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PENSACOLA, Fla. – The West Florida fall teams opened their 2011 season this weekend on the road. The men’s and women’s soccer teams traveled to Barry and Nova each splitting their opening weekend. The men’s and women’s cross country teams each took home team victories from the MC Season Opener. The volleyball team opened their season 1-3 at the UIndy Invitational, picking up a win over No. 14 Indianapolis.ARGONAUTS OF THE WEEKTina MurrayWomen’s soccerSenior forwardTina Murray (Kingston, Jamaica/Meridian CC (Exelsior HS) led the West Florida women’s soccer team in its season opener to a 3-2 win over Barry on Friday night in Miami Shores, Fla. The senior recorded her first career hat trick in the victory. Kelley BahnWomen’s cross countryKelley Bahn (Tallahassee, Fla./Lawton Chiles HS) led the women’s cross country team to a team victory at the MC Season Opener. The true freshman, in her first collegiate race, finished second overall.Martinique SykesMen’s cross countryMartinique Sykes (Orange Park, Fla./Orange Park HS) led the UWF men’s cross country team to a team victory at the MC Season Opener. The junior recorded a second place overall finish individually.WEEK IN REVIEWVolleyball9/2: vs. Ashland (UIndy Invitational) 2-3 L9/2: vs. No. 14 Indianapolis (UIndy Invitational) 3-2 W9/3: vs. No. 10 Hillsdale (UIndy Invitational) 0-3 L9/3: vs. Northern Kentucky (UIndy Invitational) 0-3 LMen’s soccer9/2: vs. No. 14 Barry 2-1 L OT9/4: vs. Nova Southeastern 2-1 WWomen’s soccer9/2: vs. Barry 3-2 W9/4: vs. Nova Southeastern 1-2 L Men’s cross country9/1: @ MC Season Opener (hosted by Mississippi College) 1st placeWomen’s cross country9/1: @ MC Season Opener (hosted by Mississippi College) 1st placePrint Friendly Version Share Argonaut Weekly – Week One Recap
“They were saying they wanted to keep them,” the Pirates closer said. “Tough to see two of the best guys leave.”Rivero, however, doesn’t appear likely to follow them out of Pittsburgh. The hard-throwing left-handed reliever finalized a $22 million, four-year contract on Thursday, a deal that includes two club options and could be worth $41 million over six seasons. The 26-year-old, acquired in a trade deadline deal with Washington in 2016, receives a $2 million signing bonus and agreed to a deal that covers his arbitration-eligible years, giving him peace of mind.“I want to be relaxed the next few years and not have arbitration cases,” Rivero said. “I just want to help the team as much as I can right now.”Rivero took over as Pittsburgh’s closer last May and went 5-3 with a 1.67 ERA while converting 21 of 23 save opportunities and striking out 88 batters in 75 1/3 innings. Rivero let his sister work in concert with his agent during negotiations, adamant he wanted to remain with the Pirates.“When I got traded they … tried to make you feel like you’re at home,” Rivero said. “That’s why I wanted to stay for a few more years.”General manager Neal Huntington said the team was “humbled” by Rivero’s decision, adding the cost certainty of the deal means the Pirates can move forward with confidence knowing one of the few bright spots from a mostly forgettable 2017 is in place through the end of this decade and the beginning of the next.“It frees him up to just go pitch, frees him up to just go do his thing,” Huntington said. “He doesn’t have to worry about a lot of the things that players worry about.”Rivero sent out a handful of curious tweets on Monday, when the Pirates sent McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants . Huntington said Rivero next expressed any reluctance to sign the contract and downplayed the idea Pittsburgh is intent on bottoming out before trying to return to the heights of 2013-15 when the franchise reached the playoffs three consecutive years.“This gives us the opportunity to build a bullpen around him, build a club around him and put our best foot forward to compete and do everything we can to win ballgames in ’18, ’19 and beyond,” said Huntington, who called the idea the Pirates will get worse before they get better a “false narrative.”Either way, Rivero will be along for the ride. He’ll make $2.5 million this season, $4 million in 2019, $5.25 million in 2020 and $7.25 million in 2021. The Pirates have a $10 million option for 2022 with a $1 million buyout and a $10 million option for 2023 with a $500,000 buyout. Rivero laughed when asked if he planned to celebrate by going out for some paintball, one of his favorite pastimes, at least until Thursday.“I kind of want to but going to start staying safe right now,” he said. “Going to stop doing crazy things.”___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball PITTSBURGH (AP) — Felipe Rivero admits he was a little surprised when Pittsburgh Pirates parted with established stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen over the last week, part of a roster reset the club insists is not to be confused with an actual rebuild. Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Felipe Rivero (73) reacts to the final out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, on Friday, April 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)
