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  • August 24, 2019
    Brazil mens Olympic football team captain Neymar said that Thursdays 0-0 opening day draw against 10-man South Africa felt like a defeat.The host nation are huge favourites to take the gold medal at this summers Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and feature other big names such as Manchester Citys new £27 million signing Gabriel Jesus and Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos, but Rogerio Micales side were unable to find a goal even after Mothobi Mvalas sending-off early in the second half.Speaking to Globoesporte after the game in Brasilia, Neymar admitted that nerves had played a part in the poor showing by his side, but said he was confident they would do better in Sundays second Group A game against Iraq.The first game is always the most difficult, for the nerves you have before you begin to play, he said. For us, the draw is like a defeat. We have to win, we know our responsibility. We will stay calm and get back to work again as soon as possible so that we play well on Sunday.Brazil come into the tournament under huge pressure, especially after the disappointment of the 2014 World Cup, when the hosts were embarrassed 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals.Neymar pointed out that no Brazil team has won an Olympic title, even with emerging stars including Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Bebeto and Ronaldinho each taking part in at least one tournament.I dont know how many great Brazilians have played in the Olympics and not been able to win it, he said. We know this is not easy, we cannot just show up and take home the gold medal. We must play our football. We found it more difficult [tonight], and we must learn to overcome this.Against South Africa on Thursday, Jesus had an excellent chance to score midway through the second half, but hit the post from just 3 yards out. He told Globoesporte he said he was embarrassed at having missed such a simple chance and would find it hard to forget the moment.I had to score that goal, he said. I could not miss it. Im very upset, Im not going to sleep tonight. I keep thinking about it, watching it again and again. Its embarrassing. Lars Eller Jersey . If ever they start actually putting pictures beside words in the dictionary, the Blue Jays left-handers mug will appear beside “Consistency. Nic Dowd Capitals Jersey . It might not have mattered. While the Dodgers are preparing for the playoffs, the Padres showed their future has promise behind two rookies. . PAUL, Minn. Rod Langway Jersey . Ivanovic was leading 7-5, 1-0 when Hantuchova withdrew after falling 0-40 behind in the second game. The match started slowly for Ivanovic, who surrendered her first two serves as Hantuchova took a 5-3 lead. Jakub Vrana Capitals Jersey . The Vancouver coach and an announced sellout crowd of 18,910 watched in dismay as the Canucks lost 7-4 to the New York Islanders on Monday night by squandering a 3-0 lead in the third period. UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says hell have a lot of good players once his team gets healthy.He has a few right now.Luke Kennard scored 24 points to lead top-ranked Blue Devils to the championship of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament with a 75-65 win Sunday over No. 21 Rhode Island.The sophomore guard made eight of his 11 shots from the floor, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range for the Blue Devils (4-1), who never trailed. Amile Jefferson added 17 points and 15 rebounds, his second consecutive double-double in the tournament.We have unbelievable toughness, Jefferson said. When (coach) tells us he needs us and its next man up, we believe that.Jared Terrell led Rhode Island (4-1) with 22 points and Martin Hassan added 15. Dukes defense held Rams star E.C. Matthews to nine points, more than 10 below his season average.Duke led by eight points at halftime and quickly stretched that to 39-26 early in the second half, capping a 14-2 run with a 3-pointer by Kennard. The Blue Devils were up by as many as 18 points in the second half and led 70-52 before Rhode Island used a pressing defense to close the gap late in the game.Dukes Chase Jeter, who left Saturdays game against Penn State with what at the time appeared to be a serious left ankle injury, checked in midway through the first half, but quickly picked up two fouls and was forced back to the bench. The 6-foot-10 sophomore played just eight minutes and did not score.The Blue Devils starting five each played more than 30 minutes because of the myriad injuries suffered by the team this season. Matt Jones finished with 13 points, freshman Frank Jackson had 11 and Grayson Allen added 10, two of them on a driving layup late in the first half that gave him his 1,000th career point.BIG PICTUREDuke: The Blue Devils showed they are still a formidable team even without their three injured freshmen -- Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden -- and junior Sean Obi. Krzyzewski said Allen played at about 50 percent of his ability after the right foot injury he suffered in last weeks loss to Kansas; Jeter played despite leaving the Penn State game, and Jefferson played hurt this weekend.When were healthy were going to have a lot of good players, Krzyzewski said. Right now, we have a lot fewer.Rhode Island: The Rams showed Saturday that they can pplay with the nations better teams, beating No.dddddddddddd 24 Cincinnati 76-71 , but they must learn how to compete against teams at Dukes level. They fell to 0-4 all-time against the Blue Devils and are 15-97 all-time against ranked opposition.I think we were caught up in the moment a little bit, coach Danny Hurley said. We tried to do a little too much individually. But we were still there.POLL IMPLICATIONSDuke, which lost to Kansas on Tuesday, should stay near the top of the Top 25 with the tournament championship.Rhode Island may remain ranked despite the loss on the strength of its win Saturday against the Bearcats.STAT OF THE GAMENeither team shot well from 3-point range. Duke missed its first eight shots from distance and players other than Kennard were just 2 of 16 from behind the arc. But the Blue Devils used their stifling perimeter defense to hold Rhode Island to just three 3-pointers on 11 attempts. The Blue Devils opponents are shooting under 20 percent (17 of 86) from 3-point range this season.FAMILY AFFAIRWhen Duke came to the interview room Sunday, Krzyzewski was asked about the conversation he had after the game with Mr. Hurley.Which one? Krzyzewski asked.Danny Hurley is the coach at URI. His father, Hall of Fame high school coach Bob Hurley Sr., was in attendance at the Mohegan Sun this weekend. And, of course, Bobby Hurley, now the coach at Arizona State, played for Krzyzewski at Duke.Ive known Bob Sr. for over three decades, Krzyzewski said. And his wife. The Hurleys are part of our family. So is Danny, we love them. Im not sure theres a better coach in the history of the game (than Bob Sr.). He gave me the honor of presenting him into the Naismith Hall of Fame. Were that close and were always pulling for them. Well, except for on Sunday.UP NEXTDuke: The Blue Devils head home for games with William & Mary on Wednesday, Appalachian State on Saturday and an ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup with Michigan State on Nov. 29.Rhode Island: The Rams are off until Friday when they host Belmont.---More AP college basketball: and story has been corrected to show that Jefferson had 15 rebounds instead of 11. ' ' '