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The former Minnesota Vikings head coach didn’t make it to his first game as coach of the Atlanta Legends in the Alliance of American Football. The new spring league announced that Childress has “stepped away from his role” a month before the first game. No reason was given. Childress will be replaced by Kevin Coyle, who had signed to be the Legends’ defensive coordinator. The eight-team AAF begins its inaugural season the week after the Super Bowl. Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick is the Legends’ offensive coordinator.
The first American to referee in the knockout stage of soccer’s World Cuphas shown himself a red card. Geiger, 44, is retiring after 15 seasons in Major League Soccer. “At 48 when the next World Cup would happen, I didn’t think I would be at the same point that I am right now,” he said. “The body starts breaking down. And I wouldn’t want to go out after a bad tournament.” A former math teacher from Beachwood, N.J., Geiger became the second American to referee at two World Cups, after David Socha in 1982 and 1986. Geiger refereed three matches at each of the past two World Cups, including round-of-16 matchups between France and Nigeria in 2014, and between England and Colombia last year. He also refereed the 2014 MLS Cup final, three CONCACAF Gold Cups, the 2016 Copa America and the 2012 Olympics and Club World Cup.
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