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Florida Women’s Swimming Opens Dual-Meet Season At Vanderbilt

By on October 7th, 2015

The Florida Women’s swim team travels to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt for their first dual meet of the 2015-2016 season on Thursday.   Then both the men’s and women’s teams will square off against Minnesota on Saturday.

This is the very first meet for the Commodores, while Florida was able to compete at the end of September with both the men’s and women’s teams participating in the annual All Florida Invitational on September 18-20. The women’s team took home first in a number of events including the 200 free relay, 50 free, and 400 IM events.

This meet will not include the divers, so the focus will all be on swimming.

Florida head coach Gregg Troy mentioned some injuries and sickness among the team but says it’s not something to really worry about for this meet.

“We’ve had a couple of injuries on the women’s side. We’ve had a little bit of flu all the way through but hopefully we respond as well as the football team. Those are the type of things that early season in our sport the times are nice but it’s a little bit more of a guide point to see what we’re getting from the training, seeing where we’ve overdone it or underdone it.”

Click here to listen to Florida Swimming head coach Gregg Troy. Troy 1

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Cubs-Pirates NL Wild Card Preview

By on October 7th, 2015

The Chicago Cubs travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates Wednesday night for the NL Wild Card game.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has led his team to the postseason in his first year as manager and the team makes its first postseason appearance since 2008. On the other hand, the Pirates made it to the Wild Card game last year but fell short against the San Francisco Giants.

This game will be quite a match up on the mound between Chicago’s Jake Arrieta and the Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole.

Arrieta was named NL Pitcher of the month for October and has held the same honor for the past months of September and August as well. For the Cubs this season, Arrieta is 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA.

As for the Pirates, Cole is 19-8, 2.60 ERA, and 202 strikeouts this season. The Pirates have gone 8-1 in Cole’s total of nine career starts against the Cubs.

With a win on Wednesday, one of these two teams will move on to the NLDS to face the St. Louis Cardinals. The game starts Wednesday at 8pm on TBS.


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Amanda Butler Discusses Gator’s First Practices

By on October 6th, 2015
Amanda Butler addresses the media on Monday

Amanda Butler addresses the media on Monday

Carrying the ball over from Gator Madness this past weekend, on Sunday, the Florida women’s basketball team had its first practice of the season with high energy.

Something to chomp about, the full 13 woman roster was able to participate in practice. Every Gator has started the season healthy.

Head coach Amanda Butler and her coaching staff emphasizes on the team competing and supporting each other during practices.

“Loved how we competed; I think there was a great understanding of how good we can be as a unit if we bring the level of competition against one another in practice that we need that’s just going to elevate the level of the whole group and I think that was just really special,” Butler said..

Standout Gators can earn a “Brick House” award during practices. The first recipient of this award was junior guard/forward Ronni Williams and sophomore guard Dyandria Anderson got it in the second practice.

“There’s certain things that we’re measuring that we’re tracking every single practice because we want them to be the bricks; the foundation of the way that we play the way that we compete,” said Butler.

5’8 senior guard January Miller is expected to bring a lot to the court this season. Last season Miller had a total of 220 points over the course of 30 games.

“January has developed tremendously. She came into college as one of those kids that are blessed in a physical way; just her natural strength and power and explosiveness; she has some things that other people don’t have and never will have,” Butler said.

Miller and the four other seniors on the team are expected to live up to what it means to be a Gator.

“I think it’s critical and I think when you have a strong senior class, there’s just a lot of things that you shouldn’t have to address through the year. They’re going to pass down our way of doing things. Hopefully they’re going to model it, but they’re also going to be talking about it. The way we think, the way we approach different things, what our expectations are in practice, the way that we compete,” Butler added.

Amanda Butler was labeled the “Toughest Gator To ever Wear The Florida Uniform” by former coach Carol Ross and the hope is this Gator team will reflect Butler’s toughness as a player.

Click below to listen to audio from Amanda Butler:

Amanda Butler talks about the team

Amanda Butler on Brick House Award

Amanda Butler on January Miller

Amanda Butler on senior class








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Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams fired

By on October 6th, 2015

The Washington Nationals have fired former manager Matt Williams and his coaching staff after the team failed to make the playoffs. For a team that won division titles in 2012 and 2014, not winning a playoff series was a huge blow.

