|Macedonia's McCalebb goes for a basket against Dominican Republic during their 2012 FIBA Olympic qualifying basketball tournament in Caracas|
(This is the seventh in a series of stories about the science behind the Olympics to run daily this week.) NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a multibillion-dollar sport like basketball, one might expect trainers had figured out every nuance of aerodynamics, mechanics and all things Newtonian to increase the rate at which the ball goes through the hoop. Think again. Take free throws. For 50 years professional players in the United States have sunk these shots from the "charity line" - so called because the points are supposedly such sure things they're gifts - at a rate of about 75 percent. ... read more..