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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Paralympic Games are in the home stretch, having overcome budget problems to stage a highly successful competition that has seen higher-than-expected attendance and a slew of record-setting performances.About 4,350 athletes are competing, each with unique differences that have to be classified. Lines have to be drawn to group similar impairments, or impairments that yield similar results. There are 10 impairment groups based on physical, visual and intellectual criteria. But the 22 Paralympic sports adjust the groups to suit their individual events, swelling the classifications to hundreds.The games needed a bailout from Brazils government of almost $80 million to make it to the starting line. Only 200,000 tickets had been sold a few weeks before the opening ceremony Aug. 7, but officials said demand picked up and they had sold nearly their goal of 2.4 million. That is partly a result of the price for many tickets, only 10 Brazilian reals ($3) -- an enticing offer in a country that is mired in its worst recession in decades.The Paralympics are more than a benign version of the Olympics. In fact, a few performances have been better than the Olympics.The top four runners in the mens 1,500-meter Sunday -- in the T13 class for visually impaired -- all had better times than the Olympic champion in last months Rio Olympics, American Matthew Centrowitz. Abdellatif Baka of Algeria won in 3 minutes, 48.28 seconds. Centrowitz ran 3:50.00 in an admittedly slow, tactical race. Ethiopias Tamiru Demisse in second, Kenyas Henry Kirwa at third and Algerias Fouad Baka in fourth also beat Centrowitzs time.In many countries, Paralympians get significantly less support than Olympians. The U.S. Olympic Committee awards athletes $25,000 for a gold medal. American Paralympic athletes get $5,000.One sport at the Paralympics that doesnt appear in any form at the Olympics is goalball, in which athletes with visual impairments wear masks to completely block their vision. The athletes try to throw or roll the ball past the end line with opposing defenders trying to block the ball. The ball contains a bell so the athletes are able to react to the shot. Derrick Thomas Super Bowl Jersey . U.S. District Judge Lorna G. Schofield in Manhattan agreed that lawyers on both sides could make their formal requests by Nov. 8. A hearing is scheduled for a day earlier. Jordan Siev, a lawyer for Rodriguez, wrote in a joint letter to the judge from lawyers on both sides that MLB lawyers planned to ask that the lawsuit be dismissed. Joe Montana Super Bowl Jersey . Artturi Lehkonen, Joni Nikko and Ville Leskinen had the other goals for Finland (1-0) while Juuse Saros stopped 28 shots. 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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), 6-4 to advance.CARSON, Calif. - An offside call that turned into a goal helped end the Vancouver Whitecaps club record six-game unbeaten streak Saturday night. Jose Villareals goal, originally ruled offside, enabled the Los Angeles Galaxy to rally for a 2-1 victory at StubHub Center in front of an announced crowd of 20,093 that included David Beckham and Victorias Steve Nash. Camilo scored his league-leading 13th goal for the Whitecaps (9-6-5), who fell into a four-way tie for third place in Major League Soccers Western Conference with the Galaxy (10-8-3), Dallas and Colorado. Vancouver held a 1-0 lead before Villareal tapped a two-yard shot past goalkeeper Brad Knighton in the 29th minute. Juninho began the play with a 34-yard free kick that Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez headed toward the net. Lineman Jeremy Hanson raised his flag to indicate Villareal as offside. But after conferring with referee Chris Penso, Villareal received credit for the goal. The Whitecaps players immediately surrounded Hanson to protest, and Vancouver coach Martin Rennie argued with fourth official Juan Guzman. "I havent seen that before," Rennie said of the decision. "If youre in doubt, usually, you dont give a goal, and there was obviously some doubt." Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes, stationed behind Villareal, was in position to head the ball into the goal. Had Zardes toouched the ball, Villareal would have been offside.ddddddddddddBut a replay showed Zardes barely missing his attempted header. "It was a key moment in the game," Rennie said. "But were not blaming the referee. We have to be good enough to overcome that." Zardes put Los Angeles ahead in the 57th minute. Zardes retrieved Todd Dunivants long ball along the left flank near the end line, eluded defender Brad Rusin and struck a seven-yard shot inside the far post. The Whitecaps best chance to tie came in the 73rd minute, after Kekuta Manneh made a steal and passed to Kenny Miller. But Millers nine-yard shot hit goalkeeper Carlo Cudicinis right ankle. "I dont think we played as well in the second half as we would have liked to," Knighton said. "We were too open, at times. A team like L.A. is going to take advantage of that, and they sure did." Camilo scored his 10th goal in the past eight games in the 19th minute. Russell Teibert deflected Lee Young-Pyos cross from the right flank to an unmarked Camilo, who converted from 17 yards. That goal kept Camilo one ahead of Chicagos Mike Magee in the race for the goal-scoring championship. Los Angeles played without Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane. Donovan is with the United States Gold Cup team and Keane injured his hip flexor muscle July 13 against Portland. ' ' '
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