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Even as India look to make their own bit of history at the 11th Junior World Cup in mens hockey, which begins in Lucknow on December 8, it would be an occasion to remember for a nation that once featured regularly at the Olympics, but is now an outpost in the geography of the sport.Austria are making their first appearance at the junior level of the event, and the first in mens hockey at a global stage since the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. If you count their senior womens teams participation at the Olympics in Moscow in 1980, and the World Cup a year later in Buenos Aires, this is the first time an Austrian team is participating at the finals of a global hockey event in 35 years.Austria is a football-oriented country, and like in most other nations, hockey is competing directly against a lot of sports. In that sense, theres no pressure on the team, says head coach Cedric DSouza. The former two-time India coach took charge of the senior mens team in Austria in January 2016. Our team [ranked 21st among seniors] has the lowest ranking among all the teams participating. The most important thing here will be performance, says the former two-time India coach.DSouza, who was yet to take over when Austria qualified for the World Cup by finishing sixth at the European Junior Championship in Belgium two years ago, has brought a young side, with six of the 20-strong squad regulars of the under-18 team. The youngest of the lot, Oliver Kern, will be 17 years and 121 days when they begin their campaign against 2005 champions Argentina on Friday in a competitive Pool A, which also includes Australia and Korea.Austrian hockey has many talented youngsters, and our attempt is always to push as many players into international leagues as possible, since our Austrian league is not that strong, says DSouza, who has already integrated all the members of the junior team from 2014 into the senior setup. Five of the players in Lucknow - captain Leon Thornblom, Franz Lindengrun, Florian Steyrer , Pit Rudofsky and Oliver Binder - are regulars in the senior team, with four of them featuring in the World League Round 1 in Turkey in September where Austria finished first. Lindengren and Thornblom play club hockey abroad with Hamburg, while Binder also plays in Germany for Harvestehuder, the same club as 2013 player of the year and two-time Olympic gold medallist Tobias Hauke.The preparation for this team has been unlike any other for this junior World Cup, explains DSouza. All these players stay with their club most of the time. I would perhaps get the weekend with them, and I would do five sessions with them across Friday, Saturday and Sunday.The Austrian league concluded on October 24, and following a two-day rest, they set off on a sequence of 13 practice games across four countries, winning four and losing five of the games. The notable results were beating the Bangladesh senior team in two matches, and also notching up two wins on the tour of Netherlands, where they faced the under-21 team and also faced a couple of local clubs. It was an impressive performance from a team in which the only recognisable star is defender Benjamin Stanzl, who also plays under DSouza for the Delhi Waveriders in the Hockey India League (HIL).Playing with youth, sometimes their exuberance can get the better of them, and lead them to lose focus. Lets not forget that most of the countries here have a number of players that regularly play for the senior teams as well, says DSouza, talking of the depth of field in Lucknow. You look through the rosters of Australia, Germany, New Zealand - they have had some exposure at the highest level. And lets not forget the Indian team. Each of their players has been exposed to high-quality hockey thanks to the HIL. They have been preparing together for this event for a good while now, and they will be very hard to beat.DSouza says he took over with a clear mandate; that of seeing the senior team through to the 2020 Olympics, and that remains their target even as their younger generation take their bow at a global event. And that is what he stresses upon when asked if the team should take inspiration from having qualified for the World Cup at the expense of 2013 runners-up France.Weve had a good five weeks or so together. We are aware of our strengths and weaknesses, and well enjoy this tournament. 2020 was the vision we had when I took over, and that is the aim for this tournament. The ones who perform well will hopefully start pushing those in the senior team for places, says DSouza. Colton Schmidt Jersey . 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The quest begins with what is supposed to be an easy one, although Germany has traditionally been a stubborn opponent to Canadian teams at international tournaments. DALLAS -- Navy could still play the American Athletic Conference championship game at home. SMU needs one more win to get bowl eligible.The two teams that beat Houston this season have a lot on the line Saturday.Triple-option Navy has already clinched the West Division and a spot in the conference title game. But the Midshipmen (8-2, 6-1 AAC, No. 25 CFP) still have a chance to host the Dec. 3 game depending on who wins the East.You have to find a way to keep pressing forward, have to find a way to not look ahead to the next game, coach Ken Niumatalolo said.While SMU (5-6, 3-4) has to win to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2012, there are rumors about the possibility of second-year Mustangs coach Chad Morris leaving to become Baylors new coach. Morris addressed that situation this week, saying that its just that time of year in college football when people are mentioned for jobs. He said he hadnt been contacted by Baylor.Navy, which has a three-game winning streak and is averaging 46 points its last six games, pulled off one of the biggest upsets this season when it won 46-40 over Houston (9-2, 5-2 No. 20 CFP) on Oct. 8. The Mustangs then beat the Cougars 38-16 two weeks after that.Weve definitely turned the corner in this program. There is no doubt about that, Morris said. Just watching our kids play and seeing the hurt in our locker room after a tough loss. Im extremely proud of where we are in this program. ... Year 1, we laid the foundation and Year 2 is about building off that foundation.Some things to know when Navy goes for its seventh consecutive win in the series against SMU:WELL BE BACKAfter Saturdays game at SMU, the AAC title game and then the Army-Navy game, the Midshipmenn will return to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for their bowl game.dddddddddddd Navy has a contractual agreement to play in the Armed Forces Bowl on TCUs campus on Dec. 23. The only thing that would change that is if they finish as the top-ranked league champion from the Group of Five conferences. If that happens, Navy would play in the Cotton Bowl on New Years Day in the Dallas Cowboys home stadium.SMU TAKEAWAYSThe Mustangs defense has 18 interceptions this season, ranking second among FBS schools. They are the only FBS team that has three players who have at least four picks. SMU is third nationally with 25 total takeaways after forcing only 10 turnovers all of last season.A FEW NUMBERSSMU receiver Courtland Sutton set a school record with 252 yards receiving in a loss to USF last week, when he had a career-high 13 receptions. He has 70 catches for 1,186 yards and nine TDs this season. ... Navy is 25-5 its last 30 games, and has a 13-2 record in AAC games since joining the league last year. ... Navys senior class has won 36 games, tied as the most in school history over a four-year period. Last years seniors also won 36 games, matching the Class of 1909.THIS ONES FOR GANSZThe two teams play for the Gansz Trophy, created in 2009 in memory of Frank Gansz, who played at Navy from 1957-59 and was an assistant coach at both Navy and SMU. Gansz died in April 2009 from complications after knee replacement surgery. 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