About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Petit: I laugh at Emery’s weak, average defenceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Emmanuel Petit says manager Unai Emery’s defence isn’t good enough.Petit claims that Arsenal’s biggest weakness is their “average defence’ and ultimately that will undermine Emery’s chances of success this season.He told Paddy Power: “In defence they are weak, they’re average. They make individual and collective errors. Sometimes you have to laugh. They injuries are not an excuse, most of the players who stepped in are internationals.“The quality they had been showing vanished (at Brighton) and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence.“I don’t know what’s going on with some of these players. During the long unbeaten run you thought Arsenal are back on track.”But now I look back at the number of those games in which they were lucky and, suddenly, reality returned.“They need to raise their game mentally on Saturday. I’ve seen glimpses of improvement compared to previous years but you can’t perform for just half an hour against Liverpool. You need to be fully switched on for 90 minutes, especially away from home.“If Arsenal go to Anfield thinking they can just keep plodding away the way they have been, it’s over – they’ll leave the stadium with three or four goals against them.”
Arsenal find themselves “eight windows behind the big boys”, says Troy Deeney, with the club still some way short of the elite despite making progress under Unai Emery.The Gunners have taken steps in the right direction this season after opting to make a change in the dugout.Arsene Wenger was famed for his frugal approach to recruitment, despite completing some big-money deals towards the end of his 22-year tenure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Emery was then handed no war chest upon inheriting the reins, but has managed to force Arsenal back into contention for a top-four finish and a return to Champions League competition.Watford captain Deeney admits there have been signs of encouragement at Emirates Stadium, but believes a rival outfit remain a long way off being challengers for the most prestigious prizes.He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Everyone knows me and Arsenal don’t get on too well.“But I think there has a steeliness that has been brought in and there are goals throughout the team.“They have different styles of play now and can play with the two boys up front that are always going to score goals and give you something to build on.“But football works in six-month periods between transfer windows and they are going to have to go again.“Look at how many transfer windows they are behind the big boys. They are probably six, seven or eight behind the big boys. That is just being realistic.“I know people are saying it is a massive improvement but that’s only on what they had last year.“But they are still behind the likes of Man City and United, not just in spending but in the quality they have brought in.”This is not the first time that Deeney has hit out at Arsenal, with the Watford striker having famously questioned the Gunners’ fighting spirit after helping the Hornets to a 2-1 win in October 2017.He said back then when asked why a star-studded side falls short so often: “I have to watch what I say, but it’s a bit of cojones.”Whenever I play against Arsenal, I’ll go up and think ‘let me whack the first one and see who wants it’.”The Gunners were able to see off Watford in their most recent meeting, with Emery’s men claiming a 2-0 win in September, and they are set to be reunited at Vicarage Road on the final weekend of the 2018-19 campaign.
Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba revealed some of his team-mates became fearful of flying after new signing Emiliano Sala went missing while on board a plane.The whereabouts of club-record recruit Sala remains unknown following the disappearance of a Piper Malibu aircraft en route to Cardiff from Nantes on January 21.Sala was travelling to the Welsh capital having farewelled his Nantes team-mates before the plane vanished without a trace, with Guernsey Police ending the search on Thursday. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Argentine striker was honoured before Arsenal’s 2-1 Premier League win over Cardiff on Tuesday following the distribution of daffodils with the match programme at the Emirates Stadium.#CityAsOne pic.twitter.com/z3m7AV0mwu— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) January 29, 2019Reflecting on the heartbreaking situation, Bamba told BBC Sport Wales: “It is very difficult to even describe how the players are feeling.”It is a very unusual situation, a big tragedy. We have all been affected by it, the lads, the city, the whole club.”We have had some help. We travel by plane and some of the lads have been thinking ‘I don’t want to go on it anymore.'”It was that deep, the gaffer has been good and the club have been good in terms of bringing someone in to talk to if we need to.”And I think some of the lads do, they need to get it out. So I think it was good thinking from the club and the gaffer and hopefully in the weeks to come we are going to feel better.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The plane that was carrying Emiliano Sala was found in the English Channel on Sunday morning, following a two-week search for the aircraft that was carrying the missing footballer.Sala was aboard the Piper Malibu aircraft on January 21 when he flew from Nantes to Wales after completing a £15 million ($19.8m) transfer to Cardiff City.The Argentine had flown back to France to say goodbye to his team-mates and, on his way back to England, the plane carrying the forward and pilot David Ibbotson disappeared from radar close to the Channel Islands. