How to Basketball Drill Works

One of the key components of coaching job basketball is coaching your players on basic elementary skills. This drill can facilitate teach your players to handle the ball at high speeds and in game things. Here is the purpose of the Houston Basketball Trainer. Successful dribble permits your players to travel across the court and evade opposing players effectively. By incorporating this beat in your basketball apply arrange, you are serving to your youngsters become a lot of Associate in Nursing offensive threat.

How the Basketball Drill Works

Prior to apply, started 5 cones on the basketball court: one at the alternative baseline, one halfway between half-court which baseline, one at half-court, one halfway between half-court and also the baseline highest to you, and one at the baseline highest to you. This basketball coaching job drill has 2 parts: crossover dribble and retreat dribble.

Have your players begin at the baseline cone and dribble at full speed with their dominant hands. Once your players pass the second cone, instruct your team to form a crossover dribble and switch the ball to their weak hands. They must continue dribble with their weak hands till they pass following

Obama enlists help to push Affordable Care Act

President Obama teased Ellen DeGeneres about the selfie she took at the Oscars and confessed to leaving his socks and shoes lying around while the first lady is out of town, but before the end of his Thursday appearance on her talk show, he got DeGeneres to put in a plug for the Affordable Care Act.

That’s Obama’s deal with popular media these days as the president enlists help to boost healthcare sign-up numbers before the March 31 enrollment deadline for coverage this year.

In recent days, Obama has filled out his March Madness brackets on ESPN, joked with comedian Zach Galifianakis and defended his “mom jeans” with radio host Ryan Seacrest — all with the agreement he’d get a moment to make his pitch.

The White House is putting a heavy emphasis on trying to bring young consumers into the fold, and not just because they represent roughly 40% of the uninsured population. Young participants are more likely to pay into the system without drawing heavily on its benefits, a key factor to ensure the president’s healthcare reform is economically

Sports requires all the right moves

The ball teetered on the lip of the 16th hole at Augusta National Golf Club.

It was 2005, and after Tiger Woods’ now-famous chip shot fell in for a birdie and Woods went on to win the Masters for the fourth time, Jim Michaelian made a decision.

With Woods’ popularity and Tiger-driven television ratings soaring, Michaelian was convinced that the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach should not be run on the same day that the winner of a golf major was being fitted for a green jacket.

“That was sort of the capper,” said Michaelian, president and chief executive of the Grand Prix Assn. of Long Beach. “We said, ‘We’ve got to make sure we run on the third weekend of April and avoid it.'”

It was a good plan, but it wasn’t foolproof because of another scheduling maxim observed by auto racing promoters: Never run on Easter.

So after seven consecutive years of avoiding it, Sunday’s 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be run on the final day of the

Fixing college sports: In free agency we trust

The NCAA must be feeling a bit like Dr. Frankenstein these days: assailed by college football and men’s basketball players who reject the NCAA’s precious, but mostly mythic, notion that they are student-athletes.

At Northwestern University, a group of football players scored a first-round victory before the National Labor Relations Board in a campaign to be recognized as “employees” eligible to unionize. For some college football fans, this evokes disturbing images of burly 18- to 22-year-old player-proletarians marching on picket lines instead of lined up on offensive or defensive lines, much less seated in classrooms.

Meanwhile, the lawyer who helped bring free agency to the NFL now seeks to do the same for college football and men’s basketball. Jeffrey Kessler filed suit in federal court last month. Jenkins vs. NCAA charges the association and its five “power conferences” with price-fixing and restraint of trade in violation of the 1890 Sherman Antitrust Act. College sports have “lost their way far down the road of commercialism,” according to the complaint.

But rather than undoing commercialism, Jenkins merely calls for making more room for players to come along on the road trip to

Authors search for fresh stories to retell biggest moments in sports

If his new book “Showtime” accomplishes anything, Jeff Pearlman said, he hopes that it will give Jack McKinney proper credit for his contribution to basketball.

McKinney had devised the high-tempo offense that had 6-foot-9-inch Magic Johnson as its flashy playmaker. But 19 games into his tenure as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, McKinney suffered severe head injuries after toppling over the front of his bicycle while taking a spin on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. He remained away from the team, recovering while the Lakers captured the championship that season.

The Lakers won the first of five titles in the 1980s, all won using that pizazz that McKinney had first built in to the Lakers’ style of play. McKinney would never coach again, but players Pearlman talked to said that he deserved to be credited as the architect.

On a Sunday panel at the Festival of Books, Pearlman, a former Sports Illustrated writer who has written six books about sports, joined John Rosengren and Andy McCue in discussing their travels back in history to unearth the proper context surrounding sports stories.

