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TEMPE, Ariz. Nike Air Max Classic BW . -- In the middle of discussing his offenses performance against Northern Arizona, Arizona State coach Todd Graham mentioned his teams 1-0 record for about the fourth time.Talking about the record seemed to trigger something in the coachs mind and he shifted gears to a new topic, emphasizing words to counter the criticism his team faced following its 44-13 win over the Lumberjacks.You know, it AMAZES me, Graham said during his weekly news conference Monday. Were 1-0. We won 44-13. We gave up THIRTEEN points, so were going on to the next week. Thats kind of how I feel about that. I just dont get it.The criticism stemmed from Arizona States uneven performance against the lower-tier Lumberjacks on Saturday.The Sun Devils scored quickly to open the game, but labored the rest of the half to lead 10-3. Arizona State found a rhythm in the fourth quarter to run away from Northern Arizona, looking more like a Power 5 program is supposed to against an FCS school.When it was over, much of the focus was on what the Sun Devils had not done right and not the overall outcome, which left Graham a bit irritated.Were 1-0. Thats what I told our players: Half the teams in the country would like to be 1-0 right now, he said.Arizona State had a disappointing 2015 season and plenty of questions heading into this one, including at quarterback, depth on defense and a rebuilt offensive line.Sophomore Manny Wilkins earned the starting quarterback nod after a prolonged competition with redshirt freshman Brady White.Wilkins was good at times against NAU, giving Arizona State a run option at the quarterback spot that it didnt have with Mike Bercovici last season. Wilkins hit 20 of 27 passes for 180 yards and made the highlight reels by hurdling a Northern Arizona defender on a 28-yard run in the second quarter.Wilkins made a few mistakes that come with being a first-time starter and threw an interception.We wanted to run the football and I think he made some good decisions when he did run the ball, Graham said. I think for his first game, he learned a lot and I think he did a solid job. His poise was what I was most impressed with.Arizona State had depth issues defensively due to injuries and suspensions heading into the Northern Arizona game, and could have continued problems, particularly at linebacker.Senior Salamo Fiso was suspended for violating team standards and could also miss Saturdays game against Texas Tech. Junior Christian Sam suffered a foot injury against NAU and may not be available against the Red Raiders. Junior Marcus Ball also will have to sit out the first half Saturday after being ejected for a targeting penalty against the Lumberjacks.The injuries and suspensions left Arizona State vulnerable against Northern Arizona, which passed for 369 yards and a touchdown last weekend.Texas Techs Air Raid offense could present an even bigger problem. The Red Raiders rolled over Stephen A. Austin 69-17 in their opener behind Patrick Mahomes II, who threw for 483 yards and four touchdowns in 3 1/2 quartersWe know weve got a really good challenge coming in here, Graham said. (Texas Tech has) as good a quarterback as there is out there. Hes got to be one of the best, if not the best, in the Big 12. He is a phenomenal player. Nike Air Max Classic BW Sale . -- Claudio Bieler hadnt scored since early September, and not from the run of play since mid-July. Air Max BW . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. The sport moved a step closer to returning to South Florida on Wednesday, when Beckham confirmed he has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami. http://www.nikeairmaxclassicbwcheap.com/ . The visitors took a deserved lead in the 16th minute with midfielder Yohan Cabaye curling the ball beyond Adrian from inside the penalty area. With a little more than a quarter of the season gone, the San Jose Sharks know the points they accumulate now might pay off come playoff time.San Jose goes for its fourth win in a row on Saturday night when it plays host to the Anaheim Ducks, who hope to get some better production from two of their stars while trying to snap a three-game skid.This is the fourth game of a five-game homestand and a stretch in which the Sharks (12-8-1) play seven games in 11 days. San Jose coach Peter DeBoer now is the time to rack up points.Were in the middle of a really tough stretch of the schedule, lot of games, short number of days. Were just trying to grind through and put points in the bank, he said Friday.San Jose has been doing just that when playing its division rivals at the SAP Center. The Sharks improved to 10-1-0 in their last 11 at home against the Ducks with a 2-1 overtime victory on Oct. 25 as Joe Pavelski scored early and assisted on Marc-Edouard Vlasics winning goal.Pavelski has two goals and three assists in a season-high five-game points streak. He is tied with Brent Burns for the team lead with 18 points.Burns, who signed an eight-year, $64 million contract extension on Tuesday, has posted three straight multi-point games, totaling two goals and four assists.Burns has failed to register a point in three straight at home against Anaheim. However, one of the assists during his current run came on Patrick Marleaus game-winning goal with 23 seconds left in a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Friday. San Jose led 2-1 in the final minute before rookie Aaron Dell surrendered the tying goal with 55 seconds remaining.Were finding ways to win, and theyre close games, too, so we can build off of that, Marleau said after San Joses seventh win in nine home games.Martin Jones has been stellar in goal for the Sharks, stopping 59 of 60 shots in his last two games, but he has had a surprising lack of success when facing Anaheim. In eight career starts, Jones has a 1.63 goals-against average and .933 ssaver percentage but is just 3-5-0. Cheapest Nike Air Max Classic BW. pecial teams play has also had a hand in the Sharks dominance at home against the Ducks in recent years. In the last 11 home games, San Jose has killed off 24 of Anaheims 25 power plays.Anaheim (9-8-4) is in the middle of the pack in the Pacific and just three points behind San Jose despite winning just three of 10 on the road this season. The Ducks suffered their third straight loss, 3-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.All of the losses in Anaheims current skid have been by the same score, dropping the Ducks to 0-8-4 when scoring two goals or less.Weve got to score goals. ... Weve had opportunities, its not like were not trying, were not playing, Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf said Friday.After scoring a career-best 31 in 2013-14, Getzlafs goal-scoring dipped to 25 in 2014-15, then to 13 last season and just one this season. The 31-year-old center hasnt scored a goal in 15 straight games.Linemate Corey Perry, also 31, has four goals in 20 games after averaging 36.6 in the previous three seasons. He has failed to score in 13 straight.With me and (Perry) not scoring the way we are right now, we need to put pucks in the net. We play a lot of minutes. We need to find ways to score goals, Getzlaf said.A turnaround might not happen against the Sharks. Getzlaf has two assists, and Perry has had a goal and an assist in the past seven meetings.With the loss to Chicago, John Gibson fell to 6-7-3 with a 2.62 GAA with a .906 save percentage and one shutout. Games on back-to-back days could signal that Ducks coach Randy Carlyle will go with Jonathan Bernier in goal.In six starts this season, Bernier is 3-1-1 with a 2.04 GAA and .938 save percentage. One of the losses, though, came against the Sharks despite exiting after 20 minutes with an injury. In three career starts at San Jose, Bernier has allowed 14 goals for a 6.03 GAA. 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