GSC Tournament Berth on the Line for Argonauts April 26, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – As the final weekend of the regular season approaches, West Florida is still alive for a berth in next month’s Gulf South Conference Tournament. West Florida (29-22, 9-9 GSC) will be on the road at North Alabama (31-16, 10-7 GSC) and Alabama-Huntsville (39-13, 12-7 GSC) this weekend for their final six games of the regular season.West Florida is currently tied with West Georgia for the fourth and final post-season seed from the GSC East Division. West Georgia will complete their regular season on Friday at West Alabama. West Florida is looking for their 13th consecutive GSC Tournament berth. The Argonauts have never missed the tournament since entering the conference prior to the 1995 season.West Florida is coming off a 2-2 record last weekend against West Georgia and West Alabama. Taren Walton (Pensacola, Fla./Daytona Beach CC) tossed two complete game shutouts for the Argonaut wins: a 2-0 victory over West Georgia, and a 1-0 triumph over West Alabama.North Alabama, who is currently in third place in the GSC East Division, is ranked eighth in the latest NCAA Division II South Region poll. The Lions are coming off a double header sweep over Albany State on Monday.West Florida holds a 45-6 advantage in the all-time series, but North Alabama split a four-game regular season series in Pensacola last season. The Lions have not defeated the Argonauts in Florence, Ala. since Apr. 6, 1996.Friday’s double header will be the make-up games for the double header that was rained out in Pensacola on Apr. 1. Even though the double header will be played at North Alabama, West Florida will be the home team on Friday. First pitch of Friday’s double header is set for 5 p.m. CST, while Saturday’s first pitch is set for 1 p.m. CST. West Florida will finish the season on Sunday at Alabama-HuntsvillePrint Friendly Version Share
Following an impressive start to his reign at White Hart Lane, ex-Southampton boss Pochettino saw Spurs beaten 3-0 at home to a rampant Liverpool. It continues Liverpool’s impressive run against Tottenham, with Brendan Rodgers’ side dishing out 4-0 and 5-0 thrashings in the league last year. “My ambition is to try to strive to be on top (of the league),” he said. “This is the process and we need to provide our players and our supporters and believe always – this is our objective. “I’m very happy with the squad. We know that last season Tottenham made a big investment in players and spent a lot of money, this season was always to believe in those players and add balance to the squad and show that we are a very good squad.” Mauricio Pochettino is hoping that Tottenham’s defeat to Liverpool before the international break can serve as a lesson for the next time his club come up against one of the Barclays Premier League elite. In fact, Spurs only managed to take one point against last season’s top four sides, with Manchester City and Chelsea also recording big wins at their expense. But Pochettino, who oversaw victories over West Ham and QPR in his opening two league games, wants his players to take the positives from their latest defeat – with a tricky trip to Sunderland coming on Saturday. “We need to learn and we need to improve,” he said. “We need to build a strong team, a confident team and a solid team. In the 90 minutes, 3-0 is impossible to put forward an excuse, but when you analyse the game we get a lot of situations to improve on. “In the future this is a good game to learn from for us when we need to compete with a big team and we need to improve our game. The fans watch and see that we need to improve and the changes from the past two months. “You always need time and you need passion. You also need results and I think we are heading in the right way.” The transfer window for Tottenham saw five new faces arrive in north London, with Federico Fazio and Benjamin Stambouli later additions following moves for Eric Dier and Swansea pair Ben Davies and Michel Vorm earlier in the summer. The club missed out on high-profile target Danny Welbeck, who moved to rivals Arsenal, but Pochettino is happy with his squad and was prepared for the tighter purse strings when he took over. Press Association
MELBOURNE: Australian limited-overs batsman D’Arcy Short is confident of shaking off the white-ball specialist tag and proving his worth against the red ball.”It was very enticing in terms of the opportunities that I could have got (in Tasmania),” he told cricket.com.au. Short turned down an offer to move to Tasmania, and instead decided that a first full pre-season at Western Australia would give him the best chance to prove himself as a red-ball player in his adopted home state. “But I felt like if I stayed here and put in a full pre-season, I can play all formats here as well. That was a challenge for me; I know I can do that here and this is where I want to try and do it. I love playing cricket in WA and that’s why I’m staying. “It was a combination of both (cricket and personal reasons). With all the cricket I play and being away so much, I felt like being home when I could is a good option. “I’m a bit of a homebody anyway, which doesn’t really help me in terms of the job. But if I can spend time at home, that’s what I want to do. That was one of the main reasons.” “I don’t think it’s an unfair view, it’s just what people have seen,” Short said on the tag of him being a white-ball specialist. “I definitely back myself in red-ball cricket as well. I just haven’t taken my opportunities as well as I could have or should have in the games that I’ve played. “The pressure of wanting to do well and keep my spot plays on my mind a bit as well. I know I can do it, it’s just about putting it together in a game. “I think I slowly proved that last year. Against NSW, I opened the batting against a Test attack and got fifty and batted for a fair amount of time (164 balls). “I got a fair bit of confidence out of that. It’s just about putting a big score on the board when I get a chance, said Short who has so far played eight ODIs and 20 T20s for Australia. IANS Also watch: Get Set Global: Travel Restrictions Creating Havoc For People In The UK
