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Each week of the NFL campaign we will sift through the deeper options at each position with an eye on identifying streaming fantasy commodities with valuable matchups to consider.Do you need replacement options due to byes or injuries? We have some choice names to consider for those seeking widely available options at each position.Quarterback?Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers Kaepernick leads the pack this week among quarterbacks who are owned in less than 20 percent of ESPN.com leagues.? Kaepernick has demonstrated over his last two games that he is a serviceable option, scoring more than 20 fantasy points in both outings.? This week, hell draw the New England Patriots, whose lack of a pass rush was extremely apparent on Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks.? While Russell Wilson is obviously a better quarterback than Kaepernick, if theres any player in the NFL who mirrors Wilsons skill set, its Kaepernick.? Look for Kaepernick to own garbage time, as the likelihood of him seeing a prevent defense with no pass rush is high, based on the overall differential between the 49ers and the Patriots. -- K.D. ?Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs ?The Chiefs won at Carolina in Week 10 despite not scoring a touchdown, the first time the franchise has achieved this rare feat since Week 9 of 2013. Smith has struggled in averaging just 152.5 passing yards over the past two games, while the absence of rushing production this season has also hurt his fantasy stock. The reason Im endorsing Smith as a viable streaming option at signal-caller is the favorable matchup metrics he enjoys against the visiting Bucs this week. Tampa has ceded 18 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, seventh most in the league, while the team has allowed a touchdown on 24.8 percent of opposing drives, well above the league average rate of 21.2 percent. The Bucs simply dont get to the opposing pocket on defense, as their pressure rate of 22.2 percent ranks 29th in the league. A positive correction in the passing game is due for Smith and the Chiefs, while a position as home favorites against a generous defensive foe is an ideal recipe for this to materialize. -- J.M. ?Running back?Jalen Richard, Oakland RaidersAmong running backs who are owned in less than a fifth of ESPN.com leagues, the cupboard is almost completely bare.? If you are in the deepest of leagues and need a desperation play at this position, your best course of action is looking for someone who is certain to see at least five touches and possibly more, based on how his game flows.? This week, Richard fits the bill.? Richard has 17 touches for 109 yards from scrimmage over his last two games.? Richard will face the Houston Texans, who are nowhere close to being the defensive force they were with J.J. Watt on the field.? In fact, the Texans are actually a juicy matchup for opposing running backs, as they rank eighth in terms of most fantasy points scored by opposing running backs. -- K.D.?Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens A gifted receiver, Dixon led all draft-eligible backs in the NCAA last season with 2.28 yards per route and earned the highest grade among positional draft prospects in the passing phase on College Football Focus last season. Dixon is earning increased snap exposure and touches with each successive week, as he set a career high with 80 yards from scrimmage in Week 10, thanks to a career high in snaps. The talented rookie also tied for the team lead in targets, netting a reception on a team-best 41.7 percent of his routes this past week. The selling point for Dixon as a streaming flex option or deep-league RB2 is the potential to again prove busy in the passing phase. The team simply hasnt established a successful running game in weeks, and this week, the game script should trend pass-heavy, as the Ravens are sizable road dogs facing a Dallas offense that is averaging the most points per drive on offense. -- J.M.?Wide receiver?Cameron Meredith, Chicago Bears?The news of Alshon Jeffreys four-game suspension makes Meredith an immediate must-add in all league formats.? Meredith will become the Bears No. 1 wide receiver and should see at least seven targets per game while Jeffrey is gone.? The Bears draw the New York Giants, who going into Monday nights game against the Cincinnati Bengals had allowed more than 22 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers in standard scoring systems.? With Eddie Royal as the only established presence in the Bears wide receiving corps, Meredith is positioned for success this week and moving forward. -- K.D.Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills Since Sammy Watkins went down, Woods has led the Bills with a? 24 percent share of the teams targets since the start of Week 3. The fact Woods hauled in six receptions on passes of at least 10 yards downfield -- a career high on such targets -- against a sound Seattle secondary in Week 9 is also encouraging. While he hasnt delivered strong statistics each week, the opportunity rate helps support WR3 expectations for Woods in this meeting with a Bengals secondary that ranks 28th in pass coverage per Pro Football Focus. -- J.M.Tight end?Ladarius Green, Pittsburgh Steelers After missing the first nine weeks of the NFL season, Green finally made his debut with the Steelers in Week 10. The results were encouraging, as Green caught three of his four targets for 30 yards. Green was brought in to fill the Heath Miller role and figures to see at least four targets per game.? This week, hell have the best matchup he could hope for as the Steelers face the Cleveland Browns, who have allowed the greatest number of fantasy points per game to tight ends.? This game will be Greens coming out party in Pittsburgh, take advantage of it. -- K.D.Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers For the second straight week, Im endorsing Brate, who is still owned in less than 40 percent of ESPN leagues as of Tuesday morning. Brate is third in targets and second in receiving yardage for Tampa over the past four games and has hauled in an impressive 85.7 percent of his targets over this stretch. The Harvard product also leads the team in red zone targets with five over the past four games. Seventh in fantasy points per game at the position over the past month, Brate is a viable streaming option this Sunday in Arrowhead. -- J.M.D/ST?Miami Dolphins?Grabbing the Dolphins D/ST off the waiver wire is highly recommended, even if you dont need a streaming option this week.? During their last three games, the Dolphins have demonstrated the ability to bring substantial pressure to the passing pocket.? The results have been clear: 10 sacks, 6 interceptions and 2 defensive touchdowns.? Thats good enough to consider starting them against most opponents, but against the Los Angeles Rams, it requires no thought.? The Rams have allowed opponent defenses to score 37 fantasy points over their last three games, so this is quite simply a hot defense going against an ice-cold offense.? Expect a double-digit point total for the Dolphins this week. -- K.D.Detroit Lions The Lions have produced at least two sacks in all but one game this season and at least four fantasy points as a D/ST in five of their past six games. The real promotion angle here is the fact the sloppy Jacksonville offense makes its way to Motown this week, as the Jags have turned the ball over on 15.7 percent of their drives this season, the fifth-highest rate in the league. With Blake Bortles attending the Matt Schaub Academy of Pick-Sixes this season, there is real upside and an underrated floor present for this streaming defensive group. -- J.M.Individual defensive players?Linebacker ?Deone Bucannon, Arizona Cardinals A hybrid safety and linebacker early in his career, Bucannon is now a full-time backer who is proving particularly productive of late. His magnetic ability to get to the ball-carrier has led to 48 tackles over the past five games, fifth most at the position over this stretch. You can find this rangy linebacker for free in nearly 80 percent of ESPN leagues, while an upcoming matchup with a Vikings offense that sticks to short-yardage passing could feed Bucannon another nice batch of tackle opportunities. -J.M.Defensive back ?Kevin Byard, Tennessee Titans This Middle Tennessee State product has played on 77 percent of the Titans defensive snaps from the free safety spot over the past three weeks, leading to 23 tackles and a sack in the process. Available in 100 percent of ESPN leagues, Byard is a nice plug-and-play option against the pass-happy Colts while some top defensive backs are on bye this week. -- J.M.Defensive line?Chandler Jones, Arizona CardinalsAvailable in nearly two-thirds of ESPN leagues, Jones is regularly ranked in the top three among defensive lineman thanks to his production role as an outside-edge rusher for Arizona. With the Vikings offensive line proving porous this season, Jones is a strong acquisition for Week 11. -- J.M. 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The loss in the South American Championships was to their trans-Tasman rivals from Australia, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen.The stunning defeat, after 27 straight regatta victories, raised eyebrows around the boat basin and now makes for a terrific story line as the wild 49er class begins its run at the Rio Olympics on Friday.Burling and Tuke certainly remain the favorites to upgrade their 2012 silver medal to gold. But they might be looking over their shoulders at Outteridge and Jensen, who rode the dominating Aussie tide on the English Channel in 2012 to claim the 49er gold medal.Outteridge and Jensen have spent the last four years focusing more on their jobs with Americas Cup syndicate Artemis Racing of Sweden than they have on the 49er class.Burling and Tuke have joined Emirates Team New Zealand since the Kiwis soul-crushing loss to Oracle Team USA in the 2013 Americas Cup, but have also concentrated heavily on the 49er, one of the fastest and most exciting Olympic classes.Theyve said that while the winning streak was nice, its gold that theyre focused on.At the very least, Outteridge and Jensen have quickly gotten up to speed in the last several weeks.And beating their rivals and former training partners?It was massive, Outteridge said. It was really important. We sort of won an event earlier in the year, too, but it was a very unofficial event, and Pete and Blair actually pulled out halfway through the event. We felt a little bit cheated there.But to do it in a proper event, at the South Americans, where pretty much the whole Olympic fleet was here, was quite good. Even though we still werent at our best then, weve still improved a lot since then. It was massive on the psychology.Ah yes, the psychology. Sailors have always relied on skullduggery and perhaps some hijinks to get one