Rosengren learned that a

Ratings Lakers take tumble this season on SportsNet

Ratings for the Los Angeles Lakers on SportsNet have taken a dramatic tumble this season, along with the team’s win-loss record.

According to Nielsen, Lakers games have averaged a 2.15 household rating on Time Warner Cable’s SportsNet this season. That translates to 122,000 households and is a 54% drop from the previous season and is believed to be a new low for the franchise. The team’s season ends tonight in San Antonio against the Spurs.

The previous low for Lakers games was a 2.71 rating for the 2004-05 season, when the team was on Fox Sports West.

Despite the woes of the Lakers, it’s still their town. The rival Clippers are headed to the playoffs, yet their audience remains much smaller.

This season, Clippers games averaged a 1.27 rating, which translates to 72,000 households. Last year, the Clippers averaged a 1.57 rating, or 88,000 households.

Despite the ratings decline, the Clippers still managed to close the ratings gap between the two teams to the closest ever.

ESPN’s ‘June 17, 1994’ recalls a fateful day in sports

Is Brett Morgen’s tone-poem documentary about a day in the life of American sports and heroes of sport. It was the day that Arnold Palmer played his final, fraught round at a U.S. Open, the day the World Cup began in Chicago, that the New York Rangers got a ticker-tape parade for winning the Stanley Cup, that the Knicks and the Rockets played the fifth game of the NBA finals. Most famously, it was the day that, with former teammate Al Cowlings at the wheel, O.J. Simpson, charged with the murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, took his slow ride around the freeways of Southern California in a white Ford Bronco, holding a gun to his head.

The film, which premieres Wednesday as part of ESPN’s anthology series “30 for 30,” is made entirely of archival news footage, some of it in raw, unmediated form, never meant to be seen; there are no talking heads, no present perspective apart from a few final title cards briefly sketching subsequent events. We go into the relative past, to glimpse a young Simpson and Palmer in the full flush of

Mercedes confirms all-new AMG GT sports car

After months of whispers and quiet speculation, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed it is working on a new high-performance sports car, dubbed the AMG GT.

One the eve of the 2014 New York Auto Show, Mercedes on Tuesday night revealed two interior shots of the forthcoming sports car and said little else about the successor to the popular SLS AMG.

“The new Mercedes AMG GT proves that we will be positioning AMG as a dynamic sports car brand even more strongly and aggressively than before,” Tobias Moers, chief executive of Mercedes’ AMG division, said in a statement. “Following the global success of the SLS AMG, the new GT is the second sports car developed fully independently by Mercedes AMG.”

Though the two-seat car will succeed the $200,000 SLS AMG, the new AMG GT will be less expensive and smaller. When it debuts — probably around the Paris Motor Show in early October — the GT will be more of a direct competitor to higher-end Porsche 911 models.

It will also be more of a high-performance machine than the gull-winged SLS. Although that model certainly was no slouch

Greatest hits in sports hero apologies

These days, even more interesting than the stories of the crime and punishment of our sports heroes are the stories of their mea culpas.

Love may mean never having to say you are sorry. But these days, sports means having to say it all the time, say it without really saying it, or not saying it at all.

Michael Vick’s appearance in the confessional of Sunday’s night’s “60 Minutes” on CBS was one approach. The former NFL star and convicted dog-fighting felon appeared as if he would have admitted to, and been contrite about, stealing the Hope Diamond had he been asked. His message was consistent throughout: Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.

Interviewer: “Michael, there are some who say that you are the lowest form of slime on the face of the Earth, that the very sight of you disgusts them, that were you to be going slowly under in quicksand and they were nearby with a rope, they’d coil it up and walk away. What do you say to that?”

Vick: “I’d agree.”

All right, so the

Female cave bug sports ‘penis-like’ sexual organ, study says

Talk about clingy! A newly discovered cave insect can copulate for up to 70 hours, possibly because the female has a “penis-like” sexual organ that penetrates deeply into her male partner, anchoring him for the duration, scientists say.

In a paper published recently in the journal Current Biology, researchers described the exotic sexual characteristics of Neotrogla, a genus of winged insects that inhabit guano-speckled Brazilian caves.

Though a dizzying array of courtship and mating behaviors have been observed among insects, study authors say Neotrogla is unique.

The female possesses a “highly elaborate penis-like structure, the gynosome,” wrote lead author Kazunori Yoshizawa, an entomologist at Hokkaido University in Japan.

This external, or intromittent, sexual organ is curved, spiky and inflatable, Yoshizawa and his colleagues wrote. During copulation, the female mounts the male insect, which itself lacks an intromittent organ. Instead, the male is equipped with a “simple” opening that exposes its seminal duct.

