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USF soccer opens NCAA play at UCF

Football at wrigley: Wrigley Field, the Cubs’ home, is prepped for its first football game in 40 years. A sellout of about 40,000 is expected for Northwestern vs. Illinois on Saturday.

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Football at wrigley: Wrigley Field, the Cubs’ home, is prepped for its first football game in 40 years. A sellout of about 40,000 is expected for Northwestern vs. Illinois on Saturday.

TAMPA — His team didn't have the overall record of other teams on the NCAA soccer bubble, but USF men's coach George Kiefer had confidence that the Bulls would find their way into the postseason yet again.

"I'm especially happy for the seniors, to make it four years in a row," Kiefer said Monday after the Bulls (9-5-4) earned an at-large berth. "That's not something that's accomplished easily. I'm very pleased they get a chance to play another game."

The Bulls, who will travel to Orlando to face Central Florida (11-4-3) on Thursday at 5 p.m., made the NCAA cut despite winning just one of their last five. Thursday will be their first game in 15 days, and Kiefer said the rest will benefit his team.

Kiefer says the Bulls are in the NCAA Tournament because of the strength of the Big East and the quality of their opponents.

"When you look at how good the Big East was, six teams in the top 25 RPI, 10 in the top 50, so I felt pretty good that we had a shot to get looked at," Kiefer said.

In their last meeting, USF beat UCF 2-1 in Tampa early last season. The winner plays at 10th-seeded Michigan on Sunday.

Football: Auburn leaves UGA's Murray hurting

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is day to day after suffering a bruised knee and a bruised sternum in Saturday's 49-31 loss at Auburn.

Murray, a former Plant star, was helped from the field and did not return after Nick Fairley's helmet hit his knee late in the game. Earlier in the game, Fairley was penalized for a late hit on Murray.

The play that knocked Murray out of the game preceded skirmishes that resulted in the ejections of Auburn's Mike Blanc and Michael Goggans.

Georgia's next game is against Georgia Tech on Nov. 27.

sec honors: Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and South Carolina tailback Marcus Lattimore are co-offensive players of the week. Alabama safety Robert Lester won defensive honors. Newton accounted for four touchdowns against Georgia. Lattimore ran a school-record 40 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns against UF.

Buffalo: Starting quarterback Alex Zordich will miss the final two games with a broken rib.

Illinois: Linebacker Evan Frierson was indefinitely suspended from the team after he was charged with aggravated battery. Frierson is accused of punching two men who stood in a crosswalk as cars tried to drive through in Champaign.

louisville: Coach Charlie Strong said he had no regrets about a fourth-and-inches gamble in overtime against USF. Quarterback Justin Burke was stuffed on a sneak, and the Bulls won it with a field goal. "You just want to build a toughness, build that tough mentality in your program where you say, it's fourth and 1, go get the first down," Strong said.

north carolina: The NCAA ruled defensive end Michael McAdoo and fullback Devon Ramsay permanently ineligible. The school, which gave no reason for the ruling due to privacy issues, said it would appeal.

Pittsburgh: Defensive end Greg Romeus will miss the rest of his senior season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the second major injury he has had this season. The Big East defensive co-player of the year last season was hurt during a loss to Connecticut on Thursday. It was his first game since injuring his back Sept. 2 against Utah. Romeus will get multiple opinions before deciding whether to have surgery for the second time this season. Pitt visits USF on Saturday.

southern miss: Coach Larry Fedora met with three players hospitalized in fair condition after a weekend shooting and said they apologized for "letting the team down." Linebackers Martez Smith and Tim Green, and defensive end Deddrick Jones were shot in the upper body at Remington's Hunt Club at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday after an altercation started inside and spilled into the parking lot, Hattiesburg police said. Smith and Jones talked to Fedora on Monday morning at the hospital. Green wrote a message because he can't speak. No arrests have been made.

TCU: Offensive line coach Eddie Williamson, 58, is out of the hospital after treatment for chest pains that he experienced during Saturday's game.

Texas: Sophomore running back Tre' Newton, son of former Cowboys lineman Nate Newton, is giving up football after several concussions in college and high school. He will stay on scholarship and work on a degree in corporate communications. With senior running back Fozzy Whittaker slowed by a sore shoulder, junior Cody Johnson will start Saturday against Florida Atlantic.

Virginia: Starting cornerback Ras-I Dowling will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his left ankle Saturday. It was his third injury this season.

washington: A decision on quarterback Jake Locker's availability for Thursday's game against UCLA will be made today. Locker (broken rib) did not play Nov. 6 at Oregon.

wisconsin: Running back John Clay should get limited practice time, with his availability for Saturday's game at Michigan unknown. Clay sprained his right knee in a win over Purdue on Nov. 6 and didn't play during Saturday's victory over Indiana.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

USF soccer opens NCAA play at UCF 11/15/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 15, 2010 11:22pm]
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