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West Florida downs Spring Hill in overtime

first_img Share West Florida downs Spring Hill in overtime Gallet tallies 3 points in win (Phot by Bill Stockland) center_img    PENSACOLA, Fla.  – It took an extra period for the Argonauts to earn this first win of the 2013 season after downing Spring Hill College in the 93rd minute at the UWF Soccer Complex Sunday. The Argos used an unfamiliar connection to get the goal after a cross from Marteinn Urbancic (Fr., Reykjavik, Iceland) found the foot of junior transfer Miguel Santos (Houston, Tx/Wallace State CC). Junior Dillon Gallet got the second assist on the goal from a set-up pass to Urbancic. UWF now has a record of 1-1-0 (0-0-0 GSC) while the Badgers drop to 2-2-0 (0-0-0 SSAC). West Florida opened the scoring in the game from a goal by Gallet off of a free kick from senior Jake Pratt (Niceville, Fla.) in the 21st minute. It didn’t take long for the Badgers to answer and took only 48 seconds to even the score from a shot by Tyler Hartlage that found the left corner of the net. Both teams would struggle to find the net again in regulation and the game was ended by Santos in overtime.The Argos outshot their opponent 18-10 and managed to attempt seven shots on goal compared to Spring Hills 4. Steven Hermosa (Sr., Orlando, Fla.) started in net for the Argos before Junior Stuart McCrory (Prattville, Ala.) replaced him at the half. McCrory was credited with the win after stopping one shot and allowed 0 goals in 47 minutes. Jacob Files was the losing goalkeeper after he stopped five shots and allowed two goals in 92 minutes. UWF will be on the road next weekend when they travel to play Christian Brothers Friday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. CT and Delta State Sunday, Sept. 15 at 3:30 p.m. CT. The weekend will mark the opening of GSC conference play and Christian Brothers will begin to defend is GSC title. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#                          Soccer Game Summary (Final)                         2013 West Florida Men’s Soccer         Spring Hill vs West Florida (Sep 08, 2013 at Pensacola, Fla.) Spring Hill(2-2-0, 0-0-0 SSAC) vs. West Florida(1-1-0, 0-0-0 GSC) Date: Sep 08, 2013  Attendance: 231 Weather: Hot and humid Goals by period       1  2 OT  Tot ———————————- Spring Hill………  1  0  0 –  1 West Florida……..  1  0  1 –  2  SCORING SUMMARY:  1.  21:11 UWF Dillon Gallet (1) (Jake Pratt) – Pratt to Gallet on free kick, Gallet header to right side  2.  21:59 SHC Tyler Hartlage (Eric Schwing) – Hartlage on a give-and-go with Chasteen  3.  92:25 UWF Miguel Santos (1) (Dillon Gallet;Marteinn Urbancic) – Gallet pass to Urbancic top of box, to Santos in box shot right Shots: Spring Hill 10, West Florida 18 Saves: Spring Hill 5 (Jacob Files 5), West Florida 3 (Steven Hermosa 2; Stuart McCrory 1) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Silver Alert Issued Early Monday Morning Cancelled, Hodge Found Alive

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Few initial details are available but 76-year-old Henry Hodge of Anchorage was located safely in Haines, Alaska, after authorities issued a Silver Alert for him early Monday morning. Hodge had been described in the alert as 5’10”, 190lbs with gray hair, a bushy mustache, and hazel eyes, and authorities worried that he might be in danger. His last known whereabouts when the alert was issued had been in Willow, Alaska, in his 2008 white Dodge Ram truck. At 1:30 pm Alaska State Troopers said the elderly man was reported safe in Haines, Alaska, but few other details were available.last_img read more

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Seto wins gold at short-course worlds

first_imgISTANBUL – Japanese teen Daiya Seto rewrote his own record Thursday en route to winning the men’s 400-meter individual medley on the second day of the short-course FINA World Swimming Championships.Eighteen-year-old Seto shaved 0.87 second off his previous mark to take the gold medal in 3 minutes, 59.15 seconds in the final, touching the wall ahead of Hungarians Laszlo Cseh and David Verraszto, who timed 4:00.50 and 4:02.87, respectively. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “This is a huge confidence boost for me,” said Seto, who missed out on a spot in the London Olympics. “I will try to aim for the gold medal at next year’s (long-course) world championships (in Barcelona).”London Olympic bronze medalist Kosuke Hagino trailed in fourth in 4:04.13.Akihiro Yamaguchi, who owns the long-course world record in the 200-meter breaststroke, could only manage a seventh-place finish in 58.26 in the men’s 100 breaststroke won by Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli, who touched in 57.10.In the men’s 4×200, Japan’s team led by Yuki Kobori came sixth in 7:00.79. Ryan Lochte led the United States to the gold medal in 6:51.40, while Australia and Germany placed second and third, respectively, in 6:52.29 and 6:53.22. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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We expect medals! – Former Sunshine Girls Forbes, Henry forecast Jamaica podium finish at Netball World Cup

