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Two teams at very different stages of their development meet at Goodison Park on the opening day of the new Premier League season. Dikembe Mutombo Jersey .Hosts Everton have undergone a managerial and ownership overhaul since they last played Saturdays visitors Tottenham Hotspur. And the Toffees are still in the process of rebuilding their own squad with John Stones recently departed in a £47.5 million move to Manchester City.In contrast, Mauricio Pochettinos Spurs have enjoyed a summer of stability, not losing any first-team players and strengthening the squad with the additions of defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama and Dutch international striker Vincent Janssen. Pochettinos side flirted with a Premier League title challenge last season before falling away and finishing third, but the coach is expecting his young group of players to learn from the experience and improve over the coming campaign.It is true that at the end of the season we felt very disappointed in the way that we finished the Premier League, but if we are clever we need to improve from our mistakes and we need to show that we are clever, Pochettino said. We have a big challenge ahead because now we have to repeat our performance, try to improve and play Champions league, which for a lot of players is a new competition.It is a good opportunity. We keep the same team, the same players, I dont think there are a lot of changes around the changing room and in the squad and I think that can help us.Spurs may be stable and have an existing style of play, but Everton are far from settled.Ronald Koeman is attempting to rebuild the Toffees squad after taking over from Roberto Martinez, but has not made as many changes as he would have liked heading into the opening weekend. Only centre-back Ashley Williams and Idrissa Gueye are notable additions.The squad will be 100 percent in two or three weeks, but if I compare the physical state of the players in numbers here it is 70 percent and at (Koemans previous club Southampton) it was 100 percent. Its a big project. That project wont be complete after two months, we need more time. We are not at the level we need to be in terms of the players and their physical state, he added. Id say we are 70 percent of where we need to be from a physical point of view. We will improve.Everton go into the game with doubts over the fitness of key players Romelu Lukaku and Seamus Coleman and are without midfielder Muhamed Besic after the midfielder picked up a knee injury in preseason.Spurs only injury doubt is over central defender Jan Vertonghen, although English trio Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier are all a few weeks from full match fitness after being given extended time off following their European Championship exertions.Everton have not beaten Spurs in the last seven Premier League meetings, but no top-flight club has ever lost as many opening weekend matches (nine) as the north London club. Trey Lyles Jersey . -- There were a lot of firsts for the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night. Custom Denver Nuggets Jerseys . -- Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was charged Thursday with driving while intoxicated, a day after he was suspended for an NFL substance-abuse policy violation. http://www.nuggetsprostore.com/kids-gary-harris-nuggets-jersey/ . That gave fans outside Joe Louis Arena another chance to ask for autographs from the 19-year-old whose stardom in the NHL has arrived earlier than most expected. COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Senior midfielder Chelsea Drennans penalty kick in the 69th minute propelled No. 1 seed South Carolina womens soccer to a 1-0 victory over fourth-seeded BYU in the third round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday night at Stone Stadium. With the win, the third-ranked Gamecocks (21-1-1) advanced to the Elite Eight for the second time in the last three years after notching their fifth victory over a ranked opponent this season. Fourth-ranked BYU ended its season at 18-3-1 following the loss.Carolina was awarded a penalty kick after junior midfielder Savannah McCaskill found some space and charged into the left side of the box, where she was immediately taken down by a BYU defender. Drennan lined up for the spot kick, and fired a shot into the right side past BYU goalkeeper Hannah Clark to put the Gamecocks in control with just over 20 minutes to play.The Gamecocks withstood BYUs bid for an equalizer down the stretch, starting in the 82nd minute when the Cougars were awarded a free kick near midfield. The ball in from the set piece floated dangerously into the box, but Carolina freshman goalkeeper Mikayla Krzeczowski alertly came off her line to grab it before BYUs Nadia Gomes was able to attempt a header. In the final minute, Krzeczowski again denied a scoring chance from Gomes, snatching the ball at the near post to prevent a shot from the Cougar forward.Krzeczowski finished the match with three saves for the Gamecocks, who put nine attempts on target. BYU outshot Carolina 14-13 for the match, and the Cougars totaled eight stops, including three team saves. Both teams accumulated double-digit fouls in Saturdays top-five battle, and BYU sported a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.After BYU maintained much of the possession early, Carolina began to see chances down the stretch of the first half and put three headers on frame that were cleared off the line. In the 24th minute, McCaskills free kick from midfield found senior Paige Bendell, whose header was blocked at the goal line. Bendell came inches away from putting Carolina on the board four minutes later when her back-to-back headers called for teams saves following a Gamecock corner kick.In the 38th minute, a defensive miscue left Carolina senior forward Claire Studebaker with an empty net opportunity. Her shot sailed towards net before a BYU defender again denied a goal to keep the match scoreless. The Gamecocks puut seven shots on frame in the first half and limited the Cougars to one attempt on target in the opening 45 minutes. Will Barton Jersey. .Following Drennans tally off the penalty kick, senior striker Sophie Groff nearly doubled the advantage when she saw Clark again come off her line. Her shot sent the ball dipping towards the top of the net, but Clark was able to recover to make a leaping save and knock the ball out of bounds.Clark collected five saves in the match, while Krzeczowski improved to 18-1-1 on the year and earned her 11th shutout of 2016. Saturday marked the first meeting between the Gamecocks and Cougars, and the result snapped BYUs seven-match winning streak.QUOTABLEIm so proud of this team and what theyve done all year. I keep saying, you dont really understand what youve done until you can reflect upon it. Were all so focused on the run and meeting our own expectations of doing well. This team has shown all year (that) they find a way to win and they can play against the best. -- South Carolina womens soccer coach Shelley SmithGAMECHANGERSenior midfielder Chelsea Drennan converted her penalty kick from the spot to put the Gamecocks in front late in the match. The captain has converted all three of her penalty kicks this season.KEY STATThe Gamecocks held the Cougars to just three attempts on frame. BYU entered the match ranked third in Division I with 58 goals on the year.NOTABLESouth Carolina improved to 7-2-1 in NCAA Tournament play when facing an opponent at Stone Stadium.The Gamecocks have won three of their last four matches against teams ranked in the top five. All three victories have come at home.South Carolina has yet to trail in a match at Stone Stadium this season. The Gamecocks have outscored opponents 37-3 at home in 2016.Carolina improved to 2-1 in the NCAA Sweet 16 with this weekends win. Next week will mark the programs second appearance in the Elite Eight.The Gamecocks, who picked up their 14th shutout of the year on Saturday, now sit one clean sheet short of the program single-season record.UP NEXTSouth Carolina will host either second-seeded North Carolina or third-seeded Clemson in the Elite Eight on Fri., Nov. 25, at Stone Stadium. The time and opponent of the match will be determined at the conclusion of this weekend. 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