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Tournament-Bound Terps – One Student’s Trials and Tribulations

Finally, the most exciting and unpredictable sporting event of the year is upon us. No, I’m not talking about the Eagles’ recent offseason moves – I’ve done enough of that for one offseason. It’s March and even if you don’t follow college basketball, you still fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket or ten. I know I have and I was never a devoted college basketball fan until about three years ago. Like most teens growing up, sports fans or not, I started watching college basketball in March when the bracket came out and I only cared about the teams I picked to win each matchup. Now bear with me for a minute as I try to give you a background of my college basketball fandom.

When I first started attending the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, with a focus on sports broadcasting, I decided it was best to pay attention to and consume most, if not all, sports on a year-round basis. This is when college basketball struck my interest and quickly challenged the stalwarts of the NFL and MLB as my favorite sports to watch. Our school’s men’s basketball team, the Maryland Terrapins (scary nickname, I know) were decent enough to care about. However, you knew the team wasn’t living up to expectations when attending games became more about being part of “the student section” than watching a team try to win games.

For perspective, the only thing I knew about Maryland basketball before stepping foot in College Park in the fall of 2011 was that they almost upset the great Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans the year before in the tournament. Besides that, I also had heard the students tried to piggyback on the famous rivalry between Duke and North Carolina. In reality, though, the Terps were cemented in the bottom-half of the ACC as they failed each and every year to reach the Big Dance while I was an undergraduate student on campus. My Maryland-born-and-raised friends couldn’t reason why their beloved Terps broke so many hearts every March – not even sniffing the First Four. Some blamed it on legend coach Gary Williams’ departure in 2011 and the subsequent trials that newcomer Mark Turgeon had to overcome both in the conference-level of play and in recruiting.

Whatever the reason, it turns out all the team needed was a change of scenery – a big change.

Maryland left the ACC for the Big Ten and was forced to adjust to life, and new competition, in a new conference on the fly. The 2014-15 season was the school’s first as members of a different conference than the ACC since 1953 when Maryland was one of its original charter members.

Fast forward to 2015 and, for the first time in my four years as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, the Maryland Terrapins will participate in the annual NCAA Tournament at long last. As a senior getting ready to graduate in May – I’m just glad I could see my team compete meaningfully in March in what may be my last as a faithful cheerleader. Reality will set in, I will have to remain unbiased in my opinion of the Terps as a sports journalist should, and my level of fandom will never be as high until I either retire or change careers – neither of which I see occurring for some time.

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Championship Series Matchups

 

Baltimore Orioles

Projected Starting Lineup:

  1. Nick Markakis, RF
  2. Steve Pearce, 1B
  3. Adam Jones, CF
  4. Nelson Cruz, LF
  5. Delmon Young, DH
  6. JJ Hardy, SS
  7. Ryan Flaherty, 3B
  8. Nick Hundley, C
  9. Jonathan Schoop, 2B

Pitching Rotation:

  1. Chris Tillman
  2. Wei Yin Chen
  3. Bud Norris
  4. Kevin Gausman

Bullpen:

  • Zach Britton – Closer
  • Tommy Hunter – Setup
  • Darren O’Day
  • Brian Matusz
  • Andrew Miller
  • Brad Brach

Kansas City Royals

Projected Starting Lineup:

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS
  2. Nori Aoki, RF
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  5. Billy Butler, DH
  6. Alex Gordon, LF
  7. Salvador Perez, C
  8. Omar Infante, 2B
  9. Mike Moustakas, 3B

Pitching Rotation:

  1. James Shields
  2. Yordano Ventura
  3. Jeremy Guthrie
  4. Jason Vargas

Bullpen:

  • Greg Holland – Closer
  • Wade Davis – Setup
  • Kelvin Herrera
  • Brandon Finnegan
  • Danny Duffy
  • Jason Frasor

St. Louis Cardinals

Projected Starting Lineup:

  1. Matt Carpenter, 3B
  2. Randall Grichuk, RF
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  5. Matt Adams, 1B
  6. Yadier Molina, C
  7. Jon Jay, CF
  8. Kolton Wong, 2B
  9. Pitcher

