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What Is Basketball ?

 Basketball is a sport that is played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter and mounted at a height of 10 feet (3.048 m) to backboards at each end of the court. The game was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, who would be the first basketball coach of the Kansas Jayhawks, one of the most successful programs in the game’s history.

A team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket being defended by the opposition team during regular play. A field goal scores three points for the shooting team if the player shoots from behind the three-point line, and two points if shot from in front of the line. A team can also score via free throws, which are worth one point, after the other team is assessed with certain fouls. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but additional time (overtime) is issued when the score is tied at

Gerrit Cole, odds on who will start Game 1 of the next Yankees

 It’s clear by now how serious Brian Cashman is about holding onto the prospects he collected last summer, rather than dealing them for Chris Sale last month or Jose Quintana anytime soon.

“I like the trajectory we’re on,” the Yankees’ GM said by phone on Tuesday, speaking of building with young talent. “We’re being very careful to evaluate what we have and determine what’s the best way to move forward.

“Hopefully 2017 will be a big step forward for most of our (top prospects), and after that we’ll be much closer to what we need to know.”

As I’ve written before, I believe it’s the right way to proceed. The Yankees can’t rush this rebuild, especially if they’re going to compete with the Red Sox, who have all that young talent and now Sale as an ace.

Odds of Yankees adding another pitcher aren’t high: Brian Cashman

But even if Cashman strikes gold with his position-player prospects the way Theo Epstein did with the Cubs, there is the question of who will

Odell Beckham needs to control his Giant outbursts

 A day after GM Jerry Reese indicated he wants Odell Beckham Jr. to grow up, teammate Victor Cruz said he wasn’t worried about his fellow wideout but does think Beckham’s tantrums could hold the receiver back.

“I think just having those outbursts are going to hinder him in some regard,” Cruz said on WFAN Tuesday. “Whether it’s just continued negative press or whatever the case may be. So he just has to find a way to just control himself and not do those things in such an angry regard coming after games like that.”

Cruz said his fellow receiver was “visibly upset” after the game but that he didn’t see Beckham punch the wall.

Asked if it would be good for Beckham if the young receiver could control himself more, Beckham said, “I mean, obviously. There won’t be any negative to report.”

Victor Cruz’s last impression with Giants is failure to lead

“I don’t think the reports bother him, I think more so the people that smile in his face and

Chlorinated Pools Increases Your Risk of Cancer

Going for a swim may increase your risk of cancer if you use a chlorinated pool, according to a series of studies conducted by researchers from the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, Spain, and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

“Parents send their children to pools because they want to do something good for them,” said toxicologist Alfred Bernard of the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium, who was not involved in the study. “But we actually don’t know the long-term effects.”

Prior studies have raised concerns that chlorine in pools can react chemically with sweat, skin cells and other organic material to produce chemicals linked with asthma and bladder cancer. In one of the new studies, researchers analyzed water from a public swimming pool and identified more than 100 such byproducts, including many toxins.

The researchers then tested the blood, urine and breath of 50 healthy adults both before and after they swam laps for 40 minutes. They found an increase in a marker for respiratory distress, suggesting a decreased resistance of the lung lining to foreign substances. They also found a sevenfold increase in several markers of DNA damage that have been associated with

Swim So Good For You

Swim your heart out

If you’re looking for exercise that improves heart and lung capacity, but is gentle on your joints, swimming is a top choice. Like other aerobic exercise such as running, it can improve cardiovascular fitness as well as cholesterol levels, provided you swim at a brisk pace.

Aim to swim laps for 20 to 40 minutes at a pace that keeps your heart rate up. Start slowly; initially you may need to rest between laps. Over time, work out longer, preferably using different strokes and speeds. Because swimming places less demand on the heart than running and other sports, your heart rate won’t go up as high. That means your target heart rate—if you know it—will be lower by 10 to 20 beats per minute.

Blood sugar and blood pressure control

Several studies have found that swimming can improve various measures of blood sugar control, such as insulin sensitivity. This is true even though swimmers tend to weigh more and have more body fat than, say, runners or cyclists. Swimming is beneficial in this regard not only because it can provide an aerobic workout, but also because the resistance provided by

Swim And Calories

It’s more than likely you keep tabs on your calorie consumption and calorie exertion. But, like many of us, you probably wonder how much energy is burned when you head to the pool for a training swim.

Swimming is, without question, an effective way to torch calories. And, since swimming is a non-impact sport, it’s neutral on common problems areas like the lower back and knees. So if you’re plagued by injury, it’s a great option for many adults looking for an energy-burning activity.

