Category: Sports

  • Uves y rafagas desde MotoGP

    By Mela Chercoles

    Un libro para los aficionados de siempre y para los que se incorporan cada día al rebufo de unos extraordinarios éxitos solo comparables con l. a. selección de fútbol.Mela Chércoles se mueve desde 1999 por el paddock del Mundial de Motociclismo como por su propia casa.

    Uves & Ráfagas desde MotoGP es una mezcla de sus experiencias personales y de l. a. historia reciente de este apasionante deporte sin ánimo de sentar cátedra, sino de mostrar este mundo y su entorno de una forma amena y entretenida.
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  • Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid, and the World's Greatest Sports Rivalry

    Fear and Loathing in los angeles Liga is the definitive background of the best competition in global recreation: FC Barcelona vs. genuine Madrid. It’s Messi vs. Ronaldo, Guardiola vs. Mourinho, the country opposed to the nation, freedom opponents vs. Franco’s fascists, plus majestic targets and enchanting abilities. It’s the simplest groups on this planet going head-to-head. It’s greater than a video game. It’s a struggle. It’s El Clásico.

    Only, it’s now not particularly that straightforward. Spanish football specialist and historian Sid Lowe covers a hundred years of contention, athletic attractiveness, and excellence. Fear and Loathing in los angeles Liga is a nuanced, revisionist, and brilliantly knowledgeable historical past that is going past game. Lowe weaves jointly this tale of the contention with the historical past and tradition of Spain, emphasizing that it really is “never approximately simply the soccer.” With specific tales and remarkable anecdotes, he's taking us inside of this epic conflict, together with the injuries left by way of the Civil conflict, Madrid’s golden age within the fifties once they gained 5 eu cups, Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona Dream workforce, the doomed Galáctico test, and Luís Figo’s “betrayal.”

    By exploring the heritage, politics, tradition, economics, and language—while by no means forgetting the drama at the field—Lowe demonstrates the connection among those football giants and divulges the genuine tale at the back of their explosive rivalry.
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  • The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First

    By Jonah Keri

    What occurs whilst 3 monetary whiz young ones and licensed baseball nuts take over an unwell significant league franchise and enforce an identical suggestions that fueled their good fortune on Wall highway? in relation to the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays, an American League championship happens—the end result of 1 of the best turnarounds in baseball history.

    In The additional 2%, monetary journalist and sportswriter Jonah Keri chronicles the outstanding tale of 1 team’s Cinderella trip from divisional doormat to global sequence contender. whilst former Goldman Sachs colleagues Stuart Sternberg and Matthew Silverman assumed regulate of the Tampa Bay satan Rays in 2005, it regarded as though they have been deciding to buy the baseball an identical of a penny inventory. however the incoming regime got here armed with a grasp plan: to leverage their ability at buying and selling, valuation, and administration to construct a version twenty-first-century franchise that may compete with their greater, more suitable, richer rivals—and prevail.

    Together with “boy genius” normal supervisor Andrew Friedman, the recent Rays vendors jettisoned the previous methods of doing issues, substituting their very own leading edge principles approximately worker improvement, advertising and public relatives, and group of workers administration. They exorcized the “devil” from the team’s nickname, constructed metrics that permit them benefit from undervalued elements of the sport, like protection, and employed a forward-thinking box supervisor as devoted to unconventional technique as they have been. via quantifying the game’s intangibles—that additional 2% that separates a profitable association from a wasting one—they have been capable of bring to Tampa Bay anything that Billy Beane’s “Moneyball” had by no means dropped at Oakland: an American League pennant.

    A publication approximately what occurs if you observe what you are promoting abilities on your life’s ardour, The additional 2% is an informative and exciting case examine for any association that desires to move from worst to first.
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  • Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever

    By Jack McCallum

    They have been the Beatles of basketball, the Mercury Seven in footwear.

    In Dream workforce, acclaimed activities journalist Jack McCallum provides the untold tale of the best crew ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball group that captivated the realm, kindled the ring goals of numerous teenagers round the planet, and remade the NBA right into a international sensation.