Once sex begins, it typically lasts between 40 and 70 hours, researchers said. The female holds the male so tightly from the inside that when scientists tried to pull one couple apart, the male insect was

For branding, many places adopt signature scents

Between the bouncy music and the stacks of colorful jeans, visitors to the Benetton store on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue might catch a whiff of a growing marketing trend.

Mounted high in the corner beside the store entrance, a scent diffuser, installed in November, spreads a bright spring fragrance modeled after Benetton’s Verde cologne.

“It finishes the emotion we are trying to create in the store,” said Robert Argueta, director of visual merchandising for the United Colors of Benetton, who also is testing the scent in Benetton’s New York flagship store. “It’s the first and last impression a customer gets.”

Long the domain of casinos and hotels, marketing using scent is catching on among retailers and in car showrooms, sports stadiums, airports, banks and apartment buildings that seek to distinguish themselves with customers via the deeply influential sense of smell.

“It’s a way to market above the clutter,” said Roel Ventura, a Seattle-based ambient designer with Ambius, which designs business environments.

The tactic also is gaining traction among businesses hoping to drum up sales, thanks to research that has shown the right scent can open

Sports To Be Eliminated

A look at the status of the sports to be eliminated at Cal State Long Beach:

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SWIMMING–“I have to tell my kids that it’s over,” Coach Tim Shaw said Wednesday. “We didn’t save it and it’s time to move on.” Shaw said it was impossible to raise $300,000 by June 1. He had an alternative plan, under which he would have tried to raise $60,000 by Friday to cover the cost of his five scholarships and also work for free. “We couldn’t get close to $60,000 by Friday,” Shaw said.

MEN’S TENNIS–“It’s pretty tough,” said Coach Peter Smith. “I was told I have to raise $75,000 by June 1 and another $70,000 by Jan. 1. Bake sales are out the window.” For help, Smith is looking to one or two individuals and a corporation and is considering holding an exhibition match between pro players he knows. “We have a good following, but unfortunately it’s a middle-class following,” said Smith, whose team is 4-0.

MEN’S GOLF–The operating budget is $40,000 a year, said Daniel Gooch, co-chairman of a committee trying to save the sport. Gooch said he’s given Athletic Director Corey Johnson a

Violence in Sports

Regarding fan violence (“Snowballs in Hell,” editorial, Dec. 28): It is just a reflection of the greedy athletes they came out to see. I grew up a N.Y. Giant fan, and as a kid even had season seats at Yankee Stadium. I paid $35 for the seven home games, the tickets were in the bleachers behind the end zone. But come blizzard, rainstorm or whatever nature threw at us, we went. Loyal Giant fans, not like today.

Today’s athletes no longer have the team spirit, the respect for tradition and most of all no respect for the people who made them what they have become, the new breed of fan. A player scores and rather than hand the ball to the referee, he has to do a 10-minute dance routine that the networks show.

Heck, the new loyal fan figures he has to do something outrageous to be on TV like his or her heroes on the field.


Los Angeles

I, like you, was pleased with the way Giant officials are dealing with the irresponsible fans who threw snowballs and iceballs during the Giants/Chargers game. However,

World Cup’s road to Brazil remains bumpy

In 50 days the best athletes in the world’s most popular sport will convene in Brazil, one of soccer’s sacred spiritual homes, for the game’s most important tournament.

It will be a powerful, uplifting tribute to the “beautiful game” that Brazilians have shaped for decades and the new status of a confident, rising global power in Latin America. Locals and foreigners will marvel at shiny new stadiums and glide across the continent-sized country on upgraded infrastructure.

That, at least, is what the government and organizers are hoping will happen given that the price tag for their six-week World Cup party is expected to top $11 billion, a figure local media estimates say is extremely conservative.

And although it’s still likely that things will go well overall, officials and other observers are keenly aware of three types of risks that have emerged: protests, an overwhelmed transportation infrastructure and soccer stadiums that remain incomplete more than seven years after Brazil was awarded the right to stage the World Cup.

There appears little chance that any of these three could interfere with where the real action is, on

Review: We Could Be King’ carries the ball as far as it can

For all the dangers football poses to its players, the sport still represents hope to thousands of young men. Judd Ehrlich’s persuasive but slight documentary “We Could Be King” movingly argues for the necessity of high-school athletics, especially in low-income communities, where pigskin is a key tool educators have in encouraging would-be dropouts to stay in school.

After the Philadelphia school board closes 37 schools and merges Martin Luther King High with its Germantown rivals, heroic Ed Dunn oversees the union of the two football teams. Laid off from his job as a math teacher and coach, Dunn volunteers his afternoons to keeping his athletes focused on the field and not on their two-year losing streak. After a few early losses, Dunn guides his team into a series of unlikely wins.

