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  • August 29, 2019
    MOSCOW -- Russia is confident that most of its Olympic team will be able to compete in Rio de Janeiro, but its efforts to reinstate banned athletes are a mixed bag.Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on Friday told local media that 272 of the countrys athletes had been approved by international sports federations, out of an original team of 387, adding that the number could rise.More than 100 Russian athletes have been excluded by sports federations, including a blanket ban on the track and field team and more than 30 rejected under new International Olympic Committee rules.After the World Anti-Doping Agency accused the Russian government of directing a vast doping cover-up, the IOC said it would not allow Russians to compete in Rio if they had previously been banned for doping, were implicated in the alleged cover-up or had not been tested often enough internationally.Most federations have not excluded Russians on the basis of a lack of testing, but rowing and weightlifting are the exceptions.All of Russias weightlifters were banned from the Rio Olympics late on Friday for doping for what the international federation called extremely shocking results that brought the sport into disrepute.The eight competition spots have been offered to other countries.The International Weightlifting Federation said the integrity of the weightlifting sport has been seriously damaged on multiple times and levels by the Russians. It called the punishment an appropriate sanction to preserve the status of the sport.To replace the eight Russian lifters, five countries were offered places in the mens competition -- Belarus, Croatia, El Salvador, Mongolia and Serbia. For the women, Albania, Georgia and Moldova became eligible. Because of the lateness of the decision, the IWF said it was not clear whether all the spots would be filled.World Rowing, meanwhile, has barred 19 Russians, most for insuffient tests. Testing in Russia does not count under IOC rules because of the repeated allegations made against Russias drug testing agency and national lab, both of which have been suspended.An appeal is being prepared against World Rowings decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Russian Rowing Federation head Veniamin But told The Associated Press. That could potentially send the 19 to Rio days before the games start, if the case is heard and approved in time.Theyre now in Portugal, But said. Theyre training and theyre ready to go.World Rowings approval process left just six rowers eligible to compete for Rio, meaning Russia could only compete in one event, the mens four, and meant reserve crews from around the world have rushed to Brazil to compete.There was good news for Russia on Friday when the Russian Taekwondo Union said it had received notification from the World Taekwondo Federation that all three of its entries could compete in Rio.However, Russias best-known track and field athlete, two-time Olympic gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva, said she had been refused in her last attempt to make the team for Rio following the blanket ban on Russia in that sport.Isinbayeva had applied again for an individual exemption but was refused by the IAAF, tracks world governing body.Unfortunately they didnt make an exception for me, she wrote on Instagram. They didnt admit me for the Olympics in Rio. The miracle didnt happen.---Associated Press Writer Pablo Gorondi in Budapest, Hungary contributed to this report. Nick Bosa Youth Jersey . According the Toronto Star, a knee injury will keep Sundin out of the lineup, which includes former teammates Gary Roberts, Darcy Tucker, Tie Domi and Curtis Joseph. George Kittle 49ers Jersey . PAUL, Minn. . No. 13-seeded John Isner and No. 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber were among six players who dropped out of the tournament on Tuesday, joining No. 12 seed Tommy Haas and two other players who withdrew on Monday. San Francisco 49ers Jerseys . -- Jaye Marie Green shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to increase her lead to five strokes after the second round of the LPGA Tours qualifying tournament. Ronnie Lott 49ers Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. HAMMOND, La. -- DShaie Landor was 16 of 30 for 229 yards and two touchdowns to help Southeastern Louisiana beat Houston Baptist 37-3 on Saturday night.Rasheed Harrell scored on a 51-yard run on the Lions opening drive. Houston Baptist closed it to 7-3 on Alec Chadwicks 43-yard field goal and Southeastern Louisiana (4-3, 4-1 Southland) scored the final 30 points from there.Landor threw both TD passes in the third quarter to make it 30-3 and Darius Durall added a 16-yard TD run to ccap the scoring in the fourth.dddddddddddd The Lions won their third straight and stayed 1 1/2 games behind Sam Houston State in the conference standings.Harrell finished with nine carries for 84 yards and Julius Maracalin ran 14 times for 81 yards with a touchdown.Tony Dawson was 11 of 23 for 178 yards and an interception for Houston Baptist (2-5, 1-4). ' ' '