And adding teams to the Big 12 now doesnt change that.---Follow Ra
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Lewis Hamilton vows to fight until the bitter end in his quest to win a fourth Formula One world title, despite the odds being stacked against him.After a devastating engine blowout while leading the Malaysian Grand Prix, and a poor start at the Japanese Grand Prix, Hamilton has recovered with wins in the United States and Mexico to keep his championship hopes alive.Its a great feeling when youre able to show the kind of pace Ive shown at the past two races, Hamilton said. Everyone has worked so hard and the car has really been faultless. The speed has been there all season -- I just havent always had the opportunity to take advantage of it.Despite his return to winning ways, the Briton trails his Mercedes teammate by 19 points heading to Brazil, where victory for Rosberg would seal the Germans first F1 title. Even if Hamilton were to win the final two grands prix of the season, Rosberg could still wrap up the title with second and third place finishes.In terms of the championship, its an unusual scenario to be in -- fighting for something and not knowing for sure that what you do will guarantee youre able to make it. One outcome would be painful and the other would be a great achievement.Regardless, Im going to keep pushing. Since the beginning of my Formula One career Ive seen that everything can change even at the very last moment, so you have to fight to the bitter end. Ive never won in Brazil, so I go into this weekend focused on changing that.Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team is doing its upmost to ensure its drivers will be provided with equal opportunities in their title battle, confirming both have similar power unit mileage -- an area of major concern for Hamilton in 2016 following a number of failures on his W07.On mileage, in terms of the availability of strategy modes, they are pretty equal at the moment, Wolff explained. They both had a bit of a worry on exhaust damage during the race [in Mexico]. Actually, also pretty even, so the same grey hair for both.As a team, we will do all in our power to provide both with the opportunities they need. Were maxed out on performance, as is normal at the end of a regulation cycle, and when that happens everything becomes more marginal. This is where we find ourselves right now, so we must remain focused on every last detail. Womens Air Max 2018 Shoe .S. 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Team physician Dr. Steve Traina performed the surgery Friday. Robinson was injured in a spill underneath the Nuggets basket during the first quarter of Wednesday nights loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. The Big 12 board of directors meets Monday in Dallas and the topic of expansion will be addressed.Not necessarily decided, but definitely addressed.Maybe after three months of vetting, analyzing and interviewing potential new members the presidents and chancellors will decide the Big 12 Conference should add schools. Maybe they will even decide which schools to add.Or maybe they will decide 10 members are enough for the smallest Power Five conference and stick with what they have.Or maybe they will decide not to decide and keep college footballs never-ending story going.It is impossible to know which way this will go, but news reports from Big 12 country over the last month suggest the conference has cooled on the idea of expansion.The only public statements that provide a hint at which way the Big 12 is leaning have come from Oklahoma President David Boren, who once called the conference psychologically disadvantaged by having only 10 members.First, Boren said expansion should not be considered a given. Then, responding to reports citing unidentified sources that he had changed his position, Boren released a noncommittal statement in late September.I do not know where the speculation came from, but Oklahoma has not yet taken a position on expansion, he said.Consultants have provided data to conference leaders showing expansion could increase the Big 12s chances of reaching the playoff and the bottom lines of its members.The Big 12s television contracts with ESPN and Fox call for the networks to provide increases to cover the addition of new members. So two new schools would mean an extra $50 million or so each year through 2025.The new members would, as is standard, receive a partial share of conference revenue for the first three or four seasons in the league. The old members would split the rest.More money and a better chance to make it to the playoff. So why wouldnt the Big 12 expand?THE CHOICESBig 12 officials held face-to-face interviews with 11 schools during September: Air Force, BYU, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Connecticut, Houston, Rice, South Florida, SMU and Tulane.None is an obvious choice.- BYU has had the most football success and is a national brand, but the Cougars other sports dont play on Sundays and the schools honor code has received scrutiny from LGBT advocacy groups.- Houston received an endorsement from the governor of Texas and some public support from the University of Texas, but promoting an in-state competitor could make winning and recruiting more difficult for current members.- Cincinnati, South Florida and Central Florida provide new media markets and recruiting territory, but limited history of success on the field. And those media markets dont have as much impact for a conference that is not likely to follow-up expansion with its own television network.- Colorado State would put the Big 12 back in a state that is home to many of its schools alumni, but it is not the flagship university of that state.- Connecticut has a national brand, but its for basketball.- Football-only membership probably makes the most sense for Air Force. Maybe for BYU, too. But is that woorth it?- Rice, SMU and Tulane have strong academic profiles, but it is highly questionable whether they could compete in football.ddddddddddddCONSENSUSAny decision would require agreement from eight of the Big 12s 10 presidents, though do not be surprised if the conference publicly claims unanimity about whatever is decided.So first eight of the 10 schools would have to agree on expanding. Then eight of the 10 would have to agree on whom to invite. If you have followed the Big 12, consensus has not been its strong suit.DILUTIONThe Big Ten is experiencing this now. The addition of Maryland and Rutgers means less opportunity for Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin to play Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State.Thats not great, but the Big Ten offset that with the financial gains. Expanding the conferences footprint to the Northeast corridor boosted the value of the Big Tens cable network and increased its exposure into a highly populated area where lots of its alumni live.The addition of two more teams to the Big 12 would mean fewer games against Oklahoma and Texas for many of the current members, but without the ancillary benefits because the Big 12 wont be getting a cable network.THE BIG 12 DIDNT REALLY WANT TO DO THIS IN THE FIRST PLACEIn June, the Big 12 announced it was paying out $30 million apiece to its members and the expansion talk seemed to be put to rest.In late July, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and Boren emerged from a CEO meeting and announced the conference would explore expansion, making the league again seem unstable.What changed? The Atlantic Coast Conference announced with ESPN that it would start a network and extend its TV contract and the grant of rights that helps bind the schools through 2035. Seeing the ACC strengthen its position, along with having the Big 12s pro rata deal clearly spelled out, moved the Big 12 presidents to do a deep dive on expansion.LONG-TERM FLEXIBILITYStanding pat. Dream big.Maybe the ACC network is a dud and six years from now Florida State and Clemson are pondering how to escape that grant of rights. Maybe Pac-12 falls behind the rest of the Power Five and its members look at the Big 12 as more fertile territory.MONEYESPN and Fox were reportedly not thrilled about the idea of paying for a bigger Big 12. Would the networks be willing to pay the Big 12 a smaller amount to stand pat in return for an extended contract and grant of rights?CHAMPIONSHIP GAMERegardless of expansion, the Big 12 has plans to bring back its football championship next year. So theres more new revenue and another game for the College Football Playoff committee to consider.OKLAHOMA AND TEXASUltimately, the long-term stability of the Big 12 is predicated on Texas and Oklahoma happily remaining in the conference. At some point the Longhorns and Sooners have to decide if they want to be the most powerful members of the Big 12 or just another member of another conference. And adding teams to the Big 12 now doesnt change that.---Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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