REVIEWS: This week's sporting essentials

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We take a look at the latest sporting releases across books, films, games and apps as well as some classics that you should be looking to buy.

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BOOKS

Furious George

Price: Dh70
Where to buy: Amazon.

Former NBA coach George Karl doesn’t hold back in this memoir in which he reflects on his life both on and off the court. Worthwhile topics include his relationsihps with star players and his relationship with his son.

George Carl.

George Karl.

The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold: Adventures Riding the Iron Curtain
Price: Dh70
Where to buy: Amazon.

Tim Moore tackles the 9,000km route of the old Iron Curtain on his tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike. The journey and Moore’s telling are compelling.

Tim Moore.

Tim Moore.

FILMS

Break Point
Price: Dh36
Where to buy: Amazon.

In this tennis comedy, two estranged brothers reunite to make an improbable run at a grand slam tournament. While the tennis isn’t the most well done, the laughs and jokes are enough to give this movie credence as fun entertainment.

Remember the Titans
Price: Dh36
Where to buy: Amazon.

A gripping film based on the true story of AfricanAmerican coach Herman Boone (played by Denzel Washington), who attempts to integrate his American football team in Virginia in the 1970s and finds success doing so.

GAMES

Pro Basketball Manager 2017
Price: Dh56
Where to buy: Steam.

If you’ve ever enjoyed the Football Manager series and are also a fan of basketball, you’ll be all over this simulation which gives you full control of a team and countless options on how to shape your franchise.

APPS

UFC
Price: Free
Where to buy: Apple Store and Google Play

The ultimate tool to keep track of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Get news and updates, as well as exclusive video and access to the world’s biggest fight library, featuring UFC events and more.

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Tried and Tested: Nike’s Hypervenom 3

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Al Ain striker Omar Abdulrahman debuted Nike’s new Hypervenom 3 in the Boss’ 3-1 defeat to Al Jazira at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in the Garden City last Monday, showcasing the much-anticipated new iteration of the football boots.

“Nike’s new Hypervenom 3 is very cool. When I tried it for the first time I felt I was able to cut, strike and finish swiftly and naturally. I feel confident wearing it and excited to play in it on pitch for the first time this week,” says the UAE international superstar.

Designed to do two things above all else – cut and strike – the Hypervenom underwent a radical makeover that includes a shift to Flyknit and the introduction of a new plate. “This is a finisher’s boot,” explains Max Blau, vice president of Nike Football Footwear.

“Every component of this boot was built for goals.”

The emphasis on scoring is most evident in the strike zone of the boot, which contains multi-layered Poron foam pods integrated into a Flyknit upper.

The pods are rate dependent, creating a dampening soft touch at low velocity contact, but activating rigidity when striking the ball with high velocity to create a firm launching pad for a true strike. The pods in the strike zone are 2mm thick.

The visible texture built into the rest of the Flyknit upper is hollow, flexible, and designed to enhance touch. The texture is also a nod to the scaly upper of the original Hypervenom boot launched in 2013.

Omar Abdulrahman (credit: NikeME Facebook)

Omar Abdulrahman (credit: NikeFootballME Facebook)

“We wanted a softened, flexible upper on Hypervenom 3 and knew Flyknit was the best way to achieve this,” explains the boot’s designer, Dylan Van Atta.

“By designing down to the pixel, we’re able to bond the texture only where necessary to keep it supple for comfort and touch.”

To provide a customised fit, Hypervenom 3 leverages three metres of Nike Flywire cables (the previous Hypervenom had one metre) within floating channels that can be adjusted to preference via the lateral lacing system.

This enables the player to fine-tune the fit at each loop for more precise lock-in to support lateral cuts. Further lateral stability comes from Hypervenom 3’s new Dynamic Fit Collar, which features a redesigned agility cuff.

“The prominent bones in your ankle are offset by up to 10mm and Hypervenom 3 mirrors this,” says Van Atta. “Lateral cutting can subject ankles to an extreme angle and this boot was designed with that in mind.”

For players who prefer a low-cut boot, Hypervenom 3 is Nike Football’s first boot to feature Flyknit in a low-cut version. Hypervenom 3 is also the first Nike Football boot to feature the entirely new, HyperReactive plate that combines a flexible Pebax material in the forefoot with a sturdier nylon material for support.

“The Hyper-Reactive plate has been in development for six years,” states Van Atta. “We drew inspiration from Nike Free to create a more flexible forefoot that stays in contact with the ground while the heel is lifted for sharp cuts.”

Internal traction has also been taken into consideration with a Nike Grip sockliner that helps limit shifting of the foot within the boot. At 196g, Hypervenom 3 is 17 per cent lighter than its predecessor.

“We crafted over 200 prototypes before achieving just the right balance for what players are trying to achieve,” concludes Blau.

We rate it: 9 out of 10: This is what cutting-edge technology is all about. Style, comfort and performance all rolled into one excellent footwear.

Where to Buy: Available on Nike. com and in Nike stores across the Gulf region.

Price: Dh1,399

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This week’s sporting film, book, game and app essentials

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We take a look at the latest sporting releases across books, films, games and apps as well as some other classics that you should be looking to buy.

Do you already have these in your collection or want to add them?

Share with us your owns reviews by commenting below, using #360fans on Twitter or getting in touch via Facebook.

The Illustrated History of Football

The Illustrated History of Football

Price: Dh91

Where to buy: Amazon.com

Welcome to the comically brilliant and politically engaging work of illustrator David Squires, whose football comics have appeared all over the world, from the Guardian to Pickles Magazine.

The Battle

Paul O’Connell’s

Price: Dh40

Where to buy: Amazon.com

Paul O’Connell’s autobiography may not be stuffed full of dressing room secrets, but it reflects the character of one of Ireland’s foremost rugby internationals: honest, fair and devoid of self-pity, hypocrisy or recrimination.

Lagaan: Once upon a Time in India

Price: Dh177

Where to buy: Desertcart.ae

Indian farmers, led by Bhuvan, take on arrogant and evil Captain Russell’s British soldiers in a game of cricket in a bid to ease crippling land tax sums levied on them by their colonial masters.

Brian’s Song

Price: Dh54

Where to buy: Desertcart.ae

A moving and unforgettable film depicting the true story of the friendship between Chicago Bears players Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) and Brian Piccolo (James Caan), particularly when Piccolo is stricken down with cancer.

MLB The Show 16

Price: Dh102

Where to buy: Desertcart.ae

MLB The Show ‘16 offers the most immersive, authentic baseball game on consoles. This year The Show offers even more gameplay improvements, new game modes, and a greater ability to personalise your baseball experience.

Australian Open

Aus Open 2017

Price: Free

Where to buy: Google Play and App Store

With the time zone difference proving a real killer for tennis fans in the UAE, you can stay up-to-date with all the latest Australian Open results, news, and interviews through the tournament’s official app.

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