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    Since he coasted to the 100-meter finish line in world-record time at the Birds Nest eight years ago, Usain Bolt has been the smiling face of track and field. Casey Hayward Jersey . He has served as the anchorman of the Olympics -- virtually the only reason any casual fan would pay attention to a sport that has orchestrated its own slow, sad, drug-infused downfall.His tender hamstring improving, Bolt will be back for a final go-round at Olympic glory when track starts in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 12. If, as expected, the Jamaican wins all three sprint events -- the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay -- hell only add to his legacy and cement himself at the fore of any conversation about Greatest Olympian Ever. He already is the first person to win back-to-back Olympic gold at 100 and 200 meters.Whether viewed over the six days he runs in Rio, or over the eight years hes graced the world with his once-in-a-lifetime mix of speed, smiles and showmanship, the Worlds Fastest Man has offered track a reprieve from the wasteland of corrupt countries, reshuffled medals and win-at-any-cost malfeasance it has become.Russians will be absent from this years Olympic track meet -- banned by the sports governing body, the IAAF, which contributed to the problems as much as solved them over the years. Even with those 67 athletes out of the mix, the 10-day meet is bound to be filled with suspicious glances among the 2,000-plus runners, throwers and jumpers who will be present -- all wondering if theyll get a fair shot in a sport that once defined the Olympics but now is hurting because its leaders have proven themselves either unwilling or unable to stop all the cheating.It breaks my heart, said John Carlos, the 1968 bronze medalist, whose glove-fisted Black Power salute in Mexico City created one of the games seminal moments. Its a hurting thing to see your peers, their names being erased out of the record books because individuals ran faster times that might be enhanced by substances. And the powers that be might turn their heads, because they had people coming through the turnstiles with fists full of dollars.Money is always a good place to start when seeking the seeds of the destruction of almost any enterprise.But the Olympics have also long been a place for countries and political movements to make bold statements. During the Cold War, the motivation was obvious: Winners and losers at 100 meters certainly didnt decide the arms race, but the Olympic medal count was the sort of scoreboard-driven result either side could use to claim superiority in the increasingly bleak standoff between East and West.I remember going over to the Olympics thinking, as a 20-year-old, that its the most idealistic of institutions, said Tom McMillian, a member of the 1972 American basketball team that lost the gold-medal game to the USSR after officials gave the Soviets three chances to inbound the ball with 3 seconds left. Then, you wake up the next morning thinking, `This is a flawed institution.The Soviet Union is history, but whats currently happening in Russia has been described, time and again, as `70s and `80s, Eastern Bloc-style cheating.Two independent investigations -- one into the Russian track team, the other into the countrys entire sports system -- have shown a pattern of top-to-bottom corruption, involving government officials, anti-doping lab workers, Olympic Committee members, coaches and, ultimately, athletes who can profit wildly from going along with the program.Whistleblower Vitaly Stepanov, a former worker at Russias anti-doping agency whose wife competed in the corrupted Russian system, estimated 80 percent of coaches used doping to prepare their athletes for the London Games four years ago.They prefer to hide everything, Stepanov said of Russias modus operandi. They say the problem was a lot smaller than it actually was.Last week, the IOC rebuffed Stepanovs wife, Yulia Stepanova, the 800-meter runner who exposed Russias doping culture after being cast out by the track program. She was seeking to compete at the Olympics, and had the blessing of the IAAF and World Anti-Doping Agency. But the IOC said no.It was par for the course. Efforts to sanction Russia have been tinged with confusion, indecisiveness and politics.The long-term repercussions could range from an eventual cleanup of the countrys track program to a schism within the Olympic movement, as President Vladimir Putin suggested as part of the heated rhetoric that punctuated the doping-ban decisions. He called the case against Russia a well-planned campaign which targeted our athletes, which included double-standards and the concept of collective punishment which has nothing to do with justice or even basic legal norms.Russias world-record pole