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Arena Football League goes to 18-game regular season

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From an AFL release

The 2011 Arena Football League regular season has been extended from 16 games to 18, Commissioner Jerry Kurz announced Monday.  The league will consist of 19 teams and each will play 18 regular season games, with the option of two preseason games. The change was passed in an ownership vote last week during the league's
Board of Directors meeting in Phoenix, AZ.
The AFL is adding teams in Philadelphia, Pittsburg, San Jose and Kansas City. 
Lindsay Munday, a former lacrosse All-American for Northwestern, has been named the head women's lacrosse coach at Mount St. Mary's. Munday has served the last four years as an
assistant coach to Kelly Amonte Hiller and has played a key role in helping Northwestern to five national titles since 2005.

Northwestern men open in Italy with a win

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From Northwestern Sports Information ...

John Shurna scored a team-high 17 points and Drew Crawford added 14 of his 16 points
in the first half as the Northwestern men's basketball won the opening game of its
tour in Italy 67-61 over AB Latina in Latina, Italy, Monday evening. The Wildcats
trailed 7-3 early on, but led the remainder of the contest and by as many as 13.
Alex Marcotullio chipped in with 11 points, while Crawford had a team-leading 7

The Wildcats' next game is scheduled for 11 a.m. Central time Wednesday when it
takes on Liomatic Perugia in Perugia, Italy.

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Banged-up Red Stars close with three home games

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From a release from the Red Stars ...

With injuries mounting and international absences to battle through, the Chicago Red Stars fell to the Washington Freedom, 2-0, on Thursday at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md.

Chicago and starts up a three-game homestand, starting with a 5 p.m. match on Sunday against FC Gold Pride at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. The match is televised live on Fox Soccer Channel.

The Freedom (6-8-7, 25 points) currently holds the fourth playoff position if the season ended today. Sky Blue FC is in fifth (6-9-4, 22 points) and the Red Stars in sixth with a 5-10-6 record and 21 points.

The Red Stars' injury bug continued Thursday as they already were entering the match without Kate Markgraf (concussion).

Red Stars forward Jessica McDonald made her first WPS start, but her day ended early when she was taken off the field in a stretcher in the 12th minute. Red Stars Head Athletic Trainer Laura Behr said that McDonald tore her patellar tendon and is out for the remainder of the season. Chicago had to burn one of its substitutions early when Nikki Washington officially entered the match in the 16th minute.

In the second half, Red Stars midfielder Formiga sprained her ankle and was replaced by Lydia Vandenbergh in the 63rd minute.

Along with the injuries, Chicago had to play Thursday without England international midfielders Karen Carney and Katie Chapman, who are overseas preparing for a World Cup qualifier against Austria on Saturday.

Developmental midfielder and 2010 WPS draft selection Sophie Reiser made her WPS debut when she replaced Washington in the 68th minute, leaving Chicago with a roughly 25-minute span with no remaining substitutions.

Developmental defender and recent signing Christie Shaner made her Red Stars debut, helping Chicago in the central defense with Markgraf out

Arena honors four from Rush

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Linebacker DeJuan Alfonzo - who earlier was named the AFL's Ironman of the Year - and rookie kicker Chris Gould - the league's Kicker of the Year -  were named First Team All-Arena.  For Alfonzo, it marked the third-consecutive season in which he was named First Team All-Arena.


Center Beau Elliott and defensive back Josh Ferguson were voted second-team All-Arena.

Chicago Rush kicker Chris Gould has been named the Arena Football League's Kicker of the Year,.


Gould (6-0, 205, Virginia) enjoyed the best season ever for a Rush kicker, setting team single-season records for scoring for a kicker (146), extra points made (113), extra points attempted (121) and consecutive PATs converted (35) in his first season with the team.


Overall, Gould converted 113 of 121 PAT attempts and 11 of 16 field goal attempts.  He led all AFL kickers in scoring with 146 points and finished second in the AFL in made field goals and PAT percentage, converting 93.3% of his extra point attempts.

Arena Football League honors Alfonzo

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Chicago Rush wide receiver/linebacker DeJuan Alfonzo has been named the Arena Football League's JLS Ironman of the Year.


One of the game's most complete players, Alfonzo was a major factor on offense, defense and special teams in 2010 for a Chicago Rush squad that finished 10-6 and advanced to the playoffs for the ninth-consecutive season.


