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Pakistan 3 for 1 (Azhar 0*, Yasir 0*) trail England 328 (Moeen 108, Bairstow 55, Sohail 5-68) by 325 runsScorecard and ball-by-ball detailsMoeen Ali once again demonstrated the power that resides in Englands allrounder-laden middle order as he stroked his way to a brilliant counterattacking 108 - his third Test hundred and his second match-defining score in as many innings - to rescue his side from a familiar top-order collapse in the fourth Investec Test.By the close of the opening days play at the Kia Oval, England had seized control of a contest that could yet propel them to the top of the world Test rankings, if results elsewhere go their way. Left with three overs in which to go for broke before the close, Stuart Broad prised out Pakistans most obdurate find of the tour, Sami Aslam, lbw for 3, as England inched closer to their coveted clean sweep of series wins against all Test opponents.But, with Wahab Riaz back in the Pakistan side and restored to the fire-breathing hostility that had secured the spoils in the last Test series between these sides before Christmas, they had been required once again to take the scenic route to the ascendancy.The first delivery of Moeens innings summed up the challenge that England faced shortly after lunch, as he arrived at the crease to join Jonny Bairstow with his side floundering on 110 for 5 after winning the toss under overcast skies, and on a livid green pitch that looked more threatening than it actually turned out to be.Wahab - with three wickets, one drop and a no-ball reprieve already to his name in the first eight-and-a-half overs of a typically vigorous onslaught - greeted the incoming Moeen with a scorching bouncer that tailed into the left-hander and sconed him so hard on the badge of his helmet that it rebounded clean into the hands of backward point.Pakistan, at this stage, were swarming as only they can when that whiff of cordite hits their nostrils. But Moeens refusal to be flustered is a trademark of his game, and in the course of two vital and urgently-paced stands - 93 for the sixth wicket with Bairstow and 79 with Englands man of the moment, Chris Woakes - he first shored up the foundations of Englands innings before taking the game away in the final session from a tiring Pakistan attack.Sohail Khan once again emerged as Pakistans stand-out wicket-taker, with 5 for 68 in 20.4 toiling overs, but Pakistans fielders were unable to match the application of their bowlers. Mohammad Amir proved especially luckless in his best spell since his return to Test cricket as a genuine opportunity to roll England aside inside two sessions hit the turf with a thud. Despite the excellence of their contributions, both Moeen and Bairstow were the beneficiaries of key reprieves early in their innings that Pakistan will be sure to rue as this contest develops. On 13, and without having added to his lunchtime score, Bairstow poked flimsily at another exocet outside off stump and lobbed a simple catch to Yasir Shah at backward point.Wahabs celebrations, however, were cut short by umpire Marais Erasmuss outstretched arm - and the bowler could have no complaint. He had been warned after the first ball of the over that he was getting close to transgressing, then called for both of his subsequent deliveries, the second of which was the vital one.Bairstow, whose 83 at Edgbaston had arguably been the defining knock of that contest, instantly bunted a four through the covers to rub salt in Wahabs wounds, and set about ensuring that Pakistan would be made to pay for his let-off.It wasnt just Wahab whom the pair had to overcome. At the other end, Amir was locating that prodigious late swing that made him such a threat in his first coming as a Test cricketer, and on 23, he rapped Bairstow on the back pad with a fierce late inswinger that Pakistan felt obliged to review - the ball was shown to be slipping over the top of off stump.Then, on 9, came the key let-off, as Azhar Ali at third slip made a Horlicks of a low edge off Amir that hit him on the wrists. A similar juggled opportunity had earlier been good enough to send Gary Ballance on his way for 8, but this one refused to stick, as did another technical chance at the hands of the same fielder six runs later, although only a harsh judge could criticise Azhar for this one - a firm clip off the pads against Yasir that struck him on the chest at short leg but rebounded out of his reach.But as the session progressed, Englands confidence grew, and with it the urgency in their run-harvesting. Bairstows exemplary judgment of a quick single means that his stands are rarely anything less than hyper-charged, and with tea approaching, the pair were reprising their game-changing efforts in the second innings at Edgbaston.Moeen clipped the debutant Iftikhar Ahmed over midwicket for the first six of the innings, then rolled his wrists on a pull through midwicket four balls later to join his team-mate on fifty, and though Bairstow fell soon afterwards for 55, dangling his bat outside the line to inside-edge Amir through to the wicketkeeper, the arrival of Woakes offered Pakistan no let-up.With an England-record 23 wickets in a Test series against Pakistan, Woakes would be having the time of his life with or without any extra strings to his bow. Throw in his sublime form with the bat, however, and you end up with an allrounder with the form and confidence for any situation. With his cover-drive in preposterously good order, he cashed in on Wahabs angle across his bows to breeze along to 45 from 57 balls, before feathering a thin edge to give Sohail and Pakistan a late chance to get their way back on track.Sohail did his best to oblige, extracting a marginal lbw against Stuart Broad for 0 before bowling Steven Finn through the gate for 8 to give Moeen a nervy few minutes as he biffed his way through the nineties with only James Anderson for company. But, having flashed a four past a baffled Younis Khan at slip, he took a premeditated swipe for six over deep midwicket off Yasir, to complete his century and cement Englands revival.Though he fell soon afterwards for 108, caught at square leg to complete Sohails five-for, Moeens personal contribution had all but doubled Englands halfway innings total.There had been little in the days opening exchanges to hint at the ebb and flow to come, with Alex Hales contentious early dismissal at square leg appearing to come against the run of play, given the fluency of Alastair Cook and Joe Roots initial strokeplay. Hales, on 6, clipped firmly to Yasir at square leg, who scooped a low chance that