first_imgFormer national senior netball players Simone Forbes and Sasher-Gaye Henry said they are very anxious to see the Sunshine Girls end their 12-year medal drought at this month’s Netball World Cup (NWC) tournament, which will begin in Liverpool, England, on Friday. Forbes and Henry were members of the Sunshine Girls unit that last won a bronze medal at the 2007 NWC in Auckland, New Zealand. However, since then, the Jamaicans have finished fourth twice – in 2011 and 2015. Forbes, who is rated as the one of the best goal attacks to have ever played the sport, was vice-captain of the Sunshine Girls team in 2007. She told The Gleaner that Netball Jamaica has assembled a powerful team for the tournament, so she is very optimistic that they will be on the podium at the end of the competition. “It has been 12 years since we last won a medal, and these ladies, especially doing so well at the last Commonwealth Games, and last year was a good year for them, I really don’t see us not winning a medal this year,” she said. “I believe that this year, we should break that spell because when we won the bronze medal in 2007, it was an awesome feeling because I remember that year being a challenging year for the team. “We started out with seven and eight players, so when we won that medal, it felt like gold due to all the challenges that we had to go through and all the effort and sacrifices the girls had to make. “Fast-forward to this World Championships, I am twice as excited for this team, especially with the talent pool that we have,” she said. NO EASY FEAT Forbes warned, however, that the Sunshine Girls should not take any of the teams lightly at the competition. “We know that we have a very good team, and we know they are talented and they are working hard. So are other teams, and it is not going to be easy,” she said. Henry, who coached the Sunshine Girls to a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, in April 2018 before resigning in July that year, said that the NWC is going to be tough, but that she also believes that the Jamaicans can come away with a podium finish. “I think the Sunshine Girls can get into medal contention for first and second place, and they can even win the gold,” she said. “However, it all goes down to how well we manage the players and how well they play on the day in terms of limiting their turnovers and making the shots well. “The good thing is that we are now second in the world, and that is a boost for us because it is the first that we have reached this far in the rankings, and it speaks a lot of volume for us. It is certainly going to give us a lot of confidence, and they will try to push their best to execute on the day to ensure that we win a medal.”last_img read more

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Surprise in England – a team fired its savior two rounds…

first_imgWatford surprisingly fired Nigel Pearson two rounds before the end of the Premier League season. The decision comes just seven months after the appointment of the manager, who pulled the team out of a seemingly hopeless position and practically saved it from relegation.Watford could still sink if they lose their last two games against Manchester City and Arsenal, and Aston Villa or Bournemouth manage to take 3 or more points in their matches. But this seems unlikely to happen.Pearson took over the team, which had a desperate 8 points in its first 15 Premier League games.With him leading the next 21, the asset is now 34 points, becoming the first to beat champions Liverpool in February.The reasons for the dismissal are not clear, but a scandal is suspected after the loss of the team from West Ham on Friday with 0: 3, after which Pearson called his players “disinterested” and even “tourists”.The club is replacing a third coach this season – Xavi Gracia left in September and Kike Sanchez Flores in November before Pearson came.last_img read more

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Girls hoops roundup: Ludington remains unbeaten in league play, defeats MCC

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Junior Jaguars begin hunt for qualification spot today

