Committed to greatness

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The New York Giants were all but eliminated from the NFL playoff chase in December 2011, when a world history teacher from a New Jersey high school gave them a motivational speech that changed the team’s collective mindset.As a result, the team turned its season around and defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.That high school teacher, Gian Paul Gonzalez, shared his “all in” philosophy that changed the Giants’ fortunes and has helped motivate teams and organizations around the world during general session at the at the co-located CUNA Technology Council and CUNA Operations and Member Experience Council Conference in Chicago on Friday.Being “all in” is a personal choice that each of us make to commit and give our best every day, Gonzalez says. continue reading »center_img Gian Paul Gonzalez at the 2019 CUNA Technology Council and CUNA Operations and Member Experience Council Conferences.last_img read more

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Superb Stars thump Sudan

first_imgA superb team performance ensured the Black Stars of Ghana beat Sudan by four goals to nil in a World Cup qualifier played at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.Asamoah Gyan opened the goal harvest with a tap-in early on in the first half with Wakaso getting the second later on in the half.Abdul Warris etched his name on the score sheet with a superb leap and a sumptuous header in the second half and provided the assist for Agyemang Badu later on in the second to end the Ghana rout against Sudan.After another botched Nations Cup tournament, the Stars had to win this match to boost their own confidence and to rally the supporters behind them.For Coach Akwasi Appiah this match meant so much for him and for his continued stay as coach of the Stars. He had to deliver. The thousands of fanatic supporters who had trooped to the Kumasi Stadium several hours before the match wanted him to and he did. The team did.Gyan and Waris combined well in attack for the Stars and within few minutes the Spartak Moscow striker forced a superb save from Maghoub El Muz in post for Sudan. Gyan however shot the Stars into the lead in the 18th minute with the easiest of tap-ins after he was set up by a header from John Boye.Mubarak Wakasu increased Ghana’s tally in the 37th minute with a well taken shot just at the edge of the 18 yard box.The Espanyol attacker wrapped his foot around the ball to connect an immaculate cross on the right from Harrison Afful.The Stars could have been up by a wider margin but Gyan’s set pieces were wayward.The Sudanese lacked ideas and hardly tested Fatau Dauda for most part of the first half. After recess Gyan was forced out of the game with a muscle strain and Agyeman Badu came in.Skipper Sulley Muntari was also subbed for Solomon Asante early in the second half but it was the Sudanese who appeared to have benefited from the changes.The Sudanese controlled the game but hardly created any goal scoring opportunity.Waris against the run of play teasingly outwitted his marker in the 18 yard box and was brought down for what appeared to be a legitimate penalty but the referee surprisingly had him booked for diving.In the 75th minute, the Spartak Moscow striker soared above his marker and headed home a cross for Ghana’s third. Eight minutes later, Waris selflessly set up Agyemang Badu for the final goal.Sweet victory it was for the Stars, particularly for Waris who earned his first cap and his international goal.last_img read more

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Six Nations 2019: Eddie Jones sees Twickenham collapse as ‘a great lesson’ for England

first_imgEddie Jones was relieved to get England’s second-half horror show against Scotland out of the way, believing it was better to come in what was essentially a Six Nations dead rubber rather than at the Rugby World Cup.England was in scintillating form in the first half at Twickenham and led 31-0 after four unanswered tries, only to then collapse spectacularly. Scotland took control to lead by seven and only a last-ditch George Ford try and conversion allowed the hosts to claim a thrilling 38-38 draw against their Calcutta Cup rivals on Saturday.Jones acknowledged afterward England has problems that need addressing but, having seen Wales wrap up the Grand Slam earlier in the day, he welcomed the dismal dip as a lesson.”Unfortunately, it’s a reoccurring problem we have got,” he told ITV Sport. “I was just saying in the dressing room it was similar in the first Test against South Africa in June.”We got out to a big lead, had the run of the game and then we lost control of the game and we don’t find a way to get the control of the game back.It’s full-time…#CarryThemHome pic.twitter.com/teOkerQRaL— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) March 16, 2019″We probably should have been ahead by more, we gave them some easy points at the start of the second half and then again couldn’t get control of the game back. “It’s not something you can fix easily. It’s something that is going to take some digging deep into the team psyche. We think we’ve got a pretty good idea what the problem is, but it’s going to take time to fix. We’ll be able to do that pre-World Cup.”I think it’s a great lesson for us. I would rather have these sort of games now than have them at the World Cup. We know what the problem is, but it’s not easy to fix.”It’ll take time to fix it, but that’s why you have pre-World Cup preparation.”last_img read more

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Friday April 10th Local Sports

first_imgWAVERLY —- Wartburg and Iowa State will square-off for the first time in a quarter century when the 2020-21 college wrestling season gets underway. The dual meet between the 14-time Division III national champion Knights and eight-time Division I national champion Cyclones is scheduled for November 6th at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. The season-opener will be only the third meeting in history between the teams and the first since Iowa State’s 23-16 win at Wartburg in 1996, the year the Knights won their first national title in program history. Wartburg finished the 2019-20 campaign with a 16-1 overall record and Iowa State finished second at the Big 12 Championships. The Knights are 12-11-1 all-time against Division I competition. The last time Wartburg faced a D-I opponent was in 2011, when the Knights dropped a 17-16 tiebreaker at Wisconsin. AMES — Iowa State women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly says his team is focusing on what it accomplished and not what was lost with the cancelation of the post-season. The Cyclones were 18-11 and finished the regular season on a three game winning streak.Iowa State’s final game was a stunning upset of second ranked and defending national champion Baylor.Iowa State ended up 10-8 in Big 12 regular season play. IOWA CITY —- Iowa athletic director Gary Barta says they will be able to cover financial losses with reserves between now and the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. Barta says the department expects to lose several million dollars due to the loss of the Big Ten and NCAA basketball tournaments.Barta says they are looking at options for the next fiscal yearBarta says they will be looking at possible pay cuts in the future.Barta says they will be looking at several ways to save money. MASON CITY — NIACC coach Todd Ciochetto and sophomore Autam Mendez were recognized on Thursday by the National Junior College Athletic Association as the Division II women’s basketball coach and player of the year. Ciochetto guided the Lady Trojans to a 32-1 overall record, including a perfect 16-0 mark in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play. NIACC won the Region XI title but did not play in the national tournament after it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ciochetto wrapped up his sixth season as NIACC’s head coach with an overall record of 153-46. Mendez became NIACC’s first-ever national player of the year on Thursday. The 5-10 guard from St.Paul averaged 16.9 points per game in her sophomore year, recording 12 double-doubles. Mendez finished third on the school’s career scoring list with 1045 points, as well as third on the school’s career three-point and rebounding lists. Mendez has committed to continue her basketball career at San Jose State. THIS WEEKEND ON AM-1300 KGLO:Friday night at 7:00 — July 6 2007 — Twins vs. White Sox — Justin Morneau hits three homersSaturday afternoon at 12:00 — Iowa men’s basketball vs. Iowa State — December 12, 2019Saturday night at 7:00 — August 10th 2007 — Twins vs. Texas — Johan Santana strikes out 17Sunday night at 7:00 — April 12, 2010 — Twins vs. Boston — Twins first-ever game at Target Fieldlast_img read more

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