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With BYU's Haws contributing, Team USA improves to 2-0 in Russia

Team USA improved to 2-0 in pool play at the World University Games early Monday morning, but BYU's Tyler Haws is off to a slow start -- and not getting a lot of minutes.

Haws played just 12 minutes and scored just two points on 1-for-4 shooting in the USA's 96-53 win over the Czech Republic in Kazan, Russia.

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He also grabbed one rebound, committed a foul, and a turnover.

On Sunday, Haws played 11 minutes and was 1-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line for four points in a 140-46 win over the United Arab Emirates. He grabbed seven rebounds and handed out two assists.

The U.S. collegians will have Tuesday off, then play Sweden on Wednesday. They conclude pool play with what are expected to be their two most difficult opponents in pool play -- Australia on Thursday and Canada on Friday.

Wednesday's game is at 11 a.m. MDT and will be live-streamed on ESPN3. It will be televised on tape delay at 5 p.m. on ESPNU.

College football's preseason watch lists are starting to come out, and a couple of BYU football players are already showing up on some of those lists.

Monday, linebacker Kyle Van Noy was one of 75 defensive players placed on the Bednarik Award Watch List. That award goes to the best defensive player in college football and is presented by the Maxwell Football Club.

It should be the first of many watch lists that Van Noy makes. He made the Bronko Nagurski list (most outstanding defensive player) and the Rotary Lombardi (best lineman or linebacker) last year.

Last week, BYU receiver JD Falslev was one of 44 players named to the 2013 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award. That honor goes to the most versatile player in major college football and is presented by the Louisville Sports Commission.

A senior who also returns kicks for the Cougars, Falslev is the NCAA active leader in career punt returns (63) and punt return yards (603). He caught 37 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns last season, and carried the ball 18 times for 128 yards, a 6.1 average.



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