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TAMPA, Fla. Nike Air Max 1 Store . -- The stands were mostly empty, but the soggy show went on.Mack Brown ran for 149 yards and a touchdown in heavy rain Wednesday night, leading the Washington Redskins to a 20-13 preseason-closing victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.With Tropical Storm Hermine approaching Floridas Gulf Coast, the game at Raymond James Stadium was moved up 24 hours from Thursday, when the NFLs other 30 teams will conclude the exhibition schedule.Attendance was announced as 42,996, however there only appeared to be about 5,000 or so in the stands at kickoff. Only die-hard fans stayed around for the end.Youve got to love preseason football to be out there on a night like tonight, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said.Brown, a first-year pro out of Florida, spearheaded a 245-yard rushing attack and scored on a 60-yard burst in the second quarter. He also broke runs of 21 and 22 yards in helping Washington built a 13-0 halftime lead.I played at the University of Florida. We had no indoor stadium, practice facility, so I played in the rain all the time, said Brown, who carried 12 times for 130 yards in the first two quarters.Rookie Nate Sudfeld played the entire game at quarterback for the Redskins, who left Kirk Cousins and the rest of Washingtons projected starters behind in Virginia to attend the teams Welcome Home Luncheon, an annual event that raises money for a charitable foundation.Meanwhile, 21 of 22 players listed as regulars on Tampa Bays depth chart, including quarterback Jameis Winston, did not dress.That left plenty of opportunities for young hopefuls such as Brown, who spent parts of last season on Washingtons practice squad, and Bucs receiver Bernard Reedy to state their case for surviving final cuts Saturday, the deadline to trim rosters to the regular-season limit of 53 players.I really want to be here, Brown said. I think I put some good film out there from camp, preseason. So Im going to keep praying and hopefully Im here.Winstons backup, Mike Glennon, started for Tampa Bay and played into the second quarter. Third-stringer Ryan Griffin, whos also expected to make the team, got the rest of the work at quarterback and threw a touchdown pass to Reedy in the final minute.ROOKIE WATCHRedskins: Sudfeld, a sixth-round draft pick, completed 8 of 18 passes for 72 yards, one TD and no interceptions. With rookie RB Keith Marshall (elbow) landing on injured reserve this week, Brown and Robert Kelley remain in the running to be backups behind Matt Jones and Chris Thompson. Kelley carried 16 times for 99 yards.I was happy to see Mack. He showed up, made the decision tougher, Washington coach Jay Gruden said. Hopefully we can figure out a way to keep all of them. Well get together and figure it out.Buccaneers: After a rough start to the preseason, missing an extra point and two field goals in the first two weeks, second-round draft pick Roberto Aguayo converted all five of his field goal attempts over the last two games, including a 50-yarder Wednesday night.POSITION BATTLESRedskins: Sudfeld is third on the depth chart behind Cousins and Colt McCoy, who dressed but did not play.Buccaneers: Koetter has already said he expects to carry three quarterbacks. In addition to the competition for the fourth running back job, DE William Gholston played much of the first half in a bid to nail down a starting job.INJURY UPDATE:Redskins: Did not announce any injuries during the game.Buccaneers: Rookie CB Ryan Smith left in the second quarter with a hand injury. TE Kivon Cartwright and WR Kenny Bell (concussion) departed in the second half and did not return.QUOTABLE:Redskins: I thought it was a blue collar performance by our offense. We walked up with our lunch pails and just rode down the field as much as we could, Sudfeld said. I understood the game plan, we were really going to try and establish the run. Its just a different type of game when you play in this weather but I had a really fun time.Buccaneers: Cant tell you how much Im looking forward to getting the roster set, getting this behind, Koetter said. Its not a f un way to finish preseason. Its a sour taste after what I think was a productive preseason. Not at all what we had in mind. But Ive got to realize, we werent playing our best guys out there.