Argos add balance of experience and depth to 2014 roster

first_img Share Argos add balance of experience and depth to 2014 roster Six transfers and six freshmen join UWF squad in 2014. (Photo by Chris Nelson/ center_img  PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida baseball team added 12 newcomers to the roster for the upcoming 2014 season. The incoming group was made up of six freshman, six transfers and a balance of position players and pitchers.Leading the group was senior transfer Aaron Haag (Andalusia, Ala./Spain Park HS), a former NJCAA All-American at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College who led Division I Southeastern Louisiana last season in home runs (3) and was second on the team in RBIs (35).He was joined in the outfield by All-GCAAA first team and gold glove honoree Trumon Jefferson. The Decatur, Ga. native hit .374 with 37 runs and 21 stolen bases for Georgia Perimeter College last season.In addition, outfielder Sean Plunkett came to UWF after having success at the College of Central Florida. The Ocala, Fla. native hit .300 with 19 runs, 24 RBIs and eight stolen bases last season.On the pitching staff, transfer Dawson Brown (McDonough, Ga./Locust Grove HS) was expected to make an impact. The All-GCAAA honoree went 6-2 with a 2.50 ERA for Georgia Perimeter last season.He’s joined on the staff by local product Alex Stevens (Pensacola, Fla./Tate HS) and his teammate from Lurleen B. Wallace, Sam Bass (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Fort Walton Beach HS). Stevens went 8-2 with a 2.48 ERA for LBW last season, and Bass went 5-4 with a 1.80 ERA.A pair of local standouts joined the UWF squad as incoming freshman. David Moorhead joined the Argos after having success at Tate High School, and Jacob Benefield came to UWF from Pace High School.They were joined by four Orlando-area standouts. Ian Linares came to UWF from Hagerty High School, Tyler Halstead came to UWF from Olympia High School, Mike Flaherty came to UWF from Dr. Phillips High School and Jon Hagan came to UWF from Bishop Moore Catholic High School.UWF will open the season with a road series at Florida Southern in Lakeland, Fla. Feb 1-2.For information on all UWF athletics, visit West Florida Baseball RosterPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Indians Give Up 7-0 Lead; Fall to Royals 13-7 in Goodyear

first_img Matt Loede Related TopicsfeaturedIndiansKansas City Royals The first two innings went well for the Indians as they built a 7-0 lead, but a forgettable 6th inning doomed the Tribe in a 13-7 loss to the Royals.The barrage of runs by the Royals in the 6th and then five more in the 9th came off relievers Brooks Pounders, RC Orlan and Asher Wojcichowski.On a positive note the offense got going early, as they scored four in the first on RBI’s by Carlos Santana and Yu Chang, and then a two-run triple by Trayce Thompson.The Tribe plated three more in the 2nd inning, a solo homer from Leonys Martin and a 2-run shot by Santana, who is now hitting .385 with 7 RBI this spring. Another plus was a couple at bats by Jason Kipnis, who was playing in just his second game of the spring.Kipnis went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and runs scored in his second game of the spring and first since February 24th.Sam Hentges was sharp of his 2.0-inning start as Tyler Clippard, Nick Goody and Cody Anderson all threw scoreless ball in their spring debuts. Jon Edwards and Oliver Perez also tossed scoreless outings before the wheels came off in the 6th.Oddly enough, the winning pitcher for the Royals was Kyle Zimmer, the older brother of Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer.The Indians will travel to Peoria, AZ to take on San Diego Padres at 3:05pm Monday. Shane Bieber makes his second start of the spring against Lefty Joey Lucchesi for the Friars. The game will be televised on SportsTIme Ohio.center_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more Predicts a Trade Deadline Move for the Indians – It May Not Be What You Think

