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                                      British star Charlotte Dujardin successfully defended the Olympic individual dressage title after a sizzling performance that matched the heat in Deodoro.It was 31-year-old Dujardins third Olympic gold medal, putting her level with cyclist Laura Trott as the most decorated female British Olympian in history.Dujardin won with the brilliant Valegro on an Olympic record grand prix freestyle score of 93.857 percent, as they obliterated the field.The score was comfortably higher than when Gloucestershire-based Dujardin won gold on the same horse at London 2012, and the third highest of all-time behind two other mesmeric Dujardin displays..Apart from matching Trott, she also joins eventer Richard Meade as the most successful British Olympic equestrian rider with her three golds.Germanys Isabell Werth, riding Wiehegold, was second, with another German -- Kristina Broring-Sprehe -- aboard Desperados, taking bronze.Britains Carl Hester finished seventh on Nip Tuck, and Fiona Bigwood 17th with Orthilia.The day belonged majestically to Dujardin, whose career has now harvested 10 Olympic, World and European medals. She also holds all three of the sports world records.The magical partnership with Valegro is the greatest dressage has seen, although it now looks likely that the horse will be retired later this year, possibly at the Olympia London International Horse Show in December.A tearful Dujardin said: I knew he couldnt have done any more. It is really emotional.It is on the cards he is going to retire, and we will go home and make a plan.The horse is co-owned by Hester, Roly Luard and Ann Barrott, and Dujardin added: I went in there to enjoy it and give everything.He really looked after me in there and helped me.He warmed up well. Anything can happen out there, so you only hope you can go out and enjoy it. We were ready to go.He is so magical. I cant even tell you what it is like to ride him. He has a heart of gold. China Jerseys . The 18th player to shoot 60 on the tour, Jamieson settled for par on the final hole when his 15-foot birdie chip grazed the edge of the hole and stayed out. After opening with rounds of 66 and 73 to make the cut by a stroke, he had 11 birdies in the bogey-free round. Cheap NFL Jerseys China . Inter president Erick Thohir says in a club statement on Wednesday that Vidic is "one of the worlds best defenders and his qualities, international pedigree, and charisma will be an asset.NEW YORK -- A person familiar with the deal says the New York Yankees have signed free-swinging corner infielder Mark Reynolds. Reynolds was released by the Cleveland Indians last week after a monthslong slump. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the deal has not been announced. Reynolds will provide a right-handed bat to back up lefty swinging Lyle Overbay att first base and could spell Alex Rodriguez at third.dddddddddddd. Reynolds batted .301 with eight homers in April, but just .187 since. He went .098 (5 for 51) with one RBI in July. Overall, Reynolds is hitting .215 with 15 homers and 48 RBIs, and he has struck out 123 times. Hes only hit two homers since May and none since June 28. CBSSports.com first reported the deal. ' ' '
                                      The Philadelphia Phillies must try to find a way to slow down an Atlanta Braves offense that has suddenly come to life. Puma Rihanna Baratas .The Braves, who have the worst record in the National League, have been unstoppable on offense for the past week. After Fridays 8-4 over Philadelphia, Atlanta has won five of their last six games and has scored seven or more runs in each of its last four games.The teams meet in the second contest of a three-game series on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. Atlanta sends right-hander John Gant (1-3, 4.59 ERA) against Philadelphia right-hander Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.21).Atlanta manager Brian Snitker watched his team bounce back from a 4-0 deficit Friday. I never feel like were out of a ball game, Snitker said. Were kind of doing our thing inning after inning and if it happens, thats great, and if it doesnt, well come back out and do it tomorrow. Theyve got a great sense about them. The confidence is really good.Atlanta banged out 13 hits Friday, three by left fielder Matt Kemp including a three-run homer, and three by center fielder Ender Inciarte, who raised his average to .291. Freddie Freeman had two hits, who extended his on-base streak to 25 games.Velasquez will see if his luck can change against the Braves. In two starts against Atlanta this season, the rookie is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. He lost a 2-1 decision to the Braves on July 29 despite allowing only two runs over six innings.Velasquez struggled for three consecutive starts in August, allowing 19 runs over 16 1/3 innings in a trio of losses. He bounced back in his last start Sunday against the Mets and received no-decision when he allowed one run on five hits in five innings.I guess its just a step in the right direction, Velasquez said after his last start. I had another high pitch count, another long first inning, but I battled my way through it and made my pitches.The Phillies may shut Velasquez down after one or two more starts. They want to limit him to 150 innings -- hes thrown 124 innings this year.Gant is trying to improve his chances of making the Atlanta rotation for 2017. The rookie right-hander with the funky motion makes his first appearance against the Phillies. Gant, acquired last year in a midseason trade from the Mets, is making his first since returning from a left oblique strain that kept him on the disabled list for 58 days.The Braves got some good news Friday when they learned rookie outfielder Mallex Smith might be available before the end of the year. He broke his left thumb on June 18 and was batting .237 in 58 games at the time of his injury. His presence could cloud what has been a settled outfield since the team acquired Kemp from San Diego. Zapatillas Puma Baratas . Ibaka equaled a career high with 20 rebounds, adding four blocked shots and 15 points as the Thunder smothered