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Jaguars Still Winless

By on September 29th, 2014

The Jacksonville Jaguars remain winless after falling 33-14 to the Chargers in San Diego on Sunday.  The Jaguars are now 0-4 while the Chargers improve to 3-1.

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles made his first career start, completing 29 of 37 passes for 253 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Bortles says it was a mixed-bag day for him.

“I left some throws out there. And didn’t make some plays. But I thought we had a decent first half and we got to continue to carry that over into the second and finish the game,” said Bortles.

Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley said he was pleased with how Bortles looked in his first career start.

“I know that his efficiency was good, the decision making was pretty good. Just his overall poise and control and managing the huddle and taking control, I thought he did just a great job of that,” said Bradley.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns.

The Jaguars will look for the team’s first season win next Sunday when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at EverBank Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

For audio on the story, click below.

Bortles

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Dolphins Keep Raiders Winless

By on September 29th, 2014

The Miami Dolphins defeated the Oakland Raiders 38-14 on Sunday in a game played at Wembley Stadium in London as part of the International Series contest.

At the beginning of the game, the Raiders were able to score in the first quarter with a couple of impressive catches. However, that was about all that the Raiders offense was able to do for the entire game. There wasn’t another touchdown for them until the fourth quarter.

Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr suffered a knee injury late in the third quarter with the score 31-7. Third string quarterback Matt McGloin replaced Carr and threw a touchdown pass while also being picked off twice.

The Dolphins were able to take the lead early in the second quarter and continued to put points up on the board to solidify their win.

Earlier in the week, there was a lot of speculation surrounding whether or not Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill woud start against the Raiders. However, Tannehill played well, tossing two touchdown passes while throwing for 278 yards.

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin thought his quarterback played well.

“It looked like he played a very good football game,” he said.

Tannehill was happy with the win but knows it is only one win on the schedule.

“We have to keep building on it,” he said.

The Dolphins have a bye week this week but play again in two weeks against Green Bay at home.

For audio from the story, click below.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Win Barn Burner vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

By on September 29th, 2014

With seven seconds left in the game, Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon delivered a five yard touchdown strike to Vincent Jackson, which would end up being the game winner for the Buccaneers as they went on to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-24 Sunday.

The game-winning drive started with the Bucs on the Steeler 46 yard line after a poor Pittsburgh punt. On 2nd & 10, Glennon hit former Gator Louis Murphy for a 41-yard gain to get Tampa Bay all the way down to the Pittsburgh five yard line. Then, Glennon would hit Jackson for that game winner.

Here’s Gene Deckerhoff’s Game-Winning Call on the Bucs Radio Network.

Glennon, in his first start of the year, threw for 302 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.  Murphy led the team in receiving yards with six catches for 99 yards, while 2014 first round pick Mike Evans would have four catches for 65 yards and a TD before leaving the game with a groin injury.

This was Tampa Bay’s first win of the season; they’ll face the New Orleans Saints in an NFC South match up next week.

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Florida Soccer Puts Away Missouri 3-1, Open SEC Play 3-0

By on September 29th, 2014

The seventh ranked Florida soccer team improved its record to 8-2 on Sunday afternoon after defeating the Missouri Tigers 3-1 at the Dizney Lacrosse Stadium.

Senior midfielder Havana Solaun drew first blood with a goal in the 19th minute. Sophomore midfielder Betsy Middleton pushed the lead to 2-0 for Florida with a right-footed strike in the 33rd minute.

“I think it’s good when you can have an SEC weekend where you get six points and that’s exactly what happened,” said Florida head coach Becky Burleigh. “We used a lot of players today so it was pretty much a total team effort which was great. We didn’t execute exactly how we wanted to all the time but at the same time, I thought some of the goals were really spectacular.”

With the win, the Gators open up conference play 3-0. Florida won its SEC home opener against Georgia on Friday.

“It was a really tough game you know with the heat and (playing on Sunday),” said Solaun. “But I think we stuck to the way we like to play and got some goals out of it.”

