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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- At the start of every practice, Maryland runs through an extensive drill involving ball security.Quarterbacks, running backs, and receivers participate alongside some burly linemen who dont often get a chance to clutch the football.Weve had seminars on how to carry the football, guard Maurice Shelton said Tuesday. Everybody on the team has to know how to do it. Its been a huge emphasis.For good reason. A year ago, the Terrapins committed 36 turnovers, forced only 18 and finished with a 3-9 record.First-year coach DJ Durkin was well aware of those numbers before he took the job in December. Soon after putting his name on a contract, Michigans former defensive coordinator began his quest to turn around the turnover ratio.The early results are extremely favorable. In a 52-13 rout of Howard and a 41-14 win at Florida International , the Terrapins did not commit a single turnover. Maryland is one of only seven teams in the entire Football Bowl Subdivision without a giveaway.Its also the first time since 2001 that the Terps didnt throw an interception in the first two games.The turnovers have been a point of emphasis every day in our building, Durkin said. Obviously, in order to win youve got to eliminate those things. You cant beat yourself.Hills threw 13 interceptions last year. This season, hes got three touchdown passes and an impressive 176.01 quarterback rating (compared to 96.94 in 2015).Offensive coordinator Walt Bell has taught Hills to play capably and confidently in the pocket, preaching that theres no harm in taking a loss if thats the best option.Weve not put the ball in harms way, and Perry has done a great job of that, Durkin said. I think Walts done a good job of helping Perry be in good spots and understanding that if a play isnt there, tuck the ball and run or take a sack.During the ball security drill, defensive players are usually engaged in trying to rip the ball away. The Terps have only takeaway thus far this season, and the defense knows Durkin will be expecting that number to increase significantly.If you ever hear him talk about our plan to win, thats No. 1 on the list: Win the turnover battle, tight end Derrick Hayward said.Durkin said: The stat that most directly correlates to wins and losses in college football is the turnover margin. Weve preached a lot about getting the football out on defense and protecting it on offense.The crusade continues Saturday at Central Florida, a game Durkin proclaimed to be our toughest test so far this season.The Knights beat South Carolina State 38-0 before falling at Michigan 51-14 last week.---AP College Football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org Simon Mignolet Jersey . He just needed to be his best twisting, turning acrobatic self. "I didnt need to be anybody else, I just needed to be myself and be aggressive," said Burks, who scored a career-high 34 points to spark the Utah Jazz to a 118-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. Jan Vertonghen Jersey . "It was nerve-wracking, but we pulled through," said Collaros, who threw four touchdown passes to lead the Toronto Argonauts (8-4) to a 33-27 win over the Calgary Stampeders (9-3) in front of 28,781 fans at McMahon Stadium. http://www.belgiumsoccerpro.com/Kevin-Mirallas-Belgium-Jersey/ . 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It was a wire agency report on the fifth stage of the 1981 Tour de France that planted the seed of my interest in the race that has drawn me back for all but two of the past 30 years.That report was about Phil Anderson, then 23 and two years into his professional career on the French Peugeot team. In that fifth stage on June 30, he became the first Australian to claim the Tour leaders yellow jersey - the maillot jaune - and the first non-European to do so. As memorable as his feat, was how he claimed the yellow jersey; and then, who he beat to do it; that being, the French hero and eventual five-time Tour winner, Bernard Hinault.Richie Porte Diary - I am a contenderThe stage from Saint Gaudens to Pla dAdet in the Pyrenees was won by Belgian Lucien Van Impe. Behind Van Impe, Anderson was fighting all the way to the mountain finish with Hinault; the Australian was remarkably oblivious to the charismatic but fiery Frenchmans legendary stature.Unwittingly, Anderson even insulted Hinault, offering him a drink as they went pedal stroke for pedal stroke; Hinault swiped it to the ground, letting Anderson know how he took it.For the French media, Andersons audacity to take on Hinault, who was then a two-time Tour champion, who went on to win the 1981 race, was a major story. Anderson went on to finish 10th overall in that 1981 Tour, but his ride that day was only a sign of the things to come in a career that saw the Australian go on to finish in the top 10 five times, including fifth twice.My knowledge of the Tour then was drawn only from a slide that my French teacher at school had shown in a class one day. It was probably taken in the 1970s, of fans happily cheering the peloton from their roadside table that was laden with baguettes, cheeses and wine.But the theatre of Andersons breakthrough in the 1981 Tour -- how he, the Pauper, took on and beat Hinault, the King -- and then how his career progressed soon after that day fuelled my desire to one day go to France and actually cover the race.It also stoked hope that I would be there should Anderson win it. Anderson never became the first Australian to win the Tour, but the hope turned real in 2011, when Cadel Evans finally won it after finishing eighth on his debut in 2005, fourth in 2006 and second in 2007 and 2009; and that something in the Tour sees me returning this year for the 28th time.The Tour: The highs to the lowsStill, it has been a roller-coaster journalistic ride between my first 1987 Tour and this years 103rd edition that starts at Mont Saint Michel in Normandy on Saturday. Andersons 1981 success was the catalyst to me leaving Australia in 1987 to live in Europe for nine years, first as editor of the English edition of Winning Bicycle Racing Illustrated in Brussels and then as the European correspondent for the American publication, VeloNews.But for all the races those years living in Belgium and then France led me to -- from the one-day spring classics to week-long tours and world championships that during that time were held beyond Europe and as far away as Colombia and Japan -- the Tour was always the summit of a season. It was to cycling what the Super Bowl and grand finals are to football, but held every day for three weeks -- not counting rest day/s -- or close to four when I first covered it in 