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EAST LANSING, Michigan -- Michigan State?defensive lineman Malik McDowell has set a high bar if hes going to leap from college football to the NFL after his junior season. Milan Lucic Jersey .McDowell said Monday he would need to be a projected top-3 pick if hes going to pass up his senior season in East Lansing. The 6-foot-6, 276-pound junior was selected as a first-team All-American by Phil Steele this summer. Most draft analysts, including ESPNs Mel Kiper Jr., have McDowell slated as a top-10 pick if he decides to enter the draft at the end of the year.Top 10 aint good enough for me, McDowell said. If Im not top 3, I dont leave. ... Right now Im just living by the day. Right now its looking like Im coming back. Thats what I know thus far. Im not thinking that far ahead yet.McDowell is expected to be the headliner of the Spartans defensive line, a group that lost its three other starters after the 2015 season. He made 13 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks during his first season as a full-time starter last year.Head coach Mark Dantonio said McDowell has impressed with raw talent during his first two seasons on campus, but the former five-star recruit is now starting to mature mentally heading into this fall.Ive seen him grow, Dantonio said Monday at Michigan States media day. You hope to get to that point where you need to play like a first-team All-American. He can and he should. I believe he will.McDowell has played mostly defensive tackle to this point in this career, but the Spartans plan to move him around to different spots this fall to take advantage of his pass rush abilities.Former defensive end Shilique Calhoun -- a third round pick of the Oakland Raiders this spring and a mentor of McDowells -- returned for his final season of eligibility. McDowell didnt say if Calhouns decision to return had any impact on the way hes approaching the impending decision.I know what I could possibly do. Im just going to go out there and give it best and whatevers next is next, McDowell said. I really dont know. Ill probably be back. Everythings gotta go right. I need everything to go right. Cam Neely Jersey . Only three players drafted by NHL clubs were included on the Czech selection camp roster on Wednesday. Those players were Dallas Stars 2012 first-rounder Radek Faksa, Winnipeg Jets 2013 fourth-rounder Jan Kostalek and Phoenix Coyotes 2012 seventh-rounder Marek Langhamer. Adam Oates Jersey . The scientists believe the small earthquake during a Marshawn Lynch touchdown was likely greater than Lynchs famous "beast quake" touchdown run three years ago, which also came against New Orleans during a playoff game. http:///...geron-bruins-jersey/ . Schenn scored the game-winning goal and added two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday. As in Vizag this week, England walked off the field in Ahmedabad in 2012 with a whopping defeat against our names - beaten by nine wickets - to go 1-0 down in the series. But there wasnt any panic in the group. I remember we had a relaxing evening on the roof terrace after the match, it was a good night. It wasnt a massive debrief, or anything, there werent any Churchillan speeches, but we just chatted as a group.Despite the margin of defeat, we had actually finished the match not feeling too bad about life. After being asked to follow-on we showed plenty of spirit - and skill - in the second innings and it made a huge difference, helping to instil the belief that we could play their bowling. It was nice to help set the tone with Alastair Cook and, as a team, we grew from there.We knew if we could keep India out there, bowling for longer and longer, that would take them out of their comfort zone and we felt they would crack before we did. I think we took them by surprise, they looked lacklustre at times. Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir were past their best. They had all the names, but Im not sure it was their best side.It is difficult to draw direct parallels between that England side and this one. In 2012, it was very much a ready-made team. If you look at the ages we were pretty experienced, even myself on debut had been around first-class cricket for a while. But as we did in that second innings in Ahmedabad, this England side have shown over the first two Tests of this series that they can compete with India.You have to get the India players out of their comfort zone, which is what we managed to do four years ago after the opening defeat. The pressure can quickly turn in their backyard. Questions are now being asked of Ajinkya Rahane despite what is a very impressive overall record. If England can keep forcing these questions to be asked it can escalate.There is one glaring difference and thats in the spin department which has been well-documented for a long time now. In Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar we had one of Englands great pairings. But Monty, who was magnificent in Kolkata and Mumbai, had not actually played the first Test where we went with three quicks alongside Swann and Samit Patel. However, it soon became apparent that two quicks and two spinners was the way forward. I remember standing at extra cover to Monty and you always felt in the game; it never felt like India had a plan to either him or Swann.This time, England again have to decide who their best bowlers are. There is an argument to say they need to play to strengths with an extra quick. They can still play two spinners, and Adil Rashids improvement on this tour - which has been one of the most impressive parts of the first two games - suggests he is now far less of a gamble to play as one of a pair. Zafar Ansari has found it tough, and what is really his role?Ive always believed you play your best bowlers, whether they be sspinners to seamers. Zdeno Chara Jersey. Only people in the camp can judge how individuals are going. How is Steven Finn bowling? He was superb in the Kolkata Test in 2012 but he can struggle, like many bowlers, coming in from the cold. He has played once in Bangladesh but has had precious little cricket since the English season. Still, a fourth quick - be it Finn or Jake Ball - could bring more value than a third spinner. There is talk of Gareth Batty, but if he was so good hed have been playing already.There is one element out of Englands control that they really need some luck with: the toss. You cant say it wasnt important in Vizag. You also saw, when England had the chance to bat first in Rajkot that they were able to put pressure on India.In 2012 we managed to win in Mumbai and Kolkata despite losing the toss and having to bowl first, bowling India out for 327 and 316 in the two first innings, but hand on heart Im not sure I can see that happening this time around. Im naturally positive about this England team, I believe its a very good team with some match-changing players - it certainly isnt beyond them to win a Test - but the toss is looking important. You could see the look in Cooks eyes when he lost it in Vizag because he knows the resources at his disposal.This is another big challenge for Cook the captain. I couldnt understand his use of Moeen Ali, for example, in Vizag. On the 2012 tour he was a raw captain - it was his first series as full-time skipper - but in Swann and Panesar he had two spinners he could basically put on and they did their job. For periods there wasnt a lot of captaining to do, and if needed Swann would help him out. This time he doesnt have that luxury.It was also very much Andy Flowers team. He would do more of the talking and led the intensity. But now its very different. Trevor Bayliss believes its Alastairs team and he runs things completely. The main thing that Trevor has brought to this England team - and youve seen it in the last two Tests - is the fight, attitude and commitment. Even when theyve been down in this series that hasnt wavered. The second innings with the ball in Vizag typified that. I think India would have struggled in the final innings on that surface. You can pick holes in England, but it wasnt easy.Its important to hold your team spirit together when things get tough. It was something we were conscious of in 2012 and I really dont think that will be an issue with this side. Its a very good environment. Alastair is very big on staying together, not becoming too individualistic.England can turn this around. I do not think this is a superstar India team. They are very good at playing from the front in their home conditions, but get them on the back foot and theres a vulnerability there to be exposed.As told to Andrew McGlashan ' ' 'nd No. 7 and 8 all made centuries.2008 The last time West Indies No. 7, 8 and 9 all scored 20 or more runs in a Test innings, before this - against Australia in Jamaica. In West Indies first innings here in Antigua, 47.73% of the runs were scored by their No. 7, 8 and 9. ' ' '
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