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Alex Morgan is Your Personal Soccer Coach in New App

  • Goalazo
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • October 15, 2013, 2:34 PM

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It’s the dream of every young athlete to get some one-on-one training time with the biggest stars of the sport you play. If you play soccer, your smartphone makes that a reality. The Fivestar Soccer Training app launched today for the iPhone. The app provides instructional videos, games, and interactive simulations featuring two of the biggest names in soccer: Alex Morgan and Wayne Rooney. The app is free to download, and comes loaded with a batch of free workouts, challenges, and tips. Additional workouts can be purchased for $5.99 or the full program for $19.99.

Morgan and Rooney guide you through drills and skills, helping you improve your game — both physically and mentally. 

Earlier this week, Morgan spoke to Sports Illustrated Kids about the Fivestar Soccer Training app, the drills she thinks young footballers should focus on, and how she trained as a kid athlete.
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Felix Baumgartner's Epic Jump, One Year Later

  • The Arena
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • October 15, 2013, 10:44 AM

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At this time last year, the world was obsessively watching skydiver and daredevil Felix Baumgartner — outfitted in a state-of-the-art pressure suit — jump out of a capsule 127,852 feet above the earth in the planet's stratosphere. It was scary. It was exciting. And it was epic. 

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the Red Bull Stratos mission, and it's a great excuse to relive it.

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Adidas Debuts Crazy Ghost Basketball Shoe

  • GearHead
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • October 14, 2013, 3:50 PM

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You're on the court, you put a move on the defender, and you're gone before he even knows you were there. You could've been a ghost you moved so fast. Of course, it takes lots of practice and training to be that good. But it helps to have the right shoe, too.

Today, adidas debuted the Crazy Ghost, a new basketball shoe that features the company's newest performance innovation, the Crazyquick outsole traction system. When you wear the shoe, the Crazyquick system give you maximum control and flexibility to make quick cuts on the court. The shoe is also lighter and more breathable thanks to adidas' redesigned SPRINTWEB, and the bright colors and design elements make it look snappy. 

Three NBA players will wear the Crazy Ghost this season — Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (that's the the Holiday Pelicans version of the shoe at the top of the page), and the Denver Nuggets' Kenneth Faried. Scroll down to see more images of the shoe (including a cool blue/orange Faried Nuggets colorway), and a shot of Holiday wearing it on the court.
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NHL Power Rankings — Week 2

  • Puckhead
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • October 14, 2013, 12:37 PM

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Two weeks into the NHL season, the Western Conference looks like a powerhouse. The Blues, Avalanche, Sharks, and Ducks are rolling thanks to big-time goal scoring, solid goaltending, and gritty toughness. But in the East, things are bleak. The Penguins, Bruins, and Maple Leafs look sharp, but the Sabres, Flyers, Rangers, Capitals, and Devils have two wins — total. 

It's still early, but under the new alignment it will be tough for a lot of those teams in the East to make up ground. But this is the NHL. Anything can happen, and there's still tons of games left to play. If the Caps, Rangers, and Devils want to make a run in the super competitive Metropolitan Division, they have to make a move soon.

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Watch Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon Destroy Stuff

  • Puckhead
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • October 11, 2013, 3:07 PM

Here's something awesome for your Friday: Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon just obliterating some Gatorade bottles during a friendly game of who has the more accurate shot.

The backstory: This past offseason, Reebok and CCM got Penguins superstar Crosby and Avalanche rookie (and the top overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft) MacKinnon together for a photo shoot and to test out some new gear — the Reebok RibCor stick for Crosby, the CCM RBZ Stage II stick and RBZ skates for MacKinnon. During the photo shoot, Crosby and MacKinnon had some downtime and decided to see who had the more accurate shot. So Sid set up four Gatorade bottles on top of the net and the two took turns firing pucks at defenseless objects. And some of them don't make it out alive.
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NCAA Football Power Rankings — Week 7

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Two top 5 teams had close calls last weekend, as Ohio State and Stanford had to hang on to beat conference rivals. Expect more exciting games for the rest of the year.

The remaining weeks of the season will answer a lot of questions, as teams will learn how they stack up to the rest of their conferences. We’ll also get to see some of the most anticipated matchups of the year soon, including Florida State-Clemson on Oct. 19 and Alabama-LSU on Nov. 9. 

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Minnesota Lynx Sweep Atlanta Dream in WNBA Championship

  • Hoophead
  • Associated Press
  • October 11, 2013, 10:16 AM

minnesota lynx wnba championship 2013DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Another WNBA championship for the Minnesota Lynx. Another three-game sweep of the Atlanta Dream in the finals.

Maya Moore, though, says that nothing came too easily for the Lynx.

"That's what a championship is supposed to be," she said. "It's supposed to be hard, and when it got hard, we came together and stuck with it and secured that victory. I'm just really proud."

Moore scored 23 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and 12 rebounds and the Lynx beat the Dream 86-77 on Thursday night to win their second WNBA title in three years.
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