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    September 28, 2018 2:15 AM PDT

    Keaton Jennings became the fifth England opener - and 69th player in Test cricket - to score a ton on debut to help England end the first day of the fourth Test on 288 for 5 against India in Mumbai. Anthony Gose Jersey .Jennings, the top run-getter in Division One of the 2016 County Championship, replaced an injured Haseeb Hameed, who impressed with his performance earlier in the series.Jennings and his captain Alastair Cook got their side off to a solid start on a Wankhede pitch that had light sprinkling of grass and several cracks. The duo added 99 runs before Cook departed.The hosts missed Mohammed Shami, who injured his knee in the third Test. His replacement Bhuvneshwar Kumar failed to trouble the batsmen and Jennings showed no signs of nerves and made India pay for a drop catch.The lanky left-hander reached his landmark from 186 balls with a well-orchestrated reverse sweep against Jayant Yadav that reached the fence, in the 59th over of the day. His innings was laced with 12 boundaries and helped England post an impressive 196 for 2 at tea.In the post-tea session, Indias spinners managed to extract turn from the surface. The turn brought them back into the contest, as R Ashwin dismissed Ali and Jennings in the 71st over.Ali had looked to attack after tea and his attacking intentions cost him his wicket, as his attempted sweep went horribly wrong and he top edged the spinner to midwicket. Jennings, two-balls later, edged a good-length delivery, on off stump to deep gully, for 112.Ashwin then extracted extra bounce in the 81st over to dismiss Jonny Bairstow, the last England batsman to fall in the day, for 14. Ashwin, with the wicket of Ali early on, became the seventh highest wicket taker for India in Tests, surpassing Javagal Srinath with 235 wickets.Couldnt be happier, couldnt be prouder, Jennings said. A life early on, got the beans going. Just chatting to my uncle, trying to approach like I would any other game. Woke up at 5 am this morning, thinking I missed the bus. No video, try to chat with other batters to see what its like. After lunch, it started to turn. Virats captaincy was superb. Jose Cruz Jr. Jersey . Most important, perhaps, it went off without a hitch. Organizers poked a little fun at the now-infamous opening ceremony gaffe that saw only four out of five snowflakes open up into rings, leaving the Olympics logo one ring short. Gerrit Cole Jersey .ca look back at each of the Top 10 stories of 2013. Today, we look back at Boston Strong - a citys recovery from tragedy. . Detroit and Boston are deadlocked, 1-1, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland could be forgiven if he was caught rationalizing instead of dissecting how his club could blow a 5-1 lead late in Game 2. Not six years ago, the Big 12 completely dominated the Houston television market, the second-largest within the conference footprint and 10th-biggest in the country.In fact, in 2010, according to ratings that Nielsen provided to, Big 12 teams played in nine of the top 10-rated regular-season games in the Houston market.But in the wake of two devastating rounds of conference realignment to the Big 12, the conferences stranglehold on one of its most vital markets has been lost. And in swiping away Texas A&M, the SEC has since staged its own H-Town takeover.The SEC right now owns the city of Houston from a TV ratings standpoint, said University of Houston board chair Tilman Fertitta. Those eyeballs in Houston are extremely important to the Big 12.As it seeks an invitation to join the Big 12 in the event the league expands at some point this year, Fertitta and UH officials have been making a twofold pitch to Big 12 leaders.One, that the Big 12 has lost the Houston market to the SEC.And two, that UH can help bring it back.The Big 12 needs to own Houston, Fertitta said. Not the SEC.Back in 2010, there was no doubt which conference owned Houston.According to Nielsen, seven in-conference Big 12 matchups were among the 10 most-watched games in the Houston market that year. In fact, the only non-Big 12-related game that cracked the top 10 in Houston was the Iron Bowl, in which eventual Heisman winner Cam Newton led undefeated Auburn to a furious come-from-behind victory at Alabama. That game came in ninth in Houston, just behind Nebraska-Texas A&M and just ahead of the Big 12 championship, which pitted the Huskers against Oklahoma in their final meeting as conference rivals.But last season, it was the SEC that owned Houston.The Big 12 had only two regular-season games finish in the top 10 in the market: the Red River Showdown and Baylor-TCU, which was played in a monsoon on the Friday evening after Thanksgiving.The SEC, meanwhile, netted six of the top 10 games in Houston, including each of the top three, only one of which included Texas A&M (vs. Alabama). Alabama-Florida placed second and Alabama-LSU was third; even Alabama-Tennessee outperformed the rest of the Big 12s slate.The SEC clearly has made tremendous inroads into the Houston market, said an industry source who has worked in TV programming.Another industry insider who too has worked in college sports programming pointed to Texas struggles since the turn of the decade as a possible factor for the Big 12s decline in Houston. After all, in 2010, half of the Longhorns games ranked in the top 10 in Houston, including tilts against Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Nebraska, which were also the top four-rated games in Houston for the year.Whats unknown is how the University of Texas not having the success it once had has impacted the ratings in that market, the insider said. If they had been achieving at a high level, maybe things are a bit different.Still, theres no debating that the SEC has made significant headway intto Houston. Dallas Keuchel Jersey. The question is, can UH do anything to reverse it?Its a close call how much a fifth Texas institution or local Texas institution helps in that market, another insider said. The Big 12 already has a significant presence in the state of Texas, with a strong alumni base represented in the Houston market.I dont know if [UH] would create a market spike. But with the SEC ratings having increased, you could make the argument that having another member that is based there could be helpful.During a breakout campaign in Tom Hermans first season, the Cougars registered well in their home market. On the way to going 13-1, UH alone produced as many top 10 games in Houston as the entire Big 12, according to Nielsen figures the university has submitted to the Big 12.The American Athletic Conference championship featuring UH and Temple on ABC ranked fifth in the Houston market for the year, sandwiched between the Red River Showdown and the Iron Bowl. UH-Navy, also an ABC game, placed ninth.Besides that, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, in which the Cougars rolled past Florida State by two touchdowns, proved to be the highest rated non-playoff New Years Six Bowl in the Houston market.Weve proven over the course of this past year that we can bring the [Houston] college football market, said UH athletic director Hunter Yurachek. I think we bring great value.UH may have resonated in Houston last year. But the Big 12 will be weighing whether the Cougars can significantly and consistently bolster the Big 12s presence in the Houston market long term.One of the insiders who spoke with ESPN said he believes that boost will hinge on how consistently the Cougars can produce on the field.In 2010, when it went 5-7, UH barely registered in its own market, even though the Cougars went to the Conference USA championship game under Kevin Sumlin in the season before and in the season after.Only with a high-powered offense, exciting quarterback in Greg Ward Jr. and the pre-eminent up-and-coming coach in the game in Herman did the Cougars penetrate the Houston market.Itll have a lot to do with the success of the University of Houston, the insider said. If you have teams playing at a high level and playing for championships, then it could absolutely help.The other industry source, however, was far more dubious that the Big 12 can do anything at this point to repel the SECs penetration into Houston -- including adding UH.Is Houston going to really bring that market back to the Big 12? the source said. I dont think so. They just dont move the needle. That is an SEC town now, and thats probably not changing.But Fertitta sees a different outcome with UH in the Big 12.A&M has a huge alumni presence here, and of course so does Texas, he said. But this is Houston. 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