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  • 24 Jul
    导出博客文章NEW YORK -- It wasnt about visiting New York City during the holiday season that
    appealed to Bruce Weber.Rather, the opportunity to play two games in an NBA
    arena and NCAA tournament venue appealed to Kansas States coach because of what
    it could mean come March.You get a couple of those different venues so hopefully
    youre not star struck when -- if -- you get to the tournament, Weber said after
    Kansas States 72-54 win over Boston College in the first game of the Barclays
    Center Classic on Friday night.Or when we get into the tournament.Freshman
    Xavier Sneed led the Wildcats with 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds.My role
    on the team is to bring energy off the bench, Sneed said. Thats what I try to
    do.Dean Wade and Barry Brown added 11 points apiece as Kansas State improved to
    5-0.While Weber has a long-term view, Eagles coach Jim Christian said he is
    looking for something more fundamental.We have some guys on our team that, in my
    opinion, they need to play harder, Christian said as Boston College fell to
    3-2.Even though Ky Bowman led Boston College with 13 point, and Connor Tava and
    Jerome Robinson finished with 11 each, Christian was not especially impressed
    with his teams performance.We didnt play very well one through five, Christian
    said. I thought we got manhandled one through five.The third meeting between the
    ACC and Big 12 programs-and the first in regular season play-was not especially
    competitive.Kansas State used an 11-2 run spanning 6:47 in the first half to
    take control. The run began with Isaiah Maurices jumper at 7:27 which tied the
    game 7-7, and was culminated by Wades dunk with 5:46 left in the half. By that
    point, the Wildcats had an 18-9 lead that they would not relinquish.The Wildcats
    led 31-22 at halftime and limited the Eagles to 29.2 percent shooting from the
    field in the first and 33.3 percent for the game.We picked up the pressure,
    Weber said. We talked about once they got over half court, kind of inside that
    circle, stretch them out a little bit. We had to disrupt them.Boston College
    committed 14 turnovers in the first half and 21 for the game, with Sneeds steal
    and breakaway jam midway through the second half underscoring Kansas States
    prowess in turning turnovers into points.Sneeds jam put the Wildcats up 47-35,
    and from there the Eagles never seriously threatened Kansas State.You make runs
    with stops, Weber said. And then take advantage of it with transition.The
    Wildcats finished the game shooting 45.4 percent from the field.BIG
    PICTUREBoston College: After starting the season with four games against small
    programs, the Eagles took on a major conference squad in Kansas State and were
    found to be significantly lacking. Was it an isolated moment or is Jim
    Christians team headed for its third-straight losing season?Kansas State: The
    Wildcats first game against a major conference opponent could not have been
    scripted better as Kansas State maintained its early first half lead for the
    remainder of the game.POLL IMPLICATIONSBoston College: The loss ended the Eagles
    three-game winning streak, and probably put to rest any hopes Boston College
    could break into the Top 25.Kansas State: Despite a complete performance in
    beating Boston College, Kansas State is probably not going to move into the Top
    25.NOTABLEBoston College: Nic Popovic was tended to by a trainer as he lay on
    the court after being inadvertently elbowed by Kansas States D.J. Johnson early
    in the first half.Kansas State: Friday nights game was Kansas States second at
    the Barclays Center.UP NEXTBoston College: Will meet the loser of the of the
    Maryland/Richmond game Saturday.Kansas State: Will meet the winner of the of the
    Maryland/Richmond game Saturday.
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    DE JANEIRO -- The president of cyclings world governing body defended the
    Olympic road course on Saturday, calling it a fair test and suggesting those who
    crashed pushed past their limits.Brian Cookson addressed a number of other
    issues during a wide-ranging news conference at the Rio de Janeiro Games at the
    midway point of the cycling program, including doping, the schedule of the track
    cycling program and several road racing issues.But perhaps the biggest
    hot-button issue through a week of competition was a road course that some had
    labeled too dangerous. One particularly nasty descent caused riders such as
    Italian star Vincenzo Nibali to go down and left Dutch rider Annemiek van
    Vleuten in the hospital.Weve had discussions about the number of crashes and the
    circumstances. It is my belief and our belief at the UCI that the courses were
    in the bounds of what was reasonable, Cookson said.Van Vleuten spent several
    days in the hospital with a concussion and three small fractures to her spine.
    She flew home to the Netherlands on Friday to continue her recovery.Its the
    riders responsibility to make the right decisions, Cookson said. I went to speak
    with Annemiek in the hospital and talked to her, and in her case, it was an
    error of judgment there (going too fast on the descent).Cookson was also asked
    about the silver medal won by Olga Zabelinskaya in the time trial. It came just
    days after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled a ban on Russian athletes
    who had been barred from competing for prior doping offenses was unenforceable,
    allowing Zabelinskaya to compete.The Russian cyclist who finished second in the
    time trial was entitled to be here under the rules of the (World Anti-Doping
    Agency) and the IOC, Cookson said. Im guessing she will not be the onlyy
    previously convicted doped athlete at the games.ddddddddddddCookson has been
    working to clean up the sport after years of doping, including Lance Armstrongs
    admission of guilt a few years ago. And he said the positive test of a Brazilian
    cyclist in an out-of-competition test the week before the road race was a sign
    of progress.Ive said this many times before, cycling has been leading for many
    years in the fight against doping in sport, Cookson said. Whether there is a
    small number of athletes trying to cheat, I hope not, but if they are, we will
    catch them and we will sanction them.In other issues:- Cookson said the UCI is
    still examining the blood bags from Operation Puerto, the Spanish police
    investigation into a doping ring led by Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes. Cookson otherwise
    declined to comment on the ongoing investigation, saying only that when we have
    something to report, we will.- The UCI is confident WorldTour teams will compete
    in the team time trial at the world championships in Qatar. Several teams
    announced plans to boycott the event, in part because they are required to
    compete at their own expense.- Cookson said he was open to smaller teams in
    major events such as the Tour de France, but he warned that I think some of the
    bigger teams would object to that, and there are pros and cons to the details of
    that. Its something I wouldnt rule out but lets move forward gradually.- The UCI
    hopes to expand the cycling program at future Olympics, though Cookson did not
    say whether it would be merely an expansion of the track program or the addition
    of another discipline, such as downhill mountain biking or freestyle BMX
    competition. ' ' '