WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- For No. 15 Purdue, not only is the Friday game against McNeese State the regular-season opener (7 p.m. ET, ESPN3), it also is the Boilermakers dress rehearsal for a Monday night matchup with the reigning national champions, No. 4 Villanova.Purdue, which finished 26-9, 12-6 in the Big Ten Conference last season, is 10-1 in season openers for 12th-year head coach Matt Painter and appears to be on a good path to be ready for title-winning Wildcats.The Boilermakers were 4-0 during an August exhibition tour of Spain, then defeated Southern Indiana in a Nov. 1 exhibition game in Mackey Arena and scrimmaged West Virginia last Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.Purdue will face a McNeese State team that returns its top three scorers from a 9-20 team that is picked to finish ninth in the Southland Conference. Painter likes the fact the Cowboys feature full-court pressure defense -- an element that bothered the Boilermakers last season.In two 2015-16 losses to Iowa and in a double-overtime NCAA Tournament defeat to a Arkansas-Little Rock, full-court pressure cost Purdue victories.Spike Albrecht, a fifth-year graduate transfer guard from Michigan, and freshman guard Carsen Edwards are eager to play their first regular-season games as Boilermakers.Albrecht likes the way Purdue is leading up to playing Villanova.A huge part, too, with our West Virginia scrimmage this past Sunday, is seeing teams that are a good caliber, Albrecht said. McNeese State is a good team that is going to put defensive pressure on us, which should prepare us and get us ready for Villanova.But right now, were just focusing on McNeese State.Carsen Edwards -- no relation to Purdues leading returning scorer, junior forward Vince Edwards -- is glad the Wildcats are not the opponent in the season opener. Vince Edwards averaged 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season.Im absolutely glad we have a game before playing Villanova, but still, playing them the second game of the season is very early, Carsen Edwards said. Having McNeese State first is a good experience, just to kind of get your feet wet.We played in Spain in August, we had an exhibition game and then scrimmaged West Virginia before McNeese State, so thats the best way to prepare for Villanova.McNeese State coach Dave Simmons, 136-172 in his 11th season with the Cowboys, has guards Jamaya Burr (15.4 points a game last season), Jarren Greenwood (10.8) and James Harvey (10.7), who combined for 136 made 3-pointers last season.However, the Cowboys ranked last in the Southland Conference in field goal percentage (.411) and in rebounding defense.Were a very talented group, Simmons said. We have length. I think our guard play will be very good, and even though well be young, weve got guys that really shoot the basketball. Thats going to be our strength.The style of play, with the people we have, we want to be as high-octane, up-tempo as we can. We want to start that from the defensive end with full-court pressure. Frank Kaminsky Jersey . Houston won 3-0 to advance to face New York in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Last in the game, Di Vaio and Romero got into a shoving match with several Houston players. Romero appeared to elbow and kick Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Jersey . -- Quarterback Will Finch threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, and Yannick Harou rushed in two scores as the No. http://www.hornetsteamproshop.com/ . White came in fourth place in the event. He was the two-time defending gold medallist. The gold medal went to Swiss snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov. Marvin Williams Hornets Jersey . -- In one brief spurt, Brazil turned a close game into a rout and proved again it will be a strong World Cup favourite. Miles Bridges Jersey . Listen to the game live on TSN Radio 1050 at 7pm et. The Raptors traded Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to the Sacramento Kings on Monday, in exchange for Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes. SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers didnt score an offensive touchdown and it didnt matter against the Arizona Cardinals on Friday night.The Chargers forged ahead early and cruised past the Cardinals, 19-3.With Carson Palmer limited to three series and Philip Rivers not playing, the first half was mostly a competition between veteran backup quarterbacks Kellen Clemens and Drew Stanton.Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was on the sideline for the game.Arians was released from the hospital on Wednesday after an overnight stay. The 63-year-old coach was taken to the hospital Tuesday night after complaining of stomach pain as the Cardinals prepared for a joint practice.Im fine, Arians said after the game.On their way to a 16-0 halftime lead, the Chargers (1-1) took advantage of two turnovers for 10 first-quarter points.Brandon Flowers intercepted Palmers pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.The defense started fast and thats what we wanted to do, Flowers said.You dont let it frustrate you, Palmer said. You just continue to find ways to get better and look at all the areas that are good, look at all the areas that are bad and evaluate then and move forward.Stanton was then picked off in his first series by Jahleel Addae. He brought it back 61 yards to the Arizona 9. The Chargers settled for a 20-yard field goal and a 10-0 lead.Kicker Josh Lambo was the games key offensive player. He made four field goals to pace the Chargers.One week after allowing a league-high 288 rushing yards, the Chargers limited the Cardinals to 63.Chandler Catanzaro made a 52-yard field goal for Arizona (0-2).ROOKIE WATCHCardinals: CB Brandon Williams needed to rebound after struggling in the preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders. Williams, who is being counted on to start, was active and broke up a pass.Chargers: P Drew Kasey, a sixth-round pick, showed off his distance with his four punts going at least 50 yards.QB COMPARISONCardinals: Palmer finished 4 of 8 for 37 yards, with one interception.Chargers: Clemens was 11 of 20 for 134 yards.POSITION BATTLESCardinals: WR Jaron Brown is in the mix at wide receiver, and had a chance too shine with Larry Fitzgerald not playing.dddddddddddd Brown continued his strong summer with a key third-down catch with the Cards backed up near their end zone.Chargers: Flowers is trying to hold off Casey Hayward for a starting job. Flowers helped his cause by bringing back Palmers interception 25 yards for a touchdown.FANTASY WATCHCardinals: David Johnson had 5 yards on three carries. Chris Johnson added 7 yards on four carries. Jaron Brown had two receptions for 40 yards.Chargers: Melvin Gordon finished with 18 yards on six carries; he had a long of 12. Keenan Allen caught two passes for 41 yards. Tyrell Williams had four receptions for 47 yards.QUOTEABLECardinals: Im very disappointed in the performance, especially offensively. Arians said.Chargers: It was a decision that Philip wasnt going to play and it was made a long time ago, coach Mike McCoy said of not playing Rivers.INJURY UPDATECardinals: Fitzgerald didnt play with a slight keen sprain, according to Arians.Chargers: WR Dontrelle Inman was separated from the ball on a big hit by LB Deone Bucannon. Inman went to the locker room and didnt return. TE Jeff Cumberland suffered an Achilles injury. G Donald Clark left with a knee injury. Cumberland and Clark both left the field on carts; no updates were available.3-POINTER LIKE CURRYLambo was busy. He converted all four of his field-goal attempts, including one from 50 yards.NO RIVERS, NO GATESOne of the top QB-tight end combinations in league history didnt play. Rivers, who leads the franchise with 92 wins, watched the game while wearing a baseball cap. Gates, a 14-year pro, needs seven TD catches to catch Tony Gonzalez (111) for the most by a tight end.PERFECT START ON DMcCoy was ecstatic with how the Chargers responded to the Cardinals first four series. It produced two interceptions and two punts.CLEAN PLAYThe Cardinals werent called for a penalty until the 7:26 mark of the third quarter.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '