Coupe de France: Toulouse qualified for the 8th thanks to its young people, Boulogne leaves Beauvais


We are going there to qualify but it will not be a walk in the park. They will be at 300, Patrice Garande warned this week at a press conference. The coach of Tfc was right. Widely revised, with the tenures of many young people, especially in defense, his team had to fight to win this Friday night in Martigues against the Aubagne club 2-0, resident of National 2 fourth division, in Round of 16 of the Coupe de France. The third in Ligue 2, fighting to find the elite of French football, made the difference thanks to two elements from his training center. midfielder Kouadio Kon 19, who will join Germany and Borussia Mnchengladbach at the end of the season, and winger Nathan Ngoumou 20. But Aubagne was not unworthy. Far from there. The Bouches-du-Rhne team even found the crossbar on the hour mark on an attempt by Farah Gomis. In the other meeting of the evening, Boulogne National also enforced the hierarchy by dominating Beauvais N2 to reach the knockout stages of the competition. The Boulonnais, who traveled to the Oise without their coach Laurent Guyot, affected by the coronavirus, found the loophole at the end of the first period thanks to Oussama Abdeldjelil, before taking the break at the end of the match on a penalty from Junior Senneville. The round of 16 of the Coupe de France will continue on Saturday with nine posters on the program, including OL-Sochaux 6. 45 p. m. and Brest-PSG 9. 10 p. m. The draw for the eighths will take place on April 7.

Badosa beats fourth seed Mladenovic to reach Lyon Open semis


LYON, France AP Seventh-seeded Paula Badosa of Spain beat fourth-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France 7-5, 6-7 5, 6-2 in an error-strewn match to reach the Lyon Open semifinals on Friday. Neither player looked comfortable on serve, combining for 21 double faults and 15 service breaks at the indoor tournament. Badosa next faces 18-year-old Clara Tauson of Denmark, who continued her fine form by beating Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-3, 6-1. Tauson had six aces and did not face a break point, also breaking Giorgis serve five times in a dominant display. The 139th-ranked Tauson, a former Australian Open junior champion, knocked out top-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova in the first round. She and Badosa are both looking to win their first WTA titles. Second-seeded Fiona Ferro joined them in the last four in her bid for a third career title. Ferro rallied to beat unseeded 19-year-old Clara Burel 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 in an all-French match where they dropped serve 12 times between them. She next plays play Swiss player Viktorija Golubic, who beat unseeded Belgian player Greet Minnen 6-3, 7-6 0. Golubic, a qualifier ranked 130th, is seeking her second career title.

