The new documentary The Short Game follows eight talented young golfers from around the globe as they compete in one of the toughest youth tournaments in the world: the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst, NC. One of those kids is Zamokuhle Nxasana (pronounced Zam-oh-coo-lay Nox-ah-sana, or Zama for short), a 9-year-old from South Africa who dreams of becoming a professional golfer. When we meet him in the movie, it’s the year 2012 and he’s preparing for his second trip to the tournament. His goal for the tournament is a simple one: Be better than last year.
With his upbeat personality and great attitude toward the game and tournament, Zama is one of the standout kids in The Short Game. In October, he talked with Sports Illustrated Kids from his home in South Africa about golf and the experience of being in the movie.
The draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup groups is Friday, which means the biggest soccer event in the world is getting closer! The World Cup runs June 12-July 13, 2014, and 32 national teams will compete for the world championship: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Italy, Iran, Ivory Coast, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United States, and Uruguay.
When they finally take the pitch, matches will be played in 12 host cities around Brazil, from the opening game in Sao Paulo to the championship round in Rio de Janeiro. And to get fans ready, FIFA has released some pretty great posters for each of the host cities. While you wait for the World Cup draw, check out a grid of the 12 posters, as well as a short video produced by FIFA TV introducing you to each of the host cities.
Whenever the NHL plays a game outside, fans know to expect that teams will wear special jerseys when they hit the rink. And the inaugural Stadium Series is no different. What is different, though, is that it's not a heritage game — that is, the teams won't be wearing throwbacks like they do in the Winter and Heritage Classics. So what will these other outdoor game sweaters look like? Today, the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings gave us our first look.
(Update: The Islanders were actually first out of the gate, debuting their Stadium Series sweaters on Nov. 27.)
Snowboarder Kevin Pearce was a rising star when, in December 2009, he suffered a traumatic brain injury while trying to pull a difficult trick called the cab double cork. Pearce was lucky to be alive, and some people thought he would never ride a snowboard again. But he persevered, and only eight months after his accident was back on a board. He quickly realized he was not recovered enough to be as good as he was, and in 2011 he announced he would never ride competitively again. At 24 years old, his professional snowboarding career was over -- but his life was just beginning. He became a passionate and devoted advocate for head injury awareness and brain health. And his story of recovery has inspired millions of kids and adults around the world.
On Tuesday, the organization Stoked will recognize Pearce with the Stoked Achievement Award at its sixth annual Stoked Awards dinner in New York. The award celebrates resilience, success, and using action sports culture to help under-served kids. Past winners have included Tony Hawk and Paul Rodriguez.
Last week, Pearce talked with Sports Illustrated Kids about receiving the award, how his recovery has been going, and going to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Another crazy regular season is almost over, but we still don’t know which teams will separate themselves as the best in the nation. With conference championships still up for grabs, the last weeks of the season will be incredibly important for several teams.
Arizona’s major upset of Oregon continued to change the national landscape, and a Ducks team that was recently competing for a national championship is now out of the top 10. That’s just another reminder that anything can happen in college football.
It's Thanksgiving in America, and that means family, turkey, and football! But before we get to this year's gridiron feast, let's all take a moment to remember one of the most legendary plays in Thanksgiving football history.
It was Thanksgiving 2012. The New York Jets vs. the New England Patriots. It's the second quarter and the Jets are down 14-0. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is trying to get his team back on track when it happened. The Buttfumble. Sanchez took the snap, the play collapsed, and, what happened next immedately became the stuff of legend.
You've seen the replays and the gifs, now experience the play in glorious OYO bricks!