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an use that as a chance to be a light in the world, in a sense, to show people how I live and what I believe.As it tu Antworten

A pair of former flyweights will meet in a bantamweight matchup this weekend, as John Dodson faces John Lineker at UFC Fight Night in Portland, Oregon.Each man has a different reason for moving up in weight.Dodson was in a bit of no mans land at 125 pounds, having lost to the dominant champion Demetrious Johnson twice. Lineker just couldnt consistently make the weight. The Brazilian missed weight four times as a flyweight.Both have enjoyed immediate success at the heavier weight. Dodson is coming off a 47-second knockout over Manny Gamburyan, while Lineker is 3-0 at the weight, including a first-round finish over Michael McDonald.Lets take a closer look at this marquee bantamweight tilt. Dont agree with the pick? Let MMA analyst Brett Okamoto know on Twitter: @bokamotoESPN.Main eventJohn Dodson (18-7) vs. John Lineker (28-7) Bantamweight Odds: Dodson -130; Lineker +110These two are a rare breed in that they are undeniably elite mixed martial artists -- with relatively one-dimensional skill sets.Dodson might be the best athlete fighting out of Jackson-Wink MMA, and yes, that includes Jon Jones. The southpaws entire offense is based around the speed and power of his left hand. If Dodson were to ever say, I could beat this guy with one hand tied behind my back, Id take it literally. Everything comes from his power side, which has proved to be a disadvantage against Demetrious Johnson but good enough against anyone else.Lineker is a heavyweight in a bantamweights frame. He stalks, loads, throws with everything hes got and repeats. Even though hes constantly applying pressure, he often keeps a healthy distance from his opponent, which helps prevent takedowns. You have to shoot through a decent amount of space to try and take him down. And theres usually a point in every Lineker fight where you want to take him down, because hes just walloped you.The key to this matchup is how effectively Lineker can put Dodson on the fence and also keep him there. Dodson will concede the center of the Octagon to opponents, but hes not easy to track down along the cage. Especially for someone like Lineker, who doesnt represent a strong threat in either his takedowns or the clinch. Dodson might fight on the outside, but as long as hes moving in the process, that wont necessarily be the end of the world.Dodson has a heavy left leg kick, which could be effective against someone who sits so much on his punches, but its hard to consistently land those kicks if youre moving backwards. When the fight is in space, theres a lot to like about that kick, but I expect Lineker to limit Dodsons opportunities to throw it by constantly walking him to the edge of the cage.Previous opponents have tried to wear down Dodsons gas tank, which makes a lot of sense. If his speed is the most challenging thing about him, do what you can to slow him down. Lineker isnt that type of fighter, though. Itd be surprising if he comes in and tries to grapple, just to sap Dodsons energy. Like Dodson, Lineker turns things on in spurts. This makes for a tense matchup, where both guys will be loaded up on their preferable weapon, looking to land first. If there is a takedown, it will likely come from Dodson.Neither has ever been knocked out -- but both are known for finishing opponents. So, something has to give. This is also a 25-minute fight.Prediction: Even fans who dont appreciate smaller weight classes shouldnt miss this one. Someone will go down in one of these exchanges. 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Calgary scored on the first shift, and Michael Cammalleri scored twice as the Flames cruised to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Editors note: The 2016-17 college basketball season will be the Year of the Freshmen, featuring what could be the best class weve ever seen. Over the next two weeks we will get familiar with the best of the best, examining who they are and where each of the top 10 prospects in the 2016 ESPN 100 came from.Read more: No. 10 Dukes Frank Jackson | No. 9 Kentuckys Malik Monk No. 8 Michigan States Miles Bridges | No. 7 Washingtons Markelle Fultz No. 6 Kentuckys DeAaron Fox | No. 5 Kentuckys Bam Adebayo No. 4 UCLAs Lonzo Ball | No. 3 Dukes Jayson Tatum No. 2 Kansas Josh Jackson | No. 1 Dukes Harry GilesDURHAM, N.C. -- On Nov. 15, Frank Jackson will don his No. 15 jersey for Duke University, step on the court at Madison Square Garden -- The Worlds