Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 at 11:46 p.m.
Midgett given release, looks to transfer
  • Redshirt freshman Florida quarterback Justin Midgett has received his release from UF and is considering transferring to Eastern Illinois.
    Midgett's impending transfer is not a surprise. He was suspended from the first five games of the season for violating a team and university rule and did not see any playing time behind Chris Leak and No. 2 quarterback Gavin Dickey. Leak and Dickey are both only sophomore and Midgett's prospects were not good for playing in the next few seasons at UF.
    In other UF news, the Gators picked up an oral commitment Tuesday from one of the top running backs in Georgia, according to Scout.com. Tony Wright, who rushed for 2,155 yards and 20 touchdowns this season for Fort Valley Peach County High, said he will sign with the Gators in February regardless of who becomes the next UF coach.
    Saints ranked No. 1 in state, No. 15 nationally
  • The Santa Fe Saints finished the first month of the 2004-05 season with a perfect 9-0 record, a number one state ranking and now, a No. 15 national ranking.
    SFCC was not ranked nationally nor listed as receiving any top 20 votes last week, but quickly jumped to No. 15 after a pair of wins at the Pasco-Hernando CC Thanksgiving Tournament last weekend.
    "It's still very early in the year," head coach Chris Mowry said. "I'm happy that the program gets the recognition, but where we are two months from now will mean a lot more."
    The Saints will face their stiffest test thus far when they travel to Marianna this weekend to participate in the Chipola Panhandle Shootout. On Friday, the Saints will face Okaloosa-Walton College (7-1), ranked second in the state and eighth in the nation. Saturday SFCC will take on Gulf Coast CC (7-1), ranked sixth in the state.
    1914 baseball card set sold for $800,000
  • WILLOWBROOK, Ill. - A complete set of 1914 Cracker Jack baseball cards featuring ''Shoeless'' Joe Jackson and Ty Cobb has been sold for a record $800,000.
    The cards did not have the usual caramel stains found on many Cracker Jack cards and were in pristine condition, said Doug Allen, president of MastroNet Inc., an auction house in this Chicago suburb. He said the previous record for a complete set of baseball cards was $360,000.
    ''Condition and rarity are what make high-grade cards, and this particular collection was fortunate to have both,'' Allen said earlier this week.
    The New York woman - who along with the buyer asked to remain anonymous - found the 144-card set with 2,500 other baseball cards in a shoe box in her home. The cards originally belonged to her uncle, who died during World War II, and the woman's father kept them until his death last year, Allen said.
    The set includes a rare Christy Mathewson card that looks ''like it was printed yesterday,'' Allen said.
    Sportscard Guaranty, which evaluated the cards for authenticity and quality, called the set ''monumental.''
    ''It's hard to find words that would do this set justice,'' Sportscard president Dave Forman said in a statement on the company's Web site. ''The Joe Jackson card ... is the finest prewar card our firm has ever graded. In my opinion, it is the best prewar card in existence period.''
    U.S. World Cup qualifier at carnival time
  • NEW YORK - Instead of opening in the cold of an Ohio winter, the United States starts the final round of qualifying for the 2006 World Cup after a big Caribbean party - at Trinidad and Tobago on the day after the island nation caps its Carnival celebration.
    The Americans, trying to reach their fifth consecutive World Cup, begin at Trinidad on Feb. 9 - Ash Wednesday - then play their second game at Mexico in March. The U.S. team closes the 10-game round in October at home against Panama.
    ''You can't read too much into a schedule over 10 games,'' U.S. coach Bruce Arena said after FIFA, conducted the draw Tuesday in Zurich, Switzerland. ''It's more of a factor in a six-game series. Over 10 games, things balance themselves out. Having said that, having the last game at home is always a plus.''
    While the top three teams in the six-nation finals of the North and Central American and Caribbean region qualify for the 32-country field at the World Cup in Germany, the fourth-place team will play the No. 5 nation in Asia in a home-and-home playoff for another berth.
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