vaulter, Yelena Isinbayeva, is among those staying home. She says the remaining track-and-field athletes will be competing only for pseudo-gold medals without the Russians running in Rio.Thats not so much Bolts concern.Over the past four years, only one man, American Justin Gatlin -- the 2004 100-meter gold medalist who, himself, has served two doping bans -- has been able to seriously challenge Bolt at either 100 or 200 meters. More than racing against Gatlin, though, Bolt is racing against the clock -- and into history.And yet, the doping scourge doesnt elude him, either. His relay medal from 2008 is in jeopardy now, thanks to retests conducted by the IOC that indicate teammate Nesta Carter could have used a banned substance. In the past, the IOC has stripped entire relay teams of medals even when only one person dopes.At almost every stop he makes, Bolt is asked about doping.In an interview before his tuneup race in London in July, he showed off the bandage covering the mark where testers had drawn their latest tube full of blood.Rules are rules and doping violations in track and field is getting really bad, so if you feel like you need to make a statement then thumbs up, Bolt said of the Russian ban.He has never tested positive, has mostly managed to smile through the thinly veiled questions about his own doping virtue, and, when the stakes are greatest, has rarely failed to put on a show people want to watch.The next act starts with 100-meter qualifying on Aug. 13. Bolt, who turns 30 on the day of the closing ceremony in Rio, has said hell hang up the spikes after an encore season in 2017, but more recently has left the door slightly cracked for racing beyond that.When he does leave, his sport will start the search for a new face -- a new distraction, perhaps, from the problems that come at this sport from almost every angle.---AP Sports Writers Pat Graham and Rob Harris contributed to this report.Jason Verrett Jersey . The nimble-footed quarterback got his wish, dashing through the snow and a weary defence all the way into the NCAA record book. Russell Okung Jersey .C. -- Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said after all of these years in the NBA hes still amazed at some of the things LeBron James does. . Robredo, ranked No. 16, bounced back from an upset loss to Leonardo Mayer in the second round of the Royal Guard Open in Chile last week to down Carreno Busta in 1 hour, 25 minutes. On a day filled mostly with qualifying matches, fifth-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain also entered the second with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, while Guido Pella of Argentina defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-6 , 6-4 to advance. OAKVILLE, Ontario -- Jhonattan Vegas rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour victory, birdieing the final three holes at Glen Abbey for an 8-under 64 and one-stroke victory.The 29-year-old Venezuelan Olympic player began the day five strokes behind leader Brandt Snedeker and four behind U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson and Canadian amateur Jared du Toit.Vegas had five straight birdies on Nos. 2-6, bogeyed the par-4 eighth and also birdied the par-5 13th. He then birdied the par-5 16th, par-4 17th and par-5 18th to post at 12-under 276.No one could catch him.Johnson, Jon Rahm and Martin Laird tied for second. Johnson eagled the 16th and birdied the 18th for a 69. Laird finished with two pars in a 67. Rahm, du Toits former Arizona State teammate, birdied 16 and 18 in a 67. The Spaniard was making his fourth start since turning professional.Vegas earned $1,062,000 and a spot in the PGA Championship next week at Baltusrol in New Jersey. He also received a two-year tour exemption and a spot in the Masters next year.Vegas also won the 2011 Bob Hope Cllassic. Ladainian Tomlinson Jersey. He tied for fourth last week in Alabama in the event opposite the British Open, shooting a course-record 60 in the second round.Snedeker, the 2013 winner at Glen Abbey, shot a 71 to tie for fifth at 10 under. He birdied the 16th and closed with two pars.Du Toit tied for ninth at 9 under after a 71. He birdied 16 and 18.Du Toit, an Arizona State senior from Kimberley, British Columbia, was trying to become the first Canadian winner since Pat Fletcher, born in England, in 1954 at Point Grey in Vancouver, British Columbia. Carl Keffer is the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914. Albert Murray, a Canadian also born in England, won in 1908 and 1913. Doug Sanders was the last amateur to win the event in 1956, and Phil Mickelson -- then also an Arizona State student -- was the last amateur winner on the tour in the 1991 Northern Telecom Open.Top-ranked defending champion Jason Day had a 67 to tie for 14th at 7 under. 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 ' ' '