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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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Lessons from the USA-Portugal World Cup game

A fan poses before the 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match between Portugal and the United States at the Amazonia arena in Manaus, June 22, 2014 (Credit: Reuters/Dylan Martinez) As most of the world knows, the U.S. and Portugal tied in Sunday's World Cup match. This was a victory of sorts for the Americans, who are doing better than most predicted. But the way they were tied will be remembered long after the match is forgotten.

The U.S. fell behind quickly, but came back to tie and then take the lead. A victory would have assured them of moving on in the tournament. But on the last play of the game, Portugal's Ronaldo, one of the game's best players, made a brilliant pass that led to the tie. Now the Americans must tie or defeat Germany, a team that is considered to be stronger, to move on.

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God Is Not A Hobby: The Fifth Awakening and the future of America

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