hurt Lesnar with punches in the opening round
RIO DE JANEIRO -- White tape peeking out from under the red sweat band on his injured left wrist, Rafael Nadal was back in action Sunday, playing his first match in 2 1/2 months.And he was back at an Olympics for the first time in eight years.He was not, Nadal insisted after a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Argentinas Federico Delbonis at the Rio de Janeiro Games, back at full strength, however. And he will not, he also insisted, discuss the problematic tendon sheath in his racket-wielding arm for the rest of the event.My wrist is not perfect. My wrist needs more time, the Spaniard said. If it was a `normal tournament on the circuit, I wouldnt be here. My wrist is not perfect. It isnt 100 percent.Nadal won a gold medal in singles at the 2008 Beijing Games, but he missed the 2012 London Olympics because of a knee injury that also forced him out of the U.S. Open later that season.Theres only one chance every four years to experience an Olympic Games. Its something unforgettable, said Nadal, who carried Spains flag during the opening ceremony. I missed the last one in London, so I didnt want to miss this one.As a former No. 1-ranked player and a 14-time Grand Slam champion, Nadal is one of his sports central figures, so his health is a significant topic in tennis. It was a key subject on a wind-swept, star-studded second day of competition in Brazil that later saw top-ranked Novak Djokovic lose in straight sets to 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.The 2012 singles gold medalists, Serena Williams and Andy Murray, both won in straight sets.During Williams uneven 6-4, 6-2 elimination of Australias Daria Gavrilova in the main stadium, winds that reached 25 mph caused delays of about 2 hours on the eight smaller courts. Murray beat Serbias Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-2 in less than 1 1/2 hours.Neither Williams nor Murray had played since winning Wimbledon titles a month ago. Both played doubles later Sunday alongside older siblings -- and both lost. Williams and her sister Venus are three-time gold medalists as a team but lost an Olympic doubles match for the first time, beaten 6-3, 6-4 by the Czech Republics Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova. Murray and his brother Jamie wasted five set points in the second tiebreaker of a 7-6 (6), 7-6 (14) exit against Brazils Thomaz Bellucci and Andre Sa.Nadals contest Sunday was his first since he surprisingly showed up at a news conference at the French Open wearing a blue brace on his left wrist and announced he would be withdrawing from the clay-court tournament he has won a record nine times.A question about the wrist arrived early in the English portion of his post-match session with reporters Sunday, and when the Spanish portion began with a query about the same topic, Nadals response started with a smile and these words: I said it in English, and Ill say it again in Spanish.He made clear both times that he didnt want to address the subject the rest of the way in Rio.Nadal appeared a tad tentative in the early going against Delbonis, a fellow left-hander who is ranked 43rd, but eventually displayed confidence with his heavy-topspin forehand, producing half of his 14 winners with that stroke.Along the way to breaking for a 3-2 lead, Nadal smacked one down-the-line forehand winner, then threw a big uppercut and yelled, Vamos -- eliciting a loud roar from spectators. There was a nearly identical celebration, and crowd reaction, when the match concluded.Nadal played cleanly, making only 15 unforced errors, while Delbonis made 31.Indeed, the one thing that truly bothered the third-seeded Nadal on this day (aside, perhaps, from the wrist questions) were the on-court digital scoreboards behind each baseline. Early in the match, Nadal complained to chair umpire Carlos Ramos that the readout made it tough to see the yellow tennis balls during points.ITF spokesman Nick Imison said the brightness was adjusted during the match to accomodate Nadal.You cant play, Nadal said, when youre losing sight of the ball.---Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at Lucas Jersey. On Saturday night, the normally free throw-challenged centre did just that. Howard scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 13 of 19 free throws in a 2 1/2-minute stretch, and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 122-111. Thiago Motta Jersey. 