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The world gymnastics will get a second breathe after the election of Farid Gayibov as the president of the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG), President of the Turkish Gymnastics Federation Suat Celen told Trend Dec. 2.

He noted that Turkey is always ready to support Farid Gayibov.

“Azerbaijan is a country, where a huge attention is paid to the development of gymnastics. I hope that after the election of Farid Gayibov, the number of medals won by Europe at the world championships and Olympic Games will increase,” added Celen.

The head of Turkey’s Gymnastics Federation emphasized that new projects implemented in Azerbaijan jointly with international organizations, the construction of new sports arenas will serve to further development of gymnastics.

“I have been heading Turkey’s Gymnastics Federation for five years, and the first country that I visited was Azerbaijan. Our athletes also held the first training gatherings in Azerbaijan. Friendship between Turkey and Azerbaijan, is not in words, but in deeds,” added Celen.

Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation Secretary General Farid Gayibov was elected as the President of the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG).

The 50 member Federations of the UEG elected the new UEG authorities at the 27th Congress in Split, Croatia Dec.2.

Gayibov gained 28 votes, leaving behind Edvard Kolar, President of the Management Board of the Slovenian Sports Lottery, who received 20 votes. Gayibov will replace Georges Guelzec (FRA), who led the UEG since 2009.

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NFL Week 11: Preview and Analysis for Each Sunday Game

NFL Week 11: Preview and Analysis for Each Sunday GameEach Friday, Andy Benoit will take a quick look at every NFL game to be played over the weekend. Here’s his Week 11 Weekend Preview.Bengals (5-4) at Ravens (4-5)You can see why Marvin Lewis fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. In the embarrassing home loss to the…

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Bengals (5-4) at Ravens (4-5)

Shawn Williams. It was as costly as a bad defensive play call gets. Head coach Marvin Lewis will call the signals this week. There should be improvements, in part because the Bengals are facing a Ravens offense that’s unsure if starting quarterback Joe Flacco will even be available.” data-reactid=”24″ type=”text”>You can see why Marvin Lewis fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. In the embarrassing home loss to the Saints, Cincy’s defense was lethargic and out-schemed. A great illustration came at the end of the first half. With eight seconds remaining in the first half and the Saints on the 17, Cincinnati played Cover 2 zone. In Cover 2, defenders play more to landmarks than to men, and several defenders play underneath. With eight seconds left, there’s no reason to landmark and no reason to defend underneath—the only way the Saints can hurt you is by going for the end zone. They did, getting stud wide receiver Michael Thomas matched with leverage against struggling safety Shawn Williams. It was as costly as a bad defensive play call gets. Head coach Marvin Lewis will call the signals this week. There should be improvements, in part because the Bengals are facing a Ravens offense that’s unsure if starting quarterback Joe Flacco will even be available.

Cowboys (4-5) at Falcons (4-5)

Leighton Vander Esch’s coming out party. The Cowboys rookie linebacker had already been playing with that kind of burst and play recognition for much of the season. Vander Esch has tremendous pursuit speed and, thanks to long arms, an ability to close quickly on the ball. We’ve seen it in run defense and zone coverage.” data-reactid=”26″ type=”text”>Last Monday night was not Leighton Vander Esch’s coming out party. The Cowboys rookie linebacker had already been playing with that kind of burst and play recognition for much of the season. Vander Esch has tremendous pursuit speed and, thanks to long arms, an ability to close quickly on the ball. We’ve seen it in run defense and zone coverage.

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Steelers (6-2-1) at Jaguars (3-6)

Last week the Colts gouged Jacksonville’s single-high coverages with designer vertical pass plays that made receivers’ route releases blurry coming off the snap. It resulted in several blown assignments. The Steelers did the same thing to the Panthers—a defense that, out of single-high coverage, employs the same zone rules as Jacksonville. If Jacksonville’s back seven isn’t sharper on Sunday, this defense will give up over 30 points.