Pitching Rotation:

  1. Adam Wainwright
  2. Lance Lynn
  3. John Lackey
  4. Shelby Miller

Bullpen:

  • Trevor Rosenthal – Closer
  • Pat Neshek – Setup
  • Marco Gonzales
  • Carlos Martinez
  • Randy Choate
  • Seth Manness

San Francisco Giants

Projected Starting Lineup:

  1. Gregor Blanco, CF
  2. Joe Panik, 2B
  3. Buster Posey, C
  4. Hunter Pence, RF
  5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
  6. Brandon Belt, 1B
  7. Carl Crawford, SS
  8. Travis Ishikawa, LF
  9. Pitcher

Pitching Rotation:

  1. Madison Bumgarner
  2. Tim Hudson
  3. Ryan Vogelsong
  4. Jake Peavy

Bullpen:

  • Santiago Casilla – Closer
  • Sergio Romo – Setup
  • Javier Lopez
  • Hunter Strickland
  • Jeremy Affeldt
  • Jean Machi
  • Yusmeiro Petit

MLB All-Star Rosters

 

National League

  1. Yasiel Puig, RF — Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Troy Tulowitzki, SS — Colorado Rockies
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF — Pittsburgh Pirates
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH — Miami Marlins
  5. Chase Utley, 2B — Philadelphia Phillies
  6. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B — Arizona Diamondbacks
  7. Carlos Gomez, LF — Milwaukee Brewers
  8. Aramis Ramirez, 3B — Milwaukee Brewers
  9. Yadier Molina, C — St. Louis Cardinals

Rotation

  1. Clayton Kershaw, LHP — Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Adam Wainwright, RHP — St. Louis Cardinals
  3. Johnny Cueto, RHP — Cincinnati Reds
  4. Zack Greinke, RHP — Los Angeles Dodgers
  5. Julio Teheran, RHP — Atlanta Braves

Bullpen

  1. Madison Bumgarner, Long-Relief — San Francisco Giants
  2. Jordan Zimmermann, Long-Relief — Washington Nationals
  3. Tyson Ross, Middle-Relief — San Diego Padres
  4. Tony Watson, Middle-Relief — Pittsburgh Pirates
  5. Pat Neshek, Middle-Relief — St. Louis Cardinals
  6. Francisco Rodriguez, Set-Up — Milwaukee Brewers
  7. Craig Kimbrel, Set-Up — Atlanta Braves
  8. Aroldis Chapman, Closer — Cincinnati Reds

Reserves

  1. Starlin Castro, SS — Chicago Cubs
  2. Matt Carpenter, 3B — St. Louis Cardinals
  3. Todd Frazier, DH — Cincinnati Reds
  4. Freddie Freeman, 1B — Atlanta Braves
  5. Hunter Pence, RF — San Francisco Giants
  6. Charlie Blackmon, LF — Colorado Rockies
  7. Jonathan Lucroy, C — Milwaukee Brewers
  8. Josh Harrison, CF — Pittsburgh Pirates
  9. Dee Gordon, 2B — Los Angeles Dodgers

American League

  1. Derek Jeter, SS — New York Yankees
  2. Mike Trout, LF — Los Angeles Angels
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B — Detroit Tigers
  4. Nelson Cruz, DH — Baltimore Orioles
  5. Jose Bautista, RF — Toronto Blue Jays
  6. Robinson Cano, 2B — Seattle Mariners
  7. Josh Donaldson, 3B — Oakland Athletics
  8. Salvador Perez, C — Kansas City Royals
  9. Adam Jones, CF — Baltimore Orioles

Reserves

  1. Jose Altuve, 2B — Houston Astros
  2. Alex Gordon, CF — Kansas City Royals
  3. Adrian Beltre, 3B — Texas Rangers
  4. Jose Abreu, 1B — Chicago White Sox
  5. Victor Martinez, DH — Detroit Tigers
  6. Yoenis Cespedes, LF — Oakland Athletics
  7. Derek Norris, C — Oakland Athletics
  8. Michael Brantley, RF — Cleveland Indians
  9. Alexei Ramirez, SS — Chicago White Sox

