Frank will tell you what the dazzling effort by Kentuckys backcourt in the Champions Classic means.Sinatra, not?Mason III?or?Jackson.I want to wake up in a city that doesnt sleep ... he croons in New York, New York.The bright lights of Midtown seek none. They dont have to. Theyre summoned by acts compelling enough to prompt a metropolis full of people with places to go and things to see to pause for a moment and watch.Perhaps the final minutes of Tuesdays Champions Classic matchup between Duke and Kansas at Madison Square Garden, finalized on a Frank Mason III grown-man jumper, convinced the late arrivals that the main event matched the hype. But the Champions Classic only offered confirmation of realities we all recognized prior to games that mostly lacked the competitiveness most envisioned.Duke? Once the Men in Black -- injured freshmen Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles and Marques Bolden wore dark suits on the sideline -- get healthy and make their collegiate debuts, Duke could storm through the ACC. But the Blue Devils arent yet juggernauts.Kansas? If you tell the tenacious Jayhawks to meet you in the alley for a scrap, theyll just say, When and where?Michigan State? The combination of a hectic travel schedule (Hawaii to New York City), youth and significant injuries haunts a program desperate for a dose of love from a home crowd in East Lansing.And Kentucky? Well, maybe the Wildcats offered something more.On a night of sloppy play -- see?Grayson Allens 4-for-15 effort,?Josh Jacksons foul trouble, Michigan States 19 percent clip from the 3-point line and Kentuckys loss in the battle of the boards to a bunch of shorter Spartans --?Isaiah Briscoe,?DeAaron Fox?and Malik Monk issued a statement: Were ready for this.Thats the only reasonable expectation and standard for a marquee bout less than a week into the 2016-17 campaign. Can you handle this?Yes, the spotlight magnified some of Kentuckys flaws. The Wildcats not named Monk (7-for-11 from the 3-point line) finished 0-for-10 from beyond the arc, confirming coach John Caliparis preseason concerns.Theyre trying to create for each other, he said during SEC media day last month. If someone played us zone, wed punt.But those challenges could not overshadow the preeminence of a backcourt trio that left the Garden looking like the most promising collection of guards in the country.Fox (12 points, 6 assists and 3 turnovers) transmits his passes and authors fast breaks on a private, speedy Wi-Fi network only he can access. Monk dismissed the streaky start to his collegiate career to score 23 points and assume the offensive catalyst role Calipari assumed hed handle prior to the season. And Briscoe, a young old man, scored 21 points, hit all five free throws and remained the steady leader any team needs.I mean, Fox told ESPN.com recently, I dont think we have a limit.We dont know if Kentucky will win the national championship. We dont know if the Wildcats will dominate the rest of their nonconference slate and blitz the SEC like the 2014-15 squad did. We dont know if their current issues, rebounding and extending the floor with consistent shooting from the field, will linger into January or beyond.But we do know every titanic team demands a competitive and confident backcourt to reach the pinnacle. All things extend from a backcourts ability to strengthen the nucleus on both ends of the floor.Monk, Fox and Briscoe, thus far, seem to comprise the kind of trio that boasts the defensive assertiveness and offensive edge to will Kentucky to its peak as it rumbles through a season that will present more challenges than Michigan States undersized lineup.We some dogs, Monk said about his team before the season.Hes not lying.All of this started with a smile.In one offseason pickup game in Lexington, Monk and Fox played on opposing teams that battled every possession in one of those whos-the-alpha-dog-now moments. On the sideline, Briscoe smirked -- he did not participate -- as his new teammates competed like the pickup game counted for something more.At the time, Calipari refused to put the trio together. Not yet. He preferred to toy with other ideas and lineups.In the teams season-opening exhibition win over Clarion, Briscoe and Fox started and Monk played off the bench. Still, not yet.But when they all competed together on the most prominent stage of the nonconference season, they showed the world what all the hype was about.Much of what happens in November is a mirage. Teams will grow and evolve, while others will regress. You cant believe everything you see right now.This, however, is true and tangible: When challenged in the big city at a historic venue with the college basketball world watching, Kentuckys backcourt did not run from the lights of New York City.They basked in them. And thats the most important lesson the Champions Classic taught us.And if I can make it there, Sinatra says, Im gonna make it anywhere.Wait a minute .... Thats Dillon Brooks music!The Oregon star could return next week, per ESPNs Andy Katz. The Ducks finished 3-for-21 from the 3-point line in a 17-point road loss to Baylor on Tuesday. Would Brooks have saved them? His return alters the prospects of a program seeking its first Final Four appearance since President Franklin D. Roosevelts term in office (1939).Lets see what a healthy Oregon squad can do once Brooks gets into shape