Most Famous Arena -- and take on Kansas in a nationally televised game between two preseason top-five teams.The next day, Will Watanabe, Jacksons best friend, will board a flight to Tokyo, where hell begin his mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Watanabe will spend two years in Japan, not even venturing home for a long weekend.Win or lose, Jackson will return to Durham immediately following that Kansas game, where hell settle back in as one of the big men on campus. More than 34,000 fans will continue to track his moves on Instagram, while another 12,000 will read his 140-character messages on Twitter.Watanabe said he wont be able to use Instagram, Twitter or any social media during his 24 months in Japan. He wont even have a smartphone. Instead, hell share the one phone he has with his Mormon traveling companion, and theyll be able to use it only for LDS purposes. In fact, Watanabe can call home just twice a year -- Christmas and Mothers Day -- and will have access to email once a week.Naturally, you can guess who is jealous of whom.I really wish I was going too, Jackson said.Instead, Jackson has opted to make basketball his mission, and his mission basketball -- the perfect combination for a person who values his faith even more than his crossover.We dont have multiple wives, Jackson explained. We dont all have 20 kids. Were not a cult. Were Christians. Were normal. We believe in being good people.This, in some ways, is Jacksons mission: breaking down the perceptions and stereotypes that still chase Mormons to this day. With offshoot sects of their religion drawing attention thanks to reality TV shows such as Sister Wives and Big Love, LDS members are still viewed with a quizzical, if not altogether skeptical, eye. Many people either dont understand what Mormonism is or they base their opinions on misinformation.The very thought that Jackson even toyed with deferring his college basketball career for a mission might have sounded crazy.But up until last year, Jackson had every intention of going away on a mission. Peppered with questions about his future as he traveled the recruiting circuit, he remained steadfast in his desire to be a missionary. It was not because he felt he had to. He simply wanted to.Jackson essentially was reared on three principles: to compete, to succeed and to serve.We never cared what they wanted to do, Jacksons father, Al, said. But whatever it was, they were going to excel.Al lived the message he preached, setting a rather high bar for his five kids to meet. A former college basketball and baseball player at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he graduated from the rigorous academic school and then earned a masters degree from John Hopkins. He put those degrees to use in Washington, D.C., working for 13 years as both a lobbyist and consultant, involved in providing counsel on national issues that frequently included homeland security. He turned that experience into a position as a state senator, appointed to a vacant seat in Utah in 2014.Eh, he was only a state senator, Frank joked about his dad.That is the essence of the oldest boy and second youngest of five kids in the Jackson family.Jackson and his older sister, Kayla, were the alpha dogs in the house. Each wanted things their own way and were downright competitive -- and occasionally combative in the process. Since the two left for college -- Kayla is at BYU and will marry on Dec. 22 ?during her younger brothers lone break from hoops -- Al and his wife, Juleen, cant help but notice how peaceful their home is now.But Al was no fool. He made sure his sons goal to rule the roost would go through him, and Al was ready to meet or block his son as necessary, sometimes quite literally. The two started squaring off in hoops just as soon as the boy could swish a bucket on the six-foot Fisher-Price hoop in the basement. Al never once let his son win.Id scream, Youre the biggest jerk ever. Youre an old man. You couldnt let me score a couple of times? Frank Jackson said. And he never did.Yet, almost every single time, after hed storm off forsaking his dad, Jackson would return for more, sometime within minutes.He has worn us out since he got here on this Earth, his father said, obvious pride in his voice.dddddddddddd But he learned to be competitive.Such bullheadedness might seem mutually exclusive to a faithful life, but as fervent as Al and Juleen were about teaching their kids to work for what they wanted, they were even more devoted to their faith. Juleen was born in Sandy, Utah, and raised a Mormon. She was working