Rotation

  1. Felix Hernandez, RHP — Seattle Mariners
  2. Yu Darvish, RHP — Texas Rangers
  3. Masahiro Tanaka, RHP — New York Yankees
  4. David Price, LHP — Tampa Bay Rays
  5. Scott Kazmir, LHP — Oakland Athletics

Bullpen

  1. Mark Buehrle, Long-Relief — Toronto Blue Jays
  2. Max Scherzer, Long-Relief — Detroit Tigers
  3. Jon Lester, Middle-Relief — Boston Red Sox
  4. Glen Perkins, Middle-Relief — Minnesota Twins
  5. Dellin Betances, Set-Up — New York Yankees
  6. Greg Holland, Set-Up — Kansas City Royals
  7. Sean Doolittle, Closer — Oakland Athletics

2014 World Cup: Round of 16 Matchups

 

BRAZIL vs. CHILE

Brazil Starting XI

  • G — Julio Cesar
  • D — Dani Alves
  • D — Thiago Silva
  • D — David Luiz
  • D — Marcelo
  • M — Fernandinho
  • M — Oscar
  • M — Luiz Gustavo
  • F — Hulk
  • F — Neymar
  • F — Fred

Chile Starting XI:

  • G — Claudio Bravo
  • D — Gary Medel
  • D — Gonzalo Jara
  • D — Eugenio Mena
  • D — Mauricio Isla
  • M — Marcelo Diaz
  • M — Charles Aranguiz
  • M — Francisco Silva
  • M — Arturo Vidal
  • F — Eduardo Vargas
  • F — Alexis Sanchez

COLOMBIA vs. URUGUAY

Colombia Starting XI

  • G — David Ospina
  • D — Pablo Armero
  • D — Cristian Zapata
  • D — Juan Zuniga
  • D — Mario Yepes
  • M — Juan Cuadrado
  • M — Carlos Sanchez
  • M — Abel Aguillar
  • M — James Rodriguez
  • F — Victor Ibarbo
  • F — Teofilo Gutierrez

Uruguay Starting XI

  • G — Fernando Muslera
  • D — Diego Godin
  • D — Martin Caceres
  • D — Jose Gimenez
  • D — Maxi Pereira
  • M — Egidio Arevalo Rios
  • M — Cristian Rodriguez
  • M — Alvaro Gonzalez
  • M — Nicolas Lodeiro
  • F — Luis Suarez
  • F — Edinson Cavani

NETHERLANDS vs. MEXICO

Netherlands Starting XI

  • G — Jasper Cillessen
  • D — Stefan de Vrij
  • D — Daryl Janmaat
  • D — Ron Vlaar
  • D — Daley Blind
  • D — Bruno Martins Indi
  • M — Wesley Sneijder
  • M — Jonathan de Guzman
  • M — Nigel de Jong
  • F — Arjen Robben
  • F — Robin van Persie

Mexico Starting XI:

  • G — Guillermo Ochoa
  • D — Miguel Layun
  • D — Hector Moreno
  • D — Paul Aguilar
  • D — Francisco Rodriguez
  • D — Rafael Marquez
  • M — Andres Guardado
  • M — Hector Herrera
  • F — Javier Hernandez
  • F — Giovani Dos Santos
  • F — Oribe Peralta

COSTA RICA vs. GREECE

Costa Rica Starting XI

  • G — Keylor Navas
  • D — Oscar Duarte
  • D — Junior Diaz
  • D — Cristian Gamboa
  • D — Giancarlo Gonzalez
  • D — Michael Umana
  • M — Celso Borges
  • M — Yeltsin Tejeda
  • M — Cristian Bolanos
  • F — Joel Campbell
  • F — Bryan Ruiz

Greece Starting XI:

