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for all intents and purposes, we could have been back level.But you dont want to be digging yourself out of holes like that.In a sna from chenwen's blog

RIO DE JANEIRO -- There were so many questions about their cushy accommodations it seemed the Americans were on vacation. James Conner Youth Jersey .Yes, the U.S. mens basketball team is staying on a cruise ship, with gorgeous views of Brazils beautiful beaches.But the Americans didnt come to Rio de Janeiro for fun and sun.We know whats our task at hand, veteran Carmelo Anthony said. This is business for us. Were going out there to take care of business.The U.S. team had its international introduction Thursday with its Olympic news conference, answering plenty of questions about where theyre staying (the luxury yacht) and whos not playing (LeBron James and Stephen Curry).It was the usual spectacle for a team that always draws a crowd at the Olympics, no matter who is on the roster. This one features 10 players with no Olympic experience, with only Anthony and Kevin Durant back from the team that won the Americans second straight gold medal in 2012.Theyre still considered the team to beat even with their inexperience, which is why Paul George had such trouble with his first attempt at Portuguese.A local journalist tried to teach him the word for underdog, then asked if there was any chance the U.S. could fill that role.Of us being underdog? he said. No, I dont think were the underdog.Try heavy, heavy favorite.The Americans open on Saturday against China, a team they beat by 49 and 50 points in exhibition play. So that game shouldnt be close, and it might be a while before they get one -- if they get one -- that is. But the U.S. players say they arent thinking that way.You have to worry about everybody, forward Draymond Green said. Every team is here for a reason. They qualified somehow. ... We cant come out here and say, `Oh, were the United States and were supposed to win, or `We have this person and that person and were supposed to win. We have to be locked in every game. If you dont, youll get beat.The Americans arrived in Rio on Wednesday from Houston, where they completed their exhibition tour. They held their first practice at the arena Thursday as they get their sea legs under them.Anthony stayed on a cruise ship in his first Olympics, when they finished third in 2004 in Athens. Theyre on a ship again, along with the U.S. womens team, in part because of a shortage of hotel space compared to recent hosts Beijing and London, and Anthony doesnt see why its such a big deal.Its no different than us staying in the hotel, he said. Its not like were cruising around. Were docked. We have the same amenities as if we were staying in the hotel.He joked that the beds were small for basketball players, but its expected to be smooth sailing for this group. The Americans may have seemed vulnerable when James, Curry and a number of other superstars declined to play, but the players who did accept invites have had a few weeks to work on getting better on the court and getting along off it.Were a group of guys that range from age of 24 to, I dont know how old Carmelo is, 40? center DeAndre Jordan said. So we have so much fun together and everybodys so competitive and we all want to win, and when you got guys like that, it makes it that much more fun.Anthony is actually 32, and his first Olympic experience 12 years ago was a mostly miserable one. He plans to leave better than he came in.I know what it felt like when kind of the rest of the world was supposedly catching up with the USA as far as from a basketball standpoint. So I know what it felt like to be at the bottom and I know what it feels like to be at the top of the game as well, Anthony said.My goal is to help this team and lead this time to a gold medal.---AP Sports Writer Tom Withers contributed to this report.---Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Briancmahoney JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey . Both players have lower body injuries that will keep them out of the lineup until at least January 31, which is the first game they can be activated from IR. T. J. Watt Jersey . DAmigo scored twice in regulation and added the shootout winner as the Toronto Marlies edged the San Antonio Rampage 5-4 in American Hockey League action. http://www.shoptheofficialsteelers.us/steelers-cameron-sutton-super-bowl-jersey-authentic/ . Q: Team Canada announces their Olympic roster three weeks from today. Who is general manager Steve Yzerman watching? 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Nathan Buckley is adamant there will be no white flag flown at Collingwood now the AFL finals are out of reach.The Magpies coach billed last Friday nights game against North Melbourne as a mini-final, but the Kangaroos beat them by 40 points.It means Collingwood will miss the top eight for the third season in a row - something that has not happened in 15 years.The Magpies will host fifth-placed West Coast on Saturday at the MCG.While Buckley lamented another poor start in the Kangaroos loss, he noted that his team fought back hard when North had control late in the third term.Collingwood managed to reduce the margin to 16 points in the last quarter before North kicked clear to win by 40.We probably had a choice, five minutes to go in the third quarter last week ... whether we put the white flag up or battle it out, he said.The next 30 minutes, for all intents and purposes, we could have been back level.But you dont want to be digging yourself out of holes like that.In a snapshot, it probably shows you what were capable of at our best.The North game also was a microcosm of Collingwoods season - good in parts, but not for often ennough. JuJu Smith-Schuster Steelers Jersey. Weve shown our game stacks up when we put it together and thats regardless of personnel, Buckley said.Weve also shown were not a good enough team yet to do it consistently.When were not on, we (need to be) at a seven out of 10, not dropping to a four or five or a three at times.Thats what good sides do.There were widespread expectations before this season that the Magpies would return to the finals.Buckley has said throughout this up-and-down year that his focus remains on developing the team for long-term success.He said the focus with team selection for the rest of the season would be on trying to win.And after three weeks of slow starts, Buckley will demand a better first term against the Eagles.Im happy to put us on the hook about that, he said.You need to play solid footy from the first siren to the last to be able to counter good sides - we werent able to do that last week.Buckley said it was a matter of doing the basics better, such as hitting targets and clean ball handling.Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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