PENSACOLA, Fla. – First year Head Coach Bob Stinnett of the University of West Florida men’s basketball team has announced the schedule for the 2009-2010 season, with the start of the regular season to take place on November 16 at home. The beginning of Gulf South Conference play will be January 7, also to take place in Pensacola. The men will travel to Mobile to play an exhibition match against Division I South Alabama November 5 before hosting their first regular season game against Columbus State at home on November 16. The Argonauts will then travel to the east coast November 20-21 to take on Puerto Rico-Bayamon in Melbourne, Fla. before facing Flagler just up the road in St. Augustine. The men will return home afterward to host the UWF Thanksgiving Classic, first playing Sunshine State Conference opponent Lynn on November 27 and former GSC rival Montevallo next on November 29. Following that, West Florida heads up to Valdosta State’s tournament December 4-5 to face Palm Beach Atlantic and Saint Leo before returning to Pensacola to play a single game against Delta State December 13. The Argonauts will then play two more games before the break, first at Columbus State on December 15 and back at home against Montevallo on December 19. West Florida then remains in Pensacola to host the UWF Christmas Classic December 29-30, where the men will face West Virginia Wesleyan and Virginia State in that order. The Argonauts then enter GSC play to start the New Year, beginning at home January 7 versus West Alabama and January 9 against Alabama-Huntsville. The men visit the Peach State next, playing matches against Valdosta State January 13 and West Georgia January 16. The Argos will return home to host North Alabama and Lambuth at the UWF Field House January 20 and 23, respectively. The last month of play sees the same GSC match-ups from January, where the team will travel to West Alabama February 3 and Alabama-Huntsville February 6 before playing at home against Valdosta State February 10 and West Georgia February 13. The men will then wrap up their regular season, travelling to North Alabama February 18 and Lambuth February 20 before finishing at home against Concordia-Selma February 23.The schedule is subject to change and can be viewed online at www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Version West Florida Men’s Basketball Announces 2009-10 Schedule Share Photo by John Blackie
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KATO, Hyogo Pref. (Kyodo) Tour veteran Keiichiro Fukabori took sole possession of the lead with 4-under-par 68 at the midway point of the Mynavi ABC Championship on Friday.Fukabori picked up three shots on a bogey-free front nine at ABC Golf Club and added two more birdies against three bogeys before a superb eagle on the 18th gave him the lead on 9-under 135, boosting his hopes of a ninth career title. Fukabori, who last won on the Japanese tour at the 2005 ANA Open, moved three shots clear of Mamoru Osanai, who also had an eagle en route to a 68 and second place. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
15 year old tennis sensation Coco Gauff has been awarded a wildcard for the women’s singles at the US Open this month.The American teenager became the youngest player in the Open era to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon, beating former world number one Venus Williams en route to the fourth round.The 2011 champion Sam Stosur will join Gauff in the main draw at the US Open after also accepting a wildcard.The tournament serves off at Flushing Meadows in New York on 26 August.RelatedUS Open: USTA Set to Overlook Age Eligibility for 15-Year-Old Wimbledon Sensation Coco GauffJuly 21, 2019In “Tennis”Coco Gauff Beats Jelena Ostapenko To Win Maiden WTA TitleOctober 13, 2019In “Tennis”Australian Open: Djokovic, Nadal, Williams Get Tricky DrawsJanuary 16, 2020In “Tennis”
Jackie Cowan, general secretary of the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA), admitted that the preparation for both the male under-19 and female under-18 teams, which are currently competing in the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Youth Volleyball Tournament at the G.C. Foster College, was not what they would have wanted due to a number of challenges. Coaches Steve Davis for the boys and female coach Shedieky Hamilton-Barnes expressed concerns over the lack of preparation heading into the six-day tournament after both teams lost their opening games on Monday.Since then, the boys, who are the defending champions from 2015, have bounced back with a 3-1 sets win over the US Virgin Islands. “The team at that time (2015) was a bit more experienced than the team that we have now. What hindered the progress in terms of preparation is that the boys were from all over the country, and training would take place during school time. Many of them wouldn’t get to come into Spanish Town at G.C. Foster College. So we only had weekends when we could get the boys together. It wasn’t until schools went on holidays that we got them into a proper camp,” Cowan said. “In terms of the age group, although it’s an under-19 and under-18 tournament, the players have to be three years younger. It was very difficult to find players. Even though we had trials, the girls that came out, in terms of technical ability, were not at the point where we could build on what they have for competition. Although we have an active primary school league, the level is not yet where we want it to be,” she added. Despite the lack of experience, Cowan believes that the boys still stand a good chance of defending their title and that the girls’ youth programme can continue to develop from this opportunity. “We always have a chance. We won the game on Tuesday against USVI, so, hopefully, we can get into the top two spots to get a favourable semi-final. Once we get there, we always have a chance at the finals, and from there, we have a chance of retaining the title,” Cowan said. “The expectations were not overly high for the girls for obvious reasons, but at the end of the day, we came in with the intention to compete, so if we can get into the semi-finals, that will be great as this tournament was really to see where we are and to develop our youth programme because we really haven’t done that on the girls’ side. So, hopefully, we can keep the girls together and have them transition into the other age groups in the future,” she added.
