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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- If Jim Harbaugh had his way, Mike Weber would be running around in maize and blue this summer instead of preparing to be the starting tailback for hated rival Ohio State. .Coming out of Detroits Cass Tech High School as a four-star recruit in 2015, Weber committed to play for Michigan coach Brady Hoke. But after Hoke was fired, he changed his mind and chose Ohio State following a feverish recruiting battle between Harbaugh and Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer. Harbaugh said losing Weber at the last minute left a bruise.In Columbus, Weber was red-shirted last year after a knee injury in training camp and told to soak up all he could from Ezekiel Elliott, one of Ohio States greatest ball carriers. Elliott left after the season and was a first-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys. Then Webers chief competition at tailback, fifth-year senior Brionte Dunn, was kicked off the team for breaking the rules.That cleared the path for Weber, who now will get his chance to be the next marquee back in a program that produced Eddie George, Archie Griffin and Howard Hopalong Cassady -- its a job Meyer calls a Cadillac position in sports. His teammates call the 5-foot-10, 210-pound Weber Baby `Los, because his aggressive, bruising running style is reminiscent of Carlos Hyde, who ran for nearly 3,200 yards at Ohio State before going to the NFL in 2014.No pressure, right?I really just go out there, play my hardest, Weber said. I know people compare me from recent backs that we had. We had some great backs out here. I used to be worried about trying to live up to those standards, but really Im just now focused on being myself and doing everything I can to help this team win.Coaches acknowledge that Weber alone probably wont be able to make people forget Elliott, who not only ran for more than 3,900 yards and 43 touchdowns in three seasons but also was a superb pass blocker. Meyer has said the H-backs, particularly Curtis Samuel, will carry the ball this season, and Antonio Williams, a freshman who enrolled early and participated in spring practice, also will be in the mix at running back.Quarterback J.T. Barrett likes what he sees from Weber so far.Hes low to the ground, Barrett said. I think hes a hard runner, but its hard to get at his legs because hes so low. Being behind Zeke for a year ... you see that playing running back it doesnt matter if youre blocking, running, blocking for me, all these different things, you just have to go at a high tempo all the time. And I think hes definitely learned that from Zeke, which is going to come out in his game.The redshirt year, besides helping Weber mature, also gave him a chance to work on his body and fitness. Strength coach Mickey Marotti helped him develop a workout and nutrition plan, and the transformation was dramatic, evident in the side-by-side before and after photos Weber posted on social media. Meyer put it this way: A little fat kid turns into a good-looking running back.Last year I was kind of running around with my head cut off, Weber said. I didnt know too much, other than to get the ball and run. I was doing pretty well in fall camp last year before I got hurt. I was just learning last year, and this year I know what is going on, know the plays well, know my approach, know how to handle things differently. It should be a fun year.Running backs coach Tony Alford said Weber has grown up in his approach to his game as far as the mental part of the game, the approach to the way he takes care of his body in regards to the training staff, the strength and conditioning staff, his attentiveness in the meeting rooms.Everything about him is growing up right before your eyes, he said.Weber said the furor has died down back home regarding his decision to choose Ohio State over the team he rooted for as a boy, although some Michigan fans still give him the business from time to time. Thats not for him to worry about anymore. Hes getting ready to start at tailback for the Buckeyes on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Horseshoe instead of the Big House.Im really excited, he said. Thats what I came here for. Its a huge opportunity to take on, and Im ready to take it on.---Follow Mitch Stacy at some of his other recent stories: . Now, with Game 6 set for Fenway Park and an 8:07 p.m. ET first pitch, the Detroit Tigers face the unenviable task of having to beat the Boston Red Sox twice, on the road, to advance to the World Series. . The 29-year-old Baines has established himself as one of the top attacking full backs in the country and was the subject of two bids from United during the last off-season. Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that keeping Baines at the club is a "massive boost and exciting for the future" because he brings "maturity and football knowledge in a very specialized position on the pitch" and an "infectious and positive influence to the rest of the squad. . Jordan Lynch, the all-purpose Heisman Trophy finalist from Northern Illinois, failed to make it into that exclusive club. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brian Baker is not among the collection of highly ranked players and Grand Slam champions playing tennis at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Baker was supposed to be one of those stars, though -- or at least appeared destined for big things as an up-and-coming teen who reached No. 2 in the world junior rankings and was the French Open boys runner-up in 2003.Hes a great ball-striker. Always has been. Still is, said Jay Berger, who will coach Baker and the rest of the U.S. mens tennis team in Rio, where competition begins on the hard courts Saturday. He has an incredible understanding of the game and where the ball is going.Ah, but Bakers body has been the problem. Repeatedly. To the tune of 11 operations. Procedures on both hips. His right elbow. His back. Surgery for a sports hernia. Four repairs of his right knee.Instead of giving up, he has mounted comeback after comeback after comeback. The latest return happened at the Australian Open in January, when he played his first match in nearly 2 1/2 years after recovering from a torn meniscus in his right knee.Its an incredible story. Its unfortunate everything hes been through. We all say that if he had stayed healthy, easily hed be a top-20 player, if not top-10, U.S. teammate Denis Kudla said. Its just that his body hasnt really done him any favors. But its going to be a special moment for him, knowing maybe he never got the chance to represent his country, even though he probably felt he could have been doing it for the last 10 years.Baker will play 107th-ranked Yuichi Sugita of Japan on Saturday, when others in first-round action include major champions Venus Williams, Serbias Ana Ivanovic and Croatias Marin Cilic in singles, and Serbias Novak Djokovic in doubles.Its natural to wonder whether Baker ponders what might have been.I mean, you probably think about it, but at the same time, I cant do anything about it. I did get injuries, Baker said.I would like to have thought that I would have had a pretty successfuul career and done well. But Im not going to say, like, `Oh, yeah, I would have been top 10, he continued. But sure, I would hope that I would be able to have a successful career, be a top-30 guy, year-in and year-out. But who knows?That, indeed, is the question when it comes to Baker, a 31-year-old who reached a career-high of No. 52 in the ATP rankings in 2012, and is currently No. 334.So how did a guy that far down get a spot on the four-man U.S. singles roster for the 64-player draw in Brazil?First of all, it helped that two Americans, John Isner and Sam Querrey, chose to skip the Rio Games. And Baker took advantage of a rule that allows injured players to use whats known as a protected ranking to enter nine tournaments of their choosing when they return.To those who think Baker shouldnt be in the field, Isner offered this answer: LSomething about the city of Boston has always fascinated Erick Colin Mena, a 36-year-old born and raised in Mexico City, so he began following the Patriots. http:///...christ-Draft-Jersey/ . During the NFL Fan Fest over the weekend, he wore a sweatshirt that read: I might live in Mexico, but my team is in New England.Mario Hernandes, 26, was decked out in a full-on Raiders costume, mask and everything. His mom gifted him a Raiders-themed backpack at age 17, and ever since then hes been hooked. A similar thing happened to Jose Antonio Bohon, a 50-year-old who watched Fran Tarkenton as a kid, believed him to be ahead of his time and is now as big of a Vikings fan as you will ever meet. Then there is Josue Alvarez, 22, who first began following the Packers because he really, really likes cheese -- seriously. Alvarez, of course, was wearing a foam cheesehead hat.The Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders are about to play the first Monday Night Football game outside of the United States at the distinctive Azteca Stadium, a highly anticipated matchup that will be contested in front of a sellout crowd and will prompt millions of others throughout Mexico to watch from home.In the days leading up to it, tens of thousands of fans came through the NFL Fan Fest at Chapultepec Park, displaying their adoration for American football in their outfits.The passion runs deep. -- Alden GonzalezRaul Parrales, 37, son Raul Jr., 8, and daughter Sofi, 5, Oakland Raiders fans from Estado de MexicoI am a lifetime fan, and when my son told me that he wanted to play football, we discovered that the closest team to our house was [called] the Raiders, [so] he became a Raiders fan since then. My wife is my makeup artist. I try to go with makeup to all of my sons games so I can cheer him [on].Karina Rodriguez, 23, a Green Bay