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Women’s Golf Head Coach Emily Glaser is Looking Forward to a Great Post-Season

By on April 9th, 2014

University of Florida’s Head Women’s Golf Coach,Emily Glaser has had a club in her hand since she could walk and she started playing competitive golf at age 11.

Glaser is from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, where her parents own a golf course that has been in the family since the 1930s. Glaser’s father is a PGA professional and was her mentor when it came to her golf game.

“He has been all of the things that a golfer needs rolled into one, swing coach, mental coach, motivator. You know, I find myself even today in my coaching role, saying things that he would have said to me 10 to 20 years ago.”

Glaser says the golfer she most admires is Jack Nicklaus. Not only because he is an Ohio native but because of his influence on the game.Glaser says her biggest accomplishments came in her amateur years of playing the game. Glaser played four years at Michigan State University and was the 2002 Big Ten Golf Athlete of the Year. Glaser’s lowest career score is a 66, which she carded at the 2008 McDonald’s LPGA Championship.

“I think his golfing mind was very, very good, which is what I’m probably the most impressed with. And just allowing him to win over different decades is pretty impressive,” she said.

Glaser says that she would describe herself as a player’s coach. Her experience comes more from the aspect of a player and competitor versus a teacher or swing instructor. Glaser says she talks to the girls a lot about how to pull through when things aren’t going your way out on the course.

Glaser also says the team has a very young lineup this season and with that, comes a learning curve. The girls are learning to juggle school, nutrition and social life on top of golf. Glaser says golf is a very global game and every member of the team is from a different part of the globe. That being said, Glaser says the girls treat each other with respect and the team chemistry is up to par.

Florida Women’s Golf Head Coach Emily Glaser is looking forward to a great post-season and is excited to see what the team can achieve.

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Gators look for fourth straight win in rematch with No. 8 FSU

By on April 9th, 2014

The No. 6 Florida Gator softball team will be on the road Wednesday night as they travel to Tallahassee to face Sunshine State rival Florida State. This will be the second game between these two top ten teams in two weeks and the Gators will be seeking revenge.

On April 2, the No. 8 Seminoles strolled into Gainesville and defeated the Gators 3-2 in eight innings, giving the Gators their fourth straight loss at the time. However, the Gators have really been able to turn things around.

For the first time since March of 2013 the Gators recorded a series sweep as they defeated the Auburn Tigers  over the weekend at home. Senior pitcher Hannah Rogers also seems to have been rejuvenated. After getting the loss one week ago to the Seminoles, the Gators ace rebounded by taking two of the three wins this past weekend against the Tigers.

The Seminoles will be coming into this game with a sweep of their own as they beat the Maryland Terrapins over the weekend and extended their win streak to 17 games. The Seminoles have been led by redshirt junior Maddie O’Brien who is batting a whopping .451 with 16 home runs and 63 RBI’s on the year. The Gators will remember O’Brien very well as she showed off her talents one week ago finishing 2 for 4 with a solo shot off junior Lauren Haeger.

The Gators have found their own leader at the plate in the last few games as sophomore Kirsti Merritt hit a couple home runs on Saturday and scored the game winning run as the Gators beat the Tigers 1-0 in eight innings on Sunday.  The Gators currently have four players hitting over .300 on the year and head coach Tim Walton will look for more of his players to produce as the season progresses.

The Gators come into this game 34-8 on the year while the Seminoles come in at 38-4. Under Walton, the Orange and Blue has won six straight games in Tallahassee dating back to 2008 and the Gators will look to keep that streak alive Wednesday night. Sophomore shortstop Kathlyn Medina talked about the Gators recent success and what that does for the team moving forward.

“The momentum will help us out. FSU is a great team so it’s going to be a great game. We’re just going in there with a good mentality and we’re going to try and get that win.”

You can hear all the action of Wednesday’s game right here on ESPN 850 WRUF with coverage starting at 5:50 followed by first pitch at 6pm.

