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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The overhaul is complete. The pieces are in place. And for the first time in years, there are expectations for the Jacksonville Jaguars.It might not be playoffs or bust in Jacksonville, but losing double-digit games is no longer acceptable.The Jaguars spent the last four years rebuilding the roster, growing it mostly through the draft, and then supplemented the makeover by spending more than $350 million (nearly $150 million guaranteed) in free agency the last two years to sign 10 starters. Now, general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley believe they have a team capable of winning every week and competing for the AFC South title.Its a welcome feeling for a franchise that is an NFL-worst 19-61 since 2010.Its kind of cool because theres a lot of hype and stuff in the community, quarterback Blake Bortles said. But when you walk in the building, it kind of just stops. The noise stops because everybody in the building knows what our goal is and how were going to go about doing it.Jacksonville hasnt won more than five games in any of the last five years, the kind of consistent losing that leaves fans screaming for change and management often responding.But Jaguars owner Shad Khan has been patient during the restoration process. He even gave Bradley and his assistants one-year extensions in January, keeping them under contract through 2017.Although Khan has declined to put a number on how many games Bradley must win to stick around beyond 2016, he said a winning record is everybodys reasonable expectation at this point.The Jaguars seemingly -- finally -- have the talent to make it a reality.The expectations in this building are what we had hoped for, Bradley said. To keep building the roster through the draft, add some free agents to our current roster and wed feel like our roster would keep getting better and better with each year that weve been doing it. And were to this point right now.To me, its great. This is what wed hoped for, that youd say, `Hey, this is a good roster. And the expectations, well, thats what we had planned. When we put this thing together, we felt like at this time, this is the type of roster that wed have, so its a good thing.Here are some other things to know about the Jaguars heading into training camp:DEFENSIVE TURNAROUND: After ranking near the bottom of the league in nearly every defensive category last season, Bradley fired coordinator Bob Babich and promoted longtime assistant Todd Wash to run the unit. Wash will have several new faces to work with. The Jags signed defensive tackle Malik Jackson, free safety Tashaun Gipson and cornerback Prince Amukamara in free agency. Throw in the return of defensive end Dante Fowler, who missed his rookie season because of a knee injury, and the addition of highly touted rookies Jalen Ramsey and Miles Jack, and Jacksonville could have six or more new starters on that side of the ball.OFFENSIVE BREAKOUT: Bortles had a breakout season in 2015, throwing 35 touchdown passes and running for two more scores. But his 18 interceptions and 51 sacks led the league, leaving plenty of room for improvement. Bortles has one of the best receiver tandems (Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns) in the league, and his supporting cast should be better this season. The teams best offensive lineman, Brandon Linder, returns from injury, and the Jags signed veteran offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum to beef up Bortles blind side. Tight end Julius Thomas is fully recovered from a broken hand, and free agent running back Chris Ivory should provide an upgrade in short-yardage and goal-line situations.WOE LINE: The Jaguars are counting on Linder and Beachum to drastically improve one of the leagues worst offensive lines. Bortles has been sacked 106 times in two years, the most in NFL history over any two-year period. Linder is moving from guard to center, and Beachum, who is recovering from a knee injury, will compete with Luke Joeckel at left tackle. The loser likely will slide to left guard.TOUGH START: The NFL schedule makers seemingly did the Jaguars no favors with the early slate. Jacksonville opens at home against Green Bay, travels cross-country to play San Diego and then hosts Baltimore before traveling to London to face perennial division heavyweight Indianapolis. The Jaguars are 1-10 in September under Bradley and just 3-20 in the first two months of the season since 2012.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Brett Cecil . -- Ty Montgomery had 290 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, and fifth-ranked Stanford held on to beat No. Tommy Edman . Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on the indoor hard-court at Belgrade Arena. The victory improved the Czech pairs impressive cup doubles record to 14-1. http://www.custommlbcardinalsjersey.com ... 1311q.html . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. Matt Wieters . -- Most satisfying to Russ Smith about No. Paul DeJong . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. (STATS) -- Theres something that cant be overlooked as North Dakota State seeks to keep its FCS dynasty going this season:All of the pressure is on the Bison.The FCS Kickoff provided a reminder Saturday night.The five-time defending FCS champions won the third annual season-opening game, but it was a struggle before the top-ranked Bison edged No. 7 Charleston Southern 24-17 in overtime before a sellout 18,881 at the Fargodome.Senior running back King Frazier scored on a 25-yard touchdown run on the first play of the extra session to provide the difference in NDSUs 43rd straight win over a non-conference opponent.Were a resilient bunch of guys, coach Chris Klieman said on ESPN afterward. Weve been in these positions an awful lot. First time for this team in 2016, so were gonna learn a lot.Just like a year ago when Montana won the FCS Kickoff with a last-second win over North Dakota State, the seasons first game was a dandy. Charleston Southern (0-1), a prohibitive underdog, could play a little more loosely than the Bison (1-0) while the two teams traded scores. They were scoreless after the first quarter, tied 3-3 at halftime, deadlocked 10-10 through three quarters and tied again 17-17 after four quarters.Charleston Southern nearly won the game in the final minute of the fourth quarter. Cornerback Troy McGowens 30-yard interception return to the NDSU 40 set up Jacob Smoak for a 51-yard field goal attempt, but his kick was slightly wide left as time expired.In overtime, Frazier (11 carries, 79 yards) bounced around right end and raced along the sideline before scoring his winning touchdown. Charleston Southern gained only one yard on its possession, including three incomplete passes.North Dakota State played much of the second half and then overtime without star middle linebacker Nick DeLuca, who suffered a shoulder injury.Hey, give credit where credits due, Klieman said. Charleston Southern is a really good football team. They gave us their best shot. I credit our guys; they found a way.While NDSU (1-0) is an incredible 72-5 since the staart of its national title run in 2011 -- thats 10 more wins than Alabamas second-best total in Division I -- the Missouri Valley Conference powers first-ever meeting against Charleston Southern was tougher than expected.ddddddddddddSophomore quarterback Easton Stick wide receiver and R.J. Urzendowski -- former high school teammates -- connected on a 47-yard touchdown pass with 10:34 left gave the Bison their first lead at 17-10.But the defending Big South Conference champion Buccaneers came back to tie the game on running back Mike Holloways second touchdown. Kyle Copelands 16-yard pass to Kameron Brown on 4th-and-10 kept a drive alive at the NDSU 13 before Holloway went 6 yards up the middle to make it 17-17 with 2:59 left.Holloway (10 carries, 126 yards) had scored on a 47-yard run on the opening drive of the second half, giving Charleston Southern a 10-3 advantage. But wide receiver Darrius Shepherds 23-yard over-the-shoulder touchdown pass from Stick on NDSUs next drive tied the game again.Stick, whos won all nine of his career starts, finished 17 of 27 for 194 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.We always say, its hard to get wins in college football with the schedule we play, he said. Were going to enjoy these 24 hours.Both teams managed only a field goal in the first half. Charleston Southern turned a fumble recovery by middle linebacker Zane Cruz in NDSU territory into Jacob Smoaks 46-yard field goal with 10:42 left in the second quarter. The Bison evened the game 3-3 on the final play of the half as Cam Pedersen bounced a career-long 52-yard field goal off and over the crossbar.North Dakota State has a bye next week before hosting Eastern Washington on Sept. 10. It will be their first meeting since an EWU victory in the 2010 national quarterfinals -- the Bisons only postseason loss in their FCS history.Charleston Southern returns to action next Saturday by hosting Division II Kentucky State. ' ' '

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