Summary of “The inside story of how the Houston Rockets landed Chris Paul”

Through a series of complex transactions – including the acquisitions of Darrun Hilliard from Detroit and DeAndre Liggins from Dallas, then flipping them to the Clippers as part of a package for Paul – the Rockets had swapped Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Wiltjer and a future first-round pick for their All-Star.
Paul chose Mastro’s Restaurant in Los Angeles to celebrate his Rockets union with Rockets CEO Tad Brown, D’Antoni and team owner Leslie Alexander.
Roland, who has trained Paul since his days in New Orleans, says he’s never seen Paul happier.
Paul is certain he and Harden will make a great pair “Because we can help each other.” But the rub is how they defer to each other.
D’Antoni hauled Paul and Harden into his office and laid out the specifics of their workload. Paul will log 32 to 33 minutes and Harden 34 minutes a night.
There were LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul, all engaged in a spirited round of the card game Bourré.
Today, as Paul leaves a franchise and relationships in his wake, he’s hoping, like every new kid in town, that a change of locale might yield new BFFs. Harden, for his part, says he regrets not getting to know Dwight Howard better while the big man was in Houston and vows not to repeat that mistake with Paul.
Rivers says the reason Paul has moved on is that he believes he can go deeper in the playoffs with Houston than if he’d stayed with the Clippers – which Rivers disputes.

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Summary of “No World Cup in 2018: What’s Next for the U.S. Men’s National Team?”

His teammates were gone, shattered after a 2-1 loss that, combined with last-minute wins by Panama and Honduras, meant that the United States men’s national team will miss its first World Cup since 1986.
At least one site called it “Messi-like,” which is absurd, but there’s no one else on the team who could replicate that run’s combination of technique, pace, and calm finishing.
Panama had its World Cup spot locked up, Honduras will play Australia for another slot, and the U.S., well, the U.S. needs to take a long-ass look in the mirror.
“We will look at everything, obviously. All of our programs. Both the national teams and all the development stuff. But we have a lot of pieces in place that we think are very good and coming along.” These are the words of a disappointed man who oversaw a massive failure, yes, but that doesn’t make them untrue.
“If we had qualified for the World Cup, there needed to be a number of changes for a World Cup roster,” Arena said during a postmatch press conference, which will likely be his last as the American manager.
“We have some young, promising players that would have made a bid to be part of the World Cup in 2018.”.
Josh Sargent, currently starring at the U-17 World Cup after winning the Silver Boot at the U-20 tournament earlier this year, will get a senior-team call sooner rather than later, especially if he shines at Werder Bremen when he officially moves next year.
“Teams have showed that they are going to sit back and frustrate us,” said Tim Howard, perhaps playing in his final World Cup qualifier.

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Summary of “New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge has had a season like no other”

When Aaron Judge hits – when he really connects with a ball – there is no other thing like it in baseball.
Consider the 37-game strikeout streak, which tied another major-league record, when the story of Aaron Judge’s season was being erased and rewritten, when the New Face of Baseball was becoming just another face.
Among playoff teams, there is perhaps no offensive player who improves his team’s chance to win more than Judge – which makes no team more desperate to have its star hitting than the New York Yankees.
“Every at bat Aaron goes up there, he’s confident he’s going to get a hit,” says Yankees assistant hitting coach Marcus Thames, who has worked with Judge for three years.
For the Yankees – who went 25-21 when Judge goes hitless and 6-10 when he fails to get on base at all – Judge could be the key to their postseason chances, in 2017 and well beyond.
With the offseason approaching, he was worried: In 2017 – a year the Yankees had a real chance to make a push deep into the playoffs – there wasn’t a guarantee Judge would have a starting role on the team, if he even made the team at all.
Would he become the first Yankee since Roger Maris to hit at least 60 home runs in a season? Could he be the greatest rookie of all time? And this: Might Aaron Judge overtake Mike Trout as baseball’s best player?
With two outs and the Yankees down 2-1, Judge struck out.

