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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Playing inside or outside, Moe Wagner doesnt have a preference. Just being on the floor for extended minutes is a priority right now for the 6-foot-11 Michigan sophomore from Berlin, Germany.Wagner played a season-high 25 minutes and responded with a career-high 20 points, leading four Wolverines in double figures during an 82-55 win over Kennesaw State on Saturday.Prone to foul trouble and defensive lapses for much of his college career, Wagner was able to show off both his 3-point range and post moves against an undersized Kennesaw State (3-6) team. He made 7 of 8 shots from the floor, including 3 of 4 3-pointers.Im just happy my teammates trust me with both aspects (inside and outside), so Im just going to keep working on both of them, said Wagner, who is shooting 17 of 22 (.772) over the past three games.Zak Irvin scored 19 points, D.J. Wilson added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Derrick Walton Jr. finished with 13 points and eight assists for the Wolverines (6-2).Like Wagner, Wilson has had his own battles with foul trouble. He was limited to two points in 11 minutes before fouling out in the Wolverines last game, a 73-70 loss to Virginia Tech. He and Wagner played together for extended stretches Saturday, giving Michigan a pair of players over 6-foot-10.We havent got the opportunity to play together a lot, but when we do I think it opens up a lot on things on the court, both offensively and defensively, said Wilson, who also made a 3-pointer along with being on the receiving end of two alley-oop passes from Walton. Were both versatile and both skilled.Although Wilson said part of his plan to stay on the floor longer was to take my foot off the gas peddle when going after offensive rebounds. He was still able to post the second double-double of his career.Were going to play a lot better teams than Kennesaw, but its good that (Wilsons) in there and and mixing it up, Michigan coach John Beilein said. Last year, he spent a lot of time drifting around the 3-point line.Kennesaw State kept things interesting early when Kendrick Ray scored 10 of his game-high 24 points over a five-minute stretch of the first half to help the Owls erase Michigans early 10-2 advantage and take an 18-16 lead of its own.The Owls never led again, however, and Michigan was in control by halftime, when it used a 17-2 run to take a 47-29 lead into the locker room. The Wolverines biggest lead was 35 points midway through the second half.BIG PICTUREKennesaw State: Despite staying close early thanks to outside shooting, the Owls couldnt compete against the bigger Wolverines on the inside. Aubrey Williams, a 6-foot-7 forward who ranked fourth in the country with 12.8 rebounds per game, had just four against Michigans bigger post players.Michigan: Coming off a home loss to Virginia Tech, which Beilein blamed on a poor defensive performance, the Wolverines had a laundry list of things to improve on. Beilein noted that although Ray was able to knock down some shots, Walton and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman limited him to one assist and forced seven turnovers. The Wolverines also limited the Owls to three offensive rebounds, more than 10 shy of their season average.GOING FOR 80Michigan improved to 51-1 under 10th-year coach John Beilein when scoring 80 or more points.MILESTONE AWAITSSecond-year Kennesaw State coach Al Skinner missed in his first chance to pick up his 400th career victory. Instead, Belein won his 746th game, 488 coming at the Division I level.UP NEXT:Kennesaw State: The Owls have an 11-day break until playing Rider at the Gotham Classic at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14.Michigan: The Wolverines host Texas at 9 p.m. Tuesday before heading on the road Saturday to face a No. 11 UCLA team just upset No. 1 Kentucky.China Jerseys NFL .C. -- Glenn Howard needed an extra end to move into the Masters Grand Slam of Curling final. Authentic Wholesale Jerseys . Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on the indoor hard-court at Belgrade Arena. The victory improved the Czech pairs impressive cup doubles record to 14-1. http://www.chinaauthenticwholesalenfljerseys.com/ . -- Teemu Selanne scored the first goal of his 22nd NHL season, and the Anaheim Ducks extended the best start in franchise history with their fifth straight victory, 3-2 over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Wholesale Jerseys Sale . Reassurance came from Paul Tesori, his caddie and close friend whose newborn son is in intensive care in a Florida hospital. "Paul sent me a text this morning, just told me he loved me and wanted to go out and fight as hard as I would any other day," Simpson said Sunday after doing just that. Authentic Jerseys Cheap . Its an