1987.Ever lasting are the memories of the Tour -- some better than others -- that I have returned to year after year writing for various publications, now including ESPN.Five key stages that could shape this years raceChief among those memories are that first 1987 Tour won by Irishman Stephen Roche, whose race diary I wrote for Winning (often with both of us sitting in the gutter in a time before the team buses of today); the 1988 race won by Pedro Delgado of Spain, who had lost to Roche the year before; and 1986 Tour winner Greg LeMond when he claimed his second and third wins - in 1989 after being shot in 1987 while turkey hunting in the U.S., when he surpassed the French race leader Laurent Fignon on the last days time-trial into Paris to win by just eight seconds. Those were memorable years. Then in 1990, the five-year reign of Miguel Indurain began, after which the dark clouds of doping rolled in and pushed the Tour into the blackest years in which many riders were caught up in drugs scandals. The scandals included expulsion from the 1998 Tour of the French Festina team for doping, the 2006 Operation Puerto drug probe, and Lance Armstrongs 2012 doping confession that saw him lose his record seven Tour titles from 1999 to 2005 and banned for life.The Tour: Cause for cheers and, sadly, tearsThe Tour has not just been about doping controversies, as much as some may argue otherwise. While skepticism about performance will likely remain as a consequence of doping in the sport, there has been plenty of cause for laughter, cheers and, sadly, tears.You cant help but laugh at some of the funny antics that can go on in a race. Likewise, at what happens among the hundreds of thousands of spectators who line the roads to watch it.dddddddddddd Their thunderous cheers reflect what the Tour is all about: Its not just a celebration of human endeavour, but also of La Belle France - her produce, terrain, culture and history.Albeit with rider safety on a rapidly thinning line, the antics of some fans increasingly draws anger. But fans are not always to blame.Who will forget the 1994 Tour when a policeman stepped out right into line of the peloton to take a photo as it sprinted to the finish of stage one into Armentières, causing a massive high-speed crash.Or in 2011 when nearing the final and most crucial kilometres of stage nine to Saint-Flour, the driver of a French television car side passed the lead five-rider break, and struck and sent Dutchman Johnny Hoogerland into a barbed wire fence and Spaniard Juan Antonio Flecha to the ground.To another extreme, there are moments of sadness in the Tour -- tragedy, too, as the 1995 Tour reminds with the death of Italian 1992 Olympic road champion Fabio Casartelli.Castartelli was just six days from earning his first Tour finish when he crashed on the descent of the Col de Portet dAspet in the Pyrenees, 30km into stage 15 from Saint Girons to Cauterets.The moment in time when then Tour race director Jean-Marie Le Blanc announced Castartellis death on race radio, after he had been evacuated to hospital by helicopter and as the stage continued on towards its finish, lasted barely 15 seconds. But LeBlancs words, in the heaviest and saddest of tones, still ring hauntingly loud for me to this day. We have some sad news to give regarding the rider, No.114, of team Motorola. Due to the injuries to the head, Casartelli has lost his life.As strong was the emotion of all in the race - from those in official, media and team cars following the race as they absorbed the shock, to the riders as they learned of Castartellis fate after being dropped and told of it. The emotion was similar a day later, on stage 16 from Tarbes to Pau that on paper was the hardest but also fell on the hottest of summer days. The peloton, taking charge of the day from organisers, produced one of the most beautiful yet heart-rending tributes for Castartelli, 24 and a married father of a baby boy, by opting to ride the stage slowly and as a virtual cortege before beckoning his Motorola teammates to ride off the front to the finish with one kilometre to go.Etched in memory, too, is the image of Casartellis Italian roommate, Andrea Peron, crossing the line first in a stage race organisers declared unofficial.As strong was the image of Casartellis bike on the Motorola team car as it drove onto the Champs élysées on the final stage into Paris -- fittingly with a black ribbon attached to it.The Tour: More than a bike raceBut as every year passes, I am reminded that covering the Tour is not just about writing about the worlds biggest bike race; from its scandals and controversies to the theatre of brazen attacks, impressive stage wins and ultimately overall glory for one when it finishes in Paris.For all, it is also about the adventure, the camaraderie among those with whom you travel in a shared car to and from the 21 stage starts and finishes and hotels in a journey that for a 3500km race can amount to 5000km by its end.It is about the banter, the blend of humour and various musical tastes, and even the personal habits -- the good and bad. Its about the over-booked hotels, closed kitchens at dinner time, the traffic jams and rollover of wearing clothes twice before washing them for the first time on a rest day. There is the test of ones patience when things go wrong, and ones ability to laugh or to take a deep breath when really you feel like screaming, especially when the normally simplest of problems seemingly become harder as the race continues; or to support a colleague whose day has gone awry.It is also about the moment you get to stop and appreciate the beauty of where you are -- especially when alone, such as the time you get to go for an early-morning run or walk in the mountains or a forest or by the coast. Likewise, there are also times you stop and appreciate how your life at times when the Tour passes or stops at some of the economically and socially deprived areas of France for logistical reasons, to fit in with the Tour route planned well in advance, yet also driven by organisers wanting to support to areas and people in need.The Tour de France may be just a bike race, and forever a dirty one to its detractors. But in the big picture, in many ways it is a microcosm of the bigger and troubled world we live in.Like human spirit, the Tour will never be free of foibles or flaws. So does that mean we abandon it? After almost 30 years of experiencing its highs and lows, I am prepared to go the distance in a race that one can love and hate, pending the day ... well, at least for now! Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 China Jerseys Wholesale China Jerseys Jerseys NFL China ' ' '

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