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BAYAMON, Puerto Rico -- ?Alabama volleyballs upset bid over No. 16 Florida State fell just short in Fridays match at the Puerto Rico Clasico, falling in five sets by scores of 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 19-25 and 12-15.Alabama (4-2) held a 2-1 match lead over Florida State (3-0) before the Seminoles battled back to win the fourth and narrowly escaped a late push by the Tide in the fifth. Krystal Rivers was Alabamas scoring leader at the pin and at the service line, finishing with 29 kills and four service aces, both just one shy of tying career highs. Kat Hutson finished in double figures for the third time this season with 11 kills and Hayley McSparin was close behind with nine, including a .421 hitting percentage. Shannon Mikesky finished with 57 assists and Natalie Murison led the passing effort with 15 digs.Alabama got off to a hot start in set one, pulling ahead 6-1 as Florida State was forced to burn an early timeout. The Tide steadily increased its lead, eventually pulling ahead 14-7 on a block by Brittany Thomas and McSparin as the Seminoles took its final timeout. Florida State made a late push, eventually drawing within two points down 23-21 with Alabama burning both of its timeouts during the run. The Tide reached set point, 24-21, and the Seminoles managed to get one point back but a service error gave Alabama the 25-22 win.The Tide took an early 8-7 lead in set two but the Seminoles responded with five-straight points to take a 12-8 lead at the half as Alabama took a timeout. A 7-3 run allowed the Tide to tie it at 15-15 and the teams continued to battle back and forth until Florida State reached set point, 24-21, and Alabama took its final timeout. A solo block ended the set with Florida State winning, 25-21, to even the match at 1-1.Tied at 4-4 in set three, three-straight points by Alabama prompted an early Florida State timeout with the score 7-4 and the Seminoles had to take its second timeout just past the halfway point with the Tide on top 14-7. Out of the break, Florida State scored four unanswered points to draw within three, down 14-11, and Alabama looked to halt the momentum with a timeout. The Tide stretched its lead back out to as many as five points before the Seminoles drew back within two, down 20-18 as Alabama took a timeout. After each team scored two more points, Alabama reached set point on back-to-back attack errors by Florida State and another Seminole error would end it and give the Tide the 25-20 set victory.Florida State scored the first point of the fourth set and would not fall behind for the remainder of the frame. Alabama took its first timeout down 9-5 and, trailing later by the same margin 16-12, the Seminoles added a pair of points to extend the lead to 18-12 as Alabama took its second timeout. The Tide would draw back within four but that was the closest they would get as the Seminoles held on to win the frame, 25-19, and force a deciding fifth set.The two teams traded back and forth early in set five until Florida State strung three-straight points together to take a 9-5 lead as Alabama took a timeout. The Seminoles eventually reached set point, 14-11, but a kill by Rivers made it 14-12 and gave the Tide possession as Florida State took its own timeout. The Seminoles ended it on the next rally however, scoring a kill to win the set, 15-12, and the match, 2-1.The Crimson Tide concludes its weekend on Saturday, Sept. 3 against Temple (2-1) at 2 p.m. CT. Packers Jerseys China . It was just business as usual for the Thunder at home. 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TORONTO -- New MLSE boss Tim Leiweke says he likes the management teams he has in place with the Leafs and Raptors. But he is withholding his verdict on Toronto FC, at least publicly, for the time being. The struggling MLS team is 2-10-8 under president Kevin Payne and manager Ryan Nelsen, who continue to overhaul the roster in their first year at the helm of the perennial underachiever. "This ones different than the other two (teams) because were in the middle of the season," Leiweke, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, said in an interview this week. "And so I dont think its fair or proper to get into an analysis, an assessment or a yearend on Kevin and Nellie because I think were in the middle of it here. "Are we happy where were at? No. And they understand Im not happy where were at. Do I hold them accountable and blame them for the decisions? No, I think they probably inherited most of these decisions. They didnt make all of these decisions. "Have we done as well as we would have hoped to do, even with the bad decisions they had to inherit? No, and I think theyd admit it. But I think what we need to do as an organization, all of us, the hand we were dealt is the hand we were dealt, we all knew it going in. And now what we need to do is not complain about it, not bitch about it, not revisit it. "I think weve got to focus every day on saying how do we fix this and get better. And thats what Im encouraging all of us to do, including me. That this needs to be going forward, how do we make this a better organization, lets not revisit what got us here." Leiweke spoke favourably of Payne-- "He knows where the bodies are buried and he knows what it takes to build a championship team" -- in a June 4 in-house interview aired on YouTube. In the same video, he said he was looking forward to getting to know the coaches. While Leiweke, who