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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Maybe its time we started paying more attention to the Paralympics. Cheap Delvin Breaux Jersey .Not only are their athletes courageous, so are their leaders.They did what Olympics officials wouldnt Sunday, kicking the Russians out of their games next month for operating a state-sponsored doping system that helped both Olympians and Paralympians top the medal charts in Sochi two years ago.And they did it without mincing words.Their medals over morals mentality disgusts me, said Philip Craven, head of the International Paralympic Committee.That it came to this is not only unfortunate, but sad. There are Russians who have labored their lives to overcome disabilities -- including, surely, some who are clean -- who now wont be able to compete in the biggest sports event in the world open to people with handicaps.Look at it that way, and it seems almost mean spirited to keep them out.But the Paralympic ideals they compete under are much the same as the Olympic ideals their able-bodied countrymen are supposed to observe. The sports they compete in are as hotly contested as the sports Olympians are in, and the battle for medals just as spirited.Theres really no difference between an Olympian doping to gain a few extra seconds on the track or the pool, and a Paralympian trying to do the same.Cheating is cheating, and it has no part in any games.That doesnt come as news to Olympic officials, though they have chosen to conveniently ignore it. They backed down last month when presented the opportunity to make a statement on behalf of clean sport ban the entire Russian Olympic team from Rio despite clear evidence of a doping scheme that for years has defrauded other athletes.And now there are athletes in Rio who simply dont know whether theyre competing on a level playing field or not.Given the same chance to act decisively -- and with even more evidence -- the IPC showed it had the backbone that its bigger brother doesnt.The complete corruption of the anti-doping system is contrary to the rules and strikes at the very heart of the spirit of Paralympic sport, Craven said. It shows a blatant disregard for the health and well-being of athletes and, quite simply, has no place in Paralympic sport.The rare stand on behalf of clean athletes everywhere came on the same day Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova in the 100-meter breaststroke as a late entry from the Russian team. The reigning world champion who served a 16-month suspension for doping and tested positive this year for meldonium had been initially banned along with six other Russian swimmers.But swimming officials let her in, just as officials in other federations have allowed 277 other Russians to try for gold in Rio. That despite the release of the a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency last month that detailed a system that included switching out urine samples for athletes who had been doping.Craven said Richard McLaren, who was commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency to conduct an investigation of Russian doping, initially found 35 samples altered by a Moscow testing lab. Details on another 10 altered tests were provided this week, and the Craven said the IPC now has evidence that the sample swapping that existed in the 2014 Sochi games was also in operation weeks later at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games.Russian officials reacted in a typically angry fashion, but the facts seem clear. Not only were Russian Olympians doping, but their Paralympians were, too.Just why the Paralympics were so important to high Russian officials that they felt they had to cheat to win is a bit hard to understand. While more than 4,000 athletes will compete in the Rio Paralympics next month, they are little noticed by most and get only a few hours airtime on NBC.But cheat they did, and now they will pay a price.In the fight against doping, the less physically fortunate are leading the way.----Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg ;Cheap New Orleans Saints Jerseys. 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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Forward Rickard Rakell, who set career highs in goals and assists last season, has signed a six-year extension with the Anaheim Ducks, the team announced Friday.A source told ESPNs Pierre LeBrun that the deal is worth an average of $3.8 million per season.Rakell, the 30th overall pick of the 2011 NHL entry draft, led the Ducks with seven game-winning goals last season. He finished with 20 goals and 23 assists in 71 games.The restricted free agent didnt participate in training camp while technically holding out for a new deal, although he would have been unable to play anyway after surgery last month related to his appendectomy.The surgery kept Rakell out of the World Cup of Hockey, but the 23-year-old is working out again in Sweden with hopes of returning to hockey before the end of October. He is expected to play on one of the Ducks top two lines.I think its something we both agreed was common ground for the two of us, Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. The injury held us up a little bit. We wanted to be totally comfortable Ricky was going to be OK going forward. Hes over 200 pounds right now and hes skating.Rakells contract, which runs through the 2021-22 season, absorbs two potential seasons of unrestricted free agency.With Rakells deal complete, Murray can turn his full attention to re-signing defenseman Hampus Lindholm, Rakells fellow restricted free agent. Lindholm is still at home in Sweden, depriving the Ducks of an elite, young blueliner as they begin their first season under returning coach Randy Carlyle.Murray had no progress to report on negotiations with Lindholms representatives, but Murray is speaking with them frequently. Cheap Saints Jerseys. Theres lots of different things that could happen with Hampus, Murray said. Were trying hard to get that accomplished. Both sides are talking. We have no idea what that deal is going to be.Murray said he wouldnt necessarily need to trade another player to create room on his limited payroll for Lindholm. Defenseman Cam Fowler has been widely mentioned in trade rumors.Murray is less optimistic about the health of defenseman Simon Despres, who left their season opener at Dallas on Thursday night with an unspecified upper-body injury.Despres missed large stretches of last season following a concussion, and Murray clearly is concerned about a possible reoccurrence of symptoms. Despres didnt absorb any major hits before leaving in the second period.He was not feeling good last night, Murray said. Were trying to figure out whats going on with him. He had those problems last year. Something is wrong here, and weve got to get to the bottom of it.After losing their season opener, the Ducks play at Pittsburgh on Saturday, continuing their five-game East Coast road trip before their home opener against Vancouver on Oct. 23.Anaheim also assigned forward Joseph Cramarossa to its AHL affiliate in San Diego on Friday, a day after the Ducks claimed veteran forward Emerson Etem on waivers from Vancouver.The Associated Press also contributed to this story.? 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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