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Beating the Odds

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Nobody Wanted Him. Now He’s a Star

You can bet that more than one Division I basketball coach would love a 6-foot-6 guard/forward with a scoring touch. Well, hundreds of coaches had a shot at just such a player — and passed. Meet Raiquan Clark of LIU Brooklyn, leading scorer in the Northeast Conference. He’s a star. Four years ago, in search […]

How Much of Making the Hall of Fame Is Pure Chance?

No matter how much talent is involved, making the Hall of Fame can also depend on pure chance.

The Worst Hiring Decision in NFL History

The New York Giants could have had Bill Belichick as their coach. But George Young, the team general manager at the time, saw reasons not to hire the man who may be the greatest football coach in history.

What’s Your Response to Criticism?

Everyone gets criticized one time or another. But when you’re attacked, it helps to have a sense of worth that comes from having accomplished things.

What Wrestling Did for Tom Cruise

It brought together forces that would shape his own life as a “Mission Impossible.”

What Will You Be Three Weeks From Now?

What you are today need not be what you can become.

The Mental Skill That Decided the Super Bowl

If you can improve at this skill, you will win in sports and in life.

What Successful Teams Have More Than Anything Else

Team culture means everything., maybe even more than the coaching.

How to be a hero

Jackie Robinson, born 98 years ago today, proved you don’t need to fly or wear a cape to be a hero.

The Best Story in Super Bowl History

You can stay with what’s safe or you can pursue the improbable.