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The plane was located following an extensive search of the area with a search boat positively identifying the aircraft after discovery on Sunday.Marine scientist David Mearns led the search on Sunday and confirmed that the plane was located and that families were notified by police.Mearns tweeted: “Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN. As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV.”The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David.”Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN. As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV. #EmilianoSala— David Mearns (@davidlmearns) 3 February 2019 The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David. #EmilianoSalas #NoDejenDeBuscarAEmilianoSala— David Mearns (@davidlmearns) 3 February 2019A further statement is expected on Monday.Initial search and recovery efforts were called off three days after the flight disappeared, but the search was then resumed after Sala’s family raised funds to continue the efforts.A target of €300,000 (£260k/$342k) was met on a GoFundMe page after the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and president of Argentina Mauricio Macri spoke out to continue the search.Sala joined Nantes in 2015 after previously featuring for Orleans, Niort and Caen, and the forward went on to make 132 appearances for the club while scoring 48 goals.After scoring 13 goals across all competitions to start the season with Nantes, Sala became Cardiff’s record signing when he was acquired by Neil Warnock’s side in January. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester City star Bernardo Silva looks to have a war on his hands – after a formal declaration from team-mate Raheem Sterling.Silva has been kicking back in Miami after a stunning season with his club and providing the match-winning assist as Portugal won the inaugural Nations League final.The 24-year-old was in playful mood, taking to his Instagram story to post a goading video with a snapback apparently swiped from his friend Sterling. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? In a series of posts, Silva teased Sterling with his friends, filming and laughing in the background as one mimicked Sterling’s signature running style – which the England man has admitted in the past is on the unorthodox side.But Silva’s smile might be wiped off his face as Sterling promised to fight back with fire and fury.“Bernardo, Bernardo, Bernardo, you silly boy,” he said on his own Instagram story. “I declare war. Watch. Ok. Ok, ok, ok.”Wherever this conflict leads them on the long and apparently uneventful summer without domestic football, Silva and Sterling will surely be itching to get back on the pitch after combining to deliver an unprecedented treble for Manchester City.Thoughts on @BernardoCSilva’s friends’ impression of @sterling7? 🤨🎥 Instagram: bernardocarvalhosilva pic.twitter.com/cgCQb31aZM— Goal (@goal) June 18, 2019Sterling bagged 23 goals and 17 assists in all competitions as his star continued to rise under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage, while Silva’s performances have seen him thrust into the conversation for this year’s Ballon d’Or.His all-action displays, combining grace and grit and acting as a replacement for the injured Kevin De Bruyne and the out-of-favour Leroy Sane were vital as City lifted all three domestic trophies.The good times look to keep on coming – despite links with Juventus, boss Guardiola has reaffirmed his commitment to the club. Given Sterling and Silva’s development under him, the pair will certainly have been relieved to see Juventus appoint Maurizio Sarri as manager instead.Given the non-stop nature of modern football, they had best enjoy their time off as City’s pre-season gets underway in less than a month’s time.A pre-season tour of China sees them take part in the Premier League Asia Trophy against Newcastle, West Ham and Wolves, with the Hammers up first on July 17.Following the tour, they will return to England for the Community Shield against European champions Liverpool on August 4. With City having won the FA Cup, Liverpool are in the curtain-raiser by virtue of having finished second in the Premier League.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines run onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Michigan is one of three schools currently investigating whether some of its student-athletes sold team-issued shoes to a retailer. The school confirmed the investigation on Friday night.Last week, North Carolina football suspended 13 players for re-selling team shoes. However, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t expecting his program to suffer the same fate.Speaking with media tonight, Harbaugh gave an update into the shoe investigation, saying that he doesn’t expect nay UM players to be suspended.Harbaugh said he doesn’t anticipate any players missing games regarding shoe investigation— angelique (@chengelis) August 14, 2018According to the original ESPN report from last week, Michigan, Cal and Marquette were all conducting probes to see if student-athletes had sold shoes.Michigan spokesman David Ablauf told ESPN that all Wolverine players “sign a form that acknowledges that selling the shoes would jeopardize their eligibility. The shoes are also marked by the equipment staff with the player’s name or uniform number, making it more difficult to sell them anonymously.”Harbaugh said tonight that all of the player’s shoes were present in the inventory.Harbaugh says he doesn’t anticipate anyone missing time for selling shoes. All current players had to go through a shoe inventory, all shoes were present he says.