over on their opponents, whether its something that goes on out of view in the boatyard or perhaps something thats said at a news conference.During the 2013 Americas Cup, Emirates Team Neww Zealand had taken a seemingly unassailable lead when Jimmy Spithill, the Australian skipper of Oracle Team USA, was asked about his level of optimism in turning things around.ddddddddddddI think the question is, imagine if these guys lost from here, what an upset that would be, Spithill said. Theyve almost got it in the bag. Thats my motivation.Kiwi skipper Dean Barker, sitting next to Spithill, looked as if hed seen a ghost.Oracle staged one of the biggest comebacks in sports to retain the Auld Mug. A faster boat helped, but Spithills words may very well have gotten into Barkers head.The boost to the psyches of Outteridge and Jensen came on the water. It remains to be seen if it will affect the Kiwi crew.Its not that we never knew we couldnt do it, but it reminds us its not impossible, Outteridge said. It reminds ourselves, it reminds the fleet, and it reminds Pete and Blair that its not as easy as it looks. Theyre very smart guys. They know how much time and efforts required to win events, but the Olympics is very special and were going to draw on all our experience for this one.Outteridge and Jensen, known as Goobs, stepped away from Artemis in July. Outteridge said he spoke two years ago with syndicate head Iain Percy about how to handle the campaign for Rio. Percy won three Olympic medals for Britain, including two golds.We were going to take six months in the buildup. It didnt happen, but at least we had the final six weeks. Its been a big difference, Outteridge said.They showed up in Rio, took a week off, and then got going.Its the longest weve been in one country for four years, Outteridge said. It makes us feel rested, relaxed and ready for racing.Burling and Tuke know whats ahead.Theres been pressure on us, said Burling, who carried New Zealands flag at the opening ceremony, with Tuke marching at his side. Certainly the target is on our back. Were happy with that.He said the winning streak was great, but thats not what were about. Were trying to win in Rio. Everything we do is working toward that.---Follow Bernie Wilson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/berniewilson ' ' ' 
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14/94 Anupam Sanklechas figures against Vidarbha - the best ever for Maharashtra. He is the first bowler to take 14 wickets in a match for Maharashtra. The previous-best figures were Sayajirao Dhanawades 13 for 58 against United Provinces back in 1948-49. Sanklecha took 7 for 25 and 7 for 69 in the two innings.3925 Rohan Prems total runs for Kerala in first-class matches - the highest by any batsman for Kerala. He beat Sunil Oasis tally of 3906 in his knock of 70 in the second innings against Goa. He also completed 4000 runs in his first-class career, 83 of those being scored for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy.5 Consecutive fifty-plus scores for Rohan Prem this season, including 130 and 70 in this round. He had not scored a single fifty in nine successive innings prior to this sequence, and was averaging 14.55. He is the highest run-getter for Kerala this season with 525 runs. The next-highest is Bhavin Thakkar (339), who is 186 behind.59 Vidarbhas total against Maharashtra - their fifth-lowest overall, and lowest since 57 in the first innings against Haryana in 2004-05. Their lowest is 40 against Rajasthan in 1977-78.233* Hanuma Viharis score against Tripura - the third-highest for Andhra in first-class matches. The top two are Srikar Bharats 308 in 2014-15 and Amit Patnaiks 264 in 2000-01 - both against Goa. This was Viharis fourth double-century in first-class cricket, of which three were scored for Hyderabad. He joined Andhra this season and, with 556 runs in nine innings, is their leading run-scorer.115 Deepak Hoodas average in this season - the best among all batsmen who have scored over 200 runs. He has scored 690 runs in eight innings with three centuries and a 98, which he scored in this round. 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He had hit only five sixes in the previous IPL season.Rahul went on to earn a call up to the Indian ODI and T20 squads. He smashed a century in Zimbabwe on his ODI debut and produced a spectacular assault in Florida against West Indies that nearly took India to victory in pursuit of the highest successful T20I chase. He is now one of only three Indians, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma being the other two, to have made an international century in all three formats of the game.This years IPL was the key moment for me to start believing in myself and my shorter format abilities, Rahul told ESPNcricinfo. Once people saw it, they started believing it too. I think it is very important when your own team-mates start believing that you have the game. I always knew I could play the shorter format but it was about putting a few performances there. A couple of good innings and I knew I will start believing a lot more in myself, so yes it worked out well for me this summer.Besides his spectacular form in the shorter formats, Rahul has also produced impressive performances in Test cricket. Replacing Murali Vijay, who injured his thumb, in the second Test of the recently-concluded series against West Indies, Rahul struck 158 in Indias first innings total of 500. It was his third Test century. He followed