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FAU’s Willie Taggart happy with second-half improvements in season opener, but feels more can be made

The FAU Owls relied on steady defensive play in their season opener versus Charlotte on Saturday at FAU Stadium, and were rewarded with a 21-17 victory.



a group of people standing next to a football ball: FAU coach Willie Taggart watches his team play Charlotte on Saturday.


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FAU coach Willie Taggart watches his team play Charlotte on Saturday.

Despite having several first-time starters, FAU’s defense was stout and held down the fort for significant stretches of the game after the Owls went scoreless in the first half.

Outside linebacker Leighton McCarthy won Conference USA defensive player of the week Monday after having 10 tackles (five solo), three sacks and a forced fumble against Charlotte. The Owls had six sacks and 12 tackles for losses in the game.

“When I walked into the locker room [at halftime], I heard the defense fired up, and telling the offense ‘we got your back,’ ” Taggart said. “I told the offense we needed to match the defense’s energy

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Albert Pujols slugs No. 660 to tie Willie Mays for fifth place on all-time home run list

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has slugged his way into elite company.



a baseball player holding a bat on a field: Albert Pujols slugs his way into elite company. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


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Albert Pujols slugs his way into elite company. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

With his 2-run, go-ahead homer during Sunday’s game against the Rockies, Pujols tied Hall of Famer Willie Mays for fifth place on the all-time home run list.

Mays hit 660 career home runs over 22 seasons with the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets. Pujols reached 660 in his 20th MLB season. Pujols hit the first 445 home runs of his career during his 11 seasons in St. Louis. In nine seasons with the Angels, Pujols has now hit 215 home runs.

Pujols, 40, trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696) on the all-time home run list. He’s also

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Angels’ Albert Pujols hits 660th career home run, ties Willie Mays for 5th on all-time list

DENVER — Albert Pujols hit his 660th career homer, tying the Los Angeles Angels slugger for fifth on the all-time list with Willie Mays.

Pujols launched a fastball from Colorado Rockies reliever Carlos Estevez into the empty seats in left field Sunday at Coors Field for a two-run drive in the eighth inning.

Pujols’ teammates congratulated him in the dugout after he gave the Angels a 4-3 lead.

It was his first homer since Aug. 4.

The 40-year-old Pujols now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696) on the career home run list.

Estevez became the 426th different pitcher whom Pujols has taken deep. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).

It’s the latest milestone for Pujols, who hit his 669th carer double in the sixth inning Saturday to pass Craig Biggio for fifth on that list.

The three-time MVP and

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