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ASportnouns
1Matchthesportstotheplaceswhereyoudothem.Somecanbeusedmorethanonce.
1baseball____

arink

2tennis____

bcourt

3icehockey____

cbikelane

4soccer____

dfield

5basketball____

ecourt

6surfing___

focean

7swimming____

gcliff

8skateboarding____

hslope

9horsebackriding____

ipitch

10cricket____

jpool

11skiing_____

karena

12climbing_____

lskatepark

13cycling_____

2Matchthesportsfromtheboxtothenouns.
baseballbasketballcricketgolfgymnasticshockeyrunningskiingsoccertennis

1hoop________
2lift________
3net_________

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4goal_________
5wicket________
6base_______
7sandtrap______
8balancebeam________
9puck________
10track_________

BVerbsforplayingsports.
1Inwhatsportsdoyouusetheseverbs?(Somecanbeusedinmorethanonesport.)
kickswingthrowjumpshootcatchpassrunpitchdivetacklescore
Baseball

Americanfootball

Soccer(football)

Basketball

Swimming

kick

2Completethesentenceswithverbsfromthetable.
1Ifyoumoveyourlegbackfartheryoucan_____theballwithmoreforce.
2Thereasonbaseballplayerswearaleathermittissotheycan_____theballwithoutinjuringtheirhand.
3Susanisafraidofheights,soshedoesn'tliketo_____fromthehighboardintothepool.
4Darrylistheshortestplayerontheteam,buthecan_____sohighthathealmostalwaysgetstheball
throughthehoop.
5Ifyou'resurroundedbyplayersfromtheotherteam,youshould_____theballtoateammateina
betterposition.
6Doyouwantto_____yourgolfclublikeTigerWoods?Agoodgrip,postureandalotofpracticewill
helpyou.
7Youngchildrendont_____thebaseballfromaprofessionaldistance.Itstoofarforthem.
8TheWolfsoccerteam_______twiceinthefirst15minutesofthefirsthalfofthegame,killingthe
otherteamoffandwinningthegameby3tonothing.

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CWinningandlosing.
Completethesportsnewswiththecorrectverbinthecorrectform.(Twooftheverbsare
interchangeable.)
windefeatbeatlosetie

1FOOTBALL:Ukraine____thematchagainstEnglandandisheadingtothenextWorldCup.
2TENNIS:Rogerskneeinjuryaffectedhisperformanceandunfortunatelyhe_____theUSOpentitlethis
year.
3BASKETBALL:Isthereanyteamwhichcan_____thefabulousLakers?
4HOCKEY:TheGermanwomenshockeyteam______withNewZealand22.
5BASEBALL:TheNYYankeescelebrateafter____theMinnesotaTwins3to1.
DListening
1Listenoncetotwopeopletalkingaboutafootballgametheyattended.Markwheretheyweresitting
duringthematch.

2Listenagain.Answerthequestions.
1Howwasthegame?
2WhydidPaulfeelsofrustrated?
3WhywasMarkluckierthanPaul?

