My second book will be published Sept. 1. What’s it about? The most controversial finish in the history of sports.
The U.S. basketball team had won 63 games in a row in the Olympics. In 1972, against its Cold War rival, the Soviet Union, the United States won the gold medal game two times. But each time the head of international basketball defied the rules and ordered that 3 seconds be put on the clock to give the Soviets a chance.
The U.S. lost by a point on the final play, and the players became the only Olympic athletes ever to reject their medals – and they have continued to reject them nearly 50 years later.
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London abounds with choices, from museums to cruises to spots for tea. Here are five must-do items to make your next trip more pleasurable.
- Tea at Claridge’s. This venerable hotel offers an incredibly gracious tea, including Champagne, finger sandwiches and – if you attend during Wimbledon – pastries shaped like tennis balls.
- The Wallace Collection. Armor and swords mingle with paintings and furniture in an elegant three-story building.
- Churchill War Rooms. See not only the space where World War II strategy was hatched but learn about arguably the greatest historical figure of the 20th
- CityCruises. Relax while a witty tour guide shows you buildings both historic and modern along the Thames River
- Uber. Not as nice as London’s spacious cabs but much cheaper.