COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Steven Stamkos Stanley Cup Jersey . -- Shakur Stevenson started throwing punches shortly after he could walk. His grandfather began teaching him how to box at age 5, and he has barely lost since he won his first fight at 8.He dreams of world title belts and enough money to move his mother and eight younger siblings out of his beloved Newark, New Jersey. But first, Stevenson is in Rio de Janeiro to fulfill a dream that has consumed him since he went online and looked up the early history of his favorite boxer, Andre Ward.Most people say they want to become a world champion, but hes actually been obsessed and wanting to win a gold medal his entire boxing career, said his grandfather, Wali Moses. And now that hes reached the epitome of his career and a gold medal is right here, I think hes starting to roll toward it. The climb has been hard, but he wants it.Stevenson doesnt flinch from the weight on his shoulders heading into the Olympics as the brightest candidate to win the first mens gold medal in 12 years from once-proud USA Boxing.Ward was the last American man to claim the top prize with his brilliant performance in Athens, and the London mens team failed to win any medals at all for the nation that still leads the world in Olympic golds and total medals.With his speed, skill and unbeaten record in international competition, Stevenson has all the makings of an Olympic champion. A lucrative professional career awaits him in the fall, but the 19-year-old has spent his entire youth focused on the Olympic 123-pound tournament, which begins Aug. 10.I dont feel Ive really proved myself yet, Stevenson said. Id rather go to Rio first and win a gold medal, and then everybody can talk about me. When it comes down to it, it doesnt matter what anybody else thinks. I dont focus on everybody hyping me up. Its just me getting in that ring and fighting.Stevensons mother, Malikah, named him after Tupac Shakur, the rapper and social activist who died nine months before her first son was born. Stevenson mostly avoided trouble on Newarks tough streets, and his grandfathers steady influence kept him devoted to his sport.Moses vividly remembers the first time he saw his 2-year-old grandson throwing hands.We were watching Tuesday night fights, and he just started punching, Moses said with a laugh. Every time I took him to a tournament, even before he was old enough to fight, he would always say, `Pop-Pop, Im never going to lose. Hes always had that attitude. Hes just totally dedicated himself to the sport of boxing. Ever since then, each achievement, I knew something special was going on.Stevenson soon developed a compulsive habit of shadowboxing at every spare moment, although he acknowledges that it can be unnerving to the other people waiting in lines at cafeterias or airports.Stevenson has been capable of boxing 12 hard rounds since he was 10 years old, and he grew into a powerhouse under the tutelage of Moses and Kay Koroma, now the associate coach of the Olympic team. He even attracted the attention of Virgil Hill, the 1984 U.S. Olympian who became a light heavyweight world champion.Virg told him that hes the closest thing hes seen to Pernell Whitaker, Moses said of the 1984 gold medal-winning lightweight. That really gave him a boost, a vote of confidence. Since then, hes been winning everything. Hes put himself in position to be one of the top boxers in the world.Promoters know it, too. Stevenson has been surrounded by attention from people hoping to guide his career to stardom -- and some wouldnt have minded if he skipped the Olympics entirely.He couldnt stop when hes so close to his dream, although hes looking forward to ending the world travels necessary to compete for the International Boxing Association (AIBA).It makes me appreciate more of what Ive got, Stevenson said of his trips to Venezuela, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Ukraine and other out-of-the-way locales typically chosen for AIBA tournaments. I came from nothing, but I still had something still, because theres a lot of people out in the world that really got nothing. To be honest, I hate traveling, though. I wish we could just teleport to certain places.Stevenson realizes he fights in a brutal division of the Olympic-style sport. The bantamweight field in Rio includes Irish world champion Michael Conlan, London flyweight gold medalist Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba and a lengthy list of tested international fighters.He realizes thats much the same situation faced 12 years ago by Ward, another serious American talent who charged through an Olympic field to win gold.I want to start my career how (Ward) started, Stevenson said. The main thing Im looking forward to after Rio is getting off the plane and going to Newark. Seeing all the people and how they feel about me coming back with a gold medal, I cant wait for that moment. Ryan Callahan Stanley Cup Jersey .C. - The Carolina Hurricanes have placed backup goalie Anton Khudobin on injured reserve with an unspecified lower-body injury. Yanni Gourde Stanley Cup Jersey . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. 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Frank Leahy, who retired at age 45 in 1953 because of ill health, died at 64. ? Pop Warner won six games at Temple in 1936. He won a total of six the next two seasons and retired. ? Joe Paterno went 7-5 in 1992 and was two years shy of his last undefeated team, the 12-0 Nittany Lions who finished second to Nebraska. ? LaVell Edwards went 7-4 in 1995, one year before his BYU team went 14-1 and finished fifth in the nation. ? Bobby Bowden, one year after his first national championship, went 10-1-1 at Florida State and would win another the year he turned 70, in 1999. ? Lou Holtz went 5-7 at South Carolina in 2002 and retired after two more seasons.With the exception of Holtz, the modern-era coaches who rank among the winningest ever all had great years after they turned 65, something you couldnt say about previous generations. Between that and Sabans energetic appearance, it seems safe to say he isnt retiring anytime soon.1. Name a hot young coach in the American whose team is leading its division. You know the guy. He made his team nationally relevant last season. No, not Tom Herman, whose Houston Cougars have lost two of their last four and struggled to beat UCF on Saturday. Matt Rhule has refashioned a rebuilding year at Temple into a winning year. The Owls, after an 0-2 start, are 6-3 and leading the American East -- they are tied with USF but beat the Bulls this season. So explain to me why theres a Tom Herman Sweepstakes and not a Matt Rhule Sweepstakes?2. No. 4 Washington gave up 163 yards on the ground to Utah on Saturday, which is fewer than Oregon State (177) or Oregon (230) or Arizona (308!) gained against the Huskies. The reason might be in part philosophical. Huskies head coach Chris Petersen seems content with not putting his safeties in the box, letting his front seven do the work against the run. But Washington is 55th in rushing defense (153.9-yard average). Six of the last 10 national champions have finished in the top 10 against the run, none lower than 34th (Ohio State in 2014). Three finished first: Alabama in 2015, 2011 and 2012. This year, the Tide are ... first (70.1-yard average).3. In a Heisman race in which the preseason favorites (Leonard Fournette of LSU and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford) are only now returning to form from injury, and in which Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has been the front-runner for nearly the entire season, Michhigan hybrid Jabrill Peppers is uniquely positioned to attract attention. Martin St. Louis Stanley Cup Jersey. His numbers dont support his candidacy and they never will. The traditionalist in me remains more attracted by players such as Washington quarterback Jake Browning, San Diego State back Donnel Pumphrey and stat machine Patrick Mahomes II, the Texas Tech quarterback, than by Peppers.4. Deshaun Watson has kept Clemson winning, but I still feel the Tigers quarterback embodies the teams season; i.e., the Tigers arent playing their best; theyre playing well enough to win. One interesting number from ESPN Stats & Info.: Since 2011, Clemson is 18-2 (.900) in one-score games. Two of the other top three teams in that time frame, Oklahoma State (14-6, .700) and Kansas State (20-9, .690) also have successful veteran coaches. Heres the weird part: the second-best team in one-score games is Arkansas State (12-4, .750), which has had four coaches in six years: Hugh Freeze, Gus Malzahn, Bryan Harsin, and Blake Anderson. All good coaches, but no continuity. Yet the Red Wolves kept winning.5. USC changed the course of its season when Sam Darnold replaced Max Browne at quarterback. Darnold is among the national leaders in QBR. Browne isnt playing. The Alabama offense accelerated when Jalen Hurts took over for Blake Barnett, who left school and will land elsewhere. Wisconsin began moving the ball when Alex Hornibrook took over from Bart Houston. But the Badgers narrative isnt the same. Head coach Paul Chryst went back to Houston on Saturday when the Badgers struggled against Nebraska, and Houston led the team to victory in overtime. That says a lot about Houston -- and Chryst.6. I dont know if this could happen only at Ole Miss, but its of a piece with the Rebels long, frustrating history in the SEC. Senior Chad Kelly threw for 465 yards in the loss to Auburn on Saturday night, breaking the school record of 436 yards set by Archie Manning in the epic 33-32 loss to Alabama in 1969. Kelly also holds third place, his 421-yard performance in the loss to the Crimson Tide earlier this season. Thats right: the top three passing games in school history all came in losses. Bo Wallace threw for 413 yards in a victory over Arkansas in 2013. Someone should recognize that.7. 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