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    GAINESVILLE, Fla. George Armstrong Jersey . -- Missouris last visit to Florida Field was a debacle for the home team.The Tigers returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and then really blew the game open in the third quarter by scoring on a punt return, a fumble return and an interception return.The 18th-ranked Gators (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) havent forgotten, and they plan to use it as motivation when the Tigers (3-2, 0-2) return to Gainesville on Saturday.That was just embarrassing how we came out, Florida cornerback Jalen Tabor said. Man, homecoming. They returned the opening kickoff. They had four non-offensive touchdowns. Sheesh, thats tough.The 42-13 drubbing ranks among Floridas worst home losses in school history. Mizzou had just seven first downs and 119 yards of offense, including 20 passing, and essentially sat back and watched the Gators self-destruct every way imaginable.Senior linebacker Jarrad Davis reminded teammates this week how humbling that 2014 homecoming game was.If thats what it takes for them to get excited, Florida coach Jim McElwain said. I dont know, maybe they put it on their locker room wall or something. Maybe thatll be good.The Gators are coming off an unexpected bye week caused by Hurricane Matthew. The SEC postponed Floridas home game against LSU because of the threatening storm and eventually rescheduled it for Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge.Missouri also had a week off after losing 42-7 at LSU , a disconcerting setback in which the offense totaled just 265 yards and the defense missed two dozen tackles and gave up 418 yards rushing.I think it was a wake-up call for us, Mizzou receiver Chris Black said.Florida, which has managed 20 points and 338 yards in its last six quarters, expects an offensive boost with the return of quarterback Luke Del Rio. Del Rio missed the last two games with a sprained left knee.Im looking for, obviously, improvement in all phases, McElwain said. But more than that, Im looking for improvement with guys not just trying to do their job and stopping, but actually doing their job and finishing. Thats really what Im looking for this week.---Here are some other things to know about Missouri and Florida heading into their sixth meeting:GETTING HEALTHY: The Gators used to week off to get a little healthier on both lines. Defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (finger) and left tackle David Sharpe (shoulder) should be good to go against the Tigers. Defensive linemen Joey Ivie (thumb) and Jordan Sherit (leg) remain sidelined.INFLATED NUMBERS: Missouri quarterback Drew Lock leads the SEC in passing, averaging 335 yards a game. The sophomore has thrown for 1,675 yards, with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. But 10 of his TD passes came in lopsided wins against Eastern Michigan and Delaware State.FOUR-HEADED MONSTER: It will be interesting to see if Florida sticks with its four-man running back rotation against the Tigers. Leading rusher Jordan Scarlett looked like the best of the bunch against Vanderbilt, running for 55 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, but the Gators continued to get Mark Thompson, Jordan Cronkrite and Lamical Perine touches.HARRIS WATCH: Florida wants to know exactly where Missouri defensive end Charles Harris is before every snap. Although Harris had a slow start to the season while adjusting to a new defensive scheme, the junior is one of the best players in the league. He has 19 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks, modest numbers for a guy widely considered a first-round draft pick in 2017.TITLE TEAM IN TOWN: The Gators will honor their 2006 national championship team Saturday, welcoming many of the players back to recognize the 10-year anniversary of the programs second national title. Retired coach Steve Spurrier, who led Florida to its first title two decades ago, spoke to the current team Thursday about the importance of homecoming. Florida is a meager 3-3 in its last six homecoming games.---AP college football website: Morgan Rielly Jersey . -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Fridays morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over . Kris Versteeg Jersey . Marincin has played in two NHL games so far this season with two penalty minutes. The 21-year-old has three goals, four assists and a plus-5 rating in 24 games with the American Hockey Leagues Oklahoma City Barons this season. . To the surprise of many, it isnt the Wolverines but their in-state rivals the Michigan State Spartans. MIAMI -- The San Antonio Spurs still have that winning NBA Finals formula of good defence and a little luck on offence. Tim Duncan overcame a slow start to finish with 20 points and 14 rebounds, Tony Parker banked in a desperation jumper on a broken play with 5.2 seconds left and the Spurs withstood LeBron James triple-double to beat the Miami Heat 92-88 on Thursday night in a thrilling Game 1. Parker ended up with 21 points after referees reviewed his shot to make sure it just beat the shot clock, giving San Antonio a four-point edge in the game that was close the whole way. "We got a little bit lucky in Game 1," Parker said. "Sometimes thats what it takes to win games." Playing for the championship for the first time since sweeping James Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007 for their fourth title, the Spurs improved to 5-for-5 in Game 1s, hanging around for three quarters and then blowing by the defending champions midway through the fourth. Manu Ginobili, the third member of San Antonios Big Three that has combined for 99 post-season victories together, finished with 13 points, and Danny Green had 