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Wake's Popham more confident after surprise '08 starts - ACC - ESPN
"I think they're going to depend on me a little bit more," he said. "Last year I know coach Grobe was kind of trying to shy away from putting too much pressure on me. He didn't want to put too many big kicks (on me), but hopefully they'll trust in me like they trusted in Sam the past few years."

Dashing Deacon: Bingham goes for NCAA title in 400 meters
He'll run as an amateur for the last time this week, pointing to the 400 meter semifinals Friday night and the championship race Saturday afternoon. "I'm kind of glad it's about to be over because these races are stressful," Bingham said. "It will be my last collegiate race, and I'm excited about it, and hopefully I can go out with a big bang."

In the Nick of Time: Times Record News
When the coach saw his nose guard make 19 tackles against Plano as a sophomore, he knew he had a special player. "He has a unique gift. He never stops. He is relentless. He plays from sideline to sideline from the time the ball is snapped to probably a second past the whistle," the coach pointed out. "He makes a lot of plays and causes a lot of havoc because he never gives up.

Broncos rookie CB adjusting to NFL |
"Just see Champ, how he never panics. He's just so calm and so composed every time. I learned that from him. I try to take that from his game, try to add it to mine and just try to be a smaller Champ."

Chivas' Lahoud shines in first MLS start
Lahoud was solid in his debut. He worked tirelessly all evening, frustrating the likes of Freddie Ljungberg and Nate Jaqua with his relentless tackling and defensive ferocity. "Lahoud came in and got his first start and I think he played well," said Justin Braun, who played outside of Lahoud on the left flank. "He filled in well for Jesse and didn't really give anything up in the midfield."