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INDIANAPOLIS -- It is one month into the NFL season, and the concern in Indianapolis is already growing.Coach Chuck Pagano is still trying to get his offense in sync, looking for ways to pressure opposing quarterbacks, working on convincing players to avoid preventable penalties and focusing on getting his team to function well at the same time.If Pagano didnt have enough to contemplate before last weekends trip to London, the eight-hour flight home certainly drove home the point.Obviously you cant keep spotting teams the leads and the points that we do and expect to have these comebacks, he said Monday.(We were) down 11 at half and then got down 17 and then finally caught fire in the fourth quarter and played good football. But you cant play three quarters of football the way that we played.The troubles have become pronounced that even players are speaking freely about whats gone wrong.After Sundays 30-27 loss to previously winless Jacksonville, Andrew Luck offered a rare, general critique by calling on the Colts (1-3) to be more professional.He also blamed this seasons sluggish start to bad ball and a lack of focus. Other players shared similar sentiments in the locker room.And the usually cautious Pagano hasnt held back, either.Too many penalties. Too many missed opportunities. Too many dropped balls, he said Sunday. We didnt tackle well, they ran the ball well. We didnt do our job on the defensive side when it had to be done.For the Colts (1-3), these are not new problems.Last season, they finished 18th in the NFL in penalties and routinely found themselves trying to dig out of early deficits.Everyone from team owner Jim Irsay to Paganos assistants spent the offseason discussing the need to better protect Luck, and general manager Ryan Grigson responded by using four of eight draft picks on offensive linemen.So far, little has changed.Indy has allowed a league-high 15 sacks and Luck is on pace to be hit nearly 200 times this season -- far more than anyone wants.While part of that could be explained by the infusion of rookies, three of whom started Sunday, the bigger concern has been the play of left tackle Anthony Castonzo, a six-year veteran. Thirteen months ago, Castonzo signed a four-year, $43 million contract, but struggled most of last season and is off to another poor start this season.But the problems run deeper on offense.The Colts have self-destructed often because of bad hands, poor decisions and ill-timed penalties -- all of which sabotaged their hopes in London.Its not on one person. Its on the unit, Luck said. Its sloppy and it has to be fixed. We know that. You overcome it in some games, you dont in others.Defensively, there are other concerns.Only nine teams have fewer sacks than Indy (seven), only five teams have allowed a higher completion rate than Indy (68.1 percent) and only two teams have allowed more points than the Colts (125).And they didnt help themselves with a spate of penalties that included three unnecessary roughness calls plus a pass interference call and a holding call during a four-play sequence that led to a Jacksonville field goal at the end of the first half.Its enough to baffle any coach, especially one such as Pagano, who had previously coached the secondary and served as a defensive coordinator.Penalties, poor execution, just fundamental things early on got us in the hole that we were in, he said. Again, we had opportunities. There were plays to be made and we didnt capitalize on them.So, before the Chicago Bears (1-3) come to town this weekend, Pagano will spend his waking hours looking for those seemingly elusive solutions.All you can do is keep coming to work, keep working to get better, Pagano said. Weve got to improve, got to find a way to play better early and youve got to finish.Game notes Because of the long trip back, Pagano gave his players some extra rest Monday. Players were not available to take questions. ... Defensive lineman Art Jones returned to the team complex following his four-game suspension for violating the leagues policy on performance-enhancing substances. Pagano has not said when Jones might be able to play ... Pagano also sounded hopeful about getting three injured players back this week. He said cornerback Darius Butler (hamstring) should return to practice Wednesday. He also expects right guard Denzelle Good (back) and right tackle Joe Reitz (back) to practice on a limited basis Wednesday.---Online:AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: Custom Detroit Lions Jerseys . Brazilian national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has confirmed that the veteran goalkeeper is set to join Toronto on loan, saying it will help him be ready for the World Cup. Kenny Golladay Lions Jersey . - Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is not a fan of his teams use of the wildcat formation, saying "it makes you look like a high school offence. . