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After overcoming Port Adelaide in the opening game of Round 16, Hawthorn still remain a game clear of a group of three teams that includes Sydney, Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs after a fascinating weekend of AFL. Matt Wieters Jersey .Some key results shaped the top eight, with the Giants dropping their game to a reinvigorated Collingwood and West Coast winning their clash with North Melbourne to jump into fifth position and leave the Kangaroos slumping to just one win from their past six outings.Sydney travelled to Geelong in a game that lived up to its blockbuster billing, while the Suns and Lions played out a high-scoring contest before Gold Coast got the choccies.On Saturday night, the Bulldogs survived a fierce challenge from Richmond, before Melbourne knocked off two hoodoos in beating Fremantle and winning in Darwin.On Sunday, Adelaide got the job done comfortably against Carlton despite Dennis Armfields three long-range bombs in the second term.Essendon and St.Kilda played out a close one at Etihad with the Saints prevailing mainly due to the poor kicking of the Dons.HEROESCollingwoods big men:?Saturdays win against the Giants was a huge result for the Pies. Their pressure was immense across the ground and their impressive workrate culminated in a stunning performance - particularly after GWS started well, before the Magpies slammed on nine goals to two in the second term. Emerging ruckman Brodie Grundy fought back to get on top of Shane Mumford while Travis Cloke played his best game since returning from the VFL after two separate stints in the lower level. He and Jesse White combined for 22 marks and seven goals between them. It was a fantastic return to form for Cloke after such a trying season, with the veterans sticky hands and attack on the ball back on full display.Jack Grimes:?What a story of persistence. The former Demons skipper has been forced to ply his trade in the VFL all season before finally breaking into the senior side for the clash against Fremantle in Darwin. Grimes, in his 99th AFL game, collected 32 touches as well as eight tackles and was one of many dominant ball winners who allowed Melbourne to smash Freo in possessions (135 more disposals than the Dockers). Youve got to admire players who are seemingly down and out then have the resilience to fight their way back into a team and then perform. It was a fine all-round effort from Melbourne, with Max Gawn putting it on a platter to the mids, Jayden Hunt and Tom McDonald both providing plenty of bounce and rebound, and Jesse Hogan and Jack Watts thriving up forward.Sydneys younguns:?The Swans were staring at two consecutive losses after going down to the Dogs at home and then travelling to Geelong to face the Dangerfield-inspired Cats. As usual, the senior Swans lead by Dane Rampe fired but the clubs most inexperienced players stood up in a finals-like contest. Ruckman Sam Naismith, key defender Aliir Aliir, small forward Tom Papley and half-back Callum Mills all played with a poise and consistency that belied their ages. Sydneys ability to continually contend while simultaneously regenerating their list is incredible.VILLAINSReece Conca:?The Tiger was certainly stiff to get pinged for holding the ball late in Saturday nights ripping contest against the Bulldogs. He had no opportunity to get rid of the ball after being swamped straight after taking possession, but these things happen. However, players have to give the ball back quickly, and Conca didnt, which cost him a 50m penalty. Suddenly, a kick from outside 50 became a certain goal to star Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli. Conca had to be smarter than that, despite his disappointment about the tough decision. But full credit to the Dogs - Bontempelli and Jake Stringer set them alight to get their side across the line.Lin Jongs clandestine visit:?So, the out-of-contract Jong caught up with some Collingwood officials and had a look around the Magpies facilities during the mid-season bye. That sort of stuff happens all the time, but their problem was getting caught! In this era of freer player movement, people have every right to assess their options when it comes to their future. However, the visit to Collingwood HQ was just silly and misguided by Jong and his management - you dont need to enter the facilities at the Holden Centre to know they would be first-class.Missed mark-of-the-year opportunities:?Cyril Rioli launched above the converging pack against Port Adelaide and it was truly spectacular. The mark was paid by the controlling umpire but the central ump Chris Donlon ruled the footy had hit the ground upon his descent. It had - but a sense of theatre like Gary Ablett Snr. over Gary Pert in yesteryear may have been appropriate for one of the many highlights of the season. While we are on aerialists, Jeremy Howe had commentators and fans out of their seats when he catapulted high above the pack in the defensive 50 against GWS. But instead of trying to take the mark, he only spoiled the ball. As the most consistent high flyer in the game, Howe should know better than to ruin a moment like that. Take the mark, Jeremy! Ryan Helsley Jersey . Woodson said during a radio interview Thursday that the Knicks Carmelo Anthony doesnt get the same calls as other superstars. Tim McCarver Jersey . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. . -- The plastic that was taped across the lockers in Oaklands clubhouse came down and the champagne that was on ice went back into the cooler. WACO, Texas -- After posting three straight comebacks to win the Battle 4 Atlantis championship last week in the Bahamas, No. 9 Baylor came home hoping to avoid an emotional letdown.Thanks to a smothering defense, the Bears had nothing to worry about Wednesday night.Reserve King McClure scored 14 points and Baylor remained unbeaten with a 79-45 victory over Sam Houston State.This is one of those games everybody thought would be a trap game, Baylor coach Scott Drew said. Coaches get worried about every game, but I was really concerned from the standpoint that several teams that came back off the islands yesterday Michigan State lost, St. Johns lost, VCU was down 16-0 to Princeton, so youre always worried about that hangover.Baylor shot 46.4 percent from the field, including 13 for 31 from 3-point range. On the other end, Sam Houston State missed its first 13 shots while Baylor opened the game on a 10-0 run. The Bears (7-0) limited the Bearkats to 28.6 percent shooting, blocked 11 shots and altered countless others.McClure struggled early in the season with his shot, but that changed with a 15-point second half against Louisville in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game.After the Louisville game I feel like I gained my confidence back, McClure said. Once I saw the ball go through the basket one time, I just continued to see it. I just put my head down and continued to grind it out.Al Freeman had 13 points for the Bears, and Ishmail Wainright added 12. Their big front line players, Jo Lual-Acuil and Johnathan Motley, dominated the boards with 14 rebounds apiece.I could sit up here and talk about our team tonight, but that wouldnt be fair to Baylor, Sam Houston State coach Jason Hooten said. I think Coach (Drew) has a really good team. It seems it could be one of the best teams hes ever had because he has a bunch of good kids that like playing together. They share the ball and they seem to play harder defensively than tthey ever have in the past. Ken Boyer Cardinals Jersey. Sam Houston State (4-3) came in averaging 81.7 points per game, but never got into a rhythm. Aurimas Majauskas led the Bearkats with 13 points.Im totally disappointed in our team, Hooten said. Were way better than that. Were picked to win our league, and I know weve played a brutal schedule but we just werent very good tonight.BIG PICTURESam Houston State: There werent many positives to take from this game. The Bearkats were selected as the Southland Conference favorite in the preseason, thanks to an experienced roster. But they were overwhelmed by Baylors size on the inside and shooting on the perimeter.Baylor: This had every opportunity to be a sandwich game for the Bears. They defeated two ranked teams in No. 24 Michigan State and No. 10 Louisville to win the Battle 4 Atlantis last week and will host No. 7 Xavier on Saturday. They avoided that trap with a defense that contested nearly every shot without fouling. Sam Houston State had one free throw attempt.UP NEXTSam Houston State returns home for four of its next five games, starting with LSU-Shreveport on Saturday. The Bearkats have one more road test against a Power Five team before opening conference play. That comes Dec. 22 against Arkansas.Baylor has knocked off three ranked teams and gets another shot Saturday, when it welcomes No. 7 Xavier. That figures to be the last difficult hurdle between the Bears and an undefeated nonconference run.POLL IMPLICATIONSBaylor has had a meteoric rise from not receiving a vote in the preseason to No. 9 this week. With losses from teams in front of the Bears already, combined with hosting No. 7 Xavier on Saturday, they have a chance to move even higher in the Top Ten.---More AP college basketball: and ' ' ' 

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