the Milwaukee Bucks offence in a 92-79 victory Saturday night. Venta Zapatillas Puma Baratas . -- Three close looks at the bucket, three misses. http://www.pumabaratas.es/ . In Europe, top teams seem to be largely happy with their squads after spending nearly $1 billion in the off-season. And although English league clubs are unlikely to splash cash in January, Arsenal and Chelsea could be tempted to strengthen their squads with new strikers.TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez is getting his power swing back. The New York Yankees third baseman, coming back from hip surgery in January, hit a ball to the base of the centre-field fence and another on the warning track in left centre off a minor league right-hander Monday as he continued taking simulated at-bats. In sessions late last week, A-Rod primarily hit grounders mixed in with a couple liners. Rodriguez also had an extensive baserunning session and did sliding drills on a mat in the outfield, two key steps before starting a minor league rehab assignment. The Yankees have not said when Rodriguez will begin pllaying in games, but are hoping for after the All-Star break. Puma Basket Baratas. . Derek Jeter, recovering from a broken left ankle, took batting practice with Rodriguez and Eduardo Nunez. The shortstop had relocated his rehab Saturday and Sunday to Yankee Stadium. Jeter hasnt played this season after breaking his ankle in the ALCS opener Oct. 13. After surgery, he played just five spring training games because of soreness. A new break was discovered April 18. Nunez, who strained a muscle on his left side while filling in for Jeter, also took simulated at-bats, ran the bases and did slides with Rodriguez. ' ' '
Sarah Sponcil knew of the ghost stories that haunted Loyola Marymount Universitys Gersten Pavilion. Cheap Air Max 97 Wholesale . Also known as Hanks House, the gym is said to house the spirit of Hank Gathers, the former Lions basketball star who collapsed and died during a 1990 game.Some who dare enter the gym alone late into the night have heard basketballs bouncing. Sinks rushing with water. A figure appearing in the shadows, the corners, the stairs.But Sponcil, a junior AVCA All-American honorable mention outside hitter for the Lions volleyball team, was never too creeped out to go for a late-night workout. When the clock struck midnight, Sponcil, along with setter and close friend Kristen Castellanos, often went to Gersten to serve, pass and hit in the dark, empty gym during freshman year.Once, the lights shut off on their own. Total darkness. Sponcil screamed.Was it Hank?She shook it off. She was too busy completing repetition after repetition to let fear faze her.Thats just the fun of it, Sponcil said. No one knows what youre doing and youre just getting better while everyones out doing their own thing or sleeping.Few expected her to be in the gym that late. Then again, few expected LMU to advance as far as they did last season, sweeping No. 6 Stanford in the NCAA tournament to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1996.Sponcil, who posted 15 kills on 27 swings to hit .444 while adding two aces, two block assists and 10 digs against Stanford, has helped LMU nourish national-championship dreams. This year, though, its been a bit of a mixed bag so far. Following a tough four-set loss to No. 5 San Diego on Thursday, the Lions are 14-7 overall and 5-4 in the West Coast Conference heading into Saturdays showdown with No. 16 BYU.I love being an underdog, Sponcil said. [Last season] we didnt care if we were No. 21, we didnt care who we were playing and that was the greatest feeling. I feel like my freshman year we were like, Oh my God, were playing Michigan or Stanford, this is crazy.Our mindset changed. It doesnt matter who it is. Every team is beatable, we just have to prepare. If were prepared, we feel we can do anything.Theres not much Sponcil cant do on the court. The versatile hitter leads LMU in kills (282), kills per set (3.76), double-doubles (12) and is second in digs (217) and tied for third in aces (16). Sponcil was recruited to LMU to play her natural position at setter. Lions coach Tom Black said he knew Sponcil was an equally talented beach player, and since his team needed an outside, he was curious if the rookie could pull off the new position.You want to play outside? Black asked her two days into practice of her college career.Sure, Sponcil said, stoked for the challenge.She was never afraid of making a mistake, said her mother, Lisa. She was like, Why not? Lets do it! Shes always been that way.Black said Sponcils versatility has transformed her into one of the nations best players.Theres very few all-around players, Black said. She can perform all the skills. Shes still working on her blocking, but her hitting, her defense, her setting, probably her serving, too, those are all on elite levels and theres just not many players that can do all that. Theres lots of players that can perform maybe one or two of the skills, but thats really what separates her.Heading into this season, Sponcil took gold in the Four Nations U21 tournament in Australia in March and finished fourth in the FIVB Under 21 World Championships in May.Now, with the 2016 season in full swing, Sponcil racked up two MVP honors in September -- the Pioneer Classic hosted by the University of Denver and the Flyer Classic hosted by the University of Dayton. The Phoenix, Arizona, native had a season-high 20 kills while hitting .600 on 30 attacks against Southern Illinois at the Flyer Classic. But she isnt satisfied.And neither is LMU.The program, which has advanced to the NCAA tournament three of the last four seasons, has a mantra: Get 2 percent better every day. Players focus on making small strides each day in order to make big leaps over time.What am I focused on today? Am I going to get better on what Im doing now? Sponcil often asks herself.She pushes herself to the point of exhaustion. (Black had to convince her to take a three-week break this summer after world championships.)Shell go until she drops dead, Black said.When Sponcil was in elementary school, she and her father, Wayne, would arrive 30 minutes before class and head to the basketball courts. The goal? Use the hoop to mimic an outside hitter by setting the ball directly into the hoop.Sarah was like, I cant get it in. It should be going in. It should be going in, Wayne said.Sponcil kept setting, ball after ball, for months, until she saw it sink through the net.It was about perfection more than anything. It was just work, work, work, Wayne said. It didnt matter where we were. She would say, Oh we have to go outside, or Oh we have to pepper. Even if we had just played a match yesterday, she would say, No we gotta go out.Is it midnight yet? Cheap Air Max 97 Free Shipping . 