first_imgThe Golden Jaguars will open their campaign in the CONCACAF men’s U20 football championship qualifiers today against Montserrat from 17:30hrs in Nicaragua. It will be the first of four matches for the Guyanese in group-A. With only one team progressing to the knockout section, Guyana’s task of qualifying suffered a setback as five players were denied entry in to the country, thus relegating the playing roster to a mere 15 players.A release from the GFF Wednesday, stated that five players were denied entry by the immigration authorities after the management staff was informed that a quarantine period of 10 days was required for the Yellow Fever vaccine and that several players did not satisfy the requirement.The players that were denied entry were Javier George [overseas], Ronaldo Blair, Joel Isaacs, Kemule Batson and Andre Mayers. No member of the seven team management staff was denied entry. Guyana will now compete with 15 players in event. The Guyana team now comprises Goalkeepers Shawn Adonis, Defenders Nicholai Andrews, Kemule Batson, Joseph DeFreitas, Keanu Lawrence, Eric Moore, Marcus Wilson, Midfielders Ravon Bailey, Jamar Harrigon, Hutson Hazlewood (overseas), Darron Niles, Threvon Pluck, Forwards Omari Glasgow, Dorwin George, Nicolas McArthur and Osafa Simpson.Following the Montserrat encounter, Guyana will battle St Vincent and the Grenadines at 17:30hrs two days onward. They will then oppose US Virgin Islands on the 21st from 20:30hrs before ending their campaign against the host nation on the 23rd.last_img read more

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Copa America: Brazil 0-0 Venezuela

first_imgVenezuela delivered the surprise of day two of the 2011 Copa America as they managed to hold Brazil to a 0-0 draw at the Cuidad de la Plata.The star-studded team of the Samba boys tried their hardest to break down Cesar Farias’ resilient side, but ultimately failed to find a way past Renny Vega as the match ended in a stalemate.Brazil started the game lively and almost got the opener in the first minute of the game when Robinho was released outside the box, but saw his finish saved by Renny Vega. Moments later Alexandre Pato was flagged for offside just as he was about to finish past the goalkeeper after a through-ball by Neymar.Mano Menezes’ men were tightening the grip by the minute, but were struggling to find a way past Venezuela’s solid defence. On 22 minutes Pato had a good chance to get himself on the scoresheet, but could only head a cross from Neymar straight at Vega from inside the box.The AC Milan man nearly redeemed himself just before the half-hour when he rattled the bar with a powerful shot from the right side of the penalty area. Moments later the striker was once again facing Vega, but his low finish was smothered by the shot-stopper at the second attempt.Moments before the half-time, whistle Robinho slid a shot past Vega, and just as the Brazilians thought the ball was going in, Oswaldo Vizcarrondo blocked the finish with a well-timed lunge. In the final attack of the first period Neymar missed a great chance as he fired high from inside the box under no pressure at all.The tempo dropped in the second half as both teams started playing defensively, waiting for a chance to hit on the counter. Brazil in particular were lacking the urgency they had in the early minutes of the game, and did not look like a team chasing the three points.The first real opportunity after the break fell to Brazil when in the 55th minute when Pato superbly released himself with a backheel in the centre of the box, but Vega rushed off his line and claimed the ball ahead of the striker.Just after the hour mark Ramires threaded a fine pass to Pato outside the six-yard box, but the Milan striker once again saw his finish blocked. Venezuela started the pick up their game in the following minutes and soon created their first real chance of the match.With a quarter of an hour to go, Borussia Monchengladbach’s Juan Arango almost got the opener for Cesar Farias’ team when he was released on the left side of the box, but blasted well wide with Julio Cesar beaten. Brazil threw everything forward in the remaining minutes of the game, but were ultimately unable to find a goal. They will face Paraguay in their next group game on Saturday while Venezuela will take on Ecuador.Source: Goal.comlast_img read more

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick calls Ravens’ Justin Tucker ‘best kicker’ ever

first_img Steelers waive veteran receiver Donte Moncrief Related News Cam Newton injury update: Panthers QB (foot) out several more weeks, report says James Conner injury update: Steelers star (shoulder) doubtful vs. Colts “He’s the best kicker in the history of the league, right? I mean, yeah,” Belichick told reporters.Tucker has been the model of consistency since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He has converted 90.68 percent of his career field goal attempts — the highest mark in the history of the league. The two-time Pro Bowl player has earned the nickname “Mr. Accuracy,” and he hopes his talents can be enough lift the Ravens above the undefeated Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium.New England (8-0) has a stingy defense but understand that Baltimore (5-2) could stay competitive with the help of Tucker’s sturdy leg.Kickoff for the Week 9 matchup is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. New England will face off against Baltimore Sunday and Patriots coach Bill Belichick praised Ravens kicker Justin Tucker ahead of the matchup.When asked Friday about where Tucker ranks among active kickers, Belichick argued that the 29-year-old might sit atop the all-time list.last_img read more