Packers fan of five years, from Mexico CityI became a fan because one of my favorite uncles, the oldest in my mothers family, he is a Green Bay fan. Because of him I caught the football and Packers fever.Francisco Caballero Campos, 49, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan from Mexico CityMy team is the Steelers. Im a fan since the 70s, since Franco Harris time. The big Steel Curtain impressed me. In that time, I had to stay up late at night to watch the games. ... I watched them with my dad and my brothers.Fabiola García, 18, a Baltimore Ravens fan who plays football for the Aggies at Deportivo OceaníaI have been a fan for the last 13 years. I became a Ravens fan because of Michael Ohers movie The Blind Side. Oher is my favorite player. ... I like his strength, his ability and how he stops the rivals.Diego (top), 20, and Isaac, 39, Raiders fans from Mexico CityDiego: Mexico should keep hosting NFL games because here we have a lot of diversity. Mexico and the U.S. have a very tight relationship, and we are great hosts.Aramís González, 36, a Denver Broncos fan since 1992, from Estado de MexicoI became a fan in a very weird way. When I saw Denver lose [the AFC Championship Game] against the Buffalo Bills, I was moved by seeing them sad. My favorite player is John Elway, of course. I saw him as a very passionate player. He never gave up, and I liked that he was named the Comeback Kid.Daniela Ruiz, 26, a Raiders fan from Mexico CityMy dad has been a fan for 50 years, and he inspired me to become one. Now Im pregnant, and I hope to do the same with my baby. ... I remember beating the Broncos -- actually that day during the game -- I felt my baby move for the first time.Juan Carlos Victoria, 24, a Dallas Cowboys fan from Mexico CityI admire very much Emmitt Smith. His last run that made him a legend made me fall in love with the Cowboys, but Terrell Owens is my favorite player. His explosive game was amazing.Samuel Soriano, 35, Liliana Aguilar, 35, and son Samuel, 2, Philadelphia Eagles fansSamuel: My dad is a Cowboys fan, and the rivalry between his team and the Eagles is a big tradition. I wanted to be part of it, and thats why I decided the Eagles as my team.Itzel Carreto, 38, a Patriots fan from Mexico CityIm a Patriots fan since Ive known my boyfriend -- nine months ago.Gabriel Gonzáles Arellano, 39, and son Leveao, 2, Houston Texans fans from Mexico CityGabriel: My dad loved football; he introduced me to the sport. Soon Warren Moon got my attention and made me fall in love with the [Houston Oilers]. My love for the Houston Texans started when the Oilers disappeared.Daniel Acosta, 16, a Kansas City Chiefs fanIm a fan of Kansas City since I was 5 or 6 years old. My parents transmitted it to me. I watched the games, and I started to like it. I bought this poncho in Cancún. Not [a lot of people have] it; it is very special.América Gonzáles, 19, a Miami Dolphins fan from Cuautitlán IzcaliMy favorite player is [wide receiver Jarvis] Landry, because 14 is one of my favorite numbers. My dad is a Raiders fan, and my mom is a Seattle Seahawks supporter. I love the NFL because Im an athlete, and also because its the first time to see something like this in Mexico.German Robles, 39, a San Francisco 49ers fan from Mexico CityI am the president of Club 49ers Mexico. ... The NFL must expand in Mexico since there are so many fans -- the supporters and players keep on growing.Miguel Garcia, 73, a Raiders fan from VeracruzI am a fan because of my father. He used to play at Instituto Politécnico Nacional. In my house we used to talk about football, and my brother and I followed with the tradition. Some of my fathers family members moved to the U.S., and when we visited them, we decided which was our favorite team. And by this time my family said that I was naughty and some type of bad boy -- thats why I chose the Raiders. A long time ago I had the chance to watch the Raiders at Los Angeles. It was a dream for me. Finally I think that dream is coming back. I have my ticket, and Im not going to miss this game.The Díaz Noriega family, from left, Rodrigo, 15, Alan, 9, Mínica Noriega, 36, Andrea, 7, Jordan, 11, and Rodrigo Díaz, 36, of Mexico CityRodrigo: I started playing football when I was a kid. I liked it because of the toughness of the sport. Monica: Im a fan since junior high. I loved watching the games, even the college games, from Mexico.Giovani Ortega, 28, a Raiders fan from Mexico CityI designed the Aztec Raider to give a Mexican touch to the Black Hole from the U.S.. I wanted to do something different and to show the love I have for my country, something to create a link between Mexico and Raiders. I made all this by myself.Marco Antonio Morales, 39, a Dallas Cowboys fanI became a Dallas fan when I was in primary school. I used to watch the games with my dad, and I was attracted by the uniforms and helmets. My all-time favorite player is Troy Aikman, for the leadership he used to