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"Prime Time" returns

Ryan Sherwin dismisses the naysayers in his coverage of Deion Sanders' return to the sports world in this issue's Sideline Scholars.

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AU captures men's D.C. College Cup

When the AU Men's Soccer team came from a goal down to defeat Georgetown 2-1 on Monday afternoon and clinch the D.C. College Cup at Reeves Field, one thing became clear - this is not last year's team. That team went 7-9-1 and never had a come-from-behind victory.

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Eagles fall to Michigan in tournament final

Despite losing to the Michigan Wolverines 3-1 in the final of the Manhattan Volleyball Invitational on Sunday, AU coach Barry Goldberg and the volleyball squad left New York City confident that they can play with elite national competition.

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Eagles start season on right footing

The AU women's soccer team beat a gritty Mount St. Mary's 3-2 in its season opener Tuesday at Reeves Field. But while the Eagles won, their performance displayed both their offensive firepower and their defensive inconsistency. Senior forward Maha Elnabawi scored a dramatic game-winner with five minutes left to finally secure a victory after numerous chances.

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Shagin shows promise at U.S. Amateur

After a freshman college season that took him up and down, Eagles' sophomore golfer Todd Shagin set his sights on the 2004 United States Amateur Golf Tournament. Shagin set out on his quest to make the 104th U.S. Amateur at Royce Brook Country Club in Somerville, N.J.

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Soccer stripped down during offseason

In 2003, most thought 2004 would be "the year" for the AU men's soccer team. But after a crazy, volatile and ultimately disappointing season last year, an older, wiser but depleted squad is taking things one step at a time. "The only expectation I've given these guys," said AU head coach Todd West, "is to work harder than everyone else, and to play as a team."

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Volleyball team looks to extend PL win streak

Having amassed a 49-0 Patriot League record over the past three years, it comes as no surprise that the AU volleyball team is again expected to be the class of the league in 2004. Despite the graduation of 2003 All-American and three-time Patriot League Player of the Year Karla Kucerkova, 15-year veteran coach Barry Goldberg and his players have spent the past year focused on continuing their league dominance and breaking onto the national scene.

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Top 10 Sporting Legacies

Few times can a coaching change rock the sports world. However, that's exactly what Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski's move to the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers would do. It would signal the shifting of power by college's most successful coach to professional sports' most successful franchise. It only seems appropriate to take a look at the ten greatest legacies in recent memory.

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Oh where may the Expos lay?

The years of uncertainty about baseball's Montreal Expos might finally come to a head this month. The Associated Press recently reported that league officials will decide where to put the struggling franchise after the July 13 All-Star Game, and Northern Virginia and D.C. seem to be the frontrunners.

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AU asst. coach runs in 1,500 m Olympic semifinals

Sean O'Brien, an AU assistant track coach and former AU track athlete, placed No. 21 of 24 competitors in the 1,500-meter run semifinals at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Sacramento, Calif. on Friday, July 16, according to the USA Track & Field Web site, www.usatf.org.

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Former AU athlete killed, 'of interest' in murder cases

Jarion Childs, a standout defensive star and leader for the AU men's basketball team from 1997-2000, was shot and killed in his hometown of Groton, Conn. after breaking into a Dairy Queen shortly after midnight on June 28. His death has been ruled a homicide, according to WFSB, a news channel in Connecticut. Since then, Childs has also been named a "person of interest" involved in murder.

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AU eye on the Olympics - potential and former Olympians reflect

People watch the Olympics with varied interest. To some, the games inspire national pride, to others they offer entertainment. Yet of all the television viewers around the world, few connect to the athletes like the competitors of past Olympic Games and trials. Here, AU athletes and coaches relay their Olympic experiences.

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Rugby faces tough competition this summer

This summer the AU men's rugby club team has made some painful strides in trying to improve their program by competing in multiple matches during the off season. In late June the Eagles competed to a one-and-three record at the Potomac Athletic Club 7s Rugby Tournament.

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AU names new Women's Basketball Coach

Melissa McFerrin will succeed Shann Hart as the head coach of the AU Women's Basketball team, according to an announcement by the Athletics Department in early May. McFerrin joins the Eagles from the University of Minnesota, where she was an assistant coach for the past two years, including last season's run to the Final Four.

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Arsenic field renewal delayed

AU fans awaiting the construction of a multipurpose AstroTurf facility on campus will have to wait just a little bit longer. Work on a softball diamond with a turf outfield large enough to double as a regulation-sized field for field hockey - among other things - has been delayed by logistical issues typical of construction, said Ed McLaughlin, AU's associate athletic director for facilities and operations.