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Kate Gilliam

One-on-One with WNBA Star Tina Charles


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Tina Charles, the WNBA’s fourth-leading scorer, is feeling right at home in her second season with the New York Liberty. Charles, who grew up in Queens, New York, played for the Connecticut Sun from 2010–13 before requesting a trade in 2014.

She played for the University of Connecticut in college and was a national champion in 2009 and ’10. As a senior, she earned every major player of the year accolade, including the Naismith Trophy and the Wooden Award.

Recently, I had the chance to go to the MSG Training Center to watch the Liberty practice. The players did a lot of shooting drills and half-court scrimmaging. Following practice, Tina and I played two rounds of H-O-R-S-E.
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Five-Minute Guide to the 2015-16 Premier League Season

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  • Connor Mellas
  • August 12, 2015, 11:12 AM

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The Barclays Premier League kicked into action this past Saturday, ringing in the new season with an own goal, a few wonder strikes, and a big upset. Whether you’re a newly minted observer or a seasoned fan, the start of the Premier League is one of the most exciting times on the soccer calendar. Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you get into the fledgling 2015-16 season.

1. So how does this league actually work?

Teams are awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw (no shootouts, the games can end in a tie), and zero point for a loss. The season stretches from August to May, and the team with the most points at the end is declared champion. If there’s a tie in point total, goal difference is used as the decider. The bottom three finishers are relegated to the Championship (the league below the Premier League) and three teams from the Championship come up to take their spots. 
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HeadTrainer App Adds New Tool to Your Workout

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  • Connor Mellas
  • August 11, 2015, 11:41 AM

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Imagine if knocking down pigs in Angry Birds could make you a better midfielder. Or if spending hours playing Minecraft could raise your batting average. (It can’t, and it won’t.) Video games — especially those found in Apple and Google app stores — have primarily been about providing a simple distraction from real life. They’re fun and great for wasting time and getting through long car rides. But their usefulness often ends there.

HeadTrainer hopes to change that.

HeadTrainer is an iOS and Android mobile app designed to make athletes better by improving their cognitive abilities. Simply put, it aims to make you better at sports by training your brain through video games. 

The app is endorsed by athletes including Alex Morgan, Richard Sherman, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Caroline Wozniacki, and developed in conjunction with the Duke Sports Science Institute.
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Tres Starkoski

Attending Summer Camp with the Baltimore Ravens


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For many kids, summer means going to camp — canoeing on the lake, hiking through the woods, playing volleyball on the beach, and learning new skills. Football players got to camp, too. But their experience is very, very different.  I got an up-close look at what an NFL training camp is like when I visited the Baltimore Ravens pre-season workouts at Under Armour Performance Center last week. 

The players arrive early to the Ravens Headquarters Facility in Owings Mills, Maryland. Some of them grab food, others spend time meeting with coaches and trainers to get them ready for their day at camp. There are nearly 90 players all competing for 53 roster spots, so the more work they put in to prepare, the better their chances of making the team. The players spend several hours getting their equipment ready and stretching out before the main practice. Coaches and trainers are like camp counselors, assisting players, getting them ready for the day, and making sure they know the schedule.
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Bettis, Seau Lead 2015 NFL Hall of Fame Class


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CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The humbled men in gold jackets entering football immortality were unmistakable. So was the endless sea of twirling yellow Terrible Towels there to greet them and the outpouring of compassion for the legend who wasn't there.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis headlined the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Saturday night, the sixth-leading rusher in NFL history turning the annual enshrinement ceremony into a de facto pep rally.

Bettis grabbed one of the ubiquitous towels synonymous with the franchise at the beginning of his speech and led a chant of "Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go" as the capacity crowd at Tom Benson Stadium - most of them clad in some variation of black-and-yellow - roared in support of the player that served as the physical embodiment of the team he helped lead to a fifth Super Bowl title in 2006.

"I really thought the Bus' last stop was in Detroit at Super Bowl 40," Bettis said. "But now I know the Bus will always and forever run in Canton, Ohio."
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Will Foster

Book Review: An Introduction to Baseball History, For Kids by a Kid


matt nadel amazing aaron to zero zippersSixteen-year-old Matt Nadel of Springfield, N.J., has been MLB.com’s youngest blogger for three years. And he’s an author, too. Matt’s first book, Amazing Aaron to Zero Zippers: An Introduction to Baseball History, which came out as an eBook last year, is now out in paperback. 

It has met with widespread acclaim, garnering favorable reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Plus, the book’s proceeds go to the ALS, Turn 2, Jackie Robinson, and Hall of Fame foundations.

Amazing Aaron traces baseball’s past (the subject of Matt’s blog, Baseball with Matt), from legendary players and teams to historic stadiums and crazy games. Focusing mainly on Major League Baseball, the book includes chapters for each letter of the alphabet. (For example, there’s “Booming Babe” and “Unbelievable Underdogs.”) 

While Matt’s prose can be a bit clunky at times, both his knowledge and his love for the game shine through in Amazing Aaron’s 96 pages. 
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Exclusive First Look: Jeff Gordon Zooms Onto Disney XD’s “Penn Zero”

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • August 7, 2015, 2:31 PM

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NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon is known for his moves on the track. But next week, he’s going to show us what he can do from the broadcast booth. Well, sort of.

On Monday, Gordon lends his voice to Disney XD’s animated show Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero. In the episode “Chuckle City 500,” Penn Zero and a few other characters compete in a clown-style race to see who will become the next mayor of Chuckle City. And calling the race is a rodeo clown announcer, a mustachioed joker in a barrel brought to life by Jeff Gordon.

Check out an exclusive clip from the episode:
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