The Nationals were a World Series favorite in spring training, after their 83-79 mark last year. However, they did not deliver as experts expected. Many players suffered from injuries throughout the season, and the projected every day lineup was only available twice this season.

The entire season was a disappointment, said General Manager Mike Rizzo, on his explanation of the changes coming to the team this year. The Nationals are looking for a diverse coaching staff. Rizzo said the hiring process will be based off of leadership and experience, qualities that will help to propel the team after this season’s disappointment.

To hear comment from Rizzo, click below.
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Astros-Yankees ALWC Preview

By on October 6th, 2015
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers in a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in New York, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

0New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers in a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in New York, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Houston Astros travel to New York to take on the Yankees in the American League Wild Card game tonight.  The Astros enter the postseason in pursuit of their first ever World Series championship while the Yankees search for their 28th, but before either team gets ahead of themselves they have to focus on winning just one more game to advance to the ALDS.

For the Astros, this will be the first postseason appearance since 2005, when they were swept in the World Series by the Chicago White Sox.  It might appear that they have the momentum entering Tuesday’s game, as Houston has won six of their last eight games while the Yankees have dropped six of their last seven.  In the meetings between the two teams this season, the Astros went 4-3 against New York.

To add to the Yankee worries, they will be without pitcher CC Sabathia for the playoffs.  Sabathia checked into an alcohol rehabilitation center on his own accord, the team announced Monday.

“There was no conversation about, ‘you know the playoffs are just starting, the timing is not great for us; it was, ‘Sabathia’s asking for help and we’re going to get him the help,’ and at that point the conversation about baseball ends,” ESPN’s Buster Olney said of the timing of the move.

Should the Yankees win the game tonight, the hole left in the rotation by Sabathia’s exit will be a major concern for the team moving forward.

The winner of tonight’s game will advance to play the Kansas City Royals in the ALDS. The Astros will start Cy Young candidate Dallas Keuchel, while the Yankees will start Masahiro Tanaka. The game starts at 8:00PM on ESPN.

Olney on Sabathia

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Seahawks Take Down Lions, 13-10

By on October 6th, 2015

In just one play, Kam Chancellor proved his worth and value to the Seattle Seahawks and their defense.

With 1:51 left to go in the contest and down 13-10, Calvin Johnson caught a pass from Matthew Stafford at the Seattle 8-yard line. While making his attempt at the goal line to stretch out for the touchdown, which would’ve given his Detroit Lions a three point lead, Johnson had the ball punched out of his hands by Chancellor. The ball would roll out of the back of the end zone resulting in a touchback, all but sealing the deal for the Seahawks.

While the play would’ve more than likely resulted in a touchback, Seattle LB K.J. Wright added controversy to the contest when he punched the ball out of the back of the end zone resulting in an automatic touch back. At the time, the ruling on the field stood that Wright inadvertently knocked the ball out of the end zone. Under further review after the game, NFL VP of Officiating, Dean Blandino,told NFL Network that Wright should’ve been called for an illegal bat out of the end zone, which would have reversed the fumble, and given Detroit the ball back at the Seattle one yard line.

As to the game, Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch was ruled out before the game because of injury with rookie Thomas Rawls getting the start; Rawls rushed for a team leading 48 yards on 17 carries. QB Russell Wilson threw for 287 yards and one score but he would also fumble the ball away twice.

Detroit QB Matthew Stafford went 24/35 for 203 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs. Stafford’s leading receiver, Calvin Johnson, finished the game with 7 catches and 56 yards, but his fourth quarter lost fumble proved costly for the Lions. The Lions only score would come from a 27-yard fumble return for a touchdown by defensive tackle Caraun Reid.

The Detroit Lions now stand at an ugly 0-4, while the Seattle Seahawks picked up their second win, improving to 2-2. Next week the Lions take on the Arizona Cardinals at home, and the Seahawks face off against the Bengals in Cincinnati.

