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  • Borussia Dortmund were runners up in the Champions League two years ago and last season were eliminated in the quarterfinal round. Marvin Jones Jr Jersey .  Amazing then, that they have lost the Bundesliga title to Bayern Munich by 19 and 25 points in the past two seasons.  Last seasons 19 point championship gap to second place was the largest in any of the major European leagues and also saw Bayern Munich become the earliest ever German Champions, clinching the title in March. Dortmund are once again the closest competitors with a chance of wrestling the crown away from Munich, but for the second season in a row it will be the defending champions spot to lose. In his second season at the helm, Pep Guardiola will have to deal with a long injury list to start the season as top names such as Thiago Alcantara, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez are all out for an extended period of time. Player of the year finalist Franck Ribery is also out to open the season still dealing with a back injury that caused him to miss the World Cup as well as knee problems that have bothered him more recently. The biggest move of the offseason however is the defection of Robert Lewandoski who has made the move from Dortmund to Munich, further strengthening the top team while dealing a major blow to the runner up. Arjen Robben starred in the World Cup with the Netherlands and proved to still be one of the most skilled players in the world. Can Juergen Klopps Borussia Dortmund side mount any kind of challenge for the top of the table? While they will suffer with the loss of Lewandoski, they have signed a few players to take his place in the lineup and will at least not be looking at taking a full step back offensively. Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos have joined the fray, while Marco Reus has returned from injury to help the cause. Wolfsburg, the team that will open the season against Bayern Munich, would need to have everything go perfect for them this season to have a chance at entering the title conversation. Nikolas Bendtner has made the move from Arsenal and will be their key man in attack.  If they can steal a result in their opening contest it would go a long way to helping the confidence of the side. Schalke 04 have grabbed Sidney Sam away from Bayer Leverkusen and have also retained the services of Julian Draxler a young attacking midfielder key to their offensive game plan. Bayer Leverkusen finished in the top four last season and could be a player if they are able to come together under new head coach Roger Schmidt. The key to the season will of course be Bayern Munich but if they stumble there will be quality teams at their gate ready to storm into the picture. Darius Slay Jr Jersey . Off-Season Game Plan examines a team facing some challenging times as GM Bryan Murray tries to put together a roster for next season. Perhaps the first challenge facing Murray is that its expected he will be moving out Jason Spezza, a premier point producer who is about to enter the final year of his contract. T.J. Jones Jersey . -- Craig Anderson has quite a record against his former team, the Florida Panthers. INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George spent much of Friday worried about whether hed be suspended for Game 7 against Atlanta. Not a chance. Less than an hour after wrapping up practice, an NBA spokesman confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that league officials reviewed the tapes from Thursday nights altercation and determined none of the players who stepped onto the court would be punished for the decisive game of this first-round series. It was no surprise to the Pacers. "Were planning for him to be here until were told hes not going to be in there," coach Frank Vogel said shortly before the decision was made public. "I think he stayed in the vicinity of the bench." Players who leave the "vicinity" of the bench during a fracas can be suspended under league rules. Few, including Stu Jackson, the leagues former disciplinarian, expected that to happen with George, who took two slow, short steps onto the court before he was pushed back by assistant coach Popeye Jones. Jackson wrote on Twitter that he didnt expect the league to suspend George, Indianas best player and an All-Star starter. Losing George would have been a major blow to the Pacers comeback hopes. George has topped 20 points in all six games, has double-doubles in five of them and has been the one Pacers defender able to slow down quick, shifty Hawks guard Jeff Teague. And it was George and David West who saved the Pacers season with a late Thursday night in Atlanta, too. All the leagues best regular season home team must do now to reach the second round and avoid the distinction of becoming the sixth No. 1 seed in league history to be eliminated in the first round is protect its home court. Lately, thats been a problem. "My thing is that three of the last four times weve played these guys (in Indy), they built 20-point leads and beat us pretty good," Vogel said. "So I dont think anyone from this team can thinnk were going to be OK just because were back home. Golden Tate III Jersey. ." The eighth-seeded Hawks understand. They had a chance to wrap up the best-of-seven series at home and rallied from a nine-point deficit in the third quarter to take a five-point lead late in the fourth. Yet they still lost. "Weve responded well all year when weve been in difficult situations," coach Mike Budenholzer said Friday. "Part of our response is going to have to be better execution. I think we have a lot of positive reference points from all year. Our group has been very good and very resilient. I have a lot of confidence in our group." But this is going to be different. The Pacers, who spent all season chasing the Eastern Conferences top seed, expect a raucous crowd for the first Game 7 to be played at home in the franchises NBA history. Plus, they appeared to find a defensive solution to Atlantas spread offence by going small in Game 6. The Hawks, meanwhile, have only a day to adjust to Vogels new rotations and are on their own historic quest. A win Saturday would give Atlanta the distinction of having the fewest regular-season wins (38) of any second-round team since Detroits 36-win team beat Milwaukee in the first round of the 1976 playoffs, according to STATS. "Weve won on that floor before, so we know we can do it," Teague said. "We just have to go out there and do what we do and play our style of basketball, and it will take care of itself." George has plenty of motivation after a stressful week that included ceding home-court advantage for the second time in the series, losing his 2014 All-Star ring in a burglary that took place while he was playing Game 5, two elimination games and speculation that his 24th birthday celebration might be marred by the announcement of a one-game suspension. Theres only one thing that really would help him relax -- getting a second straight win and setting up 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 ' ' '