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His rushing touchdown gave Indiana State a 14-0 lead with 1:34 left in the first quarter.Defensive back Tsali Lough harassed Butlers Malcolm Weaver throughout the game, recovering a Weaver fumble at the goal line and returning it 100 yards for Indiana States first score with 5:05 to goo in the first quarter. Cheap Air Max 97. After the ensuing kickoff, he intercepted Weaver on first down, setting up Harkers running score. In the third quarter, Lough sacked Weaver at the Butler 38 and forced a fumble, leading to a Roland Genesy touchdown run two plays later that gave the Sycamores a 31-6 edge.Weaver finished with 18-of-30 passing for 202 yards for the Bulldogs. ' ' '
Michael Cheika says some of Australias European-based players may skip the three-Test series against England in June due to their heavy workload through the club season. Vans Old Skool En Oferta . Cheika spoke to several Wallabies players during a trip to Europe where he watched Six Nations matches, and while they were all keen to play this season it might not be against England.The Australia coach says it is unlikely players who had completed a full European season would be considered for the England series, and would instead be held back for the Rugby Championship later in the year. Among the overseas-based players whose fitness will be managed are France-based backs Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau, prop Sekope Kepu, scrum-half Will Genia and utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper. Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper could be rested for the Wallabies three-Test series against England Guys who have had a full season, its unlikely they will be playing in June and thats a good opportunity for us to get some new players in because were very keen to grow the base of players that can really contribute to the team, Cheika said.The only way to do that is to give them opportunities and then after they (the overseas-based players) have had a bit of a break at the end of their season, well look at selection for the Rugby Championship.Meanwhile, Cheika shrugged off Australias struggles in Super Rugby this season and hit back at critics for being too pessimistic about the local game. The Waratahs have lost four of their opening seven Super Rugby fixtures Four of Australias five Super Rugby teams are in the doldrums, with only the conference-topping Melbourne Rebels exceeding expectations at the midway point of the season.I am not concerned at all, said Cheika. I only see opportunity all the time I watch the boys play.I am not going to say its all going swimmingly. We would like to have a few more wins as a nation, for sure. But one thing I learned in Super Rugby is that the season goes for 18 rounds and there is a still way to run.There is a lot of carry-on from people who have a different agenda or maybe theyve had too many years of negativity and they cant break the cycle, instead of just saying this is a game of footy, I am going to enjoy it. Check out the best tries from round nine of Super Rugby Cheika gave special backing to former captain and flanker Michael Hooper, who was heavily criticised by Australias first World Cup-winning coach Bob Dwyer as being a non-event in Super Rugby this season.I dont need to go on the record about what I think about Michael Hooper; I think it will be seen through my selections, said Cheika.Watch Englands series in Australia live on Sky Sports 1 HD, starting with the first Test on June 11. Also See: Tomane to miss England clash WATCH: Super Rugby tries Bledisloe Cup game on move? Pumas v Wallabies at Twickenham Vans Old Skool Baratas España . Fernandez, coached in Toronto by former two-time Olympic silver medallist Brian Orser, scored 267.11 points and is the first champion to successfully defend since Russias Evgeny Plushenko in 2005 and 2006. Vans Old Skool España . Lack made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Canucks blanked the St. Louis Blues 1-0 in the first post-Olympic game for both teams night. http://www.vansoldskoolbaratas.es/ . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. The sport moved a step closer to returning to South Florida on Wednesday, when Beckham confirmed he has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami. A leading Dutch dressage rider pulled out of the Olympic Games after her horse became ill in Rio de Janeiro.Adelinde Cornelissen, who won an individual silver and team bronze during the 2012 Games in London,?quit the Rio Games just minutes into the dressage event after her beloved horse Parzival fell ill the night before.Cornelissen noticed her horse in a state of distress during their event.After double checking with the vets here, they concluded he was bitten by an insect or spider or some sort of animal which produces toxics, the 37-year-old?wrote on her Facebook page. Vans Old Skool Rebajas. After a batch of tests and fluids, the swelling in Parzivals head decreased and the horse was cleared for competition.However, after making only a few moves into the competition, the rider decided to quit to protect her horse.Parzival is 19 years old, meaning its likely Rio will be his final Olympics. ' ' '
