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BRASILIA, Brazil -- Brazil started its quest for an Olympic gold medal in mens soccer with a disappointing 0-0 draw against South Africa, a result that prompted loud jeers by some of the home fans. Youth Athletics Jerseys .Despite an attack led by Barcelona striker Neymar and talented youngsters Gabriel Jesus and Gabigol, Brazil was not able to find the net at the packed Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia.Gabriel Jesus, newly signed by Manchester City, had the games best chance in the 69th minute but missed an open net with a close-range shot that struck the post.I have the obligation to score that goal, he said. Im not used to missing those chances. Im disappointed. I wont be able to sleep tonight because of that one.Neymar and Gabigol threatened a few times but also couldnt score.We had the best chances but the ball didnt go in, Brazil coach Rogerio Micale said. And we also have to give credit to South Africa, which has a very determined team and made it difficult for us to impose our game.South Africa played a man down from the 59th after defender Mothobi Mvala earned a second yellow card for a hard foul on Brazil right back Zeca.In the other Group A match in Brasilia, Iraq and Denmark also played to a scoreless draw, leaving all four teams tied.Brazil plays Iraq on Sunday, also in Brasilia, while South Africa faces Denmark.In Rio de Janeiro, Portugal defeated two-time Olympic champion Argentina 2-0 with goals by Paciencia in the 66th and Pite in the 84th in front of 45,000 fans at the Olympic Stadium, the vast majority cheering for Portugal. Earlier, Honduras defeated Algeria 3-2 in the other Group D game in Rio.In the jungle city of Manaus, Colombia and Sweden drew 2-2 in Group B. The Colombians got on the board with Teo Gutierrez in the 17th but allowed the Swedes to move ahead with goals by Mikael Ishak in the 43rd and Astrit Ajdarevic in the 62nd. Colombias equalizer came from a 75th-minute penalty kick converted by Dorlan Pabon.Nigeria found strenght to defeat Japan 5-4 in the heat of Manaus only about six hours after arriving in the city. The team had its trip to Brazil delayed by a mix-up at an airport. Midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo scored four goals for the 1996 Olympic champions. The thrilling match at the Arena Amazonia was tied 2-2 by the 13th minute, but Nigeria eventually pulled away before Japan scored twice late.In Group C, defending champion Mexico drew 2-2 with Germany despite twice having the lead in the northeastern city of Salvador. Oribe Peralta scored Mexicos first goal, and Germanys 78th-minute equalizer came from 2014 World Cup champion Matthias Ginter. In the other group game, South Korea routed Fiji 8-0. In its eighth straight Olympics, South Korea scored seven of its goals after the 60th minute. Three goals came in a two-minute span.The Olympic gold is the only major trophy Brazil hasnt won in soccer. The countrys team has won the silver medal three times, including four years ago in London, when Neymar was in a squad that lost the final to Mexico.Brazil controlled possession but wasnt able to create many significant chances until late in the second half. South Africa, playing at the Olympics for the first time since 2000, also came close several times.The Olympics is Brazils first tournament since the senior team was embarrassed at the Copa America after failing to advance past the group stage of the continental competition. Neymar skipped that tournament to be able to play at the Rio Games.Brazil also finished second at the Olympic tournament in 1984 in Los Angeles and in 1988 in Seoul, the second time with a team that included Romario and Bebeto. The five-time World Cup champions won the bronze in 1996 in Atlanta with striker Ronaldo, and in 2008 in Beijing with playmaker Ronaldinho.South Africa defeated Brazil 3-1 in the group stage of the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Brazils under-23 squad beat South Africa by the same score in an Olympic warmup earlier this year.---Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoni. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/tales-azzoni Wholesale Athletics Jerseys . In what the team had called a retirement, Ryan said Thursday that he is resigning as chief executive of the Rangers in a move effective at the end of this month. Authentic Athletics Jerseys . "Trying to breathe," he said with a grin. Bernier stopped 42 of 43 shots on Monday night, including all 22 in a hectic middle frame, his heroic performance propelling the Leafs toward an undue point in their final game before the Christmas break. http://www.cheapathleticsjerseyschina.com/ . But the quarterback hopes to stay involved in football after officially calling it quits Tuesday. "Id love to look at those opportunities as they arise," Pierce said in an interview from his Winnipeg eatery. One soaring dunk at a time, John Wall let everyone know that his surgically repaired knees are just fine.Wall threw down three one-handed dunks in the first half of the Washington Wizards 100-79 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.Wall scored all of his nine points in the first half and also had nine assists and three steals in his second preseason game. The star point guard had surgery on both of his knees in May to address lingering pain that had bothered him for a