    As a senior employees author for activities Illustrated, McCallum loved a courtside seat for the main interesting basketball spectacle on the earth, protecting the Dream group from its inception to the gold medal rite in Barcelona. all through the Olympics, he lived with, golfed with, and—most important—drank with many of the maximum gamers of the NBA’s Golden Age: Magic Johnson, the ebullient showman who shrugged off his fresh analysis of HIV to turn into the team’s unquestioned captain and chief; Michael Jordan, the transcendent expertise on the top of his powers as a player—and a advertising juggernaut; and Charles Barkley, the outspoken iconoclast whose utterances off and on the courtroom threatened to ignite a world incident. Presiding over the whole touring circus used to be the Dream Team’s liked trainer, Chuck Daly, whose laissez-faire technique proved instrumental in getting the main out of such disparate personalities and superstars reminiscent of Larry poultry, Patrick Ewing, and Scottie Pippen.

    Drawing on clean interviews with the avid gamers, McCallum offers the definitive account of the Dream staff phenomenon. He deals a behind-the-scenes examine the arguable choice strategy. he is taking us contained in the team’s Olympic suites for late-night card video games and bull periods the place the avid gamers debate either the finer issues of basketball and their respective areas within the NBA pantheon. And he narrates a riveting possession-by-possession account of the mythical July 1992 intrasquad scrimmage that pitted the Dream Teamers opposed to each other in what could have been the best pickup game—and the best exhibition of trash talk—in history.

    In the 20 years because the Dream crew first captivated the world’s realization, its mystique has in simple terms grown—and so has its impression. The NBA is now flush with overseas stars, lots of them encouraged through the exuberant spirit of ’92. Dream staff vividly re-creates the instant while a once-in-a-millennium workforce of athletes got here jointly, outperformed the hype, and adjusted the way forward for sports—one completely completed quick holiday at a time.
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  • Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football

    An unmatched portrait of day by day lifestyles within the NFL: "Riveting...An immediate classic." -- New York instances ebook Review

    By spending a yr with the hot York Jets, Nicholas Dawidoff entered a mysterious and personal international with its personal rituals and language. equivalent elements Paper Lion, Moneyball, Friday evening lighting, and The workplace, this soaking up, humorous, and bright narrative will get to the center of a tremendous and annoying collective endeavor.

    Here is soccer in lots of faces: the polarizing, significant, and hilarious head trainer; the final supervisor, whose activity is to aid (and suppress) the irrepressible trainer; the protecting coaches and their in-house competitors, the offensive coaches; and naturally the avid gamers. clever safeties, brooding linebackers, high-strung cornerbacks, enthusiastic newcomers, and a well-read nostril tackle-they make up an odd and intricate kinfolk. Dawidoff makes an emblematic NFL season come alive for lovers and nonfans alike in a publication approximately soccer that might ceaselessly swap the best way humans watch and view the game.
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  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    By Michael Lewis

    Moneyball is a quest for the key of good fortune in baseball. Following the low-priced Oakland Athletics, their larger-than-life normal manger, Billy Beane, and the unusual brotherhood of novice baseball fanatics, Michael Lewis has written not just "the unmarried such a lot influential baseball booklet ever" (Rob Neyer, Slate) but in addition what "may be the simplest booklet ever written on enterprise" (Weekly Standard).

    "I wrote this ebook simply because I fell in love with a narrative. the tale involved a small workforce of undervalued specialist baseball avid gamers and managers, lots of whom were rejected as not worthy for the large leagues, who had became themselves into some of the most profitable franchises in significant League Baseball. however the thought for the e-book got here good ahead of I had strong cause to write down it—before I had a narrative to fall in love with. it all started, relatively, with an blameless query: how did one of many poorest groups in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, win such a lot of games?"

    With those phrases Michael Lewis launches us into the funniest, smartest, and such a lot contrarian booklet given that, good, since Liar's Poker. Moneyball is a quest for anything as elusive because the Holy Grail, anything that cash it seems that cannot purchase: the key of good fortune in baseball. The logical areas to seem often is the entrance places of work of significant league groups, and the dugouts, even perhaps within the minds of the avid gamers themselves. Lewis mines a majority of these possibilities—his intimate and unique photos of massive league ballplayers are by myself well worth the expense of admission—but the genuine jackpot is a cache of numbers—numbers!—collected through the years through an odd brotherhood of beginner baseball lovers: software program engineers, statisticians, Wall highway analysts, legal professionals and physics professors.

    What those geek numbers show—no, prove—is that the normal yardsticks of luck for gamers and groups are fatally wrong. Even the field rating misleads us by way of ignoring the an important significance of the standard base-on-balls. this data has been round for years, and no-one inside of significant League Baseball paid it any brain. after which got here Billy Beane, basic supervisor of the Oakland Athletics.