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McElwain talks Gators in Monday Press Conference

By on October 6th, 2015
Gators Head Coach Jim McElwain speaks at Florida's weekly press conference

Gators Head Coach Jim McElwain speaks at Florida’s weekly press conference


The University of Florida football team remains undefeated after the Gators pummel the Ole Miss Rebels 38-10 on Saturday.  Monday, Florida head coach Jim McElwain says how proud he is of the way his team performed.

“Well, guys, what a night in the Swamp. It was something pretty special. The way our guys played was the way they practiced. I was really happy to see that. It was as good a defensive performance as I’ve probably ever been around, especially knowing who we were playing and their big play capability.”

The Orange and Blue had a 25-0 lead at halftime and although the team had a strong offensive performance Coach Mac says they still have room for improvement.

“Offensively, you know, we’re starting to do some things. We still have so far to go. We were on edge on a lot of runs. I thought we had an opportunity to hit some big ones and not sure our mike identification was right every time. We need to clean that up. However, their line movements, our guys handled it pretty well. And I think we didn’t allow some of their dominant players to kind of take over the game on that side of the ball.”

After a very physical SEC match up against the Rebels, Coach McElwain says his team didn’t get too beat up.

“Other than general nicks and bruises and stuff coming out of a physical SEC game like that, we’re actually in pretty good shape. Ahmad Fulwood will be no contact. Landed back on that arm of his; C’yontai (Lewis) we’re somewhere between 25 and 50 percent heal ratio on his hand. They did shorten, or soften, the cast a little bit but not enough to play. That will be in evaluation Wednesday morning to see where he’s at. We’d love to get him back, obviously.”

“Got a couple guys still got a little bit of that flu stuff but it seems like it may be running its course. We had our shots last Monday actually, it was scheduled before this even occurred. Hopefully we’re able to nip that before it becomes another issue moving forward. That’s about it.”

The Gators are now 5-0 as they prepare to face Missouri on the road this weekend. Mizzou has won the SEC East for the last two years and has a team stacked with talent. According to McElwain, he has a lot of respect for coach Gary Pinkel and his program.  McElwain says Pinkel learned a lot from legendary coach Don James.

“We tried to emulate a lot of things that coach James did in those 11 years or whatever it was coaching at Eastern because, let’s face it, they were one of the kings of college football at that time. He learned from one of the best. Obviously, he and coach Saban were together under that, so I’m sure there were a lot of similarities in how they go about their daily business, and it shows up on film. You know, at the end, they’re a little bit under the radar. No one has knocked them off. It’ll be really interesting to see how our guys approach this week, what they learned from the past, to see how we approach this opportunity on Saturday.”

The Gators jumped up 14 spots from number 25 to number 11 in the AP Top 25 poll this week. tied for the third highest jump in the poll’s history and the biggest jump in the school’s history.

Jim McElwain is often heard saying “restore the order” and it seems to be rubbing off on his players as they say the slogan as well. McElwain says “restoring the order” is about getting back to the roots of the program.

“The order for a long time there were the Gators. We were right up there at the top of the order. Yet, for some reason, the order has been skewed. It’s because other teams are getting really good now — and because this is a team that’s taking advantage of that; the team we’re playing. I like at it a little bit as a responsibility. But you have to be mature enough to handle the responsibility. That’s what’s interesting to me. I’m really looking forward — really looking forward — to this week’s practice. I’m looking forward to looking them in the eye at today’s meetings and getting an idea exactly where they’re at in restoring order…”

The Florida Gators will be traveling to Columbia Missouri to take on the Mizzou Tigers Saturday; kickoff from Memorial Stadium at Faurot Field is set for 7:30PM.


For full audio of the above quotes see below:

McElwain on performance against Ole Miss

McElwain on the offense

McElwain on injuries

more McElwain on injuries

McElwain on the flu

McElwain on Missouri

McElwain on restoring the order



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Detroit looks for first victory of season in Monday night match-up with Seattle

By on October 5th, 2015

The Detroit Lions will take on the Seattle Seahawks tonight at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.

Both teams enter the match up in need of victories; Seattle is just 1-2 and third in the NFC West while Detroit is winless, with an 0-3 record.

Despite the poor record, Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson believes the team is still capable of making the playoffs.