Eagles (4-5) at Saints (8-1)

Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram and Taysom Hill on the field together. We’re seeing familiar Saints tactics from this different look. Kamara was often used as a jet-sweep decoy (though he also ran a jet sweep himself for a first down). Ingram caught screens out of the backfield. Hill was prominent in multi-option and misdirection designs. The Eagles must have a plan for this package on Sunday.” data-reactid=”31″ type=”text”>New Orleans last week fully unveiled a package that has gradually been in the works and is likely to stick around. The package features Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram and Taysom Hill on the field together. We’re seeing familiar Saints tactics from this different look. Kamara was often used as a jet-sweep decoy (though he also ran a jet sweep himself for a first down). Ingram caught screens out of the backfield. Hill was prominent in multi-option and misdirection designs. The Eagles must have a plan for this package on Sunday.

Texans (6-3) at Redskins (6-3)

Adrian Peterson in fantasy this week. He’s running behind an O-line that’s down both starting guards and without star left tackle Trent Williams. Peterson still has some lateral burst and strength and can often create his own space between the tackles. But Houston’s D-line is too stingy. It’s not just J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. D.J. Reader is a stout but athletic gap-clogger. Brandon Dunn has been better than Reader this year. And backup Angelo Blackson flashes every week playing 12-18 snaps.” data-reactid=”33″ type=”text”>You may want to sit resurgent tailback Adrian Peterson in fantasy this week. He’s running behind an O-line that’s down both starting guards and without star left tackle Trent Williams. Peterson still has some lateral burst and strength and can often create his own space between the tackles. But Houston’s D-line is too stingy. It’s not just J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. D.J. Reader is a stout but athletic gap-clogger. Brandon Dunn has been better than Reader this year. And backup Angelo Blackson flashes every week playing 12-18 snaps.

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Raiders (1-8) at Cardinals (2-7)

When Arizona has the ball, only the most morbid of football fans will watch this battle up front. Arizona’s makeshift offensive line could not compete last week against Kansas City’s pass rush. Oakland’s anemic defensive line has not competed against anyone. Something has to give. Or, nothing at all will give and this game will bleh-and-blah its way to a 13 to 9 score.

Colts (4-5) at Titans (5-4)

Quenton Nelson has a chance to be the NFL’s best left guard by this time next year. He’s strong, mobile and nasty. When approaching a defender, Nelson closes quickly, as if there’s a magnetic connection between his hands and the defender’s torso. So far he’s been at his best in the running game, though his pass protection is much firmer than it was in September. This week Nelson faces one of football’s most challenging defensive tackles in Jurrell Casey. And since Nelson is so often used on pull-blocks, he’ll see plenty of ascending Titans rookie linebacker Rashaan Evans.” data-reactid=”38″ type=”text”>Quenton Nelson has a chance to be the NFL’s best left guard by this time next year. He’s strong, mobile and nasty. When approaching a defender, Nelson closes quickly, as if there’s a magnetic connection between his hands and the defender’s torso. So far he’s been at his best in the running game, though his pass protection is much firmer than it was in September. This week Nelson faces one of football’s most challenging defensive tackles in Jurrell Casey. And since Nelson is so often used on pull-blocks, he’ll see plenty of ascending Titans rookie linebacker Rashaan Evans.

Lions (3-6) at Panthers (6-3)

Detroit’s O-line is struggling, but it has not been as awful as the 16 sacks it has allowed over the last two weeks suggest. Many of those sacks have stemmed from receivers not running great routes, aerial designs not working against zone coverage and Matthew Stafford uncharacteristically not seeing the field clearly. The Panthers, with great linebackers and quality pass rushers, are a tough defense to right the ship against.

Broncos (3-6) at Chargers (7-2)

We get to see two of the game’s best young, shifty, lightning bug type runners in Denver’s Phillip Lindsay and L.A.’s Austin Ekeler. Lindsay has been productive on traditional run plays, which you can execute against a Chargers D that’s down top run-stopping linebacker Denzel Perryman (last week he suffered a season-ending LCL injury). Ekeler, who can align all over the formation, hurts defenses on new-age perimeter-attacking concepts like jet-sweeps and receiver screens.

Giants (2-7) at Bucs (3-6)

Jason Pierre-Paul is eager to make the Giants pay for, well, not wanting to pay him. This past offseason, New York traded the longtime star and his $12.5 million cap number to Tampa Bay for a swap of mid-round picks. As a Buc, Pierre-Paul has been stellar but not spectacular. He remains a better interior lateral mover than edge rusher. The Giants could still have used him. Their only effective rusher this season has been Olivier Vernon, who has been far less consistent than Pierre-Paul.

