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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Matt Johns will be Virginias starting quarterback on Saturday at Georgia Tech.Coach Bronco Mendenhall made the announcement Monday, saying that Johns, who started every Cavaliers game last season, will replace struggling transfer Kurt Benkert.The Cavaliers (2-8, 1-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost their fifth straight on Saturday, 34-14 against Miami. Benkert fumbled the ball away twice after halftime, and Johns replaced him with about five minutes to play.Mendenhall was effusive in his praise of Johns for his leadership all season, even after losing the starting job.Im genuine, authentic when I say this, Mendenhall said. He is an amazing human being and a really good player and a good leader. I think our team recognizes that and no one wants success for him more than his teammates.The coach says Benkert, who has started the first 10 games this year, has reached the point of needing to take a step back after his recent struggles. He has thrown for 20 touchdowns, but also 11 interceptions, and has struggled under pressure, which has been plentiful. Virginia has allowed 31 sacks.I think its the best thing for our team. I also think its the best thing to do for Kurt, Mendenhall said. I think hell grow and develop more by playing this role for a little bit, and I have to let Matt have his chance. Hes done way too much for the program.Linebacker Zach Bradshaw, like Johns a senior, believes the team will get a boost from the switch.Obviously we love both Kurt and Matt, and Matts been around forever ... he started last year, Bradshaw said. Im really happy for him that he has this opportunity. If theres anyone on the team that deserves it, its him, especially being put in the situation that he was put in, he hasnt complained once.Johns threw for 20 touchdowns with 17 interceptions last season as Virginia finished 4-8. His interception total led the nation, and when the stronger-armed Benkert arrived as a transfer from East Carolina, he was a better fit with the up-tempo offense preferred by Mendenhall and his staff. Benkert was eligible to play immediately because hed earned his degree and he won the starting job.Johns had only been in games as the holder on field goals before Saturday, and threw a touchdown pass on a fake field goal against North Carolina. He was 3 for 7 and had three passes dropped against the Hurricanes.Johns was not made available to the media on Monday, but after the loss to Miami, said he remains on board with what Mendenhall is trying to build at Virginia. The Cavaliers have not been to a bowl game since 2011.The culture is changing, and thats something you see on the inside of the walls, not something you see from the outside looking in, he said after the game. 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Chinese Super League clubs spent more than $350 million on high-profile foreign players in the winter transfer window and as soon as the summer window opened in June, Shanghai SIPG paid more than $60 million for Brazilian striker Hulk.While the leagues profile has soared, some question if China is paying over the odds.In March, CIES Observatory,a Swiss-based research group of the International Centre for Sports Studies, released a study of winter transfers that suggested Guangzhou Evergrandes $47 million purchase of Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid and Jiangsu Sunings $32 million signing of Ramires from Chelsea were among the over-priced deals.There has been more investment made by Chinese teams in recent times, Shandong Luneng General Manager Dong Jan told The Associated Press in a recent interview. It is important to find the right players and make the right investment. Talented foreign players can make a difference but good players obviously cost money.Karish Andrews, partner in the sports business group at law firm Lewis Silkin, believes it is inevitable that Chinese clubs have to pay above market value.Chinese teams are trying to entice players away from the lure of playing in the Champions League, which remains the elite tournament in club football. Wages and fees have to be high, he said. That is also a consequence of having to compete with English Premier League clubs who are richer than ever now that the new TV deals have kicked in.It has resulted in a growing number of stars playing in China, including Brazilians Alex Teixeira and Ramires, Argentinas Ezequiel Lavezzi and others such as Gervinho, Freddy Guarin, Jackson Martinez and Asamoah Gyan.Most players signed by China were in the shop window prior to arriving, said China-based player agent Christopher Atkins, who added that Chinese clubs were driving up the contracts. The more they spend, the more (European) clubs are automatically raising their price upon hearing of interest from China.dddddddddddd.The spending has had some positive impacts. No Chinese Super League club had won the Asian Champions League until Guangzhou Evergrande, which started the recent wave of spending, lifted the trophy in 2013 and again in 2015. And, for the first time, China has two teams in the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League this season.The average attendance in the Chinese Super League is close to 26,000 this year, up from 22,000.Investment is also being made in youth development following the desire of president Xi Jinping that the country become a power in the worlds most popular sport.There may be more value for Chinese investors in buying European clubs rather than players according to Daniel Lowen, a lawyer at specialist sports law firm Couchmans, because the location of the purchasing party is not a major issue.In June Tony Xia bought English club Aston Villa, which was relegated from the Premier League, for $87 million. Retail group Suning paid 270 million euros (then $306 million) for an almost 70 percent stake in Italian powerhouse Inter Milan.Dr Tony Xias acquisition of Aston Villa is a case in point, Lowen said. The final purchase price was a fraction of the sum former owner Randy Lerner was understood to have originally been seeking.For Chinese investors, the purchase of clubs is often not just about football but strengthening brands in the domestic market.Sunings acquisition of a controlling stake in Inter Milan is part of its global strategy in the highly competitive e-commerce space, Lowen said. Its association with a famous football club in Europe can assist in cultivating loyal customers in the Chinese marketplace. ' ' '

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