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What Ron Washington teaches us about sin

Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington resigned unexpectedly Sept. 5. (Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News) "I was not true to my wife after 42 years.  I broke her trust.  I'm here today to own that, the mistake, and to apologize to her and to those I disappointed.  And those who have trusted in me and I let them down."  With these words, the winningest manager in Texas Rangers history explained his sudden resignation on September 5.  Ron Washington's press conference this afternoon gave no further details regarding his moral failure.

In 2006 Washington became manager of one of baseball's least successful clubs, and led his team to two World Series appearances.  He spent 44 years in professional baseball as a player, coach and manager.  Widely regarded one of the most effective motivators in the game, he was beloved by his players and respected throughout the sport.

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Nick Saban's faith and C. S. Lewis

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban prior to kickoff of a 2014 Sugar Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, USA, Jan 2, 2014 (Credit: USA TODAY Sports/Derick E. Hingle) Nick Saban is one of the greatest coaches in college football history.  His teams have won four national titles.  He is the first coach in history to win a national championship with two different schools (LSU and Alabama).  A few years ago, Forbes Magazine named him "The Most Powerful Coach in Sports."  In May 2013, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

Saban was an assistant coach at Kent State, Syracuse, West Virginia, Ohio State, Navy, and Michigan State, as well as with the Houston Oilers and Cleveland Browns in the NFL.  He was head coach at Toledo, Michigan State, and LSU before coaching the Miami Dolphins in the NFL.  In 2007 he became head coach at Alabama, where he has won three national championships.

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The World Cup 2014: how to win over fear

Germany players celebrate with their trophy after winning the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. (Credit: Reuters/Darren Staples) A sellout crowd of 79,000 watched Sunday's World Cup final from the Rio de Janeiro stadium, while a billion people watched around the globe.  As the world knows, Germany's Mario Götze blocked the ball with his chest and then hit a left-footed shot past Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero, sending Germany to its fourth World Cup title.

Germany won World Cups in 1954, 1974, and 1990, competing as West Germany.  In 1986, Argentina defeated Germany 3-2; Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 four years later in Rome.  However, before Germany's 2014 victory, no team had ever crossed the Atlantic and won a World Cup.

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