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(STATS) -- With a month to go in the regular season, CAA Footballs list of championship contenders is starting to shorten -- somewhat.Albanys hopes for a Cinderella run were likely dashed with last weeks 24-13 loss at Villanova, as were Elons after the Phoenix were beaten 35-7 at home by Richmond. With Stony Brook, New Hampshire and Maine joining the Wildcats and Spiders in the victory column, half of the conferences 12 teams still stand with no more than one league defeat.Saturdays showdown between No. 22 Stony Brook -- still unbeaten in conference play -- and New Hampshire could help clear up the cloudy picture, or perhaps muddle it further. The same goes for the following weeks marquee matchup between James Madison and Richmond, the CAAs two teams currently in the top 10 of the STATS FCS poll.One things for certain, the race promises to provide plenty of excitement and drama. With that in mind, heres a glimpse of those still harboring realistic title aspirations and their remaining schedules:JAMES MADISON (4-0, 6-1 overall)Remaining games: Oct. 29 vs. Rhode Island, Nov. 5 at Richmond, Nov. 12 at Villanova, Nov. 19 vs. ElonWhile the No. 8 Dukes are a virtual lock for a third straight playoff appearance, a CAA championship is far less certain despite their unblemished record in the league. Back-to-back grueling road tests with Richmond and Villanova to begin November will ultimately decide JMUs fate.STONY BROOK (4-0, 5-2 overall)Remaining games: Oct. 29 at New Hampshire, Nov. 5 vs. William & Mary, Nov. 12 vs. Maine, Nov. 19 at AlbanyHaving already beaten Richmond and with no JMU or Villanova on the schedule, the surprising Seawolves appear to have an easier route to a first CAA crown among the two unbeatens. The path still wont be easy, though, with both the New Hampshire game and the Empire Clash against Albany on the road.RICHMOND (4-1, 7-1 overall)Remaining games: Nov. 5 vs. James Madison, Nov. 12 vs. Delaware, Nov. 19 at William & MaryWith five consecutive victories and a win in Harrisonburg last year, the sixth-ranked Spiders should be entering their high-stakes meeting with JMU with confidence. Two other factors could work in the Spiders favor, as theyve won 11 straight at Robins Stadium including the playoffs and get an extra week to prepare.VILLANOVA (4-1, 6-2 overall)Remaining games: Nov. 5 at Maine, Nov. 12 vs. James Madison, Nov. 19 at DelawareThe No. 11 Wildcats havent had too difficult a road, as their four CAA wins have come against teams a combined 2-15 in league play. Some potential obstacles lurk following this weeks bye, though, in the always-tricky trip to Maine and a home date with high-powered JMU. Villanova would lose a tiebreaker to Richmond due to its head-to-head loss to the Spiders on Oct. 15.NEW HAMPSHIRE (4-1, 5-3 overall)Remaining games: Oct. 29 vs. Stony Brook, Nov. 12 vs. Albany, Nov. 19 at MaineThe CAAs model of consistency is back in the hunt for another CAA title and playoff berth after rebounding from a 1-2 start. A win over Stony Brook and a late-season stumble from JMU would aid both causes, as the Wildcats lone conference loss came at the Dukes hands.MAINE (3-1, 4-3 overall)Remaining games: Oct. 29 at William & Mary, Nov. 5 vs. Villanova, Nov. 12 at Stony Brook, Nov. 19 vs. New HampshireThe Black Bears have emerged as the conferences midseason sleeper with four straight wins, but a daunting final stretch beginning with Saturdays visit to enigmatic but still-dangerous William & Mary will reveal whether or not theyre a true contender. Joe Harasymiaks squad still seems like the longest shot among the group.GAME OF THE WEEKNo. 22 Stony Brook at New HampshireKickoff: Noon ET at Wildcat Stadium, Durham, N.H.Series: UNH leads 3-1Last Meeting: Stony Brook 31, New Hampshire 6 (Sept. 19, 2015 at Stony Brook, N.Y.)The Skinny: A huge game for both teams, with the winner likely gaining an inside track at a playoff berth in a league thats garnered four bids in each of the past two seasons. The Seawolves enter Durham on a three-game winning streak, while the Wildcats have won four of five to keep their goal of a 13th straight postseason appearance viable. UNH should have further motivation from last years blowout loss, in which it was held to 253 total yards by an SBU defense that recorded six sacks and forced three turnovers. The Seawolves have stayed stingy on that side of the ball, ranking eighth in the FCS in yards per rush attempt (3.0) and 11th in scoring defense (17.9). A smash-mouth rushing attack has also played a key role in Stony Brooks rise, as its averaged 219 yards on the ground during the streak. Top back Stacey Bedell has gained 120 or more in all three wins and produced 10 touchdowns over a five-game stretch, and he ran for 193 yards and a TD in last years rout of UNH. The Wildcats have been tougher against the run this season, owning the distinction as the only team to hold James Madisons prolific ground game under 200 yards. The Wildcats possess a more balanced offense headlined by versatile back Dalton Crossan and the strong receiving duo of Malik Love and Neil OConnor, though quarterback Trevor Knight (1,322 passing yards, 9 TDs, 9 INTs) will need to limit mistakes. New Hampshire has won 33 of its last 38 CAA home games and had a 17-game regular-season win streak in Durham end with its 42-39 loss to JMU on Oct. 15. Keith Tkachuk Jersey . The