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Dont expect to see him in a cage tomorrow -- or anytime this year, for that matter -- but Shane Carwin is in the process of resuming his fighting career.A laundry list of injuries caused the former UFC interim heavyweight champion to officially announce his retirement in 2013. He hasnt fought since June 2011, when he suffered a decision loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 131.Carwin, 41, says he initially thought hed never come out of retirement, but his body has responded well to this five-year break. Last month, Carwin and his manager, Jason Genet, reached out to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to discuss a comeback.Right now, theres a lot of paperwork to go through, Carwin told ESPNs 5 Rounds Podcast. My son is getting into training, so I thought this was an opportunity to come back. Im healthy. I feel good with the time off.It was a sad way for me to go out, with the back injuries and the knee, my neck -- everything. My body needed that break, and quite honestly, back then, the way we were training, I feel we probably trained too much. Too intense. We were sparring three times a week. A lot has revolutionized in the last five years. Its kind of changed the sport. I look at [training] schedules and theyre not as demanding on the body [now].According to Genet, Carwin (12-2) had two fights left on his UFC contract when he retired. If, for whatever reason, the UFC isnt interested in Carwins comeback, Genet anticipates the promotion would grant him a release to pursue other opportunities.Those discussions are still in a very early phase. Under the UFCs anti-doping policy, which launched July 1 last year, a retired athlete wishing to resume his or her career must first be subject to a four-month testing window by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).The UFC can waive that requirement under exceptional circumstances, as it did for Brock Lesnar ahead of UFC 200, but Genet said Carwin is very willing to undergo four months of testing -- meaning theres no immediate rush for the UFC to book him a date and opponent.Shane wants to do it without any question marks, Genet said. We spoke to Joe Silva, who told us what to do, who to talk to. We spoke to the legal department and [UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Wellness] Jeff Novitzky. Jeff is ready to start the USADA process whenever we are. Thats the easy part. We asked the legal department if they want to be in the Shane Carwin business and asked them another specific question I wont get into right now. We have not heard back on either question yet.While his managgement sorts out the details, Carwin says his full focus now is on the gym.dddddddddddd He intends to train with his former coach Leister Bowling, who is now the head coach of Colorados Elevation Fight Team with striking coach Christian Allen and grappling coach Eliot Marshall.In order to give his body proper rest, Carwin hasnt done any fight-specific training in years, but he is confident his skills havent deteriorated. If hes proven wrong in the gym in the coming months, hell rethink the idea of coming back -- but he doesnt anticipate that happening.Ive told myself theres no guarantees, Carwin said. If I get in the room and dont dominate like I used to, its probably not a wise thing to go in there and fight someone near the top of the world. But if I am, Im definitely going to be fighting.I knew when I saw Georges St-Pierre, who retired in late 2014, what he was going through at the very end, I knew exactly how he felt. I was just worn out, stressed out, not fun anymore. Too many people in your pockets, demanding this and that. Everything became everything I didnt want this sport to become, if that makes sense. It was too much business, not so much my love for the sport. I grew old of it real quick.When asked what caliber of opponent hed want whenever he does return, Carwin laughed and said, Im not so sure Id have a choice. Im pretty sure theyd stick me in there [with the top]. And Im OK with that.A former collegiate wrestler and football player, Carwin rose to the top of the heavyweight division in 2010 by winning his first 12 professional fights in the first round. He won the UFC interim title by knocking out Frank Mir at UFC 111.At UFC 116 in July 2011, Carwin fought Lesnar for the unified heavyweight title. He badly hurt Lesnar with punches in the opening round but tired in the next frame, where he lost via submission.Carwin says he doesnt lose sleep over that loss, but he would gladly accept a chance to fight Lesnar again. Lesnar, who is under contract with the WWE, fought at UFC 200 last month and defeated Mark Hunt, but he failed a pair of drug tests. He is currently facing a potential two-year suspension.Id always have interest in fighting that guy again, whether it be on the street or what, Carwin said. I would like to get another shot at that. I dont know if that will happen. Im not focused on him. Im just focused on getting back there and doing the game I love so much. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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