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ALLEN PARK, Mich. LeSean McCoy Jersey . -- Three times in the past five years, the Detroit Lions have drafted an offensive lineman in the first round.Now its time for that young group to show some real progress.One of the things youre going to notice is that were bigger and stronger. Its going to be more competitive, coach Jim Caldwell said recently.We have a couple spots were going to be fairly young, but I think in the grand scheme of things if we can keep them all healthy, keep them battled and fighting, were going to come out of there with a really big unit up front. Im certainly convinced of that.With Calvin Johnson lost to retirement, the Lions still have their share of skilled offensive players in Matthew Stafford, Golden Tate and Ameer Abdullah.The big question is whether Detroit can build on its encouraging finish in 2015 -- or whether the offense will look as it did when the team lost seven of its first eight games.A lot will depend on the offensive line.The Lions have had to reshuffle their line quite a bit over the past few seasons, with Jeff Backus, Rob Sims and Dominic Raiola having moved on into retirement.Detroit used valuable first-round draft picks on tackle Riley Reiff (2012), guard Laken Tomlinson (2015) and tackle Taylor Decker (2016) -- and the Lions also took guard Larry Warford (2013) and center Travis Swanson (2014) in the third round.Those five players all figure to play significant roles this season as Detroit tries to recover from its disappointing 2015. Stafford was sacked 44 times last season, bringing his total to 89 over the past two years. The Lions also averaged only 83.4 yards rushing per game, the worst mark in the NFL.Both those stats were a bit of an indictment of the offensive line.We learned from the mistakes we made, and weve moved on, Warford said. Weve got to focus on what were doing now as a group.Reiff has started every game hes played for the past three years, and Tomlinson was a starter for most of last season. The Lions have high hopes for Decker -- Caldwell said he could play either left or right tackle.Reiff now seems like the veteran of the bunch, and Caldwell said he expects plenty of intensity from the 27-year-old tackle no matter which side of the line hes on.Riley is a warrior. Riley does not care about anything other than wanting to play his position and play it well and he doesnt care where he plays, Caldwell said.Hes a talented guy thats tough and hard-nosed, the exact kind of guy that youre looking for to lead your group.Much of Detroits resurgence toward the end of last season could be attributed to a schedule that eased up down the stretch, but the Lions hope that improvement was a sign of things to come.In late October, Detroit fired its offensive coordinator and two line coaches. Tight ends coach Ron Prince took over the offensive line.Now the offensive linemen have had a chance to work with Prince for a while and become comfortable with Jim Bob Cooter, who was promoted to offensive coordinator during last years shakeup.That familiarity -- and the natural maturation process with top draft picks -- could pay dividends at the line of scrimmage this season.With offensive line play -- in all of football -- theres two aspects, theres mental and physical, Warford said. When you start getting the plays down, it enables you to play faster.Game notes The Lions removed S Don Carey from the active/non-football injury list, and they put WR Ryan Spadola on injured reserve because of a torn pectoralis. Spadola was waived/injured on Tuesday.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Curley Culp Jersey . 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A roundup of the past weeks notable boxing results from around the world:Saturday at Las VegasManny Pacquiao W12 Jessie Vargas - Fight recap Wins a welterweight title Scores: 118-109 (twice), 114-113 Records: Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs); Vargas (27-2, 10 KOs)Rafaels remarks: Pacquiao, the 37-year-old Filipino legend, showed he still has it with this impressive one-sided win to regain a welterweight title (despite the horrendous 114-113 card turned in by judge Dave Moretti, who would have had it a draw had Pacquiao not scored a knockdown). It was Pacquiaos second lopsided win in a row since the loss to Floyd Mayweather in their 2015 mega fight and Pacquiaos first since his brief retirement following his win over Timothy Bradley Jr. in April and subsequent election to the senate in his home country. Pacquiao, a southpaw and boxings only eight-division world titleholder, may not have gotten the knockout he so badly wanted (because he hasnt had one since 2009) but he pounded Vargas, 27, of Las Vegas, with a variety