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10/09/2017

-half interception that UNH turned into two touchdown

RIO DE JANEIRO -- In the last three Olympics it was a semifinal matchup, the penultimate step on the winners climb to the gold-medal podium. Jordan Shoes Retro .Now the U.S. mens basketball team meets Argentina in the quarterfinals, and the stakes couldnt be clearer.The Americans win, or suffer their greatest Olympic failure ever.The Argentines win, or say goodbye to their Golden Generation.Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola did the punching when the U.S. was knocked down to its lowest point 12 years ago, and the Americans, whove handled them every time since, expect their proud opponents to have one last good fight in them.Guys like that, theyve been together and so well-coached and theyve helped international basketball take giant steps forward, and we know thats what were playing on Wednesday, U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said.Its the third game of quarterfinal Wednesday, which opens with Australia playing Lithuania. Rivals France and Spain play next -- with the winner getting the U.S.-Argentina winner -- and Croatia faces Serbia in the nightcap.Any of those teams should believe in its chances after the Americans were challenged like never before under Krzyzewski in the preliminary round, winning their last three games by 10, three and three points.Its a far cry from last month, when the U.S. beat Argentina 111-74 in an exhibition game in Las Vegas, back when even rival teams seemed to be conceding gold to the Americans.Nobody is doing that now.When we played them a month ago, I said what I thought it was. We werent there, we couldnt compete, Scola said. A month went by, I dont know, maybe they didnt play that well this month, they got a little comfortable and play a little worse. Maybe we got better this month and the difference is much smaller. Maybe.Its just one game, anything can happen. But we dont think its going to be easy.Nor do the Americans, still thinking of what Argentina used to be, instead of the team it is now.Ginobili is 39 and Scola 36, almost certainly playing in their last Olympics, and the aging Argentines looked out of gas Monday when they were blown out by Spain, two days after needing two overtimes to outlast Brazil 111-107. They lack size to match the Americans tandem of DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan -- the 6-foot-8 Scola often has to play center -- and at times in the exhibition rout it appeared the U.S. could keep grabbing offensive rebounds until it finally scored.But inside Carioca Arena 1, which has been filled with so much light blue and white during Argentinas games that it resembles clouds in the sky, the Americans believe their undersized opponents will stand tall.They match up with anybody in that they will put their heart, their soul and their bodies out on the court against you, and anybody that does that has a chance to win, Krzyzewski said. And Ive never seen an Argentina team go on the court not thinking that they could win and we expect that from them.The U.S. teams that won gold in 2008 and 2012 overpowered Argentina in the semifinals, but those teams were loaded with All-NBA players. This is just an NBA team, not an All-NBA one, not after players such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook stayed home.Thats left these Americans looking more like 2004, when they scrambled to put together an unprepared team that didnt have much of a talent advantage on its opponents. The U.S. was beaten 89-81 in the semis by Argentina, which then beat Italy for the championship, earning its Golden Generation nickname.Carmelo Anthony, in his fourth Olympics, remembers watching part of the gold-medal game with the Americans, who had to hang around to collect their bronze medals.It was just hard to watch, he said. That was a moment where we expected to kind of be at. We werent there. We werent the champions of the world at that point in time.That third-place finish matched the Americans worst at the Olympics, one of only three times in their 17 appearances they didnt win gold.Lose Wednesday, and they watch Argentina celebrate again -- and this time leave an Olympics empty-handed for the first time.They can shoot and theyre playing with confidence. But at the end of the day, its about us, U.S. forward Kevin Durant said. I understand were playing against Argentina and we respect them, but its about how we come out.---AP Sports Writer Tom Withers contributed to this report.---Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Briancmahoney Air Jordan Shoes Retro 2016 .com) - Christian Ponder will get another chance to prove himself for the Minnesota Vikings, with head coach Leslie Frazier announcing Wednesday that the struggling quarterback will start this weekends game against the Green Bay Packers. Air Jordan Retro . Pence singled in the winning run with no outs in the ninth inning to give the Giants a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. http://www.jordanshoesretroforsale.com/ . Nathan MacKinnon, Jamie McGinn and Jan Hejda also scored for the Avalanche, who won despite being outshot 38-23. MacKinnons goal, also on the power play, came with just over a minute remaining. (STATS) -- New Hampshires playoff-experienced team left all of the Lehigh players not feeling so good.The Wildcats jumped to a big lead in the first half and didnt look back in routing Lehigh 64-21 in the first round of the FCS playoffs Saturday at Wildcat Stadium.UNH (8-4), which tied for second in CAA Football, will have a rematch in the second round at the conference champion, No. 4 seed James Madison, next Saturday. JMU (10-1) won 42-39 at UNH on Oct. 15.The Wildcats are appearing in the FCS playoffs for the 13th year -- the nations longest active streak -- and their experience showed against Lehigh (9-3), whose nine-game winning streak ended in its first playoff game since 2011.Mountain Hawks senior quarterback Nick Shafnisky, the Patriot Leagues offensive player of the year, didnt start the game and was hampered from the flu. Although he came off the bench, Shafnisky and starter Brad Mayes both threw a first-half interception that UNH turned into two touchdowns en route to a 22-0 lead, which was 36-14 by halftime.UNHs seniors led the way. Quarterback Adam Riese passed for a career-high 273 yards and threee touchdowns and rushed for one score, while running back Dalton Crossan rushed for 184 and scored three TDs. Jordan Shoes. Cornerback Casey DeAndrades interception of Mayes on the games opening drive set up Crossans first touchdown, a 5-yard run.Sophomore Neil OConnor caught seven passes for 171 yards and a touchdown.My hats off to Coach (Sean) McDonnell, his team and his staff, Lehigh coach Andy Coen said. They did a great job. We have a good football team. I wish we couldve shown it off a little better. New Hampshire did a better job in every way, shape or form.Lehigh entered the game with the fewest turnovers in the FCS -- eight -- but committed four against UNH. Shafnisky showed the effects of the flu, throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble, although he rushed for a touchdown.Mayes wound up 24 of 43 for 273 yards, including a touchdown to wide receiver Troy Pelletier (eight receptions, 138 yards).Lehigh hasnt won in Durham since 1979 and trail 13-3 in the all-time series. 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