AUBURN — In his first few days on the job Will Muschamp has captured the attention of his new players and colleagues.Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee had never met Muschamp prior to his arrival in Auburn on Saturday, but got off to a good start.“I already really enjoy working with him,” Lashlee said. “I’m looking forward to it.” Muschamp has been observing Auburn’s practices this week as it prepares for No. 18 Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl.Safeties coach Charlie Harbison will call the defense in the bowl game, after which Muschamp is expected to make decisions on his staff and begin planning the overhaul of Auburn’s defense.“You can tell by the way he’s putting things together already. He’s a very seasoned veteran, obviously knows what he’s doing,” Lashlee said. “Great energy, I think our kids are already hanging on the edge of everything he says, and they’re very excited. Of course, we’re in a weird transition, we’re getting ready for a bowl and all that, but still, it’s been really good, and I think he’s going to be really excellent.”
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LONDON, (Reuters) – England will host Ireland in a three-match one-day international series starting on July 30 before taking on Pakistan in a packed summer calendar, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced yesterday. The Ireland squad will arrive in England and set up their base at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton on July 18, before facing world champions England in three ODIs at the same venue.The second and third ODIs between the two sides will be on Aug. 1 and Aug. 4 respectively.Ireland, who last played an international against Afghanistan in March, have only beaten England once in their 10 ODI encounters. Visiting captain Andrew Balbirnie thanked the ECB for creating a bio-secure environment for the series, which represents Ireland’s first fixtures of the new World Cup Super League – the qualification process for the 2023 tournament.“… Playing international cricket is a huge honour – and not only do we have that to look forward to now, but we’ll be taking on the world champions in their own backyard. That is the ultimate challenge – and we’ll be ready,” he said.Pakistan, who arrived in England on June 28 to quarantine ahead of the bilateral series, will face the hosts in three tests and three Twenty20 internationals. The first test will be played from Aug. 5-9 at Old Trafford, before the teams head to Southampton for the second (Aug. 13-17) and then third test (Aug. 21-25).The three T20 matches will be played at Old Trafford, with the opening game scheduled for Aug. 28.England return to action following the COVID-19 stoppage with three tests against West Indies, with the first match scheduled to begin in Southampton tomorrow without fans in attendance. “It has taken significant effort and expertise to allow us to reach a position where cricket is now ready and able to return to the field of play from the elite level to recreational cricket,” ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison said in a statement.“We owe a significant debt of gratitude to the players, staff and administrators of the Cricket West Indies, Cricket Ireland, and the Pakistan Cricket Board for their willingness and co-operation to get international cricket back up and running.”The ECB confirmed it was also exploring options to host England’s limited-overs series against Australia this summer.
Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(TAMPA, Fla.) — Speaking to reporters for the first time since allegations that he groped a female Uber drive, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston said he believes he will be vindicated by the NFL’s investigation.“I have no fear at all,” Winston said about the possibility of a suspension, “but I have to respect their process.” Reports surfaced two weeks ago, first on Buzzfeed, that an Uber driver had filed a complaint with the company in March 2016. In the complaint, she claimed that Winston was in the passenger seat of the vehicle and placed his hand on her groin while waiting at a fast food drive-thru. Winston released a statement when the reports came out, saying that he believes the driver was mistaken about the number of passengers in the car at the time, and where Winston was sitting. Winston’s teammate at Florida State University Ronald Darby corroborated Winston’s statement t the time. ESPN confirmed that no police report was filed in the incident, however, Winston’s Uber riding privileges were revoked by the company. “Since I got to Tampa Bay and how I’ve grown the past few years,” Winston says, “meant a lot to my family…I think that’s more important than what could be said from any outside source.”Winston has not played in two weeks with a shoulder injury, meaning he was not required to hold weekly press conferences. He is expected to return to action against the Green Bay Packers this weekend.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related
