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FRANKFURT, Germany -- One quarter into the Bundesliga season, the Champions League slots have a very surprising look. Mathieu Perreault Jets Jersey .Bayern Munich tops the standings, of course, but the next three slots are taken by a newcomer, a team that barely escaped relegation last season and the unfancied Cologne.Bayern is only two points clear of RB Leipzig, which is making its debut in the Bundesliga and is still undefeated after nine matches, the best starting record for a promoted team.Next is Hoffenheim, which is also still undefeated, after finishing last season one point above the danger zone.Cologne completes the top four, five points behind Bayern.Leipzig and Hoffenheim have similar histories. Hoffenheim was a village team until a local son and software billionaire started pumping money to steer its march through the lower tiers into the Bundesliga. Hoffenheim took the Bundesliga by storm and was leading the table halfway into its rookie season in 2008.Hoffenheim struggled in recent years and appeared headed for relegation last season, until the management took a bold decision and turned to coach Julian Nagelsmann, who was still 28 but guided Hoffenheim to safety.Nagelsmann will have his biggest test on Saturday, when Hoffenheim travels to Munich to play Bayern in what has turned out to be the match of the week.Weve earned it, said Nagelsmann, whose team is riding a five-match winning streak. If we have a good day and Bayern is below its best, then we can get something in Munich.RB Leipzig started out as a rebranded fourth-tier local side bankrolled by an Austrian energy drink maker. It quickly rose through the ranks by signing talented players lured by promises of rapid Bundesliga glory.Leipzig and Hoffenheim are also bound by more than similar histories. Ralf Rangnick, who was coach of Hoffenheim in its early Bundesliga days, is now Leipzigs sporting director. Leipzig plays the high-pressing, quick-transition game that was a hallmark of Hoffenheim in early days that is coming back under Nagelsmann.Leipzig, like Hoffenheim, faces a hostile reception at most away matches because of fans who prefer traditional clubs with long histories over new-money parvenus.When Leipzig played in Darmstadt last weekend, the home side played in retro-looking kits and used a manually operated scoreboard to emphasize its long tradition. It didnt help, as Leipzig won 2-0.Unlike Leipzig and Hoffenheim, Cologne is very long in tradition but also very short in success -- at least in recent decades.Cologne was one of the founding clubs of the Bundesliga in 1963 and its first champion. It won the title again in 1978. It has been without a title since the German Cup in 1983.The club was relegated for the first time in 1998 and kept moving back and forth between the two divisions.Finally, it stabilized under coach Peter Stoeger, who returned the team to the Bundesliga in 2014. It finished 12th and then climbed to ninth at the end of the last season.Now, Cologne is looking at a place in Europe and the main reason for it is Anthony Modeste, the Bundesligas hottest striker.Modeste, a 28-year-old Frenchman, scored a hat trick last weekend against Hamburg -- and missed a penalty -- to bring his total to a league-high 11 goals after nine matches. He also scored the goal that knocked out Hoffenheim, his former club, from the German Cup.Cologne visits Eintracht Frankfurt, another surprise team, on Saturday, while Leipzig hosts Mainz on Sunday. Shawn Matthias Jets Jersey . Klitschkos management company says the bout will be the Ukrainian fighters 25th world championship fight. 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MIAMI -- The perennial also-ran Miami Dolphins wont make much progress in the AFC East until they figure out how to beat Buffalo, which theyll try to do Sunday.Miami lost twice to the Bills last season by a combined score of 74-31, and Buffalo has won five of six meetings since 2013.Its a more troublesome matchup for the Dolphins than the Patriots, who have won seven consecutive division titles but split with Miami each of the past three seasons.And now it appears the Bills (4-2) actually have a good team. A four-game winning streak under coach Rex Ryan has raised hopes for the franchises first playoff berth since 1999.The Dolphins (2-4), meanwhile, are coming off a surprising victory over Pittsburgh -- their best game yet under first-year coach Adam Gase.Here are things to know about the 105th meeting between the teams:BUFFALOS DOMINATION: Last season the Bills totaled more than 400 yards with a 100-yard rusher in each game against Miami.In the past weve gotten confused against their running game, Miami linebacker Jelani Jenkins said. We didnt do a good job of adjusting. We havent been playing team defense against them, and thats what has hurt us.Ryan Tannehill is 2-6 against the Bills with a passer rating of 75.6, well below his career rating of 85.3. A team turnaround would represent major progress, he said.You really want to take advantage of these home games and have a big win against a divisional opponent, he said.Tannehill and the Dolphins had better luck against Ryan when he coached the New York Jets. Ryan downplays any trend in the Buffalo-Miami series, noting he heard the same sort of thing before the Bills lost to the Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 2.I was 8-1 against him, and then he lit us up like a Christmas tree, Ryan said. Each game is different. We know that. We know weve got our hands full this week.BRUISING BILLS: Each game is different, but the Dolphins face a familiar challenge against the Bills: stopping the ground game.That wont be easy for a unit ranked next to last in the NFL in run defense. And the Bills lead the league with 166 yards rushing per game and 5.6 yards per carry.In last weeks win over the 49ers, the Bills netted 312 yards rushing, their most since 1992.The Bills might be without running back LeSean McCoy, who is nursing a sore hamstring. The Dolphins will be without safety Reshad Jones , a ferocious tackler, who suffered a season-endiing shoulder injury last week. Jansen Harkins Jets Jersey Authentic. MESSAGE RECEIVED: After Miamis Jay Ajayi more than doubled his season rushing total with 204 yards last week against the Steelers, a teammate hung a gas can in his locker with an accompanying note: Can you fill up your gas tank every single week?I dont know who put it up there, but the message was received, Ajayi said.He briefly fell out of favor with Gase early this season because of attitude issues. So what was the gas-can message after his breakout game?Just continue to build off of it, Ajayi said. It was good to have a performance like that, but I definitely dont want to be satisfied. I dont want to be a one-hit wonder, so I have to keep working.STOUT DEFENSE: The Bills defense has meshed a year after Ryan was criticized for a high-priced and under-performing unit that finished 19th in the NFL in yards allowed. That was the lowest ranking for Ryan in 11 years as a coach or defensive coordinator.During the Bills winning streak, theyve allowed only four touchdowns. Theyre tied for second in the NFL with 12 takeaways, including three returned for TDs, and lead the league in red zone defense.Theyre doing it with backups at numerous spots. Ten-year journeyman Lorenzo Alexander leads the league with eight sacks filling in for first-round pick Shaq Lawson, who might make his NFL debut Sunday after recovering from shoulder surgery.BIG GAINS: Tannehill was booed at home two weeks ago and has middling statistics in most categories. But he ranks fifth with an average of 8.1 yards per attempt, by far the best of his five-year career.When weve had opportunities, I think weve made most of the plays downfield, he said.Tannehill has been knocked for a lack of accuracy on deep throws, and Gase said the criticism is undeserved. In the past two weeks, Tannehill has completions of 58, 53, 50 and 39 yards.Hes probably a little more accurate on the deep ball than everybody told me when I got here, I know that, Gase said. Hes just hitting everything down the field.---AP Sports Writer John Wawrow in Buffalo, New York, contributed to this report.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve-Wine. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/steven-wine ;Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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