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Summary of “The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball”

Wiffle ball is a variant of baseball played with a plastic perforated ball.
The spinning ball lowered air pressures on one hemisphere, pulling the ball in that direction.
Robert Adair, a Yale physicist and the author of The Physics of Baseball, has speculated that the holes, like the stitching on a baseball, accelerate turbulence on the perforated side of the Wiffle ball.
The Brooklyn College professor Peter Brancazio has countered that scuffing a Wiffle ball “Essentially takes the holes out of the equation.” If the smooth, unperforated side of the ball were sufficiently roughened, it might disturb the air more than the holes, reversing the pressure asymmetry and causing the ball to curve away from the holes.
For the Wiffle ball, we also varied the orientation of the ball with respect to the airflow, making our own version of the manufacturer’s pitching instructions.
With perforations on either side of the ball, we found that the Wiffle balls experienced a lateral force that generally acted to push the ball toward the position of the holes.
As shown in the first image below, fog traces the airflow over a ball with the holes facing the flow, with a symmetric wake pattern suggesting that if we untethered the ball it would fly straight.
The second image shows the flow over a ball with its holes facing up, and a wake that is deflected upward, meaning that the ball is experiencing a downward force.

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Summary of “The Army, The Inventor And The Surprising Uses Of A Batman Machine”

The Army, The Inventor And The Surprising Uses Of A Batman Machine The Army wanted a new, small device that could pull a person rapidly up a rope.
Consider what happened to inventor Nate Ball and his powered ascender.
About 15 years ago, Ball was an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when the U.S. Army approached MIT with a request: Can somebody build a powered device that can pull somebody up a rope, like Batman does?
“Twelve years later, with a lot of blood, sweat and tears along the way, Atlas Devices gets to build those powered ascenders,” Ball says.
Atlas Devices sells the ascenders to the Army, and the Army uses them in rescue operations, as expected.
Ball says the same thing has happened with a seemingly straightforward invention: the ladder.
After Ball built the ascender, the military approached Atlas Devices about designing a ladder that was strong, but lightweight and segmented so it was easy to carry.
“Ladders can still benefit from a lot of innovation,” Ball says.

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Summary of “Justin Tucker’s Quest for the 70-Yard Field Goal”

This is Sam Koch, the Baltimore Ravens’ holder and punter, talking about kicking the longest field goal ever.
Justin Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, and Justin Tucker can kick the longest field goal in NFL history.
The longest field goal in history came in 2013 when Denver’s Matt Prater kicked it 64 yards in the thin Colorado air.
“When we’re into the game and adrenaline is pumping to get in range for a end-of-half or end-of-game field goal, we know we have-I’d like to think we have-a better chance than anyone else that we can kick the ball from wherever.”
“But if we have to make a field goal that’s going to win us the game and it happens to be 65 yards, I’m all for it. We’ll take a long field goal if we need it to win-we’re not going to line up and kick a 70-yard field goal because we think it’s cool.”
Rosburg said he “Loves the purpose behind practicing extraordinarily long field goals.” You have to practice 70-yard field goals because it’s the only way to see all of the effects of a kick.
By practicing them at all, he learned something: There is not a tremendous amount of difference between the longest field goal ever and any other kick.
It is clear, after a few minutes of talking, that Tucker thinks a lot about what it would take to kick a field goal like this.

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Summary of “How Roger Federer Upgraded His Game”

Not only is Federer not acting his tennis age; observers as astute as Rod Laver, the all-time great from Australia, Mats Wilander, the eight-time Grand Slam winner from Sweden, and Brad Gilbert, the coach, commentator and former pro, believe Federer is playing the best tennis of his life.
While the world had little doubt Federer was done, Federer himself thought otherwise and plotted his return.
Federer, Nadal, Murray and Novak Djokovic have dominated the second week of majors for a decade, but only Federer seems to take consistent and obvious pleasure in what he is doing on the court.
Not only does Federer have the most multifaceted game; he also has one of the best dispositions for the game.
To Federer fans, who often seem more battered by Nadal’s forehands than Federer himself, this seemed like the cruelest twist of fate.
Though Federer had squandered break point after break point, he never lost his resolve, and never lost another game, which is why both Gilbert and Paul Annacone, a former pro who once coached Federer, consider them among the most important five games of Federer’s career.
Perhaps the best proof of how much the championship meant to Federer is the degree to which it set him free, and how he has played since.
According to Gilbert, who sat courtside at both of those last two matches, at Indian Wells and Miami, they represent the best tennis Federer has ever played and demonstrated that the benefits of his new backhand have rippled throughout his game.