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL Cheap Nike Air Max 1 . - Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings was speaking to a group of local high school students earlier this week when the conversation turned to the importance of being prepared when opportunities in life arise. Discount Nike Air Max 1 . What general manager Dave Nonis called "short and productive" negotiations ended with Kessel signing a US$64-million, eight-year contract on Tuesday. https://www.cheapairmax1store.com/ . -- Stanfords Kevin Danser knelt on one knee and hardly moved on the sideline as Michigan State celebrated its Rose Bowl victory and his Cardinal teammates made their way to the locker room. Since the Rio Olympics, when Feyisa Lilesa made an anti-government gesture during the marathon, he has traveled from country to country out of fear of going home. He worries about the family he left behind in Ethiopia. His young kids ask when they will see him again.He just cant answer that question at the moment.Lilesa became an international figure when he crossed his wrists at the finish line last month in Brazil on his way to a silver medal. The gesture drew global attention to the recent deadly protests in his home region of Oromia.Concerned with what might happen to him should he return to his country, Lilesa spent over two extra weeks in Rio before arriving in the U.S. about a week ago on a special skills visa, which allows him to train and compete until January. He hasnt seen his wife, 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter since Aug. 17.If I wouldve taken my medal and went back to Ethiopia, that wouldve been the biggest regret of my life, Lilesa said through a translator in a phone interview with The Associated Press as he begins speaking out in the U.S. I wanted to be a voice for a story that wasnt getting any coverage.The Oromia region has experienced enormous anti-government protests in the past few months. The government is now vowing to take drastic measures to deal with mismanagement, corruption and nepotism. Yet the government has shown few signs of opening up the political space for opposition.Many social media users have changed their profile pictures with the image of Lilesa crossing his wrists, and many are describing him as a national hero for speaking up and bringing it to the international arena.The crossed-wrists gesture has been widely used by anti-government protesters in recent nationwide demonstrations as a sign of peaceful resistance, and before that by the Muslim community when it revolted against the government. It is meant to symbolize being handcuffed by security forces.Lilesa is not alone, either: Fellow Ethiopian Ebisa Ejigu flashed a similar gesture when he won the Quebec City Marathon on Aug. 28. Over the weekend, another Ethiopian, Tamiru Demisse, also made the X sign at the Rio Paralympic Games after capturing silver in the 1,500 meters.That solidarity meant a great deal to Lilesa.It gives me hope -- them following in my footsteps and making a stand by saying, Enough, said Lilesa, who has no plans to file for political asylum.With about 40 million people, the Oromo are Ethhiopias largest ethnic group. Nike Air Max 1 2021. . Their region has seen anti-government protests since November 2015 that activists say have left more than 400 dead.Ethiopias government is often accused of silencing dissent, even blocking internet access at times. Recently, video obtained by the AP showed Ethiopian security forces beating, kicking and dragging several protesters during a rare demonstration in the capital.Theres been increased international pressure on Ethiopia and its treatment of protesters. The United States, for one, last week said it has raised grave concerns about what it called the excessive use of force against protesters in Ethiopia, describing the situation there as extremely serious and calling for an independent investigation.What we are asking for is peace, justice and freedom, said Lilesa, whos currently in Washington, D.C., but hoping to train in a city with a higher elevation. If the situation continues as it is, without any change, its going to degenerate into a conflict that could take a very, very bad direction. ... We need peace. We need change.Lilesa said his wifes brother -- a student at Madawalabu University in Bale -- was arrested in a protest nearly eight months ago. They still dont know his whereabouts.One of my main concerns if she finds out her brother was one of those who were killed is, what will she do? How will she feel? he said. Im not there to support her and comfort her.Ethiopias state broadcaster, EBC, did not re-broadcast images of Lilesas gesture when he finished runner-up on Aug. 21. Some people who were watching live and cheering for Lilesa quickly hushed when they saw his gesture.Lilesa said in a follow-up email hes received no backlash from the International Olympic Committee for his gesture.They came and asked me what the gesture was. I explained, Lilesa said. They empathized with my situation.And while the government assures him he will not face prosecution upon his return home and will have a heroic welcome, as a government spokesman recently said, hes wary of it.Usually, what the government says and what the government does are very opposite, Lilesa said. If change comes to Ethiopia, and the regime changes, and people are finally free, I look forward to the day I can go home and meet with my people. Live with my family in peace. ' ' ' 

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