12. "It doesnt matter how were categorized -- old, veterans, whatever you call us, were in the mix," the 37-year-old Duncan said. San Antonio turned up its defence in the fourth quarter, limiting Miami to seven points in the first 8 1/2 minutes in returning to the finals just the way it left -- with a victory over James. James had 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists in his second straight NBA Finals triple-double, but he shot only 7 of 16 against some good defence by Kawhi Leonard, and Miamis offence stalled in the fourth quarter. "The Spurs are the Spurs," James said. "Theyre going to put you in positions where you feel uncomfortable offensively and defensively, and every time you make a mistake, theyre going to capitalize on it." Game 2 is Sunday night. James became a champion on this floor last year in Game 5 against Oklahoma City, but he hasnt forgotten his first taste of the finals. The Spurs overwhelmed his Cavaliers and James spoke Wednesday like someone who had payback in mind. He was 22 then, a fourth-year player headed for greatness but with holes in his game that San Antonio exploited. Revenge wont come easily -- if it comes at all. Dwyane Wade scored 17 points for the Heat but was shut out in the fourth quarter. Chris Bosh had only two of his 13 in the final period. James shot an airball on a 3-pointer on his first shot attempt, then was soon back to the step-in-front- of-him-at-your-own-risk force that has made him the games best player. But San Antonio handled that and everything else Miami did, even while only shooting 42 per cent from the field. "This is a hell of a game to play because both teams are so good offensively and defensively," Bosh said. "You cant have any letdowns." Forced to seven grueling games by the rugged Indiana Pacers in the East finals, the Heat clearly enjoyed the more wide-open flow of this game, making 18 of their first 30 shots. But the Spurs defence simply got better as the game went along, forcing Miami into five turnovers in the final quarter. "I thought we were a little fatigued honestly in the fourth quarter," Wade said. "Looking around, we looked like a team that came off a seven-game series." Miami outshot and outrebounded San Antonio in the first half, yet led only 52-49. The Heat stayed ahead until Parkers free throws gave San Antonio a 77-76 edgee with 7:47 remaining. Frank Mahovlich Jersey. James set up Bosh for a jumper on the next possession for his 10th assist, but Leonard made a follow shot and Parker turned James turnover into a spinning layup and an 81-78 lead exactly halfway through the fourth. "We were just trying to hang," Parker said. "In the third quarter, the same thing. In the fourth quarter we finally made some stops and made a couple of big shots." The lead grew to seven, but Miami was back within two and appearing ready to get the ball back when Parker lost control of the ball and his balance as the clock was set to expire. He gathered the ball and his footing, turning and tossing it in as the light above the basket turned red. "Tonys shot is one of those things that happens sometimes," Ginobili said. "We got lucky today." It was an entertaining start to a matchup that seemed years in the making between perennial contenders, the Spurs making their fifth appearance and the Heat their fourth. Commissioner David Stern called it "probably the most anticipated finals in who knows, 30 years," likely more a bit of hyperbole in his final state of the league address than a comment meant to slight fans of the Celtics, Lakers, or Michael Jordans Bulls. It came with the promise of beautiful basketball between two fluid offences who were built differently but share common beliefs and a healthy respect. The Spurs value system over stardom, never asking for attention -- and too often not getting it. The Heat have been never been out of the spotlight from the moment James and Bosh showed up to join Wade, James vowing multiple titles as lights flashed and music boomed, showing they were going to be loud and impossible to ignore. The Heat have a assembled a deep supporting cast loaded with 3-point shooters that turned them into a 66-win powerhouse this season, sending the Spurs to the finals in the unfamiliar role of underdog. They handled it just fine. The Spurs hadnt played since May 27, when they finished off a sweep of Memphis in the Western Conference finals, and even coach Gregg Popovich said he didnt know what to expect. San Antonio turned it over on its first possession, leading to Wades fast-break dunk. Then the Spurs ran off nine straight points, showing the rest helped more than any rust hurt. Only Duncan, who has remained among the NBAs best, looked out of sync. He missed all five shots in the first quarter before going to the bench late in the period with his second foul. The Heat had a 38-29 lead by the time he returned, and he quickly got on the board with an inside basket en route to a 12-point second quarter. Back in the arena where James had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in last years closeout game, fans arrived to white shirts reading "Witness Miami" draped over their seats. The Miami fans didnt like what they witnessed, many leaving as referees reviewed Parkers shot. Notes: Duncan joined Elgin Baylor, A.C. Green and John Salley as the only players in NBA history to make a Finals appearance in three decades. Salley is the only one to win titles in three decades. ... The teams combined for 12 turnovers, tying the record for the fewest in a playoff game. San Antonio had just four. ... Eleven of the Spurs 15 players were making their finals debuts. Only Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and Matt Bonner were on the 2007 team. ... 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