Conferences, rather than divisions, may be the answer to the ICC impasse over the future structure of Test cricket, allowing a two-year build to a championship playoff without dividing the game into haves and have-nots.The concept of a conference-based split among 12 Test-playing nations - allowing room for the likes of Afghanistan or Ireland - was discussed in some detail at the recent ICC chief executives committee (CEC) meeting in Cape Town, after the idea of two divisions was struck down by the objections of some nations including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India.Their chief reason for opposition was worry about the thought of being consigned to a second tier of Test cricket, after fighting for many years to earn their way into Full Member status and its assorted playing and financial benefits. However there was also opposition to simply letting the present system of bilateral series stand untouched.Under the conference proposal, alternately-ranked teams would be grouped in separate conferences, down to teams placed 11 and 12. This would then mean that all six teams in each conference would play each other in at least one series over two years, with the possibility of one or two crossover series against teams from the other conference also available, as happens in Major League Baseball.At the end of the competition - to be completed with a Test Championship playoff between the two conference winners - the two groups would be reshuffled for the next edition, meaning all nations would play each other every six years.Among the more radical elements of the concept is that this championship would be the only Test cricket played, ruling out the possibility of icon series such as the Ashes being played outside the structure. While theyre icon [sic] and big series, its just not quite the same, a source close to the meetings told ESPNcricinfo. Theres also a feeling were playing enough cricket. We dont want to play more cricket.Member nations are said to be warming to this context far more than two-division cricket, as it removes the political hurdle of some teams having to submit to an inferior level of Test cricket. The only compromise in terms of opponents will be the amount of matches played within a given series - Ashes contests would remain played over five Tests, while lower profile encounters would be able to be played over a lesser length, most likely a minimum of two Tests.That flexibility means there will need to be further discussion of the best structure for awarding points for match and series wins. If theres 30 points available for a series and you play a five-match series, you might get six points a match, and if it is a two-match series it might be 15 points a match, the source said. That sort of thing needs to be further explored.League structures for ODI and Twenty20 matches remain on course, while a detailed, theoretical Test schedule is now being prepared, ahead of the ICCs formal meetings in February next year.Other matters, such as the internal wrangling at the BCCI and also the concurrent work on a revised governance model for the ICC board, may yet have some influence on events. The push for a pooled television rights deal is also ongoing, while the ICC is working on arranging a meeting between the BCCI and the IOC about crickets inclusion for the Olympics. New Balance Shoes Outlet . Brett Kulak and Jackson Houck of the Vancouver Giants were each charged with assault causing bodily harm on Aug. 18, according to the B.C. court services. Authentic New Balance Store . Louis Blues absence from top spot in the TSN. http://www.wholesalenewbalance.com/ . 10 VCU 85-67 on Thursday night at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. 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That all starts at The Barclays, held at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park.Our DFS golf experts have put together the players they believe have the skills to succeed and provide big fantasy point totals. This weeks panel is comprised of Bob Harig, Jason Sobel, Michael Collins, Jonathan Coachman and David Jayne, as well as FantasyGolfInsiders Jeff Bergerson, Zach Turcotte, Taras Pitra and Jason Rouslin.Note: Golfer salaries listed are for DraftKings.Jason Sobel -- Phil Mickelson ($9,700)Two reasons: One, he loves Bethpage Black, with runner-up finishes in the two U.S. Opens contested there; and two, at this point in his career, there isnt much new ground left for Lefty to break, but a FedEx Cup title has him pretty jazzed for the end of the season. Fresh off his longest summer break in two decades, expect Mickelson to get the playoffs started with a renewed sense of purpose, beginning with this weeks opener.Michael Collins -- Dustin Johnson ($11,900)After missing his first cut of the year at the PGA Championship, we have seen neither hide nor hare of the U.S. Open champ except some Instagram posts from his baby mama lighting up interweb trolls. Bethpage Black is everything that suits DJs game and now hes rested and relaxed coming into this week. To steal a line from Samuel L. Jackson in the first Jurassic Park, Hold on to your butts.Jonathan Coachman -- Jason Day ($12,400)Bethpage Black is a big boys golf course. There are a lot of holes that have long carries and long approach shots. That eliminates a majority of the field from making a run at a win. Day gets motivated this time of year and his performance this summer has him simmering. There is no Ryder Cup for the Australian Day, so these next four tournaments are his swan song. And my man wants to sing.Bob Harig -- Jason Day ($12,400)The defending champion won at a different course last year, but hes more than suited to perform well on brutish Bethpage Black. Ranked No. 1 in the world, Day should also benefit from a three-week break following his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship.David Jayne -- Keegan Bradley ($7,600)Bradley is in solid form coming in with six consecutive made cuts with three top-25 finishes, and needs to play well to improve his current 106th place standing in the FedEx CCup.dddddddddddd Hes got plenty of distance off the tee to handle this longer track. Weve seen poor putters succeed here (Lucas Glover at the 2009 U.S. Open, for example), as this municipal course features fairly flat greens, and Keegan certainly has struggled since the switch to the short putter. Finally, hes had plenty of experience playing this course dating back to his days at St. Johns when he and his teammates would get to sneak onto the course and play it while it was closed.Jeff Bergerson -- Russell Knox ($7,300)Over the past three months, Knox has been a model of consistency, but also has flashed upside. He has a win last time out at the Travelers, a T-10 at the Scottish Open, and a runner-up finish at the Irish Open. Knox is not incredibly long off the tee, but he is elite when it comes to hitting greens, ranking second on tour. His $7,300 price-tag is so low for consistency and upside, that I will have him in my cash game and GPP lineups.Zachary Turcotte -- Ryan Palmer ($5,900)With a field of only around 120 players, the event will play like an invitational with close to 2/3 of the field getting through the cut. An aggressive strategy is important for GPP events, as you really want a lineup loaded with potential stars. Ryan Palmer at a salary of $5,900 represents a lot of value. Hes long enough off the tee to handle Bethpage Black, he has played well here before (24th in 2012) and has missed just three cuts in 20 starts this season. Using Palmer as a cut maker with upside gives us a lot of room to work with when building the rest of our roster.Taras Pitra -- Jim Furyk ($8,600)If you missed it on Sunday, Justin Ray of the Golf Channel put out a tweet stating In Jim Furyks last 95 holes, he has hit 86 greens in regulation which equals 90.5 percent. Thats an absurd amount of greens hit, especially for Mr. 58. I really like how he sets up, considering hes a known plodder and this course demands patience from start to finish.Jason Rouslin -- Luke Donald ($7,500)A guy that might be peaking at the right time, Donald enters The Barclays coming off of a second-place finish at the Wyndham. This week he returns to Bethpage where he found success in 2012, coming in 10th. Luke already has a FedEx Cup in his trophy case, is trying to get hot at the right time and secure his spot in the Tour Championship. ' ' '