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The Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz fight is a great fight in any era and at any weight.?At a time of entertaining and wildly popular freak fights, where men walk rampant over weight categories, this clash of two tiny warriors in a bear-pit venue, far from either of their homes, is like an oasis of sense, anticipation and calm in the billion-dollar business of boxing.The days leading to the fight have been thankfully free of the hysterics that dominate most big fights -- the pair have been quietly respectful in public and suitably dismissive in private, which is the way it should be.In short, both fighters, their trainers and their people believe the other boxer has made a mistake in accepting the fight.Santa Cruz is the WBAs featherweight champion -- his third world title -- and is unbeaten in 33 fights. He is taller than Frampton, has a six-inch reach advantage, is an American idol and is two years younger.He has boldly talked of moving up in weight and winning world tiles at three more weight divisions. He is the betting favourite and has dismissed the judgement of the bookies with all the sincerity of a rabid wolf outside a chicken shop. Santa Cruz thinks it is a romp.Frampton has played the professional Irishman in New York for three weeks, opening fetes, pulling pints of Guinness, but more importantly getting used to the terrain, the heat and the sleeping patterns.Life in New York for Frampton and his team, which includes Barry McGuigan and his son Shane, who trains the boxer, has been less hectic than a week on the streets of their beloved Belfast.The fruits of Framptons community labour will emerge once the turnstiles at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn open on Saturday night -- it will be a home fixture for the Belfast boy and Santa Cruz will be the foreigner.Frampton is also unbeaten, a one-time holder of two versions of the world title at super-bantamweight, a division four-pounds below the featherweight limit.Santa Cruz has avoided Frampton, which is a fact, and Frampton has pursued him from the super-bantamweight division, where they were both champions last year, to the featherweight division.They each moved to avoid the struggles of making the old poundage and to create a bit of distance from all the annoying questions about fighting Guillermo Rigondeaux, the Cuban that nobody wants to fight.They are both telling the truth about the weight struggles and they are equally correct, whether they believe it or not, when they claim that this will be their hardest fight.The tension between the pair and their teams has slowly started to grow the closer the fight gets to the first bell.Santa Cruz has his father, a man battling cancer, with him, and Frampton has Barry McGuigan, a man famous for becoming increasingly involved as the fight approaches.The belt that Santa Cruz holds was owned by McGuigan but that was 30 years ago and 13 WBA featherweight champions ago.I never got the chance to fight in New York, said McGuigan, whose joyous and brutal reign was cut short by a man called Steve Cruz one afternoon in Las Vegas when Wee Barry slowly fried under the desert sun.The sensible thinking is that Santa Cruz is too busy, too accurate and that his height and reach will help him create a lead. Frampton has countered that he has the footwork and the speed to stay in contention from the opening bell and force Santa Cruz to take risks.They both have a point and the opening round is likely to expose any immediate flaws in their rival preparations.There is a chance of cuts, bruising and swellings; the wounds, which could certainly end the action, will only add to a magnificent fight as it unfolds to the delight of the crowd.The verdict: Santa Cruz on points in the narrowest of wins, the type of victory that leads to a second fight and disputes long into the New York summer night. What a fight it will be. Willie Stargell Jersey . Isner, ranked No. 14, won his eighth career singles title and took the title in New Zealand for the second time after his victory in 2010. The match was similar to Isners quarterfinal victory over fifth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber which went to three sets, all tiebreaks and contained no breaks of serve. Francisco Cervelli Jersey . 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(STATS) -- Lightning held up the start of North Carolina A&Ts game at Kent State for more than two hours Saturday night, but the biggest strike basically occurred after midnight.N.C. A&T upset Kent State 39-36 in four overtimes -- the Aggies first win over an FBS opponent. Not surprisingly, they climbed in the STATS FCS Top 25 on Monday, moving up five spots to No. 18.This is big for the program, the athletics department and the school as a whole, N.C. A&T coach Rod Broadway said after the win. To do it in four overtimes is really something because I thought they would eventually wear us down because of their scholarship advantage.North Dakota State remained No. 1 in the rankings after the five-time reigning FCS champion earned its second straight overtime win to start the season. Richmond was No. 2 and Sam Houston State, Jacksonville State and Illinois State followed in the top five.FCS teams have notched seven wins over FBS teams in the first two full weeks of action. Most have been reserved for the larger FCS conferences, with two teams from both CAA Football and the Missouri Valley claiming wins and the Big Sky and Ohio Valley gaining one each. But N.C. A&T also carved one out for the smaller MEAC, giving it a 2-0 record while the other 10 teams in the conference have combined for only one victory.The Aggies FBS win was more than a bit improbable as Broadway turned to third-string quarterback Oluwafemi Bamiro after replacing his starter and having the backup get injured. In overtime, the fifth-year senior threw two touchdowns and rushed for one. After Kent State kicked a field goal on the opening possession of the fourth OT, A&T ended the game on Bamiros 15-yard TD strike to Denzel Keyes.N.C. A&T, winner of the inaugural Celebration Bowl last year, had lost its three previous games against the FBS by an average of 39.7 points. 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Sam Houston State (1-0) moved up one spot to No. 3 following a bye, Jacksonville State (1-1) also gained a spot after a 34-13 loss to SEC power LSU, and Illinois State (2-0) moved up four spots following its 9-7 upset at Northwestern from the Big Ten.Chattanooga (2-0) remained at No. 6 and was followed in the Top 10 by Montana (2-0), Eastern Washington (1-1), South Dakota State (1-1) and Northern Iowa (1-1).James Madison (2-0), which has scored 135 points in two easy wins, checked in at No. 11, followed by Charleston Southern (1-2), William & Mary (1-1), McNeese (1-1), The Citadel (2-0), Western Illinois (2-0), Coastal Carolina (2-0), N.C. A&T, Portland State (1-1) and Youngstown State (1-1).Rounding out the Top 25 were No. 21 Villanova (1-1), New Hampshire (1-1), Colgate (0-1), Northern Arizona (0-2), and Albany (2-0), which moved into the rankings for the first time since Oct. 27, 2014.Albanys inclusion helped CAA Football join the Missouri Valley with a poll-best six teams each. 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