Generalise, don’t specialise: why focusing too narrowly is bad for us

The long read: The 10,000-hour rule says intense, dedicated practice makes perfect at that one thing. But what if breadth actually serves us better than depth? Lets start with a couple of stories from the world of sports. This first one, you probably know The boys father could tell something was different. At seven months, he gave his son a putter to fool around with, and the boy dragged it everywhere he went in his little circular baby walker. At 10 months, he climbed down from his high chair, trundled over to a golf club that had been cut down to size for him, and imitated the swing he had been watching in the garage. Because the father couldnt yet …

‘Men grab their sacks’: Morgan says celebration criticism is double standards

Alex Morgan has said that criticism of her goal celebration during USAs defeat of England in the Womens World Cup semi-final is an example of double standards Alex Morgan has said that criticism of her goal celebration mimed sipping a cup of tea after she scored what proved to be the winning goal against England, provoking a backlash with some claiming she was guilty of gloating. Former England international Lianne Sanderson, who played alongside Morgan at Orlando Pride, called the celebration distasteful. On Friday Morgan said that the celebration was inspired by English Game of Thrones actor Sophie Turner who often that she would not do the same with Trump. I think we will make that decision after we finish …

Coco Gauff keeps Wimbledon dream alive with thrilling comeback win

The 15-year-old American saved two match points to extend her dream Wimbledon run into the last 16 Wimbledon has found itself a new star. Coco Gauff had already shown everyone she could play dazzling tennis, her Wimbledon day five: Gauff makes thrilling comeback, Djokovic survives test video What a crazy match. In the first set, Hercog had been utterly dominant. It took Gauff until the second set before she won a single point on her opponents first serve while her thunderous forehand was doing the damage and though she missed a break point chance in the third game, she slapped another forehand to break for 4-3 and took the set soon after. Hercog cut loose at the start of the …

They dont think were that good: Netherlands aim to shock USA in final

Danille van de Donk believes the Netherlands will be underestimated by the USA in Sundays World Cup final and said she is relishing their underdog status Danille van de Donk believes the Netherlands will be underestimated by the USA in Sundays World Cup final and says she is relishing their underdog status in Lyon. I think its the best role you can be in, the midfielder said. I dont think they think were that good I think that is going to be an advantage for us. Van de Donk is one of four Arsenal Womens Super League winners who form the spine of the Netherlands team, with Sari van Veenendaal in goal, Dominique Bloodworth in defence, Van de Donk in …

Storm in a teacup: Alex Morgan discusses World Cup goal celebration

US goal celebrations were a talking point yet again during Tuesdays World Cup semi-final against England Alex Morgan has explained her tea-sipping goal celebration which provoked controversy during the USAs World Cup semi-final victory over England. The US forward raised her fingers to her lips, miming a sip of tea, after scoring the decisive goal in Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) Alex Morgan sippin tea pic.twitter.com/oyiyeaFzKQ Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) Congrats to the

Gyasi Zardes hits twice as USA exact revenge against Trinidad in Gold Cup

The US mens soccer team earned a small sample of revenge with a 6-0 blowout over Trinidad and Tobago, which handed the Americans a nightmarish loss in 2017 Gyasi Zardes scored two goals in a three-minute span in the second half and the US mens soccer team earned a small sample of revenge with a 6-0 blowout in the Concacaf Gold Cup on Saturday night over Trinidad and Tobago, which handed the Americans a nightmarish loss two years ago. Aaron Long scored his first two international goals, and Christian Pulisic and Paul Arriola had one each during a five-goal barrage in the second half. The US cruised to its second shutout this week and clinched a quarter-final berth in Philadelphia …

USA edge past gritty Spain to set up mouthwatering quarter-final with France

The hype around the US womens national team finally appears to be waning, even as the Americans beat a resilient Spain side 2-1 The hype around the US at this World Cup finally appears to be waning, even as the Americans beat a resilient Spain side 2-1 on Monday with the help of two penalties. Both spot kicks were scored by Megan Rapinoe to put the Americans through and negate a mistake in the American back line that gifted Spain their goal. The reigning champions now move on to the quarter-finals, where they will face hosts France on Friday in a clash of arguably the two strongest teams left in the tournament. We showed a lot of grit and experience …

Frances Tiafoe: I want to use my story to inspire others, you cant make it up | Donald McRae

Frances Tiafoe used to sleep at the tennis centre where his father was janitor, now the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone tells Donald McRae how he feels at taking on the great names in the sport Its a movie, man, an absolute movie. I say it all the time, Frances Tiafoe exclaims of his incredible life story. Born into a family of west African immigrants, Tiafoe escaped the disadvantages of his early years in America to become one of the most exhilarating young players in world tennis. Four months ago, at the Australian Open, the 21-year-old came through a series of brutal matches to reach his to win the Orange Bowl, the most prestigious title in world tennis for …