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 14, 2018Of course, there hasn’t been an official announcement from Michigan regarding the results of the investigation. We’ll have to see if one is forthcoming.At the same time, Harbaugh is notoriously closely-guarded with information regarding his team, so it is doubtful he would say this to the media if he wasn’t feeling good about all of his players being cleared of any wrongdoing.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view taken during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls on September 22, 2007 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 58-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)USC five-star freshman Bru McCoy is no longer a part of the Trojans’ football program, according to a report.McCoy, one of the top 10 recruits in the 2019 class, had enrolled early at USC, though some coaching movement had him re-thinking his decision.The five-star wide receiver was close with USC’s former offensive coordinator, Tee Martin, and was a fan of Kliff Kingsbury, though neither coach is still with the program.McCoy has reportedly decided to transfer to Texas.USC 247 first reported news of his transfer decision:According to sources close to Bru McCoy, the five-star athlete will transfer from USC to Texas.McCoy is expected to be in Austin by next week. He and the Texas coaching staff anticipate he’ll have to sit out a year but they will apply for a waiver hoping to avoid that situation.McCoy was all set to commit to Texas before the 2019 All-American Bowl but was convinced to commit to USC by former Trojan offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury at the last minute. After Kingsbury was hired away to be the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, McCoy apparently soured on the idea of wearing cardinal and goal.Rivals.com had reported earlier in the day that McCoy was mulling a transfer.BREAKING: USC freshman wide receiver Bru McCoy mulling a transfer to Texas. https://t.co/cnSzh5SIZH pic.twitter.com/hbZLJWhVum— Adam Maya (@AdamJMaya) January 24, 2019Stay tuned for an official announcement.
It’s just another game you need to win: Kohli on India vs Pakistan tie in World Cup 2019Virat Kohli was asked about the high-voltage clash between India and Pakistan and the skipper made his position clear by saying that it was just another game when the players walk onto the field.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service LondonMay 24, 2019UPDATED: June 6, 2019 17:48 IST The game is strictly professional on the filed between India and Pakistan, says Virat Kohli (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTS“India-Pakistan is always a much anticipated match,” Virat Kohli saidIndia have never lost to Pakistan in the World CupIndia and Pakistan will face each other in a blockbuster clash on June 16 in ManchesterWith the ICC ODI World Cup getting underway in England and Wales in less than a week from now, the skippers of the 10 participating teams fighting for the biggest glory in 50-over cricket were all asked to pick one player from another team to fit into their own playing XI during the captains’ press conference in London on Thursday.The comments from the captains made for some interesting read and showed what according to them, they lack in their squad as they look to battle it out and win the showpiece event.While host captain Eoin Morgan picked Australia’s assistant coach Ricky Ponting, India captain Virat Kohli went for his South African counterpart Faf du Plessis. Pakistan skipper Safaraz Ahmed went for the swashbuckling Jos Buttler while Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza picked the run-machine Kohli.For defending champions Australia, skipper Aaron Finch didn’t seem too happy with his pacers and settled for Kagiso Rabada of South Africa, while Faf himself decided to pick not one, but three in Jasprit Bumrah, Pat Cummins of Australia and Afghan spinner Rashid Khan.Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne went with English all-rounder Ben Stokes while New Zealand captain Kane Williamson also went for Rashid Khan. Interestingly, while the West Indies skipper Jason Holder said that he was happy with his team, his Afghan counterpart Gulbadin Naib said it all depends on the day.Moving on, Kohli was asked about the high-voltage clash between India and Pakistan and the skipper made his position clear by saying that it was just another game when the players walk onto the field.advertisement”I think India-Pakistan is always a much anticipated match. We keep saying again and again. If you ask the players, it’s very different from how the fans feel. Yes, we feel the anticipation and excitement when we enter the stadium. But as soon as you enter the field, it’s very professional.”It’s just another game you need to win as a team. Yes, it brings pressure because the atmosphere in the stadium is very different. But as soon as we enter the ground, it’s a game of cricket for all of us. We keep saying this again and again, but that’s the truth,” he said.”In the World Cup, you first see the first four or five games you’re going to play. You play accordingly as a side. I don’t think we single out any team, all 10 teams are strong and can beat anyone. That makes the tournament exciting. If we play good cricket, we’ll be in a good position. Every team will want to focus on their skills,” the India skipper said.Kohli also spoke about how seamer Jofra Archer could be the deciding factor for England in the World Cup.”I think he’s going to be their X-factor because he holds a skill set that’s very different from anyone else. He can generate a lot of pace which can be very intimidating and you don’t really expect that because of his run-up. He’s a great athlete. He’s going to be exciting to watch in the World Cup and I’ll be watching him personally as well because whatever I’ve seen of him has been very very