“Expectations have to stay the same,” Johnson said. “We are a playoff team. We showed that last year with a first-year coaching staff.”

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford says the run game needs to be more consistent.

“You want to be balanced, there’s no question,” Stafford said.

Detroit ranks last in the NFL in rushing yards, with only 135 total rushing yards this season. The team averages only 45 rushing yards per game. The Lions face a huge challenge tonight as Seattle ranks second in the NFL in rushing defense, allowing only 301 total rushing yards this season.

The Seahawks will be looking to improve their passing, as they rank 27th in the NFL in passing yards per game, averaging only 212 yards per game.

Seattle also faces the challenge of replacing Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks’ running back will miss tonight’s game with a hamstring injury.

The game will air live on ESPN tonight at 8:30 p.m.







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Florida Volleyball Falls to Arkansas

By on October 5th, 2015

The Florida volleyball team is now 1-3 in SEC play after losing at Arkansas on Sunday.

The match went to five sets.  Arkansas took the first set of the game 25-23, but the Gators would turn it around in the second set winning 25-15.  Arkansas once again took another set in the third, 25-19.  Florida won the fourth set 25-18, but Arkansas would claim the win in the fifth, 18-16.

The Gators are now 9-4 overall.  Florida coach Mary Wise says Arkansas’ ability to score “big” points gave them the win.

“If it had been a boxing match we would have won by decision. Unfortunately, it’s by points and Arkansas won the big points when it mattered.”

With the win, Arkansas has now won five matches in a row, including four matches being won in the fifth set.  Wise credits the Razorbacks for their ability to be clutch in these wins.

“[They] played so well just to win the big points and credit Arkansas…they won five straight and four of those last five have come in fifth sets.”

During the match, Florida starting setter Mackenzie Dagostino sustained a concussion causing her to leave the game.  Abby Detering took over in the third set and had a career high 30 assists by the end of the match.  Wise says exceptional individual performances like Detering’s matter just as much as a win itself.

“Abby Detering did a terrific job. She’s never been on the floor in a fifth set and I think the third set is when we realized Mackenzie was not capable of playing anymore.”

Florida tries to get back on the winning track Friday as it welcomes the Texas A&M Aggies into the O’Dome at 7:00 PM.  Live coverage starts at 6:50 PM on ESPN Gainesville 95.3 FM.

To hear audio from the story, listen here:

Wise says Arkansas won big points

Wise talks about Arkansas winning 5th sets

Wise talks about Detering

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Florida NFL Teams All Post the Same Record

By on October 5th, 2015

As Sunday’s NFL games wrapped up, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and Miami all saw their records drop to 1-3 after losses.  Up in Indianapolis, the Colts edged out the Jags in overtime with a tie-breaking field goal by Adam Vinatieri. The game ended with the Colts winning 16-13.

Indianapolis Colts' Frank Gore (23) runs out of the tackle of Jacksonville Jaguars' Johnathan Cyprien (37) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indianapolis Colts’ Frank Gore (23) runs out of the tackle of Jacksonville Jaguars’ Johnathan Cyprien (37) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

“We just didn’t finish. We didn’t finish. So I’m not concerned about it because I think this team in that locker room, they know what it takes. We just need to keep consistently putting it together I think as far as the good plays,” said Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley.

In Tampa Bay, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston threw for a career-high 287 yards and two touchdowns but it was not enough to stop the undefeated Carolina Panthers from winning 37-23. Carolina is now 4-0 for the first time since 2003.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws a pass against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws a pass against the Carolina Panthers during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The Miami Dolphins played the New York Jets in London.  Miami was not able to crack New York’s defense, going 0 for 12 on third downs and 0 for 4 on fourth downs. The Jets won 27-14 and Miami head coach Joe Philbin is not happy with his team’s current record.

“I expected to be better than one and three…you guys expected to be better than one and three. That’s what we are. As somebody said, you are what you are in football.'”

Next Sunday, the Bucs and the Jags will face off in Tampa, while the Dolphins head into a bye week.

To listen to Bradley’s and Philbin’s audio clips, click below.

Gus Bradley talking about his team finishing

Joe Philbin unhappy with Dolphins’ record

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