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Morning Sports Report - July 17, 2014

The SEC football media days down in Alabama with Mizzou and the Razorbacks looking ahead to the fall. Springfield Cardinals and Lasers have defeats. Here's your morning sports report.
HOOVER, Ala. --The SEC football media days continued down in Alabama Wednesday.

And day three featured Gary Pinkel and the Mizzou Tigers invading the Wynfry hotel in Hoover.

Mizzou's coming off an impressive 12-2 campaign of a year ago that saw them get to the SEC Championship game and beat Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl.

This year's team will have new look with new faces on defense and at quarterback.

One topic that quickly came up was the dismissal of receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

Pinkel talked about his decision to cut DGB for the first time.

"I just want things to workout well for Dorial.  Bob Stoops called me about two months ago and we talked about him," said Pinkel.  "He has a second chance now and that's really important for me.  That was very difficult for me to do that.  I can't tell you what that was like.  I had to do what was the right thing to do and I did."

"Yea it's going to be different when you come in with a guy like that.  When you're really good friends.  He's going to do great down there.  I know he will.  But right now we're worried about Missouri," said Mizzou quarterback Maty Mauk.

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The SEC has made Arkansas and Missouri rivalry partners.

And the two will meet as conference rivals for the first time this November.

So it makes sense that Bret Bielema and the Razorbacks were also featured at SEC media days on Wednesday along with the Tigers.

That game with Mizzou will be the Friday after Thanksgiving, replacing LSU's traditional spot on the Razorbacks schedule.

The Hogs were 3-9 last season, but 0-for the-SEC.

That's something that Bielema vows to change with a run first offense and smart game planning.

"I think the first thing that our players understand, and our coaches, every game is won or lost.  But a lot of times teams lose the game before they can win it," said Bielema.  "As a coach you have to be mindful of what did you do to prevent it.  If you're not giving the right answers we have a problem.  I think as coaches we need to take a practical look at what we're asking the kids to do.  If we can't do it, don't call it."

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The Springfield Cardinals wrapped up a short 4-game road series with Arkansas.  The Travelers rallied to sweep the Cardinals 4-3.  The Cardinals open a 7-game homestand tonight against the Naturals.

The Springfield Lasers are on the road also.  They lost in Philadelphia Wednesday night.  Springfield took men's and women's singles.  But The Freedom won the other three events, taking the match 21-18 overall.


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