Trump honors football coach Holtz as ‘one of the greatest’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday called Lou Holtz “one of the greatest coaches in American history” as he honored the college football Hall of Famer and political ally with the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Holtz, whose 34-year coaching career included the 1988 national title at the University of Notre Dame, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during an Oval Office ceremony. Holtz led six different programs to bowl games and is an outspoken Trump backer.

“He’s really a life teacher,” said Trump, noting the respect and loyalty Holtz earned from the many players he mentored. “He teaches people how to live and how to live properly and how to live with dignity.”

Holtz is one of several sports figures Trump has awarded the Medal of Freedom during his time office.

Others include former NFL Hall of Famer and Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, Olympic track and

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President Donald Trump awards Medal of Freedom to iconic football coach Lou Holtz

Dec. 3 (UPI) — President Donald Trump presented former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday, calling him “one of the greatest titans in American football history.”

The ceremony took place in the Oval Office with at least 30 people attending, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who hails from one of the states where Holtz coached.

“Wherever Lou went, football glory followed,” Trump said. “He teaches people how to live and how to live properly.”

Holtz, 83, said he’s proud to receive the honor from Trump, the “greatest president in my lifetime.”

This was the 17th time Trump awarded the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor that’s given to those who have made contributions to benefit the security of the United States or national interests, world peace or other cultural endeavors.

“America recognizes Lou Holtz as one of the greatest football coaches

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Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of game vs. Kansas

Texas Tech announced Thursday that head football coach Matt Wells has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Red Raiders (3-6, 2-6 Big 12) are scheduled to host Kansas for an 11 a.m. kickoff on Saturday in Lubbock.

”Texas Tech received notification earlier this morning that Coach Wells tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, Coach Wells has returned home to self-isolate and will continue his duties remotely leading into Saturday’s game against Kansas,” the school said in a statement.

“He will remain in the Big 12′s testing guidelines in order to confirm the positive test. In the case Wells is unable to lead the Red Raiders on Saturday, defensive coordinator Keith Patterson will serve in the head coach capacity.”

Wells is 7-14 since taking over the Red Raiders, who after a big comeback of their own to beat Baylor on a game-ending field goal in their last home game three weeks

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Coach Boeheim talks about the players missing in action in post game conference

Right before tip off of Syracuse athletics made the announcement that one member of the men’s basketball team tested positive for Covid-19. Because of that, a few others, including Buddy Boeheim had to miss out on tonights game. Despite that, Syracuse were able to come away with a convincing win against Niagara.

Coach Boeheim said in the post game conference that the player who did test positive was away and was not in contact with the team. He did talk about what this meant for his son Buddy Boeheim,

“In this case, Buddy suffered and I’m not talking as his coach but as his father, he worked his tail off everyday since last season to be on the court.”

Teammates Quincey Guerrier and Marek Dolezaj also spoke about how when they found out and how they felt about going into the game without Buddy

“We found out today and we

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Nigeria coach Mike Brown is leaving no NBA stone unturned to find D’Tigers stars

Golden State Warriors associate coach Mike Brown took charge of the Nigeria national basketball team for the first time this past November, in the first round of the 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers, and got off to a 3 and 0 start.

With no time to scrimmage, and only a handful of practice games before the tournament, Brown’s 20-man roster could have been forgiven for squeaking through, maybe even dropping a game.

Instead, they beat South Sudan (led by Brown’s former player Luol Deng), Rwanda, and Mali by margins of 20, 21 and 23 respectively, leaving Brown drooling over the heights they can scale in the immediate future.

After leading an essentially second string team to an unbeaten record on his very first bite at the cherry, Brown is feeling bullish enough to contemplate not just a medal for D’Tigers at the Olympic Games, but also becoming a FIBA top five team.

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Tom Allen Talks Indiana Football with Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana football coach Tom Allen was interviewed by Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski on “Basketball and Beyond with Coach K.”

It aired on Sirius XM Thursday night.

Here’s some of the highlights from the conversation between Allen and Krzyzewski.