Mountaineers set for Big 12 Wrestling Championship


The West Virginia University wrestling team embarks on its postseason this weekend, as the Mountaineers travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the 2021 Big 12 Wrestling Championship. The two-day tournament will take place on March 6-7 at the BOK Center. Pre-seeds and brackets were released earlier this week. The seeds, as voted on by an independent five-person panel, will compete for 45 automatic qualifying bids to the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, as well as the 2021 Big 12 Championship team title. Action starts Saturday with preliminary and quarterfinal rounds set for a noon ET start. The semifinals and consolation quarterfinals will take place at 6 p. m. ET that evening. The consolation semifinals, as well as the third- and fifth-place matches will start at 11 a. m. ET on Sunday, with the championship matches set for 6 p. m. ET. The first three sessions of the championship will be distributed on Big 12 Now on ESPN, the conferences digital platform, while the championship matches will be televised live on ESPN2. All matches from the championship also will be available on the ESPN App. Additionally, tickets are available online at BOKcenter. com. All fans will be in POD seating, which increases distancing and minimizes fan crossover when entering and exiting their seats. Fans must purchase all tickets in a selected POD group, available in select section groupings of two, three, four, five, six and eight seats. We have stepped up as a team, but this tournament will let each individual know where they stand, third-year coach Tim Flynn said. Its a team sport, but they can go out and win an individual conference title, so I think it gives them a good gage as to where they are, not only in the Big 12, but nationally. The first two weight classes are nationally ranked, and then obviously, Peyton Hall and Noah Adams are nationally ranked. The other guys arent, but all of our guys have shown some promise. They all have shown signs that they can compete at a high level. If we can get them to do that this weekend, we will have more than that four number qualify for NCAAs. The Mountaineers head to the conference tournament for the ninth time since joining the league in 2012. Last season, WVU maneuvered its way through a 12-team field for a 10th-place finish, as redshirt junior Noah Adams scored a 5-1 decision over South Dakota States Tanner Sloan in the 197-pound championship match to capture WVUs first individual conference title since 2017. Redshirt sophomore Alex Hornfeck and sophomore Scott Joll also competed at last years tournament, with Hornfeck earning an eighth-place finish in the 157-pound weight bracket. WVU has five grapplers pre-seeded inside the top six of their respective weight classes. Redshirt freshman Ryan Sullivan, a transfer from Pitt, enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed at 133 pounds. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native holds a 7-2 mark on the year and is 5-1 against Big 12 opponents, with his only conference loss coming against No. 1-seed Daton Fix of Oklahoma State at the Cowboy Challenge on Feb. 14. Sullivan earned himself a spot in the Mountaineers starting lineup on Jan. 31 and has topped a trio of ranked opponents since then. Ranked at No. 16 in the most recent NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings released on Feb. 25, he is scheduled to square off with Jack Skudlarzyk of Northern Iowa in the first round. Freshman Peyton Hall was announced as the No. 2 seed at 165 pounds. Ranked No. 20 in his weight class, the Chester, West Virginia, native has won seven of his last eight matches. He is tied for the team lead in wins with a 10-2 mark and is 5-1 against Big 12 foes. Hall looks to qualify for his first-ever NCAA Tournament, as he drew a first-round match against Utah Valleys Koy Wilkinson. Adams is the No. 3 seed at 197 pounds after posting a 10-2 overall mark and a 5-2 record in Big 12 action. The Coal City, West Virginia, native has topped three opponents ranked inside various wrestling publications this season and comes in at No. 6 in the most recent NCAA Coaches Panel Rankings. Adams, the 2020 Big 12 Wrestler of the Year, received a first-round bye and will take on the winner of No. 6-seed Marcus Coleman of Iowa State and Nick Villarreal of Fresno State in the quarterfinals. Redshirt junior Killian Cardinale enters the tournament as the No. 4 seed at 125 pounds. Ranked No. 22 in his weight class, the Bristow, Virginia, native finished the regular season with a 7-3 mark, winning six of his last seven matches. He also is 4-1 against Big 12 opponents, with his only conference loss coming against No. 8-seed Mason Naifeh of Oklahoma on Jan. 17. Cardinale, a transfer from Old Dominion, looks to make his second trip to nationals, as he is slated to meet North Dakota States McGwire Midkiff in the first round. Redshirt freshman Anthony Carman captured the No. 6 seed in the 184-pound division. The Glen Dale, West Virginia, native posted six wins on the year and is 4-1

Bayern Munich gears up to host improved Dortmund in Der Klassiker


Its been a year since Bayern Munich fans last saw their team play at home. In that time the team has become German, European and world champion. The anniversary will be marked Saturday by another empty-stadium edition of der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund. When Bayern fans were last allowed into the Allianz Arena on March 8, 2020, there was celebration in the air. Bayern was marking its 120th anniversary in throwback white jerseys with wine-colored sleeves and faded-out sponsor logos. Bayern was unbeaten in 14 games ahead of what turned out to be a nervy 2-0 win over Augsburg eventually sealed by Leon Goretzkas goal in stoppage time. That unbeaten run eventually hit 33 games, including the 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final in August, just one of many TV-only triumphs for Bayern fans in 2020. The curious thing is that since last spring, our team has actually been delivering the best football its played for a long time, permanently at a top level, honorary club president Uli Hoeness said Thursday. I have the impression that our players are on a personal mission to please the fans out there in this pandemic. They are succeeding magnificently. When the German league briefly experimented with a limited fan return in September and October, the Allianz Arena stayed empty because coronavirus cases were rising in Munich. The only games Bayern has played in front of its own supporters were at the European Super Cup in Hungary and Club World Cup in Qatar. For much of this season, it looked as if Saturdays game between Bayern and Dortmund would be another addition to the rivalrys recent history of one-sided Bayern wins. Dortmund is fifth and has spent much of the season floundering under first Lucien Favre and then interim coach Edin Terzic. Dortmund has come good just at the right time, though, and could have a shot at upsetting Bayern. Terzics team has won its last four games, including a 3-2 victory over Sevilla in the Champions League and a 1-0 win over Borussia Mnchengladbach and its coach Marco Rose, the man taking over Terzics job at the end of the season. Jadon Sancho scored the winning goal against Gladbach but also picked up a thigh problem which left him on the Dortmund bench with ice strapped to his leg. Hes a doubt against Bayern, a blow after Sancho reignited his season with six goals and five assists in his last nine games in all competitions. Left-back Raphael Guerreiros fitness is also in doubt. Bayern has a reminder of the coronavirus impact as defender Benjamin Pavard started rebuilding his fitness in his first training session Wednesday after spending time in isolation following a positive test for COVID-19. Theres more riding on the game for Bayern than just bragging rights over Dortmund. Slip-ups last month against Arminia Bielefeld and Eintracht Frankfurt meant Bayerns lead over second-place Leipzig was slashed from seven points to two. Leipzig plays earlier Saturday at Freiburg, so Bayerns players will know before kickoff if they must beat Dortmund to reclaim the top spot.