South Africas George Coetzee is hoping to defend his title as he targets a second consecutive win at the Tshwane Open at Pretoria Country Club this week. Nike Shoes On Sale . Coetzee is confident that playing on the course he grew up on gives him a great advantage to seal a fourth European Tour victory.The 29-year-old finished seventh in the Commercial Bank Quatar Masters two weeks ago, before a final-round 69 put him tied-26th at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic last week. George Coetzee won last years tournament by a single shot I know Im playing well, which only adds to the excitement of the tournament. Coetzee told the European Tour website. Ive struck the ball very well the last three weeks but mentally I havent been quite as sharp as I wouldve liked, maybe because I havent been used to posting really low scores for a while.Coetzee enjoyed a good run of form following an emotional victory at the Pretoria Country Club last year, going on to win his third European Tour event at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open in May, and says his knowledge of the Pretoria Country Club may give him an advantage. Charl Schwartzel has finished in the top 10 in his last three European Tour events and is the top ranked player in the event Its where I grew up. I played my first event there so to win last year was a dream come true, Coetzee said. Its my home course and Ive got a lot of good memories, so I probably know the course better than anyone.Knowing the course gives me a bit of a head start on some of the guys, but the standard on the tour is so high, just knowing the place well isnt going to be enough.It is quite a thinkers course though, so the guys who have played it before do have a bit of an advantage. Haydn Porteous is one of three 2016 season European Tour winners playing in this event The biggest threats to Coetzee are in-form compatriots Charl Schwartzel, a 2011 Masters champion, and Haydn Porteous, who won his maiden Tour victory at the Joburg Open in January.Schwartzel has finished inside the top 10 in his past three European Tour events, but is yet to feature in a European Tour event in 2016. Also competing are fellow South African Brandon Stone, who secured his first maiden victory at the BMW SA Open in January, and course record-holder Jacques Blaauw, who finished second in last years event. 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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire will share duties at quarterback when Notre Dame opens the season at Texas on Sept. 4.Neither is happy.Its not the most ideal situation but as a pro you need to deal with the cards youre dealt and make something happen. So our goal is to turn chicken crap into chicken salad, Zaire said.Zaire said if he were at any other school, he doesnt think the decision would be that hard.Kizer said he believes there should be one quarterback.I committed here and decided to play college football to be that one guy. When you decide to play this position, especially at this level, you have to have the desire to be the only guy out there, he said.Kelly said he understood both werent happy with the decision, but said he made it for one reason.My job is to win, and my belief is playing both of them gives us a better chance to win, Kelly said.Zaire was expected to compete with Everett Golson for the starting job a year ago, but became the starter when Golson transferred to Florida State. Zaire, the first left-hander to ever start for the Irish, impressed immediately by completing 19 of 22 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns in a season-opening 38-3 win over Texas. His 86.4 percent completion rate in that game ranks second in school history for a single game and the best since 1984.His tenure as the starter was short-livved because of the broken ankle a week later against Virginia. Wholesale Nike Shoes. Zaire rallied the Irish to victory in that game with a 40-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds left and led the Irish to eight more victories and a No. 11 ranking.Kelly said the two have played too well to sit either out, saying they had run 257 plays in practice so far with a combined total of two interceptions.And thats with guys not in the right position and running the wrong routes. Its been remarkable, he said.The two quarterbacks are similar enough that Notre Dame wont have to make big changes depending on who is in the game, Kelly said. He said each has been among the top five playmakers.Both players said they will work to make the best of the situation.For this to work, were both going to have to buy into it, Kizer said.Zaire said he wants to be the one his teammates can rally around.Because thats whats really important. Because if nobody believes in either one of us it doesnt matter, Zaire said. So I think its important to be able to get guys on the same page and score points.Kelly said he doesnt know what he will do after the Texas game.Im focused strictly on Texas and we are best prepared to beat Texas by playing both DeShone and Malik, he said. ' ' '
                                      LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Balenciaga Outlet . -- Jeremy Morgan plays guard for the Northern Iowa Panthers, but that seems almost too limiting.The senior does a little bit of everything for the Panthers. That much was obvious on Thursday night when Morgan scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and gave four assists -- all game highs -- in leading UNI to an impressive 82-63 win over Arizona State in the opening round of the Tire Pros Invitational.The best part of his game is his versatility, said UNI coach Ben Jacobson, whose team improved to 2-0 on the season. Usually when thats the word used by your coach or what people see is the versatility then they say,` OK, he must not be great at anything. But he is pretty good at a lot of things. I use the term versatility as high praise.The Panthers got outstanding performances from Spencer Haldeman, Klint Carlson and Bennett Koch but it was Morgan who served as the facilitator of their production. That often meant him finding Haldeman on the perimeter or Koch flashing in the paint or ASU paid so much attention to Morgan that at least one of his teammates was left open.What it all led to was a dominant performance by the Panthers over their Pac-12 opponent. With Morgan and Haldeman leading the way from 3-point range and Koch unmatched in the paint, UNI led by as many as 10 points in the first half and 20 points in the second half.Im just going out there and doing everything I can for the