umpire Oxenford referred upstairs for a second opinion. His initial instinct was that it carried, but the incident happened so quickly that none of the TV cameras could keep up with the blur of action, so the decision stood.England, however, had reckoned against the determination of Wahab to make an impact on the series. After entering the attack in the 12th over, he should have struck with his 13th ball, when Iftikhar shelled a low edge at first slip off Cook - ironically the same position in which Mohammad Hafeez, the man whom he had replaced, had been standing when he gave Root a crucial reprieve at Edgbaston last week.For once, Cook failed to make that sort of a let-off pay. He had added just one more run when he leant back on a pull against Sohail and under-edged into his own stumps. One over later, Root, whose stunning double-century at Old Trafford has been bookended by a cluster of limp dismissals, was suckered by Wahabs extra pace and lift to tickle an edge through to Sarfraz Ahmed.In Wahabs next over, he made it a collapse of 3 for 5 in 15 balls when the under-pressure James Vince was detonated from the crease by a fierce lifter that forced a defensive back-foot poke to give Sarfraz his second catch of the morning. At that stage, the contest was ripe for the seizing. But Moeen and his middle-order cohorts had other plans. Cheap Air Max 90 .ca NBA Power Rankings, ahead of the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. Nike Air Max Outlet .4 million title. Ryan Riess emerged with the title after a session in which he started behind, but used expert skill to gather the chips to his side amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold em. Riess put his final opponent Jay Farber all-in with an Ace-King. . 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Houstons schedule ranks 75th.Not enough to get your blood boiling as a magnificent lineup of Week 1 games nears its kickoff?Consider, then, the task before BYU, which opens Saturday night at Arizona before September dates with Utah, UCLA and West Virginia.I know when I played at BYU, I would have loved the opportunity to play this schedule, said first-year BYU coach Kalani Sitake, whose Cougars visit Michigan State and Boise State and host Mississippi State in consecutive October weeks.Houston takes center stage Saturday against third-ranked Oklahoma (noon ET, ABC). The reigning American Athletic Conference champion on Sept. 15 visits league rival, and fellow Big 12 hopeful, Cincinnati, which dispatched Miami last year in a similarly placed Thursday night game on ESPN.Were trained for chaos, Houston linebacker Steven Taylor said. We feel like were trained for anybody and anyone who comes our way.For BYU and Houston, widely considered to sit among the top candidates this year for Big 12 expansion, the importance of their high-profile, early season games extends no further than this fall. Despite the immediate challenges ahead, players and coaches at both schools said they view the tests of 2016 only as a method to measure these teams -- not as a Big 12 audition.No, second-year Houston coach Tom Herman said, because Ive been told by the people in charge that it isnt [an audition], and I trust them.BYU and Houston expressed interest this summer, among more than a 20 programs, in Big 12 membership after the leagues board of directors in July tasked commissioner Bob Bowlsby to explore options in growing the 10-team conference.For the Big 12 to evaluate Houston on its performance Saturday at NRG Stadium, Herman said, would be extremely short-sighted.I think that decision, Herman said, has to be very long-term, far-sighted vision.Not that it will stop fans and media this month -- and until Bowlsby moves forward -- from using the performances of BYU, Houston, Cincinnati and others to form beliefs on the viability of potential Big 12 additions.In fact, Houstons 2015 success, no doubt, greatly boosted its public perception as an expansion candidate. It finished 13-1 and ranked No. 8 after a Peach Bowl win over Florida State.Were still the same, disrespected, little old American Conference team with a giant chip on our shoulder, Herman said.The primary objective this season of Houston players remains to defend their league title.If we beat Oklahoma on Saturday, [AAC commissioner] Mike Aresco is not going to jog out to the 50-yard line and hand us the American championship trophy, Heerman said.ddddddddddddNever in discussing their goals did the Cougars set out to earn an invite to the Big 12.We dont let any outside influences, chatter, noise, any of that stuff, infiltrate our culture, Herman said. Our kids have done a great job of insulating themselves from all of that chatter, because at the end of the day, thats all it is.Taylor, the senior linebacker, offers another description for that chatter and noise.Theyre demons, he said, trying to distract the Cougars from their tasks at hand.Theres no future if we dont take care of the present, Taylor said.Its much the same story for the Cougars at BYU, accustomed to a difficult schedule. Last year, BYU, an FBS independent, played Nebraska, Boise State, UCLA and Michigan in the first month of the season.The normalcy of this upcoming lineup of Power 5 foes, according to senior receiver Mitchell Juergens, eliminates concern that BYU players might respond to this schedule as if something greater than usual was at stake.To create benefits for years to come, Juergens said, what it comes down to is how we play each week. Wed play harder teams if we could.The thing that I learned most from last year was how much of a mental game it is. Youve got to be strong. It takes 100 percent focus. It takes a lot of mental strength. Its draining, but to be honest, its a blast.Juergens, a 24-year-old former walk-on among five siblings in his family to attend BYU, wants badly to leave a strong legacy at the school.Every day, Juergens said, I count my blessings, because Im living a dream.If BYU earns a Big 12 invite -- because of its September success or not -- his class will be long remembered.Sitake played fullback for four seasons at BYU, concluding in 2000. The former Utah and Oregon State defensive coordinator said he noticed a sense of urgency from among his players because of three straight games against Pac-12 foes this month.I look at it as an opportunity for our players to see where our programs at, Sitake said. It doesnt prepare you for anything if you feel like any game is already a guaranteed win.Needless to say, not much of anything feels like a guarantee at BYU -- in the present or future. 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