Team News: Rangers welcome Leon Balogun back for St Mirren clash


Leon Balogun returns for Rangers as Steven Gerrards team look to take another huge step towards the title against St Mirren on Saturday. Gers need just four points to claim their first domestic crown in a decade and can chalk off three by beating the Buddies this weekend. Balogun is available again to deputise for injured skipper James Tavernier knee following the quad injury which kept him out of Wednesdays win over Livingston. Kemar Roofe and Ryan Jack both calf will re-join Gerrards squad next week while long-term knee casualty Nikola Katic is not due back until next season. St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin says his squad are refreshed and ready to go ahead of Saturdays trip to Govan. The Paisley outfit have just come through a hectic schedule of 10 games in the space of 27 days but have enjoyed having the luxury of their first free midweek in over a month ahead of their short trip along the M8. Strikers Eamonn Brophy fractured foot and Kristian Dennis Achilles are the only men ruled out ahead of facing the champions-elect.

Fourteen area wrestlers still alive in quest for a state championship


KISSIMMEE Six Charlotte High wrestlers and all four from Manatee High are among the 14 area wrestlers in line for an FHSAA state title Saturday at Silver Spurs Arena. All 14 won their first two matches and need two more wins without a loss to claim a state title. Carmen French 106-pound weight class, Andrew Austin 126, Isaac Church 132, Lucas Willis 160, Cody Rice 170 and Nathaniel Box 285 all went 2-0 for the Tarpons in Class 2A. More. Lemon Bays Lance Schyck eyes first state wrestling titleMore. WRESTLING ROUNDUP. Lemon Bay High captures regional titleIn Class 3A, Hurricane wrestlers Angelo De Dona 113, Noah Wadle 120, Nicholas Giompalo 170 and Tylynn Lukens 182 are among the six area grapplers in Class 3A still alive for a gold medal. The other two are Venice Highs Bryce Taranto 120 and North Port Highs Dominic Joyce 170. Two are alive for the top spot on the podium in 1A. Lemon Bay Highs Lance Schyck 182 and Sarasota Military Academys Tyre Smith 195. A number of other area wrestlers could still win a medal but have to go through the wrestleback rounds. Action resumes at 9. 30 a. m. Saturday with the semifinals. The finals are scheduled to be wrestled on three mats at 6. 30 p. m. Dennis Maffezzoli is the deputy sports editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and chief reporter for Sarasota Herald-Tribune and HTpreps covering Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. Support local journalism by subscribing.

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predic

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Two Bundesliga teams with fading European hopes face off on Saturday afternoon as Borussia Monchengladbach hosts Bayer Leverkusen at the Borussia-Park. Will one of the sides be able to keep them alive?Since Marco Rose announced he was departing in the summer for Borussia Dortmund, it has been four defeats in four games for Die Fohlen. Growing discomfort from the fans has come after defeats against RB Leipzig and his future employers this past week. Many supporters now want Rose to depart immediately, with results and performances well below par following confirmation of his move away. Gladbach currently sit in 9th place, nine points behind Eintracht Frankfurt in 4th. With their DFB-Pokal hopes now over, and Champions League qualification looking extremely difficult, their season has turned from promising to disastrous. As for Leverkusen, the turmoil is not as bad, but their form is. Multiple defeats since the turn of the year has seen them drop from Bundesliga title contenders to five points off the Champions League qualifying places. One other issue Peter Bosz has had to contend with has been multiple injuries, with even more suffered in the defeat to Freiburg on Sunday. The reverse fixture earlier this campaign is one of the contenders for game of the season, but dont expect Saturdays affair to come close to that.

