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Some soccer and baseball midday

Another day off, another chance to get some work done. But a couple of things popped up...

FIU put one player, junior defender Anthony Hobbs, on the preseason All-Conference USA team. The league's coaches ranked FIU eighth out of nine in the conference this season. So, down on the Modesto Madique Campus (Camp Mitch), the soccer guys can say, "Whatcha got to say about that, Memphis!"

Traditional power SMU is ranked No. 1 (five first place votes, FIU faces ) with Central Florida No. 2 (two votes), Tulsa (one) and South Carolina (one) coming behind, in that order. The men's soccer team's first preseason game is Sunday against Broward Community College and Saturday, Aug. 20, against Barry. Both are free. The season opener is Aug. 26, when they host Nova Southeastern.

The baseball team promoted Frank Damas to recruiting coordinator, and pulled in Alan Burr as strength and conditioning coordinator and Tommy Kanganis as director of baseball and softball operations. Burr was last the strength and conditioning coach at Central Connecticut State. Kanaganis just earned a masters at St. Thomas after being on the suit side with the Florida Panthers, the Dolphins and FAU's football operations department.

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