But how much of a calorie-burning workout is it, truly? And how does it stack up to other endurance activities like running and cycling?

The answer varies, but we do have a few numbers you can chew on.

How Many Calories are Burned Swimming ?

The site has estimates from research data from the American College of Sports Medicine. These estimates are based on one hour of swimming, rather than the total distance an athlete covers.

And of course, it varies by your weight:

  • A 130-pound person swimming freestyle for one hour will burn 590 calories swimming fast, and 413 calories swimming slower.
  • A 155-pound

What is Swimming ?

Swimming is an individual or team sport and activity. Competitive swimming is one of the most popular Olympic sports, with events in butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, and individual medley. In addition to these individual events, Olympic swimmers also take part in relays. Swimmers can also compete in open-water events


Evidence of recreational swimming in prehistoric times has been found, with the earliest evidence dating to Stone Age paintings from around 10000 years ago. Written references date from 2000 BC, with some of the earliest references to swimming including the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Bible, Beowulf, the Quran and others. In 1538, Nikolaus Wynmann, a German professor of languages, wrote the first swimming book, The Swimmer or A Dialogue on the Art of Swimming (Der Schwimmer oder ein Zweigespräch über die Schwimmkunst).

Swimming emerged as a competitive recreational activity in the 1830s in England. In 1828, the first indoor swimming pool, St George’s Baths was opened to the public.[1] By 1837, the National Swimming Society was holding regular swimming competitions in six artificial swimming pools, built around London. The recreational activity grew in popularity and by 1880, when the first national governing body,

Tips and Task for First Base

The defensive skills of the first baseman are often taken for granted. This position is the most under-rated defensive position on a team. The defensive skills of a good first baseman can often make the difference in winning a championship.

Set & Ready Position – With No Runners On Base

  1. The first baseman positions himself approximately 15 to 20 feet behind first base and about 10 feet from the line. This is the normal positioning when a bunt is not anticipated and there are no runners on base.
  2. Weight slightly forward, left foot in front three or four inches, knees slightly bent and weight up on the balls of the feet.
  3. Glove held waist high, open, facing toward the batter.
  4. Always check with the second baseman to make sure there is no mix up on ground balls hit to the right side of the infield.
  5. Always focus your eyes into the strike zone, assuming that the ball will be hit in your direction.

Set & Ready Position – Holding The Runner On
The purpose of this position is to receive the pitcher’s pick-off throw and apply a quick tag. Secondly, if the pitcher throws to home, moving into position

What is Baseball ?

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each, who take turns batting and fielding.

The batting team attempts to score runs by hitting a ball that is thrown by the pitcher with a bat swung by the batter, then running counter-clockwise around a series of four bases: first, second, third, and home plate. A run is scored when a player advances around the bases and returns to home plate.

Players on the batting team take turns hitting against the pitcher of the fielding team, which tries to prevent runs by getting hitters out in any of several ways. A player on the batting team who reaches a base safely can later attempt to advance to subsequent bases during teammates’ turns batting, such as on a hit or by other means. The teams switch between batting and fielding whenever the fielding team records three outs. One turn batting for both teams, beginning with the visiting team, constitutes an inning. A game is composed of nine innings, and the team with the greater number of runs at the end of the game wins. Baseball has no game clock, although almost all games end

Evaluating a Catcher’s Throw

A catcher’s throw down to second base is usually evaluated by determining the elapsed time from the point the pitched ball hits the catcher’s glove, until the ball hits the infielder’s glove taking the throw at 2nd. This time is known as the “Pop Time.”

Much emphasis has been put on this time when evaluating High School, College and Pro catchers. In my work with catchers I have found that just using this one measurement does not give a complete picture of a catcher’s strengths and weaknesses as it relates to this throw.

I have found that the throw to 2nd is in essence a 3-part skill. Each part can be evaluated for strengths and weaknesses and improved. The three components are:

  1. Ball Control and Release Efficiency
  2. In-flight Velocity
  3. Accuracy

On average, a professional catcher’s success rate is just 25% and, at best, around 50%. Success rates for youth catchers have as wide a success rate as well. Each of the three components of the throw contributes to the success or failure of each throw down to 2nd. Without evaluating each part and just evaluating the entire throw using Pop Time readings, coaches may overlook areas needing improvement.


10 Tips for Running Effective Basketball Plays

Tip #1 – Stress execution

The reason that set plays work so well is that you have the opportunity to practice them ahead of time. However, if you don’t stress execution and make sure your players are doing things correctly, then your plays will be lack luster.

You’ll need to make sure that your players are setting solid screens, rubbing off screens shoulder to shoulder, setting up their man before the screen, cutting quickly to the basket, and so on.