  • G — Orestis Karnezis
  • D — Kostas Manolas
  • D — Jose Cholevas
  • D — Sokratis Papastathopoulos
  • D — Vasileios Torosidis
  • M — Ioannis Maniatis
  • M — Panagiotis Kone
  • M — Kostas Katsouranis
  • F — Dimitris Salpigdis
  • F — Giorgos Samaras
  • F — Theofanis Gekas

FRANCE vs. NIGERIA

France Starting XI:

  • G — Hugo Lloris
  • D — Raphael Varane
  • D — Mamadou Sakho
  • D — Mathieu Debuchy
  • D — Patrice Evra
  • M — Paul Pogba
  • M — Blaise Matuidi
  • M — Mathieu Valbuena
  • M — Antoine Griezmann
  • M — Yohan Cabaye
  • F — Karim Benzema

Nigeria Starting XI:

  • G — Vincent Enyeama
  • D — Efe Ambrose
  • D — Juwon Oshaniwa
  • D — Kenneth Omeruo
  • D — Joseph Yobo
  • M — Michael Babatunde
  • M — John Obi Mikel
  • M — Ogenyi Onazi
  • F — Ahmed Musa
  • F — Emannuel Emenike
  • F — Peter Odemwingie

ARGENTINA vs. SWITZERLAND

Argentina Starting XI:

  • G — Sergio Romero
  • D — Marcos Rojo
  • D — Federico Fernandez
  • D — Ezequiel Garay
  • D — Pablo Zabaleta
  • M — Angel Di Maria
  • M — Javier Mascherano
  • M — Maxi Rodriguez
  • F — Lionel Messi
  • F — Sergio Aguero
  • F — Gonzalo Higuain

Switzerland Starting XI:

  • G — Diego Benaglio
  • D — Ricardo Rodriguez
  • D — Steve Von Bergen
  • D — Johan Djourou
  • D — Stephan Lichtsteiner
  • M — Granit Xhaka
  • M — Xherdan Shaqiri
  • M — Gokhan Inler
  • M — Valon Behrami
  • F — Admir Mehmedi
  • F — Josip Drmic

GERMANY vs. ALGERIA

Germany Starting XI:

  • G — Manuel Neuer
  • D — Benedikt Howedes
  • D — Jerome Boateng
  • D — Mats Hummels
  • D — Per Mertesacker
  • M — Mario Gotze
  • M — Toni Kroos
  • M — Sami Khedira
  • M — Mesut Ozil
  • M — Philipp Lahm
  • F — Thomas Muller

Algeria Starting XI: 

  • G — Rais M’Bolhi
  • D — Rafik Halliche
  • D — Carl Medjani
  • D — Djamel Mesbah
  • D — Madjid Bouguerra
  • M — Nabil Bentaleb
  • M — Sofiane Feghouli
  • M — Abdelmoumene Djabou
  • M — Yacine Brahimi
  • F — Islam Slimani
  • F — El Arabi Soudani

 

USA vs. BELGIUM

USA Starting XI: 

  • G — Tim Howard
  • D — Matt Besler
  • D — Geoff Cameron
  • D — Fabian Johnson
  • D — DaMarcus Beasley
  • M — Alejandro Bedoya
  • M — Michael Bradley
  • M — Kyle Beckerman
  • M — Jermaine Jones
  • F — Clint Dempsey
  • F — Jozy Altidore

Belgium Starting IX:

  • G — Thibaut Courtois
  • D — Toby Alderweireld
  • D — Daniel van Buyten
  • D — Vincent Kompany
  • D — Jan Vertonghen
  • M — Axel Witsel
  • M — Kevin De Bruyne
  • M — Dries Mertens
  • M — Eden Hazard
  • M — Marouane Fellaini
  • F — Romelu Lukaku

 

Quarter-Season MLB All-Star Teams

 

National League

Starting Nine: 