For pre-game comments from Head Coach Tim Walton and players click on the links below:

Walton talks about the changes he wants to see against FSU

Walton talks about the impact of Katie Medina

Medina talks about getting back in the lineup

Munro talks about the team moving forward

 

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U Conn Women Win Title, MLB Roundup, More In Sports Update

By on April 9th, 2014

Another national title for the University of Connecticut in basketball, a milestone day is somewhat spoiled in baseball and more in our Wednesday Sports Update.

** Right after the men’s basketball team won a national title, the University of Connecticut women do the same thing Tuesday after blasting Notre Dame 79-58 to win a record ninth national title for the program.   The Huskies finished the year unbeaten.

** The Brooklyn Nets have now beaten the Miami Heat in all of their meetings this year after an 88-87 win on Tuesday.

** Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of Henry Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all time home run record in Atlanta.   However, the 2014 Braves lost to the Mets 4-0.

** The Miami Marlins were cooled off by Washington 5-0 while Tampa Bay edged Kansas City 1-0.

** The Masters starts tomorrow but the always fun Par 3 Tournament is played today at Augusta National.

** Gator football spring practice continues toward the Orange And Blue spring game Saturday.  Gator coach Will Muschamp says there are some players that have sustained injuries like running back Mark Herndon and linebacker Daniel McMillan (ankles) after a scrimmage Saturday.

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Florida Gators’ Will Muschamp on 2014 Season: ‘We’re Going to Have a Good Team Next Year’

By on April 9th, 2014

The Florida football team is in full swing preparing for the upcoming 2014 season.

Florida football head coach Will Muschamp talked after practice Tuesday to discuss the Gator’s progress during spring practice. A hot topic was Saturday’s scrimmage and the development of the new uptempo offense under offensive coordinator Kurt Roper. Muschamp said Roper brings confidence to the offense which has been missing for quite some time.

“I think our attitude is much better,” Muschamp said. “It’s much more positive, especially on the offensive side of the ball. “I think our guys have a lot of confidence in what they’re doing. They have a belief and trust in what we’re doing. We lost that late in the year.”

Florida now has 12 practices under their belt and Muschamp said there has been no change behind starting quarterback Jeff Driskel. Sophomore Skyler Mornhinweg and freshman Will Grier continue to compete for the backup role at quarterback.

“Both guys have done some nice things,” Muschamp said. “Will made a really nice adjustment off a corner pressure and hotted the ball to Andre Debose in the red zone (during Saturday’s scrimmage). It was a really nice throw. Skyler also does some nice things; both of those guys will continue to get reps.”

Muschamp also praised the effort the team is making and said a lot of guys have embraced the leadership role.

“I think that you know when your best players are good guys, you know that they understand how to compete,’’ Muschamp said. “You look at Vernon Hargreaves, that’s a guy that goes out and competes every day. Dante Fowler is playing at a different level. Chaz Green is competing extremely hard. Max Garcia, Jeff Driskel, Quinton Dunbar, all  guys that I see that are maybe older guys in the program but are going through spring ball hungry.”

“They’re competing; they’re playing fast, playing physical,” Muschamp said.  “When that makes those other guys, those younger guys, those fringe guys to come and compete like they do, when your best players are competitive guys that go out there and compete all the time, that’s a good thing.”

All eyes are on Florida and anticipation is high among fans to see what the new Gators will look like.  Muschamp said fans are going to be pleased with what they see in the Swamp at the Orange and Blue Debut game Saturday.

“I think when they see our football team, they’re going to see, offensively where we are,” Muschamp said. “I think they’ll see a unit on defense playing well. They’re going to see a good-looking football team. We’re going to have a good team next year. We just need to progress. The summer months are going to be critical for us to continue to take advantage of those opportunities to take the next step offensively and defensively.”

Saturday’s Orange and Blue Debut game will kick off at 1:30 PM at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Florida football head coach Will Muschamp addressing the media

For audio on the above quotes, click below:

Muschamp on team’s progress

Muschamp on Mornhinweg and Grier

Muschamp on Orange and Blue Debut Game

Muschamp on players competing hard

 

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Sweep Complete; Florida Baseball Shuts Out No.1 FSU

By on April 9th, 2014

In three matchups this season against FSU, the Florida baseball team outscored the Seminoles 15-2.  The Gators completed the season sweep of the Noles Tuesday night with an 8-0 victory.  This was the first time since 1989 that the Orange have Blue have earned a shutout in Tallahassee.

