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WIMBLEDON -- The tides of history are as treacherous as they are powerful. Shox Outlet . When they are in flood, they can sweep a man like Novak Djokovic to astonishing heights. In ebb, they can suck him into unforeseen, inescapable eddies.On Saturday at Wimbledon, top-seeded Djokovic was caught in the ebb. It carried him to a most unlikely agent of disaster, a laid-back 28-year old Californian who had lost eight of his previous nine matches to Djokovic. The vicious surge ultimately carried away Djokovics Wimbledon title, his attempt to tie Rod Lavers consecutive Grand Slam win streak at 31 and his drive to try for a calendar year Grand Slam at the US Open.Djokovc was sucked under and drowned in a sea of Sam Querrey aces and forehand blasts in a match played out over two days under angry skies and sun, through spitting rain and seemingly interminable rain delays. It took just 2 hours and 57 minutes, but it felt like a month. Querrey won it, 7-6 (6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5).In sports, everything is possible, Djokovic said shortly afterward. If youre playing somebody of as a high quality as Sam Querrey is on this surface, with a big serve, anything can happen. I was a few points away from losing last year against Kevin Anderson in a very similar match on the same court. Sometimes [a history of success] works in your favor, sometimes against. You got to deal with that.True, Querrey spat out aces like an ATM discharging $10 bills. He cracked 31 in the match, 15 in the critical fourth set, many of them when he was break-point down. (Djokovic converted just one of 12 break points in the decisive set, mainly to Querreys superb serve.)This was an unexpected show of resolve from a player who inspired so little confidence on the morning of the match that bookmakers installed Djokovic as a 3-1 favorite despite the fact that Querrey had won the first two sets late in the day Friday before rain canceled play.At the time, the postponement seemed like a reprieve for Djokovic. No one has accomplished more over the past two years since Roger Federer held his opponents gape-jawed awe in the sweet spot of his career. Federer, though, had his flaws. Once Rafael Nadal matured, he hacked all of Federers passwords.And Federers defense was never the equal of his offense. As Djokovic piled title upon title, increasingly irrespective of surface, his comprehensive skill set became mind-blowing. He had everything.Many expected that a little routine, overnight maintenance was all Djokovic needed to add another chapter to his legend. Djokovic was in nearly identical straits last year against No. 14 Anderson in the fourth round. He survived and went on to win the title.But Querrey is an underachieving No. 41. On a good day, he can match Anderson serve for serve, and the Americans groundstrokes are better.He served very well, as he usually does, Djokovic said. I think that part of his game was brutal today. He made a lot of free points with the first serve. As I said, his accuracy [was excellent]. Then, you know, I think he didnt want to stay too long in the rally. [We had] few long rallies. Other than that, he was just going for it. He was aggressive, and it paid off.The big difference between this and the Anderson match, though, were the stakes. And it showed. Djokovic didnt play as well today as he did against Anderson a year ago. He seemed caught up in the same tide as Serena Williams has been since the U.S. Open. Djokovic made more unforced rally errors in that critical final set than any other one (12). In total, made just three more winners (34) than mistakes.I dont want to take anything out of victory from my opponent today, Djokovic said. He played very well, and he deserved to win. I had my chances serving for the [fourth] set [at 5-4]. In the tiebreak, I was leading [3-1]. I Just wasnt feeling the ball as well as I wished. But thats sport.Its sport, and its the tide of history at work, always flowing -- one way or the other. Mens Nike Shox Clearance . With the short-handed Warriors needing help from someone -- anyone -- to stop a three-game skid, ONeal returned from right knee and groin injuries that had sidelined him for four games and put up season highs with 18 points and eight rebounds. It was just enough to help lift Golden State to a 102-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Buy Nike Shox . -- Charlie Graham stopped 67 shots as the Belleville Bulls edged the visiting Guelph Storm 6-5 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. . But now that hes in the NHL, the Calgary Flames centre showed big improvement in that department by scoring the winner in the eighth round of a 5-4 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. WACO, Texas -- Lauren Cox learned very quickly that Natalie Chou has a voracious appetite, will sing along to anything that comes on the radio and wont put a skateboard down until she has learned how to skate.Before they became roommates at Baylor this summer, Cox and Chou mostly knew each other as highly competitive, decorated rivals in Dallas.It was always us two, me against Lauren in seventh and eighth grades, Chou said. And then in high school, we were in