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. Barry Sanders Lions Jersey . -- Adam Snyder returned to the San Francisco 49ers this season because the offensive lineman thought it was his best opportunity to win a championship. Kenny Golladay Youth Jersey . -- Three close looks at the bucket, three misses. LAHAINA, Hawaii -- The Lahaina Civic Center sits on a hill above Honoapiilani Highway in western Maui, barely visible among the tropical trees and police station.The outside of the building is nondescript even up close, looking more like a school auditorium than a basketball arena. Same thing on the inside, with its upstairs, YMCA-style lockers and cage-like windows overlooking the court.Yet every November, the Lahaina Civic Center transforms into something else: one of college basketballs most raucous venues.Its like a high school gym being there, Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said Sunday, the eve of the Maui Invitational. The noise is loud, people are close to you. I think its neat. This time of year you want to play in front of an excited crowd, an arena where everything is close. Theres just so much you can gain from an experience like this and in a building like that. Theres really nothing like it.The Maui Invitational has become the top in-season tournament on the college basketball schedule, annually luring some of the best teams from across the country to the second-largest island in the Hawaiian chain.This years eight-team field has combined for 14 national championships and 40 Final Fours, and three teams are ranked in the top 10 of The Associated Press poll : No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 North Carolina and No. 9 Wisconsin.The three-day tournament, which starts Monday, also includes Tennessee, Oklahoma State, UConn, Georgetown and host Chaminade.At the center of this basketball-topia is the 2,400-seat Lahaina Civic Center.Built in 1972, the building is used as a public civic center 50 weeks out of the year, hosting high school basketball leagues, volleyball games, karate practices and community events.The two weeks of the Maui Invitational brings some changes to the civic center -- signs and banners, TV lights, cushioned chairs in front of the bleachers -- but its still nowhere near matching the massive, modern arenas found across the rest of college basketball. It didnt even have air conditioning until the 2005 tournament -- after North Carolina coach Roy Williams complained about condensation on the floor.Its hard to adapt an old building with such character into a 2016 basketball arena that everyones used to, said Mark Starsiak, director of events for KemperLesnik, which operates the Maui Innvitational.ddddddddddddI tell teams every year: `Its the most unique experience youll have walking from the locker room all season. If you have any questions, Ill try to answer them.Calling the Lahaina Civic Center quirky is like saying basketball players are tall.The court, outside of the massive Maui Invitational logo at midcourt, is like a high school hardwood, with volleyball court and vertical basketball lines crisscrossing the court.The seats are like something out of Hoosiers, old bleachers that are practically on top of the court and only go up a dozen-or-so rows.The locker rooms are unlike anything in college basketball.Those are on the second floor, up a narrow stairwell that leads to a common area with taekwondo and wrestling lines on the floor, with nothing but a black curtain separating the teams. The common room also has cage-like windows that overlook the floor, though the view has been obscured a bit with the massive Hawaiian-themed banner at the west side of the arena.The lockers are the old, metal bring-your-own variety, with four concrete chairs, a single whiteboard and showers that dont always work.Because of the small confines, teams waiting for the next game have to set up in the common area and often can be seen at the bottom of the stairwells as the previous game is about to end.Leave your strategy for the hotel because your opponent is right through there, Starsiak said, pointing at the black curtain. Anything you say can and will be used against you on the court.With all the pampering teams and players usually get, it might seem like the civic centers inconveniences would be a drawback.Instead, the quirkiness and quaintness adds to the charm of the building and the tournament, often making the players feel like theyre back in high school.And because of the venues size, the noise and atmosphere inside the Lahaina Civic Center is like nothing else in college basketball.The environments great, Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. The fans are right on top of you, you feel the emotion of the fans the whole time. Much like this entire tournament, the game is a unique experience.---For more AP college basketball: ' ' ' ll have walking from the locker room all season. If you have any questions, Ill try to answer them.Calling the

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