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CINCINNATI -- Thursday games are not a large part of Tom Hermans experience, but the Houston coach is quickly playing catchup. Womens Pirates Jerseys .His undefeated and sixth-ranked Cougars are scheduled to play the first of this seasons four non-Saturday night games this week when they travel to Cincinnati to face the Bearcats in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams.Its not a bad thing on the back end, said Herman, whose team played one Thursday game last season -- his first in a long time, he said. You like it when you can take a deep breath on Friday and Saturday and let your kids heal and relax a little bit, but to go from our offense playing 97 snaps against Lamar and then turn it around on Sunday and for all intents and purposes have a Tuesday practice in terms of preparing for a game week -- I understand why they do it. The ratings are off the charts when you play these Thursday night games, and were in the entertainment business, but we play four of these. We have three Thursday night games and Friday night game, so in a 12-game schedule, a third of our games are not on a Saturday. That takes its toll on players bodies. Were playing four games in 20 days. You do the match. Thats a lot of pounding on a young mans body in a short amount of time.Houston (2-0) is coming off a 42-0 win over Lamar that was delayed 3 ? hours by lightning and torrential rain that was beneficial from the aspect that quarterback and Heisman Trophy-candidate Greg Ward Jr. was able to use the down time to get extra treatment on his banged-up shoulder. He ended up not playing against Lamar.He was out in pads (Sunday) night and practiced, Herman said on Monday during his weekly media session. Hes still sore, but the soreness is all muscular, so were doing everything we can, from massages to dry needling, to make sure that the muscles that surround the shoulder are ready to go.Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville is -- and isnt -- looking forward to seeing Ward.We saw him play quarterback for the first time four years ago, so weve seen him every year, Tuberville said Monday on the AAC weekly coaches teleconference. He makes plays. Obviously, were going to have to play much better than we have been playing to contain a quarterback like Greg Ward.The Bearcats are scheduled to play three non-Saturday games, including the last two Fridays of the regular season. They are coming off a 38-20 win at Purdue -- the first for the program at a Big Ten site in 59 years -- in which they build up a 31-7 lead and fought off a Boilermaker comeback that cut the lead to 31-21 halfway through the fourth quarter. Cincinnati (2-0) had five interceptions in the game, three by senior safety Mike Tyson.Houston, the first top 10 team to visit 40,000-seat Nippert Stadium since then-fifth-ranked West Virginia played there on Nov. 17, 2007, holds a 14-10 advantage in the all-time series against Cincinnati, but the Bearcats have won four of the last five games. The Cougars prevailed, 33-30, last season -- a typically close outcome. The last three games between the two teams have been decided by a combined 18 points.As good as they were last year, theyve improved on both sides of the ball, said Herman, for whom the trip will be somewhat of a homecoming, since hes a Cincinnati native who still has family in the area. Their defensive line and their defensive tackles seem to be in a lot better shape. Theyre moving around better. Their two safeties are really good players hat make a ton of tackles for them. They seem to be a little more sound in what theyre doing. Theyre in the right places at the right time on defense.On offense, the quarterback (sophomore Hayden Moore) is playing at an extremely high level. Hes a really good player behind a massive offensive line. Theyre running the ball a little bit better than they have in years past. It will be a challenge. Dave Parker Jersey . Francis told several hundred members of the European Olympic Committees that when sport "is considered only in economic terms and consequently for victory at every cost . Roberto Clemente Jersey . Marincin has played in two NHL games so far this season with two penalty minutes. The 21-year-old has three goals, four assists and a plus-5 rating in 24 games with the American Hockey Leagues Oklahoma City Barons this season. . -- Nate Robinson has played for seven teams, so beating one of them is no longer a rare occurrence. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee linebacker Brian Orakpo is off to the best start of his career with four sacks in four games.With the Titans trying to shake off a 1/3 start, he wants even more.I want to excel in everything I do, Orakpo said Thursday.Yeah, its definitely a fast start, and I attribute that to a lot of hard work I put in in the offseason and just playing my game. I feel very comfortable in my abilities and just got to keep coming and leading these boys.The three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, who turned 30 in July, actually has four sacks over the past three games and is responsible for most of Tennessees six sacks so far. This compares to last season when he had five of his seven sacks over a four-game stretch and ranks among the best in franchise history.This is why Tennessee signed Orakpo as a free agent coming off a season where injuries limited the linebacker to just seven games.Orakpo, who tore a pectoral muscle three times while playing with the Washington Redskins, has started every game since coming to Tennessee and tied for the team lead with seven sacks.Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said Orakpos approach never changes.Hes doing the same thing that he always does, LeBeau said. He just plays hard every down. He makes plays. Hes a great leader in the game, hes a great leader on the sideline, hes a great leader in the locker room. Hes just a plus. Hes a coachs dream. He does the same thing every year. He doesnt know any other way to do it.Orakpo has become the 13th player in franchise history with four sacks within the first four games and sixth since 1999 when the team became known as the Titans. That includes Carlos Hall (2002), Kyle Vanden Bosch (2005), Albert Haynesworth (2008), Dave Ball (2010) and Derrick Morgan (2015).If Orakpo adds another sack when the Titans play Miami (1-3), he would join Vanden Bosch, Jason Babin (2010) and Haynesworth with five or more sacks in the first five games.Were hoping to join him in the sack column soon enough, Morgan said. I actually think were doing a good job of getting pressure on qquarterbacks. Josh Harrison Jersey. Its just a matter of getting home. Were playing a lot of quarterbacks that are getting rid of the ball pretty fast as a whole. Were not getting home and getting the sack. I think thats going to come as the year progresses.Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill already has been sacked 11 times this season, including five in the Dolphins 22-7 loss at Cincinnati on Sept. 29. With left tackle Branden Albert yet to practice because of illness and an ankle injury this week, Orakpo could be going against rookie Laremy Tunsil.Orakpo said the 13th draft pick overall out of Mississippi, is bigger and more athletic than most rookie tackles. Orakpo also has confidence in his teammates whove been so close to beating a path to the quarterback, hitting the passer just as the ball has been thrown.We got a lot of guys frustrated in this locker room because we all want the sacks, we want to have those high sack numbers, want to be one of the tops in the league, Orakpo said. And they definitely will come.Game notes The Titans had The Weather Channel on at least two TVs inside the locker room Thursday monitoring Hurricane Matthew ahead of Sundays game. The NFL is monitoring the hurricane and planning contingencies for the game in case resources are needed elsewhere for public safety. ... Titans RT Jack Conklin (shoulder) practiced fully Thursday after being limited Wednesday. TE Jace Amaro (shoulder) was limited for a second straight practice. S DaNorris Searcy (ankle), CB Cody Riggs (hamstring) and NT Al Woods (calf) did not practice. ... Titans coach Mike Mularkey visited with members of the New Zealand soccer team after practice, and a few players tried kicking field goals with kicker Ryan Succop. New Zealand plays Mexico on Saturday night at the Titans stadium.---Online:AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: Teresa M. Walker at ;NFL Jerseys Wholesale China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Online Cheap Jerseys Throwback Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys ' ' '