Arena Football League honors Alfonzo

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Chicago Rush wide receiver/linebacker DeJuan Alfonzo has been named the Arena Football League's JLS Ironman of the Year.


One of the game's most complete players, Alfonzo was a major factor on offense, defense and special teams in 2010 for a Chicago Rush squad that finished 10-6 and advanced to the playoffs for the ninth-consecutive season.


Red Stars move up Lydia Vandenbergh

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The Chicago Red Stars moved defender and midfielder Lydia Vandenbergh to the organization's first-team roster. Per team policy, terms of her contract are not released.

Vandenbergh has spent the 2010 season as a developmental player for Chicago, playing in three matches (one start) and logging 109 minutes.

"I think her versatility is her biggest asset," Red Stars coach Omid Namazi said, in a releas. "She's able to play in the midfield and on the left side as a defender, and that gives us different options where we can be flexible with where she plays. She's a steady player who doesn't make a lot of mistakes, and she's a calming influence."

Red Stars lose Sitch, Weber to injuries

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Chicago Red Stars medical staff confirmed midfielder and Oswego, native Julianne Sitch will miss the remainder of the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and former St. Viator star and developmental player Elise Weber  with a labral tear of her left hip -- an injury that occurred during training.

"Julianne Sitch is a role player who's got the heart of a lion," Red Stars Head Coach Omid Namazi said in a release. "She works her butt off, and to replace her is tough."

DePaul adds two to softball staff

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DePaul  added assistant coach Nancy Evans to its softball coaching staff and promoted fromer Lockport and Michigan star Samantha Findlay to Director of Softball Operations.

Evans, a former Honda Award winner as NCAA Player of the Year in softball, was named an assistant coach on Aug. 4. She replaces pitching coach Cat Osterman, who resigned following the 2010 season.

In 2009, Evans was an assistant coach on the Dutch National Team and helped guide the Netherlands team to its first European Championship title in 19 years. She was the pitching coach for the Dutch National Team in the 2010 World Championships in June.

Findlay has been a volunteer assistant coach with the Blue Demons the last two seasons.

Findlay completed her college career in 2008, helping the Wolverines to a pair of Big Ten regular-season championships, two Big Ten Tournament titles and four NCAA Tournaments.

In 2005---the year Michigan won the national championship on Findlay's game-winning home run---she was named the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

From the Red Stars

The Chicago Red Stars and the first-place FC Gold Pride played to a scoreless draw Saturday at Pioneer Stadium in Hayward, Calif.

Red Stars goalkeeper Jillian Loyden made four saves for her fifth shutout of the season. Gold Pride goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, made five saves for her league-leading sixth shutout.

With the draw, Chicago (5-8-6) holds a fourth-place tie in the WPS standings.

The Red Stars also surpassed their points total from last season (20 points in 2009).

Next up, a 7:30 match Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Independence at Toyota Park. Four of Chicago's five final regular-season matches take place at home.

Red Stars sign Veronica Boquete

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The Chicago Red Stars signed Spanish international forward Veronica Boquete accodring to a release from the team.

Boquete recently led the Buffalo Flash to the 2010 United Soccer Leagues W-League Championship on July 31. Boquete scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 63rd minute, as Buffalo defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps, 3-1, for the title. She earned W-League Championship Most Valuable Player honors.

"We saw her in the W-League final and we felt she's the type of player that can help us in our quest to be more attack-minded, create more opportunities and score more goals," Red Stars coach Omid Namazi said in a release. "She has a good soccer IQ and good intelligence in the final third. It's apparent that she's got some ability."

Boquete is available to play in the Red Stars' match against FC Gold Pride at 9 p.m. tonight [Saturday] in Hayward, Calif. She will wear No. 19.

Red Stars get rights to Faith Ikid

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The Chicago Red Stars acquired Nigerian discovery selection Faith Ikidi from the Washington Freedom, trading defender Anita Asante for Ikidi's rights.

Ikidi is under contract with Damallsvenskan organization Linkoping FC in Sweden, and Red Stars coach Omid Namazi said, in a release, that this is a long-term decision geared toward the Red Stars' 2011 season plans. The 23-year-old defender will bring some versatility to the Red Stars in the future, especially with her experience playing both on the defense and at forward.

"We're looking for her as a long-term option who can play at center back or on the outside," Namazi said in the team's release. "That's an area where we are too thin right now, and adding Ikidi would build some depth there."

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