from metaphysics or ethics, or from the philosophy of mind or political philosophy, as well as numerous other philosophical disciplines. Knowing the Score will be an entertaining, fact-filled and erudite book that ranges far and wide through the sporting world. As a prominent philosopher who is also an enthusiastic amateur sportsman and omnivorous sports fan, David Papineau is uniquely well-placed to show how philosophy can illuminate sporting issues. By bringing his philosophical expertise to bear, he will add a new dimension to the way we think about sport.
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  8. It’s a gooooooooaaaaaaal! How do you know when to pass the ball or when to keep it? What’s the best way to practice dribbling? How do you keep the defense from stealing the ball from you? Whether you play defense, goalie, or offense, The Everything Kids’ Soccer Book, 3rd Edition has all the tips and strategies you need to help you improve your game, including fun games like Monkey in the Middle and Hot Potato. You’ll also learn:The rules of the gameTechniques for dribbling, trapping, and heading the ballThe art of goaltendingTips on how to maintain possession of the ballWinning defensive techniquesThe importance of teamwork Coach Crisfield covers it all, from pregame stretching, to dribbling drills, to passing and shooting strategies, along with fun facts on the newest professional players and the 2014 World Cup. And when you’re not playing, you can enjoy dozens of soccer-themed puzzles and games for more high-scoring fun!
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  9. The Numbers Game by Chris Anderson and David Sally reveals football’s astonishing hidden rulesFully updated with a new World Cup chapterFootball has always been a numbers game- 4-4-2, the big number 9 and 3 points for a win. But what if up until now we’ve been focusing on the wrong numbers? What if the numbers that really matter, the ones that hold the key to winning matches, are actually 2.66, 53.4, 50/50, and 0 > 1? What if managers only make a 15% difference? What if Chelsea should have bought Darren Bent?In this incisive, myth-busting book, Chris Anderson, former goalkeeper turned football statistics guru, and David Sally, former baseball pitcher turned behavioural economist, show that every shred of knowledge we can gather can help us to love football and understand it even more. You’ll discover why stopping a goal is more valuable than scoring one, why corners should be taken short, and why it is better to improve your worst player than to buy a superstar.You’ll never play, or watch, a game of football in quite the same way again.The Numbers Game is essential reading for football fans everywhere and will also appeal to readers who loved Moneyball and Freakonomics.At 17, Chris Anderson found himself playing in goal for a fourth division club in West Germany; today, he’s a professor in the Ivy League at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. An award winning social scientist and football analytics pioneer, Anderson consults with leading clubs about how best to play the numbers game.David Sally is a former baseball pitcher and a professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the US, where he analyses the strategies and tactics people use when they play, compete, negotiate, and make decisions. He is an adviser to clubs and other organizations in the global football industry.
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  10. A look-and-talk book for very young children, with simple, bright illustrations and lots to see and talk about on every page.
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  11. Which teams will be participating in the 2018 World Cup? Which are the up-and-coming players to watch out for? What will the coaches strategies be, or what will the games in Russia look like? Football enthusiasts dont have to look further to find answers to these questions. THE World Cup 2018 Book is a fun, informative guide to the football World Cup in Russia. The book provides all the information anyone would want to know about the World Cup, including in-depth detail about all 32 teams-the players, coaches, their histories, and strategies-and background information on each Russian stadium that will host a game, past World Cups, along with a look at FIFA (the organizing body of the World Cup). Not only will readers find information on the current teams and playing conditions, but they will also gain a bit of insight into the history of the World Cup. Through detailed descriptions and fun anecdotes, author Shane Stay will make football fans feel as though they are there at the Cup. Experience the World Cup with THE World Cup 2018 Book and know all there is to know about the 2018 football World Cup!
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  12. Using the same question and answer format of his highly successful first book Do Whales Get the Bends?,marine expert Tony Rice sets out to answer another selection of generalinterest questions about the sea, sea life and man’s relationship withthe oceans. Questions tackled in this book include: * Did the Mediterranean once dry up? * What are sea wasps? * Why is a ship’s control room called a bridge? * What is the Pacific Garbage Patch? * What causes the Northern/Southern Lights? Written in the same entertaining style as the first book, and once again illustrated with black and white line drawings, Can Squid Fly? will answer these and many more intriguing questions. Inspired by questions raised whilst the author was a guest lecturer oncruise ships, this fascinating and informative book is a light-heartedyet surprisingly informative read for anyone interested in the sea. Each bite-sizedentry is no more than two or three pages long, making it ideal to dipinto.
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  13. Not many football identities can lay claim to the beloved stature enjoyed by Greg Champion without lacing up the boots or stepping into the commentary booth, but the Coodabeens’ star has spent decadesdelighting fans with the songs that comprise The Thing About Football: The Songs of Greg Champion. Since his Coodabeens’ debut in 1983, `Champs’ has written thousands of football and cricket-themed songs that have become part of the Australian sporting vernacular, and for the first time their lyrics are collected in one place. From Dermott Brereton is a Hood and I Am Diperdomenico to There’s Only One Tony Lockett and Tony Modra’s Gone Surfing, Champion’s ditties and parodies have become favourite singalongs, harking back to simpler times when a lukewarm pie and a tattered beanie were all that footy fans needed for a day in the outer. After 36 years on the ABC airwaves, Champs has also toured the country constantly since he first came to national prominence withhis 1986 single, I made a hundred in the backyard at Mum’s. In 1995, the Seven Network adopted his fan favourite, That’s the thing about football, as its theme tune for AFL broadcasts, and the song becamebecame ubiquitous. Though many of the lyrics in this anthology will be familiar to lovers of Champion’s songs, the stories behind them might not. It is safe to say that Mrs Brereton wasn’t entirely pleased with Champion’s take onher famous son. Other Champion targets can only smile and laugh. As Hawthorn legend Robert `Dipper’ DiPierdomenico puts it: “GregChampion’s ditties have put fun into footy. Of course, I gave him a huge kick start with `I am DiP-ier-dom-en-ico!”
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  14. Forgive your enemies, they say. Keep their addresses and keep notes, I say...In Access All Areas, you'll learn how to buy three Premier League points for just .25,000, what it's really like to face a Football Association disciplinary...
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  15. Former England captain and impeccably stylish batsman David Gower, himself inducted into cricket's Hall of Fame, here takes a leap of faith and names his 50 greatest players of all time...Going back through the history of the game, he honours the...
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  16. Book is a humorous gift for golfers of any skill level. Doing something over and over again and hoping for different results is the definition of insanity . . . and also of golf. Bob Hope claimed that golf was his profession - show business just...
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  17. Whether it is uncovering the most forehand winners recorded in a Grand Slam Final or comparing the slice backhand of the world’s best players, the rituals and superstitions of leading players to their hidden tattoos, the intriguing and surprising truths of tennis are uncovered. Through stunning infographics, the world of tennis is brought to life. Full of facts and stats, players and personalities, this is tennis as you have never seen it before. Whether it is uncovering the most forehand winners recorded in a Grand Slam Final or comparing the slice backhand of the world’s best players, the intriguing and often surprising truths of tennis are uncovered. From legends John McEnroe and Steffi Graf to current heroes Serena Williams and Roger Federer, and including quirky facts such as the tallest and shortest players to have graced the game through to pitting the top players against each other, these striking and fun infographics put the sport’s most intriguing questions to the test: Who has won the most matches?Which player has the softest hands at the net?Who has the most bizarre training methods?
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