of punches from angles, including a sharp straight left hand that dropped him in the second round.Vargas, who was making his first title defense, was game and landed some nice shots on Pacquiao, but he was outclassed by the all-time great, who put on the rousing performance with the supposedly retired Mayweather, his invited guest, sitting ringside with his daughter in a surprise appearance. It is clear the wheels are in motion for a rematch of boxing richest fight ever. Their first fight was a massively anticipated showdown but turned out to be a wholly forgettable fight and nothing more than a business transaction based on naked greed. But a rematch is inevitable since neither fighter can make anything close to what they will make to do it again.Jessie Magdaleno W12 Nonito Donaire Full undercard recap Wins a junior featherweight title Scores: 118-110, 116-112 (twice) Records: Magdaleno (24-0, 17 KOs); Donaire (37-4, 24 KOs)Rafaels remarks: Despite a scoring that many disagreed with, this was a helluva fight between a young up-and-comer in Magdaleno, a 24-year-old southpaw from Las Vegas, and a proud veteran four-division titleholder in Donaire, 33, a Philippines native living in Las Vegas, who was making his second title defense. They battled hard from the opening bell and by the time the fight was over both looked they had been in a tough fight. Magdaleno was cut over his left eye from an accidental clash of heads in the fourth round and Donaire had bruises and welts on his face and needed three stitches to close a cut around his right eye. Magdaleno put rounds in the bank in the first half of the fight but Donaire closed the fight in dominant fashion. The judges, however, seemed to ignore that. Many had the fight a draw or either man winning by a smidge. Judge Adalaide Byrds very wide scorecard seemed dramatically off with Donaire upset by the decision and asking for a rematch.Oscar Valdez TKO7 Hiroshige Osawa Retains a featherweight title Records: Valdez (21-0, 19 KOs); Osawa (30-4-4, 19 KOs)Rafaels remarks: Valdez, 25, of Mexico, could be on his way to major fights and big money but after winning a vacant world title by second-round knockout of Argentinas Matias Adrian Rueda in July, he got his title reign off to a strong start as he took apart mandatory challenger Osawa, 31, of Japan, who was taking a massive step up in opposition. Valdez brutalized him in a one-sided fight, dropping him with a clean right hand on the chin in the fourth round and battering him with a series of heavy blows in the seventh round until referee Vic Drakulich stopped the bout at 1 minute, 50 seconds. Now that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and adviser Al Haymon are willing to match their fighters, Valdez could find a wealth of quality opponents in his future, such as the Carl Frampton-Leo Santa Cruz II winner, the Jesus Cuellar-Abner Mares winner or Lee Selby.Zou Shiming W12 Prasitsak Phaprom Wins a vacant flyweight title Scores: 120-107 (twice), 119-108 Records: Zou (9-1, 2 KOs); Phaprom (39-2-2, 24 KOs)Rafaels remarks: In 2014, Zou, the two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist, dropped Phaprom twice and routed him by decision. Phaprom, 35, of Thailand, regrouped to win a dozen fights in a row by knockout and landed a rematch with Zou for one of the belts vacated by Juan Francisco Estrada. The rematch was equally one-sided as Zou, 35, scored a second-round knockdown on a clean right hand and won every round on each judges card except one. Phaprom was basically a punching bag for Zou, who was taller, stronger, quicker and plain old better. Its a huge win for Zou, who is Chinas most popular fighter and figures to make huge money there for as long as he can hang on to the belt.Also on the card, lightweight Robson Conceicao (1-0, 0 KOs), 28, made his professional debut less than three months after becoming the first Brazilian to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing, doing so at home in Rio de Janeiro Games. Conceicao, a three-time Olympian, cruised to a shutout decision (60-54 on all three scorecards) against Clay Burns (4-3-2, 4 KOs), 29, of Alexandria, Louisiana.Saturday at Potsdam, GermanyTyron Zeuge TKO12 Giovanni De Carolis Wins a super middleweight titlle Records: Zeuge (19-0-1, 11 KOs); De Carolis (24-7-1, 12 KOs)Rafaels remarks: On July 16, De Carolis, 32, of Italy, retained his world title by majority draw against Zeuge, 24, of Germany, in his first defense and a rematch was quickly arranged. Gary Barbaro Jersey. . The sequel was a thriller with a lot of back and forth action before the dramatic ending. Zeuge seemed to take command in the second half of the fight although both appeared exhausted as the fight went into the 12th round. But Zeuge