“You know, a tremendous amount of respect for our basketball program, a lot of love for (them),” Allen said. “I’m from New Castle. That’s my home. My dad was the head football coach there, coach Alford, Steve’s dad, was the head basketball coach there, so I’ve known Steve since I was a boy. He’s a few years older than me, so I’ve come and been raised in a basketball environment. I wanted to come here and build a football program. I just really believe you can do both. I think we can be great in basketball and great in football.

“To me, it’s about expectations and beliefs,

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Rockets coach Stephen Silas giving James Harden ‘space to do his thing’ amid trade rumors

Rockets coach Stephen Silas said he is giving star James Harden “space” amid trade rumors, though he is confident the one-time NBA MVP will still be with the team when the 2020-21 season gets underway.

Harden reportedly wants to be traded to the Nets, where he would reunite with former Thunder teammate Kevin Durant and team up with Kyrie Irving. Talk of Harden’s future has been further amplified after Russell Westbrook was dealt to the Wizards in exchange for John Wall and a first-round draft pick on Wednesday.

But first-year coach Silas, who replaced Mike D’Antoni, is confident regarding Harden in Houston.

“When stuff like this kind of happens where there’s a little indecision and stuff going on, I kind of take a step back and allow guys some space,” Silas told reporters Thursday. “From my perspective, my communication has been, ‘I’m giving you space,’ and that’s kind of where

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Columbus Crew coach Caleb Porter: New England Revolution will be a “hell of a test” in Eastern Conference Final

When it comes to his team’s upcoming Eastern Conference Final match with the New England Revolution on Sunday (TV & streaming info), Columbus Crew SC head coach Caleb Porter wasn’t about to get drawn into the discussion about who’s favored or who’s the underdog like his Western Conference counterparts.

Speaking with reporters on his Thursday video call, Porter said at this point in the playoffs, every team is going to represent a formidable challenge. And that’s especially true of a Revs side that entered this year’s postseason as a No. 8 seed that Porter says is deceptive in terms of their actual quality when they’re at full-strength — which they will be on Sunday.

“I know there’s been a lot of talk about underdogs and this and that, I don’t even think about that at this stage,” Porter said. “Who cares who’s the underdog or not the underdog? I mean,

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Murray can still compete against top guys, says former coach

By Sudipto Ganguly

Andy Murray, Daniel Vallverdu are posing for a picture: FILE PHOTO: AEGON Championships

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FILE PHOTO: AEGON Championships

MUMBAI (Reuters) – A fit Andy Murray could still be competitive against top players and tennis fans should consider themselves lucky still to be able to see the three-time Grand Slam champion in action, the Briton’s former coach Daniel Vallverdu has told Reuters.

Venezuelan Vallverdu currently coaches three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka who crushed former world number one Murray 6-1 6-3 6-2 in the opening round of this year’s French Open.

It was Murray’s joint-worst loss at a Grand Slam and came on his return to the claycourts at Roland Garros after a three-year absence, during which he has had two major hip surgeries.

The heavy loss prompted seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander to suggest that Murray should consider whether he has the right to accept wildcards into majors at the expense of emerging young players.

“It’s pretty

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Solbakken named new Norway coach as Lagerback departs

By Philip O’Connor

Stale Solbakken holding a racket: FILE PHOTO: Europa League Quarter Final - Manchester United v FC Copenhagen

FILE PHOTO: Europa League Quarter Final – Manchester United v FC Copenhagen

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Norway have named former Wolverhampton Wanderers and FC Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken as their new coach, replacing Swede Lars Lagerback who stepped down by mutual consent after three years in the job, the country’s FA has announced. 

    The 52-year-old coach, whose playing career ended abruptly in 2001 when he suffered a heart attack while training with FC Copenhagen, led the Danish club to eight league titles and the group stages of the Champions League during two spells in charge.

He has also managed German side FC Cologne was in charge at Wolves in the 2012-13 season.

    “Stale has a great coaching capacity and he knows Norwegian football very well. He has good coaching experience, and he has delivered strong performances internationally for many years,” Norwegian Football Federation president (NFF)

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