Make your Team of the Year suggestions

The likes of Franck Ribéry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi look certainties, but who else deserves to be considered for the UEFA.com users’ Team of the Year 2013? A 40-man list of nominees will be announced in early December, at which point UEFA.com users will be able to vote for their preferred XI. Until then…

Static Contractions: Grow by Standing Still

“Use full range of motion (ROM).” That phrase captures one of our major philosophies of resistance training so well that it bears repeating. Use a full ROM. Use a full ROM. Good. Now that’s hopefully out of your system, because another major philosophy of muscle-building that we preach is: “Frequent change is good.” Repeat it if you…

Anonymous NBA general manager admits to tanking

An NBA general manager has finally admitted to tanking. Sort of. In a piece for ESPN The Magazine, an anonymous GM explained his strategy for punting this season in order to acquire a high draft pick. You already know the logic behind stripping down a roster, but you’ve likely never heard it honestly articulated by someone…

Jennifer Aniston Has An Awkward ’80s Vibe Going On

We’re used to seeing Jennifer Aniston in her signature all-black uniform, whether it’s All Saints on the street or black dresses on the red carpet. So we were really surprised when she stepped out on Wednesday at the “We’re The Millers” premiere in London in a frilly floral Christian Dior dress.

U.K. Mortgage Approvals Rise to Highest in 5 1/2 Years

U.K. mortgage approvals rose to the highest in 5 1/2 years in September, adding to signs of a strengthening property market that’s being stoked by government incentives. Lenders granted 66,735 mortgages, the most since February 2008, compared with a revised 63,396 the previous month, the Bank of England said in a report in London today.…

Abe’s Special Zones to Fuel Economic Reform, Hatta Says

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reforms may be aided by excluding the agriculture, trade and welfare ministries from oversight of special economic zones, according to the head of a working group on the plans. “Abe sees the strategic special zones as the heart of regulatory reforms,” Tatsuo Hatta, 70, said in an interview in Tokyo…

Wholesale Prices in U.S. Unexpectedly Fall as Food Costs Ebb

Wholesale prices in the U.S. unexpectedly dropped in September as food costs retreated, an indication inflation remains tame. The 0.1 percent decrease in the producer price index followed a 0.3 percent gain the prior month, a Labor Department report showed today. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of 80 economists called for a 0.2…

Tax Revolts Hit Hollande as Farmers, Soccer Clubs Protest

French President Francois Hollande’s taxes, among the world’s highest, have made strange bedfellows out of the country’s soccer clubs and farmers in Brittany. Revolts against a series of levies have erupted with protests by farmers in Brittany against a trucking tax on Oct. 27 leaving several people injured, and soccer clubs refusing to play a…

Housing Prices in U.S. Cities Rise by Most Since Early 2006

Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose in August from a year ago by the most since February 2006 as stronger demand boosted values. The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property prices in 20 cities increased 12.8 percent from August 2012, more than forecast, after a 12.3 percent gain in the year ended in July, a report…