as an intern in D.C. when she met Al; about three weeks into their relationship, she brought him along to church.Raised a Baptist in South Carolina and Maryland, Al was skeptical. He held plenty of his own stereotypes about the Mormon faith, tantamount among them that few members were of his race.?Instead, at an inner-city church in D.C., Al found a congregation diverse in color and socioeconomic status. Kids, many of them without fathers, loved the former basketball player, and soon Al was not only a regular at church, but he was also in charge of the youth hoops team. His faith grew in lockstep with his relationship with those boys -- many of whom he stays in touch with to this day -- and in 1992, he converted.A year later, Al and Juleen were married. When Frank was 11, the growing family moved to Utah. Surrounded by kids of his own faith, Frank grew up as they all did, dreaming about the day they would head off on their mission.?When you grow up in the LDS culture as Franklin did, going on a mission is just a natural progression, Al said. We talked to him about it since he was a baby, but we really didnt have to talk about it. Thats what all the kids did.Watanabe actually was the better athlete, at least at first. He matured faster than most of his buddies, which means he also grew taller earlier, and so when his club team played Jacksons, Watanabe usually emerged the victor. He was cocky about it too, reminding Jackson who owned the court.Genetics eventually sucked the air out of Watanabes braggadocio, and by the time the two started training at a nearby gym that concentrates on agility and speed work, Jackson left Watanabe in the dust.He could jump higher than everyone else, do all the drills faster, Watanabe said. He just stood out.One night, Jackson dropped 30 points in a high school game as a freshman, and his father thought perhaps those Fisher-Price throwdowns had their merit. BYU thought the same. When Cougars coach Dave Rose offered Jackson a scholarship in 2013, the freshman quickly accepted.The Provo school seemed ideal, with a very good basketball program and one that understood his Mormon faith. Deferring entry to BYU for a mission would be more the norm, not the exception there. But one year later, as Jackson worked his way up the recruiting ladder, he also worked up the courage to get out of his commitment.He kept the Cougars in his final list but also added Utah, Stanford and Duke.To the Blue Devils, who struggled without a true point guard for much of last season, Jackson was a prize worth fighting for. By the end of his senior season, he ranked No. 10 in RecruitingNations ESPN 100. Skeptics questioned just how good a player out of the less fertile Utah recruiting bed could be, but scouts loved his speed, playmaking and especially that alpha-dog competitiveness.The way Al, who knows a thing or two about excellence, figured it, there arent a whole lot of people in the world who can claim to be among the very best in their fields. Mike Krzyzewski, Al reasoned, can. Saying yes to Duke, then, was easy.Saying no to a mission? That was altogether different.It was a really hard decision, Frank Jackson said. Very hard.There were no ultimatums and no pressure. Everyone -- coaches, parents, friends -- said they would honor whatever decision he made.But how do you decide between a lifelong dream and a lifelong dream?Jackson opted not to. He decided he could do both.The purpose of an LDS mission is not simply to proselytize but also to live by example. Jackson realized that while he wouldnt?immerse himself as Watanabe and his other friends will, he would have a pulpit and a platform that they dont have. Every interview, every television appearance offers a chance to explain what being a Mormon is -- and more, its a way to demystify the religion.Im in the spotlight, Jackson said. Everyone is watching us. I can use that as a chance to be a light in the world, in a sense, to show people how I live and what I believe.As it turns out, Jackson can do a little old-fashioned missionary work too. He already has connected with people serving their missions in the Raleigh-Durham area and his semi-fame has helped them speak to people who otherwise might have declined.Jackson also has found a church and is quickly becoming an active member of the congregation.Its in Chapel Hill.They know Im a Duke player, but so far so good, Jackson said. Well see what happens when we play Carolina.Blue Devils and Tar Heels coexisting? That certainly has to qualify as good missionary work. ' ' '

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