up the ton in Jamaica with a brisk half century in the Third Test in St. Lucia.Rahul is now expected to be Indias first-choice opener in the upcoming series against New Zealand, starting on September 22 in Kanpur. Rahul said the reason for his success has been in keeping things simple irrespective of the format. He also credited his Test and Royal Chhallengers captain Virat Kohli for being an inspiration both on and off the field.ddddddddddddWe feel lucky we dont have to look too far, the guy who inspires you is sitting right next to you in the dressing room, he said. The level of commitment that he (Kohli) has shown, the discipline and work ethics, the way he has been so disciplined with his fitness, nutrition and diet, that is something that has inspired all of us. If you come into the dressing room now you see how all the boys are so disciplined. Hes helped me in shaping my career. When I came into Test cricket, I was good but not as good as I am now. Virat has helped me with my preparation, mindset and he has given me a lot of confidence.It is really strange but there is no mental switch that I make. If you saw the innings in St. Lucia, I got a 50 in 56 balls (65) or something opening the innings when the ball was doing a little bit. I try to keep things very simple. I go into the field, try to assess the pitch and the situation, see what are the best shots I can play and what is the best approach to have on that day.While playing for Royal Challengers, Rahul was also given the task of keeping wickets. Having performed the role in junior cricket as well, Rahul said he will be ready if asked to keep for India.I know this (wicket-keeping) challenge can be thrown at me, thats why I have started working a lot harder on my fitness because keeping will demand different sort of fitness, he said. If I have to keep and bat, it will take a lot out of my body. So I have started to train harder and focus on eating right and whatever helps recover my body, I am trying to take care of that. It helps to have great support staff to look after you, they guide as well. I am sure the gloves will come on at some point. I will be ready and I will enjoy that too.Read KL Rahuls full interview here. ' ' ' 
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BOSTON -- Jacoby Ellsbury started off the second half for the Boston Red Sox in the best possible way. Ellsbury hit Andy Pettittes second pitch of the game over the right-field bullpen, and Johnny Gomes added a two-run shot in the second inning to help the Red Sox return from the All-Star break with a 4-2 victory over the depleted New York Yankees on Friday night. "It seems like hes been hitting .700," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "His timing has been much more Jacoby-like. And his ability to get on base speaks for itself with the havoc he can create." Felix Doubront outpitched Pettitte in the opener of the three-game series to help AL East-leading Boston maintain a 2 1/2-game lead over Tampa Bay in the division and open a seven-game cushion over its fourth-place rivals from New York. "You cant take too much of it, but obviously this is an important stretch for us that we are in," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We understand that. The next three teams we play are all in front of us. We need to play well." Ellsbury also singled in the third inning and reached on a walk in the seventh to support Doubront (7-3), who allowed three or fewer earned runs for the 12th start in a row. Doubront has six quality starts against the Yankees in six tries. The last Red Sox pitcher to open his career with as many quality starts, defined as six innings pitched and three or fewer runs allowed, against the Yankees was Dutch Leonard -- in 1913-15. "Look at the last two months. Hes pitched extremely well since the end of May," Girardi said. "And hes been tough on us." Ellsbury hit .360 in June and is batting .370 in July, putting together a 19-game hitting streak that was snapped just before the break. He had three hits in the first-half finale, then went 2 for 3 on Friday night to raise his average to .308. "Not the way you want to start the second half, first batter of the game hitting a home run off you," Pettitte said. "Cant keep going out there and giving up 2-3-4 runs in the first or second inning. ... The long ball hurt me." Doubront held a Yankees lineup without Derek Jeter and a handful of other regulars hitless until Lyle Overbay doubled to lead off the fifth inning. In all, the Red Sox left-hander gave up two runs -- one earned -- on three hits and three walks while striking out five in 6 1-3 innings. Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his ninth save. Pettitte (7-7) gave up four runs on six hits and a walk, striking out four in 6 1-3 innings. Three days after the New York Mets showed their support for the city in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings by playing "Sweet Caroline" at the All-Star game, the Red Sox thanked the Yankees by playing "New York, New York." The Yankees made their first visit to Fenway Park this season for the first game after the break, and Robinson Cano played after being hit on the knee by a pitch in the All-Star game. But the lineup barely resembled the team New Yorkers thought would be wearing pinstripes at this point in the season. Jeter was placed on the disabled list before the game -- hes spent all but one game there this season -- and the Yankees are also missing third baseman Alex