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Spokane head coach Andy Olson has an interesting take on the Shock’s 0-3 record. “We’re really trying to focus on ourselves,” Olson said. “We feel like we’ve lost every game. We don’t feel like we’ve been beaten.”
The Shock are winless no matter how you slice it, but a healthier roster provides an opportunity to start digging out of an early season hole, beginning with Saturday night's Arena Football League matchup against Orlando (3-1) at the Arena.
Spokane’s ever-changing quarterback picture has kept coaches, equipment managers and travel agencies busy. Carson Coffman, who emerged from training camp as the starter, went down with a knee injury in the season opener against Arizona. Jarrett Brown filled in but he was benched in the third quarter of the Week 2 game against Philadelphia.
Spokane’s ever-changing quarterback picture has kept coaches, equipment managers and travel agencies busy.
Four members were added to the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame at the 53rd North Idaho Sports banquet Saturday. Orlando Lightfoot, Van Troxel, Mindy (Rice) Madsen and the late Bob ‘Marz’ Marzulli were inducted.
The Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame will add four members at the 53rd North Idaho Sports banquet in April. Orlando Lightfoot, Van Troxel, Mindy (Rice) Madsen and the late Bob ‘Marz’ Marzulli will be inducted at the event April 11 at the Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn.
For several weeks, Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan has felt the team has been stuck in a rut. He’s hoping a change of leadership on the bench will get them out of it. Citing a “stalled” growth process, the Magic fired Jacque Vaughn as coach Thursday after 2 1/2 seasons, ending the tenure of the first-time head coach brought in to help rebuild the franchise. The Magic made the move following a 15-37 start to the season and after a series of lopsided losses during a 10-game losing streak. It is the Magic’s second skid of at least five games since the start of 2015. Assistant James Borrego has been named interim coach. – AP
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Former Minnesota Vikings safety Orlando Thomas has died of complications from ALS. He was 42. Thomas was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2004. He died on Sunday night in his hometown of Crowley, Louisiana.
We spent an October weekend at Walt Disney World several years ago, and every year around this time I wish we were back. Fall is a great time to visit Disney World or Disneyland, and it’s especially fun if you are in the park after-hours...
Are you ready for some football? Five nights a week? That’s where the NFL might be headed, and Mark Cuban is concerned. On the eve of the NFL meetings in Orlando, the Dallas Mavericks’ owner warned that the NFL is “10 years away from an implosion.”
The Orlando Predators have named Rob Keefe the team’s new head coach for the upcoming season. Keefe has coached in the Arena Football League for five seasons, most recently as the defensive coordinator for the Utah Blaze. He was also the head coach of the Spokane Shock in 2010 when they won the AFL title. Keefe said in a statement Tuesday that he’s “excited to begin a new chapter and a renewed commitment to excellence that all Predator fans deserve.” The Predators finished with a 7-11 record last season. – Associated Press
Orlando City Soccer Club has become Major League Soccer’s next expansion franchise. MLS commissioner Don Garber confirmed a franchise agreement with Orlando City SC on Tuesday at a community celebration near the site where a new downtown stadium will be constructed. Once construction is completed on the recently approved $84 million, 18,000-seat soccer- specific venue the team will begin playing in MLS in the 2015 season. Orlando City becomes MLS’ 21st franchise. It is the latest of four new franchises that Garber said in August the league planned to add by 2020. New York is also getting a team, New York City FC, in 2015. – AP
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Pro Summer League is in the books. The Orlando Magic had a bunch of goals for the week, but none of them was more important than integrating second-overall pick Victor Oladipo into the team and testing him at a new position, point guard. Oladipo showed promise, despite turnover problems, and likely convinced team officials to carry on the experiment at least during training camp and the preseason. Nothing seemed to faze him.
At the outset of the Arena Football League season, it would have been logical to assume ex-Shock quarterback Kyle Rowley would be at the helm for Orlando against Spokane tonight. That won’t be the case. And Rowley’s replacement, Aaron Garcia, endured one of the worst nights of his distinguished career when he was intercepted five times by Paul Stephens in San Jose’s loss to the Shock three weeks ago.
ORLANDO, Fla. – There are many who are angry with Magic CEO Alex Martins. He is getting ripped and ridiculed from all sides.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Thunder come into the new season with lofty goals. They looked very much like a contender in their opener. Kevin Durant scored 30 points to help the Thunder win their opener with a 97-89 victory Sunday night over Orlando, a team that has been dealing with Dwight Howard’s trade demands since training camp opened.