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Gyan looking for Ghana improvement

first_imgCaptain Asamoah Gyan is confident Ghana will improve in their next game at the Africa Cup of Nations after drawing their opener against DR Congo.The Congolese came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 as the Group B fixture at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium put life into the tournament.Goals from Emmanuel Agyemang Badu and Kwadwo Asamoah put Ghana two up and on course for an opening win but it was not sufficient to earn Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah victory as Tresor Mputu and Dieumerci Mbokani scored to tie the game.But Gyan, who came close to giving Ghana the win in the final seconds is hopeful of improvement with their next game up against group leaders, Mali on Thursday as they target qualification from the group stage.Gyan said: “What we have to do is to go home and correct our mistakes and make sure that anytime we are ahead, we do our best to win the game. It’s a big lesson to us.”The Ghana captain admits the Black Stars could have put the game beyond the Leopards but mistakes cost them three points. “Talking about this game[2-2 draw with Congo], we were up by two goals to nil and the Congolese equalized.“We made a couple of mistakes and they came back strongly. They showed great character.“Although it was a balanced game, we will make sure we go home and correct our mistakes and come back for the second game.”last_img read more

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St. Louis, the Blues and the Stanley Cup come together in perfect harmony

first_imgSt. Louis is no longer a baseball town. After 52 years of futility, the Blues captured the city’s first Stanley Cup on Wednesday night.“This is the most amazing moment,” said St. Louis Game Time publisher Brad Lee via text message. “So many years of hoping and wishing doesn’t seem real.” Spoke with #STLBlues assistant coach Larry Robinson after the game last night.The Hall of Fame defenseman now has 10 Stanley Cups. It never gets old. pic.twitter.com/xKvu03qn9Y— Jackie Spiegel (@jackiespiegel93) June 13, 2019STANLEY CUP FINAL: Phish, ‘Gloria,’ a wedding and celebrating the Blues’ playoff runNow, this great sports city will get a chance to revel in its Cup victory, and we all know they’ll do it well; after all, St. Louis is the home to Anheuser-Busch, too.”It means everything; 52 years, everybody keeps talking about it [how] we haven’t had a Stanley Cup,” Blues legend Bernie Federko told Sporting News. “A lot of people gave up so many times. When you see what this team did starting in January. The resolve and resiliency that they have to be hoisting the Stanley Cup now means so much not only to the team but to all the fans in St. Louis who have been following this team for years and years.” For fans like Lee, who has been a supporter of the team for 30 years, this moment may have been a long time coming — but they were all ready for it.Red shirts for the Cardinals were swapped for different shades of blue. Statues lined Market Street donning giant Blues jerseys. Buildings throughout St. Louis County were covered in “Let’s Go Blues” banners. Public transportation added “Let’s Go Blues” to the digital signage on the front of its buses. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard offered up the Bluenote special, a concoction of blueberries, lemon cream and graham crackers served as a concrete or sundae, and “Gloria” (the song that became a rallying cry for the team) could be heard blasting from bars along Washington Avenue and from cars with their windows rolled down in the warm Midwest nights.Yes, St. Louis is now officially a hockey town.STANLEY CUP FINAL: Blues’ forward Patrick Maroon and his journey to the Cup”You could feel the excitement in St. Louis over the past couple of weeks,” Blues senior advisor to the GM, former team captain and defenseman and Hall of Famer Al MacInnis told Sporting News. “Just the buzz in the city and everybody talking about the Blues and hoping for this day to happen. We’ve had disappointment over the years and there’s not a group of fans that deserve a Stanley Cup more than the St. Louis fans. They’ve been loyal for the last 50-plus years and this is very, very special for everybody involved.”I think it’s fair to say #STLBlues Hall of Famer Bernie Federko knows a thing or two about whether the #StanleyCupChampions2019 epitomize the spirit of St. Louis pic.twitter.com/wmlEwtQdKY— Jackie Spiegel (@jackiespiegel93) June 13, 2019Those fans also showed up in Boston, over 1,000 miles from home. While the players skated around the ice reveling in their win with Lord Stanley’s Cup, echos of that “Let’s Go Blues” chant resonated around the building. The fans, dressed in the varying jerseys the franchise has worn for more than a half-century, banged on the glass and cheered on their team around the lower bowl of TD Garden.“A cloud has been lifted in St. Louis,” noted Ron Baechle, otherwise known as the Blues “Towel Man,” via text. “Still has not sunk in yet that we have done this; not just won the Cup but the only team to come from dead-last in January to be champions. Remarkable; would be hard movie to believe even if Disney wrote it.”MORE: The St. Louis Blues are the 2019 Stanley Cup champions and we’re just as surprised as youWhichever Disney movie you did choose, this one had the usual arc: Excitement for what’s to come — in training camp and preseason.Trouble and impending doom ahead — head coach fired, players fighting in practice and the team sitting dead-last in the NHL the morning of Jan. 3.Heroes battling back — Jordan Binnington’s rise, an 11-game win streak and making the playoffs.Happiness and pure unadulterated joy at the end.Like Cinderella, who could not have imagined she’d end up with the glass slipper, the Blues were not expecting they’d end up with silverware in the end.”You don’t think about the Cup in November,” said head coach Craig Berube, who took over after Mike Yeo was fired Nov. 20, standing near the goal crease his team successfully defended for two periods Wednesday night. “You think about getting your team back on track … and getting moving in the right direction.”He also added that “just to get into the playoffs was just an achievement in itself but I felt good. Our guys weren’t satisfied with that. I knew that going into the playoffs we could probably do something, make a little bit of noise and here we are, it happened.”It happened because while the team could have packed it in and conceded that the 2018-19 season was a wash, they didn’t. Forward Tyler Bozak admitted on TSN that the turning point was when GM Doug Armstrong told them if things didn’t change there’d be moves. This Blues team is a tight one, and every man on the ice following their Game 7 win stressed that the win was due to one thing: their teammates.”We believed in each other,” said Brayden Schenn, mentioning how the team came together after a rookie party in Miami.”It was all four lines. Everyone contributed throughout the playoffs and that’s what you need to win,” added forward Oskar Sundqvist. “We did that today and the whole playoffs. We’ve been working hard for this.”#stlblues (interim) head coach Craig Berube spoke on the ice after winning the Stanley Cup pic.twitter.com/oIxannCXYl— Jackie Spiegel (@jackiespiegel93) June 13, 2019STANLEY CUP FINAL 2019: Blues share the Cup with superfan Laila AndersonWorking hard goes hand-in-hand with the city of St. Louis and its 318,000 citizens. It’s where the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers meet serving as the “Gateway to the West” — which is even more fitting now as the Blues are the gatekeeper of the Western Conference. But, it’s also an area built and defined by a hardworking, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps, blue-collar mentality, something the Blues epitomized this season and especially in the playoffs. “Most teams would have folded after losing at home, Game 6 when you had a chance to win it [and] then all of a sudden coming to of all places Boston to win your first Stanley Cup,” said assistant coach, and 10-time Stanley Cup champion, Larry Robinson. “I think that just says what this team is really made of. We were talking, I said ‘You couldn’t write a book about our year this year.’ From last place to all of a sudden holding the Stanley Cup up, it’s been just fantastic. So, so happy for this group of guys and more so happy for the city too. It’s just a great sports city.”last_img read more

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