The hallmark of Elaine Elliott-coached teams over the years has been strong defense.Still it never hurts to re-emphasize the D, which the Utah women did before Tuesday night’s game with Montana.The result was a convincing 68-42 victory over a pretty good Grizzly team that is picked to win the Big Sky Conference this year.In cruising to the 26-point victory, the Utes forced 24 turnovers and came up with a season-high 16 steals. The Utes improved to 10-4 with one game left, against Northern Colorado on Saturday afternoon, before the start of Mountain West Conference play next week.”We just tried to keep them a little off balance because they’re real good and I respect what they do,” Elliott said. “We didn’t want them to get comfortable.”One of the key players in the unsettling Ute defense was senior guard Lana Sitterud, who came up with six steals.”I like that stat,” Sitterud said of her six steals. “That was one of my goals tonight, to get at least five steals. We turned it up defensively, and that was definitely our focus tonight.”The Utes quickly jumped to a 13-point lead and settled for a 32-20 lead at halftime. The Grizzlies scored two quick baskets to start the second half, but the Ute defense kept them scoreless for more than six minutes, while pushing the lead to 15 at 39-24.Then later in the half, Utah shut down Montana for another six-minute stretch and scored 18 straight points to turn the game into a rout at 68-38 with four minutes left.Kim Smith led the Utes as usual, with 17 points and nine rebounds, just missing her fifth double-double of the season, and also came up with five steals. Shona Thorburn had a solid line with 15 points, eight assists and five rebounds, while Sitterud scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds in addition to her six steals.Elliott hasn’t been happy with her team’s shooting this season — just 39.7 percent coming into the game. But the Utes shot well from 3-point range Tuesday, sinking 12 of 23 shots, led by Sitterud’s 4-of-9 shooting. Montana, which fell to 6-5, only managed 38.6 percent shooting and was led by Johanna Closson with 11 points and Katie Edwards with 10. BYU 80, MONTANA STATE 42: At Provo, the BYU women’s basketball team logged its sixth home victory of the season — one more than all of last season. So far this year, the Cougars are 6-1 in Provo, with one more nonconference home game remaining plus seven more at home once Mountain West Conference play begins next week. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Usain Bolt sometimes still can’t quite believe what he achieved in his career but back at the Commonwealth Games as a spectator on Thursday, the former sprint champion was happy to avoid the perspiration and just act as an inspiration to others.A relay gold medallist at the 2014 Commonwealths in Glasgow, the Jamaican said he was busier than ever after last year’s retirement and focused, in the sporting arena at least, entirely on his nascent career as a footballer.The 31-year-old’s jet-set lifestyle left him little time for the post-career blues, Bolt said, but he did still frequently take time to contemplate his extraordinary success.“I sometimes with my best friend say, ‘Can you believe it, what we’ve done?’ because I’m from the rural area of Jamaica, the country, and I used to play football in the streets,” he told a news conference on the Gold Coast.“I kicked around bottles, anything I could get my hands on, I’d run around in bare feet, at no point in time did I think I would be at this level.“So for me it’s just amazing, sometimes I just sit back and be wowed because I’ve done so much.”The eight-times Olympic and 11-times world champion said one of the most satisfying aspects of his career was having spurred on others by his example.“All the time I get messages or people see me, not only track athletes or sports people, but just regular people, who say I’ve inspired them to do well, to work hard, to be a doctor or just do better for themselves,” he added.“For me it’s unbelievable, but I’m just happy to inspire people to be better, it’s just mind-blowing sometimes.”A packed news conference room at an often near-deserted media centre on the Gold Coast told its own tale of Bolt’s enduring appeal but he said he thought it would only be a matter of time before new talents came along to eclipse him.“It’s not always going to be like this, but it’s going to take time,” he said.“I’ve said it to a few athletes, this is your time. The sport definitely needs someone to step up and be that person. It’s a wide open field.“(But) I’m still track and field…”EARLY STAGESBolt long ago traded bare feet for state-of-the-art athletics shoes and he said his newest venture, a series of trials with German soccer club Borussia Dortmund, was still in the early stages.“I’m very serious about playing football, I’m putting in the work, I’m working with Dortmund at the moment,” he added.“They’re really helping me figure out in which direction I need to be going in, where I need to improve, to be better if I’m really going to do this.“I’m not linked to Manchester United, hopefully in the future.”Still very much a fan of the sport which made him a wealthy man, Bolt said he was looking forward to watching the Commonwealth Games 200 metres final, a distance at which he is still world record holder, later on Thursday.Although he only competed once at the quadrennial gathering of mainly former British colonies, Bolt said there had always been a reason for his absences and he viewed it as a “very important” event.He was also looking forward to catching up with former training partner Yohan Blake and ribbing him for failing to win the 100m but he had a succinct answer for one reporter who suggested Bolt would be back on the track at the Tokyo Olympics.“You are very wrong,” he chuckled.