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TORONTO -- My favorite part of this job is sitting in empty stadiums and arenas. Roger Craig Super Bowl Jersey . We get to arrive early, and we get to stay late. Bookending a big event with two different kinds of silence -- the calms before and after the storm -- gives you a fuller feeling for the game. Those silences, how they are broken and how they are restored, can tell you so much about what might happen and what did.Tuesday night was the first time I saw Canada and Team USA play hockey in person.Ive watched them battle on TV however many times, and each time Ive wished I were there. Ive had more than my share of fortunate experiences, but I still wanted so badly to watch my country, which happens to be hockey-obsessed Canada, take on the U.S., which happens to be better than us at every other sport.Its hard to explain to Americans why these games matter so much to us. Imagine our countries were brothers, one big and one little. The big one has everything he might want but a single beautiful, perfect toy that the little brother loves with all his heart. He thinks of it when hes awake, and he dreams of it when hes asleep.And then his big brother comes into his room and tries to take his most sacred thing away.I was excited, even nervous, in the quiet before the game. Sweden and Finland had played in the afternoon, and the Air Canada Centre had emptied and been cleaned like a plane readied for its next flight. It was close to silent, just a few workers performing their pregame rituals.It was also pretty dark. It felt as though the entire building were asleep somehow. It wasnt hard to imagine it breathing softly.Then I heard a shout. It was, if Im being honest, a very loud F-bomb. It was startling and out of place in the dim and the quiet. I thought one of the workers had hurt himself somehow.Then I realized it had come from Canadas Joe Thornton.It isnt always easy to see it through his beard, but Thorntons default expression, at least this week, has been a wide smile. He has radiated kid joy.Now he was swearing really, really loudly. This couldnt be good.Closer investigation revealed -- with no small amount of relief -- that he was swearing because he had let a soccer ball drop in a game of keepie-uppie that he and his teammates were playing in one of the tunnels leading to the empty, waiting ice.Maybe an hour before their big game against the Americans, they were laughing and joking with each other and kicking around a ball, and Joe Thornton was yelling terrible things with a smile.I decided right then that they were going to win, and they were going to win big.Im going to try to be gentle here so that I dont sound like Im gloating. This American team has been terrible, an embarrassment, badly built and badly coached and deserving of every bad thing anyone ever says about them.I really am being gentle.They have been miserable and gutless. They lost their opener to lightly regarded Team Europe without scoring a goal. They took to the ice against Canada looking as though they were lining up for the dentist. They snatched the early lead and then gave up two goals in 14 seconds and never looked for an instant as though they might recover.This is our championship game, John Tortorella had said before it. His team had supposedly been custom-made to beat Canada at its own sport, to hit and then get hit and then hit back even harder.I wish they had been half as hard as they thought they were. I also wish they had remembered that grit is useless without goals.Whenever I imagined finally going to see Canada play Team USA, I imagined watching a blinding, deafening, electrifying three periods of hockey, and maybe more.Instead I watched an absolute dismantling.One of the loudest cheers came with a little more than five minutes left in the second period. Canada pinned Team USA in their zone. They shot the puck and retrieved it, shot it again and took it back, shot it again and followed it.They did to the puck what these Americans were supposed to do to Canada. They owned it, and when the Americans finally managed to hold the puck long enough to clear it, the crowd applauded.The fans were cheering Canada for their effort, and to be fair, this team is as beautiful and perfect as the toy in that little brothers dreams.But they might as well have been cheering the Americans for getting their first touch in what felt like forever. They almost needed to feel as though their big brother still wants what they have.Thats how unbalanced this game was. Applause could be mistaken for pity. A minute into the third period, Team USAs Max Pacioretty took a dumb boarding penalty against Logan Couture in the Canadian zone, and thats all that remained of the grand American plan: Hit from behind, because thats the only place they are anymore.The rest of the game was meaningless, and now so is the rest of this tournament for Team USA.For one of the few times in my professional life, and on a night when I never imagined I might, I didnt have to wait until after the game for the second, concluding round of silence. It came well before the end of it, when I listened for Americas hockey heart, and I didnt hear a thing. Jimmie Ward Super Bowl Jersey . -- Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts will likely be a game-time decision whether hell play Sunday in the Jaguars home game against the San Diego Chargers. 