Share UWF Softball moves up to No. 7 in regional poll Argos move to No. 7 regionally (Photo by Bill Stockland) INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of West Florida softball team jumped one spot to No. 7 in the latest NCAA Softball Poll released earlier today. The Argonauts used an 18-14 record against regional opponents to jump over Saint Leo University who has a 23-19 record against opponents in the region.West Florida used a three-game sweep against regional and conference opponent, University of West Alabama, to earn the No. 7 ranking.Eight teams from the south region earn a spot into the NCAA Tournament with three teams earning automatic bids for winning the Gulf South Conference, Sunshine State Conference, and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Alabama-Huntsville tops the list with a 33-7 record against opponents in the region, followed by Tampa at 21-5 and Valdosta State at 33-11. North Alabama (28-10), Rollins (28-11), Palm Beach Atlantic (26-12), and Saint Leo (23-19) round out the remaining teams in the top eight.UWF travels to Delta State for the final series of the regular season this week. The Argos open the series at Friday, April 25, at 5 p.m. and finish the series with a doubleheader Saturday, April 26, at noon.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#NCAA Regional Rankings– www.GoArgos.com –Print Friendly Version
Ghana midfielder Sulley Ali Muntari was engaged in angry verbal exchanges with the Minister of Sports in the full view of the rest of the playing body of the Black Stars.Alhaji Muntaka Mubabrak Mohammed, the new government appointee, has confirmed the incident which happened last Wednesday before the weekend’s World Cup qualifier against Benin.The Inter Milan player clashed with the minister in a rift over the bonuses when the minister met the Black Stars over money for the World Cup qualifiers.While the minister claims he had insisted that the bonuses be maintained at US$8,000 against the US$10,000, asked for by players, insiders say government had proposed to reduce it to US$6,000 per win.Mohammed is reported to have warned the Black Stars that they would be replaced by the national U-20 team if they rejected the offer infuriating Muntari.The angry Muntari dared the minister to bring the Black Satellites to play against Benin instead of the Black Stars. Mohammed said: “Yes an incident took place at the Novotel Hotel while I was discussing the bonuses issue.“The captain and other senior players in the squad came to apologise to me over the incident and now the issue is closed.”Despite claims by the minister that the issue has been resolved the strained relationship was evident on Sunday when Muntaka inspected both teams.His handshake to the Inter Milan player was not firm as he did with the other players and Muntari also looked away as the minister approached him.Source: ghanasoccernet
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker hailed Arsenal’s counterattacking game plan as the Gunners clinched a famous and dramatic 2-0 win over Bayern Munich to keep their Champions League last 16 hopes alive.Substitute Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil struck in the final 15 minutes in an absorbing encounter at the Emirates, with Arsene Wenger’s side going some way to avenging two aggregate defeats to the German giants in the last four years.The Arsenal defence repelled everything the Bundesliga champions threw at them, and Mertesacker felt their patient approach would always pay dividends.“No one was expecting us to drop that deep and to get them on the break. That was a good game plan – we had to keep the clean sheet as long as possible,” said the German defender.“In the second half we knew we would get our chances and it worked completely for us.“We are pretty delighted with the performance, with the defensive unit and obviously how we executed it at the end.”While Arsenal still sit bottom of their group after three matches, they know their destiny remains in their hands ahead of the return trip to Bavaria in two weeks’ time.