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NEW YORK -- Cynical about the Olympics? You must not be from Fiji. Michael Pineda Jersey .The Pacific Island nation won its first Olympic medal ever, and it was gold, by routing Great Britain in the rugby final. It was a joy to see on NBCSN, and a great example of the benefits to searching beyond NBCs prime-time to see all that is being offered.Its hard to put into words how big icons these players will be, said NBC announcer Bill Seward on Thursday. Being gold medalists, they will be heroes in their country forevermore.The win produced an outpouring of celebrations in the stands and by players after the match. The sport is huge in Fiji, and the nations prime minister traveled to Brazil for the games.RATINGS: NBC reached 26.4 million people with its Wednesday prime-time telecast, dominated by swimming and beach volleyball. Add in streaming and the 1.9 million people who watched the U.S.-Australia basketball game on NBCSN, and there was a total of 28.6 million consuming Olympic content. During the corresponding night in London, NBC had 30.8 million viewers.LEDECKYS STROKE: During an 800-meter freestyle preliminary race Thursday afternoon, NBC swimming analyst Rowdy Gaines dissected gold medalist Katie Ledeckys swimming style in illuminating fashion, explaining what put her ahead of her rivals. This is the only time I get to talk about her stroke, Gaines said. Shes so fast in the 400.FORE: NBC has clearly not been happy with the golfers who chose to stay away from Rio de Janeiro, making the Olympics first golf competition a little less star-studded than expected. Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson cited concerns about the Zika virus; some critics have suggested concerns about a lack of prize money were in the mix, too. NBC host Mike Tirico said Thursday they were missing the chance to increase their sports popularity worldwide. Im a believer that golf needs the Olympics more than the Olympics need golf, he said. Addison Reed Jersey . Numbers Game looks into the Canadiens securing the services of Thomas Vanek in a trade with the New York Islanders. The Canadiens Get: LW Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round pick. Nelson Cruz Twins Jersey . James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday during the Heats overtime loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming back to help send the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss. http://www.twinssale.com/twins-marwin-gonzalez-jersey/ . The recently retired Stern was elected Friday to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014 on Aug. FORT WORTH, Texas -- Middle Tennessee defensive end and U.S. Marine veteran Steven Rhodes has been chosen the winner of the Armed Forces Merit Award.A seven-person committee of Football Writers Association of America members and Armed Forces Bowl officials selected Rhodes from a group of 16 nominees. The announcement was made Friday.Rhodes served five years in the Marines before joining Middle Tennessees football program in 2013. He has made 27 career starts and has 29 tackles this season for the Blue Raidders. C. J. Cron Jersey. .The FWAA created this award in 2012. Previous winners include Texas Nate Boyer in 2012, North Texas Brandon McCoy in 2013 and Clemsons Daniel Rodriguez in 2014 and Westminster Colleges Bret Robertson in 2015.All four were U.S. Army veterans who later played college football.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 ' ' ' 
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