oversaw the Los Angeles Galaxy during his time in charge of AEG, told The Canadian Press he would withhold judgment on TFC, he seemed to offer several signals in the interview. Payne, who has been in the league from Day 1, and Nelsen, a rookie manager who began his playing career in MLS, have complained about officiating throughout the season. Leiweke, asked about Saturdays 0-0 tie with the New York Red Bulls, acknowledged that Toronto was "not catching any breaks." But he refused to dwell on it. "I tend to believe that sitting here and revisiting those calls doesnt serve much of a purpose," he explained. "And so we probably have to as an organization spend less time bitching and more time just moving on and understanding that sometimes thats the way those calls are going to go." Leiweke feels a keen connection to MLS, in part because he recalls a time "where there was a question whether it (the league) was going to make it." At one point, AEG owned six of the leagues 10 teams. Leiweke watched it grow, in part because of the off-field success and packed stands in Toronto during the franchises early days. "So theres a large part of me that feels the pain here more with TFC than we probably do with the other teams (Leafs and Raptors) because they had such an amazing thing that was going on here, they were such a vibrant part of changing the league and the way people viewed us. And people that wanted to come in and invest in the league. TFC made a huge impact and it was because of the fans and the overwhelming support that we got and how well we were doing. "So the good news is I tend to believe that TFC and Major League Soccer are a little bit different than the other two (Leafs and Raptors) because of the pains and the trials and the tribulations and the blood, sweat and tears that we put into thiss league to try to help it survive.dddddddddddd "The bad news is it makes it even more painful for what were going through now, because you clearly understand what those fans are going through." MLSE paid $10 million for Toronto FCs expansion fee prior to the club joining the league in 2007. The new New York franchise will pay at least $100 million. "I guess thats the good news," Leiweke said. "The sport and the league have done extremely well. And this team has done well. But weve lost our way and weve got to find it, weve got to get it back." To that end, MLSE is looking at upgrading BMO Field and the marketing of the team. "Its a little bit easier for the Leafs and the Raptors because we were at the end of the year and so we made some decisions on the Raptors and we made some decisions on the Leafs," Leiweke said. "And I am extremely comfortable with both of those management teams and where were headed." Being in the middle of the season isnt stopping Leiweke from making his thoughts known to the TFC braintrust. Nelsen has said hed like to fix the rest of his roster before bringing in a star designated player, so the new DP has a proper supporting cast. Leiweke, who brought David Beckham to MLS, disagrees. He believes if you find the right designated player, you sign them. But he learned the hard way that having the right DP wont make a difference if you have the wrong coach. "Philosophically theres probably a few changes that Im asking them to think about," Leiweke said. "I know theres a debate, for example, do you bring the DP in when its the final piece of the puzzle. I dont agree with that. I think the DP has to be part of your culture and your character and youve got to build around great DPs. "I know in Los Angeles, the first year we brought David in, it was a disaster. And by the way some of the disaster was self-created. I made a bad mistake on the coach. We didnt have the right system in place, we didnt make the playoffs and it was chaos. "But we turned it around very quickly and by the next year, we were a playoff team." The Galaxy coach in question was Ruud Gullit, a former star Dutch player who had managed Chelsea, Newcastle and Feyenoord before succeeding Canadian Frank Yallop at the Galaxy helm after Beckhams first year. Leiweke believes Gullit "underestimated the league and kind of probably didnt think it was good as it turned out it was." For Leiweke, many overseas coaches make the mistake of trying to impose a European system on a North American team. "And by the way I think this applies to the history of TFC occasionally too, and they dont understand this league," he said, in what could be seen most recently as a reference to Dutch manager Aron Winter. "It takes a long time for them to begin to understand this league." The MLSE boss says newcomers dont understand the athleticism, endurance, durability and work ethic of the North American player, not to mention the travel in the league. "What I realized is you have to put (in) someone (as coach) that understands the league and not try to change the league. Youre not going to change the league, youre not going to bring another style and another system and suddenly be able to be successful in the league. "Because at the end of the day there is a certain style of play and a certain quality with our league that you have to learn to be a part of. So we learned that in L.A. and when Bruce (Arena) came along, he did an extremely good job at taking our youth and our development and then our veteran guys, including our DPs, and finding a system that played into the strengths of the league. And thats when we began to have great success."

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