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RIO DE JANEIRO -- It didnt take long for Justin Gatlins name to get dragged into the doping drama swirling at the Olympics. Albert Pujols Cardinals Jersey .No big deal to Gatlin.The sprinter considered the best threat to stop Usain Bolt in the 100-meter final Sunday told The Associated Press hes not paying attention to what people are saying about him, and is not concerned with those who think he doesnt belong here.At the end of the day, the time has been served. Ive served that time, the 34-year-old Gatlin told AP on Wednesday. Ive dealt with that punishment. Ive moved forward.Not everyone else has.Gatlin, who won gold at 100 meters at the 2004 Olympics, has been caught using banned substances twice. The first was for amphetamines, though arbitrators determined he didnt use them for doping but to treat attention deficit disorder. The second came for excessive testosterone in 2006 and resulted in a four-year ban.His name almost always comes up in the debate over how past dopers should be treated. In Rio, it surfaced in the wake of American swimmer Lilly Kings finger-wagging display toward Yulia Efimova, the Russian who was allowed to compete after a last-minute appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Like Gatlin, Efimova has served a doping ban but was reinstated.But in refusing to bar the entire Russian team from the Olympics after investigations detailed state-sponsored doping in the country, the IOC put in a special caveat: Any Russian who had been previously banned for doping was not welcome.That rule was overturned by CAS, which had made similar decisions in previous cases, saying athletes cant be punished twice for the same offense.Kings criticism of Efimova -- and her icy stares toward the Russian before the two squared off in the pool -- instantly made King a voice in support of clean athletes everywhere.The dispute led to King, and many others, being asked if it was fair that Gatlin was competing.Do I think people who have been caught doping should be on the team? They shouldnt. It is unfortunate we have to see that, King said.But, King said, she had to respect the rules.Same with sprinter Michael Johnson, the four-time Olympic gold medalist, who was asked whether Gatlin should be here.The issue people need to understand is that youre not going to solve the problem by pointing the finger at an athlete and making that athlete the villain, Johnson said, talking in general about athletes with violations.The athlete has been a villain and certainly has done damage to the sport. ... I dont appreciate that. But the athletes not the one thats making the rules that allows him to get back on the track or back in the pool, or back on the field.Gatlin does not see himself as a villain -- and does not buy into the now-hackneyed portrayal of him vs. Bolt as tracks version of Good vs. Evil.People want to label people and thats all they want to do, Gatlin said. They dont want to get to know them, they dont want to understand the story, in-depth.Though many of the headlines deride him, Gatlin insists hes popular in the athletes village.So many people have come up to me in the village and the cafeteria, showing me love, wanting me to go out there and do the best, be the best, he said. Taking pictures and everything. I get love, man.How will the fans -- and media -- react when he hits the track Saturday for the start of the mens 100?Hes not concerned.Ive worked hard, all the way from the bottom when I had nothing, Gatlin said. I worked hard to work back to where Im at now. I dont understand. The system has worked. I think people need to stop looking at trying to be the judge, the jury and executioner and let the system do its job. Adolis Garcia Jersey . It was hard for Luck to pull off another comeback, or even get into the end zone, while standing on the sideline. Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals to give the Chargers a 19-9 victory against the Colts on Monday night. Steve Carlton Cardinals Jersey . - Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is not a fan of his teams use of the wildcat formation, saying "it makes you look like a high school offence. https:///...ersey-cardinals.html . The incident occurred at 19:56 of the second period of the Kings 4-2 road win over Edmonton on Sunday. Nolan punched Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu in the jaw in front of the Kings goal during a scrum. BEREA, Ohio -- Following his first practice with the Browns, former Denver Broncos punter Britton Colquitt felt both welcomed and strangely out of place.I feel ancient compared to some of these guys, the 31-year-old said.Clevelands got some kids this season.With 17 rookies and 28 players who have played one NFL season or less, the Browns will be one of the leagues youngest teams. They lack experience, have unproven talent and the new front offices rebuilding plan will test the patience of Clevelands fed-up fan base as well as coach Hue Jackson, who expects to struggle balancing development and trying to win.I dont know how to do that. I just dont, he said. I have an expectation and Im not backing down from that and Im not changing that thought process in our players. That is just what we are going to do and we are going to find a way to do it. I dont know how its going to happen.By hook or by crook, we are going to get this done. We have to. That is all I know. I dont know anything else.When he took the Cleveland job in January, Jackson knew what he was getting into. The teams reconfigured decision-making group, led by Paul DePodesta, a former baseball executive known for his Moneyball approach and hired by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam as the organizations strategy director, was going to clean out the teams roster like never before.The Browns, who have had 13 double-digit loss seasons since 1999, began by dumping a few high-priced veterans in their 30s. They made a few trades for future assets -- getting a first-rounder from Philadelphia -- and then selecting 14 players in the draft.When the team submitted its 53-man roster this weekend, 13 of those draft picks made the team along with four other rookies, two first-year players and nine players headed into their second seasons.Its a young, impressionable squad, maybe younger and more impressionable than Jackson imagined.No matter, its his team.I didnt know how young we would be, Jackson said Monday as the Browns began building toward Sundays opener against the Eagles, who in an ironic twist will start quarterback Carson Wentz, a player Cleveland passed on a chance of taking and traded with Philadelphia. We have what we have. Im excited about the guys that we have. We just have to coach them up and get them better.This wiill take time, and Jackson understands that. John Brebbia Cardinals Jersey. And although he may privately concede the Browns may lose a lot more than they win this year, Jackson said having an inexperienced team can be beneficial.It can be because they are not `NFL-ized, he said. They havent been in the National Football League. I think some of our guys are just going to go play, and I think that is what we have to do as a football team. We cant get worried about anything.For Jordan Payton, one of four rookie wide receivers on Clevelands roster, its essential that the teams young players lean on the veterans to guide them.You ask questions, you stay right on their hip pocket, said the fifth-round pick from UCLA. Youve got to put your egos aside. You dont know everything, at all. You know nothing, and so you trust your coaches, you trust the vets. You ask a ton of questions and you soak it all in and you go out and work.Colquitt has seen what can happen when young players buy in, stay hungry and learn.He began his career with the Broncos in 2010, when they went 4-12. Five years later, they were Super Bowl champions. Of course, it helped getting Peyton Manning along the way, but Colquitt said theres something to having a team filled with young players who dont know any better.These (young) guys are happy to be making a paycheck and doing something they love, he said. Theres more to it than just a game. Theres a lot of stress and things like that involved. But with a younger team, they are just happy to be out here, and they dont know that there have been down years.Game notes Jackson quickly rebuffed a question about the Browns decision not to draft Wentz. We went another direction, he said. ... Rookie WR Corey Coleman, who had a rough preseason, opened Mondays practice with two dropped passes while the media was in attendance. He said it got better from there and acknowledged he needs to relax more. They drafted me in the first round, so they expect a lot out of me and I expect a lot out of myself, he said. ... DB Trey Caldwell, a fifth-round draft pick released on Saturday, was signed to the practice squad along with P Michael Palardy and RB Terrell Watson. ' ' ' 

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