Vikings (5-3-1) at Bears (6-3)

Meet football’s best “2-deep zone” defenses. The Vikings and Bears play with both safeties back on most snaps. Those safeties often have interior coverage responsibilities—they’re not just insurance over the top of cornerbacks. The “2-deep” alignments create balanced pre-snap looks that makes coverage disguising easier. Put that behind an explosive pass rush (which both teams have) and you force a lot of turnovers.

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Chiefs (9-1) at Rams (9-1)

On Monday we’ll have a feature on whether either of these offensive juggernauts play opposite a good enough defense to go far in January. In this blurb, we’ll touch on those offenses, which is what everyone is tuning in to see. Jenny Vrentas provided a brilliant breakdown of Kansas City’s this week in her feature on Andy Reid, one of football’s most evolved coaches. We don’t think of Rams coach Sean McVay as “evolving” because, at 32, he hasn’t had time to. But in the short-term, McVay has evolved perhaps more than any coach in football. The offense he runs in L.A. is very different than the one he ran as a coordinator in Washington. And this year’s L.A. offense is essentially a successful spinoff of last year’s offense. The Rams have built new routes off their old routes and have added new formations and pre-snap wrinkles into their usual designs. This game offers offensive scheming at its finest.

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Oregon’s slender star Bol Bol takes advantage of Syracuse’s lack of physicality

New York — Oregon’s spindly 7-foot-2 center Bol Bol is listed at 235 pounds and looks lighter than that. He needs to get stronger. He needs to play lower. He can’t withstand the physical pounding of playing down on the block every play. Those were the weaknesses provided by his own head coach Oregon’s Dana…

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New York — Oregon’s spindly 7-foot-2 center Bol Bol is listed at 235 pounds and looks lighter than that.

He needs to get stronger. He needs to play lower. He can’t withstand the physical pounding of playing down on the block every play. Those were the weaknesses provided by his own head coach Oregon’s Dana Altman, used in order to offset a heaping of praise after the projected lottery pick’s latest star turn.

Yet Syracuse centers were unable to bother him even a little bit, seemingly unable or unwilling to muscle Bol somewhere he’d be uncomfortable.

Their failure left Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim bemoaning the lack of physicality from his interior players after an 80-65 loss to Oregon, after a second consecutive defeat and after the Orange’s first 2-2 start since the 1987-88 season. 

“He’s a big problem out there,” Boeheim said of Bol. “We’re not physical. We’ve got to be more physical. And we’re not. That’s a problem.”

Like Bol, Syracuse’s frontline is also slight. Center Paschal Chukwu has spent years trying to put on weight but hasn’t been able to. Sophomore Bourama Sidibe is lanky and working his way back to full strength after knee surgery. Forward Marek Dolezaj’s weight was a worry last year and he didn’t come back noticeably stronger.

Boeheim tried all three in the middle of the 2-3 zone, with equally meager results. Syracuse’s three centers were out-scored by Bol by a combined margin of 26-4.

Still, those bodies were enough to get Syracuse to the Sweet 16 last year. When asked if that group was capable of being as physical as needed, Boeheim responded: “It doesn’t appear that they can do that right now. That’s why they’re not doing it. They’re not affecting the game on either end. We need more from them. There’s no question.”

One night earlier, the three Syracuse centers were out-muscled by UConn’s Eric Cobb. Cobb had never scored more than eight points in a game before connecting for 13 points and 13 rebounds against the Orange. Syracuse’s centers combined for 9 and 9.

And if there was hope that the brawny senior from Connecticut just happened to be a difficult matchup, that was extinguished by his physical opposite beating the Orange even more soundly.

“It’s pretty hard,” Bol said of his adjustment to the college game. “The college game is a lot more physical and faster.” 

Syracuse certainly didn’t make it look that way.

Instead of pushing Bol toward uncomfortable positions on the floor, he got the ball where he wanted and when he wanted, showing off incredible touch and torching the Orange for 26 points.

“He’s unique at 7-2 to do the things that he can do,” Altman said. “You saw that soft touch, those jump hooks and the ball just lays on the rim. He has a very soft touch for 7-2.”

Bol grabbed five offensive rebounds. He scored on a putback every time. He knocked down a 3-pointer. He served as a safety valve against Syracuse’s press and calmly brought the ball up the floor.