Bill Maher, Charlamagne Tha God clash over Cuomo, Biden sexual misconduct allegations


Real Time host Bill Maher had a heated exchange with radio host Charlamagne Tha God over the sexual misconduct allegations against Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Biden. During a panel discussion Friday night about whether Cuomo needs to resign, Maher began by declaring he does not need an investigation into the sexual harassment allegations that have surfaced against Cuomo, insisting its always on a case-by-case basis and that I believe these women completely. Charlamagne, however, told Maher its kinda hard to ask Cuomo to resign when you voted for Joe Biden. He explained, If you werent more upset with Joe Biden, who had more serious allegations– No, he didnt! Maher exclaimed. Yeah, he was accused of actual rape, Charlamagne said. No, he wasnt, Maher doubled down. What are you talking about?! Charlamagne gasped. Are you talking about the hallway incident? Maher asked. Tara Reade! Charlamagne responded. Well, I dont believe that, Maher quickly dismissed Bidens accuser. Thats what Im saying. Some I believe, some I dont. Thats my right. I dont believe her. These women I believe completely. I dont think that Joe Biden is the guy who finger-b—s you in the hallway. I dont. I just dont. The Breakfast Club co-host stressed that while he wasnt saying he believed Reades claims either, he pointed out her allegations were more serious than Cuomos and yet I didnt hear people asking him to resign or drop out of the race. New York Times columnist Frank Bruni pointed out that Biden had repeatedly denied Reades allegations, comparing the denials to Cuomos non-denial about at least one of his accusers. The conversation then pivoted to the allegations other women made about Bidens inappropriate touching, which Maher stressed was a different issue. Thats when he was sniffing their hair, Maher told Charlamagne. The first allegation was just . . it wasnt even a MeToo, even though it was interpreted that way in the press. It was just he was just trying to do an old-man thing. Hey man, harassment is harassment, Charlamagne said. No, its not, Maher shot back. I dont think we can tell women the difference between sniffing hair and saying something inappropriate because I think sniffing hair is just as inappropriate as saying something, Charlamagne said. Maher then went to bat for Biden, explaining the Democrat was just trying to show Lucy Flores encouragement. She was just about to make a speech, he came up behind her just to be like, Youre going to do good out there, honey, Maher told the panel before acting out a Biden sniff. Lets not pretend that we live in this world where all these things are the same. I agree with that, Charlamagne conceded. The Real Time host went on to slam Cuomo for denying he was trying to make advances toward his accusers. Yes, you were, Maher said. Just be real about it. Im lonely, Im horny. I mean, theres nothing sadder than a man with no game. Tara Reade slammed Maher as an apparent expert in sexual misconduct, telling Fox News, I dare him to speak to me or have me on his show since he disparages me. Reade, who previously served as a staffer for then-Sen. Biden, came forward last year claiming that her former boss sexually assaulted her. Both Biden and his presidential campaign repeatedly denied her allegations. Meanwhile, three women came forward with their own claims against the embattled New York governor. Lindsey Boylan, the former deputy secretary for economic development and a special adviser to Cuomo, accused the Democrat last week of making sexually charged comments, unwanted touching, and forcibly kissing her on the lips during a one-on-one briefing. Cuomos office has denied her claims. Charlotte Bennett, an executive assistant and health policy adviser in the Cuomo administration, alleged to the New York Times on Saturday that the governor asked her inappropriate questions about her sex life in his office. The third woman, Anna Ruch, told the Times on Monday that Cuomo touched her bare lower back and asked if he could kiss her during a wedding reception in 2019. Cuomo initially claimed his past interactions with women were attempts to be playful but acknowledged he may have been insensitive. He has since expressed more regret at a news conference. The governor is also facing intense scrutiny over his handling of nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic and is being accused of covering up the number of COVID nursing home deaths following his controversial policy that ordered assisted living facilities to accept COVID-positive patients.

