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Cookies are Not Accepted - New York Times. Forces of Character: A conversation with Gregg Popovich | HoopsHype. Excerpted from Forces of Character: Conversations about Building a Life of Impact by Chad Hennings and Jon Finkel. Book can be purchased online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks. To me, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich represents the quintessential model of continued excellence. He’s been at the helm of the Spurs for almost twenty years, and in that time he’s won five NBA championships and three Coach of the Year awards.

What’s even more impressive, and what is most pertinent to this book, is that San Antonio has built a reputation as an organization known for its high character. In the current era of sports, where athletes are often jumping from team to team for the highest paycheck, Coach Popovich and his organization have created a climate in which their best player, Tim Duncan, and the other stars of the team, consistently take below-market value to stay there and continue the winning tradition. GP: When I’m interviewing a kid to draft I’m looking for specific things. Reactions to Leicester City's miracle EPL title win. Leicester City Football Club are champions of England. Now there's a sentence no soccer fan thought that they would ever say. Starting the season with odds at 5000-1 to win the Premier League title, Leicester City managed to fight their way to the top of English football, becoming champions just one year after narrowly avoiding relegation. The Foxes achievement is truly a once in a lifetime moment.

After the final whistle blew on Tottenham's 2-2 draw with Chelsea, sealing the title for Leicester, soccer fans and media members from the across the world jumped online to share their thoughts on what will surely go down as one of the greatest underdog stories in sports history. Leicester City. Leicester City was 5000-1 to win EPL. Victory may have alluded them on Sunday, but once Leicester City clinched the title on Monday, the celebration was on at striker Jamie Vardy's house. CHAMPIONS!!!! Party time #LCFC — John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) May 2, 2016 Beep, beep. .

Forces of Character: A conversation with Gregg Popovich | HoopsHype. Phil Jackson gets deep with tweet about coaching philosophy. Drug Trafficking Has Overshadowed Soccer in Zidane's Marseille Hometown. This article originally appeared on VICE Sports France. These days, the La Castellane neighbourhood in Marseille is better known for its bad reputation than for being the place where Zinédine Zidane grew up. Twenty-eight years after Real Madrid's new coach left the area, traces of his childhood have faded among the projects, as trafficking of all kinds has overshadowed football. The first things you will notice upon arriving in La Castellane are the police trucks lined up along the road.

Beige-coloured buildings tower in the background, their narrow windows making them look like an impenetrable fortress. Inside, away from prying eyes, drug rings have set up a kind of supermarket. Under an entrance porch, two teenagers are keeping an eye on the police's whereabouts and will raise the alarm if they get too close. Zidane was just like them, leaving La Castellane for AS Cannes at age 15. READ MORE: Zinedine Zidane and the Perils of Going Back READ MORE: The Cult - Zinedine Zidane @ebesatti. What I Paid To Be A Division I Athlete. I didn't know it at the time, but I could have done something. I didn't. But, in hindsight, I could have. When I was an active college basketball player, it took me a while to figure out that something was off.

After all, I was lucky enough to have an athletic scholarship at a prestigious university, I thought. Plus, my older brother Matt and sister Becky also received athletic scholarships at prestigious universities for hoops. A blessing, right? After all, all universities are prestigious. Read More: Occupy College Football: Les Miles, Clay Helton, And The Power Of Public Opinion And, when an NCAA compliance officer threatened my brother could be suspended for part of the season, my family didn't dare dispute it. As the valedictorian of his high school class, my brother had the audacity to accept a scholarship from a local community organization, a scholarship dedicated every year to the school's valedictorian.

Disputing the claim didn't even enter our minds. Why wouldn't you? Oh, yeah. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich profiled in Sports Illustrated, whether he likes it or not. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, shown here with Tony Parker, is profiled in this week's Sports Illustrated. (D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images) The Spurs are often singled out for their regular-season success, as their .703 winning percentage since 1997-98 is the best 16-year run in NBA history. But this is also an organization that's consistently advanced in the postseason during that span, winning four titles and exiting in the conference finals three times. After defeating the Lakers on Wednesday night, the Spurs moved within two games of reaching the second round for the 13th time in Gregg Popovich's 16 full seasons as coach. This has been a winning factory since Popovich and Tim Duncan rolled into town.

To learn more about what makes the Spurs tick, Jack McCallum profiles Popovich for this week's Sports Illustrated, which is on newsstands now. Was Popovich a spy? Ultimately, Popovich sat for a 20-minute interview -- and the Republic of Pop helped fill in the gaps. Krueger: Austin's "statement" signing doesn't mean a sale. De Heiligen paard 101 11:54am Sun 17 Jan 16 for the very few who are having a go at Ralph and saying this isn't a `statement signing`, I suggest you have a quick look at news stories (other than the echo) on the web covering this deal, Southampton have announced the signing of Charlie Austin in a £4m deal from Queens Park Rangers. And the Saints' Premier League rivals are devastated to have missed out on the striker. The 26-year-old was out of contract at Loftus Road in the summer, and Ronald Koeman acted quick in the January transfer window to secure what could be the best deal of the current window.

Austin had been linked with an array of clubs from England's top flight, including Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United. So predictably, the above sides, and more, are not pleased by the deal. Have a read of the reaction, on Twitter, from the Saints' domestic rivals below. The 4-2-3-1 Formation - Soccer Tactics. By Stewart Coggin Updated December 16, 2014. The 4-2-3-1 formation came to prominence in Spain in the 1990s and early 2000s and is now used by many teams throughout the world. The two players in front of the back-four, known as the ‘doble pivot’ (double pivot) in Spain, give support to the defense, with one player breaking up opposition attacks, and the other putting more emphasis on distributing the ball to the attacking players. The formation should ensure teams are not out-numbered in midfield, and with so many advanced players, there is great flexibility.

Striker in the 4-2-3-1 Formation In this formation, the striker should not lack support as he has three players whose job it is to supply him with ammunition. The 4-2-3-1 formation can accommodate a big target man who can hold the ball up and lay it off for the oncoming midfielders, or a more nimble striker capable of running on to balls and finishing chances. continue reading below our video Loaded: 0% Progress: 0%

Cuban baseball crisis. LOOK for the Che Guevara mural on a pitch-black street corner in Lawton, a run-down district on the outskirts of Havana. Turn left, walk up the concrete steps and give the password (today it’s “I sell green dwarfs”). Inside, around 20 Cuban men sit silently. Despite the humidity, the ceiling fan is still, allowing puffs of sweet tobacco smoke to hover in the flickering fluorescent light. The newcomers are asked for a “solidarity contribution” of 25 Cuban pesos, or $1. After the customary first drops are spilled to sate the thirst of the saints, a $3 bottle of clear rum makes its way around.

It could easily be a clandestine political gathering. The easiest way for Cubans to follow MLB in real time is at hotel bars in Vedado, a central Havana district packed with middle-aged American tourists taking advantage of the recent relaxation of travel restrictions. The next day a big game is scheduled in the domestic baseball league, at Havana’s rickety 55,000-seat Latin American Stadium. The Economist.