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SPORTS
Friday, August 27, 2004
photo A couple of goal getters

Soccer opens tonight at Cyclone Classic

A soccer player can practice the fundamentals of the game all she wants, but one thing that won't improve with practice is how to find the back of the net in game situations.

What separates the great strikers from the good ones is that innate ability to know where the ball will be next, to get there and, with minimal touches, put a shot on goal.

Candice Wilks and Kelly Nelson have that knack for netting goals, but due to injuries last season both saw limited playing time, reflecting in the the team's 6-11-2 overall record (2-6-1 Pacific 10 Conference) last season. [Read article]

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Commentary: '03 football memories not all that bad

Truth be told, I'm new to the UA sports scene. I've never led a chant of "Bear Down" nor do I know much of the difference between Miles Simon and Miles Davis.

I do know this:

The 2003 season wasn't nearly as abominable for the UA football team as students, alumni and even my contemporaries here at the Wildcat have deemed it.

As a dorm-ridden freshman last fall with Arizona Stadium literally casting a shadow over my daily life, I took joy in the athletic entity lambasted by almost everyone else in the greater Tucson area. [Read article]

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Swim coaches shift focus from Athens to Arizona

There isn't much about the 2004 Olympic Games that shouldn't draw emotion from UA swimming head coach Frank Busch.

He'll smile when he thinks of how former Wildcat Amanda Beard scored her first individual gold and be proud when looking back on the world record-shattering performance of his trio of South African speedsters - former UA stars Ryk Neethling and Roland Schoeman and current sophomore Lyndon Ferns. [Read article]

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