exciting,” he said.When told that Archer wants his wicket, Kohli said it was nothing but a compliment. “Did he say that? I have no idea. That’s news to me. We don’t really focus on these things. You don’t focus on whether people want to get you out and things like that. Our focus is mainly on contributing to the team. I take a lot of pride in performing for the team and making impact performances.”If Jofra said that, it’s a huge compliment because he himself is a world class bowler. The way he has come about in the IPL and while playing around the world in the last two years, there is a good reason for him to be fast-tracked to the World Cup,” the India skipper added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and others hit the nets after India reach LondonAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Watch how Team India spent their first practice session in EnglandAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Picking up the Lincoln Navigator from the airport parking lot was a bit like going to the animal shelter and coming home with a Stegosaurus. Lincoln may be wowing the world, and rightly so, with its new Continental Concept. Its current flagship, however, with its elderly truck platform, boxcar dimensions, and drought-like thirst for petrochemicals is lodged solidly in the Jurassic … or at least the last Bush administration.Exaggerations aside, Lincoln has made some updates to the Navigator for 2015, in response to the complete redesign of its chief rival, the Cadillac Escalade. These changes don’t bring it up to date, but they may be enough to deserve consideration from buyers who pine for the salad days of the full-size SUVs.Heart transplantBy far the biggest update to the 2015 Navigator is to the powertrain. The outgoing model was powered by Ford’s 5.4-liter V8 that put out 310 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque. Granted, these figures were respectable before the great recession. Now, though, they look decidedly weedy in a 6,150-pound truck. Thankfully, for 2015, the Navigator now gets a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, that courtesy — of twin turbos — puts out an impressive 380 hp and 460 angry torques.This translates to a two-second improvement in its 0 to 60 time and a theoretically improved fuel economy of 17 mpg. In practice, I would be shocked to see the Navigator ever exceed an average of 15 mpg. During my week with the truck, I struggled to get more than 14 mpg. Reaffirming that, when it comes to EcoBoost, one can have Eco or Boost … but rarely both.Thankfully, the power feels even more impressive than the specs would indicate. Despite having 40 fewer ponies than the Cadillac Escalade I drove recently, the Navigator actually seems to step out much quicker. The turbos require a quick gear change to get into the power band. Once there, the go is truly impressive in a vehicle that tips the scales at over 6,000 pounds.Unfortunately, the Lincoln can’t stand up to the completely refreshed Cadillac when it comes to dynamics. The best that can be said of the Navigator’s ride and handling is that it is old-fashioned but competent.In the corners, there is a startling amount of body roll, no doubt, aided by the simply massive 22-inch wheels. If you are foolish enough to take your eyes of the road, you can even monitor the precise amount of roll through the on-board “off-roading” sensors.The ride is a bit better, especially on the highway, where the big Lincoln simply crushes pavement imperfections. When the road gets rough, things get worse. The Lincoln’s old-school truck chassis gets discomposed on ruts and bumps.To the Navigator’s credit it is, at least, very easy to navigate. Despite its massive bulk, the Lincoln boasts both a tight turning circle and shockingly good outward visibility, thanks to large windows and a very high driving position.Even with its flaws, and old-school truck-based character, the Navigator is good fun to drive. Its sheer bulk and old-school feel give the Lincoln charisma, as well as a somewhat unique place in the market.Expedition plusThe ride and handling aren’t the only things about the Lincoln that are a bit old-fashioned. The interior may get gloss wood trim and leather, but it is also littered with trim components that clearly make more sense on the Ford Expedition.First the good stuff: nearly all of the trim and components that are specific to Lincoln are good. The seats don’t look all that special but they are comfortable and offer a wide array of adjustability, allowing everyone no matter their height and weight to find a good driving position.The technology is also solid. The instrument cluster consists of a physical speedometer flanked by two TFT screens that can display a wide array of information. This system not only looks good, it is very useful. Lincoln’s re-skinned version of MyFord Touch is also worthy of praise. It is far easier to use and looks better than the beleaguered Cadillac CUE system.Then there is the size; the Lincoln Navigator is large enough that you could probably play about nine holes of golf in the back of it. Seriously, I think the bus I took to school as a kid was smaller.Unfortunately, all that size means there is plenty of space for cheap plastic trim and outdated fittings. The front row might get mostly nice Lincoln trim, but the back rows have to make do with acres of hard beige plastic and cheap fittings. Then there are issues like the exposed cables barely concealed behind the rearview mirror and poking out from underneath the seats.These issues bring me to a broader set of concerns about build quality. The interior of my press demonstrator was littered with uneven panel gaps, poorly installed trim, and a few pieces of plastic that still had rough edges from the casting mold. Then there were the welds … a number