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  • 09 Aug
    Clemson, SC (SportsNetwork. [b]Jose Pirela Padres Jersey[/b] .com) - The Clemson Tigers will play the first of three straight SEC opponents, as they welcome the 18th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks to Littlejohn Coliseum for non-conference action on Sunday. The Tigers have already secured a win over an SEC foe, beating LSU (64-61) in the final round of the Paradise Jam. However, the team has split its two games since that in-season tournament, edging out High Point (62-59) before losing to Rutgers (69-64) as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge last week. The Razorbacks are off to a strong 6-1 start to the year that has put them firmly in the Top-25. However, the team is in unfamiliar territory after winning the first six games of the season, as Arkansas dropped a humbling 95-77 decision at nationally-ranked Iowa State on Thursday as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Arkansas has won both previous meetings with Clemson, including a 74-68 win at Bud Walton Arena last season. The Cyclones unloaded on the Razorbacks, shooting a scorching 64.3 percent from the floor in the first half to stroll into intermission with a gaudy 52-32 lead. Arkansas was unable to really get back into the contest, as ISU continued its torrid pace, shooting 63.6 percent over the final 20 minutes of play to earn the lopsided win. The loss spoiled a strong performance by Bobby Portis, who finished the game with 19 points and eight rebounds. Alandise Harris netted 15 points, while Rashad Madden and Michael Qualls chipped in with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Scoring points hasnt been a problem at all for Arkansas this year, as the team shoots a healthy .472 from the floor, a number bolstered by an impressive .443 from behind the arc (62-of-140). The result is a scoring average of 88.1 ppg that ranks in the top-10 in the nation. Scoring depth is apparent with four of the teams five starters averaging double figures. Portis is the best of the bunch, shooting .558 from the floor and pacing the team in both scoring (15.1 ppg) and rebounding (6.4 rpg). Qualls (14.6 ppg) is a close second in the scoring column, followed by Anthlon Bell (11.9 ppg) and Madden (11.4 ppg). Clemson lacks the firepower to win a shootout with Arkansas and would be best served to slow things down. The Tigers are averaging a modest 68.4 ppg, but have played tight defense, limiting foes to just 61.3 ppg. Like the Razorbacks, four of Clemsons starters average double digits in points. Guard Damarcus Harrison leads the charge with 11.9 ppg. Center Landry Nnoko (11.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg) and forward Jaron Blossomgame (11.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg) are an effective duo up front. Freshman forward Dante Grantham (10.4 ppg) adds depth. Tied at the half with Rutgers, Clemson just failed to get over the hump against the Scarlet Knights and dropped the five-point affair at home. Harrison led the team in defeat with 15 points. 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Costa Rica followed up its surprise win over Uruguay with another World Cup stunner on Friday, beating four-time champion Italy 1-0 to secure a spot in the next round and eliminate England in the process.MANCHESTER, England - Out of the Champions League and marooned in mid-table in the Premier League, Liverpool can find solace in its turbulent season by reaching the semifinals of the English League Cup this week.Lose to second-tier Bournemouth on Wednesday, though, and the pressure will grow on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.Bournemouth will be no pushover, either. Unbeaten since September, the south-coast club is top of the League Championship as it chases a place in the Premier League for the first time and has already beaten top-flight opposition in the League Cup this season in West Bromwich Albion. Bournemouth is also looking for revenge after losing 2-0 to Liverpool in the FA Cup last season.A long trip south for a match against in-form and fired-up lower-league opposition in a compact Dean Court stadium? It has all the makings of a cup upset.Chelsea also play away to second-tier opposition in Derby, managed by former England coach Steve McClaren, while Southampton visits third-tier Sheffield United Tuesday.Tottenham is at home to Newcastle on Wednesday in the other last-eight match.Here are some things to know about the League Cup quarterfinals:___MIGNOLET WONT RETURNDropped for Liverpools 3-0 defeat at Manchester United on Sunday, Simon Mignolet wont be returning to Liverpools team for the trip to Bournemouth.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said the Belgium goalkeeper is out for an indefinite period and that Brad Jones will start at Dean Court.It is something that can happen to keepers, taking them out of the firing line and give them time to reflect, Rodgers said.Mignolet had started 93 straight league games but came under pressure after a string of mistakes and nervy displays.___BOURNEMOUTH REVIVEDIn 2008, Bournemouth was in the bottom tier of the English leaguee, endangered by a 17-point deduction for financial problems and on the verge of going out of business. [b]Garrett Richards Jersey[/b]. Six years on and saved by the money of a Russian billionaire, the club has no ceiling on its ambitions.Bournemouth is one of the upcoming teams in English football under the stewardship of a young coach in Eddie Howe who is considered one of the countrys brightest managerial prospects.Even if Bournemouth loses on Wednesday, Dean Court could be welcoming the likes of Liverpool on a regular basis next season. A 5-3 win over Cardiff on Saturday lifted the team to the top of the League Championship and it is one of the favourites for promotion.___MOURINHOS DESIREIt may be the least of Chelseas priorities this season but manager Jose Mourinho has been taking the League Cup seriously.He wants to win every competition that he is up for, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas said of Mourinho. He has already told us he wants to win this trophy. It is the first trophy of the season and he wants it.Mourinho failed to win a trophy in his first season back at Chelsea in his second spell at the London club. But the Blues are top of the Premier League and also one of the favourites for the Champions League.Fabregas is available again after suspension and Mourinho must make a call on striker Diego Costa, who may not be risked for a third match in seven days.___ALSOSouthampton heads to Sheffield United having lost four games in a row in the Premier League to puncture early-season optimism and drop the team from second place to fifth.United reached the FA Cup semifinals last season and has been in the headlines this season for its aborted attempt to sign Wales international Ched Evans following his release from prison after serving half of a five-year sentence for rape. ' ' '