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    Theunis de Bruyn, a top-order batsman and current captain of the Knights franchise, was named as the only new cap in South Africas 13-man squad for the first two Tests against Sri Lanka, which start on Boxing Day. [b]Anthony Miller Stitched Jersey[/b] . De Bruyn was added as the reserve batsman in place of Rilee Rossouw, who traveled with the squad to Australia but is nursing a foot injury.South Africa could also not consider Morne Morkel - yet to recover from a back injury that has kept him out for all but one first-class match since the CPL - Dale Steyn or AB de Villiers in their squad. Left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell has recovered from a rib injury sustained during the one-day series against Australia in October to return to the squad but there is no room for reserve wicketkeeper Dane Vilas or left-arm wristspinner Tabraiz Shamsi. Keshav Maharaj has been included as the lone specialist spinner. Dwaine Pretorius, who was called up when Steyn was injured in Australia, is also not part of the squad.Stephen Cook, who scored a century in the Adelaide Test after a poor tour of Australia, has been retained to open the batting with Dean Elgar and the rest of South Africas line-up takes on familiar look. Batting coach Neil McKenzie has tipped the out-of-form Hashim Amla to turn things around in this series while JP Duminy and Temba Bavuma will make up a top six headlined by new Test captain Faf du Plessis.Should de Bruyn be needed, he brings fine form with him. The right-hander, who played for South Africa at the 2012 Under-19 World Cup and began his career with Titans, was eighth on last seasons first-class run charts and is third this season, with 423 runs at 60.42. He was preferred over Colin Ackermann - who has signed as a non-overseas player for Leicestershire from next season - and Khaya Zondo, who sits second on the run charts.Parnells inclusion is more curious. He has not played a first-class match this season but has turned out for the Cobras in their last seven T20 matches. Parnell last played a Test for South Africa in February 2014, against Australia, but was included in the squad that played New Zealand in August. He did not play either of the two Tests and is likely to act as back-up to a pace attack that will comprise Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott.South Africas pace pack takes on a new look from the three prongs of old - Steyn, Morkel and Philander - and this squad will doubtless raise questions about Morkels future. He suffered a bulging disc in his back earlier in the year and has been struggling to return to full fitness since then. Morkel played one first-class match for his franchise, Titans, and in all three of South Africas practice matches in Australia but was not cleared to play a Test. After the first Test in Perth, South African team management said Morkel was 90-95% fit.Since the end of that series, Morkel was due to play for Titans in the T20 competition but has been unavailable for selection while his injury continues to be monitored. Unlike de Villiers, who hopes to be fit for the ODIs against Sri Lanka mid-January and Steyn, who is targeting June 2017 for a comeback, there is no word on when Morkel may take the field again.South Africa Test squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada. [b]Bilal Nichols Stitched Jersey[/b] . NBA officials ruled the court unplayable in the Bucks final exhibition game on Oct. 25 because players were slipping, and the game was cancelled midway through the first period. [b]James Daniels Stitched Jersey[/b] . 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Ten minutes later, Campbell sits in his second-floor office, peering at film of the Texas Tech defense.The 36-year-old father of four, who coached for four-plus seasons at Toledo before the Cyclones tabbed him a year ago, is eager to shed the label of youngest coach in the Power 5.I get it, Campbell says, looking up from his desk and the practice schedule under construction on paper, but age is irrelevant. When I was at Toledo, for a while I was the youngest coach in all college football. You just hoped that somebody recognized you for the work we were doing, what you were building, what kind of coach and program you were.Iowa State recognized more than a youthful exuberance in Campbell, tasking him with one of the most daunting jobs in the sport. The Cyclones have enjoyed one winning season in the past decade; the last time they won more than seven games was in 2000.Campbells Iowa State tenure began with a loss to FCS program Northern Iowa and started 0-6 in Big 12 play, despite leading Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma State in the second half. Iowa State came from behind in the fourth quarter to win 31-24 last week at Kansas -- a milestone, for sure, despite an opponent that has lost 19 straight league games.It was great to see our resolve, Campbell says. I definitely think it did something positive in our program. And now, can you do it again?The Cyclones celebrated the win with a Sunday meal of steak and shrimp, cake and ice cream. After defeats this year, they ate hamburgers and hot dogs.On Tuesday, Campbell granted access to for a look at the inner workings of a program in transition. Clearly, a conference win only strengthened the Cyclones resolve to continue to improve -- and to do it as quickly as possible.This morning represents a late start for Campbell. Three days a week, he shows up at 4:30 to run and lift a few