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CINCINNATI -- Skip Prosser died in 2007, but hell be on the minds of many players, coaches and fans on Saturday night, when No. Randy Jones Jersey . 17 Xavier hosts Wake Forest at Cintas Center.The Musketeers and Demon Deacons are meeting for the sixth time as part of the Skip Prosser Classic, played in honor of the former coach at both programs.Xavier head coach Chris Mack was an assistant at Wake Forest for three years under Prosser and was a two-year captain for the Musketeers while Prosser was an assistant coach.Mack spoke with his team this week about his former friend and mentor.I wanted the guys to understand why we play the series, and give them a good perspective of who he was, Mack said. Anybody that had a chance to play for Skip or coach with him knows how genuinely sincere and caring he was. He treated everyone the same, from the guy who mopped the gym to his players.Prosser was at Xavier for 15 years from 1985-2001, including as Musketeers head coach from 1994-2001, when he compiled a 148-65 record and three NCAA Tournament berths. He was Wake Forests head coach from 2001 until he died of a massive heart attack in his campus office. Prosser led the Demon Deacons to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first four years.During his coaching career, Prosser helped develop future NBA stars David West, Josh Howard, and Chris Paul.Prosser was inducted into XUs Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010 and remains a beloved figure at both schools and throughout college basketball.We briefly talked about him (on Thursday), said Xavier forward RaShid Gaston. He had a great impact on both teams and were playing this game in honor of him.Xavier (8-2) leads the series 4-2, including a come-from-behind 78-70 win at Wake Forest last season. The Musketeers trailed by as many as 18 points in that game.Macks team, like Wake Forest, is coming off exam week, which can often result in sluggish performances.The good thing is that Wake Forest is dealing with it, too, he said. So, no excuses tomorrow if we dont play well. It was exam week for both teams.Musketeers guard Trevon Bluiett was named to the Big East Conference weekly honor roll after averaging 22.5 points in a loss at Colorado and a win over Utah.Wake Forest (8-2) is 3-1 on the road with wins at Charleston, Richmond and UNC-Greensboro and a loss at Northwestern.Theyre a really good team in transition, said Gaston. Theyre really aggressive on the offensive glass as well.Gaston will try to contain Demon Deacons sophomore forward John Collins, who averages 18 points and is among four Wake Forest players scoring in double-figures.Mack believes Collins is among the most improved players in all of college basketball this season.Johns an athletic kid, said Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning last month. Last year, in the minutes that he played, his production was really, really high. But the thing we continue to stress with him is defensive positioning. When you get to this level and you try to time up a block or go make a great defensive play, you usually end up getting a foul. Dave Winfield Jersey . -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was fined $15,570 by the NFL on Wednesday for his hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees last Sunday. Cheap Padres Jerseys Authentic . "I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates," said Hejduk in a statement. http:///...key-henderson-jersey . Clarkson had been dealing with an elbow injury in early January and will be out of action for at least one week. He has three goals and five assists through 36 games with the Leafs this season.PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The curls no longer spilled from under his cap, a big change for Rory McIlroy. Prompted to reveal the rest of his free haircut, he removed his hat and wild brown locks sprang to life. "Still a little bit on the top," he said Wednesday with an easy smile. Only then did McIlroy resemble the Boy Wonder who dominated golf last summer, starting with his win at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island by a record margin. He didnt walk down the fairways that week, he bounced. He was No. 1 in the world, and looked every bit the part. McIlroy would love to rediscover that kid at Oak Hill this week. In its place is a 24-year-old from Northern Ireland who has reason to feel much older. He hasnt won a tournament, and only once did he even come close. He has finished over par in all three majors, with only two rounds at the British Open. He has failed to make the cut five times this year, which includes walking off the course in the Honda Classic with sore wisdom teeth that still havent been removed. Among betting favourites, he was second only to Tiger Woods at the Masters at 5-to-1. For the PGA Championship, the odds are 30-to-1, higher