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                                         Because the college basketball season is officially underway, and because we all could probably use more adorable dogs in our lives, here is a picture of UConn star Kia Nurse with Jonathan the Husky. Paul Hornung Super Bowl Jersey .Cuddle time with one of my favs. #StarStruck #KiaNurse #UConnWBBA photo posted by Jonathan the Husky (@jonathanhusky14) onNov 14, 2016 at 3:55am PSTSeriously, thats it. Thats this entire story. But, whatever, you know you liked this picture.See something entertaining on social media that you think deserves to be shared? Let me know on Twitter, @darcymaine_espn. Josh Jackson Super Bowl Jersey . It might not have mattered. While the Dodgers are preparing for the playoffs, the Padres showed their future has promise behind two rookies. Adrian Amos Super Bowl Jersey . It was hard for Luck to pull off another comeback, or even get into the end zone, while standing on the sideline. Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals to give the Chargers a 19-9 victory against the Colts on Monday night. . -- An ugly goal by Nick Bonino helped the Anaheim Ducks overcome the defensive-minded Phoenix Coyotes on a night when their ragged power play continued to struggle.Benik Afobe was with Arsenal for 15 years before being sold to Wolves last year but his goalscoring feats have got him back to the Premier League in quick time. Ahead of the new Bournemouth signings reunion on Sunday, Adam Bate examines the journey so far… Afobe seals win Benik Afobe condemned Crystal Palace to a fifth consecutive league loss Its four-and-a-half years since a young Benik Afobe replaced the injured Jack Wilshere in an Emirates Cup game against New York Red Bulls, impressing the Arsenal crowd with his pace and enthusiasm. With Thierry Henry among the opposition and Robin van Persie alongside him, Afobe might not have been the only one hoping this was Arsenals past, present and future on view.But a hamstring injury of his own soon scuppered that season and despite staying at the club into 2015, the Emirates Cup run-out was as close as Afobe would get to the Arsenal first team. On Sunday, hell take on his old club for the first time as Bournemouths £10m record signing. Most goals in English football since August 2014 Player Club Goals Sergio Aguero Man City 49 Harry Kane Tottenham 49 Benik Afobe Bournemouth 45 Afobe might only be 22 but despite the injury problems hes already packed plenty into his career. Only Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane have scored more goals in English football in the past two years, and his progress could be seen as a fine advert for escaping the cosseted world of London Colney.Coming from Arsenal you got used to having nice things as a kid - going on tour, having sponsorship deals from the age of 16 and playing for the England age group teams, Afobe once said of life as a Premier League academy prospect. Dickie Davies sits down with Afobe to discuss his aims for the season It was easier than other people have had, but growing up and going out on loan, you see players in League One were going home and washing their own boots. You see how grown men live and conduct themselves off the pitch as well.Afobes first foray into senior football came as a 17-year-old with Huddersfield, where he forged a promising partnership with Jordan Rhodes and scored eight goals between November 2010 and May 2011 as the Terriers went all the way to the League One play-off final. Eddie Howe singled out Afobe for praise after the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace Lee Clark was the manager who gave him his debut off the bench in a 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday and immediately identified the traits that would get Afobe back to the Premier League.For 17 years of age, it was an absolutely fantastic performance, said Clark of that first appearance. He was outstanding at times, in terms of his runs, beating people, and getting shots on goal. He appreciated his team-mates and he can also look after himself, he can handle the physical side. Afobe put in the work in training for Arsenal but didnt get his chance Further spells at Reading, Bolton and Millwall added to his experience, while Owls boss Stuart Gray appreciated his gifts during a three-month stint at Hillsborough. He wants to run in behind and stretch the game, while being technically very good and a strong centre-forward. Hes a quality player.But it was with MK Dons that Afobe really made the breakthrough, scoring 19 goals before Christmas in the 2014/15 season. This sequence included a memorable brace in a 4-0 Capital One Cup thrashing of Manchester United. Jonny Evans simply had no answer to the questions asked of him. Afobe scored twice in a 4-0 win over Manchester United with MK Dons Wolves swooped soon after to secure a £2m deal and the step up proved no problem. Why would it be? Those qualities of pace, power and precision are assets at any level and - combined with a first-class attitude - helped him to 13 goals in 21 games as Wolves pushed for the play-offs.Unusually for a player so willing to run in behind, Afobe is also happy coming deep. Speaking to former strike-partner Adam Le Fondre, a picture of a complete forward emerges. I wouldnt say hes a No 9 or a No 10, Le Fondre told Sky Sports. Hes more of an all-round frontman. You cant label him. Hes better than just being a No 9. He can drop off and link the play and has great ability. The best of Afobes goals for former club Wolves in the 2015/16 season With Bakary Sako gone and Nouha Dicko injured, this season was more of a struggle and Afobe was dropped by Wolves as recently as December. Packers Super Bowl Jerseys. But its worth noting that head coach Kenny Jackett praised his attitude and he was into double figures by the time Bournemouth stumped up an eight-figure sum.That vast profit for Wolves in just 12 months is a reflection of the spiralling prices paid by Premier League clubs, but also an indication of Afobes potential to step up. After a faltering start on debut against West Ham, hes already given a hint of his talents by netting in the next three games. Fox in the box? All of Afobes Bournemouth goals have come from close range Eddie Howe described him as razor sharp in getting off the mark against Norwich and a neat finish at Sunderland underlined what he can offer in front of goal. Afobes winner against Crystal Palace on Tuesday made it three in three, ending any thoughts that he might not get chances at this level.Indeed, according to Opta, Afobe has also missed three clear chances for his new club. So far, hes averaging a clear chance every 59 minutes - topping a list that includes Sergio Aguero, Odion Ighalo, Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane among the rest of the top 10. Clear chance frequency - PL 2015/16 Forward Club Clear chances (min. 3) Frequency (mins) Benik Afobe Bournemouth 5 59 Sergio Aguero Man City 16 78 Olivier Giroud Arsenal 18 89 Mame Biram Diouf Stoke 8 92 Odion Ighalo Watford 21 93 Jamie Vardy Leicester 22 95 Harry Kane Tottenham 22 96 Theo Walcott Arsenal 12 98 Romelu Lukaku Everton 20 102 Alexis Sanchez Arsenal 12 103 All the signs are that Afobe has the intelligence in his movement to elude defenders even at Premier League level. The next test will be the close attentions of Laurent Koscielny, the defender whom Vardy and Ighalo rate as the countrys best.Its also an opportunity for the boy born in Leyton who attended Arsenals academy from the age of six to remind his former club of his capabilities. The reunion might be seen as a potentially embarrassing one for Arsene Wenger, but the man himself appears happy to see Afobe blossom. Howe explains why new arrival Afobe fits the Bournemouth mould He has the qualities to integrate into a team like Bournemouth, whose game is based on movement, pace and quick football, Wenger said recently. I must say I am very happy for Benik because he had an outstanding attitude here and I am very pleased he has done well.It is a good opportunity for him and I hope he will be successful there. Sometimes you have to let people go who are not completely ready for us, knowing that they could be successful. I am very happy because we have contributed to his success and I hope he will have a long, good career. Afobe netted the winner against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Tuesday Theres no reason to doubt Wengers sincerity, but hell surely hope that Afobes progress is delayed for 90 minutes. After all, a goal on Sunday could be the latest damaging blow to Arsenals title hopes. Afobe might not represent Arsenals future, but its a future that nevertheless looks ever more promising. Also See: Howe praises Afobe Afobe seals win at Palace ' ' ' 
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