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Summary of “NBA: How the Big Baller Brand is trying to disrupt the entire sneaker industry”

Thanks largely to the cultural impact and lifestyle crossover that has spawned subcultures of avid collectors off the court, the U.S.-based sneaker industry now generates $17.5 billion in revenue annually – and that’s the market Lonzo’s father, LaVar Ball, and his Big Baller Brand are trying to disrupt.
Clearly, Big Baller Brand is working with an accelerated window to create its first ZO2 sneaker.
From a resources standpoint, it’ll be some time before Big Baller Brand is able to house the facilities and technology that other brands have at their disposal.
How unprecedented is the move to launch Big Baller Brand?
Up until the Big Baller Brand unveiled the ZO2 sneaker, Adidas was still interested in making a standard endorsement offer.
After each stateside brand passed on expressing interest, Big Baller Brand engaged China-based athletic brand Anta to discuss a potential partnership.
Since launching the $495 pre-order edition of the ZO2 sneaker, along with an autographed $995 “Collector’s edition,” Big Baller Brand is on the hook to both manufacture and deliver the shoe to customers by the Nov. 24 promised ship date.
In the meantime, Big Baller Brand is still looking for a partner to help provide both resources and manufacturing capabilities as it continues to get started in the footwear industry.

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Summary of “LaVar Ball has crossed the line from a funny carnival barker to a misogynist”

The sneaker company replaced a female referee after LaVar Ball threatened to pull his team off the court.
I enjoyed many of the antics of LaVar Ball, and from the beginning, I likened him to a carnival barker, snake oil salesman and basketball Kardashian who is taking advantage of the undeniable talents of his children to elevate himself into the spotlight and make the most of an undiscerning public that will be mesmerized by any shiny object.
To whatever extent I enjoyed LaVar Ball and his antics at first, I now find him close to intolerable.
That the official was removed is also on the organizers of the event, but LaVar Ball is equally to blame, in my view.
After the official was removed, Ball received a technical foul from the replacement official and was ejected.
Ball essentially bragged after the game about getting an official removed, an egregious act he should be embarrassed about.
The removed official is a female college referee, and Ball had the audacity to claim that this woman, like Kristine Leahy, should “Stay in her lane.” Well, exactly what lane is that? The female official was in her lane.
I will no longer laugh at the behavior of LaVar Ball, nor will I participate in the coverage of his prattle and hot air.

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Summary of “Paramore’s Hayley Williams Still Gets You”

I’m driving over with Paramore’s publicist, who had offered me a ride, and right before we pull up to Zac’s, she makes it clear that Hayley is not pleased with some of my lines of questioning during that afternoon’s interview.
When I ask which questions bothered Hayley, I am offered few specifics.
When we walk in to hang out with Hayley and the guys, I feel the cold shoulder pretty quickly.
A little disoriented, I ask her publicist if Hayley and I can talk about whatever went wrong, and I go perch on the front stoop of Zac’s house to collect my thoughts and wait for an answer.
Hayley pops out with a noticeably sunnier burst of good energy, and we sit on the stoop as the sky turns bright gray and then, later, a deep black.
Zac buys a pitcher of beer and Hayley goes out of her way to be sweet to me, encouraging me even when I miss the pins entirely.
Recognizing the band, puts a series of Paramore songs on the stereo, and Hayley jumps up and down, picks up a pink ball that matches her sunglasses – still on her face even at 9:30 p.m. – and sends it flying straight down the gutter, where it gets weirdly jammed.
I send a purple ball after it to try to dislodge it, but that only compounds the problem: while Hayley’s pink ball is successfully ousted, now mine is stuck.

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