influence in football and a big part of the game.NEW YORK -- Roger Federer isnt at the US Open for the first time since 1999. His Swiss countryman, friend and one-time understudy Stan Wawrinka -- himself a veteran of 11 previous pilgrimages to Flushing Meadows -- doesnt miss him at all.Could it be because Wawrinka, who eliminated the dangerous Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-4?in a first-round match Tuesday, has spent his career living in Federers shadow?Or it might be because the realities of the profession demand that camaraderie be left behind with a used boarding pass once a player arrives at a tournament and begins to compose his game face.More likely, its because Federer has been both a sympathetic ear and obstacle. Practice partner and potential dream wrecker. You cant spell tormentor without the word mentor. Last year, Wawrinka reached the semifinals at the US Open for just the second time. Guess who beat him then?Counting that straight-sets beat down, in which Wawrinka won just eight games, Federer is 5-1 against Wawrinka in Grand Slam meetings. His absence makes Wawrinkas heart grow fonder. After dispatching Verdasco, Wawrinka spoke glowingly of Federer. But only to a point.Its hard for the tournament, for the fans, for the tennis, for everybody, Wawrinka said. Roger is so important for the tennis. Its unfortunate hes injured for the rest of the year. Its not the best for the tournament.Yes, but do you miss him in a more personal way?No.So much for the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid motif. This is tennis. Welcome to the shark tank.Wawrinkas clash with Verdasco was one of the most compelling matchups of the first round. Both are muscular bruisers who drop anchor at the baseline and swing from the heels. Verdasco, in particular, passes on fanciful forays and considers hitting harder as the option to hitting hard. Both men built reputations as dangerous underachievers through their early 20s. They were long on ka-boom, short on the problem-solving ability, self-control, mental strength and resilience needed to carry a player to major titles.They have a lively history. Verdasco, a year older at 32, led the rivalry 3-2 before this meeting. But Wawrinka, seeded third here and No. 3 in the world rankings, won their only previous Grand Slam meeting in straight sets in 2015 at Wimbledon. Their overall records are surprisingly comparable: Verdasco is 456-330 for his career, Wawrinka, 426-245. Wawrinkas ship ffinally came in when he won the first of his two Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open at age 28 in 2014.dddddddddddd Verdascos has yet to arrive. Given his age, its becoming hard to imagine it ever will.It helped the slow learner Wawrinka to have Federer as a friend and paragon. Fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal might have fulfilled a similar role for Verdasco, but while Verdasco climbed as high as No. 7 during Nadals peak years, he never did crack the Grand Slam champions code. Tuesdays match helped illustrate why Verdasco hasnt punched through.Verdasco had three break points in the first set, while Wawrinka rummaged around in his memory looking for his A-game. But Verdasco, ranked No. 46, couldnt convert one. Verdasco began the tiebreaker with a mini-break but promptly lost the next two points, with serve, and would never regain the lead. Wawrinkas game jelled after that. He made just six unforced errors and never gave Verdasco a look at a break point in the second set. Verdasco failed to convert the only break point he had in the final set as well.Wawrinka breathed a great sigh of relief after the win; first rounds against quality opponents always invite anxiety. He was especially happy with the way he moved against a dangerous ball striker who doesnt give his opponents much time or rhythm.I was moving really well for first one, Wawrinka said. Im getting some confidence from that match.He might be getting confidence, but he might not be getting the appropriate measure of respect. Just the other day, 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic was breaking down the state of the Big Four. He said:Its a little bit spread out. You have Roger, who was always there, unfortunately unable to be playing. ... You have Andy [Murray] and Novak [Djokovic], who have pretty much led the charge of those Big Four -- have been leading it at least throughout this year. Rafa is still one of the most dangerous players on tour. Youve got to navigate your way through.Granted, Wawrinka isnt one of the Big Four. But with Federer out and Nadal wobbly at best, shouldnt he be part of the conversation? Whoever wants to navigate through might find him in the way. Just as in seafaring, sometimes the least visible obstacles are the ones that pose the greatest threat. ' ' '

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