mustered the energy to buckle De Carolis with a left hook that forced him to hold on. Zeuge nailed him with another hook to the head and he fell to the mat face first. He beat the count but took several more shots and seconds later fell into the ropes after taking a right to the body. De Carolis got tangled up in the ring ropes and as he got to his feet referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. waved off the fight at 2 minutes, 41 seconds. This was a very good fight.Friday at Corona, Calif.Taras Shelestyuk W10 Jaime Herrera Welterweight Scores: 96-93 (twice), 95-94 Records: Shelestyuk (15-0, 9 KOs); Herrera (15-4-1, 8 KOs)Rafaels remarks: Shelestyuk, 30, was a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist for Ukraine and now lives in Los Angeles, where he spars regularly with future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley. Headlining Showtimes ShoBox: The New Generation, he was a decided favorite against Herrera, but had his struggles in tight fight. Shelestyuk, a southpaw, found his groove in the second half of the fight and deserved the decision, although referee Raul Caiz Jr. docked a point from him for excessive holding in the fifth round. Herrera gave a big effort, but his skill set is just not on the same level as Shelestyuks. Herrera, 27, of Chicago, saw his three-fight winning streak go by the wayside.Constantin Bejenaru W10 Stivens Bujaj Cruiserweight Scores: 97-91 (three times) Records: Bejenaru (12-0, 4 KOs); Bujaj (16-1-1, 11 KOs)Rafaels remarks: In a battle of unbeaten undefeated fighters, Bejenaru, a 32-year-old southpaw from Moldova who fights out of Catskill, New York, survived a fifth-round knockdown on a left hook to win rather handily in a dirty fight filled with head butts and fouling. However, Bejenaru, who suffered a nasty cut over his left eye, was a lot busier and also benefited when referee Raul Caiz Sr. docked a point from Bujaj, 26, a native of Albania based in New York, for hitting on the break in the ninth round.Manuel Mendez KO1 Vitor Jones Freitas Lightweight Records: Mendez (13-1-2, 9 KOs); Freitas (12-1, 6 KOs)Rafaels remarks: Mendez, 26, of Indio, California and fighting in front of his home region fans, pulled an upset as he drilled Freitas, 23, of Brazil. Freitas, who is the nephew of Brazilian legend and former lightweight and junior lightweight titleholder Acelino Popo Freitas (who was ringside) went after Mendez, who is trained by Joel Diaz, early in the opening round and seemed to be in control. But then Mendez went on the attack and hammered Freitas with a left hook to the body. Freitas went down in major pain and referee Tom Taylor counted him out at 2 minute, 32 seconds. Freitas stayed down well after the count was complete.Friday at Las VegasAndy Vences Tech. Dec. 9 Casey Ramos Junior lightweight Scores: 88-83, 87-84, 86-85 Records: Vences (17-0, 10 KOs); Ramos (23-1,6 KOs)Rafaels remarks: It doesnt happen often, but Top Rank matched two of its undefeated prospects in the Solo Boxeo main event on UniMas. Vences, 25, of San Jose, California, and Ramos, 27, of Austin, Texas, but on a good display of boxing and both looked pretty good after a slow start. By the seventh round, Ramos was bleeding from his nose. An accidental head but opened a cut around Ramos left eye in the ninth round. Later in the round, referee Vic Drakulich had the ringside doctor take a look at Ramos eye and on the doctors advice stopped the bout at 1 minute, 12 seconds. They went to the scorecards for a technical decision and Vences came out on top in a competitive fight.Alex Saucedo vs. Raymond Tito Serrano Welterweight Scores: 77-74 (twice), 76-75 Records: Saucedo (23-0, 14 KOs); Serrano (21-4, 9 KOs)Rafaels remarks: Saucedo, 22, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a very bright prospect and took a bit of a step up in competition against Serrano, 27, of Philadelphia, who was fighting for the first time in 13 months and coming off a loss but whose defeats had only come to good opponents (Karim Mayfield, Emanuel Taylor and Brad Solomon). It was a tough fight but Saucedo had the better of the action, including late in the second round when he scored a knockdown with a right hand. Saucedo was the aggressor in an entertaining fight and this was the kind of win every prospect needs on his way to bigger and better things.Also on the card, Philadelphia super middleweight prospect Jesse Hart (21-0, 17 KOs), 27, the son of 1970s middleweight contender Eugene Cyclone Hart, knocked out Andre Hernandez (16-5-1, 7 KOs), 30, of Phoenix, at 1 minute, 59 seconds of the third round. Hart dropped Hernandez in the first round before finishing him with a flurry in the third round. ' ' ' 

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