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    RIO DE JANEIRO -- When Claressa Shields won a gold medal in boxing at the 2012 Olympics, she was just 17 years old. Air Max 97 España . She could be quiet and reserved. She received almost no endorsement offers, while bronze medalist Marlen Esparza received several.Times have changed. Shields is four years older, entertainingly outspoken, and a much bigger name, in sports and beyond. She says she has made eight international commercials. She has endorsement deals with Powerade and Mini Cooper. There is a movie about her, T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold. She gets much more media attention -- she dominated the pre-competition press conference for the entire U.S. boxing team here -- and deservedly so.Good things come to those who wait, Shields said Wednesday after her unanimous victory over Russias Yaroslava Yakushina in their middleweight quarterfinal bout. And I dont think I was ready for that stuff when I was 17. I think its come at the right time and Im able to handle everything.In branding herself, Shields says she is altering the definition of what a woman can be.When people have the definition of a woman, they always say, Is this a pretty woman, is she skinny or elegant, or does she wear her hair straight? And Im kind of changing that definition of what a strong woman is, she said. A strong woman can have muscles, a strong woman can get into a ring and fight, a strong woman can transition from having braids and straight hair. When I get outside the ring, I just carry myself the way Im supposed. I keep my hair done. Im a lady and very flexible, but when Im inside the ring, Im a beast.Is she ever. Shields has a 75-1 record, and she is not only confident she will win gold again but also absolutely certain she will. Her ambition coming here is to be the USAs first-ever double gold medalist boxer in 27 Olympics, U.S. boxing coach Billy Walsh said.After Wednesdays bout, a reporter mentioned that Shields had slept several days with her gold medal in 2012 and then asked whether she would do so again if she won. Shields glared back and responded: If?I definitely think Im the best fighter in the world here, Shields said in a line comparable to Muhammad Alis I am the greatest!Shields could be right about that. She is rarely challenged by her opponents and spars against male boxers. She used to tell her coaches that she needed to spar against boys, but they would say no. Then, when her coaches noticed how easy it was for her to spar against female boxers, she insisted, Put me in the ring with the guys! She finally was allowed to spar with men, including fellow Olympian Shakur Stevenson.All that has only made her better and stronger. And she will have to fight better and stronger in the semifinal than she did on Wednesday. Even though she won, Shields was a little off the first couple rounds before dominating the later rounds. She described her fight as a C-minus performance, adding, Im trying to get A-plus in all my fights. Im definitely going to get my next one.Shields has reason to be confident given all that she has overcome. She endured an incredibly difficult childhood, growing up in Flint, Michigan, where her father was in and out of prison for selling drugs, her mother was often absent, and Shields was sexually molested. Despite all that, she is now back on the world stage.Claressa came out of nowhere, and now the world loves her because of the way she fights, U.S. assistant coach Kay Koroma said. She fights differently from every other girl, and even some of the boys. And maybe she should be in there with the boys sometimes. Air Max 97/1 Wotherspoon . Cote was eligible to become a free agent Feb. 15. Cote helped running back Jon Cornish run for a league-high 1,813 rushing yards en route to being named the leagues most outstanding player. Cr7 Air Max 97 . Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz were sent to Toronto on Saturday as the Maple Leafs traded defenceman Jesse Blacker and draft picks to the Anaheim Ducks. http://www.zapatillasrebajas-es.com/ . Once again Jordan Cieciwa (@FitCityJordan) and I (@LynchOnSports) go head to head in our picks. Last weekend at UFC Fight Night 32 my #TeamLynch got the best of #TeamJC by a score of 9-6. Let us know which side youre on for UFC 167 use the hashtag #TeamLynch or #TeamJC on Twitter. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals had a chance for a big homestand as they try to stay in the race for an AL wild card.They fell way short.Joakim Soria yielded a two-run homer to Justin Upton with two out in the eighth inning, and the Royals lost 6-5 to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.Kansas City (70-66) opened its six-game homestand with an 8-5 victory over the New York Yankees last Monday. But the Royals dropped four of the next five games, with each of the losses by one run and two in extra innings.We could have very easily been 6-0 this homestand, manager Ned Yost said. We just couldnt capitalize on a couple of opportunities in the Yankees series.The World Series champions are four games back of Baltimore and Detroit for the second wild card.It was definitely one of the tougher homestands weve experienced, first baseman Eric Hosmer said. Its just uncharacteristic of our team to blow leads late in the game like we did. But weve got to continue to keep pushing, keep fighting and see if we can shake some things here out at the end.Miguel Cabrera was on first after a leadoff single when Upton drove a fastball from Joakim Soria (4-7) over the wall in center for his 20th homer, giving Detroit a 6-5 lead. The seven losses are a career high for Soria.That was a really good pitch, Soria said. Sometimes you have to tip your cap to the hitter.Upton also doubled in J.D. Martinez in the second. He has seven homers and 18 RBI in his past 14 games.Shane Greene (3-3) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win. Francisco Rodriguez worked the ninth for his 38th save in 42 opportunities.The Royals batted around in a four-run seventh, highlighted by Jarrod Dysons two-run triple with two out. Paulo Orlando doubled home Dyson, but the lead was short-lived.Alcides Escobar opened the Kansas City ninth with a double and advanced on Dysons groundout. Before Dyson bounced to second, he drove a ball just outside the right-field foul pole. The Royals asked for a review.That ball couldnt have been foul by six inches, Royals manager Ned Yost said. I dont think it was much more. It was sso close we couldnt tell on the replay. Nike Undefeated Precio. . We could not get an angle on it. We just thought let New York look at it and see what they think. Again its a matter of inches and inches didnt work out in our favor today.Escobar was stranded at third when Alex Gordon bounced to second and Orlando grounded out to third.Martinez also homered for the Tigers. He is hitting .397 with eight home runs and 17 RBI since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 3.Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris was charged with three runs and four hits in six-plus innings. He struck out seven and walked one.Escobar homered in the third, tying it at 1 and hiking his hitting streak to 12 games.Royals starter Edinson Volquez gave up four runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.GORE STEALSTerrance Gore ran for Salvador Perez in the seventh and swiped second base. He has more career steals, 12, than plate appearances, seven. The only other player with more career steals than plate appearances is Herb Washington, 31 steals with no plate appearances.TRAINERS ROOMTigers: OF Cameron Maybin has been out since Monday with a bruised left thumb. ... RHP Mike Pelfrey (lower back strain) gave up nine hits in 3 1/3 innings in a rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Toledo at Columbus.Royals: Gordon, who left in the ninth inning Saturday with a sore right ankle, was not in the starting lineup Sunday, but was intentionally walked as a pinch hitter in the seventh and then stayed in the game.... LF Lorenzo Cain has not played since Tuesday because of left wrist inflammation.UP NEXTTigers: RHP Justin Verlander, who was selected the AL pitcher of the month for August after going 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA, and White Sox LHP Chris Sale are scheduled to start on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy, who went 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA in August, will start Monday at Minnesota in the opener of a six-game trip. The Twins are recalling RHP Jose Berrios from Triple-A Rochester to start. NFL Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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