Tip #2 – Stress concentration

Again, the reason set plays can be effective is because they can be practiced and executed to near perfection. This means your players really need to concentrate to run it correctly. The concentration starts in your practices and continues into games.

Tip #3 – Make sure players know their roles

If the key to a certain play is to have a screener that jab steps to set up their man and set a solid back screen, make sure they know their job. It takes five players all working together to make the play successful.

As always, communicating with your players and letting them know their roles makes you more successful. This gets your players to take ownership, feel more involved, and improve

Seven keys to developing a quick shot release

1.Be prepared before you catch the ball.

Every time you catch the ball, your knees should be bent and your feet should be aligned with the basket a split second before you catch the ball. So now all you have to do is catch and go right up with your shot.

On the other hand, if you catch the ball and then bend your knees, that is excess motion and wasted time. This gives your defender extra time to block your shot.

Along the same lines, you should cut with your knees bent…

Reggie Miller and Richard Hamilton are two examples of NBA players who are great at moving without the ball and getting their shot off quickly. If you watch them on TV, they always cut off screens with their knees bent. So when they get open, they only have to catch and shoot.

Bottom line, always have your knees bent and feet ready before you catch the ball.

2.Provide passers with a target near your shot pocket.

Your shot pocket is the place you put the ball before going into your

Trick and Tips to Improve Your Shooting Confidence

As we all know, confidence is required to be a good shooter. However, most basketball coaches feel that it’s terribly difficult to improve your player’s confidence.

Believe it or not, this is something you can control (to a degree)…

The following technique which we refer to as “Grooving Your Shot” will give you some control and allow you to improve your team’s shooting confidence.

Every day before or during practice, have your players shoot 50, 6 foot jump shots. No movement. Just catch and shoot.

Chart the number of shots they make and do this almost every day.

Guess what happens?

Your players will see themselves improve.

If you practice just a little, it’s not very hard to make 6-8 foot jump shots. And you’re players will regularly hit 75% or more of their 6 foot jump shots. They swish shot after shot. Nice and smooth

They will also see on paper that they have improved and that they shoot a very high percentage.

You’ll notice that players will start to change their mentality. As an example, if a player misses two shots in a row, they’ll think “Whoa, I missed two in a row? That’s not like me!”

It’s a whole different mindset.

So if you’re a coach, try this

Olympic Team Loses

SAN DIEGO — The 1992 Olympic basketball team is perhaps the best ever, but it was only the second best team on the court Wednesday.

The developmental squad made up of top college players defeated the Olympic team in a 20-minute scrimmage. No one was disclosing the final score, but the collegians won by eight points.

“We got killed today,” Michael Jordan said. “They beat us and they played well. We’re so out of sync and so unsure about things that we feel comfortable with in normal situations. We don’t have any continuity at all.”

The college team is made up of Chris Webber of Michigan, Grant Hill and Bobby Hurley of Duke, Anfernee Hardaway of Memphis State, Allan Houston of Tennessee, Jamal Mashburn of Kentucky, Eric Montross of North Carolina and Rodney Rogers of Wake Forest.

In a scrimmage Tuesday, Webber and Rogers dunked over Charles Barkley.

“They were a little stronger than I thought they were,” Barkley said.

The college players say they look at playing against the NBA players as an opportunity to improve

Pete Maravich’s tragic trip to Pasadena

Pete Maravich came to town 25 years ago, Jan. 5, 1988. No newspaper, local or national, had an obituary prepared. No need, presumably.

Everything seemed normal that morning in the gymnasium at the First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena. Maravich had flown in from his Louisiana home to do some radio work with James Dobson. Maravich had become a born-again Christian. Dobson was the nationally known head of Focus on the Family, his spacious headquarters located at the intersection of the 57 and 10 freeways in Pomona.

Dobson, 6 feet 5, was then 51, loved sports, was once captain of the tennis team at Pasadena City College and put together morning pickup basketball games at Nazarene on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This was a Tuesday, but it was a special day.

Pete Maravich: A column in the Jan. 5 Sports section about the death of basketball legend Pete Maravich during a trip to Pasadena 25 years earlier said that James Dobson of Focus on the Family, whom Maravich was visiting, had been on the tennis team at Pasadena City College. Dobson attended Pasadena College, which relocated to San Diego

71 people died when the plane carrying most of the Chapecoense soccer team crashed in Colombia

The Brazilian soccer team that saw most of its senior players perish in a plane crash in November is rebuilding its team almost entirely, in time for the country’s new soccer season.