The Gators enjoyed some home cookin’ after playing a pair of games at home after a six-game road trip.

“The travel schedule at the beginning of the season did wear us out, at least me in particular,” Middleton said. “I was exhausted from all the travel that we did. Having a home weekend was completely rejuvenating. It’s great to play in front of our home crowd… and not having to fly in and out every day.”

Florida will travel for its next game when it goes head to head with Texas A&M on Friday.

For audio on the above quotes, click below:

Florida head coach Becky Burleigh talks about starting 2-0 in SEC play

Havana Solaun is happy to come away with the win.

Betsy Middleton talks about playing a few games at home after a six-game road trip

 

 

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Monday Sports Update (9/29)

By on September 29th, 2014

A baseball no-hitter on the last day of the regular season, NFL results, a former Gator assistant is fired and more in our Monday Sports Update…

** Former Gator offensive coordinator Charlie Weis was fired as the head coach of Kansas on Sunday.  Weis had one only one Big 12 game in his tenure with the Jayhawks.

** Former Gator defensive assistant and current Texas coach Charlie Strong met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss how Strong is keeping discipline high in his program.

** Europe once again wins golf’s Ryder Cup, this time by a 16 and a half to an 11 and a half score.

** The NFL sees the Tampa Bay Bucs rally to get their first win of the year, a 27-24 win over Pittsburgh on a touchdown pass with 12 seconds to go in the game.  Jacksonville remains winless after losing to San Diego 33-14 and Miami is 2-2 after beating winless Oakland 38-14.

** The Monday Night Football game tonight has Kansas City facing New England.

** In baseball, the regular season is now over and it went out with a bang as Washington’s Jordan Zimmerman throws a no-no against Miami.  The postseason begins on Tuesday.

** Jeff Gordon wins the NASCAR race in Dover, Delaware on Sunday as four drivers were eliminated from the Chase for the Cup.  Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Aric Almirola and AJ Allmendinger were the racers eliminated.

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Gator Volleyball Sweeps Ole Miss, Opens SEC Play 2-0‏

By on September 29th, 2014

The 10th ranked Gator volleyball squad used a career performance from junior middle blocker Simone Antwi to help defeat the Ole Miss Rebels in straight sets Sunday in Florida’s SEC home opener at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Florida (8-3, 2-0 SEC) downed Ole Miss 25-13, 25-15, 25-19 to kick off the 2014 SEC schedule an undefeated 2-0 following the split weekend.

The Gators hit .442 in the match behind Antwi’s .769 clip, with 11 kills on 13 swings with just one error. The Orange and Blue held the Rebels (14-2, 0-2 SEC) to a .197 hitting percentage, .000 in the first set, as Ole Miss became the sixth opponent this season that UF has forced to operate below a .200 hitting efficiency, including both league opponents so far.

Antwi (11) and sophomore right side Alex Holston (12) both put down double-digit kills for the Orange and Blue and five other Gators joined Antwi with a .300 clip or higher, including freshman middle Rhamat Alhassan (.308), Holston (.455), junior outside hitter Gabby Mallette (.500), junior setter Mackenzie Dagostino (.800) on four dumps and freshman outside hitter Carli Snyder (.364).

Despite the success, Gators head coach Mary Wise knows that the season is still young for her squad, especially in the SEC.

“We know that the Ole Miss team that we’ll play the second time in Oxford will look very different when they have their entire personnel,” Wise said. “What we were able to do was take advantage of some match ups that may not be there the next time we play them. The play of our middles and our right side continue to lead us offensively and keeping our opponents to a low number of kills is our goal in each and every match.”

The Gators now hit the road for an away weekend at LSU and Mississippi State on Friday and Sunday.  You can catch both matches on ESPN 850 WRUF.

