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    December, 2007

  • Football - December 30, 2007 03:10 PM
    When Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University threw an oval-shaped ball to teammate Jack Schneider in 1906, he not only completed the first forward pass in history, he created an American sensation. A century later, football is the largest spectator sport in the United States, with the Super Bowl drawing in excess of 90 million television viewers annually. As one would expect, there are quality football Web sites in every nook of cyberspace, offering everything from rules and regulations to team and player information for nearly every conceivable level of competition. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.
  • Super Bowl XLIII - December 22, 2007 06:14 PM
    On Feb. 1, the football world will turn its attention to Tampa, Fla., for Super Bowl XLIII. The first Super Bowl was played in front of 30,000 empty seats, but today the game is a national event associated as much with parties, TV commercials, gambling, and an overwhelming media blitz as it is with actual football. We have guides to get you ready for every part of Super Bowl Sunday, from the action on the field, to the festivities in Tampa, to your party at home.

    If you're planning to trek to Tampa to take in the Super Bowl action live on the field, use our Tampa Super Bowl XLIII Visitor's Guide to find a flight, hotel room and rental car, plus insider tips on the best places to party around the city.

    For fans watching from home, get pumped up for the big event with our guide to Super Bowl XLIII, featuring the best sources for finding news, analysis and multimedia for the game and the teams involved.
  • Martial Arts - December 10, 2007 11:00 AM
    Martial arts originated in East Asia more than 2,000 years ago and have since grown to about 200 individual types practiced by about 100 million people worldwide. The Web will help you learn about the different martial arts so you can choose which one suits you best; it will assist you in finding instruction in the martial art you choose; it will provide you with forums and community Web sites so you can share your zeal with others on martial arts techniques and movies; and it can be a place to buy the equipment and apparel you need.
  • November, 2007

  • Softball: An Underhanded Way to Play - November 29, 2007 03:59 PM
    Created on Thanksgiving Day in 1887 as an ad hoc game of indoor baseball, softball has grown immensely over the past 120 years. Today it’s one of the most popular team sports in the United States, with more than 15 million Americans participating every year. We’ve compiled our favorite Web sites to help you learn about the game, follow competitive softball, and play the game yourself.
  • Mixed Martial Arts: These Web Sites Will Knock You Out - November 17, 2007 01:06 PM
    Bruce Lee played around with the idea of mixed martial arts (MMA) and fused elements of kung fu, street fighting, and American boxing to create his own style, called Jeet Kune Do. MMA has skyrocketed in popularity since then, and the more recent success of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has spurred the formation of a number of different MMA leagues. As a result, the Internet is sprawling with MMA Web sites for news, commentary, blogs, forums, and equipment. This guide helps you make sense of it all and highlights the sport’s best online resources.
  • Boxing - November 04, 2007 12:01 PM
    To the casual observer, boxing is a simple sport: two competitors standing toe to toe in a ring, exchanging punches. In reality, however, boxing is much more complex, and fighters spend their entire careers mastering the intricacies of this “sweet science.” Fortunately, the Web can make it easy to understand the sport, both inside and outside of the ring. It can teach you the rules of boxing, boxing history, help you follow professional boxing, show you how to learn to box your self, and where to buy boxing equipment.
  • October, 2007

  • The Olympic Games - October 29, 2007 02:26 PM
    Sports enthusiast or not, you’re likely to feel something special in the air when the Olympic Games roll around. Whether you prefer to sit back on the couch and watch runners whiz around the track on TV or you feel compelled to see it all live, the Web sites we’ve collected will help you plan your Olympic experience.
  • Soccer: The World's Sport on the Web - October 29, 2007 07:34 AM
    The sport of soccer, known as football in most other countries, has earned its title as "the world's sport" for obvious reasons. Although Major League Soccer (MLS) is still trying to build soccer's popularity in the United States, the enthusiasm and intensity surrounding the sport is the most widespread in the world. Whether you want to see what the fuss is about, are a confused soccer parent, or just can't get enough of the sport, this guide takes you to the Web's best soccer sites. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.
  • Sports Nutrition: Fuel up on Information - October 29, 2007 06:30 AM
    Athletes in any sport need to carefully consider their dietary choices. With team and endurance sports on the rise, the number of online resources detailing sports nutrition has also grown. In this guide you'll see what the Web has to offer on the topic, whether you're looking to improve your performance through nutrition, track your diet, find a nutritionist, or simply find healthy recipes to complement active lifestyle.
  • Pilates - October 29, 2007 02:37 AM