first_img Related TopicsfeaturedIndiansTrevor Bauer Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loedecenter_img The MLB Trade Deadline is now just over a week away, and there’s plenty of eyes on the Indians and what they are going to do with a roster that has been playing some of the best baseball of the season in the last two months.The team is three games away from first (something that many thought would never happen) in the AL Central, and the team is 16 games over .500 after the win over the Jays on Monday.With that, some have now felt the team will be buyers in the trade market next week – and has a set of predictions which includes the team getting – wait for it – outfielder Yasiel Puig from the Reds.Here’s what said about such a move:The Reds received a great deal of credit last winter for adding to their team in an attempt to break a skid of six straight losing seasons, but it hasn’t worked — at 44-53, they’re once again in last place in the NL Central. That means they’ll likely pivot and sell off their impending free agents, and that might mean Puig, who shook off a brutal start (.192/.226/.354 in April) to rake; since June 1, he’s been one of the 20 best hitters in baseball (.318/.358/.635), as good as Cody Bellinger or Alex Bregman. There’s actually a strong baseball fit with the Cubs, though we’ll consider that unlikely after last month’s Pedro Strop-related shenanigans, so Puig stays in Ohio, heading to a Cleveland club that’s back in the playoff race and still in need of outfield help, even with Oscar Mercado and Tyler Naquin playing well.So if the Indians are in the ‘buying’ for Puig, what does that mean for pitcher Trevor Bauer, who many think the team will move due to his value and next year’s rising salary?For now, says that the team will KEEP Bauer, saying the team simply ‘can’t make this move right now.’It’s tempting to think Cleveland could buy and sell at the same time — Tampa Bay did this last year when they traded Chris Archer away while acquiring Tommy Pham — but the Indians have played so well lately that they’re just three games out in the AL Central and in possession of a Wild Card spot. They still don’t have firm return dates on Corey Kluber or Carlos Carrasco, though they expect to see both again this season. This would be different if they were still 11 1/2 games out, as they were in June, but they can’t make this move now. An offseason Bauer trade might still be in the cards.last_img read more

Plane Lands at Cook Inlet Academy With Engine Trouble

first_img[ot-video type=”youtube” url=””] The T-craft took off again yesterday (Monday) afternoon, stopping traffic on both ways along K-Beach for a few minutes. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Taylorcraft BC-12 touched down at Cook Inlet Academy on K-Beach Rd last Sunday after experiencing engine failure. To view the video of the take-off, click below… The plane was heading to Port Alsworth from Soldotna on Sunday when the pilot experienced trouble. Neither he nor his single passenger were injured in the uneventful landing.last_img read more

Don’t Forget the 3 PM National Moment of Silence

first_imgU.S. Capt. Hall: “Each of us that walks here has a different reason to be here. Mine is a 19 year-old named Joe Kelley, he died in Vietnam. I never got to know him very well but he’s always been one of those people that I want to make sure to honor. Joe Kelley died as a Navy corpsman and was saving lives at the time. These guys you see here have friends and stories just like mine and I just want to come here and honor those people.” Senator Peter Micciche(R – District O) was one of a number of local elected officials to attend the memorial service in Leif Hansen Memorial Park. Sen. Micciche: “Memorial Day is specifically about remembering those who have fallen in defense of our freedom and I think that the most important thing is the one thing that we owe those that have fallen is to not forget what they did for us. So bringing our community together, and I love seeing all the families at these things because it’s so important to pass it on to the next generation but specifically the reason we’re here is to remember those who gave their lives in defense of our freedom.”According to the National Moment of Remembrance Act, passed in 2000, Americans are asked to pause whatever they are doing at 3 pm local time to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms of the United States of America. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The sun revealed itself long enough to grace the 2015 Memorial Day Events in Kenai and Soldotna Monday. U.S. Army Captain Martin K. Hall spoke about the importance of remembering. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts and American Legion gathered in the morning for the Avenue of Flags at the Kenai Cemetery.  For a video of part of the memorial service at Leif Hansen Memorial Park, click here.last_img read more

Orville Higgins | Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!

