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RIO DE JANEIRO -- For a sport supposedly filled with folks who dont care about the Olympics, there sure was a lot of crying during the tennis competition at the Rio de Janeiro Games.From Andy Murray, who became the first man or woman to win two singles golds. From Juan Martin del Potro, who earned the silver, losing to Murray 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the final Sunday.From No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who surprisingly lost to del Potro in the first round, a result that elicited tears from both men, one because a gold medal is just about the only thing missing from his resume, the other because hes had such a tough road back from repeated injuries.And from Monica Puig, whose womens singles title gave Puerto Rico its first gold in any sport in Olympic history. Puig had done her best to memorize the islands anthem after her father emailed her the lyrics, but as that song played during a medal ceremony for the first time, she couldnt get out the words.If I wouldve stopped crying, I probably would have started singing, Puig said. But I couldnt. I was choking up the whole time.In the run-up to Rio, there was plenty of discussion about the relationship between the Olympics and tennis, which returned to the program in 1988 after a 64-year absence.But watching and hearing those who did participate made clear what it meant to them.Its been a buildup of emotions over the last 10 days or so, said Murray, who began the Rio Olympics by carrying Britains flag in the opening ceremony, then ended them by walking into his champions news conference with a Union Jack draped over his shoulder, and Im just very happy that I got over the line tonight.Here are some things to know about tennis at the 2016 Olympics:MURRAYS FORM: His victory over del Potro stretched Murrays winning streak to a career-high 18 matches, including a second Wimbledon title. Murray has participated in the four most significant matches of the year: all three Grand Slam finals (losing to Djokovic at the Australian Open and French Open, then beating Milos Raonic at the All England Club) and the Olympic final. I need to try and keep that going, Murray said, and the U.S. Open is always the next big goal. Play begins at Flushing Meadows in two weeks.DEL POTROS RETURN: Considered the next big thing when he stunned Federer in the 2009 U.S. Open final at age 20, the 6-foot-6 Argentine first had problems with his right wrist, then needed three operations on his left wrist. Based on how he beat Djokovic, then Rafael Nadal, del Potros powerful forehand might be better than ever. If he stays fit, Murray said, theres no reason why he cant be up at the top of the game.DJOKOVIC AND NADAL: Djokovic was crestfallen to leave without a medal, then pulled out of next weeks Cincinnati Masters, citing a sore left wrist. He wont play again until the U.S. Open. Will he look like the guy who won four consecutive major titles or the guy who lost in the third round at Wimbledon and first round of the Olympics? After Nadal missed 2+ months with an injured left wrist -- unlike Djokovic, hes a lefty -- no one knew what to expect in Brazil. But the Spaniard earned a doubles gold and just missed a singles medal.SERENA WILLIAMS: Its not entirely clear what went wrong for Serena Williams, who lost in the third round of singles and the first round of doubles with her sister Venus (they won gold in all three previous Olympic appearances together). Given how the younger Williams usually responds to setbacks, it wouldnt be surprising to see her in fine form at the years last Grand Slam tournament.MEDAL COUNT: Despite what happened in singles and doubles to the Williams sisters, and even though the countrys highest-ranked man, John Isner, opted to skip the Olympics, the U.S. wound up with the best haul: one gold (Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock in mixed doubles), one silver (Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram in mixed) and one bronze (Sock and Steve Johnson in mens doubles). The only other country to win three medals was the Czech Republic, with bronzes from Petra Kvitova in singles, Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova in womens doubles, and Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek in mixed doubles.---Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at Basketball Jerseys Cheap . Now tied for second in the league in shootout goals, the 24-year-old likes to see what the opposing goaltender has in store before he ultimately lands on a move. 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He was fined $30,000 for a hit on the New York Jets Jeff Cumberland in Week 1.BOSTON -- Boston Marathon runners who were stopped on the course when bombs went off at the finish line, including many Canadians, will have a chance to come back and run again next year, race organizers said on Thursday. One month and one day after the April 15 explosions that killed three people and wounded hundreds more, the Boston Athletic Association said that 5,633 people who were stopped on the second half of the course when the race was shut down at 2:50 p.m. will be allowed to register early for next years race. "The opportunity to run down Boylston Street and to cross the finish line amid thousands of spectators is a significant part of the entire Boston Marathon experience," B.A.A. executive director Tom Grilk said. "With the opportunity to return and participate in 2014, we look forward to inviting back these athletes." The B.A.A. said runners who passed the halfway checkpoint at 13.1 miles but hadnt reached the finish line will get a code to register in August; regular registration is scheduled to begin in September. Runners will be required to pay the entry fee -- the amount hasnt been determined yet -- but they will not have to re-qualify by running another marathon in a given time. Normal registration for the Boston Marathon requires a qualifying time from 3 hours 5 minutes for an 18- to 34-year-old man to 5:25 for an 80-year-old woman. The requirement forces most runners to spend a full year training for their qualifying and Boston runs and makes the race, for many, a one-time event. The announcement was quickly praised on the B.A.A. Facebook pagge, where thousands of people -- many of them using the B.ddddddddddddA.A. logo or other marathon-related photos for their profile picture -- "liked" the announcement. Hundreds posted comments vowing to return. "I dont feel entitled to this in the least," wrote Maggie Lapan. "But thank you BAA." The B.A.A. said it has contacted those affected, a group that includes 2,611 runners from Massachusetts and 726 from 47 countries. There are 2,983 women and 2,650 men, aged 18 to 82. More than 2,000 Canadians were registered for the storied race. "Boston spectators are known for their impassioned support and unbridled enthusiasm, and they will give these returning athletes some of the loudest cheers at next years race," Grilk said in the release, which added that no decision has been made on whether the 2014 field will expand to include an expected influx of runners who say they want to run next year to support the race and the city. "We want to thank our participants for their patience as we continue to work through the details of arranging this accommodation for them," Grilk said. "And we ask for continued patience from the running community as we plan the 2014 Boston Marathon next April." The B.A.A. has granted limited deferrals in the past, including one for European runners who couldnt get to town because of the Icelandic volcano eruption in 2010. Last year, with forecasts of dangerous heat, organizers allowed everyone a chance to defer their entry to this years race; a few hundred took advantage of the offer. China NFL Jerseys White Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Cheap NFL Jerseys Throwback Wholesale NFL Hoodies Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Wholesale NFL T-shirts Disocunt Football Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale NFL T-shirts Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Black China NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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