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  • December 12, 2017 2:06 AM PST

    New Memphis coach Mike Norvell wants to build on the momentum established by his predecessor. Bryan Trottier Jersey .Norvell begins his head coaching career this season by taking over for Justin Fuente, who turned around a traditionally losing program before Virginia Tech hired him away. Memphis has gone a combined 19-7 over the last two seasons.I was excited about the direction of where our program has been able to go -- and where I believe we can continue to help it grow in the future, Norvell said. Its been a great transition. The excitement about the things we have in place and the places that were going is pretty remarkable.The biggest challenge facing Norvell is making sure the offense continues moving the ball effectively without Paxton Lynch, the quarterback who teamed up with Fuente to orchestrate one of college footballs most dramatic turnarounds. Lynch left school after his junior season and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round.Taking over for Lynch is former Tennessee quarterback Riley Ferguson.Hes got a great skill set, Norvell said. Hes got a strong arm, can really drive the ball down the field but is extremely accurate.Norvell spent the last four years at Arizona State, where he worked as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He previously worked on Arizona State coach Todd Grahams staffs at Tulsa and Pittsburgh.But hes quite familiar with the Memphis area from his own playing days as a receiver at Central Arkansas. He believes Memphis has the elements in place to continue winning even in a new era that doesnt include Fuente or Lynch.Were excited about the things that are in place, Norvell said. We believe in the values of our program and what were going to accomplish. Now we just have to get out there and start getting it done.Here are some things to watch about Memphis.FERGUSONS SECOND CHANCE: Ferguson began his college career at Tennessee but never played a down for the Volunteers. After redshirting in 2013 and participating in spring practice the following year, Ferguson transferred in the summer of 2014. After spending the 2015 season at Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College, Ferguson is back in the state of Tennessee as Memphis starting quarterback.ANOTHER SEC EXPORT: Ferguson isnt the only former Southeastern Conference player set to make an impact for Memphis. Safety Jonathan Cook, who spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons at Alabama, should give the Tigers secondary a boost. Cook had 61 tackles last season at Garden City (Kansas) Community College.EXPERIENCED BLOCKERS: Memphis offensive line features four returning starters in tackles Gabe Kuhn and Trevon Tate, center Drew Kyser and guard Christopher Roberson. That group helped Memphis set school single-season records in total points (522) and yards (6,330) last year.SOLID SPECIAL TEAMS: Kicker Jake Elliott and punter Spencer Smith are both back after filling those roles last season. Elliott made all his extra-point attempts and went 23 of 28 on field goals last season and was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nations top kicker.RUNNING BACK CONCERNS: Although Doroland Dorceus is back after rushing for a team-high 659 yards last season, the transfers of Jarvis Cooper and Jamarius Henderson leave Memphis without much depth in the backfield. That could create an opportunity for freshman Darrell Henderson.PREDICTION: The losses of Fuente and Lynch make it natural to assume the Tigers take at least a small step backward. Memphis still features enough talent to produce a third straight winning season, but a 7-5 record plus a bowl invitation seems more likely than a repeat of the 10-3 campaign in 2014 or the 9-4 mark from last season.SEASON OPENER: The Tigers host Southeast Missouri State on Sept. 3.---College football website: Trevor Daley Jersey . For the Wild it was their first win of the season and they now have a record of 1-1-2 while the Jets fall to 2-2. Jets start a six game home stand Friday with another divisional game, home to the Dallas Stars. Conor Sheary Jersey . He said Tuesday thats a big reason why he is now the new coach of the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt said he hit it off quickly with Ruston Webster when interviewing for the job Friday night. . The catch: It needs a lot of money, and it needs it fast. TORONTO -- Canada was not the best team on the ice until it mattered.Down two goals with three minutes left, the high-powered Canadians kicked it up a notch and Team Europe simply couldnt stop them.Brad Marchand scored a short-handed goal with 43.1 seconds left after Patrice Bergeron tied it with 2:53 to go on a power play, lifting Canada to a 2-1 victory and the World Cup of Hockey title Thursday night.Sidney Crosbys line with the Boston Bruins pair of Marchand and Bergeron dominated in the final minutes as the trio did throughout the two-week tournament.Theyre addicted to winning, and they just make it happen, Canada coach Mike Babcock said.The Canadians won the best-of-three finals 2-0.Theyve won 16 straight games, including Olympic gold medals at the Sochi and Vancouver Games, since losing to the U.S. in the 2010 Olympics.Its pretty special, Crosby said. Its not easy to do, and for a good chunk of us, a lot of us were there in Russia.Europe seemed as if it had a chance to score a go-ahead goal late when Drew Doughty was called for high-sticking with just under two minutes left, but Canada was the team that took advantage when Marchand got the puck into open space and beat Jaroslav Halak with a shot from the slot to win the first World Cup since 2004.Its just crazy the way everything worked out, said Crosby, selected the MVP of the tournament after scoring three goals and finishing with a World Cup-high 10 points. When you get a penalty that late in the game, youre just trying to force overtime.After Crosby got his latest personal reward, he was presented with a silver World Cup of Hockey trophy and skated with it around the ice just months after hosting the Stanley Cup for the second time in his career.He set up the tying goal, passing the puck off the boards to Brent Burns, whose shot just inside the blue line was redirected by Bergerons raised stick.In the biggest moments, he turns it up, Babcock said.Carey Price made 32 savess for the Canadians, who started slow before ending the tournament with a furious rally that fired up a once-quiet crowd. Paul Martin Jersey. deno Chara scored early for Europe, and Halak made 32 saves for the eight-nation team .Its a tough loss because we were able to push them all the way to the limits, Chara said.In front of an unenthusiastic crowd and a lot of empty seats in the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Canadians started flat and the Europeans made them pay for their apparent apathy.Unlike the previous two times Canada trailed briefly to the U.S. and Russia, it could not come back against Europe quickly.It looked as if it wasnt going to be Canadas night when John Tavares had a wide-open net to shoot into but hit the right post from the bottom of the right circle. Earlier in the same shift, the New York Islanders forward missed the net on a one-timer opportunity.Canada averaged 4.4 goals over the first five games of the tournament, giving Price plenty of support. It didnt score as much in the final game of the tournament, but two goals were enough to win thanks to Price.Europe outshot the Canadians 12-8 after the first period and 27-21 after the second before they closed well enough to finish with one more shot.Canada had a man advantage again early in the third period, but got only one shot on Halak, a Slovak and Islanders standout, on the power play.Crosby had a chance to score with seven-plus minutes left, but Halak kicked the shot away with his right skate.In the end, Halak could not keep the puck out of his net twice.The way it turned out at the end is very painful, Europe coach Ralph Krueger said. But you need to open eye to big picture and the journey. How we played was amazing. They played their hearts out. ... 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