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EREADING
KobeBryant(1978Philadelphia,Pennsylvania)
Canyouimagineifoneofthemostsuccessfulbasketballplayersintheworldhad
decidedtogoinforanothersport?It'sabitlikepicturinganalternateuniversewhere
upisdown,downisup,andbasketballprosshoothoopswiththeirfeet.Orisit?
KobeBryant'sfathermovedhisfamilytoItalywhenKobewasjustsixyearsold.His
fatherwasalsoabasketballplayerandwaspursuingaprofessionalcareerinEurope.It
wastherethatKobehadhisfirstexposuretosoccerafarmorepopularsportinItalythanbasketball
andhefellinlovewithit.Henormallywenttotheparkstoplaybasketball,andhewouldoftengetinona
gameofsoccerbeforegettingtothebasketballcourt.
Washeagoodplayer?"Iwasn'tanythingspectacular,"Bryantsays."Iwouldhavemomentsofdoing
somethingcrazythatreallywasn'tdoneonpurpose.I'dpulloffanicemovethatwasunintentional."He
startedoutasagoalkeeperbecausehisarmsweresolongandhewasn'tusedtohandlingtheballinthe
field.Lateronheimproved,andgottoplaymidfield.
WhenhisfamilyreturnedtotheUSin1991,therewereveryfewkidswhoplayedsoccerinhis
Philadelphianeighborhood,sohefocusedonbasketball.ButifhisfamilyhadstayedinItaly?"Iwould
havekeptplaying[soccer],that'sforsure,"hesays."IwantedtoplayforACMilan.Thatwasmyteam
growingup."Surprisingly,hehasneverseentheteamplayinperson.WhilehisfamilywasinItaly,his
motherwouldn'tlethimgotosoccermatchesbecauseshethoughtthecrowdsweretooviolentandthat
hecouldgethurt.Nowadays,BryantimagineswhataUSsoccerteamwouldbelikeifheandothergreat
basketballplayershadgrownupplayingsoccerinstead."Ifwehadplayedsoccerallourlives,Ithink[the
USsoccerteam]wouldhavebeenprettypotent."Anditwouldcertainlybethetallestteamintheworld!
[adaptedfrom:http://www.jetsinsider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=123637]

1DrawKobeBryant'sthreekeylifemoments.
________________________________________

2Whichmomentmarksaturningpointinhiscareer?Why?
_______________________________________________________.
3Findfivesporttermsinthetext.
goalkeeper

Scrolldownfortheanswerkey

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Answerkey
CWVocabularyBuilderSPORTS
A1)
1d
2b
3a
4d
5e
6f
7j/f
8l
9k
10i
11h
12g
13c
2)
1basketball
2skiing
3tennis
4soccer
5cricket
6baseball
7golf
8gymnastics
9hockey

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10running
B1
Baseball

Americanfootball

Soccer(football)

Basketball

Swimming

throw

kick

kick

shoot

dive

catch

pass

pass

jump

jump

pitch

tackle

run

run

run

score

score

throw

swing

score

score

B2
1kick
2catch
3dive
4jump
5pass
6swing
7pitch
8scored

C
1won
2lost
3defeat/beat
4tied
5beating/defeating

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DListening
Script
Paul:Ididn'tseeyouatthegamelastnight.Whathappenedtoyou?
Mark:Iwasthere.Iarrivedlate,soIcouldn'tgettomyregularseatinthedoubleCsection.
P:Sowheredidyouendupsitting?
M:Iwasatthenorthendofthestadium.Thescoreboardwasjustbehindme,soIcouldn'tseeanyofthe
scoresgoup.Itwasprettyfrustrating.
P:Itmusthavebeen!Iwasalotluckierthanyou.Iranintoanoldfriendwhowritesaboutsportsforthe
newspaper,andheinvitedmetositwithhim.
M:Soyouweresittingdirectlyoppositeme?
P:No.Therearetwopressboxesinthestadium.Wewereintheotherone,withaviewrightacrossthe
fieldfromthesidelines.
M:Luckyyou!Sowhatdidyouthinkofthegame?
P:Ourteamwasamess!Theydidn'tseemtoknowwhattheyweredoing.
M:Yeah,they'renormallyalotbetterthanthat.Iguessallteamshavetheiroffdays.
P:Ijustwishitwasn'twhenIhadsuchagreatseat.
1
MarkwassittingNORTHV
PaulwassittingPressboxL
2
1Itwasnotagoodgame.
2Becausehecouldntseethescoreboardfromwherehewassitting.
3Becauseafriendwhoworksforasportsnewspapergavehimseatinthepressboxfromwherehehad
anexcellentviewacrossthefield.

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1
19781984(6yearsold)1991(13yearsold)
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wasborninmovedtoItaly/playedsoccermovedbacktoUS.Focusedonbasketballandbecameastar
2
EventhoughKobeBryanthadbecomeagoodmidfielderinItaly,soccerwasnotthatpopularintheUS,so
hestartedplayingbasketballandbecameastar.
3
Soccer,basketballplayer,shoothoops,soccer,field,midfielder,team,ball,basketballcourt,soccermatch

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