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  • 26 Jun
    导出博客文章CINCINNATI -- Last season, the Xavier Musketeers were a No. 2 seed in the NCAA
    Tournament and had some pundits listing them among the Final Four favorites.That
    was March. National recognition in November is something new on Victory
    Parkway.Xavier, which opens the regular season against Lehigh on Friday (7 p.m.)
    at Cintas Center, is ranked No. 7 in the preseason Associated Press poll, the
    highest preseason rating in school history.The Musketeers highest previous
    ranking in the preseason was 10th in 1997-98 and 2002-03. However, coach Chris
    Mack said he is not concerned about his players absorbing that praise.I dont
    worry about the attention, Mack said. It helps that people talk about you. It
    helps in recruiting. I know fans get excited. But, its really about what we do
    between the lines. I do think we have some older players that are used to having
    a businesslike attitude.It helps to have the top two scorers returning, junior
    guard Trevon Bluiett (15.1 points per game) and sophomore guard Edmond Sumner
    (11.0 ppg).Bluiett lost around 20 pounds during the summer to become quicker and
    more athletic to the rim.Sumner missed three games last season with a head
    injury but still compiled 112 assists. He is poised for a huge year, one that
    could propel him up the NBA Draft ladder.Both Bluiett and Sumner were named
    preseason first-team All-Big East Conference. Junior guard J.P. Macura, the Big
    Easts sixth man of the year last season, also returns.The Musketeers will be
    without a couple of key contributors on Friday. Sophomore forward Kaiser Gates
    is out with a knee injury, and senior guard Myles Davis is suspended due to
    allegations in an ongoing domestic-violence case.Xavier, which was ranked ninth
    in the final AP poll last year, is picked to finish second in the Big East
    behind defending national champion Villanova. Still, the Musketeers arent
    thinking too highly of themselves.We dont really focus too much on preseason
    rankings, Macura said. Last year we werent ranked (in the preseason) and we had
    a great season. We just have to take every day, practice with energy, and
    everything else will take care of itself.The Friday game is Xaviers first since
    losing to Wisconsin on a buzzer-beater in the second round of the NCAA
    Tournament, a defeat that took months for the Musketeers to move past.Xavier
    wont look past Lehigh on Friday, though. As Sumner said earlier this week, the
    Mountain Hawks are not a slouch.Xavier is 2-0 all-time against Lehigh, including
    a narrow 69-63 win in 2004. This season, the Hawks are a near-unanimous favorite
    to win the Patriot League title, receiving all but three first-place votes.
    Senior forward Tim Kempton, a two-time Patriot League player of the year, is
    picked to win it for a third time. Junior guard Kahron Ross is a first-team
    all-league selection.Lehigh returns its top four scorers from last years squad
    that won 11 consecutive games before losing a heartbreaker in the Patriot League
    championship game.I think this team learned a lot from going through the journey
    last season, said coach Brett Reed, who is in his 10th season as Lehighs head
    coach. They are hungry for a new opportunity. However, they will need to take
    the lessons learned and apply them this upcoming year if were going to be even
    stronger, which will be needed to win a championship.
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    . -- The goal posts lying flat on the field, Arizonas fans
    lingered on the field, congregating around the locker room entrance nearly 30
    minutes after rushing out of the stands.
    . The visitors took a deserved lead in the 16th minute with midfielder Yohan
    Cabaye curling the ball beyond Adrian from inside the penalty area.
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    . -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked
    his players a simple question during Fridays morning shootaround: How many of
    them had ever been on a team 14 games over . FRANKFURT, Germany -- United States
    international Julian Green scored in his first official start as title holder
    Bayern Munich eased to a 3-1 win over Augsburg to reach the third round of the
    German Cup on Wednesday.Greens first goal in a competition match for Bayern came
    in the 42nd minute with a header off a cross by Thomas Mueller.The 21-year-old
    American winger played in the previous German Cup round, coming off the bench in
    a 5-0 win over Carl-Zeiss Jena. Green has been in coach Carlo Ancelottis squad
    several times this season but this was his first start.Green became the youngest
    American to score a World Cup goal in a loss to Belgium at the 2014 tournament
    in Brazil. His club career at Bayern stalled, however. He made a Champions
    League appearance in 2013, before being sent to Hamburger SV on loan. He rarely
    played there and returned to Bayern. He made another Champions League appearance
    at Dinamo Zagreb last season but did not see any Bundesliga action.However,
    Green made headlines by scoring a hat trick against Inter Milan in a pre-season
    tour of the United States, then scored in back-to-back matches for the United
    States against Cuba and New Zealand.Ancelotti left many of his regulars on the
    bench against Augsburg and Green got his chance.Another player made a comeback
    with defender Holger Badstuber coming off the bench late in the match. Badstuber
    had not played since an ankle injury in February.Bayern, an 18-time German Cup
    winner, went ahead through Philipp Lahm in the second minute and David Alaba
    completed the victory in injury time.Ji Dong-won had cut Augusburgs deficit with
    fine angled shot above Manuel Neuers arms into the roof of the net in the
    69th.Both teams missed penalties, with Mueller shooting high for Bayern and
    Neuer saving the spot-kick taken by Koo Ja-cheol.Heres a look at other matches
    Wednesday:---BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1, UNION BERLIN 1, 3-0 in penalty
    shootoutDortmunds veteran goalkeeper RRoman Weidenfeller stopped the first two
    shots in the shootout and Berlins third spot-kick bounced off the
    crossbar.dddddddddddd Ousman Dembele, Matthis Ginter and Mario Goetze all
    converted for Dortmund.An own goal by Michael Parensen had given Dortmund the
    lead in 44th, but Steven Skrzybski equalized for the second-division team in the
    81st. Dortmund played with a reshuffled lineup because of numerous injuries and
    rotation.---COLOGNE 2, HOFFENHEIM 1In a match between two surprise teams in this
    seasons Bundesliga, Anthony Modeste scored early in extra time to give Cologne
    victory over his former club.Hoffenheim, undefeated in the Bundesliga, went
    ahead in the eighth through Benjamin Huebner, before Marcel Risse fired Cologne
    level with a free kick.Hoffenheim found the net with the last kick of the match,
    but the strike was ruled offside.---SCHALKE 3, NUREMBERG 2Yevhen Konoplyanka
    scored two goals for Schalke, which let slip a 3-0 lead.Klaas-Jan Huntelaar also
    scored for Schalke, before the second-division team netted twice after the break
    and made it a tense finale.Schalke has now won five straight games in all
    competitions, following a poor start to the season.---OTHER MATCHESMainz and
    Darmstadt joined the exodus of Bundesliga teams from the German Cup, losing to
    lower-tier opposition in the second round.Darmstadt lost at fourth-tier Astoria
    Walldorf 1-0, while Mainz went down 2-1 at second-division Greuther
    Fuerth.Germany striker Mario Gomez scored a second-half winner as Wolfsburg
    edged second-division Heidenheim 1-0 for interim coach Valerien Ismaels first
    win.Hannover thrashed Fortuna Duesseldorf 6-1 after scoring five goals inside
    the first 34 minutes of the match between two second-division teams.Bayer
    Leverkusen and Freiburg, two other Bundesliga teams, were eliminated on Tuesday.
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