    Billy paid realization to these numbers —with the second one lowest payroll in baseball at his disposal he had to—and this booklet documents his fabulous test to find and fielding a workforce that no-one else sought after. Moneyball is a curler coaster experience: sooner than the 2002 season opens, Oakland needs to relinquish its 3 so much well-liked (and dear) gamers, is written off through near to every person, after which comes roaring again to problem the yankee League list for consecutive wins.

    In a story jam-packed with great characters and really good tours into the unforeseen, Michael Lewis exhibits us how and why the recent baseball wisdom works. He additionally units up a sly and hilarious morality story: substantial cash, like Goliath, is usually purported to will we now not cheer for David?

    "One of the easiest baseball—and management—books out....Deserves a spot within the Baseball corridor of Fame."—Forbes
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  • Mud, Sweat & Gears: Cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats (Via the Pub)

    By Ellie Bennett

    The story of a scenic biking trip—including an index of the 50 best beers tasted at the trip

    "One extra would not hurt," acknowledged Mick. I checked out him doubtfully. "I'm uncertain. it is long gone 3 o'clock already. What time does it get darkish in Cornwall at the present of year?" "Not for ages," acknowledged Mick, waving his hand dismissively. "One extra after which we are going to get on." He headed again to the bar with our empty beer glasses.

    As Ellie's fiftieth birthday ways and her objectives of a gentle source of revenue, a winning occupation, and an ascent of Everest look as far-off as ever, she starts off to doubt she's able to attaining whatever in any respect. So while her ally Mick indicates a grueling cycle trip from Land's finish to John O'Groats, she takes up the problem. They select the scenic course which takes them alongside cycle paths, towpaths, and the again roads and byways of england, not able to withstand sampling neighborhood beers within the pubs they go alongside the way in which. yet because the pints begin to stack up swifter than the miles they’re placing less than their tires, Ellie wonders if they will ever make it to the completing line.

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  • The Ribble Way: A Northern England Trail (British Long-distance Trails)

    By Dennis Kelsall

    Guidebook to the pleasant Ribble method long-distance path which strains the total size of the Ribble valley. The River Ribble springs from the limestone of the Yorkshire Dales, excessive on Cam Fell within the middle of 3 height nation. The 70½ mile (113km) Ribble means is defined in seven phases, the course alternating from one facet of the valley to the opposite, often using highway bridges to pass the river. at first forcing a passage among excessive, rugged moorland hills, it then breaks loose to wind via gentler nation-state south of Settle, meandering lazily via alternating pasture and historical wooded area, the place previous manor homes and early 18th-century village cottages nonetheless carry sway opposed to the pervasive tide of modernity. past Preston, the river dramatically adjustments once more, expert to run instantly to the Irish Sea; yet additional to the west, an enormous expanse of the salt marsh nonetheless continues to be and draws large populations of birds really in wintry weather.
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  • Wilderness

    By Robert B. Parker

    "A novel of violence, crisp discussion, and suspense . . . the reader is instantly stuck up within the atmosphere of danger." -- The Boston Globe
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  • Golf All-in-One For Dummies

    By LaReine Chabut

    The enjoyable strategy to get a grip on each element of golf

    Golf is a well-liked spectator recreation, yet in the event you play it is a nice resource of low effect cardiovascular, power, and cardio workout. furthermore, golfing is through nature a social video game that offers the chance to satisfy new humans. Golf All-In-One For Dummies exhibits you not just tips on how to get the main actual make the most of a around of golfing, but additionally the instruments you want to actually benefit from the game.

    From perfecting your swing to fending off accidents, the confirmed recommendations awarded during this e-book provide you with every thing you want to have the time of your existence whenever you hit the links.

    • The fundamentals of golf
    • Details at the most up-to-date clubs and technology
    • Tips on easy methods to enhance the quick video game, together with placing, chipping, and getting out of difficult spots
    • Rules and etiquette that each golfer must know
    • Plans for conserving healthy and designing routines to enhance your game
    • Mental tips and workouts that can assist you succeed
    • Tips on grips, stances, and swings
    • New information from most sensible avid gamers on find out how to increase your game
    • Great new classes, tournaments, avid gamers who've replaced the sport, and a assessment of golf's maximum moments

    Whether you have already got a few golfing event or are thoroughly new to the sport, Golf All-In-One For Dummies can have you taking part in like a professional in no time.

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