Florida starter Danny Young has been a thorn in the side of the Seminoles, pitching 11.2 innings this season against FSU without allowing a run.  Young went five innings before being replaced by Justin Shafer who kept the Noles scoreless in 1.1 innings of work.  Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan continued to exercise the bullpen, using four relievers in all.

Young says his defense helped him out.

“It seems like every time I go out there my defense makes plays. I somehow make a couple of pitches. Scoring first is always good. It’s always an advantage to have a scoring cushion. I love playing in places like this. Everyone is into it and it’s a fun atmosphere.”

Offensively the Gators teed off in the fifth inning, snapping a scoreless ball game with an RBI single from John Sternagel and a three run homer from Casey Turgeon.  Turgeon finished the day with two hits and a team high four RBIs and every Gator starter except Pete Alonso had a hit on the night.

Florida added a run in the sixth when Braden Mattson scored on a wild pitch and scored three more runs in the eighth to secure the win.

Gator coach Kevin O’Sullivan knows this was an important win.

“I’m just proud of our team and the way we played tonight after having a tough weekend in Kentucky. To give up 36 runs and 50 hits was tough. It was as tough a weekend as we had, pitching wise, in a long, long time. To come out here and shut out a Florida State team that is very good is a heck of an accomplishment.”

The Gators remain undefeated against top five teams on the season, and will head to No. 5 South Carolina this weekend in a best of three battle for the top spot in the SEC East.

To hear audio from the game, click below.

Kevin O’Sullivan

Kevin O’Sullivan

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Florida Baseball Looks To Complete FSU Sweep Tonight

By on April 8th, 2014

The Florida baseball team will head to Tallahassee tonight with a target on its back as the Gators look to complete a series sweep of the Seminoles.

Florida has beaten FSU in two low scoring games and the Gators come in off a road SEC series with Kentucky in which they lost two out of three games.

Sophomore Danny Young will get the call on the mound for the Gators tonight, while FSU has yet to name its starter.  Young has made 17 appearances for the Gators this season, more than any pitcher on the staff.  He has an unblemished 3-0 record alongside a 1.96 ERA. 

Florida’s last trip to Tallahassee was a successful one, leaving Dick Howser Stadium with a 4-3 win. 

Offensively, Florida will be lead by Taylor Gushue and Braden Mattson, who combined have 47 RBIs.  Casey Turgeon has also been a key element to this attack, with six game winning RBI’s this season.   

Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan will be looking to get his fourth win in Tallahassee Tuesday night,.  First pitch is set for 6 PM, you can listen in to Country 103-7 The Gator where Steve Russell and Jeff Cardozo will get the call.  

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Huskies Claim Their Fourth Program National Title, Defeat UK 60-54 In Hoops Title Game

By on April 8th, 2014

If St. Joseph would’ve made one more shot in regulation during the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, none of this would’ve been possible — but, they didn’t.

Instead, Connecticut’s road to claiming its fourth national championship in program history came by defeating Villanova, Iowa State, Michigan State, Florida and finally Kentucky with a score of 60-54. This road was by far the toughest to a title and solidified the Huskies not as a Cinderella, but a proven program in the realm of college basketball.

“You believe something so much… man, these guys worked so hard,” UConn guard Shabazz Napier said. ” We’ve worked so hard and we just didn’t want to lose it. Here we go; let’s celebrate.”

For Napier (a senior), it is his second national championship as a Huskie, winning one when he was a freshman. Napier scored over one third of his teams points, racking up 22 points to lead all scorers. But he wasn’t the only Huskie winning his second national title; Niels Giffey was another and he talked about the mind set going into tonight’s game.

“You know, we were talking about the possibility of losing this game and going back home as a runner up,” Giffey said. “After a while we were saying, we shouldn’t even talk about that.”

For the rest of UConn’s cast, Giffey scored 10, guard Ryan Boatright had 14 and forward DeAndre Daniels finished with eight points.