and begins to play significant minutes.The Indiana Story: Its OK to Say to No to the NBAAfter Indianas redemptive 2015-16 season, James Blackmon Jr., OG Anunoby and Thomas Bryant considered their options. All three had a chance to turn pro. Anunobys athleticism might have helped him get into the league, but Blackmon and Bryant both needed another season in college.So they all came back to Bloomington.Smart decision. Cant say the same for undrafted players like Isaiah Taylor, Wayne Selden and former Indiana standout Troy Williams.In Indianas 103-99 win over Kansas in the Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu on Friday, Anunoby, Bryant and Blackmon combined to score 58 points, grab 23 rebounds and go 9-for-20 from the 3-point line.All three could elevate their draft positions in what could become a run to the Big Ten title and more.Some view fringe prospects who choose to come back for another season as busts or failures. And thats silly. The goal is to enter the draft when youve reached your most lucrative position in the eyes of pro executives. Theres nothing wrong with wanting more time at the Division I level. Those decisions could help Indiana reach the Final Four.Early injuries trouble the Miller brothersWhen Grayson Allen limped off the floor late in the first half of his teams loss to Kansas on Tuesday, fans of a Duke team that entered the game without Bolden, Giles and Tatum all gasped.Allen returned. And the talented youngsters who missed the Champions Classic will, too.The opening weeks of the season, however, did not bestow the same luck upon competitive programs coached by two brothers.Kadeem Allen?of Arizona missed the teams win over CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday with a sprained ankle and will be evaluated throughout the week, only days after his coast-to-coast game-winning layup over Michigan State in the Armed Forces Classic. Coach Sean Miller has already lost Ray Smith, who retired after suffering his third ACL injury during an exhibition, and Allonzo Trier remains sidelined by issues Miller wont address.His brother, Archie Miller, now expects Bradley transfer Josh Cunningham (12.5 points per game) to miss significant time after he suffered a lower leg injury on a late dunk in Daytons road win over Alabama on Tuesday. Standout Kendall Pollard missed the win because of a thigh bruise.The talented siblings could use a break. Soon.Ask Wisconsin: Creightons among the bestYeah, the Badgers couldnt buy a 3-pointer in their road loss to Creighton on Tuesday. But lets focus on the Bluejays for a moment. Maurice Watson Jr., Khyri Thomas and Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster combined to score 50 of their teams 79 points, while also recording six collective steals.Thats an elite backcourt backing Greg McDermotts most explosive team (1.2 points per possession against the Badgers) in the post-Doug McDermott era. They can defend, too. Creighton swarmed Bronson Koenig (3-for-13 from the 3-point line, four turnovers). Thats a problem for the rest of Creightons nonconference slate and the Big East.Przemek Karnowskis return encourages Final Four hype for GonzagaLast year, Karnowski, Gonzagas interior force, suffered a back injury early in the season. By late December, hed undergone season-ending surgery after competing in just a handful of games. The Bulldogs reached the Sweet 16 without him, but the big mans absence affected their frontcourt depth for the duration of the season.During one play in Gonzagas 69-48 win over San Diego State on Monday night, Karnowski drew a double-team before he shot a no-look pass to Missouri transfer Johnathan Williams, who finished with a dunk. Big Smooth alone will not carry Gonzaga to an unprecedented Final Four run. His return, however, is one of the West Coasts most impactful storylines.Mark Fews Transfer U -- Williams, Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington) and Jordan Mathews (Cal) -- has already demonstrated some of the early kinks that an infusion of new faces often incites (16 turnovers in a win over Utah Valley in the season opener) along with the promise of a squad thats far more than just a West Coast Conference title contender. Karnowski has connected on 65 percent of his shots thus far.In the coming months, Gonzaga could evolve into a national title sleeper, especially if Karnowski stays healthy all season.Remember that time Illinois?Malcolm Hill dropped 40 points and nobody seemed to care?The Illini senior sandwiched that 13-for-23 effort against Northern Kentucky between a 21-point game in the teams season-opening victory over Southeast Missouri State and a three-point outing against Division II McKendree on Tuesday.Remember Monte Morris?...... as these early conversations about Wooden Award winners persist. Morris dealt with numerous injuries last season -- he couldnt practice in the final weeks because of shoulder problems -- but he has excelled in the transition to his new role as the focus of an Iowa State attack that lost Georges Niang to the NBA.During Julys Nike Skills Academy in Los Angeles, multiple scouts agreed Morris was the best player on a court stacked with guys named Josh Hart, Jalen Brunson, Malcolm Hill, Chris Boucher, Miles Bridges and Tyler Dorsey.The most promising element of his season thus far? Morris 14 assists and two turnovers.Im definitely gonna have to, sometimes, just put my head down and make a play, Morris said this summer at the Skills Academy. Thats just what it will be. But I know what I got myself into coming back, with us losing those seniors. Hell, I just gotta make plays and see what happens. Nike Vapormax Flyknit Mujer . -- Catcher Brett Hayes has agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, avoiding salary arbitration. 