In this Nov. 2, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) hands off to running back Qadree Ollison (30) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kenny Pickett isn’t offended by the term “game manager.” Last the Pittsburgh sophomore checked, the phrase isn’t an insult but a job description.“Every quarterback needs to manage the game first,” Pickett said.Pickett’s pre-snap checklist is lengthy. Is the protection right? Does he need to audible? Are the other 10 guys lined up in the right spot? What defense are the opponents in?“There’s a lot that goes on,” Pickett said.Each decision is vital in determining whether the ensuing play does or doesn’t work, one of the reasons why Pickett doesn’t get too caught up in what he does — or more specifically, what he doesn’t do — once the ball is in his hands. If he needs to throw it, great. If he doesn’t, even better. Pickett insists he’ll never get caught up in his own numbers.“My whole mindset is to find a way,” he said.One the 20-year-old has no plans on changing Saturday when he leads the Panthers (7-5) onto the field to face No. 2 Clemson (12-0) in the ACC Championship game in Charlotte, North Carolina.While Pickett’s first full season as a starter largely lacked the dazzle of his spectacular coming-out party — he accounted for all three Pitt touchdowns in an emphatic stunner over then second-ranked Miami in the 2017 finale — he hardly cares. He passed for just 1,825 yards, the fewest since 1996 by a Pitt quarterback who played in at least 10 games.Not that it matters to Pickett. He committed to the Panthers because he believed in what coach Pat Narduzzi is building, not to mount a Heisman Trophy campaign. By that metric, this year has been a success.“I wanted to get back to a championship here,” Pickett said. “It’s where this university has been and where it needs to be, winning championships.”Pitt won the Coastal Division for the first time thanks in part to Pickett avoiding mistakes — he threw just five interceptions — and the ever-churning legs of running backs Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall. If Pickett spends most of Saturday turning around and stuffing the ball into the midsection of his backfield mates, he stressed he will do it “with a smile on my face.”A smile Pickett has tried to maintain during a sometimes uneven year. The Panthers played a daunting nonconference schedule that included losses to Penn State, Central Florida and Notre Dame, games in which he was largely a nonfactor. He averaged just 115 yards passing in the setbacks and his regular season ended with him watching from the sideline after Miami sacked him six times in a 24-3 defeat that took some of the momentum out of Pitt’s run to a division title.Call it part of the maturation process, one Pickett understands was unavoidable, pointing out “some things you can’t learn until you go through it.” He believes the growing pains have helped make him a better player. Asked to describe the difference between where he is now and where he was a year ago, Pickett responded, “I’m a lot more confident in what I’m seeing and slinging it.”Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is wary. The Tigers have one of the most dominant defensive lines in the country but gave up 510 yards passing last week to South Carolina’s Jake Bentley and have had issues this season with quarterbacks like Syracuse’s Eric Dungey, who are efficient if not dynamic.“So Pickett, he’s a good football player,” Venables said. “He’s tough, he’s instinctive. Throws a good ball. He’s a mobile guy. Plays with a good edge to him, very competitive. Don’t know him from Adam, but you can tell all those things from tape. Just kind of a baller.”A moniker Pickett has earned nearly from the moment he stepped on campus in January 2017. He spent most of his freshman year as the third option behind Max Brown and Ben DiNucci. Yet his teammates noticed a swagger about Pickett that belied his inexperience.Defensive back Dennis Briggs caught a firsthand look last fall while Pickett was running the scout team in practice.Briggs came in on a blitz and figured he had Pickett cold. One problem. When Briggs went to wrap Pickett up, Pickett spun out of the way and vanished.“Almost broke my ankles,” Briggs said. “I’m like, ‘Who is this dude?’”Briggs laughs at the memory, mostly because he understands he’s hardly the only one who’s been embarrassed after underestimating Pickett. It happened to Miami last fall. The Tigers understand they can’t afford to let it happen to them if they want to reach the College Football Playoff for a fourth straight year.Pitt is a 25-point underdog. That’s fine by Pickett. Defying the odds is kind of his thing. He watched on TV two years ago when the Panthers stunned Clemson in Death Valley. His view will be far different this time around. A win and the Panthers take another step closer to achieving the vision Narduzzi outlined to Pickett on the recruiting trail, a vision set on winning, not mind-boggling stats. Just the way Pickett likes it.“We’re finding who we are, finding our identity as a program,” Pickett said. “I’m just doing my part to step up as a leader of the offense.”___AP Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli in Clemson, South Carolina, contributed to this report.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