Michigan teams miss out on 2021 MAC men’s basketball tournament


Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Western Michigan are among the four teams who did not qualify for the 2021 MAC mens basketball tournament. Last-place Northern Illinois also did not qualify. The conference adopted an eight-team format for its mens and womens basketball tournament this year, with all games in Cleveland. Past tournaments included all 12 teams participating, with the top four receiving first-round byes to Cleveland and the remaining eight starting with first round games at campus sites. Even if a team must opt out prior to the start of the tournament due to COVID-19 concerns, a replacement team will not be selected, per conference protocol. 2021 MAC Mens Basketball TournamentRocket Mortgage FieldHouse, ClevelandThursday, March 11QuarterfinalsGame 1. No. 1 Toledo vs. No. 8 Ball State, 11. 00 a. m. ET ESPNGame 2. No. 4 Kent State vs. No. 5 Ohio, Time TBA ESPNGame 3. No. 2 Buffalo vs. No. 7 Miami, Time TBA ESPNGame 4. No. 3 Akron vs. No. 6 Bowling Green, Time TBA ESPNFriday, March 12SemifinalsGame 5. Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 5. 00 p. m. ET CBS Sports NetworkGame 6. Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, Time TBA CBS Sports NetworkSaturday, March 13ChampionshipGame 7. Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 7. 30 p. m. ET ESPN2Minimum 30 minutes between completion of prior game in the session

Big homecoming for Big Smile as Elissa Cunane leads NC State to tournament win

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Elissa Cunane missed both of N. C. States regular-season games against Virginia Tech. The junior made up for it at the right time. Cunane, playing near her hometown of Summerfield, made her presence felt, scoring a season-high 27 points to lead the Wolfpack to a 68-55 win over the Hokies in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament. N. C. State, the No. 2 seed, improved to 25-15 in the quarterfinal round and will face Georgia Tech in a Saturday afternoon semifinal. It was a highly anticipated matchup between friends Cunane and Hokies center Elizabeth Kitley, who played AAU basketball together. The post battle lived up to the billing, with Kitley finishing with 20 points. However, it was Cunane and the Wolfpack 18-2 who got the last laugh. There was a lot to make up for today, Cunane said. I had some time to make up after not playing Virginia Tech the first two times this season, and we are on a bigger stage now. Its tournament time, one loss and you are out. We really have all notches turned up, offensively and defensively. Cunane got plenty of help from Jada Boyd, who came off the bench to finish with 13 points and 10 rebounds. But Cunane did most of the heavy lifting. She scored 16 points in the second half, eight in the fourth quarter, holding off the Hokies, who cut it to within six. Cunane scored on a spinning layup to start the final quarter. Cunane scored more than 20 points for the 21st time in her career. She has scored in double figures in each ACC tournament game in which shes played. During her All-ACC performance year, Cunane has only played in one game where she didnt score in double digits. N. C. State head coach Wes Moore said the first game when having a double bye scares me to death because he feels the team that played already has an advantage. I thought it was important we got off to a pretty good start, Moore said. And had a lead at halftime. Virginia Tech 14-9 was the last team to defeat N. C. State and the rubber match got off to a dead heat, tied at 16 after the first quarter. The Wolfpack got some separation in the second when the Hokies went cold, shooting 1-for-15 from the field. Virginia Tech missed its first six shot attempts from the floor in the second before Georgia Amoore hit a 3 at the 5. 45 mark. That made it a one-point Wolfpack lead, 22-21, but Jada Boyd and the Wolfpack found a groove. Boyd came off the bench to score nine points in the second quarter, at one point scoring four points in a 7-0 N. C. State run. Boyd played a big part in N. C. States bench outscoring Virginia Techs 17-2. Shes able to step out on the court and make a difference as soon as she gets out there, Cunane said about Boyd. They couldnt guard her inside. Shes unstoppable. Boyd, who was named the ACCs Sixth Person of the Year, scored in double-figures for the second straight game and made up for a marginal six-point performance in the previous matchup between the two teams. I think shes so good at getting to the rim, Moore said about Boyd. Shes a little bit of an X-factor for us she can help take us to another level. N. C. State has won 52 games in the ACC tournament and is two wins away from a chance to repeat as tournament champions. The Pack played championship defense, holding the high-scoring Hokies offense to 35 shooting from the floor. In the previous two matchups, Virginia Tech hit a combined 23 3-pointers. They shot 5-for-21 from behind the line on Friday. They got some kids who can really shoot the ball, Moore said. We were fortunate. I think we did defend better, but theres another aspect called H. T. M, hope they miss. Sometimes we play that H. T. M. defense. Five players for N. C. State scored at least seven points and four players played at least 30 minutes. Getting that first win out of the way relieves some stress moving forward. I think the first game is tough, Moore said. I was scared of this game, its good to have it under our belt. We won it a year ago so now we know we can do it. Hopefully, that gives us a little bit of an edge. With the win, N. C. State advances to the semifinal round for the fourth consecutive season. The Wolfpack has won six games in a row.