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LONDON -- The Bengals and Redskins both leave London feeling like losers after a strange shootout of a tie that satisfies nobody.Washington (4-3-1) needed to gain ground vs. Dallas and Philadelphia above it in the competitive NFC East, while Cincinnati (3-4-1) simply hoped to get back to .500 in the weaker AFC North. Instead, both head into their bye weeks with that unlikely No. 1 tacked on to their records like an irritating footnote.The Bengals let their victory slip away in regulation, permitting a 10-play, 45-yard drive that ended in a 40-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins with barely a minute left to knot the score 27-27.Washington got a double dose of regret in overtime, cheering as Hopkins 34-yard kick with barely two minutes remaining cleared the uprights -- only to be whistled dead on a Bengals timeout. His second kick hooked wide left .Yet the Redskins got the ball back at midfield after forcing an Andy Dalton fumble . Kirk Cousins hit Pierre Garcon to the Bengals 33-yard line, into potential winning field-goal range again -- only for the play to be reversed on a dubious pass interference call on Garcon.Its weird, said Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson. On one hand, youre mad, because theres a couple plays that if we make, we can win. But at the same time, we didnt lose. Its bittersweet, you know? Im glad we didnt take the `L, but Im upset we didnt win.Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said hed been thinking to himself, after watching the Seahawks and Cardinals struggle to a 6-6 tie last weekend, how weird it would be to experience an NFL tie himself.Then lo and behold, here we are, he said. It definitely feels more like a loss than a win.I just feel bad, said Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. Tie? Whatever. I just feel like we lost.Other takeaways from Sundays Wembley Stadium draw:TERRIFIC TYLER: If the Bengals are going to reach the playoffs for a sixth straight year, they must improve their red-zone scoring. T key could be Tyler Eifert.The fourth-year tight end played a full game for the first time since offseason back surgery and was a dominant presence. He caught nine balls on 12 targets for 102 yards, many of them gained after the catch on short dump-offs, shovel passes or because of broken tackles.His 15-yard touchdown catch on the Bengals opening third-quarter drive put Cincinnati in front 13-10. It also was the first touchdown generated this season by any Bengals tight end, one year removed from Eifert catchinng 13 TD catches, a team record at the position.ddddddddddddA.J. Green said having Eifert back opened up the field for every other receiver.To see what he can do in the middle of the field is unbelievable, said Green, who made nine catches for 121 yards. I didnt have to worry about both safeties. All I had to worry about was beating the corner every time.Eiferts blocking was instrumental on Cincinnatis final touchdown. He helped seal the end of the defensive line for Jeremy Hill to stride untouched into the end zone on a 1-yard run that put the Bengals up 27-24 in the fourth quarter.Dalton praised Eifert as such a good player ... a big part of this offense.RUNNING FREE: The Redskins ground game aint broken without leading rusher Matt Jones, sidelined Sunday with a knee injury picked up midweek.Undrafted rookie Robert Kelley proved effective, carrying 21 times for 87 yards and his first rushing touchdown, a juking 4-yard carry up the gut on Washingtons opening drive. His final carry in overtime went for 16 yards to the Bengals 13 to put Hopkins seemingly within safe field goal range.Cousins said he was impressed watching the 228-pounder from Tulane read the holes and make the cuts and keep his shoulders downhill and take on contact.KICKING THEMSELVES: Both teams have questions to answer after their kickers flubbed scoring chances. Hopkins hit field goals of 20 and 40 yards, but missed from 34 and 55 -- and he was still the better kicker on the field.The Bengals Mike Nugent has missed all three attempts of 50 yards or more this season, including Sundays 51-yarder that spun low and wide left. Nugent also shanked an extra point, his first miss this season. That point could have turned a tie into the narrowest of victories.SEEING YELLOW: While Josh Norman protested vociferously Sunday that the officials were biased against his team, the stark reality is that the Redskins played by far their most penalty-marred game.Sundays tally was 15 flags for 102 yards, and didnt include a pass interference on Norman on a 40-yard pass to A.J. Green that the Bengals receiver caught despite being held. Washingtons previous top penalty total, achieved in two games, was nine penalties for 75 yards.---Associated Press reporter Zac Boyer contributed to this story.---AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Cheap Jerseys 2018 NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '