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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Alison and Bruno stood on the top step of the Olympic podium, holding back tears as the booming voices of the Carioca singing the Brazilian national anthem rose above the waves crashing against Copacabana beach. Wholesale Kings Jerseys .In front of our people. In the best spot for this sport, Bruno said after the reigning world champions beat Italy in straight sets in the beach volleyball gold medal match on Thursday night. This is a magical feeling.In a temporary stadium erected on the sports spiritual home, during a steady rain that only served to help the 6-foot-8 Alison jump even higher, the Brazilians rallied from deficits in both sets to beat Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai 21-19, 21-17.The victory sparked a lively -- but somewhat drenched -- party one night after losses in the womens bronze- and gold-medal matches left the hosts with just two total medals at the Rio Games in a sport they love and were expected to dominate.Its like a dream realized. I cant believe it, said Alison, who lost in the gold medal match in London. Its amazing. I dont have the words.The Netherlands beat Russia earlier Thursday in a bronze-medal match that was subdued after two weeks of singing and samba dancing in the 12,000-seat venue. But when the time came for the main event, the stands filled and the anticipation built.Italy opened a 5-1 lead but the hosts came back to win the first set. In the second, Brazil trailed by three before scoring 11 of the next 15 points to take a 19-15 lead.Alison delivered his sixth block on the game-winner, knocking it off Lupo for what the referee ruled was a double-touch. The Italians questioned the call, but by the time the score hit the scoreboard the Brazilian athletes were already in the stands.We tried everything to win the game, Nicolai said. They were the best, for sure.Some fans covered their heads with the ever-present green and yellow flags in an attempt to stay dry. Others wore ponchos and waved their flags and celebrate each point scored by the locals.As he has throughout the tournament, Alison egged on the crowd, pointing to his ear to encourage fans to yell louder after the Brazilians rallied from the early deficit.The victory helped salvage what had been a bit of a disappointment for the Brazilian beach volleyball teams, who stepped onto their home sand with the top two womens seeds and two of the top four on the mens side.Pedro and Evandro failed to make it out of the round of 16, and the top-seeded womens teams collected only a silver medal.Even with Italys loss, it was cause for celebration in Europe.No European country had ever won a medal in womens beach volleyball -- or even reached the final four -- before Germany beat one Brazilian team in the semifinal and another in the championship to claim the gold.With the Dutch bronze and Italian silver on the mens side, the three medals were an Olympic high for the continent. Heading into the Rio Games, the sport had been dominated by Brazilians and Americans, who combined to win 20 of a possible 30 medals.I dont think we have to talk about it being the Brazilians and the Americans anymore, said Alexander Brouwer after he joined with Robert Meeuwsen to win 23-21, 22-20 and earn the Netherlands first beach medal.Of course, its where the sport was invented, he said. But if you talk about it now, we are on an even level. Cheap Sacramento Kings Jerseys . -- The St. Johns IceCaps weathered a wild first period with the help of goaltender Jussi Olkinuora, before finding offensive inroads in the second. Cheap Swingman Kings Jerseys .4 million title. Ryan Riess emerged with the title after a session in which he started behind, but used expert skill to gather the chips to his side amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold em. Riess put his final opponent Jay Farber all-in with an Ace-King. http://www.cheapsacramentokingsjerseys.com/ . In the lead up - which seemed to begin the moment Mike Geiger blew the whistle in Houston last Thursday night - the Impact rumour mill went into overdrive. The speculation went into meltdown mode, of the golden nugget variety.TORONTO -- Danny Koevermans could be back for real next week and not a moment too soon for Toronto FC. The 34-year-old Dutch striker, who has been out for 10 months due to left knee surgery, is targeting the June 1 game against the visiting Philadelphia Union for his return. He played 45 minutes last Saturday in a reserve game against the Columbus Crew. "It felt great, like a little kid again," he said after practice Tuesday. "Im so happy just to move around, touch some balls. It was a great feeling, although it was a bad day because we lost to Columbus. But for me personally, it was a victory after 10 months hard work." Toronto FC, in dire need of a spark, cant wait to get him back. Only D.C. United (1-8-2) has a worse record than Toronto (1-6-4). TFC has lost four straight in the league and is winless in nine. The club has just two wins in 13 outings in all competitions this season. So far this month, Toronto has been outscored 10-1 in four losses, three in the league and one in the Amway Canadian Championship. The leagues own power rankings have Koevermans team currently ranked last among its 19 teams. Koevermans has been out since tearing his ACL last July in a game at New England. Toronto has gone 2-16-8 in league play since and been outscored 43-25. The big Dutchman, a streaky scorer, has 17 goals in 26 career MLS games, which includes 21 starts. His nine goals last season included a five-game scoring streak. On a contract that will pay him US$1.663 million this season, Koevermans is one of the leagues elite players. He is also one of its most grounded. After making the decision to come to Toronto as a designated player, he went all in on Canada, moving his family here and exploring his new surroundings. He says his long absence from soccer has made him appreciate every second of what he does. "Once youre injured then you find out how good a life it is to be a soccer player," he said. "I complained and struggled during my time in Holland and now Im like why did I complain so much? "Its nonsense. Because the moment youre out, then you see how much you love this game." Manager Ryan Nelsen watched Koevermans closely in the reserve game and liked what he saw. "Im really looking forward to Danny being back," said the former New Zealand defender. "Hes still a couple of weeks away. Well get him working on his finishing and his sharpness but Dannys one of those players that the ball just seems to find. "You used to hate coming against those players when you played against them because it just seems to ricochet off everything and land at his feet. ... And hes strong and hes looking fit. Hell bee a valuable asset. Cheap NBA Jerseys. " And a much-needed one, given that Toronto has managed just 11 goals in 11 league games. Welsh striker Robert Earnshaw has five goals but hasnt scored since April 13. Justin Braun has two goals but has been slowed by injury. New Zealand international Jeremy Brockie has only just arrived on the scene. With goals hard to come back, mistakes or missed opportunities have cost Toronto dearly. All six league losses have come by one goal, leaving Nelsen to wonder what might have been had his team taken its chances at the attacking end and tightened up on defence. Koevermans, when scoring, provides a buffer. "Hes a big boy and hes a big presence up there," Nelsen said. Koevermans personal schedule is a little more accelerated than Nelsens. He says he is skipping this weekends game because it is on the plastic turf of the New England Revolution where he suffered the injury. "Im good to go," he said. "The week later, its Philly at home so hopefully the coach uses me then," he added. The six-foot-three Koevermans had escaped serious injury earlier in his career, saying six or seven weeks was his previous longest stint on the sidelines. So close to returning, he can hardly wait. Koevermans is like a little boy on Christmas Eve. "Im already sad that trainings over today because I want to be back tomorrow," he said. "I want to train again. "Its been hard, but not too hard because the moment I did it, I knew it would be nine, 10 months (out)." After the injury, friends reached out quickly. Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Afellay, an FC Barcelona player on loan to Germanys Schalke 04, was quick to call and share memories of his own recovery from ACL surgery. "So I knew what was coming," said Koevermans, who called the first two weeks after surgery "horrible." But everything came back in time. He had expected to miss the first 10 games of the 2013 season. If he makes into the field for the Philadelphia game, Koevermans will have been off by three games. And he says he could have been back sooner had it not been for the weather in Toronto, which kept the team training on turf under the bubble until conditions improved. "I think Im right on schedule. It sucks that the next game is in Boston," he said. While happy to be back, Koevermans understands that pressure awaits. "Its all about winning games and, as a striker, scoring goals," he said. If he is slow off the mark, he knows "people will say Oh he doesnt score goals anymore." "Well see what happens. Im just happy to be fit again. Im trying to help the team." 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 ' ' '