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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizonas top recruit left to play overseas and its leading scorer may or may not be facing a suspension.Looks like a down year at McKale Center.Not a chance. Not with Sean Miller at the helm.The Wildcats coach never leaves his team bereft of talent and has another stacked team this season. It may take some patience early in the season while Miller figures out what pieces fit where, but expect Arizona to be in the running for the Pac-12 title and an NCAA Tournament berth by the time its over.We have a lot of new players, we have a lot of returning players who wont return to the same role; we have players who will return to a different role, Miller said. So its going to take us some time.Arizona entered last season loaded with expectations, its roster filled with veteran players and talented newcomers. The Wildcats won 25 games, but were upset by Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.Arizona lost some key players from that team -- Gabe York, Kaleb Tarczewski, Ryan Anderson -- but does have a solid returning core.Its unclear if Allonzo Trier, the Wildcats leading returning scorer, will be suspended to start the season, but hes expected to take a big jump in his sophomore season.Swingman Kadeem Allen is back for his senior season, point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright is bigger and stronger, and 7-footer Dusan Ristic has a chance to become one of the Pac-12s best offensive big men. Center Chance Comanche also is expected to have more of an impact with an expected bigger role with this team.Miller signed another stellar recruiting class, but headliner Terrance Ferguson opted to play professionally overseas instead of in Tucson.Even without Ferguson, this is an athletic group, including 7-foot Finnish forward Lauri Markkanen, athletic guards Rawle Alkins and Kobi Simmons.The Wildcats also will have plenty of motivation after such an early exit last season.We had a lot of success, we won 25 games, but we pulled up short, Miller said. All of those who experienced that last season came back hungrier to not do that (again) and try to be better.A few more things to look for from Arizona in 2016-17:TRIERS STATUS: Trier considered a jump to the NBA before deciding to return for his sophomore season. When he starts it is still up in the air. Trier was replaced by Allen at the last minute for Pac-12 media day and Miller would not comment on reports that he will be suspended. An athletic 6-foot-5 guard, Trier was Arizonas third-leading scorer last season at 14.8 points per game and is expected to take more of a leadership role.SMITHS RETURN: Arizona should get a huge lift from a player who was already on the roster. Ray Smith was expected to join Trier in giving Arizona a talented 1-2 freshman punch last season, but he tore his right ACL in preseason practice after tearing his left one as a high school senior. Miller plans to ease Smith into the rotation and possibility limit his minutes early in the season, but the 6-8 forward will likely play a big role in Arizonas success by the end of the year.LAURIS MARK: The most intriguing player on Arizonas roster is Markkanen. He may be a 7-footer, but has the agility and shooting touch of a much smaller player. Markkanen played in numerous international championships for Finland and is projected to be a top NBA draft pick when he leaves Arizona. Until then, he will likely be a matchup nightmare for opposing teams.BIGGER PJC: Of all the players on Arizonas roster, Miller had the most effusive praise for Jackson-Cartwright. The 5-10 point guard learned as the backup to T.J. McConnell as a freshman and picked up valuable experience a year ago as a sophomore. Jackson-Cartwright was one of the hardest-working players during offseason conditioning and has the know-how of a player whos entering his third season under Miller.Hes bigger, hes stronger, Ive never seen him more confident, Miller said. And its a reminder for me as a coach that when youre in a program for more than one season and all of a sudden two; theres nothing like experience.Mark Andrews Jersey . 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Cundiff, who had the unenviable job of replacing Dawson last season, agreed Thursday to a one-year, $1.COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Colorados Tim Howard made a highlight save in the first half, San Joses David Bingham added his own after the break and the Rapids and Earthquakes played to a scoreless draw Saturday night.The Rapids (12-5-11) stayed undefeated at home and moved into second place in the overall standings, tied with the Los Angeles Galaxy and five points behind FC Dallas. The Quakes (7-8-13) tied the Vancouver Whitecaps for eighth place in the West, five points out of the playoffs.ddddddddddddHoward got caught leaning the wrong way in the 42nd minute but managed to kick away Fatai Alashes close-range shot and pounced on the deflection in time as it rolled near to the goal line.Bingham closed out Dominique Badji, who had run behind the San Jose defense, and blocked the shot attempt safely to near midfield in the 68th. ' ' '

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