Masters champion and winner of last weeks Australian PGA has a three-round total of 14-under 199 at Royal Melbourne. "Im in a really good position for tomorrow," Scott said. Dale Hawerchuk Jersey . Having already announced that the race will start May 9 with three stages in Northern Ireland and Ireland and finish in Trieste on June 1, the rest of the route was unveiled Monday. https://www.cheapcoyotes.com/308z-daniel-briere-jersey-coyotes.html . MORITZ, Switzerland -- Fog prevented downhill racers from getting their Olympic dress rehearsal. Nick Schmaltz Jersey .C. -- Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Dale Hawerchuck Jersey . -- Brandon Jennings made the most of his first game with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. AKRON, Ohio -- William McGirt won his first PGA Tour event at the Memorial. Two hours up the road in Ohio and one month later, he had a three-shot lead after one round of the Bridgestone Invitational. Its a familiar theme, just a different character.Winning the Memorial and this World Golf Championship in the same year has happened only four times, and McGirt took a strong guess at who did it.Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods and Tiger Woods? he said.Yes, yes, yes and yes.The only other player to sweep the Ohio events was Greg Norman in 1995, when the WGC at Firestone was the World Series of Golf. Either way, McGirt was correct in saying, That would be pretty good company.Heres a sign of how much the PGA Tour has grown. The year Norman swept Ohio, his victory at Firestone allowed him to pass Tom Kite and become the tours career money leader at just under $9.5 million. Thats the size of this years purse. Woods now leads that list at over $110 million. So times have changed.McGirt says his life hasnt altered that much since his first PGA Tour title except for congratulatory messages in text and email that he is still trying to return, and a little more money ($1.53 million for his win at Muirfield Village) in the bank.Imagine how many more messages he would get if he can keep this up over the next three days.MCGIRT DEBUT: McGirt fell in love with Firestone when he arrived on Sunday, playing nine holes and riding in a cart to see the back nine. It showed.He was among eight players to make their World Golf Championship debut on Thursday, and he opened with a 6-under 64 for a three-shot lead over Jason Day, Jimmy Walker and Emiliano Grillo.He made four of his six birdies from outside 18 feet, and he finished his round with a 45-foot putt for par.I fell in love with the place because length is not everything out here, McGirt said. I love it because you cant stand up there and just hit it as hard as you want, go find it and hack it on the green. Its an old, traditional style golf course, which I absolutely love. ... I dont know, maybe its something with Ohio I like.SPIETHS SURPRISE: Jordan Spieth walked off the 18th green with a 68 and the kind of smile that suggests he got away with one.This was not one of those rounds that had 68 written all over it.Spieth only had one birdie attempt on his first 10 holes (he missed it).dddddddddddd He already was 2 over for the round when he holed a 20-foot par putt on the eighth, and then a 25-foot par putt on the ninth. The big celebration was hitting back-to-back greens in regulation for the first time on the 15th.So what happened? He started hitting greens. And he always seems to be making putts. Spieth finished with four straight birdies.Im really just searching for something that isnt far off, thats real simple, Spieth said. It really is only taking place on my scoring clubs, but thats where you need them. Its close. Its almost there. And when it clicks, were definitely in business the way the short game is.DUSTINS RETURN: In his first tournament since he became a major champion, Dustin Johnson was introduced on the tee as ... being from the United States.They keep it simple at the Bridgestone Invitational, and that was fine with Johnson.His thrill came on the 11th hole after he made a simple up-and-down for par. Thats when a radio reporter informed him that his alma mater, Coastal Carolina, had won the College World Series for its first national title.The golf? Not bad. He hadnt practiced all week and played a U.S. kind of a round -- 15 pars, two birdies, one bogey for a 69.I didnt expect a whole lot today, Johnson said. I always expect to play well, but this golf course is playing tough.THE FIELD: Already the smallest field at Firestone in 15 years, the field became even smaller after one round when three players pulled out.Daniel Berger hit one tee shot and withdrew with a sore shoulder. He made $50,500 in unofficial money, meaning it wont count on the tours money list but counts quite nicely in the bank. Brooks Koepka withdrew after 13 holes with an ankle injury.Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III withdrew with a torn labrum in his left hip, and he told Golfweek magazine he would have surgery on Wednesday to fix it. His year is over. Love told the magazine he would be on crutches for a month, but would have plenty of time to think about the Ryder Cup.As for Firestone, the field is down to 58 players on Friday, all of them chasing a first prize of $1.62 million. Thats just $35,000 less than what Norman made in all of 1995 when he won four times. ' ' '

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