first_imgAnother weekend has come with no sports to watch. Another weekend when it appears that the natural order of the universe has been thrown out of whack. Since there is no sports to look forward to, am I allowed to go back in time? Am I allowed to reminisce on my own time playing sports? Just this once? Playing sports for me meant playing cricket. I was half decent at some other ball games, but, at cricket, I had skills which could have carried me places. Anyway, I digress. As a teenager, my community cricket team in Westmoreland would make this annual trek to a place called Joyland in St Elizabeth. It was high up in some hills, accessible by making a right turn before you reached Santa Cruz, coming from Holland Bamboo. We all looked forward to it. There were more crowds at those games than the few diehards we now see at a regional first-class game. The cricket was always great and, to top it off, there would always be a big dance in the night. On this particular day, we arrived early, maybe two hours before game time. Among the already-building crowd was a very cute young lady. She was in her late teens, just like me. All of the cricketers were interested in getting in a word. Truth be told, we were all over her like so many “harbour sharks” before the game. A little annoyed at our over- zealous approach, and with a little twinkle in her eye, she said she would “par” at the dance later with whoever from our team performed best at the game. NO STANDOUT We bowled out Joyland for 79. On a treacherous pitch, it wasn’t as bad a score as it sounded. One ball could hit a spot and rear towards your throat and, from the same length, it may ‘mongoose’ to hit you in the ankle. The wickets were shared. Nobody got more than three. So though we got them out relatively cheaply, no one bowler really stood out.I opened the batting with a fellow called Raymond Blair, who, for many years, was one of the mainstays in that successful Holmwood team in the early 1990s. Maybe it was because I wanted to impress this girl, but everything I did that day came off. I got to 43 in no time, pulling and driving with authority and disdain. Raymond ‘Parchy’ Blair and I put on 62 for the first wicket before I got out. The girl was mine! Right after I came in and took off the pads, I went over to her and she said she would keep her promise to be my date at the dance later. I was over the moon. What happened after was the strangest finish I have ever seen to a cricket game. With 18 needed and nine wickets in hand, we got bowled out for 75! To this day, I’m not sure how that was possible. Maybe the rest of the guys didn’t try because they had lost out on the girl. Maybe they were too busy drinking when it appeared that ‘Parchy’ and I would take us home. Whatever it was, we lost the game. Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory! I had mixed feelings. I did not like to lose, but I didn’t mind losing a game if I could get a highly attractive girl to “par” with at the dance. My teammates were all jealous later. I spent the night ‘renting a tile’ with her while my teammates looked on with straight bad mind in their eyes. I kept rubbing it in their faces that, if only they were as good as me, they would have the girl instead of me. Sports has been good to me over the years, but that was probably my first real prize.last_img read more

Italy draws 1-1 with Luxembourg in exhibition game

first_imgPERUGIA, Italy (AP) — Italy was held to a 1-1 draw by Luxembourg on Wednesday in its final World Cup warm-up match before leaving for Brazil, with forward Mario Balotelli looking in impressive form.Claudio Marchisio headed Italy in front in the ninth minute after a splendid assist from Balotelli but Maxime Chanot levelled five minutes from time.It was Italy’s seventh successive match without a win, although the six draws and a defeat to Spain have all happened after securing qualification for the World Cup.WORLD CUP: Rooney ends scoring drought in friendly ahead of Brazil“This test is absolutely not a failure, we tried to do things we had practiced in training,” Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said. “But it’s clear we have to improve. But we had to try certain things as we have very few matches.“We know that we weren’t brilliant, but we leave with the knowledge that we can have a great World Cup.”Prandelli had said Balotelli would amaze with his improved form and the AC Milan forward was involved in most of the Azzurri’s best moves.He went close to scoring on several occasions and hit the crossbar as Italy dominated.COMEBACK?: Beckham hints at possible return to soccer in new documentaryItaly departs on Thursday and will play Brazilian club Fluminense in a final friendly match on June 8, six days before kicking off its World Cup campaign against England in Manaus.Prandelli’s side also faces Costa Rica and Uruguay in Group D.Italy started brightly and took an early lead when Marchisio picked out Balotelli from near the halfway line. The forward controlled the ball perfectly before crossing for the onrushing Marchisio to head home from close range.Balotelli almost doubled Italy’s advantage shortly afterward but a last-ditch tackle saw his effort deflected over the bar.The tempo slowed down somewhat but Italy should have extended its lead two minutes before halftime, when free-kick specialist Andrea Pirlo saw his effort parried with a diving save by Anthony Moris and Balotelli fired just wide of the left upright as the moved continued.MEXICO: World Cup helps Chicharito forget disappointing seasonMoments earlier, Antonio Candreva had also fired narrowly wide.Balotelli had another chance just after the interval when he sent a snapshot past the far post.Antonio Cassano came off the bench for only his second appearance since the European Championship final in 2012 and he almost made an immediate impact with a through ball to Balotelli, who bamboozled two players before evading a tackle from a third as he unleashed a shot which crashed off the crossbar.Candreva also hit the crossbar moments later.Luxembourg had barely troubled Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon but leveled in the final minutes when Chanot headed home Mario Mutsch’s corner.Ignazio Abate almost immediately restored Italy’s advantage but was denied by Moris.last_img read more

