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                                         PHOENIX -- Blaring dubstep beats and electronic music build like a massive wave barreling toward the shore, the students dropping lower and lower as Lil John shouts Higher! Higher!They hold position as the chorus of We hit turbulence! rings out, then spring into the air as if propelled by the bass drop. Tandon Doss Jersey Store . The beat shifts dramatically and they start bouncing in synch with it, arms waving, streamers flying, dancing like exploding kernels in an arena-sized popcorn machine .Welcome to college basketballs biggest dance party, hosted by Grand Canyons Havocs, who are quickly making a name for themselves as one of the nations best student sections.Youve got something special here, really special, Louisville coach Rick Pitino said after experiencing the Havoc of GCU Arena on Dec. 3. Whether we go to Duke, Kentucky, nothing was as tough as that environment tonight.Once on the verge of bankruptcy, Grand Canyon turned to a for-profit model in 2004 and later decided to make mens college basketball a cornerstone for its future.The private school made a big splash by hiring former Phoenix Suns player Dan Majerle as coach, and he has pushed the program to new heights each season as it heads toward full Division I status next year.The Havocs have risen with it.They were created in 2013-14 to be the rowdiest part of the student section then known as The Monsoon (havoc being the most destructive part of the storm).It was far from devastating; the Havocs barely filled the first two rows of the three student sections the first season.Then it started to spread: a few hundred the second season, over 1,000 last season and into full mayhem this year, more than 2,000 face-painted, costume-wearing Havocs dancing and shouting at every game.Its really has transcended into this culture on campus, said Brandon Kaiser, one of the original Havoc leaders. Its become bigger than just basketball and that was one of our goals, to create a community.A growing national identity has come with it.Nearly every coach who visits GCU Arena marvels at the pregame buildup, the choreographed dances, decibels that rival a Metallica concert.Pitino had a hard time calling plays in the huddle when GCU Arena was Havocking, and San Diego State coach Steve Fisher had to ask for a timeout three times before the official heard him during a game last week.In college basketball, my 40-plus years, (that) was the toughest crowd Ive ever faced, Pitino said. Awesome.College basketball has its share of loud arenas: Dukes Cameron Indoor Stadium, Allen Fieldhouse in Kansas, Syracuses Carrier Dome, The Pit in New Mexico.None have the rave-like feel of GCU Arena when the Havocs are in full effect.In the early days, the Havocs had an intro song for running down the steps to fill their seats. Choreographed dances were added over the years, some created by Havoc leaders, others organically in the do-what-hes-doing fashion.The Havocs prepare for the show with a pregame party on the lawn outside GCU Arena, then gather behind a fence. The GCU band plays and the cheerleaders cheer to keep the Havocs entertained, then theyre released like a horse race that starts slow and turns into a sprint despite ushers shouting no running!Once in their seats, the Havocs are in full party mode, dancing to whatever song comes from the turned-up-a-couple-extra-notches loudspeakers.The choreography starts with the Purple Pre Game Party, when the students wave their arms above their heads like 2,000 rubber-antlered antelopes -- the team mascot -- to Vengaboys We Like to Party!The hype builds with the spring-loaded Turbulence and the intimidation factor ratchets up for opposing team introductions, when the Havocs bounce and point at the players to Springen by MAKJ.Another opportunity to get their groove on -- as if they need one -- comes at the under-12-minute media timeout, when a remix version of DHTs Listen to Your Heart blares across the arena and turns on the popcorn maker again.Theres not too many places like this in the country, Grand Canyon senior guard DeWayne Russell said. Every game, no matter who we play, they bring the energy. It pumps us up so much; we know every game theyre going to be rockin it.---More AP college basketball at and Walt Schupp Jersey Store . The 29-year-old Baines has established himself as one of the top attacking full backs in the country and was the subject of two bids from United during the last off-season. Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that keeping Baines at the club is a "massive boost and exciting for the future" because he brings "maturity and football knowledge in a very specialized position on the pitch" and an "infectious and positive influence to the rest of the squad. Don Wells Jersey Store . Pettersen, winner of last years Evian Championships, had nine birdies and three bogeys, holding off a series of challengers led by Marion Ricordeau of France. The second-ranked Norwegian made her season debut after missing the LPGA Tours opening event last month in the Bahamas because of a shoulder injury. .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. NEW YORK -- There is a case to be made that Eddie Alvarez is the greatest lightweight in mixed martial arts history.Within the last 18 months alone, Alvarez has defeated a former Strikeforce champion (Gilbert Melendez), former WEC champion (Anthony Pettis) and current UFC champion (Rafael dos Anjos).When he left Bellator MMA two years ago, Alvarez vacated the promotions lightweight title. In 2012, he knocked out then-DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki in a nontitle fight.As far as beating champions, its arguably one of the best ever, Alvarez said, when asked to reflect on his own résumé.And yet, in the buildup to his title defense against featherweight champion Conor McGregor at UFC 205 on Saturday, Alvarez estimates half the media attention he has received has been a generic, the guy McGregor is fighting kind of interest.Half of these interviews have basically looked at me as Conors opponent, Alvarez said. The other half actually know who I am. The truth is, a large majority of the market, Id guess 80 percent, doesnt know anything more than what they are sold.And right now, theyve been sold a certain product. I havent been it. Conors been it. Hes been what theyre selling -- and a lot of people have bought it.That they have. Heading into UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden, McGregor (20-3) is the hottest-selling item in the history of mixed martial arts.McGregors last three fights, all of which took place in Las Vegas, combined to produce nearly $26 million in gate revenues. The UFC, a private company that does not release pay-per-view numbers, told this year that McGregors two fights against Nate Diaz rank among the top three sellers in company history.Alvarez (28-4) isnt the first to attribute a large portion of this success to the UFCs eagerness to promote McGregor, a fast-talking, hard-hitting Irish star. One criticism of McGregors record is that he benefited from preferential matchmaking on his way to the top.If he wasnt able to sell, he wouldnt have been able to pick his opponents coming up, 
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