Brevin Pritzl has his swagger back.At least, that’s what University of Wisconsin men’s basketball head coach Greg Gard says. The swagger Gard is alluding to isn’t your typical type of swagger, either. Rather, it’s Wisconsin basketball’s definition of swagger.“I think just over the last six to eight weeks he’s started to get his swagger back,” Gard said of his redshirt freshman guard. “By that I mean the appreciation for things other than just shooting — diving on the floor, taking charges, rebounding, taking care of the ball.”Gard’s comments came following No. 7 Wisconsin’s 65-60 win over Indiana last Sunday. Pritzl logged a career-high in points (6) and nearly eclipsed his career-high in minutes played (13), which came against Ohio State last month.Men’s basketball: Badgers breaking recruiting trend, adding big-time talentBy the looks of the 2017-18 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball recruiting class, UW’s recruiting identity appears due for a Read…Pritzl’s scoring was not only timely, as his lone field goal — a baseline drive layup — came with Wisconsin leading just 35-33 in the second half, but his defense was also solid for someone who has just 64 minutes of playing time this season (as of Feb. 8), Gard said.“He just kept getting more and more consistent,” Gard said. “I brought him over [from the scout team] different times during practice and I thought he’s handled it pretty well. [Against Indiana] I just kept liking what I was seeing. He stayed in his lane. He didn’t try to do too much. He didn’t try to make up for lost time.”That lost time Gard referred to is Pritzl’s broken left foot that hampered him during his true freshman season. Pritzl was cleared for activity early last season and appeared in one game — on Nov. 15 against Siena — but re-broke his foot while practicing before a game at Syracuse. That injury cost him the rest of the season, but Pritzl secured a medical redshirt.In Pritzl’s mind, it took him a full year to feel normal on the court again.Ben Pierce/The Badger Herald“Even talking to coach Gard, in December I finally hit my stride in who I was as a basketball player,” Pritzl said. “When I hit that year mark, I got back to who I was. Now I’m just trying to create off of that.”As a prep standout at De Pere High School in De Pere, Wisconsin, Pritzl was a prolific scorer. He had to learn how to adjust to not always having the ball in his hands once he came to UW.“I just caught and shot over people,” Pritzl said. “Now, I play with and face a lot better players. You have to use a different system. You gotta play a little different and I gotta learn how to create off of them.”In high school, Pritzl was never one to sacrifice his body and make the physical play — diving for a loose ball, for example. His high school coach, Brian Winchester, and his dad, Brian, would always get on him for that. But Pritzl’s season and a half with the Badgers has taught him that he needs to do things like that to fit in with the classic Wisconsin style of play.Men’s basketball breakdown: Wisconsin handles North DakotaIt was smooth sailing for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team Tuesday night at the Kohl Center, where UW defeated North Read…“You realize you need people like that,” Pritzl said. “You need someone to mix it up. Maybe you don’t always get it … but I gotta make that a habit of my own.”One practice, Pritzl said, fifth-year senior guard Zak Showalter, who is the embodiment of Gard’s “swagger,” seemed displeased with Pritzl diving on the floor. It’s natural for someone like Showalter who starts and logs 28 minutes a game to not exert maximum effort during practice, and Frank Kaminsky said the same thing of Ethan Happ a few years ago. But for Pritzl, it was his chance to prove his toughness and commitment to seeing the floor.Upon return from his injury, Pritzl still wasn’t doing enough intangibles to impress the UW coaching staff.“It’s really taken him a long time to get back into that rhythm,” Gard said. “I think for him, mentally, I think he was probably caught in the trap that shooting is going to get me back faster than anything else and really it had to be those other things first. We know he can score. We know he shoots it really well. But he had to be doing those other things too and that’s what we’ve been seeing.”Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldWith Wisconsin graduating 80 percent of its starting five, Pritzl is in solid position along with fellow reserve guards Jordan Hill and D’Mitrik Trice to earn significant playing time next season, even with the arrival of heralded recruits Kobe King and Brad Davison.“Always the product of what you’re doing is you want to keep playing — playing at the next level, play the year after, year after,” Pritzl said. “So it’s all about improving. Every day you step out, even in the weight room, and think about what I gotta do to get better and translate that out here out on the court.”Just a couple of weeks ago, Pritzl told The Badger Herald, “I’m obviously not going to be playing minutes that are big.”The Indiana game disproved that assumption. He’s slowly gaining the trust of his coach and teammates. Obviously, there will be a steep learning curve and bumps in the road ahead.“Sometimes things don’t go your way,” Pritzl said. “It’s about getting out there, to get an opportunity, try to learn and get better for next year.”He paused.“Or this year, if that’s what we need.”UW just might need that swagger.