  1. Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies — .391 BA, 1.247 OPS, 11 HR, 33 RBI
  2. Carlos Gomez, CF, Milwaukee Brewers — .290 BA, .924 OPS, 9 HR, 21 RBI
  3. Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies — .343 BA, .973 OPS, 3 HR, 20 RBI
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF, Miami Marlins — .325 BA, 1.019 OPS, 11 HR, 42 RBI
  5. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks — .316 BA, .892 OPS, 7 HR, 26 RBI
  6. Justin Morneau, DH, Colorado Rockies — .320 BA, .918 OPS, 8 HR, 30 RBI
  7. Michael Morse, LF, San Francisco Giants — .270 BA, .870 OPS, 10 HR, 28 RBI
  8. Yadier Molina, C, St. Louis Cardinals — .315 BA, .807 OPS, 4 HR, 20 RBI
  9. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies — .315 BA, .858 OPS, 6 HR, 26 RBI

Pitching Rotation & Bullpen:

  1. Johnny Cueto, SP, Cincinnati Reds — 4-2, 1.25 ERA, 76 K, 0.71 WHIP
  2. Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals — 6-2, 2.11 ERA, 56 K, 0.97 WHIP
  3. Jose Fernandez, SP, Miami Marlins — 4-2, 2.44 ERA, 70 K, 0.95 WHIP
  4. Jeff Samardzija, SP, Chicago Cubs — 0-3, 1.45 ERA, 45 K, 1.05 WHIP
  5. Tim Hudson, SP, San Francisco Giants — 4-2, 2.09 ERA, 38 K, 0.81 WHIP
  6. Francisco Rodriguez, RP, Milwaukee Brewers — 16/17 SV, 1.64 ERA, 0.77 WHIP
  7. Huston Street, RP, San Diego Padres — 12/12 SV, 0.53 ERA, 0.82 WHIP
  8. Sergio Romo, RP, San Francisco Giants — 14/15 SV, 2.33 ERA, 0.62 WHIP

 

American League

Starting Nine: 

  1. Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox — .319 BA, .827 OPS, 5 HR, 27 RBI
  2. Mike Trout, CF, Los Angeles Angels — .269 BA, .888 OPS, 8 HR, 27 RBI
  3. Jose Bautista, LF, Toronto Blue Jays — .296 BA, .972 OPS, 10 HR, 29 RBI
  4. David Ortiz, DH, Boston Red Sox — .303 BA, .979 OPS, 11 HR, 25 RBI
  5. Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox — .271 BA, .941 OPS, 15 HR, 41 RBI
  6. Nelson Cruz, RF, Baltimore Orioles — .275 BA, .905 OPS, 12 HR, 35 RBI
  7. Josh Donaldson, 3B, Oakland Athletics — .267 BA, .835 OPS, 9 HR, 28 RBI
  8. Derek Norris, C, Oakland Athletics — .352 BA, .998 OPS, 4 HR, 20 RBI
  9. Brian Dozier, 2B, Minnesota Twins — .245 BA, .807 OPS, 9 HR, 20 RBI

Pitching Rotation & Bullpen

  1. Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit Tigers — 5-1, 2.04 ERA, 66 K, 1.02 WHIP
  2. Yu Darvish, SP, Texas Rangers — 3-1, 2.33 ERA, 54 K, 1.10 WHIP
  3. Masahiro Tanaka, SP, New York Yankees — 6-0, 2.17 ERA, 66 K, 0.91 WHIP
  4. Scott Kazmir, SP, Oakland Athletics — 5-1, 2.28 ERA, 42 K, 0.97 WHIP
  5. Yordano Ventura, SP, Kansas City Royals — 2-3, 2.40 ERA, 53 K, 1.13 WHIP
  6. David Robertson, RP, New York Yankees — 7/7 SV, 1.74 ERA, 0.68 WHIP
  7. Koji Uehara, RP, Boston Red Sox — 9/9 SV, 1.15 ERA, 1.02 WHIP
  8. Joakim Soria, RP, Texas Rangers — 7/7 SV, 2.57 ERA, 0.57 WHIP

 

 

 

 

2014 World Cup Rosters

 

UNITED STATES

Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nurnberg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

League Roundup: Major League Soccer – 15; Bundesliga – 4; English Premier League – 3; Liga MX – 1; Ligue 1 – 1; Tippeligaen – 1; Super Lig – 1; Australian Football Bundesliga – 1; Eredivisie – 1

