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Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy was part of South Floridas pitch to the Big 12 and former major league first baseman Tino Martinez also went to bat for the Bulls. Duron Harmon Jersey .The Big 12 concluded a week of meetings Friday in North Texas with the 11 schools vying to join the conference. USF, Cincinnati and Rice made the final presentations, according to three people with knowledge of the meetings who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the conference was keeping its meetings confidential.According to a person familiar with USFs pitch, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik was part of the five-person team, led by university president Judy Genshaft, the school sent to Texas.USFs presentation included a video with Dungy, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts coach, and Martinez, a Tampa native, endorsing the Bulls, the person said.I think the Big 12 would be surprised to know how many people in the Tampa area are really behind the USF Bulls, Dungy said, according to an excerpt provided to the AP. There are so many sports fans here that just love the university and love to see college athletics.Dungys son, Eric, played football for USF in 2014.USF is definitely ready, said Martinez, who played 16 seasons in the majors with Seattle, the New York Yankees, St. Louis and Tampa Bay.USF plays its home games in Raymond James Stadium, home of the Buccaneers and the site of this seasons College Football Playoff championship game.The Big 12 is also considering Air Force, BYU, Central Florida, Colorado State, Connecticut, Houston, SMU and Tulane. The conference has not committed to expansion, but Commissioner Bob Bowlsby has said it is exploring the possibility of adding two or four new members to the 10-team league.There has been no timetable set for the Big 12 to make a decision, but the conferences university presidents are scheduled for a regular meeting Oct. 19.--Follow Ralph Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP Devin McCourty Jersey . -- Jonathan Drouin gave Halifax the boost it needed to edge host Sherbrooke Phoenix 3-2 in a shootout in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. David Harris Jersey . Halifax beat the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-5 on the strength of two goals apiece from Nikolaj Ehlers, Matt Murphy and Brent Andrews. Jonathan Drouin also scored and had three assists while Zachary Fucale made 17 saves for the Mooseheads (16-8-0), who led 6-1 after two periods. http:///...ic-dion-lewis-jersey . They hope to persuade the other team owners and commissioner Roger Goodell to put pressure on Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to drop the nickname they find offensive. "Given the way the meeting transpired," Ray Halbritter, an Oneida representative and leader of the "Change the Mascot Campaign," said Wednesday, "it became somewhat evident they were defending the continued use of the name. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Field hockey has not been one of the most successful Olympic sports for the United States. Neither the men nor the women have ever won a medal, unless the Olympics were held in Los Angeles. The men won their only bronze in 1932, and the women won their only bronze in 1984. It was difficult enough that I recall tales from the 1996 Olympic of players having to beat snakes with their sticks while practicing at the training center.The women finished dead last at the 2012 Olympics in London after finishing eighth in 2008. They did not compete in the two Olympics previous to that.The sport is improving, however, at least on the womens side. The American women won the championship at last summers Pan Am Games in Toronto by beating rival Argentina. They finished third in the Champions Trophy event in London this summer (with Argentina winning). They have risen to No. 5 in the world rankings. They showed they are a force to be reckoned with here by beating world No. 2-ranked Argentina 2-1 on Saturday in their opening Pool B game of these Olympics.How have they gotten better? Part of it is drawing determination from the poor London 2012 showing. Much of it also is Craig Parnham, who played for Great Britain in two Olympics and took over as coach after the London Games.Hes great. The entire coaching staff is great, goalkeeper Jackie Briggs said. Craig, [assistant coach] Janneke Schopman and our trainer, they work so well together, and they balance each other out. They give us a lot of confidence and let us set the standard. And thats what we have to live up to.More weight drills, conditioning and scientific training have made a difference as well. Players say everything is closely tracked and monitored. Briggs said if they were lifting at 100 percent before, they are at 110 percent now.We really had to grind it out it, she said. It wasnt easy. It was just work, work, work. We just keep going.There wasnt a large crowd for Saturdays game, and not surprisingly, most of the fans were for neighboring country Argentina. When the small group of American fans cheered U-S-A! U-S-A! the Argentinians booed just as loudly, iff not more so. Cheap Rob Gronkowski Jersey. The U.S. and Argentina have a fierce rivalry. They have played for the gold medal at every Pan Am Games competition except 1991. Argentina also won every time until 2011, when the U.S. finally beat them. The U.S. came through again last summer.It is a huge rivalry, Briggs said. Theyre an amazing team, and they always give us a great game. We know them inside and out because we play them pretty frequently. They didnt have Carla Rebecchi at Pan Ams, so that hurt them a little bit. Shes back here, so that made them better here. We tried to deny her the ball a little bit. We were outstanding with our one-to-one defense and coverage all over the field.Playing on a blue turf field that made the game seem as if it were at Boise State, the two teams squandered several scoring opportunities in the first two periods and were tied 0-0 at halftime. Argentina took an apparent 1-0 lead early in the third period, but that goal was taken away when a referee video review ruled that the shot should not count. The U.S. responded quickly, with a goal from Katie Reinbrecht in the 35th minute to take a 1-0 lead, then extended it to 2-0 with a goal by Michelle Kasold on a penalty corner.Argentina scored to make it close with barely over three minutes left, but the U.S. held firm for the victory.We had to defend well, Parnham said. We did that, and that gave us a nice platform to build off. Even before halftime, I thought we created some really good opportunities to score, and that continued into the second half.The schedule doesnt get a lot easier for the U.S., which faces No. 3 Australia on Monday in its next Pool B game. The Netherlands, the gold medal team in 2008 and 2012 and currently ranked No. 1, is in Pool A. The top four teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinals.With the way the U.S. has improved since London, dont be surprised to see the Americans going very deep and perhaps up on the podium for the first time in 32 years -- even though these Olympics arent in Los Angeles. 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