weights.I think it keeps you sane, he says.Its a 12-minute drive for Campbell from the home he and his wife, Erica, built last spring and summer north of the Iowa State campus. They moved from temporary housing in July, five months after the birth of their second son, Rocco. The Campbell girls are 8 and 6; the boys are 3 and 9 months.Usually, they all attend practice on Wednesday.Matt nearly missed the latest birth, flying into Toledo, still exhausted from a harried recruiting season, less than an hour before Erica gave birth.She is an audiologist but stays home, for now, while Matt works crazy hours.Campbell left the office after 10 on Monday night, feeling a bit sick. And the coachs stomach has not fully recovered on this morning. He drinks no coffee. For energy, Campbell mixes water with Spark, a powdered multivitamin additive advertised to enhance mental focus.Campbell is the first of the coaches to arrive.As he gets settled in the office, itll be seven hours until Campbell eats a meal. Hes a creature of habit, sending director of football operations Greg Brabenec -- Skip as hes known in the office -- almost daily to the nearby West Street Deli for a serving of chicken salad.The first week I got here, somebody told us about it, Campbell says, and thats been our go-to spot ever since.After workouts, Campbell cleans up in the locker room. His office is equipped with a shower, which he says he has never used, inside a spacious restroom that holds his carry-on suitcase and an ISU golf bag, still covered in plastic wrap.At 6:30 aa. [b]Black Bears Jerseys[/b]. m., he ducks into an in-progress meeting. Offensive coordinator Tom Manning, a holdover from Toledo like most of the ISU staff, sits at the head of the table. He controls the tape -- dissecting the Texas Tech defense -- and the mood in the room, which is decidedly low-key.The lights are dim as Mannings mellow and acoustic mix of songs plays over a wall-mounted speaker. Hes more eclectic than Campbell, whose playlist gets plenty of time, too, especially at night; it spans Kenny Rogers, John Prine, Justin Bieber, the Zac Brown Band and Justin Timberlake.We go all over the spectrum, Campbell says.The offensive meeting includes graduate assistant Taylor Mouser and quality control associate Joe Houston. Passing game coordinator Jim Hofher enters before 7 a.m..The coaches trade banter as they watch tape.I got home yesterday and the Christmas tree was up, Manning says, and its got lights built in.Manning sounds genuinely surprised by this before turning his eyes back to the Red Raiders, who visit Ames on Saturday with just one win -- an overtime victory at TCU in Week 9 -- in their past six games.Soon, the Iowa State coaches watch tape of Ohio State. With deep Ohio roots, the ISU staff regularly studies the Buckeyes, who run a system on offense similar to what Campbell installed in Ames.The Cyclones target Ohio heavily in recruiting. Campbell grew up in Massillon, south of Cleveland. In particular, Campbell says, hes enthralled by the heritage of Ohio natives Urban Meyer and Bob Stoops, and Nick Saban, whose career began in the state.Theyre huge role models, Campbell says, guys who have such laser vision and focus to sustain success, to recruit consistently and then to develop their guys and demand that they play at a high level.Curtis Samuel flashes on the screen. No one on the Iowa State roster resembles the Ohio State back.Is he an Ohio guy? asks a coach in the room.No. Another coach suggests that Samuel, a four-star signee in 2014, came from Florida. Actually, hes from Brooklyn, New York.Campbell moves into a special-teams meeting at 7 a.m. He sits at the head of the table, with associate head coach and running game coordinator Louis Ayeni to his right. Bryan Gasser, who coaches receivers and special teams, runs the meeting. Linebackers coach Tyson Veidt is also here.The head coach stays mostly quiet, speaking up when the subject turns to weather. The forecast is more typical November for Saturday in Ames -- cold and windy. The more wind, the better for Iowa State, the coaches suggest.Just before 8 a.m., the entire staff convenes in the same room for their daily rundown. The meeting starts with a medical report. They discuss Tuesday practice before the conversation turns to recruiting.This weekend is huge, says Campbell, with several official visits planned. One of the scheduled visitors, announces a coach, attended Iowas upset win Saturday night over Michigan. No one responds to this.By Campbells left sits Veidt, who is handing scraps of paper to a recruiting assistant as the coaches watch film of prospects under consideration for scholarship offers. Iowa State has accepted approximately 20 commitments for its 2017 class, so space is limited.They view film of a tenacious offensive lineman. Conversation ensues about his reputed height -- and the height of a basketball hoop on which Campbell saw the prospect dunk on video. It might have been 8 feet, suggests one coach.The point there, Campbell says after the staff meeting, is for everybody in that room to know exactly what were looking for.Before 9 a.m., Campbell exits his third meeting of the day. He stops quickly in his office before the next session to talk more offensive strategy.His stomach is feeling better. Chicken salad awaits in three hours.Another long day beckons. Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale Jerseys NFL Jerseys China Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap NFL Black Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys China ' ' '