couple of years.He had loose particles taken out of his right knee -- considered a relatively minor procedure -- and calcium deposits removed from his left patella tendon, a more invasive procedure that required several months of rehab. When he reported to training camp both he and new coach Scott Brooks said it was uncertain if he would play in any of the teams seven preseason games. But he only missed the first two before returning to the court on Monday against the Knicks.Wall played nearly 20 minutes on Thursday night. He made 4 of 11 shots, but was 0 for 3 on 3-pointers. Bradley Beal led the way for the Wizards with 22 points, including 5 of 6 on 3s, with five rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes.Joel Embiid had 11 points and 12 rebounds in 14 minutes for the 76ers, continuing to show encouraging signs in his first preseason action after spending the last two years dealing with foot problems.---GRIZZLIES 110, THUNDER 94TULSA, Okla. -- Marc Gasol scored 21 points and hit 3-of-5 3-pointers to push the Grizzlies past the Thunder.Alex Abrines led the Thunder with 19 points and hit 5 of 6 3s.GRIZZLIES: Mike Conley scored 19 points and hit all three of his 3-pointers. ... Zach Randolph scored 12 points off the bench, but was just 6 for 17 from the field. ... Memphis overcame 39 percent shooting by forcing 28 turnovers, 11 coming off of steals.THUNDER: Russell Westbrook made the big headlines after shootaround on Thursday morning when he was asked about comments former teammate Kevin Durant made when saying he chose to play for Golden State because of the selfless players on the roster. Thats cute, Westbrook told reporters after being read Durants comments. Cute. ... But my job is to worry about whats going on here. Were going to worry about all the selfish guys we have over here apparently. So were going to figure that out. ... Westbrook scored 17 points. ... Kyle Singler had 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting from 3-point range. ... OKC shot 14 of 21 (66 percent) on 3s.UP NEXT: Memphis (3-1) visits Houston on Saturday. Oklahoma City (1-3) hosts Minnesota on Sunday.---RAPTORS 119, CAVALIERS 94CLEVELAND -- Kyle Lowry scored 25 points and dished out six assists in the first half to help the Raptors cruise past the Cavaliers.LeBron James did not play for the Cavaliers, who lost Channing Frye to a sprained right ankle. Kevin Love led Cleveland with 19 points and four rebounds.RAPPTORS: DeMarre Carroll had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists in 18 minutes.Cheap Athletics Jerseys. ... Cory Joseph had 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting in 19 minutes. ... Coach Dwane Casey told reporters Terrence Ross did not play after hurting his knee while throwing down a 360 dunk in a team scrimmage earlier in the week. ... The Raptors lost by 38 the last time they were in Quicken Loans Arena, for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.CAVALIERS: Tristan Thompson made his preseason debut and had eight points and three rebounds in 21 minutes. He has been dealing with a sore left foot. ... Kyrie Irving had 13 points and eight assists. ... Richard Jefferson started in place of James at small forward, scoring four points in 18 minutes. ... The Cavs continue to play without J.R. Smith, the shooting guard who has yet to sign a contract despite public lobbying by James, Love and the rest of the team.UP NEXT: Toronto (2-2) hosts Buenos Aires on Friday. Cleveland (2-2) visits Chicago on Friday.---PISTONS 99, HAWKS 94ATLANTA -- Ish Smith and Tobias Harris scored 18 points apiece and the Pistons claimed their first preseason win.Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 17 points, along with nine assists. Dwight Howard added 15 points and nine rebounds.PISTONS: Detroit bounced back from a 33-19 deficit after the first quarter. ... C Andre Drummond (illness) and F Marcus Morris (mild knee tendinitis) were held out. Aron Baynes (16 points) and Jon Leuer (a team-high nine rebounds) filled in for the Pistons.HAWKS: After shooting 60 percent from the field in the opening period, the Hawks made only 24 of 63 (38 percent) the rest of the way. ... Atlanta played again without F Paul Millsap (right knee, illness) and G Jarrett Jack (right knee rehabilitation), who have yet to suit up during the preseason. ... C-F Tiago Splitter will miss at least four weeks with a strained right hamstring, which means he wont be ready for the start of the regular season Oct. 27.UP NEXT: Detroit (1-2) travels to Philadelphia on Saturday. Atlanta (2-2) plays at Orlando on Sunday.---CELTICS 100, NETS 97NEW YORK -- Al Horford had 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the Celtics over the Nets.Luis Scola had 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in 28 minutes for the Nets.CELTICS: Marcus Smart scored 13 points and was a plus-14 in 22 minutes off the bench. ... All-Star Isaiah Thomas scored 12 points in 19 minutes. ... Jae Crowder had a rough night, going 0 for 5 from the field and scoring just two points.NETS: Jeremy Lin had 12 points and seven assists. ... Trevor Booker started at power forward and had 11 points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes.UP NEXT: Boston (3-1) goes to New York to play the Knicks on Saturday. Brooklyn (1-3) heads to Boston to play the Celtics on Monday. 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 ' ' '