But for every winner there is a loser, and for the preseason No. 1 team (Kentucky), they were one game away from starting No. 1 and ending No. 1.

James Young was the high man for the Wildcats with 20 points; forward Julius Randle gave them 10 more, but those two were the only ones to score in double digits. Marcus Lee, a possible X-factor after Willie Cauley-Stein’s injury only had six minutes and recorded zero points and zero rebounds.

Kentucky was down at half, but this is a team that has been down almost every game this tournament, only to storm back and get a win.  Kentucky coach John Calipari talked about how everything set up for them to do that again, it just didn’t happen.

“We came out and scored, Ok here we go,” Calipari said. “It’s on… but they beat us to every 50-50 ball.”

It was those one or two bounces that gave UConn the edge where Wichita State, Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin couldn’t make those happen.

After the game, second-year UConn head coach Kevin Ollie couldn’t have deflected his praise any more. Right from the start, he gave the credit to the program, it’s staff and their players.

“It feels great. Four national championships and to do this championship with these student athletes is amazing; they’re amazing,” Ollie said. “I keep telling you it started 18 months ago when they started believing and stayed loyal to the program. It’s just a wonderful feeling to hold up that trophy and do it the right way. And I think we did it the right way for 18 months and through this whole NCAA tournament.”

The Connecticut program was not even eligible for the NCAA Tournament last year because the program was not making enough progress in the Academic Progress Rate.

Today, they are national champions.

For audio on the quotes above, click here:

Shabazz Napier on being a leader for his team

Niels Giffey on the mindset going into the game

UK’s head coach John Calipari on where his team lost it

Uconn head coach kevin Ollie on winning the right way

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Video Recap: Huskies Win National Title

By on April 8th, 2014

ESPN 850 WRUF’s Lola Glanton recaps all the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament national title action from North Texas.

Huskies Win National Title

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National Championship Photo Gallery

By on April 8th, 2014

The UConn Huskies are national champions, here’s some photos we took from North Texas.

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All Eyes on Arlington; UK vs. UConn for the National Title

By on April 8th, 2014


The NCAA basketball tournament is often one of battles and roads of those less traveled. Kentucky and Connecticut sit alone at the top with some of the more difficult paths behind them.

For Kentucky, the Wildcats emerge from the thought-to-be toughest region of the NCAA field having beaten Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan to find themselves here.  In their wins, freshman Andrew Harrison hit go-ahead 3-pointers with little time remaining. UK head coach John Calipari talked about why Harrison always has the green light to shoot big shots.

“The biggest thing is he’s not afraid to miss, Calipari said. “He’s okay with it. he’s comfortable in his own skin. He knows how hard he works.”

For UConn, the Huskies have traveled what is thought to be the now-toughest road to the Final Four by defeating the No. 2, 3, and 4 seeds in their division with Villanova, Iowa State and Michigan State all falling. During the streak, UConn’s guards are averaging 63 percent of their total points.

This championship game will be a battle of two very talented teams — it’s no fluke either are here, despite their 7 and 8 seeding.

Kentucky will look to do what it has done all tournament: surprise teams on defense with their length and quickness, and also be able to drive to the lane with good touch around the rim as well as adding a few timely outside shots on offense. For the Wildcats, Julius Randle and Marcus Lee will look to provide an inside game for the team.

UConn head coach Kevin Ollie’s team is known for keeping up in shootouts but talked about what they’re focusing on on defense.

“First of all we want to get back in transition; that’s our number one key every game. Especially them (kentucky), they’ve got a lot of great athletes,” Ollie said. “They use their quickness, they use their speed, they use their jumping ability to get inside the paint… we want to keep them in front of us.”

UConn’s strategy is no surprise; their going to try and beat you with their speed and ability to shoot and connect on difficult shots from the outside. Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright are two guards who can create their own shot and play great defense.

It’s a clash of two different styles of play, but there’s no doubt these two team are playing their best basketball now.

Tip off for the National Championship is set for 9:10 eastern time.

For audio on the quotes above, click here:

Kentucky head coach John Calipari on Harrison’s big shots

Uconn head coach Kevin Ollie on what his team need to do defensively

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