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“Florentino resign” chants heard again at Bernabeu

first_img Upd. on 06/12/2015 at 13:08 CET 05/12/2015 Sport EN “Florentino, resign”. These were the chants at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday during Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Getafe. They were heard from the start of the game, and after Getafe scored in the second half. center_img The fans are angry with President Perez for many reasons, but the latest is that Madrid were disqualified from the Copa del Rey for playing Denis Cheryshev, who was suspended, against Cadiz.  Manager Rafa Benitez and Russian winger Cheryshev were whistled when their names were read out before the game on the PA. There was a subdued atmosphere throughout and fans displayed their dismay at recent events.last_img read more

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President Florentino Perez pushes Isco towards Real Madrid exit

first_img 05/08/2016 Upd. at 23:20 According to AS, Madrid have put Isco on the market. The Spaniard has been chosen in part because of commercial reasons. Zidane wanted to keep the Malagueno in the team and sell James Rodriguez, just based on football reasons.  Madrid are willing to listen to offers for Isco, although they won’t sell him for just any price. Francesc J. Gimenocenter_img CEST Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane are not in agreement over who should jump off the shop to free up a place for Marco Asensio, the latest whim of the Real Madrid president. After a long tug of war it seems it has ended up being Isco, the man the president wanted out. He has lost faith in the Colombian and thinks that Isco brings more to the side. Perez, on the other hand, just has eyes for the Colombian. As well as costing 80 million euros, James is much more marketable. last_img read more

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Manchester United center back Chris Smalling extends his stay at the club

first_imgAdvertisement ggf8NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsfvk5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eh3f6j7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3hif0dWould you ever consider trying this?😱8diCan your students do this? 🌚9tnzRoller skating! Powered by Firework Manchester United’s centre back Chris Smalling extended his contract with Manchester United till the end of the 2021-22 season with an option to extend for another year. Chris Smalling has been a part of this Manchester United squad for last few seasons and it is surely going to be a good news for the fans.Advertisement Jose Mourinho is constantly putting pressure on the club management of Manchester United to sign a new centre back in the next transfer window. However, the club management have still not sanctioned enough money to buy a World class centre back in this January.Advertisement Toby Alderweireld was on the verge of joining Manchester United in this summer transfer window. However, the deal did not finalize as the transfer fee was not agreed between the two clubs. Manchester United are currently facing many injury threats in their central defense so far in this season. Jose Mourinho played Nemanja Matic as a centre back in one match.All these incidents were putting more pressure on the Board of Manchester United to sign a new centre back in this January. However, the contract extension of Chris Smalling at this moment will surely settle the condition for a time being. Now, the club management can go for a young centre back in the winter transfer window to combine with Chris Smalling in near future.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Owen elected unopposed

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Winter Olympics open in Sochi amid fireworks, security fears

