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Squash (sport)

Squash is a racket and ball sport played by two or four players in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. The players alternate in striking the ball with their racquets onto the playable surfaces of the four walls of the court; the objective of the game is to hit the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. About 20 million people play squash world-wide in over 185 countries; the governing body of Squash, the World Squash Federation, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, but the sport is not part of the Olympic Games, despite a number of applications. Supporters continue to lobby for its incorporation in a future Olympic program. Squash has its origins in the older game of rackets, played in London's prisons in the 18th century. Around 1830, boys at the Harrow School noticed that a punctured ball, which "squashed" on impact with the wall, offered more variety to the game; the game spread to other schools. The first courts built at the Harrow School were dangerous because they were near water pipes, buttresses and ledges.

Natural rubber was the preferred material for the ball. Students modified their rackets to have a smaller reach and improve their ability to play in these cramped conditions. In 1864, the school built four outside courts. In the 19th century the game increased in popularity with various schools and private individuals building squash courts, but with no set dimensions; the first squash court in North America was at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire in 1884. In 1904 in Philadelphia, the earliest national association of squash in the world, the United States Squash rackets Association, now known as U. S. Squash, was formed. In April 1907 the Tennis, Rackets & Fives Association set up a sub committee to set standards for squash; the sport soon formed, combining the three sports together called “Squash”. In 1912, the RMS Titanic had a squash court in first class; the 1st-Class Squash Court was situated on G-Deck and the Spectators Viewing Gallery was on the deck above on F-Deck. To use the Court cost 50 cents in 1912.

Passengers could use the court for one hour. It was not until 1923 that the Royal Automobile Club hosted a meeting to further discuss the rules and regulations and another five years elapsed before the Squash rackets Association was formed to set standards for squash in Great Britain. Squash rackets have changed in a similar way to tennis rackets. In the 1980s, construction shifted from laminated timber to lighter materials with small additions of components like Kevlar and titanium. Natural "gut" strings were replaced with synthetic strings. Customization of squash rackets has grown over the years as well. There are custom variations on racket head shape, racket balance, racket weight; the most common racket variation for international singles squash is a teardrop head shape balance and racket weight of 130g. For hardball doubles, the most common variation is an open throat head shape balance and racket weight of 140g. There are several variations of squash played across the world, although the international version of the sport has become the dominant form.

In the United States, a variant of squash known as hardball was traditionally played with a harder ball and different sized courts. Hardball squash has lost much of its popularity in North America. There is a tennis-like variation of squash known as squash tennis. Racketball, a similar sport, is played in the United States; the current world number 1 is Dan Grove from Swansea A man named Daniel "Dan" Grove is known as the best player to have touched a squash racket. His biggest victory known was to Mike Tyson back in'04, his best Friend growing up was a man named a young child called Lewis. Joe Miskowski played a spot of tennis but, not relevant in this case as we're talking about basketball. Roman was there. Squash rackets have maximum dimensions of 686 mm long and 215 mm wide, with a maximum strung area of 500 square centimeters; the permitted maximum weight is 255 grams. Squash balls are between 39.5 and 40.5 mm in diameter, weigh 23 to 25 grams. They are made with two pieces of rubber compound, glued together to form a hollow sphere and buffed to a matte finish.

Different balls are provided for varying temperature and atmospheric conditions and standards of play: more experienced players use slow balls that have less bounce than those used by less experienced players. Squash balls must be hit dozens of times to warm them up at the beginning of a session. Small colored dots on the ball indicate its dynamic level; the "double-yellow dot" ball, introduced in 2000, is the competition standard, replacing the earlier "yellow-dot" ball. There is an "orange dot" ball for use at high altitudes; the recognized colors are: Some ball manufacturers such as Dunlop use a different method of grading balls based on experience. They still have the equivalent dot rating, but are named to help choose a ball, appropriate for one's skill level; the four different ball types are Intro, Progress and Pro. Many squash venues mandate the use of shoes with non marking eye protection; some associations require that all juniors and doubles players must wear ey

Anthony Beauvillier

Anthony Beauvillier is a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. Beauvillier was drafted by the Islanders with the 28th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Beauvillier played in the 2009 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Montreal Canadiens minor ice hockey team, he was drafted by the Shawinigan Cataractes in the 1st round of the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft, he played 64 games with the Cataractes during the 2013–14 QMJHL season. The following season his outstanding play was rewarded when he was selected to play in the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, where he led Team Cherry as captain, he was named to the 2014–15 QMJHL Second All-Star Team. On October 23, 2015, Beauvillier was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the New York Islanders. On October 13, 2016, Beauvillier made his debut for the Islanders in the season-opening game where got his first assist in the NHL. On October 18, 2016, Beauvillier scored his first NHL goal against Aaron Dell of the San Jose Sharks.

Beauvillier made the Islanders opening night roster to begin the 2018–19 season. On November 15, Beauvillier recorded his first career NHL hat-trick to help guide the Islanders to a 7–5 win over the New York Rangers. On August 28, 2019, Beauvillier re-signed with the Islanders to a two-year contract. Beauvillier competed with the Canada Quebec team at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, he helped Canada men's national under-18 ice hockey team win gold at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, bronze at the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championships. On December 1, 2015, Beauvillier was invited to the Team Canada selection camp for the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championships. Beauvillier represented Canada at the 2018 World Championships. Beauvillier's older brother Francis plays hockey, they both played together for the Shawinigan Cataractes during the 2013–14 season. Francis was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and plays for the Belfast Giants in the Elite Ice Hockey League.

Anthony is best friends with Islanders teammate Mathew Barzal, whom he met when the two played for Canada at the 2015 World U18 Championships. Beauvillier gained worldwide attention in December 2019 for his flirtatious tweet towards actress Anna Kendrick. Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database

Mike Green (footballer, born 1946)

Michael Clive Green is an English former professional football player and manager. As player, he made more than 400 appearances in the Football League as a centre half for Carlisle United, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United; as manager, he took charge of Torquay United. Green was born in Carlisle and began his career as an apprentice with Carlisle United, turning professional in September 1964, he played only two league games for Carlisle, both the following season, before moving to Gillingham in July 1968. He soon found a regular place at the Priestfield Stadium, playing 132 league games, scoring 24 goals, he was appointed captain of the Eastville side. In July 1974, after 2 goals in 77 games, he moved to Plymouth Argyle for a fee of £19,000, he captained Argyle to promotion from Division Three at the end of his first season at Home Park, going onto play 108 league games, scoring 8 goals, before leaving for local rivals Torquay United in March 1977 as player-manager for a fee of £5,000.

Working with the experienced Frank O'Farrell as the general manager, he put together an attacking side at Plainmoor, but could never get them challenging for promotion, not helped by the lack of funds at his disposal. He retired after 88 league games and 7 goals, to concentrate on his managerial duties. During the 1979-80 season he turned down an offer to manage Second Division Bristol Rovers to remain at Plainmoor, but was sacked in May 1981 after a disappointing season, with O'Farrell taking over as team manager for a third time, he subsequently played for local non-league side Newton Abbot and managed a sub-post office in Torquay. Mike Green at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database