For postgame comments from coach Wise, Holly Pole, and Simone Antwi, click here:

Wise recaps the Ole Miss match

Wise talks about the play of Simone Antwi, Alex Holston, Gaby Mallette

Pole talks about holding Ole Miss to a sub .200 clip

Pole talks about the strong serve game (6 aces; 4 from Dagostino, 1 from Alhassan, 1 from Pole)

Antwi talks about being back in the line-up after a week off (injury)

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Florida Soccer Team Wins SEC Home Opener, Beats Georgia 2-1

By on September 27th, 2014

The #7 ranked Gator soccer team beat the #22 Georgia Bulldogs in their SEC home opener 2-1 to improve their season with a 7-2 record.

The Gators are now 2-0 to open conference play.

Florida junior Brook Smith drew first blood for the Gators in the 23rd minute off an assist from Lauren Silver. The Bulldogs wouldn’t go away quietly, responding with the equalizer just four minutes later courtesy of Georgia forward Marion Crowder.

In the 72nd minute, Gator forward Savannah Jordan found the back of the net with a tap-in goal from eight yards out. That would be enough for Florida’s second SEC win on the year.

It was a tale of two halves for the Gators. After allowing the Bulldogs to shoot nine shots in the first half, Florida held Georgia to only three shots after intermission.

Additionally, the Gators found themselves taking 10 corner kicks in the second half after only having one corner kick opportunity in the first half.

“Just like we’ve seen a couple of times this year, the scouting report we have on teams don’t match up what they do,” said Florida head coach Becky Burleigh. “And I think a lot of teams are kind of game planning for us. It’s hard for us to game plan until we get into the game to see what they’re going to do. That was a little bit of change on our part – to counteract what they were doing.”

Jordan’s sixth goal of the season proved to be the game-winning goal. The sophomore forced Georgia keeper Louise Hogrell to come off her line for a block attempt but Jordan flicked the ball past the keeper, allowing her to score on an open net.

“Georgia came out high pressured,” said Jordan. “I think our back line did a great job of staying composed. Taylor Burke did a great job in goal of clearing (some balls) that were pretty close. And I think our team just kept possession really well.”

The Gators will continue SEC play on Sunday when they host Missouri at Dizney Stadium at 2:00 p.m.

For audio from the above quotes, click below:

Becky Burleigh talks about the adjustments made during the match.

Savannah Jordan says their defense did a great job against the Bulldogs

 

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Gator Volleyball Opens SEC Play With Sweep of Auburn

By on September 27th, 2014

Coming off arguably the toughest non-conference schedule, the 10th ranked Gators volleyball team (7-3, 1-0 SEC) had no issues against the Auburn Tigers (8-6, 0-1 SEC), taking them in straight sets (25-14, 25-19, 25-19) as they opened SEC play Friday.

Led by the attack of Alex Holston (15 kills), the Orange and Blue were able to post a .340 hitting clip while holding the Tigers to a .096 percentage. With Holston’s . 464 clip, and freshman Rhamat Alhassan’s .600 (along with 10 kills), the Gators cruised through the Tigers. Junior setter Mackenzie Dagostino provided 36 assists, while senior libero Holly Pole had 16 digs.

Head coach Mary Wise praised the team’s strong performance and the leadership of Pole.

“When a team hits .340 on the road, the offense will get a lot of recognition, as it should, but so much of the match tonight had to do with our back court play, starting from the very first rally of the match. Holly Pole, each night out, just gets better and better. She made 16 digs tonight, but it felt like she was involved in so many more plays than just that.”

The Gators now return home Sunday as they welcome the Ole Miss Rebels (14-0) to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center for their conference home opener.

The Gators have the all-time series lead over the Rebels, with a 43-3 record. The last time they met, the Gators swept the Rebels in Oxford. Under head coach Wise, Florida has run its consecutive win streak to 37 matches against the Rebels.

You can catch that match on ESPN 850 WRUF.

For postgame comments from coach Mary Wise, click here:

Wise talks about the play of Holly Pole

Wise on Alex Holston’s performance

Wise on Mackenzie Dagostino’s performance

Wise talks about the effects Rhamat Alhassan has on matches

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Gator Volleyball to Open SEC Slate with Auburn and Ole Miss

By on September 26th, 2014

Coming off one of the most challenging non-conference schedules in the country, the 10th ranked Gator volleyball team is ready to wipe the slate clean as the Orange and Blue enter the second portion of the 2014 campaign, Southeastern Conference play.