 

Germany

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund), Cristoph Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Midfielders: Lars Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)

League Roundup: Bundesliga – 20; English Premier League – 4; Serie A – 2; La Liga – 1

 

Brazil

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Athletico Madrid)

Defenders: Dani Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (Roma), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli)

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Hernanes (Inter), Paulinho (Tottenham), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Willian (Chelsea)

Forwards: Hulk (Zenit), Neymar (Barcelona), Fred (Fluminense), Jo (Athletico Mineiro), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk)

League Roundup: English Premier League – 6; La Liga – 4; Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A – 3; Serie A – 3; Ligue 1 – 2; Bundesliga – 2; Russian Premier League – 1; Ukrainian Premier League – 1; MLS – 1 

 

Portugal

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Sevilla), Eduardo (SC Braga), Rui Patricio (Sporting CP)

Defenders: Andre Almeida (Benfica), Antunes (Malaga), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid), Joao Amorim (Benfica), Neto (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valencia), Rolando (Inter)

Midfielders: Andre Gomes (Benfica), Joao Mario (Vitoria FC), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kyiv), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce), Ruben Amorim (Benfica), William Carvalho (Sporting CP)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eder (SC Braga), Helder Postiga (Lazio), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Ivan Cavaleiro (Benfica), Nani (Manchester United), Rafa (SC Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (FC Porto), Varela (FC Porto), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg)

League Roundup: Primeira Liga – 12; La Liga – 7; Super Lig – 3; Ligue 1 – 2; Serie A – 2; Russian Premier League – 1; Ukrainian Premier League – 1; English Premier League – 1; Bundesliga – 1

 

Ghana

Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset), Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars)

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Platanias), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), Harrison Afful (Esperance), Jeffrey Schullp (Leicester City), John Boye (Rennes), Jonathan Mensah (Evian), Jerry Akaminko (Eskisehirspor), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Midfielders: Michael Essien (AC Milan), Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar), Agyemang Badu (Udinese), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan), Albert Adomah (Middlesborough), Wakasu Mubarak (Rubin Kazan), Christian Atsu (Vitesse), David Accam (Helsingborg), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Afriyie Acquah (Parma)

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al-Ain), Kevin Prince-Boateng (Schalke), Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes), Jordan Ayew (Sochaux)

League Roundup: Ligue 1 – 5; Serie A – 4; ABSA Premiership – 2; Russian Premier League – 2; EPL – 1; Tippeligaen – 1; Ghana Premier League – 1; Superleague Greece – 1; Belgian Pro League – 1; CLP-1 – 1; Super Lig – 1; Football League Championship – 1; Eredivisie – 1; Allsvenskan – 1; UAE Pro-League – 1; Bundesliga – 1

 

Spain

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Napoli), David de Gea (Manchester United)

Defenders: Juanfran Torres (Atletico Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid); Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Jesus Navas (Manchester City), David Silva (Manchester City), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Bilbao), Juan Mata (Manchester United)

Forwards: Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), David Villa (Atletico Madrid), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Fernando Llorente (Juventus)

League Roundup: La Liga – 17; English Premier League – 8; Serie A – 3; Bundesliga – 2

 

England 

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Fraser Forster (Celtic)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United)

League Roundup: English Premier League –  22; Scottish Premiership – 1 

 

Mexico

Goalkeepers: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)

Defenders: Rafa Marquez (Leon), Diego Reyes (Porto), Miguel Layun (America), Paul Aguillar (America), Andres Guardado (Leverkusen), Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Francisco Rodriguez (America), Carlos Salcido (Tigres UANL)

Midfielders: Carlos Pena (Leon), Hector Herrera (Porto), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Juan Carlos Medina (America), Luis Montes (Leon), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon)

Forwards: Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal), Raul Jimenez (America), Alan Pulido (Tigres), Oribe Peralta (Santos Laguna)