Blevins: Recruits realistic about perfection

first_imgSaturday stung. For the Ole Miss faithful, at least.Peering behind hands, fingertips in mouth, they watched an undefeated season flutter away with an errant Bo Wallace pass with seconds left against LSU.It had to hurt.But you’re aching more than recruits.Yes, perfection is out of the picture for the 2014 Rebels.No, recruits won’t go running because of one tick in the loss column.Committed players aren’t thinking about decommitting. Undecided prospects aren’t erasing Ole Miss for their finalist lists.Relax.Recruiting is about more than wins and losses.“I don’t care who finishes with more wins,” Dandy Dozen selection Gabe Campbell said. “That’s not what I’m looking at when I’m ready to decide.”Added fellow Dandy Dozen member Javon Patterson: “Honestly, who’s winning doesn’t matter at all to me. My decision is about a lot more than that. Recruiting isn’t just about records.”They’re right.So, what’s it about?“It’s about relationships,” Patterson said.“It’s about stability,” Campbell said.Each prospect is looking for something different during the recruiting process. Staying close to home, feeling comfortable with the coaching staff, early playing time and more typically make the list.More often than not, looking into records doesn’t.“I want to go to a school that finishes no worse than 11-1,” Campbell said. “No one says that. How crazy does that sound?”Pretty crazy.Now, if Ole Miss —or Mississippi State for that matter — go on to lose a handful of games, then we’ll talk. That’s a different column for a different time.The point: Recruits don’t expect perfection.It’s preferred, not required.“I’d love to go undefeated,” MSU commit Keith Joseph Jr. said. “But the SEC is the best of the best. That’s not easy.”Right now, MSU is perfect.Right now, Ole Miss isn’t.Right now, Ole Miss’ chances to retain its solid class and add a few more high-profile recruits is just as strong as it was before entering Death Valley.Would a win have helped? Of course. It can only help.Blue-chip prospects likely wouldn’t be considering Ole Miss if it were a program bound for a 5-7 season. The same goes for No. 1 MSU and its top 15 class.“Look, we want the school we’re committed to to do well,” Ole Miss commit Cam Ordway said. “But none of us are going anywhere because we lose a game or two.”Coaches aren’t storming into living rooms and saying, “Look how good we are right now?”Why not?Because these prospects aren’t apart of “right now.” They play on Fridays, not Saturdays.Coaches are selling, “Look how good we can be.”And most recruits, like Ordway, are smart enough to look ahead on their own.And I don’t mean Dec. 6 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta ahead.I mean 2015 ahead, when these prospects – whether enrolling early in February or arriving in summer – stroll onto campus. When these prospects are actually a part of the program.“Do I want to Mississippi State to make it to the SEC Championship game? Obviously,” Dandy Dozen selection Dontea Jones said. “If we don’t? That just means we’ll have to work to get their once our class gets on campus.”Contact Riley Blevins at or (601) 961-7344. Follow @Riley_Blevins on Twitter.last_img read more