team whether thats getting the ball to somebody who is wide open or going to get an extra possession on offense or knocking down an open 3, said Morgan, the Preseason Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. Im just trying to do everything I can to help the team win.The Panthers shot 51 percent from the field and with Morgan and Haldeman combining to convert nine 3-pointers.ASU coach Bobby Hurley was disappointed that his team seemed a step slow defensively and out of synch offensively against its toughest opponent so far this season.It was out of character with how weve playing and practicing, he said. We didnt really move the ball well at all and credit Northern Iowa with how to share the ball and the shot making.BIG PICTURENorthern Iowa: In their first real test of the season, the Panthers proved they can be a force in the Missouri Valley Conference and perhaps on the national scene. Morgan, the preseason MVC Player of the Year, and Haldeman didnt flinch against their Pac-12 opponent.Arizona State: The Sun Devils got off to an impressive 2-0 start but when faced against a team that can defend and has a nice inside-outside game they were exposed. Senior Obinna Oleka never came close to figuring out how to defend Koch in the post.CONFIDENT PANTHERKoch may have lacked some confidence last season, but he played like he was the best player on the floor Thursday against the Sun Devils.He consistently demanded the ball in the paint against Oleka and he made good. Koch was 6 for 7 in the paint for 14 points and could have scored much more because ASU never figured out how to stop him.UP NEXTNorthern Iowa: The Panthers faces Oklahoma in semifinals on Friday.Arizona State: The Sun Devils meets Tulane on Friday in the consolation semifinals.-----More AP college basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25. Cheap Balenciaga Shoes Authentic . -- PGA TOUR Canada member Steve Saunders took a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Web. Balenciaga Shoes On Sale . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. http://www.balenciagacheap.com/ . 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Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. But it was his improvised hurdle, to get away from Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore, that caught the eye. With two minutes left to go in the first half, Wilson threw a short pass to the left hand side for Graham, who turned and leaped over Gilmore before being forced out of bounds.Sky Sports is your home of NFL. Tune in to Sky Sports 2 every Sunday from 5:30pm for a live triple header, as well as live action on Monday and Thursday nights. Also See: Latest standings WATCH: Sunday Blitz NFL week nine highlights RESULT: Week 10 game choice ' ' '
Simone Biles dominated. Luis Valbuena Jersey . Aly Raisman killed it. But when American gymnastics fans poured out of Rios Olympic Arena on Tuesday, many of them were buzzing about Laurie Hernandez, the 16-year-old wunderkind from New Jersey. Though the first-time Olympian didnt post a top score during the teams gold-medal performance, Baby Shakira captivated the audience with her perky, effortless charm.California native Shawn Wright, who was attending the Games with her teenage daughter, Kailey -- they wore matching USA T-shirts -- said Hernandez was the biggest surprise of the afternoon. She just keeps getting better, she said. Kailey caught a glimpse of the young gymnast, whom she described as adorable, before her routine. I was like, Oh my god -- she winked.For Hernandez, Tuesdays performance was imbued with significance that went beyond her contribution to the teams overall result. One week ago, she announced on Instagram, where she has gained more than 200,000 followers since making the team, that she had decided to give up her scholarship to the University of Florida and embark on a professional career. In doing so, Hernandez invited endorsers to assess her potential as a brand representative.She also kicked off a new round of debate over whether young Olympians should go pro.For swimmers, track stars and gymnasts, its a uniquely fraught decision. Unlike football and basketball players, these athletes will never compete in a well-funded professional league; they can only hope to convert their fleeting moments in the spotlight into endorsement opportunities, most of which will dwindle in the months after the Games.And yet, despite this complicated dynamic, theres still a stigma attached to choosing a career over competing in college. When young athletes announce that theyve opted for the former, many adopt a tone of modest reluctance. Stars who choose the collegiate route -- such as swimming supernova Katie Ledecky -- are widely praised for avoiding the distractions of professional life.Consider this NCAA.com story on swimmer Missy Franklin, who chose not to go pro after winning four gold medals at the 2012 Olympics, leaving millions of dollars on the table. The feature, titled Able to Stay Golden, paints an idyllic picture of Franklins college experience and applauds the swimmer for having resisted the temptations that followed her sudden emergence. The temptations! The subtext, which permeates Olympics commentary, is clear: Female athletes who forgo endorsements are as pure as their unblemished bank accounts. They are Good Girls.This is preposterous for a number of reasons, the first of which is: Theres nothing sacred or moral about playing college sports. Biles and Hernandez will never be able to compete in college gymnastics -- but they can still go to college.Nastia Liukin, the all-around champion from the 2008 Games, says she made the decision to go pro at a young age with her future education in mind. I knew Id want to do gymnastics at an elite level, and when I was done with my career, Id want to focus on school, she says. For me, the decision was easy. Liukin, 26, who is working in Rio as a commentator for NBC, graduated from NYU earlier this year.Amateurism is often defended on the grounds that colleges cant afford to pay athletes for their labor. But thats not the issue here. Top Olympians dont want schools to pay them in excess of their scholarships; they want the opportunity to