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Move on, but leave no one behind. Ryan Howard Jersey .Injured Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy has spoken of the theme at the AFL club this week as they cope with last Saturday nights trauma, as well as prepare for the massive game against Geelong.Their upset 15-point loss to St Kilda was nothing compared to the devastating atmosphere in their changerooms after the match.Mitch Wallis was still in the rooms, yelling in agony from the broken leg he suffered during the last quarter and clearly audible to his teammates.Fellow Bulldog Jack Redpath had also suffered a serious knee injury during the match.Like Wallis, Redpath has needed surgery and his season is over.The theme of the week really has been `we move on, but no one gets left behind, Murphy told AFL360.Its a really important distinction to make.This footy team has to play Geelong on Friday night in a massive game and theres still plenty of life in this season for our footy club.The Bulldogs remain top-four contenders, despite a horrible run of injuries that included Murphys knee reconstruction in the first month of the season.Every year, every footy team, every player, you kind of go in with the armour on, that the footy season is a roller-coaster, he said.But this year has been extreme, with the injuries - the amount and then the severity of them, the circumstances.Weve been a resilient team and a resilient club.It just tests that a little bit more.Murphy was in the rooms after Saturday nights game and said he had never encountered anything like it in his 17-year AFL career.Coach Luke Beveridge has admitted to feeling plenty of emotion in the wake of what happened.Its off the radar of what youre prepared for as a footballer, Murphy said.It really was a double blow thats hit us, no doubt about it.It just heaps more emotion on the bonfire.Murphy said the players met for lunch the following day and Redpath lifted spirits by also visiting.It was a day to have a couple of beers, put an arm around each other and let each other know were all okay, he said.The Bulldogs play in Geelong, with the Cats determined to honour Jimmy Bartels 300th game and Corey Enrights club-record 326th match.Murphy is adamant they will be ready.You either believe or you dont. Weve said for a long time we have a lot of depth at our footy club, he said.This team has shown that one falls down, one steps straight in and we get good results.Its a challenge, of course it is, but we actually believe were good enough to beat anyone. Curt Simmons Jersey . 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. Dave Bancroft Jersey . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. https:///...jersey-phillies.html .C. -- Al Jefferson joked that he feels he can score from anywhere on the court. RIO DE JANEIRO -- The end of an era arrived in a flurry of sluggish serves, mixed signals and netted volleys. Olympic doubles had been Venus and Serena Williams personal property while winning three gold medals over the past 16 years. But age, sickness and a persistent pair of Czechoslovakians combined in a cruel and stunning end to the sisters Olympic doubles career.In hindsight, it shouldnt have been so shocking to see Venus and Serena lose 6-3, 6-4 to Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova on Sunday. Venus is 36 years old. These were her fifth Olympics. In 2011, she disclosed she has Sjongrens syndrome, which causes fatigue and joint pain. One day before the doubles loss, a virus cost Venus her first-round singles match, leaving her with cramping, dehydration and stomach pain.But these were the Williams women, winners of 14 Grand Slam doubles titles. Serena is still Serena, No. 1 in the world. They had never lost an Olympic doubles match. The Czechs, relatively new partners, had never won a match together. You kept waiting for the sisters to dig in, for Venus to return and Serena to roar and for their resolve to turn the tide like so many times before.This has been [Venus] goal for the last four years -- to come back to the Olympics, U.S. womens tennis coach Mary Jo Fernandez said before the match. She wants to win a medal so badly in anything.Instead of a fourth doubles gold medal to go with one singles gold for each sister, we are left with the Olympic memory of the Czechs feasting on Venus serve. Of Serena at the net yelling cross, but Venus failing to cover. Of Venus moving stiffly between points, annd calling often for a towel. Dan Baker Jersey. Of Strycova volleying the ball through Venus legs at the net -- twice.As Strycova and Safarova pulled away, the Rio crowd got behind them, chanting for the Czechs and even booing down an attempted chant of U-S-A.Venus only deigned to speak to the media for 15 seconds after the match. Today was not our best day as a team, she said, looking into the distance. We like to have a chance to play into the tournament, we just played a tough team. So we wish them the best of luck in the rest of the event, and well get ready for the US Open in doubles.Serena showed just the briefest glimpse of what it feels like to know that her run of sisterly dominance is ending.Its devastating, Serena said. Then she changed course, unconvincingly. But were really, also, I wouldnt say its devastating. We had a chance to compete for our country, we did the best that we can, and we had a blast out there. I wouldnt actually say it was devastating, it was a lot of fun, and well always remember these moments, these matches. At the end of the day, thats what matters most.We honestly didnt play our best whatsoever tonight, Serena said. We played terrible, and it showed in the results.The Venus and Serena team is not finished. They won Wimbledon doubles this year, and will play the U.S. Open. Serena is still competing in singles in Rio. But for the first time since 2004, when Serena withdrew from the Games with a knee injury, another pair of women will wear the gold. ' ' ' 

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