A nervous outing to Templemore ended with a ultimately comfortable seven points win against a competitive home side who gave the visitors much to think about before two goals in as many minutes decided the contest.Fielding a sizable number of players from last years Sigerson campaign NUIGalway exchanged early blows with the Garda college managed by long time former Clare senior goalkeeper Joe Hayes. Indeed for an early season foray both sides were intent on securing the league points that would defer relegation fears.A sizable attendance in the Templemore grounds had to wait until the fourth minute for NUIGalway centre forward Owen Gallagher to open the scoring. Kildare’s Jack Robinson added to this opener before Headford’s Enda Tierney (2) and Patrick O Donnell left the winners (0-5) to (0-2) clear as Galway starlet Paul Mannion was impressive for the Garda College.Aaron Brady in the NUI Galway goal was quick off his line to deny Paul Mannion just before Kevin Quinn was also stopped from hitting the game’s first goal at the other end. Mannion added two scores and with seven minutes left in the first half the sides were level.Both sides were guilty of errors in front of goal more so Maurice Sheridan’s men. Indeed a scoretaker of renown Sheridan would have worried more for NUIGalway in this aspect as they hit 18 wides over the duration of the outing. Kieran Molloy even though named at 15 was sweeping all over the well prepared Tipperary venue.Enda Tierney edged his side a point clear before three scores from Garda sent them into the lead. This was as good as it got for the trainee’s as Tierney (2) and Kevin Quinn were on the mark to leave NUI Galway ahead by the odd score in 17 at the interval.Two early second half scores by Garda left them ahead by the minimum and indeed NUI Galway were under the cosh before Kevin Quinn with two scores and one response from Garda left the sides deadlocked at (0-11) apiece and one feeling the NUI Galway had retaken the initiative in the contest. The result was effectively decided between the 41st and 45th minute with NUI Galway hitting (2-1) opposed to a solitary score from Garda. Patrick O’Donnell and Owen Gallagher were the goalscorers as Jack Robinson added the minor.The final quarter saw (1-2) more from NUI Galwayy as Garda kept plugging away with Fionan O Laoi the scorer from the penalty sport after he won the free. NUI Galway move onto Round 2 to play IT Sligo at 6pm in IT Sligo next Wednesday evening.NUI Galway: Aaron Brady, Stephen Brennan, Sean Mulkerrins, Ciaran McCloskey, Patrick O’Donnell (1-1), Ruairi Greene, Nathan Mullen, Cian Darcy, Kevin McDonnell, Donal Shanley, Owen Gallagher (1-1), Enda Tierney (0-4), Jack Robinson(0-4), Kevin Quinn (0-3), Kieran Molloy.Subs: Fionan O’Laoi (1-1). By Michael O Connor NUIGalway GPO NUI Galway 3-14 Garda College 0-16 print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
The infraction not only cost the Leafs a man on the ice for two minutes, but Thompson for the rest of the game as the penalty carries a game misconduct.In the third the Leafs caught a break when Smoler was also ejected from the game following a five-minute head contact penalty.Hunt, running his consecutive point streak to 13 games, was able to tie the game for Nelson before Cooper snapped home the winner in the extra frame.Nelson finished the game out shooting the Bruins 43-30 with Josh Williams registering the win in goal.Former Leaf Quinn Yeager took the loss for the Bruins between the pipes.Nelson concludes its five-game home stand Saturday when Castlegar visits the NDCC Arena.The Rebels lost 6-5 in overtime to Spokane Braves.Castlegar rallied from a 5-2 deficit, scoring three times in the third period.However, Trail Thompson scored the winner in the second overtime to pull the Braves to within five points of fourth-place Grand Forks in the race for the final Murdoch Division playoff spot.BLUELINES: Captain Sawyer Hunt has registered 20 points during his 13-game streak. . . . Hunt joins Zach Morey, Josh Williams and Nicholas Wihak as Nelson grads playing their final home game when Nelson hosts Grand Forks. . . . Williams currently holds down top spot in KIJHL goalie stats, tied with Levi Mitchell of Creston Valley with a 1.80 goals against average. Williams leads the league in wins with 20. For a time, Friday night at the NDCC Arena, it appeared the Nelson Leafs were willing to simply back into the Murdoch Division Title.After 40 minutes, potential first-round playoff opponent, Grand Forks Border Bruins held a slim 2-1 lead against the Green and White.However, this Leaf team is not like some squads from the past.After Leaf Captain Sawyer Hunt tied the game in the third period, Ryan Cooper sent the home crowd away happy by scoring the game-winning goal in overtime sparking Nelson to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins.The victory, the sixth straight, clinched the Murdoch Division Title for the Leafs — the first for the Heritage City franchise since 2014.Nelson opened the scoring in the first period when affiliate call up, Marty Ingram scored an unassisted goal early in the opening frame. It was Ingram’s first goal of the season for Nelson.The Bruins erased that lead when Riley Smoler scored twice in the second period on the power play — the go-ahead marker coming after Leaf defenceman Dash Thompson was whistled for a checking-from-behind penalty.