make money on the side. Sure, shooting leotard ads and energy drink commercials might occasionally pull them away from training -- but do you really think a school like UCLA, where Biles had committed before deciding to go pro last year, would turn down the chance to spotlight a celebrity student-athlete? Franklins final swim meet as a high school student famously sold out.The NCAAs rules on endorsements compels these women to essentially roll the dice on their careers before they turn 20 and make calculated bets on whether they can turn short-term stardom into long-term wealth.Its such a crapshoot, says Evan Morgenstein, a sports agent whos represented Olympians such as Dominique Dawes and Dara Torres. According to Morgenstein, unless an athlete garners copious screen time, its likely that his or her after-tax endorsement earnings wont surpass the cost of a college education. The NCAA does allow athletes to keep their Olympics bonuses, which top out at $25,000 per medal. There are a lot of cautionary tales of athletes who didnt become Michael Phelps, he says (Phelps opted not to compete in college, a decision that obviously worked out fine).Going pro in gymnastics, Morgenstein adds, is especially risky because rosters are shaped at the last minute. Hernandez, for example, announced her decision before team coach Martha Karolyi decided to exclude her from the all-around competition. Youre held hostage to the decisions of others, Morgenstein says.Timing is another variable. Biles, who won her first world championship the year after the 2012 Games, profited handsomely off of endorsements during the run-up to Rio. Hernandez didnt have that chance. When Franklin decided to remain an amateur in 2012, her college coach told Swimming World that, with a college degree, she would actually be more marketable. Four years later, this seems dubious; Franklin rescinded her amateur status just in time for Ledeckys ascent.Liukin says that, while she doesnt regret her decision to go pro at a young age, she does believe competing in college makes it easier for elite gymnasts to shift into civilian life. I stopped cold turkey, and that was a difficult transition, she says. It would be better, Liukin adds, if athletes didnt have to choose between making money and competing in college. That would be the best of both worlds.Hernandezs decision could very well pay off; with her talent and charisma, shes a marketers dream, as well as the first U.S.-born Latina to make the team in decades. She could compete in Tokyo in four years, profiting from another Olympics cycle; she could attend college when its all over and pursue an entirely different field. In the end, going pro was her choice. But its one that she -- and every other Olympian -- shouldnt have to make. Rod Carew Jersey . 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NEW YORK -- Chase Edmonds rushed for 359 yards and four touchdowns, Kevin Anderson passed for three scores and ran for another, and Fordham set a school single-game rushing record with 516 yards in beating Lafayette 58-34 on Saturday.Edmonds broke his own school record of 348 yards, and scored on runs of 29, 19, 74 and 67 yards.The Rams (3-2, 1-0 Patriot League) had 709 yards of total offense, with Anderson completing 12 of 18 passes for 181 yards and rushing for 108 yards on 10 carries,, including a 33-yard TD run. CJ Wilson Jersey. Anderson hit Corey Caddle with an 11-yard TD pass and Robbie Cantelli on a 22-yarder to help Fordham build a 41-20 halftime lead.Blake Searfoss was 25 of 41 for 325 yards passing for Lafayette (1-5, 0-2), with a 65-yard TD pass to Joey Chenoweth. Searfoss also scored on a 7-yard run and DeSean Brown had a 6-yard TD run. ' ' '
                                      HOUSTON -- At the end of a disappointing season, Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are having a little fun this weekend in Houston.Kole Calhoun had a season-high three hits and two RBI, and the Angels scored nine runs in the final two innings to rally for the second straight game in a 10-4 victory over the Astros on Saturday night.It was the third straight victory in this series for the Angels, who scored six runs in the ninth inning on Friday night to win 10-6.Now that were out of it were trying to be spoilers, Trout said. Were trying to win every game we play. Were playing teams down the stretch that are in the playoff hunt still, especially these guys. We play them again at home and theyre still in it.It was another costly loss for the Astros, who fell to three games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card.Weve hit another rough patch, manager A.J. Hinch said. The seasons not over. Were going to continue to bounce back and try to get us a win tomorrow.Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and C.J. Cron each added two RBI for Los Angeles.The Angels trailed by three entering the eighth before hitting three straight singles with one out to make it 4-2 and chase rookie Chris Devenski. Luke Gregerson (4-2) took over and was greeted by a soft liner from Trout, which dropped for an RBI single to get Los Angeles within one.A fifth straight single, this one by Pujols, sent home another run to tie it. A wild pitch left Trout at third, and he scored on Crons sacrifice fly to put Los Angeles on top.The biggest thing is when we have guys in scoring position we drive them in, Trout said. Were getting a chance to, when theres guys on base, to get some hits.The Angels tacked on five runs in an embarrassing ninth for the Astros. The last run in that inning scored when second baseman Jose Altuve made a bad throw for an error to reliever Pat Neshek, who was covering first base, and Neshek tripped over the base and fell face first to the dirt.George Springer had four hits and an RBI and for the Astros, who had won 11 straight over the Angels before this skid.Houston led by two in the seventh before an RBI triple by Springer. Yuli Gurriel followed with a run-scoring single to make it 4-1 before Los Angeles rallied once again.Houston starter Brad Peacock allowed one hit and one run while striking out a season-high seven in five innings.Jhoulys Chacin allowed four hits and two runs -- none earned -- in six innings in