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BATON ROUGE, La. Wholesale Shoes Black Friday Free Shipping . -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette can live with a lessened workload, if thats the way coach Les Miles wants it.It doesnt matter, Fournette said Monday when asked whether he wants as many carries as he can get this season. My main goal is to win the national championship.The No. 5 Tigers begin a highly anticipated season on Saturday against Wisconsin at Green Bays Lambeau Field. LSU has loads of talent and experience on both sides of the ball, led by Fournette, a junior running back and a leading Heisman Trophy candidate.Fournette rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns last season -- eclipsing 200 yards in a single game three times. But he also carried the ball 300 times and looked a little worn down in November, when defenses were keying on him and he was twice held to fewer than 100 yards.This season, Miles envisions an offense that is more dynamic in the passing game and less reliant on Fournette, but he also expects that approach to benefit his star running back by making defenses less inclined to crowd the middle of the field, close to the line of scrimmage -- an area often referred to as the box, by coaches.Balance is a way to remove people from the box and allow us bigger plays, Miles said. So if we can do the job that we have planned to do throwing the football, then I think you will find that there will be less people in the box and then maybe more productivity out of less carries.Indeed, when Fournette lines up this season, hell do so with an experienced quarterback in junior Brandon Harris and accomplished receivers including junior Malachi Dupre and senior Travin Dural.Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst doesnt seem to think Miles is bluffing when he talks about potentially lessening Fournettes workload.Hes got some really good players around him, Chryst said.The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Fournette, whose rare combination of strength, nimble feet and explosive quickness allows him to either run over or dance around would-be tacklers, also could have a greater role as a receiver out of the backfield. That would allow Fournette to operate in space while reducing his exposure to punishing head-on collisions with linebackers toward the middle of the field.Harris recently noted that hell be more inclined to opt for short passes to running backs this season when coverage is good downfield because it has become apparent to him that a back like Fournette can take a 5-yard pass and turn it into 85.Miles said Fournettes workload will all depend on his conditioning and his health.Were not going to keep him on the field when hes tired, no matter what, Miles said.The coach also noted his team is stocked with maybe the finest tailback group that Ive been around, including sophomore Derrius Guice and junior Darrel Williams, who should be able to help LSU maintain a formidable ground game even when Fournettes getting rest.Fournette already has had one injury scare this month, albeit a minor one. He left a practice nearly two weeks ago with what Miles described as a slight ankle sprain. Miles said on Monday that Fournette now has no issue with his health and has practiced extremely well the past week.Im good, Fournette said. It was nothing too serious. It happens in football. ... Im 100 percent.Fournette said his approach to the game also has evolved, and he expects to be more effective whether hes carrying the ball or not.Im smarter than my previous years, Fournette said. Overall, I think Im a better leader.When hes not taking handoffs, Fournette said he still expects to be an asset by blocking, catching and overall just leading my team.When Fournette first arrived at LSU two seasons ago as the most coveted running back recruit in the nation, he talked about individual goals such as 1,000-yard seasons and Heisman contention. He said maturity has decreased his focus on personal accolades -- to an extent.Overall, those goals are still in the back of my mind, Fournette conceded, but added that he feels like team goals are far more important, particularly in light of the enjoyment a championship season could bring to fans in the Baton Rouge area who are in the midst of recovery from recent flooding.With everything thats going on with Louisiana I think the championship will help out a lot, said Fournette, who happened to be speaking 11 years to the day after he experienced Hurricane Katrina as a child in New Orleans. By us winning that, you dont know whose life you can change. ... You never know who you can inspire.---AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org---AP Sports Writer Genaro Armas in Madison, Wisconsin, contributed to this report. Cheap Shoes Black Friday . 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When Steven Matz finally blinked, Rizzo capitalized with one mighty swing.Rizzo hit a three-run homer, Jon Lester pitched 7 2/3 innings and the Chicago Cubs stopped an eight-game losing streak against the New York Mets with a 5-1 victory on Monday night in a rematch of last years NL Championship Series.With one out and two on in the third inning, Rizzo fouled off five straight 2-2 pitches before driving a changeup deep into the bleachers in right-center for his 22nd homer.It was 2-2 for a while there. I dont think he wanted to go 3-2, Rizzo said. He was making good pitches and I was just fighting them off. Just try to grind at-bats, thats what were so good at doing.The crowd of 41,353 cheered wildly as Rizzo rounded the bases on a picturesque night at Wrigley Field. The All-Star slugger is batting .339 with three homers and 10 RBI in July.Hes the anchor of the whole group. Theres no question about it, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.Matz (7-6) blamed himself for poor execution.You really want to grit your teeth and beat this guy, he said. Unfortunately, he won.The last time the Mets visited the iconic neighborhood ballpark, they finished off a sweep of the Cubs to advance to the World Series. They swept Chicago again in New York from June 30 to July 3, roughing up Lester for one of the wins.This time around was much different.Lester (10-4) allowed one run -- Wilmer Flores leadoff homer in the seventh -- and four hits in his first win in a month. David Ross added a sacrifice fly in the sixth, and Albert Almora Jr. singled in Matt Szczur in the eighth as the NL Central leaders won for the fourth time in five games since dropping five in a row.We were able to get some quick outs with some well-located fastballs and some well-located cutters, Lester said, so that was huge for us tonight.Hector Rondon replaced Carl Edwards Jr. with two runners on in the ninth and got Travis dArnaud to bounce into a game-ending double play for his 16th save.Matz was charged with four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. The rookie left-hannder dropped to 0-5 in his last nine starts. Discount Shoes Black Friday. Even though I thought he threw the ball fine, he didnt have his real Grade-A stuff, manager Terry Collins said. But he battled the best he could.Matz nearly had another run on his line, but left fielder Yoenis Cespedes cut down Willson Contreras with a perfect throw to the plate when the rookie tried to score from second on Szczurs third-inning single.BREAK FOR ZOBRISTCubs second baseman Ben Zobrist rested for the second straight day. Maddon picked Sunday for a day off for the All-Star, and then decided to give him another day of rest.He told me yesterday that he wanted to give me two in a row, Zobrist said. I think it will be good to be able to stay off my feet a little bit and try and get caught up. Just didnt feel like the break kind of helped me get caught up as much as I wanted it to.The 35-year-old Zobrist started at second in the All-Star Game. He is batting .277 with 13 homers and 47 RBI in his first season with the Cubs.TRAINERS ROOMMets: RHP Matt Harvey had season-ending thoracic outlet surgery in St. Louis. ... RHP Jim Henderson (biceps) is throwing 91 to 93 mph during his rehab stint at Triple-A Las Vegas, and Collins said the reliever is nearing a return.Cubs: OFs Dexter Fowler (right hamstring strain) and Jorge Soler (left hamstring strain) were traveling to Iowa and are expected to begin their rehab stints with the Triple-A club on Tuesday. Fowler could return to the Cubs by the end of the week. That would be the optimal situation, Maddon said.UP NEXTAll-Star RHPs Noah Syndergaard of the Mets and Jake Arrieta of the Cubs face off on Tuesday. Syndergaard (9-4, 2.56 ERA) was removed from last start on July 8 due to arm fatigue. I think the rest has been good for him, Collins said. Arrieta (12-4, 2.68 ERA) is looking to get back on track after allowing four or more earned runs in three consecutive starts for the first time since 2012.---Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap ' ' ' 
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