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WINSTON-SALEM, N. Anze Kopitar Jersey .C. -- Wake Forest is one win from effectively locking up a bowl berth. A visit from Virginia shapes up as the Demon Deacons best chance to earn it.Wake Forest (5-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) plays host to the Cavaliers (2-6, 1-3) on Saturday.The Demon Deacons are in pretty good shape -- they entered November with five wins for the first time since 2011, also the last time they played in a bowl game.But if they dont take care of Virginia, they may not make it to the six-win mark.They face No. 5 Louisville and No. 3 Clemson in consecutive weeks before ending the regular season against a Boston College team that showed North Carolina State last week that its no pushover .Were not concerned with who we play in two weeks, three weeks, safety Ryan Janvion said. We have a chance to beat anyone on our schedule. Its not about who we play, its about how we play and what we do. Its not about the other team, its not about what they do. So were focused on Virginia, and were not thinking about anything else but beating Virginia this week.And for all the progress Wake Forest has made in Dave Clawsons third season, it also has shown its not immune to the confounding losses that marked the past four years in Winston-Salem. The Demon Deacons are coming off a 21-13 loss to Army in which they struggled in the red zone and threw three interceptions.The Cavaliers have lost three straight since beating Duke on Oct. 1, with two of those losses coming to No. 18 North Carolina and No. 5 Louisville. They seemingly had an upset of the Cardinals in hand before Lamar Jackson led them to a 32-25 victory.Our team is getting better with every time we play a game, first-year coach Bronco Mendenhall said. Its fun to watch the transformation happening. Its steady. Its methodical. But it is happening.---Some other things to know about the Virginia-Wake Forest game:BENKERTS BACK: East Carolina transfer QB Kurt Benkert will make his second career start on North Carolina soil for the Cavaliers. He threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns in the Duke victory, and is coming off his first three-TD game since then when he did it against Louisville.WOLFORDS WOES: Wake Forest QB John Wolford has six interceptions and one touchdown in his last three games, while throwing it a season-high 43 times against Army. Clawson says the Demon Deacons threw 11 deep balls in that game but completed only one, and understandably wants more explosive plays through the air. We are not where I want us to be, he said.VIRGINIAS D: Maybe the Demon Deacons can get their offense fixed against a Virginia defense that ranks among the ACCs worst. The Cavaliers are no higher than 11th in the league in any of the four major defensive stat categories, and are last in points (32.6) and yards (462.5) allowed per game.THE SERIES: Wake Forest and Virginia played every year from 1980-2003 before the divisional split led to more infrequent meetings. Its the first time theyve met since 2012 and their first meeting in Winston-Salem since 2008.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org Dave Taylor Jersey . The Celtics closed out their first preseason under Stevens on Wednesday night with a 101-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, who rested a lot of their lineup including former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Dave Taylor Kings Jersey . -- Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver was found dead at his Atlanta-area home Tuesday night, and a medical examiner said Wednesday that the ex-player committed suicide. http:///...sorley-kings-jersey/ . -- The Sacramento Kings are set to become the first major professional sports franchise to accept Bitcoin virtual currency for ticket and merchandise purchases. MIAMI -- Freddie Freemans ongoing hitting streak wasnt enough to keep the Atlanta Braves best stretch this season going.Freeman had an RBI single in the first inning to extend his string to 28 games and added a home run for Atlanta, but the Braves season-best seven-game winning streak ended with a 6-4 loss to the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.Another Freeman night, extending his hitting streak, Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said.Its the longest streak of Freemans career and one shy of the longest in the majors this season by Bostons Jackie Bradley Jr.Freeman has also reached base in 44 straight.It feels good, Freeman said. Obviously, Ive worked really hard and things are clicking right now. Im getting pitches to hit and Im not missing them.The loss ended a season-long seven-game winning streak for the Braves, who are 19-13 in their last 32 after starting 44-79.Last two or three months now weve been playing real good baseball, Freeman said. It doesnt matter how many runs were down, were going to fight all the way to the end.It was a little bit of everything that fueled the Miami Marlins offense with Derek Dietrich hitting a two-run homer and Dee Gordon stealing three bases.Thats how we really want it to go most nights, Gordon said. Weve been scuffling a little bit so to have everybody clicking with getting guys over, timely hitting is good for us.Gordon had two hits, two walks and his stolen base total was one shy of tying the Marlins single-game ffranchise high, which he has done on two separate occasions. Wayne Gretzky Jersey. When Dee is able to get on and being able to impact it like that -- it puts pressure on the pitcher and the defense, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. What I liked about tonight was that he was willing to take his walks. You really want your leadoff guy to get on base and it doesnt matter how.Brian Ellington (4-2) earned the win in relief and A.J. Ramos recorded his 39th save in 42 chances.The Braves pulled within 5-4 on a wild pitch by Fernando Rodney in the seventh inning.Miami jumped to an early 2-1 lead on Dietrichs two-run homer to right field in the first inning.Both starting pitchers exited before the fifth inning. Miamis Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs in four innings and Atlantas Aaron Blair (1-7) allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings.I just didnt have the command that I had five days ago, Blair said. I got myself in trouble walking the leadoff hitter two of the four innings. I put myself in bad counts in those situations.MARLINS SPEEDThe Marlins stole five bases. Yefri Perez and Realmuto also stole a base off catcher Anthony Recker.The five steals are the most since the Marlins stole five against Pittsburgh on Aug. 25, 2015.DIETRICH CATCHDietrich made a catch falling into the stands down the first-base line on a popup by Recker in the eighth inning. ' ' ' 
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