his third start since making four appearances out of the bullpen. Jose Valdez (2-3) allowed two runs in the seventh for the win.TRAINERS ROOMASTROS: Closer Ken Giles injured his right wrist when he was hit by a line drive during batting practice on Saturday. Trainers ran to the right-hander after he was hit and he remained on his knees on the field for a while before being carted off. X-rays were negative and the team called his injury a bruised right wrist. Giles picked up his fifth blown save this season on Friday night when he gave up six runs in the ninth inning.ANOTHER MILESTONEPujols hit his 602nd career double on Saturday to move past Barry Bonds for sole possession of 15th place on the career doubles list.Every time out he does something, whether he knocks a run in or gets an extra-base hit or home run, its fun to see just what the footnote is and who hes passing, manager Mike Scioscia said. Names are legendary every time he does something now. Its fun to watch.UP NEXTAngels: Rookie Daniel Wright (0-4, 7.48) looks for his first win Sunday. Wright allowed nine hits and five runs in 4 2/3 innings of a 5-4 loss to Texas in his last start.Astros: Rookie Joe Musgrove (3-4, 4.42) is scheduled to start for Houston. 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Thrashed in India, and beaten in South Africa, the hosts now seek to regain the dominance they had had at home, between 2013 and 2015. That attacking blueprint, Williamson said, is what New Zealand must return to.Its important when you come off the back of that Indian tour, that you come here and play with some freedom, and express our skills, he said. When we do that we play our best cricket. Thats our challenge going into this big home summer. Theres always pressure in international sport, but its important that we deal with that and play with freedom without trying too hard.New Zealands most recent home Test had also been at Hagley Oval, and Williamson drew lessons from Brendon McCullums first innings from that game. Having come to the crease at 32 for 3 on the first morning, McCullum cut loose in memorable style, crashing 21 boundaries, walloping six sixes, hitting 145 from 79 balls, and breaking the record for fastest Test hundred in the process.If you look at the last Test here, for example, when we lost the toss on a tough surface which did quite a bit, we saw an innings from Brendon McCullum which was in total contrast to my innings. I took the approach of trying to play late and attack when I thought there was a ball in my area. I got seven off almost 70 deliveries. Brendon was the complete opposite. It was an example of someone playing with complete freedom. I think that can come with the confidence of knowing your own conditions. Among the batsmen Williamson expects to carry the flag is opener Tom Latham, who was among the better New Zealand batsmen in India, hitting a fifty in each Test. Though only 24, Latham is now the senior partner in the opening combination, following the axxing of Martin Guptill.dddddddddddd He has played 25 Tests and so far managed an average of 38.Tom has been around a long time in the New Zealand set up. For a while he has been considered a leader in this side. He has been performing very well. Hes a strong leader within the group, and maybe hell take on that little bit of extra responsibility - not just with opening the batting, but also to play with that freedom.Opening alongside him will be 28-year-old Auckland batsman Jeet Raval, who will make his debut in this Test. Raval had made a steady start to his domestic season when he was called into the Test side, and Williamson described him as a consummate builder of innings.Jeet has been a consistent performer for a long time, and he knows how to score runs. I guess hes a guy that can bat a long period of time. In some ways there are similarities between the two openers. Both are quite headstrong. Both will be challenged in this series by a very good seam-bowling attack.Whenever you make your debut theres some unknowns, not having experienced the step up in international cricket. Naturally, there are some nerves there. Weve chatted. Its a matter of not changing too much - he has been successful with what he has done. Its a matter of applying a simple game plan - all those sorts of things that he has been doing well, and earned him his selection.Though he expected his own team to make good use of home conditions, Williamson remained wary of Pakistan, and their good away record.Home advantage is a good thing, I think, but it provides opportunities for both sides, and a side like Pakistan who have toured well for a while now will know that. Theyll expect their seamers to do well. Its about making those adjustments of length, as you come away from the subcontinent and on to our surfaces. ' ' '
TOKYO -- Seiji Hirao, who played in three rugby world cups for Japan and was coach in another, has died. Cheap Nike Air Force 1 . He was 53.Hirao died in hospital Thursday where he was being treated for an undisclosed illness, his club Kobe Kobelco Steelers announced.With Hirao at its core, the Steelers were one of the most successful teams in Japans domestic league, winning seven successive corporate and national titles between 1989 and 1995.The popular Hirao won 35 caps for his country, and represented Japan at the 1987, 1991 and 1995 Rugby World Cups.After retiring as a player, Hirao coached Kobe and the Japan national team, which he led at the 1999 World Cup.Japan hosts the next world cup in 2019. Discount Nike Air Force 1 Shoes . The Canadian squad, skipped by Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, got on the board first with two in the second end, and followed that with two more apiece in the fourth and sixth ends. Nike Air Force 1 Outlet . In Europe, top teams seem to be largely happy with their squads after spending nearly $1 billion in the off-season. And although English league clubs are unlikely to splash cash in January, Arsenal and Chelsea could be tempted to strengthen their squads with new strikers. http://www.airforce1wholesale.com/ . -- Teemu Selanne scored the first goal of his 22nd NHL season, and the Anaheim Ducks extended the best start in franchise history with