    Pilates is a system of focused movements and breathing techniques aimed at improving flexibility, posture, and strength without adding muscle mass. Pilates exercises draw on the "powerhouse" region of the body, comprised of the abs and buttocks, for the execution of poses. Whether you’re a staunch Pilates devotee, or are interested in finding some Pilates classes in your neighborhood, the following guide has the information you’ll need to enhance your practice (and your butt!).

  • Skiing and Snowboarding: It’s all Downhill from Here - October 29, 2007 01:54 AM
    Sport. Recreation. Transportation. Skiing and snowboarding are all these things. Skiing’s history can be traced back to more than 4,000 years ago, and snowboarding about 40 years. These wintry pastimes offer both beginner fun and the satisfaction of a lifetime of improvement and achievement.
  • Fantasy Sports - October 25, 2007 10:29 AM
    According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA), nearly 20 million people in the United States and Canada are now “actively playing” fantasy sports games. The basic idea is the same in every sport: participants assemble a team of real-life players and accumulate points based on their actual performances, often competing for cash and prizes. We’ll help you find the leagues that suit your needs, and show you analysis sites that will give you an edge over the competition.
  • Rock Climbing: Hit Your Peak Online - October 18, 2007 01:36 PM
    Once relegated to the obscure bastion of an extreme sport, rock climbing has become so popular that you'll now find men, women, and children of all ages and levels of fitness at the gym or out on the rock, alongside lithe and limber experts. Advances in equipment, safety, and instruction have opened up the world of climbing to just about anyone. With the help of the Internet, you can begin to learn about, or perfect, your climbing experience right from your own home.
  • Golf - October 16, 2007 02:19 PM
    Although the popular notion is that the game of golf originated in Scotland in the mid-1400s, the truth is, no one really knows. Various forms of the sport have been played in England, France, Holland, Belgium, and even China. As other sports have promoted personalities, golf has steadfastly maintained its sense of decorum and tradition, rewarding only those who prove their mettle on the course. However, golf's love of tradition hasn't prevented it from establishing a strong Web presence in the 21st century. Whether you're just beginning or have already let golf take over your life, you'll find plenty of resources that can help you to brush up on the rules, obsess over tournaments, or improve your game.
  • Baseball - October 15, 2007 12:25 PM
    Spring trees bloom, snow thaws, birds chirp ... and baseball begins. Few things are as cherished as baseball in the United States, where the sport is known not only as the National Pastime, but as one of America's few original contributions to the world.

    The Web Guide to Major League Baseball links to sites covering rules, history, news, analysis, statistics, ticket buying, television coverage, fantasy baseball and merchandise.

    The Web Guide to Spring Training focuses on Grapefruit and Cactus League baseball, with links that help you follow Spring Training Baseball or attend games yourself.

    The Web Guide to Playing Baseball will show you where to buy equipment and find tips and lessons on how to become a better player.