League Roundup: Liga MX – 16; La Liga – 2; Primeira Liga – 2; Ligue 1 – 1; English Premier League – 1; Bundesliga – 1

 

Argentina

Goalkeepers: Mario Andujar (Catania), Sergio Romero (Monaco), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors)

Defenders: Lisandro Lopez (Getafe), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter), Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Jose Basanta (Monterrey), Nicolas Otamendi (Atletico Mineiro), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Gabriel Mercado (River Plate)

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Jose Sosa (Atletico Madrid), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Ricky Alvarez (Inter), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Ever Banega (Newell’s Old Boys), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Maxi Rodriquez (Newell’s), Enzo Perez (Benfica), Fabian Rinaudo (Catania)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Ezequiel Lavezzi (PSG), Franco Di Santo (Werder Bremen)

League Roundup: Serie A – 8; La Liga – 6; Primera Division – 3; English Premier League – 3; Primeira Liga – 3; Ligue 1 – 2; Liga MX – 1; Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A – 1; Bundesliga – 1

 

Italy

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (PSG), Antonio Mirante (Parma)

Defenders: Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter)

Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Ricardo Montolivo (AC Milan), Thiago Motta (PSG), Marco Parolo (Parma), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Romulo (Verona), Marco Veratti (PSG)

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (AC Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Mattia Destro (Roma), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giuseppie Rossi (Fiorentina)

League Roundup: Serie A – 28; Ligue 1 – 3

 

Columbia

Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Nice), Faryd Mondragon (Deportivo Cali), Camilo Vargas (Sante Fe)

Defenders: Mario Yepes (Atalanta), Aquivaldo Mosquera (Club America), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Carlos Valdes (San Lorenzo), Amaranto Perea (Cruz Azul), Eder Alvarez Balanta (River Plate), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Camilo Zuniga (Napoli), Pablo Armero (Napoli)

Midfielders: Carlos Sanchez (Elche), Fredy Guarin (Inter), Abel Aguilar (Toulouse), Aldo Leao Ramirez (Morelia), Juan Fernando Quintero (Porto), Victor Ibarbo (Cagliari), James Rodriguez (Monaco), Macnelly Torres (Al Shabab), Juan Guilermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina), Edwin Valencia (Fluminense), Alexander Mejia (Nacional), Elkin Soto (Mainz)

Forwards: Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Carlos Bacca (Sevilla), Adrian Ramos (Hertha Berlin), Luis Fernando Muriel (Udinese), Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate), Jackson Martinez (Porto)

League Roundup: Serie A – 9; Ligue 1 – 4; Primera Division – 4; Liga MX – 3; Categoria Primera A – 2; La Liga – 2; Bundesliga – 2; Primeira Liga – 2; Saudi Premier League – 1; Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A – 1; Eredivisie – 1

 

France

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mickael Landreau (Bastia)

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Lucas Digne (PSG), Patrice Evra (Manchester United)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Rio Mavuba (Lille OSC), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Loic Remy (Newcastle)

League Roundup: English Premier League – 10; Ligue 1 – 7; La Liga – 3; Primeira Liga – 1; Serie A – 1; Bundesliga – 1

 

Ivory Coast

Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren), Sayouba Mande (Stabaek), Sylvain Gbohouo (Sewe San Pedro), Ali Badra Sangare (ASEC Mimosas)

Defenders: Kolo Toure (Liverpool), Arthur Boka (Stuttgart), Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (Toulouse), Serge Aurier (Toulouse), Ousmane Viera Diarrassouba (Caykur Rizespor), Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor), Constant Djakpa (Frankfurt), Brice Dja Djedje (Marseille), Benjamin Angoua Brou (Valenciennes), Bamba Souleymane (Trabzonspor)

Midfielders: Ismael Diomande (Saint-Etienne), Max Gradel (Saint-Etienne), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Ismael Cheick Tiote (Newcastle), Geoffroy Serey Die (Basel), Didier Ya Konan (Hannover)

Forwards: Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Gervinho (Roma), Salomon Kalou (Lille OSC), Wilfried Bony (Swansea City), Giovanni Sio (Basel), Mathis Bolly (Duesseldorf), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow), Lacina Traore (Everton)