their fifth straight victory, 3-2 over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Greater Western Sydney midfielder Jack Steele has requested a trade to St Kilda, joining homesick forward Cam McCarthy and utility Caleb Marchbank in seeking an exit from the Giants.Steele, 20, has played 17 AFL games in two seasons and grappled with injuries, including a foot complaint which kept him out of this years finals.GWS have signalled they wont stand in the tough midfielders way as long as St Kilda proposes a suitable trade.Jack has indicated he wants to join St Kilda and we believe he would be a great addition to our list, Saints chief operating officer Ameet Bains said on Saturday.The club will now work closely with both Greater Western Sydney and Jacks management to ensure we can come to a suitable trade arrangement.With the AFLs push for a uniform salary cap next season likely to squeeze their talent-stacked list, the Giants are considered likely to move several young players on during the trade period, which commences on Monday and runs until Octoober 20. Cheap Nike Air Force 1 From China. The Giants are already resigned to losing McCarthy to a West Australian club - most likely Fremantle - and promising key-position player Marchbank, who has requested a trade to Carlton.GWS played hardball with McCarthy a year ago when he requested a trade to his native Perth, with the talented forward choosing to sit out the AFL season when a trade didnt materialise.Marchbank, the sixth overall pick at the 2014 draft, put in a trade request to return to Victoria, with the Blues his desired destination.Utility Adam Tomlinson and forward Will Hoskin-Elliott are also likely to attract interest after struggling to find a way into the team.But the Giants are unlikely to secure a deal for Essendons No.1 draft pick, with Bombers list manager Adrian Dodoro on Saturday saying the club intended to retain their top selection. ' ' '
Jordan Turner notched his 100th career try as St Helens romped to a 30-16 Super League victory over Huddersfield at Langtree Park on Friday night. Justin Bour Jersey . Mark Percival also scored two tries for Saints, who adapted better than the Giants to the difficult conditions.Huddersfield, who have finished in the top three for the last three seasons, handed debuts to Ryan Hinchcliffe, Sam Rapira and Daniel Smith but were missing injured quartet Joe Wardle, Craig Huby, Kyle Wood and Luke Robinson. Huddersfield made a bright start with a long-range Jamie Ellis kick just rolling over the dead-ball line, but it was Saints who opened the scoring after seven minutes on their first real attack.A Jon Wilkin kick was pounced on by Percival for the first score, but Luke Walsh could not convert from the touchline.Hinchcliffe did his best to get the Giants back on level terms with a scuttling burst from dummy half, but was held short before Adam Swift made a timely interception.Huddersfield kept up the pressure and were rewarded with a try in the corner from Aaron Murphy after slick handling from a scrum after 13 minutes.A Danny Brough 40/20 kept Saints on the back foot, but the home side notched their second try when Atelea Vea dribbled the ball over the line from Walshs kick to open up a 10-4 lead. St Helens Luke Thompson celebrates scoring his sides fifth try Shortly thereafter, Huddersfield were again hit on the counter-attack, with Percival cutting inside Scott Grix from Jack Owens pass for his second try three minutes before the break, and Walsh adding the difficult conversion.The Giants almost scored before the break, but Grixs kick rolled over the line with Murphy ready to pounce, leaving Saints 16-4 ahead at half-time.Huddersfield suffered a blow when skipper Brough failed to reappear after the break and they almost fell further behind, but Leroy Cudjoe came to the rescue when Wilkin chased down a Walsh kick.Turner then forced his way over for his milestone try after 48 minutes, with Walsh adding the goal to make it 22-4.Ukuma Taai pulled a try back for Huddersfield before Roby went off but Saints replied when Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook tapped back a Walsh kick for Luke Thompson to cross and make it 28-10.Huddersfields injury woes continued with Grix going off with a shoulder injury but they never gave up and deserved Jake Connors try from an Ellis kick.Walsh then struck a late penalty to make it five goals from six attempts as Saints saw out the win.Watch St Helens in Super League action away to Salford on Thursday, live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 7.30pm. Huddersfield host Wigan next Friday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7.30pm. Andre Dawson Jersey . -- Arizona raced out to a big lead and did not back off, hitting the accelerator instead. Brian Anderson Jersey . Jason Zucker and Matt Cooke also scored for Minnesota, which has won five of six. Kuemper made five saves in the first, nine in the second, and nine in the third. The rookies best save came with 2:17 left in the third period when he denied former Wild forward Matt Cullen from just outside of the crease on the right side. http://www.marlinsteamproshop.com/Marlins-JT-Realmuto-Kids-Jersey/ . Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on the indoor hard-court at Belgrade Arena. The victory improved the Czech pairs impressive cup doubles record to 14-1. COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said the school wont bid for NCAA Tournament mens basketball games removed from North Carolina because of its law limiting protections for LGBT people.Tanner said Wednesday the area did not have enough full service hotels available for the dates the games would be played next March. The regional was supposed to be played in Greensboro, North Carolina, but the NCAA removed that and several other chaampionship events from the state last week. Brad Ziegler Jersey. he NCAA had set a deadline of Sept. 27 for submitting bids to host the displaced contests.Tanner said the university and the Columbia Regional Sports Council have bid for NCAA Tournament games from 2019 through 2022.---AP College Basketball website: www.collegebasketball.ap.org ' ' '
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