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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):12:50 a.m.Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin are not thrilled with the schedulers who put only an hour between the semifinals and the finals of the mens 100-meters.Gatlin says there wasnt enough turnaround time and he had only 30 minutes to prepare.Bolt was far more outspoken and blamed the scheduling on a slower pace for the entire field.He called the short gap ridiculous and had thought he could run faster than he did because he felt so strong in the semifinals.Bolt won the Sunday night final -- his third consecutive gold medal in the 100 meters. Gatlin took silver.---12:20 a.m.Usain Bolt expected an easier race to the mens 100-meter title than in years past.Why? The Jamaican said hes in far better shape than he was a year ago, when his races were pretty much a dog fight.Bolt won his third consecutive gold medal in the 100 meters on Sunday night and already has his sights set on the 200-meters and possibly a new world record. He said hes far more confident about the 200 than he is the 100, and having a day of rest this week will make him fresh for his next event.Bolt reiterated that these Olympics are for one purpose: For him to prove hes the greatest sprinter ever.---12:20 a.m.Brazil now has half of the womens beach volleyball semifinalists.World champions Agatha and Barbara advanced with a 23-21, 21-16 victory over Russia on Sunday night. That lined them up for a matchup with the winner of the midnight match between Australia and Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross.Brazils Talita and Larissa, the No. 1 seed, advanced earlier Sunday with a victory over Switzerland.The hosts also have one mens team still playing. Alison and Bruno will face Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena on Monday.---12:20 a.m.Justin Gatlin is satisfied with second place in the 100-meter finals.At 34, Gatlin was the oldest sprinter in the field and he took solace in medaling.Gatlin was booed when he was introduced at the introductions because of his doping suspensions, but Gatlin said he tuned out the reaction on Sunday night and focused on the American flags in the crowd.Told later that winner Usain Bolt was upset Gatlin was booed, the American said he has tremendous respect for Bolt.Gatlin said: There is no bad blood. Im a competitor, hes a competitor and he has pushed me to be the athlete that I am today. I hope he can say the say for me.---12:20 a.m.Its hard to get a wave started at the Copacabana beach volleyball venue, even when youre an NBA star like DeAndre Jordan.Jordan and fellow U.S. basketball players Kevin Durant and Jimmy Butler showed up to see the womens beach quarterfinals on Sunday night and immediately caused a stir. Jordan tried to get the crowd going, but the Brazilian fans were too distracted watching world champions Agatha and Barbara against Russia.Durant put on a USA Volleyball scarf, and they all mugged for pictures as they waited for Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross to begin their match.Durant also saw Walsh Jennings play in London, when she won her third straight Olympic gold medal.---11:25 p.m.Yohan Blake failed to medal in the mens 100-meters but paid tribute to Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt.Blake finished fourth and called Bolt an icon and true warrior of the sport.There was a time when Blake was considered one of the few sprinters who could dethrone Bolt and he took the silver in London four years ago.He said injures have slowed him, but insisted Im not dead and hell be back.He praised Bolt for his long reign. When asked if Bolt is bigger in Jamaica than Bob Marley, Blake said hes getting there.---11:20 p.m.As Wayde van Niekerk sprinted to a world record in winning the mens 400-meters, his competitors could only watch in awe.Third-place finisher LaShawn Merritt said van Niekerk took off at the start and set a far faster pace than he thought would win the race.Silver medalist Kirani James of Grenada marveled that van Niekerk never slowed. He was trying to use van Niekerk as a gauge, but the winner just kept going.---10:55 p.m.Minutes after winning Olympic gold, Usain Bolt unlaced his now-famous gold spikes and took selfies with fans in the near-capacity stadium in Rio de Janeiro.Then, he turned his yellow hat backward, kneeled down and gave the crowd what it really wanted: The arching To the World Pose.The Jamaican superstar won the signature event in track and field on Sunday night added this race to his already gleaming resume as the first person to capture three straight 100-meter titles at the Olympics.Bolt beat American Justin Gatlin, who was greeted by the fans with raucous boos, by .08 seconds. Andre de Grasse of Canada won the bronze.