Dak Prescott, Benardrick McKinney await NFL Draft grades

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-17:14c7334710bb30941aed7e33 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-678358-3939592342001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Underclassmen have until January 15 to declare for the NFL Draft. CBS Sports grades McKinney as a first-rounder. It grades Prescott as a second round pick.Earlier this year, Prescott told Sports Illustrated he’d consider leaving Mississippi State if he drew a grade within the first three rounds.As Mississippi State opened bowl practices on Friday, the quarterback wanted to wait for more information before commenting.“I’m not sure. I’ll think about that later,” Prescott said. “I’m not really thinking about that right now.”For now, Prescott’s not focused on his future in football, including the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31. The fourth-year junior graduates Friday after majoring in educational psychology.“I’m just worried about graduating right now,” Prescott said. “I’ll decide that later. Me and Benardrick both will.” Dak Prescott and Benardrick McKinney have both filed paperwork with the NFL to receive prospective draft grades. Underclassmen have until Monday to request a draft grade.The paperwork doesn’t commit a player to the NFL Draft, but provides more information to help make the decision.“When we get all the paperwork back, we’ll sit down with those guys and we’ll really discuss the best options for all their futures,” MSU coach Dan Mullen said.The grades predict a round a player could to be drafted. It’s based solely on football ability. The grade doesn’t consider depth at a position or draft, team needs or character issues.“We have great open discussions about that. I love guys getting the opportunity to play professional football. That’s a dream come true for most people,” Mullen said. “So if guys have that opportunity, and it’s a great position for them to leave we’re going to encourage them to go do that.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

GCC’s junior female hockey programme is one of excellence

first_imgSports fanatics in Guyana should tip their hats to the hockey executives at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) for the admirable work they have been doing to develop junior female hockey at the club level.  Nearly 14 years ago, Coach Philip Fernandes was the visionary figure behind what is now known as the GCC Spartans under-21 female developmental team. The programme was designed to give younger female players at the club the opportunity to display their skills in local competitions as the club’s second unit.  “With the GCC ladies’ hockey team dominating local competition, and realizing that its current crop of fairly young players still had many more playing years in them, a decision was made to form a developmental squad within the club,” Fernandes told Stabroek Sports of the birthing of the initiative. Spartans in 2019 captured the under 16 and under 21 titles in Trinidad.“There weren’t any junior competitions for girls at the time and so this initiative was designed to expose the club’s under-21 players who would not otherwise see competitive action for many years,” Fernandes added.  The team got its name from the movie “300” drawing inspiration from King Leonidas’ underdog but fearsome mentality to lead 300 Spartans into battle against the great Persian army. It should also be noted that the club’s men’s team throughout the `90’s and early 2000’s was extremely successful. The pinnacle of their success saw them clinching silver at the Pan American Club Championships in 2001. However, the success of the ladies’ team during that period was far less shimmering, giving Fernandes added reason to form the ladies developmental squad. But as he recalled, success was hard to come by in the first two years. Since then, Spartans have built a winning dynasty, particularly in Trinidad and Tobago by winning several under – 21 titles at the Magnolia’s Indoor Championships.  “The Spartans hockey programme was, and still is, hugely successful.  I would be surprised if there is any local team in any discipline who can boast a better record. After two difficult years of competition, Spartans began to close the gap on most of the senior club sides and started to enjoy occasional successes.“In 2008, however, the team would make the first of seven visits to Trinidad- its most successful hunting ground – to compete in the Junior Indoor Hockey competitions over there.“Of those seven trips, the team has won gold on all but one occasion when they took silver in 2012.  More recently in 2019, Spartans completed the double by winning the under-16 and under-21 titles in the Twin Island Republic.” In hindsight, the coach said Spartans has been transformed into an initiative beyond the hockey pitch. It is now also focused on empowering young girls. “In Guyana, there are far fewer opportunities for young girls to compete at sports than there are for boys.  I believe that the opportunity to learn a sport, compete, experience success and failure helps to prepare all of these girls to cope with challenges in their adult life.  In addition, the valuable lessons of how to work as part of a team, learning to accommodate different personalities and people who have a disposition much different to theirs are all part of the exposure,” Fernandes remarked. Meanwhile, of the big names to come out the programme so far, two were in the initial group in 2006.  Guyana, on two occasions, had female players who made the Pan American All-Star team.  Both of those players, midfielder Marzana Fiedtkou and goalkeeper Alysa Xavier, came from the original Spartans team. Several other players have become prominent members of the Guyana National Team since then including Trisha and Dacia Woodroffe, Gabriella Xavier, Briawna and Aliyah Gordon, Ashley and Dominique De Groot and Thalia Fiedtkou.  More recently, new faces have begun to emerge in Sarah Klautky, Abosaide Cadogan, Madison Fernandes and Makeda Harding.last_img