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Coy, John. Crackback.

Miles barely recalls when football was fun after being sidelined by a new coach, constantly criticized by his father, and pressured by his best friend to take performance-enhancing drugs.

Coy, John. Box Out.
High school sophomore Liam jeopardizes his new position on the varsity basketball team when he decides to take a stand against his coach who is leading prayers before games and enforcing teamwide participation.

Crutcher, Chris. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes.

Sarah Byrnes and Eric have been close friends since they were children -- his fat and her terrible scars made them both outcasts. While Eric slims down on the swim team, Sarah sits silent in a hospital. Eric must uncover the terrible secret she's hiding and save her before dark currents pull them under.

Crutcher, Chris. Athletic Shorts: Short Stories.
Crutcher, Chris. Crazy Horse Electric Game.
Crutcher, Chris. Ironman
Crutcher, Chris. Whale Talk

de la Pena, Matt. Ball Don't Lie.

Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives to play basketball at school and at Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles and is headed for the pros, but he is unaware of the many dangers--including his own past as a foster child--that threaten his dream.

Deuker, Carl. Night Hoops.

While trying to prove that he is good enough to be on his high school's varsity basketball team, Nick must also deal with his parents' divorce and erratic behavior of a troubled classmate who lives across the street.

Deuker, Carl. Gym Candy.
Deuker, Carl. Heart of a Champion.

Deuker, Carl. High Heat.
Deuker, Carl. Painting the Black.
Deuker, Carl. Runner.

Feinstein, John. Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery.

After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.

Feinstein, John. Change up: Mystery at the World Series.
Feinstein, John. Cover-up: Mystery at the Superbowl.
Feinstein, John. Vanishing Act: Mystery at the US Open.

Green, Tim. Football Genius.

Troy, a sixth-grader with an unusual gift for predicting football plays before they occur, attempts to use his ability to help his favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons, but he must first prove himself to the coach and players.

Green, Tim. Baseball Great.
Green, Tim. Football Champ.
Green, Tim. Football Hero.

Gutman, Dan. Million Dollar Kick.

Thirteen-year-old Whisper, who hates sports, is torn when she gets a chance to win a million dollars by kicking a goal against a local soccer hero.

Gutman, Dan.  Million Dollar... series
Gutman, Dan. Baseball Card Adventure series

Lipsyte, Robert. Yellow Flag.

When seventeen-year-old Kyle reluctantly replaces his injured brother in the family racecar, he struggles to keep up with his trumpet playing while deciding how--or if--he can continue making music with a brass quintet and headlines as a Nascar racer.

Lipsyte, Robert. The Contender, The Brave.
Lipsyte, Robert. One Fat Summer.
Lipsyte, Robert. Raiders Night.

Lupica, Mike. Heat.

Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer them proof.

Lupica, Mike. The Big Field.
Lupica, Mike. Miracle on 49th Street. 
Lupica, Mike. Summer Ball.
Lupica, Mike.  Travel Team.

Lynch, Chris. Big Game of Everything.

Jock and his eccentric family spend the summer working at Grampus's golf complex, where they end up learning the rules of "The Big Game of Everything."

Martino, Alfred.  Pinned.

High School. Dealing with family problems, girls, and their own competitive natures, high school seniors Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane face each other in the final match of the New Jersey State Wrestling Championship.

Martino, Alfred.  Over the End Line.

Myers, Walter Dean. Game.

If Harlem high school senior Drew Lawson is going to realize his dream of playing college, then professional, basketball, he will have to improve at being coached and being a team player, especially after a new--white--student threatens to take the scouts' attention away from him.

Myers, Walter Dean. Slam!
Myers, Walter Dean. Hoops.

Tharp, Tim. Knights of the Hill Country.

High School. In his senior year, high school star linebacker Hampton Greene finally begins to think for himself and discovers that he might be interested in more than just football.

Volponi, Paul. Black and White.

High School. Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.

Volponi, Paul. Rucker Park Setup.