Rodriguez, first baseman Mark Teixeira (wrist surgery), outfielder Curtis Granderson (broken pinkie) and catcher Francisco Cervelli (broken hand). The lineup was further depleted when left fielder Zoilo Almonte came out of the game in the fifth inning with a left ankle sprain; X-rays were negative. And centre fielder Brett Gardner took himself out when, after being called out on a 3-2 pitch to end the top of the fifth, he slammed his helmet on the ground and was ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt. "I have to have better control of my emotions. I put us in a bad spot and caused some guys to play out of position," Gardner said. "I was frustrated. I feel I let the team down and Im sorry for that." That left the Yankees ill-equipped to come back after Boston took a 3-0 lead on the homers. New York made it 3-1 when Gardner walked, stole second and scored when he stole third and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchias throw went into left field. Chris Stewart doubled home Overbay in the fifth to cut the deficit to one run. The Red Sox added a run in the seventh, then Ichiro Suzuki singled over the shortstops glove and Cano doubled to put runners on second and third with one out in the eighth. But Craig Breslow got Vernon Wells to fly out weakly to short and Luis Cruz grounded to shortstop; Jose Iglesias throw pulled first baseman Mike Napoli off the bag, but he made the tag for the third out. Notes: The Yankees put Jeter on the disabled list before the game with a strained right quadriceps. ... The Yankees signed INF Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... 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Brady Brassart chipped in with three assists. Colton McCarthy scored twice, Brayden Point had a goal and two assists, and Jack Rodewald also scored for the Warriors (15-35-9), who were 2 for 5 on the power play. Matt Emmons sat in a beer garden near the shooting range trying to wash away one of the biggest gaffes in Olympic history when he felt a tap on the shoulder.Looking up, he saw Czech shooter Katerina Kurkova and her father, there to offer condolences and express admiration for how he handled himself after failing on sports biggest stage. They gave him a four-leaf clover keychain, wished him luck in the future and walked away.The pair ran into each other a few more times over the next year or so, their interactions expanding, the relationship growing. They decided to start dating. Three years later, they married.From darkness, Emmons had found a light.Had I not made that mistake, maybe I retire from shooting, maybe I dont marry Katy, Emmons said. I wouldnt change a thing.Emmons started his career with a gold medal in prone rifle as a 23-year-old at the 2004 Athens Olympics, doing it with a borrowed rifle after his was sabotaged. He picked up medals at the next two Olympics and is one of the favorites in 50-meter three-position at the Rio Games next month after setting a world record three-position rifle this year.Emmons also has a pair of Olympic-sized gaffes on his resume.The first came at Athens, where Emmons needed only a mediocre score on his final shot in three-position to earn his second gold of the games. Instead, he shot at the target next to him -- called cross firing -- and received no score at all, dropping him from gold to eighth in an instant.That led to meeting his future wife, but misfortune struck again at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in the same event, no less.Emmons had another large lead heading into his final shot, mediocrity again enough for gold. This time, he accidentally hit the trigger as he lowered the gun sight toward the bulls-eye and missed his mark, a mishap that dropped him to fourth.As he had in Athens, the affable Emmons handled disappointment well, focusing not on the letdown, but on the familys three-medal haul; he won silver in prone, Katy gold in 10-meter air rifle and silver in three-position.Though he would occasionally get irritated after hearing crude remarks about his failures while at shooting events, Emmons never really thought about the two blunders others tried to define him by.Emmons fully closed out that chapter, at least mentally, in 2012 when his sports psychologist suggested he watch the finals. Emmons doesnt like to watch himself shoot, but agreed.Turns out, it wasnt nearly as bad as he thought.It put things in perspective, Emmons said. Those failures, those mishaps, the thinngs that Ive learned in the process have made my life, my athletic career so much richer, so much more fulfilling than anything I could have done had I won those medals.ddddddddddddEmmons perspective had already taken a shift with a health scare two years earlier.While preparing for a trip to Singapore, where he would serve as an ambassador at the 2010 Youth Olympics, Emmons didnt feel right and went to the doctor. Because he was leaving in three days, the doctor sped up the process, ordering x-rays and an ultrasound of his neck.The ultrasound revealed a nodule on his thyroid gland. He was told to cancel his trip and go back to the doctor for a biopsy. It could be cancer.You hear cancer and you think, `Oh my god, Im going to die, Emmons said.After a tense weekend, Emmons had the biopsy and was told though the sample was too small, it looked like cancer. Word spread quickly through the shooting community and Emmons heard from Dr. Yuman Fong, an ENT whose daughters were Emmons teammates.Following Dr. Fongs suggestion, Emmons