Chapecoense will recruit up to 20 new players and begin preseason training this week, according to Reuters. The club said it will reserve jersey numbers for two members who survived the crash, in the hope that they can rejoin the squad to play at some point.

The team, hailing from the southern Brazilian city of Chapecó, was heading to Colombia for what would have been the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana tournament’s finals on the evening of Nov. 28, when the chartered plane it flew on crashed near the city of Medellín. Of those on board, 71 people died and six survived. Prior to that point, the team’s meteoric rise through the ranks of Brazilian and South American professional soccer circles had been hailed as a “Cinderella story.”

Among the Chapecoense players on the ill-fated flight, only three survived — with one of them having to undergo partial leg amputation. The club’s director of football told Reuters that the reservation of the

Cristiano Ronaldo, Player of the Year Award

Cristiano Ronaldo won FIFA’s Player of the Year Award for the fourth time Monday, beating his old rival Lionel Messi, who was pulled out of the ceremony in Zurich only a few hours earlier by Barcelona, his club, in preparation for a game.

“It was a year that was magnificent at a personal level and at a sporting level,” Ronaldo, 31, said in his acceptance speech, which he began with “Wow, wow, wow!”

Ronaldo was rewarded for his performance in 2016, when he won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then Euro 2016 with Portugal. Messi, who has won the award five times, was second. Antoine Griezmann of Atlético Madrid and the French national team was third.

“I don’t have much more to say; I think the awards speak for themselves,” Ronaldo said. “I’m very happy, and I can say that 2016 was the best year of my career.”

Carli Lloyd won the women’s Player of the Year Award for the second year in a row.

FIFA to Expand World Cup to 48 Teams

ZURICH — The World Cup will grow to 48 teams within a decade under a plan approved unanimously on Tuesday by FIFA’s governing council, an enormous expansion of soccer’s showpiece tournament that was hailed by supporters as a victory for inclusion but that was derided by critics as the latest money grab by an organization still emerging from a series of financial scandals.

The move, which will take effect in 2026, was the largest expansion, in percentage terms, for the World Cup since it went to 24 teams from 16 in 1982, and the first since it moved to the current 32-nation format in 1998.

The decision to expand was both political and financial. FIFA’s new president, Gianni Infantino, had pressed for the change when he ran for the presidency last year, as a way to invigorate the event and to include more countries. Expansion is sure to be popular in the vote-rich confederations of Africa and Asia that serve as any FIFA president’s power base. And few dispute that a 48-team World Cup would be a bigger, richer tournament, producing,

The Best Ranking in NBA

1.Toronto Raptors

Odds of beating Cavaliers in a series:?48% without home-court?
Conference title: 42.2% | NBA title:?9.7%?
Vegas championship odds: 40-1

A recent skid from the Raptors has BPI now projecting that Toronto will finish No. 2 in the East, after an extended stretch of likely finishing ahead of the Cavs. The difference between Toronto having home-court advantage?vs. Cleveland having home-court amounts to a 9.0 percent swing in odds.

Toronto is 4.5 games back of Cleveland right now, but BPI only projects the teams to finish two games apart. If the Raptors took the first two home games in a hypothetical Eastern Conference finals matchup, BPI would give them an 80 percent chance to win the series and make the NBA Finals.

2.San Antonio Spurs

Odds of beating Warriors in a series: 29% without home-court
Conference title:?25.2% | NBA title: 18.6%
Vegas championship odds:?8-1

The Spurs have the third-best title odds, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, and carry the NBA’s second-best record … so, no, they aren’t really a dark horse. But it’s noteworthy that they fall to No. 2 here. Having to get through the Warriors will do

Time for Knicks boss to step up and act like a leader

The Knicks’ president still hasn’t spoken publicly with the local media since training camp, but Jackson 100 percent should have been sitting in the press conference room prepared to show he’s in charge of the Derrick Rose AWOL situation following Monday’s latest disturbing loss against New Orleans.

Or at the very least answered questions upon Rose’s return to practice one day later.

Aside from his LeBron James “posse” comments and a dig at Carmelo Anthony’s ball-stopping game in an ESPN interview in November — and changing his relationship status last month on social media — Jackson hasn’t shared his supposedly Zenful thoughts on anything related to the team with the fans all season.

Instead, first-year coach Jeff Hornacek solely was left to awkwardly address – or not really address – Rose’s absence on the organization’s behalf following his spiraling team’s eighth loss in nine games and again on Tuesday.

As if he doesn’t have enough problems right now, right?

You’d fully expect Sandy Alderson or Brian Cashman to be front and center if something similar happened with their teams, and more often than not, we’ve come to know that they would be accountable