of the visible welds — especially those around the rear hatch — were crumpled and appeared poorly sealed.All of these issues are fairly minor, but the problem is that the Lincoln Navigator is a luxury car that starts at around $63,000. My press demonstrator was as near as makes no difference $74,000. At that price, a vehicle shouldn’t have those sorts of issues. It is possible, of course, that my demonstrator is an outlier. Still, though, these problems are … how to put this … the opposite of encouraging.ConclusionIn some ways, it’s hard to make the argument for the Lincoln Navigator: its old, expensive, and may not be very well put together. So why buy it, when there are alternatives like the Cadillac Escalade, and the Mercedes GL? The answer for many people may simply be: no reason. But, depending on customer needs and desires, there are some good arguments.The Navigator has more interior room than just about anyone in the business. And, because of its old-school truck roots, it can tow just about anything short of a house – 9,000 pounds on rear-wheel drive models and 8,600 on 4×4 versions. It also manages to be bling, with its big wheels and massive grill — without being as aggressively vulgar as the Escalade.For those who do want those things, the Navigator will reward them with its excellent powertrain and good tech package. 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Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.For most men and women, the three months that encapsulate the fall are a time of absolute bliss. It’s a moment to quietly reflect on the passing summer with a warm drink, and a chance to cozy up with a book you’ve been dying to peruse but just didn’t get around to during your mid-year travels. And while outdoor enthusiasts might not be able to capitalize on the inspiration they cull from their forays into outdoor literature immediately — the weather isn’t always as forgiving in autumn as it is in the summer, after all — it doesn’t mean you can’t find satisfaction in the plights and perils of others.Thankfully, there’s a slew of fantastic novels about the great outdoors to catch up on, whether you’re looking for a harrowing tale of a man haphazardly drifting in the Atlantic or an expose on two brothers who grapple with number of metaphysical questions in rural Montana. Below are a few of our favorite outdoor books to pass the time while you wait for the snow to hit or ice to thaw — whatever comes first.The Monkey Wrench Gang, by Edward AbbeyAbbey’s Monkey Wrench Gang is an underground cult classic. It’s the explosive tale of four ecologically-minded individuals who attempt to sabotage the wave of industrial development sweeping the American southwest, whether it be clear-cutting or unnecessary dam building. The book has helped spur a myriad environmental organizations since its debut in 1975 — i.e. Greenpeace, Earth First! — effortlessly splicing together hippy anarchism with traits culled from the best spaghetti westerns of the late ’60s. Is it radical? Absolutely. Yet, Abbey’s simplistic prose and subtle humor make it a delectable read.Tracks, by Robyn DavidsonTraveling 1,700 miles through the Australian desert is tough — doing it with little more than a fleet of camels and your dog is even tougher. However, that’s precisely what Robyn Davidson did in 1977, first chronicling her tired journey for National Geographic and later in her grand memoir, Tracks. The latter functions as a solitary adventure novel, ripe with humor and fraught with Davidson’s evolving thoughts on sex, race, and the nature of the Australian outback. There’s even a slight touch of romance amid the hostility, though, it’s the underlying politics and personal insights that anchor her feature-length journey.A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean“There was no clear line between religion and fly fishing” in early 20th-century Montana, or at least the late Norman Maclean claims, in what has become his American classic. The short, semi-autobiographical story — one of three novellas in the collection — examines Maclean’s fractured relationship with his brother Paul and their upbringing in rural Montana. The prose is deeply poetic and profound, often applying vivid descriptions of fishing and nature to the metaphysical questions we all grapple with at some point or another. It’s filled with a sense of wonder that’s borderline ethereal at times.Not Without Peril, by Nicholas HoweMount Washington stands some 6,200 feet above the state of New Hampshire, which is also conveniently doubles as the childhood stomping grounds of one veteran journalist Nicholas Howe. That said, Not Without Peril is more so a constellation of stories revolving around the hazardous peak than a single one, chronicling an abundance of ill-fated climbing treks upon the mountain’s slopes dating back as far as 1849. Howe doesn’t judge those who died unprepared and unaware, though, but merely recounts their misadventures with stunning detail and thorough backstory on the surrounding Presidential Range.Adrift, by Steven CallahanThere are countless tales of people being lost at sea, but few of them are riveting as what happened to Steven Callahan when his small sloop capsized a mere six days out from the Canary Islands. Written much like a journal and outfitted with a cornucopia of sketches, Callahan vividly accounts his 76 days at sea, touching on the time he spent spearfishing, retrieving fresh water, and plugging holes in his rubber lifeboat. His inner struggles are just as captivating as those he faces outside, too, whether he’s seeing clear visages of God in the crests of the waves or simply finding solace in his quiet solidarity. The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Editors’ Recommendations The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now