than two players (Henrik Stenson and Brandt Snedeker) who have never won a major. And he cant wait to get to the first tee Thursday afternoon. Inspiration comes from videos he has been watching of his eight-shot win at Kiawah Island, along with his back-to-back FedEx Cup playoff wins against some of the strongest fields of the year. Some of what he noticed was technical, such as the position of his club in the swing. What really stood out was the body language. "Its how you carry yourself. Its all that sort of stuff, your little mannerisms," McIlroy said. "I guess its just trying to remember those feelings and remember how I felt that week and trying to carry some of that into this week and just get those good, positive thoughts going. "I think everyone sees when I walk and Im playing well, I have that little bounce in my step." What would go a lot longer at Oak Hill is keeping the ball in play on a traditional, tree-lined course -- so many trees that even being in the fairway doesnt mean a clear shot at the green if the ball is slightly out of position. The greens are small and slope toward the front. Oak Hill is a hard golf course, and the evidence comes from the previous five majors held on this Donald Ross design -- only 10 players in those five majors have finished under par. "This may be the toughest golf course, but the fairest golf course that we play," said Tom Watson, playing this major for the 32nd time. "Somebody is going to win this thing, and that person is going to play awfully well, awfully good golf this week. Wish I could say thats me." Watson was joking. Not so funny is that the way McIlroys year has gone, there isnt much reason to believe it could be him, either. Most of the attention is on Woods, even though he has gone five years and 17 majors without winning one. Woods won the Bridgestone Invitational last week by seven shots, sparked by a 61 in the second round that tied his personal best. That gave Woods ffive wins this year, which is five more than McIlroy. Ozzie Smith Jersey. Phil Mickelson opened with a 65 in 2003 the last time the PGA Championship was played at Oak Hill until fading badly in one of his worst seasons as a pro. He is coming off an astounding win at the British Open, where his 66 in the final round is regarded as one of the best closing rounds in a major. If he could pick off another PGA Championship, Mickelson would be a shoo-in as PGA Tour player of the year, an award he has never won. McIlroy, meanwhile, has been largely forgotten through ordinary play and endless questions about a season gone wrong from his opening tournament when he missed the cut in Abu Dhabi. Some of his troubles have been attributed to a wholesale equipment change, others to his decision to change management companies. McIlroy said his switch to Nike is no longer an excuse, not with 15 tournaments under his belt. He says it has taken longer than usual to work his way out of bad habits. "I guess every time you play and you dont play well, it sort of chips away at your confidence a little bit," he said. McIlroy has gone through this before. Only a year ago, he had gone five months without a win and missed the cut in four out of five tournaments. With a spark at Firestone, he showed up at Kiawah Island and overwhelmed the strongest field in golf in ways only Woods used to do. "I love proving people wrong," McIlroy said. Ian Poulters advice was everyone to "give him a break." Poulter tied for third -- by nine shots -- last year at Kiawah Island and has watched the fall of a kid who looked one year ago that he would be on top of golf for a long time. Now its back to Woods and Mickelson at Nos. 1 and 2 in the world, with the kid trying to claw his way back. "I think sometimes we forget how young he is and what hes been able to achieve at a very early age," Poulter said. "So the second he feels comfortable again, whether thats with his swing or equipment or whatever it is, then Rory will be winning golf tournaments. That natural swing of his doesnt just disappear overnight." Despite all the scrutiny -- on everything from his new equipment to new management, to girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki and moving from Northern Ireland to south Florida -- McIlroy hasnt dodged the questions for which he has no tangible answers. "Id definitely rather be up here talking about more positive things, but I guess thats the way it is," McIlroy said. "Should you lay off me? Thats not for me to decide. Im here and Im answering your questions and thats all I can do. As I said, it would be nicer just to sit up here, talk about some more positive things. But the way the years gone, its understandable why Im not." Once again, TSN.ca will feature live streaming of the PGA Championship, beginning with Tiger Woods, Davis Love III and Keegan Bradley on Thursday at 8:30am et/5:30am pt. 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