Ehrlich thus makes rousing fodder out of MLK High’s troubles — a decision that rightly celebrates the Cougars’ victories but flattens much of the story line. Neither Dunn nor his students — hulking but distracted Dontae, promising but troubled Sal, and kind, affable Joe — are endowed with dimensions that exceed Ehrlich’s preformed narrative. Watching Dontae give up on reading a difficult book in English

New hedge fund bets on sports, literally

Reporting from New York — If you’ve ever deluded yourself that betting on sports was really investing, have we got a hedge fund for you.

Starting on Saturday, the new Centaur Galileo fund in London will be making investments not in the traditional financial playing fields of stocks, oil futures or real estate, but in the actual playing fields of soccer, tennis and horse racing.

Galileo is probably the first hedge fund to make bets on sports events, experts say.

“We put numbers against those things that you and me and everyone in pubs have casual discussions about,” said Tony Woodhams, the managing director at Centaur Group, which operates the fund. “That gives us an edge on these markets.”

It’s not for the average bettor. Galileo requires a minimum investment of 100,000 euros (about $135,000).

Centaur claims to have a proprietary number-crunching system that can make sports bets with far better results than the casual bettor. In fact, the company plans to make money off fluctuations in odds and point spreads that are affected by amateur bets.

Donald Sterling and the problem of pro sports ownership

So Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, stands accused of having made remarks of unbelievable crassness and flavored with a racism that would bring a tear to the eye of Cliven Bundy.

Are you surprised? Me neither. Sterling’s record of difficulty with racial issues is well-documented, including two lawsuits (one from the federal government) alleging racially discriminatory rental practices at his real estate properties. He settled both for millions.

Then there was the lawsuit from long-term Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor accusing Sterling of racial and age discrimination; Baylor lost his case in a 2011 jury trial. Another accusation of racist rhetoric, attributed to veteran college basketball coach Rollie Massimino, dates back to the 1980s. And there’s more.

The fact that Sterling has survived all these prior dustups — and the betting here is that he’ll survive this one, too — says less about Sterling himself than it does about America’s unhealthy relationship with its pro sports tycoons and about the unhealthy structure of pro sports leagues.

Let’s start with the character of the men (and a few women) who have been members

How I Made It: Anita L. DeFrantz, president of the LA84 Foundation

The gig: Olympic medalist Anita L. DeFrantz, 61, is president and a director of the LA84 Foundation, the charitable organization that runs off an endowment of surplus funds from the Los Angeles Olympic Games. In the three decades since those games, LA84 has donated more than $214 million to more than 1,100 Southern California youth sports programs, providing opportunities for more than 3 million children. DeFrantz has spent nearly half her life with the organization, formerly known as the Amateur Athletic Foundation. She was named president in 1987.

Champion performer: DeFrantz was on rowing teams that won six U.S championships and reached the world championship finals four times. She earned a bronze medal in the 1976 Olympics and a silver medal in the 1978 world rowing competition. She made the rowing team for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, but couldn’t compete because of the U.S. boycott. DeFrantz was elected to the International Olympic Committee in 1986 and to the IOC’s executive board in 1992. In 1997, DeFrantz was the first woman elected vice president of the organization. Last year, she was elected again to the IOC board.

No sports allowed: DeFrantz was born

Letters: Sports for all — women included

As John McEnroe famously said, “You cannot be serious.” A study of 19 subjects concluded that women watch sports merely as a way to connect with their husbands? Oh, those poor passive dears with no control of the remote and nothing better to do.

I’ll have to run this by my friend Kim, with whom I owned season tickets to the Kings for seven years and who got up at the crack of dawn to watch the finals of Wimbledon. Or Mary, whose Sunday worship of the Packers rivals my own for the Patriots. My morning Tour de France ritual is of scant interest to my husband, but we did watch golf all afternoon last Sunday — and he didn’t have to talk me into it.

O.C. veterans propose cemetery on former Marine base

When American Legion Chaplain Bill Cook peered through the chain-link fence at the windswept landscape — a broken runway, scrubby fields and green foothills in the distance — he remembered the Phantoms.

The fighter jets were once a regular sight, slicing through the air over what was for decades a bustling military base.

“The jets would just roar,” he said on a recent afternoon at the old U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro.

Now the Vietnam veteran is leading the charge to transform a small piece of that land into a final resting place for Orange County’s veterans.

Cook and others have been pushing for a veterans cemetery here since El Toro closed in 1999, but the idea is finally gathering steam as the old base is transformed into a sprawling park and neighborhoods of new homes.

The proposal has gained the support of legislators, county supervisors, city officials and veterans groups, though some have worried about a sustainable funding source.

But the most daunting hurdle may well be placing a cemetery next to planned tracts of homes that are being marketed to Asians.

The developer who