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BERLIN -- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangs first goals of the season gave Borussia Dortmund a 2-1 win over Mainz while Schalke lost its opening Bundesliga game at Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 on Saturday.Aubameyang, who told Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski the race is started after the latters hat trick on Friday, got off the mark in the 17th minute when Andre Schuerrle produced a brilliant floated cross for the Gabon striker to head inside the far post.The goal spurred Mainz into a response and the visitors went close -- forcing Roman Buerki into action -- shooting over, then drawing another save from Buerki before Dortmund recovered.Christian Clemens missed a good chance to equalize after the break, but Aubameyang sealed the result with a penalty in the 89th after Karim Onisiwo pulled Schuerrle back.Yoshinori Muto claimed Mainzs consolation in injury time.The result is important, especially because we werent in the best form on the day, said Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, who has seen key players leave to be replaced by young talents this offseason.Much is expected of Schalke but the side got off to a poor start in Frankfurt.Alexander Meiers 13th-minute strike was enough for the home team, which had already hit the post. Schalke didnt have an attempt on goal until just before the break.When you start like that you shouldnt be surprised when you leave the pitch as the loser, Schalke sports director Christian Heidel said.Meier should have made it 2-0 but Ralf Faehrmann saved his weak penalty effort in the second half.Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky produced an outstanding save to deny Klaas Jan Huntelaar an equalizer from a clever free kick after last defender Michael Hector was sent off for bringing the Dutch striker down.Lars Stindl scored late for Borussia Moenchengladbach to beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in the evening game, where goalkeeper Bernd Leno frustrated the home side for long periods and Leverkusen hit the post and crossbar.`Gladbach forward Andre Hahn finally made the breakthrough just before halftime, racing through after Jonathan Tah failed to deal with Christoph Kramers quick free kick and slotting past Leno.Substitute Joel Pohjanpalo equalized in the 79th, heading into the empty net after Karim Bellarabi kept the ball in play.But Stindl secured all three points with five minutes left, sweeping the ball home after a fine ball from substitute Thorgan Hazard.Hamburger SV could only draw with visiting Ingolstadt 1-1 despite forward Bobby Wood scoring on his Bundesliga debut.Wood, who joined Hamburg from Union Berlin in the offseason, blasted the ball inside the right post after holding off a defender to Rene Adlers long kick-out.Lukas Hinterseer equalized for Ingolstadt late, leading to whistles from unhappy home supporters.Its very disappointing. The fans also expected more, Hamburg defender Matthias Ostrzolek said.Wolfsburg won at Augsburg 2-0, and Cologne beat visiting Darmstadt 2-0 in a game interrupted by a storm in the second half.Bayern opened its title defense with a 6-0 rout of Werder Bremen on Friday. Calgary Flames Gear . If ever they start actually putting pictures beside words in the dictionary, the Blue Jays left-handers mug will appear beside “Consistency. Calgary Flames Store . LOUIS -- Alexander Steen scored a power-play goal with 59. . Jay Feely kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime, and the Cardinals edged the Tennessee Titans 37-34 in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Custom Calgary Flames Jerseys . Kuznetsov, who was selected by the Capitals in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has been playing for his hometown team Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL. Wholesale Flames Jerseys . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. Weve seen this before.The 2016 season starts right where it left off -- with No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson leading the polls. But what we havent experienced is a Week 1 that features a loaded Saturday (Sept. 3) highlighted by the defending national champs opening against No. 20 USC (8 p.m. ET, ABC), Clemson traveling to Auburn (9 p.m., ESPN), No. 15 Houston trying to upend No. 3 Oklahoma (noon ET, ABC) and No. 5 LSU taking on Wisconsin at Lambeau Field (3:30 p.m ET, ABC), followed by No. 10 Notre Dame heading to Texas (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC) for a Sunday showdown.As Maximus from Gladiator would ask,?Are you not entertained?!As if those ranked matchups arent enough, No. 4 Florida State and No. 11 Ole Miss cap the weekend with a Labor Day battle (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) that will punctuate an unprecedented opening to the season that could shake up the playoff picture before the selection committee even begins to draw it up.Sundays Top 25? Its a starting point, an educated guess at this years front-runners for the College Football Playoff. Its a holdover until the selection committee releases its first official ranking on Nov. 1. Take a closer look, though, and it offers some potential storylines that could make for fascinating debates within the selection committee meeting room:Could the ACC get two teams in the top four?Sure. So could the SEC. The reason the CFP is set up the way it is -- without automatic qualifiers -- is so the selection committee has the freedom to select two teams from one conference. Nowhere does it say that a team must win its league title to earn a spot in a semifinal (otherwise Notre Dame would be out of luck entirely). The tricky part is that a team that failed to win a conference title bears the burden of being unequivocally one of the four best teams in the country.What does that mean? Clearly one of the four best, CFP executive director Bill Hancock says. That team doesnt have to be a unanimous vote among the 12 committee members, but there has to be no doubt in the meeting room that the ACCs Atlantic Division runner-up -- either No. 2 Clemson or No. 4 Florida State -- is better than one of the other Power 5 conference champions and Notre Dame. If Clemsons only loss of the season is by three points to an undefeated FSU team in Tallahassee, theres no question that the Tigers would at least be considered for a semifinall.dddddddddddd The same can be said for a one-loss FSU team that beats Ole Miss and Florida. If theres a one-loss Notre Dame team (No. 10 in the APs preseason rankings) in the mix, though, this scenario gets much murkier.Will a new team crash the playoff party?The top four teams in the AP poll -- Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Florida State -- have already been on this ride. Cant somebody else get a turn? At No. 5, LSU is the highest-ranked team that hasnt participated in the playoff yet. If LSU loses to Wisconsin in Week 1, the Tigers margin for error shrinks drastically, but any team that has a shot to win its league -- especially the SEC West champ -- has a chance at the top four. Remember, there is almost always a surprise team. Iowa wasnt ranked in last years preseason poll, and the Hawkeyes were in the committees top four heading into the Big Ten title game. This year, it could be No. 9 Tennessee, No. 13 TCU or No. 14 Washington that could make significant leaps.Will the Pac-12 get shut out again?At No. 8, Stanford is the highest-ranked Pac-12 team in the poll, and its a safe pick this time of year, as the Cardinal have won three of the past four league titles. The problem isnt Stanford. Or UCLA. Or USC. Its a grueling, nine-game league schedule, which is a major reason ESPNs Football Power Index projects a 65 percent chance that the Pac-12 champ loses multiple games in conference play. Not only will the members of this league beat up on one another -- the Pac-12 has five teams ranked this preseason -- but also USC opens against Bama, and UCLA opens against Texas A&M. Strength of schedule? Check. Undefeated team? Good luck.What about Jim Harbaugh?College footballs most polarizing personality and Twitter account were one of the top storylines of the summer, but look at the AP Poll and -- gasp! -- Ohio State (No. 6) is still ranked ahead of Michigan (No. 7). Until proved otherwise, the Buckeyes remain the team to beat. ESPNs FPI tells a different story, as it projects the Wolverines to win their first outright Big Ten title since 2003. In order to do that, Michigan has to win at Michigan State, at Iowa and at Ohio State. Its unlikely that well know Michigans true place in the playoff until late November. ' ' '