Florida (6-3) kicks off its SEC schedule at Auburn (8-5) Friday night match-up before returning home Sunday as the Gators welcome Ole Miss (14-0) to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center for their conference home opener.

The Orange and Blue own a 41-1 record over the Tigers. The last time these two teams met, the Gators swept in three sets at the O’Dome.

The Gators also have the all-time series lead over the Rebels, with a 43-3 record. The last time they met, the Gators swept the Rebels in Oxford.

Florida was 16-2 last season in league play and finished second in the conference standings. Under Wise, Florida is 358-18 in SEC play. The Gators own 20 SEC Championships, including 18 straight from 1991-2008. Under Gator head coach Mary Wise, Florida has run its consecutive win streak to 37 matches against both the Tigers and Rebels, and the Orange and Blue will look to open conference play 2-0 to make it an undefeated 38-0 under Wise against the two league foes.

Freshman middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan (11 kills, 10 blocks) ranks third in the country with her .510 hitting efficiency. Junior setter Mackenzie Dagostino (43 assists, 17 digs) is 28th in the nation with 11.06 assists per set. Against the UCF Knights, sophomore right side Alex Holston led the charge with 20 kills, and three others slammed down double-digit kills. Defensively, UF posted 11 blocks, while senior libero Holly Pole scooped up a career-tying 20 digs to stabilize the Gators passing efforts.

Coach Mary Wise credits Dagostino’s strong play as a key to the team’s success.

“Mackenzie’s one of the most athletic setter we’ve had here,” Wise said. “Don’t let her size decieve you in terms of how physical she is above the net.”

You can catch both these matches on ESPN 850 WRUF.

For comments from coach Mary Wise and Mackenzie Dagostino, click here:

Wise talks about the strength of her team

Wise on Mackenzie Dagostino

Dagostino on Rhamat Alhassan and Alex Holston and how they are assets to the team

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Eastside Takes On North Marion;More Local High School Football Games Tonight

By on September 26th, 2014

Eastside High (1-3, 1-0) will travel to battle district 5A rival North Marion (2-2, 1-0) in Citra tonight in high school football action.

The Rams are coming off a 41-22 trashing of Belleview last week at Citizen’s Field while the Colts hope to bounce back after a close 30-26 loss to Suwannee.

Eastside head coach Jeff Parker says it’s going to come down to limiting turnovers on the road.

“We’ve got to execute, we’ve got to take care of the football,” said Parker. “We’ve got to minimize mistakes. To go down to their place, which is a special high school environment, our kids will have to be able to cope with that and be able to execute to be successful.”

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

** The Santa Fe Raiders (2-2, 0-2) will host the Interlachen Rams (0-4, 0-0) tonight.

Raiders head coach Bill Wiles knows that Interlachen is hungry for its first win.

“The’vey got athletic kids,” said coach Wiles. “I know they haven’t won a lot, they do have athletes, and the thing that scares you about a team like that is that you know that they’re trying to win.”

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

** The P.K. Yonge Blue Wave (2-0, 0-0) will take on the Hawthorne Hornets (1-3, 0-1) at 7:30 p.m.

** The Newberry Panthers (1-3, 1-0) will go head to head with Keystone Heights (0-3-1, 0-1) at 7:30 p.m.

** The Trenton Tigers (3-1, 1-0) hosts Cedar Creek Christian (1-2, 0-1) in a non-conference game at 7:00 p.m.

** Gainesville High, Buchholz, Newberry, Dixie County, Oak Hall, and Suwannee are all on bye weeks.

To listen to the audio from the above quotes, click below:

Eastside head coach Jeff Parker talks about the keys to the game against North Marion.

Santa Fe head coach Bill Wiles knows that Interlachen is hungry for a victory

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