Perhaps most devastatingly for the Orange, he seemed to have the best touch on the floor, catching the ball around the lane and softly dropping in floaters and bank shots that Syracuse’s guards have rarely shown in their arsenal this season. 

“He’s a unique talent,” Altman said. “He’s going to grow into a special player.” 

Syracuse, though, made him look full-grown.

Bol, who turned 19 on Friday, set a career-high for his four-game college career against SU. He had his best shooting night of his season. And it came against a 2-3 zone that was supposed to be a terror for opponents, is built to take away opposing stars and force complimentary players to carry the load.

Chukwu said Syracuse’s defensive gameplan was to pressure Bol Bol quickly when he received the ball, forcing him to make quick decisions. Chuwku’s effort to push out on Bol led to five fouls in 18 minutes. When Dolezaj got too close in the first half, Bol whipped around him with a spin move and threw down a dunk.

“You try to make him make quick decisions instead of giving him time to relax and get comfortable,” Chukwu said. “We tried to take him out of the game. At the end of the game fouls are being called. That really limits how you go about being aggressive.”

Sidibe, who is still working with trainers to gain explosion in his legs after offseason knee surgery, pointed out that limiting Bol required a team effort. The entire zone needed to be better to limit his touches around the lane.

“He was open,” Sidibe said. “People were looking for him. That’s how it’s going to be if you have one good player. Everyone tries to (set them up). He wasn’t doing anything crazy. Next time we just have to play better defense.”

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Homestead notebook: Denny Hamlin steals pole for NASCAR championship race

Martin Truex Jr. or Kyle Busch? Busch or Truex? In the final round of qualifying Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with Busch and Truex atop the leaderboard as the final seconds ticked away, Denny Hamlin was closing in on his final lap. And right before the session ended, Hamlin stole the pole away from the two…

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In the final round of qualifying Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with Busch and Truex atop the leaderboard as the final seconds ticked away, Denny Hamlin was closing in on his final lap. And right before the session ended, Hamlin stole the pole away from the two championship contenders.

This is the second consecutive pole at Homestead for Hamlin, and he continued a five-year streak of championship contenders not winning the pole for the season finale.

Busch qualified second and Truex third. Joey Logano qualified fifth, and Kevin Harvick was last of the four remaining playoff drivers by qualifying 12th.

A few other notes from Friday at the track:

Cool bit of outreach from California native Kyle Larson, who will sport a decal on the side of his No. 42 car this Sunday to support those affected by the Camp Fire in northern California. Larson is asking fans to text “BUTTEFIRE” to 91999 or to go online to donate with him to the United Way of Northern California.

Hamlin announced on social media that he will have a new crew chief next season, moving on from longtime partner Michael “Wheels” Wheeler. Barring a win Sunday night, this will be Hamlin’s first full-time season without a race victory. Hamlin and Wheeler have been together in some capacity since 2004, and Hamlin had previously said he wanted Wheeler to remain his crew chief for the remainder of his career.

Truex’s Furniture Row Racing team is shuttering after this season due to the loss of major sponsorship, making Sunday’s championship race the final NASCAR event the team participates in. Still, team president Joe Garone told reporters Friday morning that Furniture Row’s sponsorship issues were unique and not necessarily indicative of the sport as a whole.

“NASCAR is still a place to be for corporate sponsorship — there’s no question about it,” Garone said. “When you look at where else corporate sponsorship can be, it can’t be in stick‑and‑ball sports, and we’re still drawing enormous crowds. So it does have to fit the partner. It’s got to fit their business model, and some of the sponsors have been around as many years as the one we lost, they flatten out, the economy changes, and sometimes they need to look for something different, and that was a unique situation.”

Another note on Furniture Row, but more fun: For its final NASCAR race, the Denver-based race team opted for a classic look for their final car. Truex’s No. 78 is the same black and orange design he’s run for the bulk of his career with the organization.

No matter where he finishes at Homestead, Charlotte native William Byron has clinched the Cup Series Rookie of the Year award. Byron’s primary competition came from Bubba Wallace, who finished second in the Daytona 500 but found little momentum the rest of the year. Byron is 23rd in the standings compared with Wallace in 28th, even though his best finish was sixth at Pocono, Pa.

A final weather-related note, especially as winter strikes Charlotte this week. The forecast for Sunday’s race? High of 81 and partly sunny. Now everyone go knock on some wood.

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