first_imgBy Mike Collett-WhiteRussia’s Winter Olympics officially got underway on the Black Sea coast on Friday with a grandiose opening ceremony that President Vladimir Putin hoped would dispel fears of militant attacks and a row over gay rights that marred the buildup.Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and successful Games in the resort town of Sochi, where a colourful, sometimes muddled show before 40,000 spectators at the gleaming Fisht Stadium signalled the start of full sporting competition.“I declare the 22nd Winter Olympic Games open,” said Putin, launching an event he has personally overseen and expects will burnish Russia’s, and his own, image on the world stage.In an embarrassing early technical glitch, one of the five Olympic rings suspended high above the stage failed to unfurl, meaning that the giant structure could not be illuminated by fireworks as planned.But the show went on, blending cartoon-style inflatable domes, spectacular ballroom dancing amid towering imperial columns, and giant avant-garde shapes hovering above symbols of revolution and upheaval in a sweep through Russian history.Fireworks filled the sky above the Olympic park surrounding the arena in a rousing finale to a show that drew heavily on Russia’s rich heritage of classical music, literature and dance.As the ceremony unfolded, a security scare aboard a passenger plane flying from Ukraine to Turkey underlined concerns that the Games could be targeted, although the exact circumstances were not immediately clear.Turkey scrambled an F-16 fighter jet to accompany a plane carrying 110 passengers arriving in Istanbul after a bomb threat was made by a passenger demanding to go to the Winter Olympics venue of Sochi, Turkish officials said.The passenger was believed to have drunk alcohol and was calmed down by the crew and persuaded to let the plane land in Istanbul, according to Dogan news agency.The scare came after the U.S. Transportation Security Administration had temporarily banned carry-on liquids, aerosols, gels and powders on flights between Russia and the United States.The United States issued a warning on Wednesday to airports and some airlines flying to Russia for the Olympics to watch for toothpaste tubes that could hold ingredients to make a bomb on board a plane.Some 37,000 security personnel are on high alert in Sochi over threats by Islamist militant groups based in the nearby north Caucasus region to attack the Feb. 7-23 Games, the most expensive ever staged at an estimated cost of $50 billion.Separatist guerrillas seeking an independent Islamic state in Chechnya and neighbouring regions of southern Russia have vowed to disrupt the Olympics, which they say are taking place on land seized from Caucasus tribes in the 19th century.Despite a “ring of steel” around venues, Russian forces fear a woman suspected of planning a suicide bombing may have slipped through.Security analysts believe that an attack is in fact more likely elsewhere in Russia to humiliate Putin, who launched a war to crush a Chechen rebellion in 1999.Twin suicide bombings killed at least 34 people in December in Volgograd, 400 miles (700 km) northeast of Sochi.Putin was joined at the ceremony by leaders from China, Japan and about 40 other countries in a show of support despite international anger over Russia’s “gay propaganda” law passed last year, which critics say curtails the rights of homosexuals.U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron and German President Joachim Gauck are not attending the Games, and the U.S. delegation includes openly gay representatives.Putin says legislation banning the promotion of gay propaganda among minors is designed to protect young people, and has stressed that homosexuals would not face discrimination at the Olympics.In a speech at the opening ceremony, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach called for an inclusive Games.“Yes, it is possible – even as competitors – to live together under one roof in harmony, with tolerance and without any form of discrimination for whatever reason,” he said beneath a fluttering Russian flag.As he spoke, gay rights activists said Russian police had detained activists who tried to protest on Moscow’s Red Square and in St Petersburg.Police did not immediately comment on the reports by the activists, who said 10 protesters were detained in Moscow and four in Russia’s second city.In St Petersburg, the protesters were detained after unfurling a banner declaring “Discrimination is incompatible with the Olympic Movement”, gay rights group All Out said.Google placed a rainbow version of its logo on its search page featuring the six colours on the gay pride flag – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.The page also includes a quote from the Olympic charter underlining the right to practise sport without discrimination.Google Inc. declined to comment.Organisers have defended the costs of staging the Sochi Games amid concerns from Olympic officials that the huge price tag could put potential bidders off in future.They said much of the infrastructure built for 2014 was designed to be used long after the Games finished, and the plan was to turn Sochi into a year-round resort, international sports centre and amusement park.Despite grumblings about poor accommodation and tight security, the mood among competitors and officials after a handful of early qualifying events in Sochi and at the mountain base 40 km (25 miles) to the northeast was upbeat.“Conditions offered to the athletes are absolutely outstanding,” said French Olympic Committee President Denis Masseglia on a clear, crisp day.Saturday is the first full day of sporting action, with five gold medals to be decided.last_img read more

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Cyprus wins silver in judo

first_imgBy Andreas VouAndreas Krassas earned Cyprus a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games following his impressive run in the under-66kgs judo class.The 23-year-old eventually lost out in the final against Englishman Colin Oates, who put in a dominant display to beat a defiant Krassas. The 31-year-old currently ranked seventh in the world proved too tough a competitor for the Cypriot, ending the bout with a quick throw and armlock combination to which Krassas submitted.Few had given any of the Cypriot athletes who travelled to Scotland a hope of achieving any significant success but Krassas defied the odds and sent out a clear message to the doubters by winning four straight matches en route to the final.Alex Amoako of Ghana was his first victim, followed by Australia’s Steven Brown in the last-16, Mathews Punza of Zambia was then swiftly dealt with in the quarter-final. The semis saw Krassas go head-to-head with South Africa’s Siyabulela Mabulu, a former African Championships bronze medalist. A solitary yuko score was enough to guarantee a medal for Cyprus.“I have been working hard on matters of physical condition lately, with intense training sessions in order to be able to last this series of matches. I had a problem in three tendons on my feet but, during the matches, I was not thinking about it at all. Really, I should not be here, because I risked worsening the state of my foot. In the final, my opponent was more experienced, and I think that is where the game was decided,” Krassas said. The silver medal earned by Krassas makes it just the second that Cyprus has won in judo in the history of the 20 Commonwealth Games, after Christos Christodoulides’ silver in 2002 in Manchester.17-year-old Christos Trikomitis, in the 60kg category, was unable to overcome the challenge of Brandon Dodds and was knocked out in the first round, coming ninth in the final standings.last_img read more