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Theyve poured blood, sweat, and tears on the field, and now Western Force players are opening up their wallets in a bid to save the Super Rugby franchise from extinction.The Force face the prospect of being cut from the Super Rugby competition if the number of Australian teams is reduced from five to four in the near future.Currently, the Super competition features 18 teams, but that could be reduced as early as 2018 if SANZAAR decides its in the best interests of the game.The governing body will wait until March before making a call on that front.In the meantime, the Force are getting on the front foot to ensure they become so financially stable that it wont make sense to get rid of them.Under the ambitious scheme, the Force are aiming to become Australias premier community-owned club in a campaign theyve dubbed Own The Force.The new ownership model will be based on the sale of certificates at a value of $1000 each.The Force have already received almost 4300 expressions of interest, with the franchises players and staff among the people willing to invest.My understanding is just about all of the players have indicated a degree of interest in the program, Force chief executive Mark Sinderberry told AAP.Thats a very strong indication of their belief and desire to see the Western Force continue.Former Western Force players including Matt Giteau, Nathan Sharpe and Cam Shephard have also thrown their support behind the new proposal, as well as several Australian athletes.?The Force aim to sell 5000 certificates in what would inject $5 million into the club.They would then use that money to effectively buy back the Force from the ARU.The two bodies formed an alliance earlier this year, with the bailout lifting $4 million of debt from the Forces shoulders.Sinderberry said it was now up to the Force to show they would be an asset - rather than a financial burden - to Australian rugby.The ARU would like to see a national footprint. Its just about seeing if its affordable, Sinderberry said.If we can collectively in WA ensure were not a financial burden on the ARU, then thats a good thing for Australian Rugby.The Force will still retain strong ties with the ARU after the buy-back, including access to its high-performance program.That partnership is seen as crucial in helping the Force become a title contender.The Perth-based franchise has never reached the finals in their 11 seasons in the competition, and dwindling crowds have hurt their financial position in recent years.Sinderberry said the club needed financial stability along with on-field success to truly thrive.The prospectus on the new ownership model is expected to be released next week.Buyers of the $1000 certificate will expect to receive: voting rights to an advisory committee and the new Western Force board of management; approval of the reappointment of key positions within the Western Force organisation; input into match day and team activities and specific owners functions; a range of discounts on both Western Force membership purchases and Rugby WA player registration fees. 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Meanwhile, the Oilers dealt long-time sniper Ales hemsky to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a third-rounder in 2015. ESTERO, Fla. -- The foreshadowing came on the opening tip-off, when Baylors Beatrice Mompremier barely had to move to win possession against Kent States Naddiyah Cross.Then again, Mompremier is nearly a foot taller than Cross.So a lopsided height advantage decided the games first play, and plenty of plays after that as well. Kalani Brown scored 17 points, Lauren Cox added 15 and No. 5 Baylor rolled past Kent State 84-42 on Friday in the opening game of the Gulf Coast Showcase.Brown, Cox and Mompremier -- all between 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-7, bigger than anyone who dared defend them -- combined to make 19 of their 25 shots, and Baylor (5-1) enjoyed a 49-23 rebounding edge.Really, you could just flip a coin, said Brown, who shot 8 for 9 and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in just 16 minutes. All of us did great things today and used it to our advantage, I guess.Baylor took control with a 15-0 run in the first quarter, and shot 52 percent.I have the luxury of having five outstanding post players, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. I have the three really big ones and two that are somewhat undersized, but we go to the boards hard.Larissa Lurken scored 15 for Kent State (2-3), which has dropped three straight. The Golden Flashes shot 29 percent for the game, 10 percent in the final quarter.We were just proud of the opportunity to play against a team like Baylor and compete at the highest level, Kent State coach Todd Starkey said. I thought our kids did a good job of executing. We had a couple things happen today that some of our players are going to remember for the rest of their lives.Among those things: Lurken scored her 1,000th ccareer point, and senior Lacey Miller got the first basket of her college career.ddddddddddddhose are the types of things those kids will be telling their families 20, 30 years down the road, Starkey said.BIG PICTUREKent State: Lurkens became the 20th Kent State player to reach the 1,000-point mark. ... It was the first time the Golden Flashes met Baylor since beating the Bears in 1997.Baylor: No Baylor player logged more than 23 minutes, which could help the Bears cause as the three-games-in-three-days tournament goes along. ... The Bears improved to 17-0 in 2016 against unranked opponents, 4-0 this season. ... Mompremier is playing this weekend about two hours from her Miami home, and reserve Alyssa Fry spent her senior high school season about 90 minutes north of the tournament site at IMG Academy in Bradenton.PROGRESS?Kent State had not led in either of its last two games, against Robert Morris and Detroit Mercy. The Golden Flashes actually had the lead against Baylor, holding it for 2 minutes, 27 seconds in the first quarter -- 5-2 being the largest.EARLY WAKE-UPIt was an 11 a.m. start time, and Baylors Alexis Jones got a wake-up call around 11:01 or so when she was benched 51 seconds into the contest. She had two turnovers in that span, including one 2 seconds into the game. But after sitting for nearly 5 minutes, Jones returned and scored 10 quick points.UP NEXTKent State: Faces Western Kentucky in consolation semifinals Friday.Baylor: Faces No. 18 DePaul in tournament semifinals Friday. 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