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He was the man of the moment for England on Tuesday, and on Saturday, the spotlight will shine on him once more -- but this time at the club level.Facing the team he left barely more than two months ago, John Stones will try to build on his solid performance for England when his Manchester City squad host Everton on Saturday in a clash of top-five teams at the Etihad.Stones had long been sought by Englands lavish-spending teams, with Jose Mourinho desperate to acquire the 22-year-olds services as an heir apparent to John Terry at Chelsea. Under former manager Roberto Martinez, the Toffees (4-2-1) rebuffed the London side thrice -- first at £20 million, then at £26 million and lastly at £30 million -- in a two-month span last summer.With Pep Guardiolas arrival at Manchester City (6-0-1) this offseason, the money was always going to be there for the taking, but the question was whether Evertons new manager Ronald Koeman would be able to keep the prised youngster from leaving Goodison Park. Guardiolas siren song and pedigree -- plus a £50 million transfer fee -- however, were enough to convince Stones that he could become an elite player at a global level at Manchester City and by extension, for England.I felt I was improving at Everton and Im working hard to continue that with my new club, Stones told Citys official website prior to Englands World Cup qualifiers.Im really enjoying being at City; weve had a good start and obviously winning helps, too -- especially when the boys are scoring goals at one end and were keeping clean sheets at the other, which of course is massive for defenders.Stones is also feeling good about his new surroundings.Im learning a new style and getting to know my teammates but overall I couldnt have asked for things to have gone much better in my first two months, he said.And the promise of that potential showed itself midweek when England played Slovenia to a scoreless road draw in World Cup qualifying. Stones stood out in central defence as the Three Lions played a scruffy match in which the best chances Slovenia created were due to errors in Englands midfield rather than the back line. It was the kind of effort people have been waiting for Stones to deliver, confirming the belief he could be in the spine of Englands defence for the next decade.While Citys defence has been good in the early going, there is still much room for improvement. The Citizens have just one shutout in league play to their credit. Their first match against a top-four opponent from last season was a jolt of reality as Tottenham Hotspur dealt Guardiola and City their first loss in any competition, winning 2-0 on Oct. 2.An own goal by Aleksander Kolarov less than 10 minutes into the game marked the first time City had trailed in Premier League play this season. They never found a rhythm against a Spurs team willing to pressure them high and prevent the intricate build-up that is a trademark of Guardiola-coached teams.While Koeman can view the match footage of the work done by his fellow ex-Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino and glean some ideas for attack, Evertons revival defensively is a key reason the Toffees are one of the early surprise packages thus far. Everton have conceded a miserly five goals -- only Spurs have yielded fewer at three -- and that has helped overcome an offence that has operated in fits and spurts.Everton tallied nine goals in reeling off four straight wins from Aug. 20-Sept. 17, but they have been held to one in their last two matches, with Romelu Lukakus goal helping secure a point in a 1-1 draw versus Crystal Palace prior to the international break. After failing to score in his first three matches for Everton this season, the Belgium international has eight goals in six contests for club and country and will undoubtedly prove to be a handful for Stones as the two reunite in the penalty area for many clashes.I thought last year was really a year where my learning phase was complete and, whether I had my back to goal or I was facing play, I could do whatever was needed to score goals, Lukaku told Evertons official magazine. Weve made a good start under Ronald Koeman and, at the end of the day, if we can win something this season that would be nice.Thats looking far ahead. But the European spots have to be the main objective and I will do whatever it takes to get us there.Lukaku has three goals in 10 lifetime matches against Manchester City. Counterpart Sergio Aguero, who has gone scoreless for club and country in four straight matches -- including a third penalty miss in all competitions after failing to convert in a loss to Paraguay -- after a blazing run of 11 in his previous seven to start the season, has struck for three goals in 11 career contests versus the Toffees.While City took four of a possible six points from Everton last season, they also bounced the Toffees from the League Cup in dramatic fashion, rallying from two goals down on aggregate in the second leg to advance to the finals on a combined 4-3 scoreline. Aguero potted the winner on 76 minutes, capping a rally that saw Fernandinho and Kevin De Bryune erase that deficit after Ross Barkley had staked Everton to a 3-1 lead on aggregate less than 20 minutes into the contest.Manchester City are unbeaten in their last six (4-2-0) at home against Everton since a 2-1 defeat Dec. 20, 2010, and their first-leg defeat is the only Toffees victory in the last eight (1-2-5) in all competitions between the teams. Cheap Air Max 90 Sale . -- Matt Rupert scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the London Knights extended their win streak to nine games by defeating the Owen Sound Attack 4-3 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Air Max 90 Sale Canada . -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Fridays morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over . . Collaros, 25, was solid last season, posting a 5-2 record as the starter while incumbent Ricky Ray was injured. 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That list includes?Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova, two of Australias most revered national team players, who both have carved out NBA careers through Saint Marys.An unorthodox beginning has blossomed into more than Bennett or Caporn ever envisioned. A program-high seven Aussies will suit up for the Gaels this season.Its the 15th year in a row weve had a kid from Australia on our team, Bennett said. So whatever that is -- a pipeline, a partnership -- its a big part of our program.The Gaels wouldnt have their first ever preseason top-25 ranking (No. 19 in Thursdays coaches poll) without them. Saint Marys returned every player of note, including senior forward Dane Pineau, a Melbourne native who led the team with 8.1 rebounds per game; and junior guard Emmett Naar, a Sydney native who led the team in scoring (14.0) and assists (6.4) and was named to the all-West Coast Conference first team last season.Pineaus father, Brad, is from the States and played collegiately at Hawaii before playing professionally in Australia. Pineau knew he wanted to play college basketball in the U.S. like his father and early on, he focused in on Saint Marys because of the success Australian players had there.Theres a good chance that if [other Australian players] didnt do well guys like me wouldnt have got a chance to come over, Dane Pineau said.The Gaels Australian players didnt assimilate to American culture. They brought their own, and others in the program learned to embrace it.McKeon Pavilion, the Gaels home venue, proudly displays an Australian flag. Saint Marys students respond to big plays with Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oy, oy, oy, chants during games. The Boomers even made singing in the locker room cool. After wins, the entire team sings a song, although good luck trying to get any of their players to reveal the lyrics. They protect their celebration songs like a state secret. Pineau would only say that it was similar to a song they would sing at the Australian Institute of Sport.Winning is fun, but when you can do something with the team in locker after that, it makes the team closer, Naar said. We tried to add stuff like that. ... Im sure the Americans have more fun now that were here. It rubs off.Well, not quite everything rubs off.Caporn waited until a second Aussie, Daniel Kickert, joined him on the roster before introducing Vegemite to the team. The popular brand of yeast extract spread over toast is considered a normal part of breakfast in Australia. Caporn told via email that his Saint Marys teammates were always in shock that we were eating that stuff.The salty flavor never picked up among their American-born teammates. Try as they might, Naar said most of the Saint Marys students who attempt to speak with an Australian accent never quite picked that up either.Theyre terrible, it sounds British and stuff like that, Naar said. A lot of peoples understanding comes from [Outback Steakhouse] ads. Thats not quite an accurate [representation] of what were like.Bennettt said it wasnt some master plan to corner the market on Australian talent.ddddddddddddWhen he was hired in 2001, Bennett needed players in the way just about every newly hired coach with a late start on recruiting scrambles to assemble a roster.It was getting late in the recruiting calendar and Bennett still had two available scholarships. He wasnt to the point of desperation, but he wasnt about to ignore free advice.Russ Pennell, who is currently the head coach at Central Arkansas, was an assistant coach at Arizona State, and the Sun Devils had just completed a foreign tour in Australia.Caporn was the one player in particular who made an impression on Pennell. It wasnt enough to pique the Sun Devils interest, but Caporn did just enough to earn a referral.I never saw him play, I never met him or anything, Bennett said. I watched a video, took some peoples word on it and took him. We kind of lucked into that, then it kind of went from there.Marty Clarke, who coached Caporn at the Australia Institute of Sport, said the timing couldnt have been better for both parties.If it was somebody different, he might have hated it and the word gets back out in Australia, Dont go to Saint Marys, said Clarke, now a Gaels assistant coach. It wasnt like that. He loved it here. He thrived in it.So much so that Caporn believed his 6-foot-10 best friend would love it too. He suggested Bennett recruit Kickert, who went on to become the schools all-time leading scorer until Dellavedova surpassed him.Theres no need for luck or happenstance now.Saint Marys track record is well established within Australian basketball circles, and it keeps the Boomers coming.It certainly helps that Caporn, who after serving a stint as an assistant coach under Bennett, returned to Australia as an associate coach at the Centre of Excellence. Its essentially the rebranded AIS and it is the Australian equivalent to an American playing for USA Basketballs youth teams.His presence helps, but Caporn said Aussies continue to want to play at Saint Marys for other reasons too.The school and community embraced us wholeheartedly from Day 1, Caporn told via email. Secondly, I think Coach Bennett and the leadership at Saint Marys have similar values that Aussie athletes and teams have -- such as team-first and toughness. This meant that the Aussie imprint was not only embraced but reinforced.Its difficult to distinguish what had more influence, Bennetts preferred playing style or the Australian players blending in the system. The Gaels are suited for international play -- lots of ball screens, and ball movement that puts a premium on good passing and good shooting.It suits the Australian kids strength, Clarke said. We can play to their strength, which is not their out-and-out athleticism. Its not high-powered, one-on-one basketball.It is, however, good enough for Saint Marys to continue to seek out more Australian players in the future.Everyone who has come over -- I think were on our 18th right now -- theyve had good careers, Bennett said. Theyre not all pros like Delly and Patty, but they all fit. 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