Mindfuel Magazine

By Luis Valdes | A digital magazine devoted to the quest for excellence in performance.

Bright spots abound at Summer League, but viewing through appropriate lens matters | NBA.com

Believe NBA Summer League at your own risk.<p>It’s easy to get seduced -- plays are simple, guards are in charge, the quality of opponent makes the more …

NBA

Roger Federer: Tennis Genius Is Doing the Impossible

Tennis superstar had nothing left to prove. Not to his fans. Not to his opponents. Not to himself.<p>Part of the joy of watching Roger Federer – which …

Tennis

Roger Federer Wins Record-Breaking Eighth Wimbledon Title

WIMBLEDON, England — When Roger Federer and his growing family embarked on a new tennis season in 2017 after his six-month injury layoff, the big goal was winning Wimbledon.<p>Check.<p>It has been that sort of tour-de-force season for Federer, the 35-year-old Swiss maestro who might not yet have regained …

Tennis

Garbiñe Muguruza Wins Wimbledon, Defeating Venus Williams

WIMBLEDON, England — After struggling with the burden of winning her first Grand Slam singles title, Garbiñe Muguruza now must cope with the reality of winning a second.<p>She triumphed at Wimbledon on Saturday by defeating the five-time champion Venus Williams, 7-5, 6-0.<p>At 23, Muguruza is 14 years …

Tennis

Golf Psychology: Quiet Your Putting Demons And Win Under Pressure

Pro golfers agree that mental golf psychology is imperative to winning under pressure. Golf writer Peter Dobereiner said; "Half of golf is fun; the …

Golf

If The Process Had Results, It Wouldn't Be The Process

The Process is a success.<p>Not on any of its nominal, publicly-espoused terms, of course. Those terms, laid out by former Philadelphia 76ers general …

Among lessons Bill Belichick learned from his dad: Team is bigger than you

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL:<p>1a. Here's wishing everyone a Happy Father's Day, while …

New England

Jordan Spieth, Inside His Own Head, Struggles to Get Out

ERIN, Wis. — For most of Saturday, it seemed as if the most visible part of Jordan Spieth was the top of his golf cap. Five missed birdie putts of 12 feet or less and two missed par putts from inside 6 feet will make any golfer drop his chin to his chest.<p>That would be especially true if you were …

Building mental toughness off the field: It's all about practice

By the end of each academic semester, most college students struggle with a drop in attention spans and increased stress, especially …

Trek through post-Super Bowl psychological valley awaits Falcons

In the wake of the most historic collapse in Super Bowl history, the Falcons, individually and colle...

Super Bowl

Canyon Barry is determined to carry on his family’s NBA lineage

For any younger fans who may not be familiar with <b>Rick Barry</b>, he’s a basketball legend with an absolutely amazing hoops résumé.<p>Over the course of his …

A winning culture

Australian NBA great Luc Longley was beginning to fall out of love with basketball, but everything changed when he joined Michael Jordan and Scottie …

LeBron at the line: Anybody’s guess, including his own

Begin Slideshow 2<p>Image 1of/2<p>Caption<p>Close<p>After a season of experimentation, fresh ideas arriving nonstop, <b>LeBron James</b> stepped to the free-throw line …

LeBron James defers on Warriors thoughts: 'It's too stressful'

BOSTON -- As they celebrated defending their Eastern Conference title Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers weren't ready to focus on defending …

Kelsey Plum Is About to Take the WNBA By Storm

Kelsey Plum was second-guessing her commitment.<p>University of Washington head coach Kevin McGuff had abruptly left for Ohio State, leaving Plum unsure …

Daniel Gibson Tells Us Why Life After Basketball Was So Hard, And What LeBron Means To Him

Daniel Gibson was hand-picked by LeBron James to become the 42nd pick in 2006 NBA Draft. Coming out of Texas, James saw what Gibson could bring, a ball-handling, gutsy shot maker with lots of potential. As a second-round draft pick, the chances of sticking and staying in a location for a …

NBA

Steph Curry explains the secret to his basketball 'dominance'

Without any hint of exaggeration, David Feherty’s Golf Channel show “Feherty” is probably the best sports interview show on television. It’s not just the slate of guests he lands on the show — which range from George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice to Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier — it’s the quality …

Basketball

Three Sports Performance Companies Combining Technology & Science To Build Superior Athletes

CHICAGO, IL – MAY 12: A draft prospect participates in drills during Day Two of the NBA Draft Combine at Quest MultiSport Complex on May 12, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.<p>In today’s sports, the difference between winning and losing, success and failure, is small.<p>Football is said to be “a game of …

Atlanta Falcons

Diana Taurasi: A part of her still thinks 'I’m not a good basketball player'

PHOENIX — There isn’t much Diana Taurasi hasn’t accomplished on the court as an individual and with a team, or between college, the pros and overseas.<p>…

Diana Taurasi

John Wall, getting the superstar treatment, shakes off a slow start to play like one

On Sunday night, a line of fans formed in the Verizon Center hallway near the entrance to the Washington Wizards‘ locker room. In the front stood Stephen Jackson, who played for eight teams over his 14-year NBA career. He never played for Washington, but there he was adorned in a “dc” cap and a …

Basketball

Ryan Zimmerman was one of MLB’s worst hitters in 2016. Here’s why he’s now the best.

Ryan Zimmerman’s bounce-back season is truly stunning.<p>The 32-year-old first baseman for the Washington Nationals was underwhelming in 2016, to say the least. His batting average (.218) and on-base plus slugging (.642, 21 percent lower than the league average) were career lows and his minus-1.3 wins …

Baseball

The Real-Life Diet of Jeremy Lin

Professional athletes don’t get to the top by accident. It takes superhuman levels of time, dedication, and focus—and that includes paying attention to what they put in their bellies. In this series, GQ takes a look at what athletes in different sports eat on a daily basis to perform at their best. …

A New Obsession

I’ve never been a writer before, but you know what?<p>Before this season I’d never really been a point guard, either. So let’s do this.<p>The other day …

Warriors star Klay Thompson explains how he gets himself right for game day

Klay Thompson gets away from the game to be great at it.<p>The Warriors' Splash Brother talked to CBS Sports in cooperation with Chocolate Milk about how he gets himself right for game day.<p>"If I don't have my gameday nap, just chalk it up to a loss," Thompson says.<p>The All-Star describes how much more …

Klay Thompson

'You've Got to Hit First': Draymond Green Reveals His Secrets to Stopping Stars

It has been said of any number of top-flight NBA defenders over the years: "He can guard all five positions." Warriors forward Draymond Green is among them, with one exception—he not only can, he does, sometimes in the same game.<p>Exactly how does a 6'7", 229-pound forward with average NBA foot speed …

Obsession Is Natural

On November 12, 1996, Allen Iverson dropped 35 on the Knicks in a win at the Garden.<p>On November 12, 1996, I played five minutes and finished with two …

Here's how Patriots coach Bill Belichick makes decisions under enormous pressure

For legendary New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, a football game is a little like going to war.<p>In a rare interview, Belichick spoke with CNBC …

A 38-year-old mental coach has become one of the NBA's premier resources

On February 19, Aaron Gordon experienced one of the lowest moments of his young career.<p>Tasked with headlining the 2017 All-Star Dunk Contest after a jaw-dropping performance in 2016, the 21-year-old Orlando Magic forward simply couldn't get a dunk to go down.<p>On a big stage with thousands of people …

Basketball

Bill Belichick: Tom Brady isn't a 'great natural athlete,' but he has 3 traits that make up for it

Being successful isn't always about having talent. Often, it's hard work that really pays off.<p>That's according to legendary New England Patriots …