---10:35 p.m.Usain Bolt became the first person to win three straight Olympic 100-meter titles, blowing down the straightaway in 9.81 seconds for his seventh overall Olympic gold.American Justin Gatlin, Bolts closest pursuer over the past four years, finished second, .08 seconds behind. Andre de Grasse of Canada won the bronze.Bolt came into the Olympics not having run a 100 since June 30, when he pulled out of Jamaican national championships with a bad left hamstring.The rehab began immediately, and on a muggy Sunday night in Rio, the shining star of track and field showed no signs of distress.After a typically clunky burst out of the starting block, he started pulling away from Gatlin with about 30 meters left.Hes not done. Qualifying for the mens 200, his favorite race, starts Tuesday, with the relay on Friday.---10:25 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Usain Bolt wins unprecedented third Olympic gold in 100 meters, defeating Justin Gatlin of the US by .08 seconds.---10:20 p.m.Florian Fuchs scored with no time remaining on the clock, and two-time defending Olympic champion Germany scored twice in the final minute to beat New Zealand 3-2 Sunday in the mens field hockey quarterfinals.Germany trailed 2-0 before scoring all three of its goals in the final five minutes. Moritz Furste scored on a penalty corner at 55:29, then scored on another penalty corner with 41 seconds remaining.New Zealand went ahead 1-0 on a goal by Hugo Inglis early in the second period, and increased its lead to 2-0 on a goal by Shea McAleese early in the fourth.Germany advanced to play Argentina, which defeated Spain 2-1 earlier in the day.---10:15 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia has won the triple jump at the Rio Games, with a jump of 15.17 meters on her fourth attempt to win the gold. Yulimar Rochas of Venezuela took silver with 14.98 and defending champion Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan settled for bronze with 14.74.---10:15 p.m.Wayde van Niekerk has won the Olympic 400-meter title in a world-record 43.03 seconds, lowering the mark set by Michael Johnson in 1999.And the South African did it from the outside lane. Van Niekerk stormed out of the blocks and kept going, holding off 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James and 2008 winner LaShawn Merritt, who both ran season-best times to finish with silver and bronze.Johnson set the previous world record of 43.18 at Seville, Spain, in 1999.Van Niekerks previous personal record was 43.48.---10:05 p.m.MEDAL ALERT-WORLD RECORD: Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa has won the Olympic 400-meter title in a world record 43. Weston Richburg Super Bowl Jersey. 03 seconds. Van Niekerk, running in the outside lane, stormed out of the blocks and held off of 2012 champion Kirani James and LaShawn Merritt. He lowered the mark of 43.18 that Michael Johnson set in Seville, Spain, in 1999.10 p.m.Andrew Fisher saw his chances at making the mens 100-meter final dashed when he false started in the semifinals.The sprinter representing Bahrain blamed a hovering helicopter.Fisher said the helicopter approached Olympic Stadium as he was in the starting block and it distracted him. He knew instantly he was disqualified.He said its the first false start of his international career.Fisher said it was the chopper, and that should never happen at a meet this big.---9:55 p.m.The coach of long jumper Darya Klishina, the only Russian entered in Olympic track and field, tells the Associated Press she is trying to block out the uncertainty over whether she can compete.Klishina was at a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing earlier Sunday as she fights to stay in the Olympics.When the Russian team barred due to doping scandals, the IAAF gave Klishina an exemption it then withdrew citing new information. Klishinas lawyer says that concerns possible tampering with doping samples by Russian authorities.Coach Loren Seagrave says their plan is to act as if Klishina can compete and we dont yet know the outcome so we must look at the situation in the positive.Klishina trained at a warmup track near the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.---9:20 p.m.Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin set up the biggest clash on the Olympic track by both winning their 100 meters semifinals.Bolt was slow out of the blocks again but powered through the midsection before easing across the line in a seasons best of 9.86. He had time to look left and right before turning the power off, showing off the smile the world has come to love. Andre de Grasse of Canada finished in 9.92 to go through.Gatlin was all business, fast from the start and barely letting up at the finish for a time of 9.94. After being roundly booed by the crowd before the start, he immediately disappeared into the stadium tunnel after his win.Jimmy Vicaut of France won the first heat in 9.95, turning around a disappointing season with a place in the final.Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade was out, finishing fifth in the first heat with a time of 10.05.---9:10 p.m.World champion Allyson Felix ran a season-best 49.67 to lead the qualifiers into the womens 400-meter final.Felix is running only in the 400 after missing a chance to defend her Olympic 200-meter title by failing to make the U.S. team. She went out hard and coasted to the finish ahead of Shaunae Miller, the world championship silver medalist of Bahamas.Therell be three Americans and two Jamaicans in Mondays final.Phyllis Francis of the United States won the first of the three semifinal heats in 50.31, holding off Stephenie Ann McPherson of Jamaica.World championships bronze medalist Shericka Jackson set a personal best 49.83 to win the second heat, overhauling American Natasha Hastings on the line.Christine Ohuruogu, the 2008 Olympic champion and silver medalist in London in 2012, was knocked out after finishing fifth in the first heat.---9:05 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: Andy Murray of Britain beat Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina for his second consecutive Olympic singles gold medal.Murrays 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory Sunday at the Rio Games makes him the first man or woman with two Olympic singles titles, let alone two in a row.At London in 2012, Murray won a singles gold and mixed doubles silver.The second-seeded Murray stretched his winning streak to a career-high 18 matches and stopped the resurgent run of the 141st-ranked del Potro, who knocked off No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the first round and No. 3 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.Del Potros silver goes alongside his bronze from four years ago.Kei Nishikori defeated Nadal for the bronze earlier Sunday.---9:05 p.m.Sarah Robles won the United States first weightlifting medal for 16 years Sunday with bronze in the womens over-75-kilogram category.Chinas Meng Suping won gold with 130 kilograms in the snatch and 177 in the clean and jerk for a total of 307, one more than second-placed Kim Kuk Hyang of North Korea.Robles lifted 286 total, with 126 in the snatch and 160 in the clean and jerk.After making her final lift, Robles sank onto her knees and gave a roar of delight before blowing a kiss to the crowd.The last U.S. medal winners in weightlifting were Tara Nott and Cheryl Haworth when the womens events debuted in 2000. The last U.S. mens medals were in 1984.---8:40 p.m.Michael Phelps insists his swimming career is over. Hes got big plans for the next phase of his life, and it starts with being a father to 3-month-old son Boomer.The most decorated athlete in Olympics history says he is looking forward to having the time to devote to his son after being so tied up with training for the Rio Games.He said on Sunday that he ditched the athletes village to stay with Boomer and his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, on Saturday night. While other athletes celebrate their victories wildly, Phelps says he spent the night changing diapers. He says he wants to be there for Boomer every step of the way.Phelps says he plans to keep swimming, but only for exercise. Phelps would routinely put on weight after performing in the Olympics, but he says he wants to avoid that in retirement.---8 p.m.The Netherlands defeated Australia 4-0 in a mens field hockey quarterfinal match between the worlds top two teams on Sunday night.The second-ranked Dutch advanced to play neighbor Belgium in a Tuesday semifinal. Belgium defeated India 3-1 earlier in the day.The top-ranked Australians had medaled in six consecutive Olympics, claiming gold in 2004 and bronze in 2008 and 2012.Billy Bakker scored for the Netherlands 49 seconds into the match to set the tone.Australia dominated possession in the second period, but the Netherlands consistently made good defensive plays in the circle. The Dutch then added to their lead when Bob de Voogd knocked one in late in the second.Valentin Verga scored for the Dutch early in the third period, and Mink van der Weerden added another goal early in the fourth.Goalie Jaap Stockmann registered the shutout for the Netherlands.---7:30 p.m.MEDAL ALERT: France has won the gold medal in mens team epee, easily defeating Italy 45-31 in a matchup between two of the sports traditional powers.Until Sunday, France overall had won just one silver and one bronze in fencing in the Rio Olympics. They were left off the podium entirely in 2012 in London.The team of Yannick Borel, Daniel Jarent and Jean-Michel Lucenay brought that golden shutout to an end on the last day of the fencing tournament.Borel wrapped the match up with a quick touch of opponent Marco Fichera. Borel ripped off his mask and let out a scream to celebrate.France was the favorite as the top-ranked squad in the world coming into the Summer Games.Hungary won the bronze after beating Ukraine 39-37.---AP Summer Games website: http://summergames.ap.org ' ' '
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