League Roundup: Ligue 1 – 7; English Premier League – 5; Bundesliga – 4; Super Lig – 4; Swiss Super League – 2; Cote d’Ivoire Ligue 1 – 2; Serie A – 1; Russian Premier League – 1; Tippeligaen – 1; Belgian Pro League – 1

 

Uruguay

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), Rodrigo Munoz (Libertad)

Defenders: Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Jose Maria Giminez (Atletico Madrid), Martin Caceres (Juventus), Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica), Jorge Fucile (Porto), Sebastian Coates (Nacional)

Midfielders: Egidio Arevalo Rios (Morelia), Walter Gargano (Parma), Diego Perez (Bologna), Sebastian Eguren (Palmeiras), Alvaro Gonzalez (Lazio), Alejandro Silva (Lanus), Alvaro Pereira (Sao Paulo), Cristian Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid), Gaston Ramirez (Southampton), Nicolas Lodeiro (Botafogo)

Forwards: Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Edinson Cavani (PSG), Diego Forlan (Cerezo Osaka), Cristian Stuani (Espanyol), Abel Hernandez (Palermo)

League Roundup: Serie A – 5; La Liga – 4; Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A/B – 4; Primera Division – 3; English Premier League – 3; Primeira Liga – 2; Liga MX – 1; Ligue 1 – 1; J. League – 1; Super Lig – 1

 

Netherlands

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Tim Krul (Newcastle), Michel Vorm (Swansea City), Jeroen Zoet (PSV Eindhoven)

Defenders: Daley Blind (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Karim Rekik (PSV Eindhoven), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse), Paul Verhaegh (FC Augsburg), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Joel Veltman (Ajax)

Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Leroy Fer (Norwich City), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven)

Forwards: Jean-Paul Boetius (Feyenoord), Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kyiv), Quincy Promes (Twente), Robin van Persie (Manchester United)

League Roundup: Eredivisie – 15; English Premier League – 6; Bundesliga – 4; Serie A – 1; Super Lig – 2; Ukrainian Premier League – 1

 

 

 

2014 NCAA All-Tournament Teams

 

 

SOUTH

Starting Rotation

  • Scottie Wilbekin, G, Florida
  • Vee Sanford, G, Dayton
  • Chasson Randle, F, Stanford
  • Kyle Anderson, F, UCLA
  • Patric Young, C, Florida

Bench

  • Jordan Adams, G, UCLA
  • Andrew Wiggins, G, Kansas
  • C.J. Fair, F, Syracuse
  • Dyshawn Pierre, F, Dayton
  • Casey Prather, F, Florida

EAST

Starting Rotation

  • Shabazz Napier, G, Connecticut
  • DeAndre Kane, G, Iowa State
  • Branden Dawson, F, Michigan State
  • DeAndre Daniels, F, Connecticut
  • Adreian Payne, C, Michigan State

Bench

  • Joe Harris, G, Virginia
  • Gary Harris, Michigan State
  • Melvin Ejim, C, Iowa State
  • Ryan Boatright, G, Connecticut
  • Georges Niang, F, Iowa State

WEST

Starting Rotation

  • Xavier Thames, G, San Diego State
  • Nick Johnson, G, Arizona
  • Cory Jefferson, F, Baylor
  • Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona
  • Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin

Bench

  • Doug McDermott, F, Creighton
  • Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor
  • Traevon Jackson, G, Wisconsin
  • Grant Gibbs, F, Creighton
  • Brady Heslip, G, Baylor

MIDWEST

Starting Rotation

  • Nik Stauskas, G, Michigan
  • Aaron Harrison, G, Kentucky
  • Julius Randle, F, Kentucky
  • Jarnell Stokes, F, Tennessee
  • Montrezl Harrell, Louisville

Bench

  • Cleanthony Early, F, Wichita State
  • Russ Smith, G, Louisville
  • Jordan Morgan, F, Michigan
  • Luke Hancock, F, Louisville
  • James Young, G, Kentucky