have, the way he handled games. He never gave up; he was very precise. I think the NFL is a big show, and we were missing it.Christian Ríos, 26, and daughter Alexa, 10 months, Steelers fansMy love for the Steelers arose to contradict my dad, who is a 49ers fan. We bet a beer or a meal when theres a match between our teams. My wife and I buy dresses of the Steelers for [Alexa]. Her aunt bought her a dress of the Patriots. She will choose her favorite team when she wants. I hope that it will be the same [as] mine and my wife.Joel Arévalo, 41, and son Gamaliel Enrique, 9, Raiders fans from Mexico CityGamaliel: I love their roughness. They never follow the rules. Sometimes I dont follow the rules. . Tracey comes to the Blue Bombers after spending over a decade with Queens University. Most recently he was the schools assistant football coach. http:///...radine-Draft-Jersey/ . "We have always prided ourselves on the way we play defence. Having two big pieces back is going to be a key for us moving forward for years to come," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. http:///...Melvin-Draft-Jersey/ .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have placed centre Cody Hodgson on injured reserve and recalled two players from their AHL affiliate in Rochester. Conor McGregors historic reign as a simultaneous two-division champion has ended.The UFC announced Saturday that McGregor, who captured Eddie Alvarezs lightweight title by TKO at UFC 205 in New York two weeks ago, has vacated his featherweight title in favor of keeping his 155-pound belt.McGregor (21-3) originally won the UFCs 145-pound title last December when he knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194, but he never defended the belt. McGregor opted for a pair of welterweight fights against Nate Diaz in 2016 before challenging Alvarez on Nov. 12.The announcement means that Aldo (26-2), who defeated Frankie Edgar for the interim title at UFC 200 in July, has been elevated to undisputed featherweight champion.Aldo, the first featherweight champion in UFC history, made seven title defenses before the loss to McGregor. In an act of frustration over not receiving a rematch against McGregor, Aldo asked for his release in September -- one day after the Alvarez-McGregor fight was announced -- claiming he no longer could trust UFC president Dana White.In addition, the new UFC 206 main event on Dec. 10 between Max Holloway and former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will be contested for the interim featherweight title. The bout replaces a UFC light heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson, which fell apart when Cormier withdrew Friday wwith a groin injury. http:///...Miller-Draft-Jersey/. McGregor, 28, is expected to take time off from the Octagon to start 2017 as he awaits the birth of his first child. White told the Los Angeles Times earlier this month that McGregor wont fight before May.Hes good. He should take time off, White said. He has been fighting nonstop. Nothing wrong with him taking time off. Its good for him and [girlfriend Dee Devlin], and its good for the baby.McGregor had stated his interest in defending both titles throughout the buildup to UFC 205, going as far as saying at the kickoff news conference that the company would have to gather an army to try and take one of them [belts] off me.Audie Attar, McGregors agent, was asked Tuesday during an appearance on ESPNs Five Rounds podcast whether McGregor would be willing to vacate if forced to by the UFC.Hes a businessman, so he is going to make business decisions, Attar said. No matter what happens, nobody will ever be able to take those belts away from him. Nobody has beat him for those belts. So the way I look at it is, whatever business decision Conor decides to make, its a smart one. We have proven that to date.If a belt is taken or what have you, its figurative. He still keeps that win. Nobody beat him to dethrone him. 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But I think the Olympics is a different animal.He recalls watching Andre Agassi win a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games.Theres not many things like the Olympics. Its a different thing. Youre not there just playing for yourself; youre playing for your country, Baker said. Its going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.One worth waiting for.---Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Throwback Discount NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap NFL Gear Discount NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo Wholesale NFL Gear Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic NFL Jerseys China Stitched NFL Jerseys ' ' ' 
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    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- If Jim Harbaugh had his way, Mike Weber would be running around in maize and blue this summer instead of preparing to be the start...