flew to New York to have surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, just a few hours drive from his parents home in southern New Jersey.During four hours of surgery, doctors removed Emmons thyroid and 24 lymph nodes, eight of which turned out to be cancerous. He later underwent radiation treatment, but was back shooting within two months. Emmons began winning again and eventually qualified for the 2012 London Olympics.He really has an incredible resiliency, Katy Emmons said from their home just outside Pilsen, Czech Republic, where theyve lived full-time the past three years.Emmons needed it again less than a year before the London Games.He and Katy split time between the Czech Republic and the United States, living near an indoor shooting range in northern Minnesota. When the range abruptly closed, the family -- they have three kids -- had to pack and move to Colorado Springs, near the U.S. Olympic Training Center.Even with the personal turmoil heaped upon his health issues, Emmons kept his focus in London, earning a bronze medal in three-position, the event that tripped him up twice before.Thyroid cancer, moving my family, overcoming the mistake I had made in 2004 and 2008, to be in exactly the same position three Olympics later, working through it and getting a medal out of it was huge, Emmons said. I was like, `boom, monkeys off my back, I feel so much better now. ' ' ' 
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Villanova had to make an adjustment last season after being ranked No. 1 for the first time. Even before losing to Xavier, the Wildcats had trouble with the louder fans, teams playing them harder and higher expectations.Back at No. 1 this week, the reigning national champions have much better understanding of what to expect.Villanova moved up a spot from last week in the AP Top 25 mens college basketball poll on Monday, earning 57 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.Its always got to be one game at a time but its even more so because everybodys on another level when they compete against you, Villanova coach Jay Wright said. We talked about that last year. I dont know if any of us really realized what that was like. Hopefully, when we talk about it now, the players have a good understanding.UCLA (9-0), which beat No. 1 Kentucky 97-92 on Saturday, jumped from 11th to second with two first-place votes. Kentucky, which dropped to sixth, had been No. 1 for the past two weeks. Duke is the other team to be No. 1 this season, for two weeks.Villanova (8-0), which was No. 1 for three weeks last season, was playing Saturday afternoon when the Kentucky game ended. During the latter stages of their 82-57 victory over Saint Josephs, the Villanova students started chanting No. 1! No. 1! They have their wish.We know its just another challenge in front of us, Wright said. Its great for everybody else, the fans. Its a great honor. Its not going to do us any good. 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St Kilda have set their sights on a bumper 2017 AFL free agency crop headlined by Fremantle superstar Nat Fyfe and Richmonds Dustin Martin.The Saints emerged as one of the biggest winners of this years trade period, recruiting Greater Western Sydneys Jack Steele and the Western Bulldogs Koby Stevens to bolster their midfield, while also bringing in Collingwood free agent Nathan Brown.They also secured an extra first-round pick in next years draft from Hawthorn at a bargain-basement price.The Hawks, desperate to land Jaeger OMeara from Gold Coast, gave up their future selection and picks 23 and 36 in this years draft in exchange for the Saints No.10 and 68 picks.With two first-round picks at their disposal next year, the Saints will be well placed heading into whats expected to be another strong draft.But theyre just as likely to turn their attention towards a free agency class headlined by Fyfe, Martin, Sydney on-baller Josh Kennedy and Hawthorns Luke Breust.And with the likes of Greater Western Sydney recruit Brett Deledio requesting trades despite being contracted, St Kilda chief operating officer Ameet Bains expects therell be plenty of players looking for a new home.We were still trying as late as 1pm yesterday to move up in the draft order but wed made the decision to hang on to both first-round draft picks for next year, Bains told EON Sports Radio on Friday.It gives you a very strong draft hand if you take those picks to the draft next year but in the environment where player movement now is off the charts, it does give you some very strong currency in terms of getting some quality players to your club as well.Richmond and Brisbane will also have two first-round picks in next years draft, while Hawthorn have always appealed to players on the move and should have space in their salary cap following the departure of veterans Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis.The Saints finished ninth on the ladder this season and will have to compete for a spot in the finals with Melbourne and Fremantle, who improved their lists during the trade period.But Bains says he cant remember a time in his five years at St Kilda when they were viewed so favourably as a destination for players on the move.We are in a lot more conversations, he said.For the first time in my time, we had multiple players who were keen to join our club that, for various reasons at our end, we couldnt pursue. Its a great turnaround. [url=http://www.cheapnuggetsjerseys.com/]Cheap Nuggets Jerseys China[/url] . PAUL, Minn. [url=http://www.cheapnuggetsjerseys.com/?tag=cheap-jarred-vanderbilt-jersey]Jarred Vanderbilt Jersey[/url] . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. The sport moved a step closer to returning to South Florida on Wednesday, when Beckham confirmed he has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami. [url=http://www.cheapnuggetsjerseys.com/?tag=cheap-thomas-welsh-jersey]http://www.cheapnuggetsjerseys.com/?tag=cheap-thomas-welsh-jersey[/url] . -- Matt Rupert scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the London Knights extended their win streak to nine games by defeating the Owen Sound Attack 4-3 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. [url=http://www.cheapnuggetsjerseys.com/?tag=cheap-michael-porter-jr-jersey]Michael Porter Jr. Jersey[/url] . -- The Missouri Tigers might not have a roster full of superstars. [url=http://www.cheapnuggetsjerseys.com/]Cheap Swingman Nuggets Jerseys[/url] . -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar will be out for roughly four weeks after tearing his left hamstring. North Queenslands NRL finals preparations have been thrown into disarray after five players were reportedly charged with two counts of wilful damage for throwing eggs.The players, including one international and another starter, will face court after they were reportedly witnessed egging cars overnight, according to the Towwnsville Bulletin.ddddddddddddIt will be alleged police pulled over the group, including two under-20s players, for a random breath test when a member of the public alerted them to the incident. ' ' ' 
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Heavyweight boxing is in a confusing -- some say messy -- state, but not everyone is complaining.When Tyson Fury imploded, so did the heavyweight division and two of the four versions of the world title are vacant.Briton Fury (25-0, 18 KOs), 28, is currently inactive and receiving treatment for mental health related problems after twice pulling out of a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, who he beat a year ago.Fury relinquished the WBA and WBO belts while WBC champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs), 31, is currently injured and not expected to return until next spring.IBF champion Anthony Joshuas December 10 defence against American Eric Molina, which was hastily arranged after Klitschko decided not to fight the Briton on that date, has been criticised by fans as a mismatch.Fury, who became the lineal champion and holder of three world title belts (IBF, WBA and WBO) by out-pointing Klitschko, also caused a storm by offensive comments while champion before then testing positive for cocaine use.After the controversies, postponements, positive drugs tests and disappearing champions, the heavyweight division is in a state of flux.But has is all been so bad for boxing? It depends who you ask.I think its terrible for boxing what has happened with the titles, Mick Hennessy, Furys promoter, told ESPN.Tyson did something unique and very special by becoming lineal champion and ending Klitschkos reign. That was what was needed for the sport, something fresh. All the belts were together except one.For a period it really lifted heavyweight boxing. What is going on now is ridiculous. Everyone is scrambling around trying to get their hands on titles that they dont deserve.It degrades the value of the titles. People are calling Anthony Joshua a world champion but hes not a world champion. Others will be sold as world champions, but they arent. The public need to know they arent proper world champions. Only Deontay Wilder is a legitimate champion like Tyson was.Tyson isnt boxing at the moment but as far as Im concerned hes still the man. Until Tyson retires no one can say hes not the best.Hennessy expects Fury to box again in 2017.Its day by day, were not going to predict it [when Fury will box again] but I think he will when the time is right because its in his blood, Hennessy said.Its something that he loves and if he finds that love and when things are right, he will be unstoppable.The only person who can stop him is himself, none of these other fighters who are fighting for titles now.But for Joshua, the splintering of the title belts gives him a chance to strengthen his position. The 2012 Olympic gold medallist is set to dispute the vacant WBA super world title with Ukraines Klitschko -- providing he beats Molina -- in the spring, with Cardiffs Principality Stadium being considered as a venue.Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs), 27, only got to fight for the IBF title because it became vacant after Fury had won it from 40-year-old Klitschko (64-4, 54 KOs), who had ruled for nine and a half years. By agreeing to face Klitschko in a rematch instead of facing the IBFs mandatory challenger, Fury was quickly stripped of the IBF belt.Tyson Fury has done really well for the division, said Joshua.The fracturing of the heavyweight belts has also been good news for those wishing to get a crack at world titles.When three of the four world titles were in the hands of Klitschko, who most years has only boxed twice, it limited the chances of contenders getting the chance to challenge for the belts.Now, with at least three (four if you include the WBA regular title) world heavyweight champions next year, more will have a shot at global glory than in the days when Wladimir and brother Vitali held all four belts between them.Its all over the place in the heavyweight division right now, heavyweight contender David Price told ESPN. Thats maybe not good for the fans but its better than having just one champion for the boxers because we can be involved in bigger fights.It was locked down for years by the Klitschkos. You had to become a mandatory challenger for one of their belts or be a safe voluntary defence. Then Tyson Fury changed all that.Theres so much going on with the titles at the moment, the WBA is all over the place, and I just wish it had happened four years ago when I was British champion. Now Im not in the best of positions.Anthony Joshua has been so fortunate the way things have fallen into place for him.Price (21-3, 18 KOs) was overlooked as an opponent to challenge his fellow Briton Joshua on December 10 but is hopeful of a world title shot in 2017.Im ranked with the IBF [12] and WBO [11] and I want the quickest and easiest route to a title, it doesnt make sense to take the toughest route. The WBO have got a vacant title so maybe that is a route for me, Price said.I was supposed to fight Joseph Parker on this show on December 10 but that fell through and then I was supposed to fight Eric Molina on that date. Now Parker is boxing off for the vacant belt against Andy Ruiz.Las Vegas-based Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) will fight Mexican Ruiz Jr (29-0, 19 KOs) for the vacant WBO belt in his homeland of New Zealand on the same date as Joshua-Molina.David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs), the former WBA champion, lies in the wait for the winner of Parker-Ruiz, according to the WBO. Haye, 36, has also been linked to a fight against Russian Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs), 39, for the fringe WBA interim title but the Briton has yet to announce his next fight after two easy wins earlier this year which ended an exile of three and a half years.The WBAs regular world title is also vacant and will be contested by Australian Lucas Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) -- banned earlier this year after testing positive for a banned substance -- and American veteran Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs), who at 44 is seven years older than Browne.Among the others scrambling to get a title shot is Florida-based Cuban Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs), who was recently stripped of the WBA interim title for failing to fight Ustinov next but this weekend hopes to put himself back in contention.The 37-year-old -- known as King Kong -- has his first fight after signing a deal with Joshuas promoter Eddie Hearn on Saturday when he faces American Malik Scott (38-2-1, 13 KOs) at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte-Carlo.I think Fury was able to shake up the heavyweight division and because of him, the division is now one of the most exciting divisions to watch, said Ortiz.I just want to get the opportunity to face him, or Wilder, to prove I am a champion as well. 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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Twenty journalists are among the dead in the airline crash that devastated a Brazilian soccer team, officials said Tuesday.Colombian aviation authorities said 21 of the 77 people aboard the charter flight were journalists covering the Chapecoense team from southern Brazil and its upcoming South American Cup match in Medellin, Colombia.One journalist was among the six survivors: Rafael Valmorbida of Radio Oeste Capital, a station in the Brazilian city of Chapeco, where the team is based.We lost more than just a team, said the stations website. We lost friends, partners, colleagues and family members.The station called for prayers for Valmorbidas recovery, and for three other station journalists who died.The journalists, all men, included cameramen, photographers, commentators and reporters from radio stations in Brazil as well as larger media outlets such as Fox and Globo, a large Brazilian conglomerate.Among them was Globos Ari de Araujo.Ari was like a brother to me, said Pedro Bassan, a sports and general news reporter at Globo who had worked with Araujo for 20 years. Ill never have dinner with him again, or be able to get into an argument.Bassan said Araujo was a cameraman with the ability to shoot movie-qualiity video at the speed of journalism.dddddddddddd. He was traveling with the team for a special report.Marco Guarizzo, a presenter on CBN radio in southern Brazil, said staff members were struggling with the news that director Deva Pascovicci was on the flight. The shock was so great that the station staffers had trouble producing local content, turning to material from affiliates. By the afternoon, some members of the small team, which includes two presenters and five reporters, held a meeting.If (Pascovicci) were here, he would want us working, and working a lot on the story, said Guarizzo, adding that his boss was both demanding and kind.Fox lost six journalists, including commentator Mario Sergio Pontes de Paiva, a former midfielder who played briefly for Brazils national team in the early 1980s, and who coached for several Brazilian clubs, most recently Internacional in 2009 and Ceara in 2010.Amid profound sadness and consternation over what happened, we are following minute-by-minute as new information comes out, said Carlos Martinez, president of Fox Networks Group Latin America, in a statement. ' ' ' 
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