    The Web Guide to Baseball is also available is Spanish.
  • Major League Baseball - October 15, 2007 12:25 PM
    This guide provides all the information a baseball fan needs to follow their favorite teams, linking to the best sources for news, analysis, statistics, tickets, merchandise and more.
  • Playing Baseball - October 15, 2007 12:25 PM
    Improve your play on the field with sites that provide advice and drills for all levels of players, or find the most reliable sources for equipment on the Web.
  • Swimming - October 12, 2007 10:24 AM
    There is a type of swimming for everyone: from recreational laps to competitive swimming; from the calm of the public pool to the chaos of the open water. Whether you're an experienced swimmer looking for the most in-depth information on swimming techniques and swim news, or are a novice wanting to improve your stroke, the Web has a site for you.
  • Basketball: Nothing but the Net - October 11, 2007 01:46 PM
    Fans, players, coaches, and parents will find the Web to be an excellent source of basketball information. It has sites covering introductory topics, sites providing exhaustive statistics, resources for keeping on top of the latest scores from the league, and others offering advice on how you can improve your game. The Web will act as not only your personal coach, but as your statistician and commentator as well.
  • Lacrosse - October 10, 2007 02:57 PM
    Once a niche sport played primarily on reservations and east coast prep schools, lacrosse has enjoyed a recent surge of popularity that has launched it into the American sports consciousness. Many kids who would have once played baseball or soccer are now choosing to play lacrosse, and professional and collegiate games have gained a large following. The Web has a wealth of information that will help the unacquainted discover the game and the informed attain a deeper understanding of the game.
  • Triathlon: From a Sprint to the Ironman - October 10, 2007 02:55 PM
    The triathlon was invented in the 1970s by the San Diego Track Club as a form of cross-training for marathons and 10K races. Now, it's both an official Olympic event and a popular competition for lay-athletes seeking a challenge. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, you'll find excellent Web sources for competition, training, tips and more in the guide below.
  • Weight Training - October 10, 2007 02:53 PM
    Scientific research and health experts suggest that regular strength training should be part of a well-rounded fitness regime. Resistance training—particularly weight lifting—helps increase bone density, build muscle mass and develop overall strength. If you're looking for weight lifting information, the Web is a great place to find tutorials, advice and resources.
  • Yoga - October 10, 2007 01:21 PM
    Given its many benefits, it's no wonder that the 5,000-year-old practice of yoga has boomed in modern times. You don't have to travel to India, yoga's birthplace, to learn how yoga works to purify the mind and body. The Web boasts diverse resources for yoga that run the gamut, from where to find trend-worthy yoga clothing to excerpts from ancient philosophical texts.
  • Auto Racing - October 04, 2007 02:54 PM
    Auto racing comes in many forms. In America, stock car racing has become one of the most popular sports (and NASCAR one of the most recognizable brands) in the country. Formula 1 racing takes center stage throughout Europe and is expanding internationally, where icons like Michael Schumacher have captivated crowds. Yet there are many other forms of racing, including touring car, production car, rally car, karting, and more. Whatever kind of racing you're into, all the information you desire can be found online. If you have a need for speed, we will lead you through the Internet's winding road.
  • Fishing - October 03, 2007 04:07 PM
    Whether you are an experienced fisherman, or are just starting to get your feet wet, this guide will serve you. Inform yourself on essentials like obtaining your fishing or boating license, predicting weather patterns, identifying fish, and efficiently acquiring the necessary tools and equipment.
  • September, 2007

  • Tennis - September 21, 2007 12:14 PM
    Once a simple medieval pastime called jeu de paume, involving a ball and the palm of one's hand, tennis has evolved into one of the most physically challenging sports, not to mention an immensely popular event for spectators around the world. Whether you are a parent looking to help your child start playing, a sofa spectator looking to learn more about your favorite professional players, or a college student looking to test your game in some stiffer competition, the Web provides a multitude of sites catering to every breed of tennis enthusiast.
  • August, 2007

  • Hockey - August 08, 2007 03:47 PM
    Whether you want to learn about the history and rules of this beloved sport, read news and blogs, buy equipment or game tickets, or simply become a better player, the Internet can meet your needs.
  • Hunting - August 08, 2007 10:23 AM
    The Hunting community has branched out from the woods to the World Wide Web: hunting resources available online are vast and thorough. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced hunter, these Web sites help you get licensed in any U.S. state, determine what kinds of game to hunt, and expand your knowledge of weaponry and available outfits.
  • July, 2007

  • Running - July 05, 2007 04:35 PM
    As a widespread fitness phenomenon, running traces its roots back to the 1960s. As a competitive sport, it dates back well over two centuries. If you've fallen for the feel of the road beneath your feet and the wind on your face, or even if you’re just getting started, the Web is a great sources of running information. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.
  • June, 2007

  • Fitness: Exercises, Nutrition Tips, and Tools to Get Fit - June 16, 2007 05:37 AM
    Physical activity can improve cardiovascular fitness, increase strength and energy and relieve stress. Below are sites with vital information about exercise and nutrition to help you reach your fitness goals. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.
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