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Shaun Edwards has urged Wales to improve their ranking to avoid a tough World Cup draw.Skipper Sam Warburton has been ruled out of Wales opening autumn game against Australia on Saturday, with the Cardiff Blues flanker returning to his region to get game-time this weekend following a neck injury.But Wales have identified home games with Australia, Argentina, Japan and South Africa as a means of improving on their current fifth-placed ranking ahead of the 2019 World Cup draw in Tokyo next May.New Zealand currently lead the way in the World Rugby rankings with England second, Australia third and South Africa fourth.The highest four ranked teams come May will be the top seeds at the 2019 World Cup and should, in theory, present them with an easier path to the knockout stages of that tournament.Wales have special motivation to be as seeded as high as possible as they slipped to ninth place in the rankings just before the 2015 World Cup and ended up in the same section as Australia and England.And, although Wales eventually qualified from that group by finishing above hosts England, defence coach Edwards said: Its about six or seven teams vying for those top four spots in the world rankings.Weve only been in that top four 4% of the time since the world rankings came to fruition 15 or 16 years ago.So if we can push our way into the top four that will be a big effort from our boys, and thats what were aiming to do.That would be mission accomplished with the World Cup draw on the horizon.Wales have failed to beat Australia since 2008 with the Wallabies winning the last 11 matches between the two countries.Those games have often been settled by a handful of points, but Australias indifferent summer form has raised the prospect of a Wales side coached by Rob Howley in the absence of British and Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland putting an end to that losing run.But Edwards warned: They have had some criticism over the summer but they came second in the Rugby Championship.At the moment New Zealand are obviously number one by a distance, but the rest of the competition they basically won.So what Ive tended to do looking at Australias form is to watch the games when theyve not played New Zealand.People talk about their two sevens, but they have other outstanding players other than [Michael] Hooper and [David] Pocock.Warburtons failure to recover from the injury suffered playing for the Blues has opened the door for Ospreys flanker Justin Tipuric to start against Australia.Wales will wait on full-back Liam Williams and lock forward Jake Ball and naming a captain in Warburtons absence, with the team announcement pushed back 48 hours to Thursday.Liam was in a boot last week, it did look serious, but well wait until the last minute with the medics, Edwards said.Were hopeful hell play, but hell definitely play some part in the series over the next month.Jake has started light training, so well see if hes available for selection later in the week.Sam will go back to the Blues to get some game time under his belt, but Im a big fan of Justin Tipuric.Our defensive system is very reliant on people having speed and Justin really helps our line speed when he plays.Edwards confirmed teenage wing sensation Keelan Giles would not play against Australia but could possibly win his first cap later this autumn.The 19-year-old, who has been called up to train with the Wales squad ahead of the autumn internationals, has scored eight tries in four matches for the Ospreys. 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CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Jahmel Taylor had missed three shots in a row, but he stayed focused and found open spaces on the floor. Then he made his next five shots from beyond the arc.Once I hit the first one, I was ready to hit the next one. It felt good and my teammates were getting me in the right spots, said the junior guard.Taylor had 21 points, shooting 6-for-10 on 3-pointers, and three steals as Fresno State held on to beat Oregon State 63-58 on Friday night.Fresno State coach Rodney Terry called Taylor a marksman who kept the team afloat when they were struggling early.He can really shoot the basketball. We dont win the Mountain West a year ago if hes not making big shots for us, he added.Paul Watson added 13 points and nine rebounds and Jaron Hopkins had 10 points for the Bulldogs (3-2).Tres Tinkle scored a career-high 31 points with 10 rebounds and six steals for the Beavers (2-4), who lost their fourth in a row. JaQuori McLaughlin added 12 points.Were not very united. Weve got a lot of individuals out there right now, said Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle, Tres Tinkles father.Were just not playing hard enough. Were playing soft, he added.The Beavers led 21-10 early, but Fresno State closed the half on a 17-5 surge, fueled by Taylors four 3-pointers in the final three minutes. The Bulldogs led 27-26 at the break.Fresno State took control with a 17-2 run in the second half, capped by a Watson 3-pointer with 10:30 left.Cullen Russo was fouled withh 35.dddddddddddd seconds left and he made both free throws to give Fresno State a 61-55 lead. On Oregon States next possession, McLaughlin made a 3-pointer but Watson was fouled and made both free throws to seal it.BIG PICTUREFresno State: Entering Friday, the Bulldogs were tied for ninth in the nation in steals, forcing 10.5 per game. They had 10 against Oregon State. . Taylor is now 16-for-28 on the season from long range (57 percent).Oregon State: Stephen Thompson Jr. missed his fifth game in a row with a foot injury. Wayne Tinkle said Thompson, last years third-leading scorer, could be out another week. . Drew Eubanks had five blocks for the Beavers.AFTER A LOSSFresno State has responded to a loss with a win 10 straight times, and Taylor said Thursdays practice, which came after Tuesdays loss to Cal State Bakersfield, was very intense. After a loss, we make sure we buckle down, he added.PRESSURETerry said the Bulldogs had to bring defensive pressure up the court against the Beavers to try and neutralize Oregon States height. They had a great size advantage and they had some really good players on the interior that we werent going to be able to match up with consistently, Terry said.UP NEXTFresno State hosts Menlo College, a NAIA school, on Wednesday.Oregon State hosts NAIA Division II foe Southern Oregon on Monday. 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