World Cup winners France were held to a 0-0 draw by Germany in Munich in a flat start to the new UEFA Nations League on Thursday (Sep 6), as Gareth Bale starred in a big win for Wales. Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos (right) vies with France's midfielder Paul Pogba (2nd right) during the UEFA Nations League football match. (FRANCK FIFE/AFP) The heavyweight showdown at the Allianz Arena between the last two winners of the World Cup looked like the perfect game to mark the opening night of the new international competition. However, on a rainy night in Bavaria, the meeting of the last two world champions never really sparked into life, although the French were grateful to goalkeeper Alphonse Areola for a couple of fine saves in the second half. Areola was starting in goal in place of the injured Hugo Lloris, winning his first cap in the only change made by France coach Dider Deschamps compared to the side that started the World Cup final win over Croatia in July. The Paris … [Read more...] about France and Germany draw Nations League opener
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By Terrence Thomas Published 2:06 pm CDT, Thursday, August 30, 2018 Poth head coach Patti Zenner, center, talks to her team at a time out during their UIL Class 3A state championship volleyball match against Brock on Sat., Nov. 22, 2014 at the Curtis Cullwell Center in Garland, TX. Ashley Landis/Special Contributor less Poth head coach Patti Zenner, center, talks to her team at a time out during their UIL Class 3A state championship volleyball match against Brock on Sat., Nov. 22, 2014 at the Curtis Cullwell Center in Garland, ... more Photo: Ashley Landis, Contributor / Ashley Landis Churchill's Caroline Meuth fires the ball into Canyon blockers Angel Jones (12) and Erin Jones as Churchill hosts Canyon in volleyball at Littleton Gym on August 28, 2018. Churchill's Caroline Meuth fires the ball into Canyon blockers Angel Jones (12) and Erin Jones as Churchill hosts Canyon in volleyball at Littleton Gym on … [Read more...] about High Schools: Outside the Box, Aug. 31
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 7:59 p.m. UTC Aug 18, 2018 EAST LANSING — Mike Tressel isn’t thinking about Michigan State’s defensive greatness from 2012 or 2013. The Spartans don’t care about the disaster of 2016, either. “We’re not thinking about anything prior to last year,” MSU’s new defensive coordinator said. “Last year was big for us, there’s no doubt about it. It was big for our guys to overcome and succeed. And now, we’re moving past that.” That is specifically what 12th-ranked MSU’s defense did in 2017, finishing seventh in the country in total defense and serving as the dominant and driving force behind a turnaround season that put the program back on track. And the Spartans did it as one of the youngest groups in Mark Dantonio’s tenure. “I think it’s very good that we have a lot of experience under our belts,” said junior safety David Dowell, a returning … [Read more...] about Experienced Michigan State defense focused on becoming nation’s best
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Aug 7, 2018 EAST LANSING — It’s a position for which Mike Tressel has been groomed. The question is, where will Michigan State’s new defensive coordinator be inside Spartan Stadium come game day? Tressel and Mark Dantonio will have that figured out when the lights come on for the season-opener against Utah State on Aug. 31. Until then … “We’ll have him up and down and all around to try and figure it out,” Dantonio said. “It’s about where he’s most comfortable and where I’m most comfortable.” After three seasons sharing the title with Harlon Barnett, who left in January to run the defense at Florida State, the longtime linebackers coach now takes over as Dantonio’s main defensive coordinator this season. It is now all on the longtime linebackers coach to be the synapse between Dantonio’s brain and an MSU defense that returns almost … [Read more...] about Michigan State football: Press box or sideline for DC Mike Tressel?
John Niyo The Detroit News Published 1:35 p.m. UTC Jul 26, 2018 Detroit — Looks can be deceiving. Legacies can be, too. Javan Hill knew that long before Dmitriy Salita walked in the door at the historic Kronk Boxing gym several years ago, hoping to jump-start his boxing career with the help of Hill and his uncle, legendary boxing trainer Emanuel Steward. Salita knew it, too, partly because he’d practically grown up in a place like this, learning the fight game — and so much more — from another renowned trainer, Jimmy O’Pharrow, at New York’s famed Starrett City Boxing Club. And in a sport too often held hostage by matchmakers, maybe it’s fitting that this latest against-the-odds bid to revive the local boxing scene in Detroit is being led by such an oddly-perfect coupling. In one corner, there’s Salita, the Ukrainian-born Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn who was once a lightweight title contender — “Kid Kosher,” they … [Read more...] about Niyo: Odd couple is trying to revive the boxing scene in Detroit