the same district so we would play against each other at least two times. That would always be a big game.Cox and Chou, ranked the No. 1 and No. 8 recruits in the country by ESPN, will play in many more massive games for the next four years as teammates. The prized freshmen, along with No. 40 prospect Calveion Juicy Landrum, take their first road trip on Thursday, and it will surely will be one they wont forget.No. 2 Baylor visits No. 3 UConn with the Huskies looking to extend their 76-game winning streak with a victory in Storrs. The Huskies (1-0) will be Baylors second top-10 opponent this week after the Bears (2-0) beat ninth-ranked UCLA at home, 84-70.Usually, UConn has the star-studded recruiting class. But Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey might have her best crop of freshmen in her 17 seasons at Waco, and thats saying a lot.While Cox and Chou had been teammates once before on the 2014 USA U17 World Championship team -- they helped USA go 7-0 and bonded half a world away in the Czech Republic -- the two never really considered playing together at the collegiate level.At least not until Mulkey had the two in her office for a visit at Baylor.Mulkey made a detailed, eye-opening pitch of seamless pick-and-rolls, perhaps allowing Cox and Chou to fantasize about becoming the Green and Gold version of Stockton and Malone. The coach also talked about the 6-foot-1 Chous perimeter shooting, passing and versatility to play three positions -- and how that would fit nicely with the 6-foot-4 Coxs stellar post game.Apart, the two would be just fine wherever they went. Together, however, Cox and Chou could be a championship-caliber combination in the future.When I recruited them, I talked about together, Mulkey said. The combination of a post player and a perimeter player and what they could mean to each other.Their personalities are similar in that they are very basketball savvy. They grew up in homes where their parents are very involved in their careers, and now they can go to the next level and do it together.Cox stunned Mulkey by committing as she posed for a photo shoot in a Baylor uniform on her official visit, and Chou signed two weeks later.(Mulkeys pitch about teaming up) was eye-opening, Chou said. She put everything into reality. Lauren is like the best post power forward, and I am a really good shooter, so having her would help me a lot, and we know eeach others games so well so it would be great. Nike Shox Buy Online. The two McDonalds All-Americans joined Landrum to give Mulkey whats considered the best recruiting class in the country by some and the second-best class?according to ESPN. All three have deep basketball roots, too. Chous mother, Quanli Li, played professional basketball in China. Coxs parents, Dennis and Brenda, played college basketball, and Landrums sister, Porsha Roberts, plays professionally.How much Mulkey will play her freshmen remains to be seen. Cox logged just four minutes and missed all four of her shots against UCLA as Mulkey relied on an impressive frontcourt with the likes of preseason All-American forward Nina Davis and Kalani Brown. Brown had 25 points, 19 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks against the Bruins.Chou and Landrum play behind a veteran backcourt of Alexis Jones, Alexis Prince and Kristy Wallace. Chou logged 12 minutes and went scoreless, while Landrum did not play against UCLA.Of course, the freshmen trio came to Baylor knowing they would try to support a Bears squad that returned four starters from a 36-2 team last season.I am really hard on myself, so I do have high expectations for myself, said Cox, who is Baylors first No. 1 recruit in the country since Brittney Griner in 2009. If I do want to have that playing time and contribute to the team, I will have to work hard because we have really good returning posts on the team.In Baylors first non-exhibition game of the season, the three freshmen saw extended playing time in a 118-43 blowout over Houston Baptist. Chou led the freshmen with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 1 block, while Cox had 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks. Landrum added 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 points, 2 steals and 1 block.Mulkey hopes her freshmen will wreak havoc on opponents in the future. For now, she wants them to find enough harmony on the court to be the pieces that make this Baylor juggernaut a championship team.The three Texas girls havent come up with a nickname for their class, but their goal and the teams motto is clear and catchy: Destination Dallas. Baylor hopes to return to the Final Four for the first time since 2012, when the Bears went 40-0 and won the national championship.Once local rivals, Cox and Chou would love nothing more than to come home and compete for a championship together.From over the years, we would know how each other play, and we knew each others strengths and what we liked to do, Chou said. So having that connection already and history really, I think, helps.We have a lot of Dallas girls on this team. So we feel like we would be playing in front of our family, and our goal is to win the national championship. 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