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The fanfare around the arrival of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho in Manchester means Londons finest have been little more than a sideshow heading into the 2016-17 English Premier League. Cheap Air Max 1 Wholesale .Dont, though, discount the chances of Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal being in the title conversation next May.After putting up the worst ever Premier League title defense last season to finish 10th, Chelsea surely will be a different proposition this time round under new coach Antonio Conte and with summer signing NGolo Kante running its midfield.Tottenham got a taste of challenging for the title last season, eventually fading away in the final weeks to finish third, and its young and dynamic squad will be better for the experience.Then theres Arsenal, a regular in the top four but a team that so often flatters to deceive when the championship trophy looks to be in sight. Many say they are a world-class striker away from ticking every box.With West Ham also seemingly on the rise and playing a first season in its new home at the Olympic Stadium, maybe theres life outside Manchester this season, after all.Of Londons three top sides, Chelsea could be best equipped to go all the way. The teams unraveling last season was almost as mystifying as Leicesters march to the title, but the squad is largely the same as the one that romped to the league trophy in 2014.Throw in Conte and the ubiquitous Kante -- following his departure from Leicester for $40 million -- and Chelsea has all the ingredients of a title winner, with its motivation rebooted.The schedule also helps. No European football this season means plenty more time with Conte -- a master tactician in the words of Guardiola -- on the training ground and extra rest between games. None of the travel and fatigue that comes with midweek games in the Champions League and Europa League.Look how that benefited Liverpool three seasons ago, and Leicester last season. And Conte experienced a similar situation in his first season at Juventus, in 2011.I took over after they had finished seventh, he said. We didnt play in the Champions League or the Europa League and our energy was only focused on the league. We won the title.New to the Premier League, Conte is sure to be one of the characters this season. The Italian is fiercely passionate about his job and can get animated to the point of wild in the technical area. But inside, theres a calm and calculated technician who knows how to get the best out of his players, which he showed as coach at the European Championship where Italy went out in the quarterfinals against Germany on penalty kicks.I want to transfer my passion to my players, Conte said on joining Chelsea.If Eden Hazard rediscovers his form of two seasons ago and Diego Costa can focus on scoring goals rather than clashing with the opposition, Chelsea will be hard to stop. The central-midfield axis of Kante and Nemanja Matic might prove to be the best in the league.A second-place finish last season maintained Arsenals record of qualifying for the Champions League every full season in Arsene Wengers 20-year reign, but there was frustration that a chance had been missed to end a league title drought now stretching 12 years.One potential area of weakness may have been filled by Wenger with the signing of Switzerland defensive midfielder Granit Xhaka but the most obvious issue -- the lack of a proven striker -- remains glaring. Attempts to sign Leicesters Jamie Vardy and Lyons Alexandre Lacazette have failed, leaving the not-always-convincing Olivier Giroud as first-choice striker.For Arsenals increasingly disenchanted supporters, that isnt enough, but theres still time for late business in the transfer window.Its also been relatively quiet across north London at Tottenham, whose only signings have been holding midfielder Victor Wanyama from Southampton and Vincent Janssen from the Dutch league. Janssen will provide much-needed back-up for main striker Harry Kane.Under forward-thinking coach Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs -- led by Kane, playmaker Dele Alli and a tight defense marshalled by Toby Alderweireld -- played the best football on a consistent basis last season and were the main challengers to Leicester in the last two months.This will be their last season at White Hart Lane before a move to a new ground adjacent to the current stadium: What better way to say farewell than winning the league for the first time since 1961?Tottenham will be playing in the Champions League for the first time since 2010-11, with home games staged at Wembley Stadium to meet UEFA requirements while work is done near the stadium, so its an exciting time for the club.Indeed, all three of Londons top clubs should be excited going into the new season, looking to prove theres more to the Premier League than Manchester. Cheap Air Max 1 Mens . The judges scored it 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 for Jones (19-1). 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Thankfully, his feet hadnt let him down.The Penn State punter needed them to chase down a snap that glanced off his bandaged left thumb and bounced close to his teams goal line. With more than 550 pounds of Indiana defenders bearing down on him, Gillikin scooped up the loose ball, accelerated to the right and booted a neat, unreturnable punt past midfield. Although officially a 22-yard net punt, Gillikins long right leg sent the ball on a 47-yard trajectory, preventing a big loss.The hidden yardage or the hidden parts of the game, a lot of people dont see that, special teams coordinator Charles Huff said.Gillikins impacted those areas all season for the No. 9 Nittany Lions (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP) who will face Rutgers (2-8, 0-7) and the nations busiest punter Michael Cintron on Saturday.Averaging 41 yards per punt, Gillikin has dropped 17 of his 47 punts inside opponents 20-yard lines, forced 15 fair catches and has seven kicks over 50 yards. More importantly, the Nittany Lions have won the field position battle in eight of their 10 games this season and are forcing opponents to drive at least 76 yards on average every time Gillikin punts.You see some of the punts he kicks and youre like, `Wow, defensive tackle Curtis Cothran said. You didnt expect it to go that far but the ball just keeps sailing and keeps sailing.Plays like Gillikins scramble punt helped Penn State wrestle field position back from Indiana and primed a fourth-quarter comeback. Theyre why James Franklin couldnt wait to recruit a vaunted punter. But he had to wait until the NCAA restored the Nittany Lions to 85 scholarships in 2015. The wait included a 2-16 record in games where Penn State lost the field position battle.Meanwhile, Franklin kept his eye on Gillikin, a three-sport athlete who was booting 50- and 60-yard punts in high school playoff games for Westminster High in Atlanta and had a twin brother who was a long snapper. Cheap Air Max 1 Authentic. e quickly won the starting job previously shared by Chris Gulla and former Australian-rules footballer Daniel Pasquariello. It didnt take long for Penn State players to notice Gillikins big leg. He usually warms up by lining his toes up on the goal line and blasting high, hanging punts out to the opposite 40.He was an outstanding soccer player, Tyler Gillikin said. And when we started football in high school, his leg was extremely strong. Blakes always been the kicker.Now a long snapper for Northwestern, Tyler took up the skill as a way to get more playing time alongside his twin during their sophomore year of high school. Theyve combined for countless snaps, and misfires, over the years. Their grandfather sent Tyler the video of Blake mishandling the snap against Indiana last week for a laugh, but also for pride.That pretty much is in a nutshell what kind of athlete he is, Tyler said.His situational awareness was evident on arguably Penn States most consequential hidden play so far this season.After a high snap whistled over his head against Ohio State, Gillikin hustled back across his goal line with Buckeyes in pursuit and collapsed on the ball to salvage a safety rather than let Ohio State score a touchdown. It was a 5-point swing in a game Penn State won by 4 to burst into Big Ten championship contention.You have an athlete where when in the game certain things dont always got the way you planned or maybe not exactly what you said is going to happen -- they dont panic in those situations, Huff said. They allow themselves to still be in the moment, still be able to play and what happens is, you take a bad play and you dont let it become a catastrophe.---This story has been corrected to reflect that Rutgers record is 2-8, not 8-2. ' ' '