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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- U. Norman Powell Jersey .S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann stayed with basically the same starting lineup against Costa Rica that opened Fridays 2-1 loss to Mexico but switched to a conventional 4-4-2 formation.Brad Guzan was in goal for Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at sold-out Estadio Nacional after entering in the 40th minute against Mexico due to Tim Howards right leg injury.Tim Chandler was at right back, John Brooks and Omar Gonzalez in central defense, and Matt Besler at left back. Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones were in the midfield along with 18-year-old Christian Pulisic and Fabian Johnson, and Jozy Altidore and Bobby Wood were up front.Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya did not dress because of tightness in his left hamstring.Klinsmann started with a 3-4-1-2 formation against Mexico that had Brooks, Gonzalez and Besler as center backs, and Chandler and Johnson as wingers, then switched to a 4-4-2 midway through the first half after Mexico went ahead. Wood tied the score, but Rafa Marquezs goal on an 89th-minute header sent the U.S. to its first home loss in qualifying since 2001.The U.S. entered 0-8-1 in qualifiers at Costa Rica and was in danger of an 0-2 start in the hexagonal, the format for the final round of qualifying in the North and Central American and Caribbean region since the 1998 tournament. Each team plays 10 games in the round, which runs through next October.Costa Rica made three changes from the starting lineup in Fridays 2-0 win at Trinidad and Tobago, when center back Francisco Calvo got hurt and right back Cristian Gamboa was given a yellow card that caused a one-game suspension.Johan Venegas started at forward, Jose Salvatierra took over for Gamboa and Michael Umana for Calvo.The rest of the 5-4-1 formation had Keylor Navas in goal; Kendall Waston and Jhonny Acosta with Umana at center back and Ronald Matarrita at left back.Randall Azofeifa, Celso Borges, Christian Bolanos and Bryan Ruiz were in the midfield, with Venegas up front. Fred VanVleet Jersey .Y. -- Marcell Dareus and the Buffalo Bills defence made life miserable for Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco. Vince Carter Jersey . The Redskins announced Monday that the quarterback who led the team to the Super Bowl championship in the 1987 season will serve as a personnel executive. . Hargreaves began his career in 2008 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and has played with the Edmonton Eskimos and last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky coach John Calipari once again must figure out how to use his latest talented freshman class, which this year is big and fills voids at many positions.All of which means another season of high expectations at a school where a national championship is always the standard.After finishing 27-9 and losing in the NCAA Tournaments round of 32 last spring, Kentucky appears capable of contending for a ninth NCAA title. This despite losing six players including several regulars such as Associated Press All-American guards Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray, who combined to average 37 points per game last season, and 6-foot-11 Skal Labissiere.Kentucky landed guards DeAaron Fox and Malik Monk, both 6-foot-3 high school All-Americans who join sophomore Isaiah Briscoe (9.9 points, 5.3 rebounds per game) in the backcourt. All can handle the ball and shoot, giving Calipari some options, compared with last years squad run by Ulis.This team will probably have three guys having the ball, and well play off them, Calipari said. One may have it more, but the other two are going to have it a significant amount of time. So that makes it different.But this recruiting class is all about the bigs with the additions of Edrice Bam Adebayo and Sacha Killeya-Jones -- a pair of 610 All-Americans -- and 69 Wenyen Gabriel.Adebayo has an NBA body and is fierce around the basket on both ends of the floor. Killeya-Jones and Gabriel are long and guard the rim as well.The Wildcats also return size with 7-footer Isaac Humphries and 610 redshirt freshman Tai Wynyard, giving Kentucky its tallest frontcourt since the 38-1 team that reached the Final Four two years ago. Nobodys making that grand comparison yet as the team works to form chemistry.We all want the same dream, so we just try to accomplish it together, Monk said. Its easy to sacrifice if you have great players around you.Other things to watch in Kentucky this season:MATURE BRISCOE: Isaiah Briscoe worked out with NBA teams last spring to gauuge his pro prospects before returning for his sophomore season . Cheap Toronto Raptors Jerseys. Hes more seasoned by the experience, and more muscular. The biggest benefits might be his improved shooting -- which Kentucky needs from him after an inconsistent freshman season -- and his eagerness to lead. It forced me to grow up, Briscoe said of the process. Being one of the few guys to come back (under Calipari), Ill be able to lead these guys.BLUEGRASS GRAYBEARDS: Kentucky has seniors for the second straight season, both of whom could play bigger roles. Forward Derek Willis is working to add defense to his game after averaging career bests of 7.7 points and 4.4 rebounds last season and becoming part of the rotation. Guard Dominique Hawkins just aims to stay healthy after his junior year was limited by injuries. Hes a physical defensive specialist being encouraged to shoot more this season.COACHS KID: If things get loud in Rupp near the end of a Kentucky rout, it might be fans clamoring for Calipari to put his son, Brad, on the floor. The 6-foot freshman is a walk-on with an eye toward coaching one day but figures to become a fan favorite for obvious reasons.RENOVATED RUPP: The Wildcats home begins its 40th anniversary season with a new floor and center-hung scoreboard and video screen that has replaced the Big Bertha bank of loudspeakers, which resembled an oversized pine cone. The arena has already added high-definition video boards in the corners and other electronic features to enhance the game experience.KEY GAMES: Kentuckys always-tough nonconference schedule includes matchups against Michigan State on Nov. 15 in the Champions Classic; a home game against UCLA (Dec. 3); consecutive contests against North Carolina (Dec. 17) and at archrival Louisville (Dec. 21); and a Jan. 28 home game against Kansas in the SEC/Big 12 ' ' '