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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Kerri Walsh Jennings beat the Chinese in Beijing, winning one of her three Olympic beach volleyball gold medals in 2008 in front of a crowd rooting hard for the hometown opponents. Cheap Falcons Jerseys .That doesnt come close to what she can expect when the 2016 tournament begins on Saturday at Rio de Janeiros Copacabana Beach.The fact that were in one of the Meccas of beach volleyball -- beach volleyballs second to football there -- thats nuts. Its going to be awesome, Walsh Jennings said recently as she prepared to attend her fifth Olympic Games. The whole tournaments going to be intense.A five-time Olympian with three gold medals, Walsh Jennings is rarely an underdog when she steps on the sand. But with a new partner, the remnants of a shoulder injury and an advancing age -- shes 37 -- Walsh Jennings could be facing her toughest challenge yet.Two Brazilian pairs enter the tournament as the top two seeds, including Agatha and Barbara, who are the defending world champions. The women on Brazils other team, Larissa and Talita, have won Olympic medals, though not together.I want to beat the best. I want to be in the gold medal match playing against the best, said Walsh Jennings, who is now teamed with April Ross after Misty May-Treanor retired. I dont care what country theyre from. But yeah, the dream is to play the best. The past couple of years Brazil has certainly been the best, but Im prepared mentally to play anybody.Beach volleyball is a lifestyle in Brazil, and Copacabana Beach has been called the sports spiritual home.Outside the competition venue, locals play before dipping into the ocean to cool off. A few blocks from the temporary stadium, the International Volleyball Federation cut the ribbon on a Volleyball House -- a renovated school that will be used during the Olympics as a meeting place and then turned back over to the school when the games are over.On Friday, as organizers prepared for the start of the competition, fans were lining up for tickets outside the venue.So when the matches begin Saturday, the venue is expected to be filled with locals who know and love the sport -- and want to see the hometown players win.That does make it exciting, to have the crowd for the team youre playing, Ross said during one of the tournaments leading to the Olympics. It makes you feel like the bad guy a little bit. But thats fun. I think I look forward to that.Not everyone thinks the crowd will work in the Brazilians favor, though.Lauren Fendrick, who partners with Brooke Sweat on the other U.S. team, wondered whether the expectations to win at home would be too much for the Brazilians.Its going to be a lot of pressure on everybody, she said. But its an opportunity to show what youve been working toward all season, all career. Camo Falcons Jerseys . Sgt. Eric ONeal says most of the arrests at Monday nights game were for public drunkenness, though one person was taken into custody on suspicion of trying to steal a seat from the stadium. Elite Falcons Jerseys . Ouellette, from Montreal, already has three Olympic gold medals since joining the team in 1999. http://www.officialfalconsnflauthenticshop.com/ . Here are his mid-season NBA awards.  MVP: (KEVIN DURANT-Thunder) - Has been sensational this season and more importantly, the most consistent player in the league. Considering that his team has been without star guard Russell Westbrook and with the free agent departure of sharpshooter Kevin Martin, hes had to carry the majority of the load to not only keep his team afloat but more importantly, at an elite level. GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes spent the past four years searching for impact players, but didnt have the money to land many due to the restraints of being run by the NHL. Now that an owner is all but in place, the Coyotes were able to make the kind of big-splash signing that should give them a big boost on and off the ice. Landing one of the most coveted offensive players at the start of the free agency period, the Coyotes signed forward Mike Ribeiro to a four-year, $22 million contract on Friday. "Since I came here six years ago, weve been searching for a playmaking centre iceman, someone who could make his wingers better," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. "Certainly, Mikes skill set, his ability to pass the puck, vision on the ice was an area we had ideally been looking for, so to be able to bring him to the desert is a really good day for us." The Coyotes took a big step toward stability this week when the Glendale City Council approved an arena lease agreement with prospective owner Renaissance Sports and Entertainment. Headed by George Gosbee, Anthony LeBlanc and Daryl Jones, RSE still needs to complete the lease agreement with Glendale and its purchase of the Coyotes (by Aug. 5), but has already loosened the purse strings for the front office. In addition to Ribeiro, the Coyotes signed free agent goalie Thomas Greiss to serve as a backup to Mike Smith and re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Kyle Chipchura to a multi-year deal. They also signed multi-year deals with forward Lauri Korpikoski and defencemen Michael Stone, both restricted free agents, and signed defenceman Chris Summers to a one-year deal. On top of that, Phoenix was working on locking up a few more players within in the organization and still has the flexibility to sign or trade for others. It added up to a new free agency experience for Maloney and assistant GM Brad Treliving. "What was interesting was that there wasnt a pending free agent in the marketplace that didnt call us and want to talk about coming to Arizona to play hockey," Maloney said. "Thats the one thing I was really encouraged by. Normally, Brad and I are banging at the phones, will you please call us ... and that gets a little old after a while, so this was such a totally different experience for Brad and I." Their big move was landing the kind of front-line centre they had been seeking aalmost since moving to the desert in 1996. Womens Falcons Jerseys. The 33-year-old Ribeiro has been a consistent scorer during his 14-year career, topping 50 points in a season eight times. He had 49 points, including 36 assists, in 48 games with Washington last season. Ribeiro played three seasons under Coyotes coach Dave Tippett in Dallas and spent six seasons with Montreal after the Canadiens picked him in the second round of the 1998 NHL draft. He could play on the first line with captain Shane Doan and Mikkel Boedker or could allow Tippett to mix things up with his top lines. "Obviously, his relationship with Dave Tippett was a huge factor in this decision," Maloney said. "They developed a very strong relationship when they were together in Dallas and weve monitored his status and feel like he has lots of life left in him." Landing Ribeiro was the biggest move, but locking up some of the teams own players also was key, particularly since the team had struggled to do that in the past with the NHL running things. The 27-year-old Chipchura gave the Coyotes toughness and skill on the fourth line, with five goals and nine assists last season. Korpikoski, 26, has developed into a solid playmaker on the left wing, scoring 40 and 37 points the previous two seasons before dropping to 11 during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season while battling injuries. The 23-year-old Stone spent most of the 2011-12 season in the AHL, but developed into one of Phoenixs best defencemen the last half of the 2012-13 season, finishing with five goals and four assists. The Coyotes also are hoping to re-sign Boedker, a restricted free agent. The Coyotes werent able to retain forward Boyd Gordon, one of their top off-season priorities, when he signed a three-year deal with Edmonton. Backup goalie Jason LaBarbera also signed with the Oilers. "Boyd was a great player for us and Im happy for him to get his contract," Maloney said. "Thats the business and they (the Oilers) certainly value him and had enough in their payroll budget that they could spend what they wanted to spend. We liked Boyd with us, we would have liked to keep him, it just got to a point where we decided were going to have to go another direction." Losing Gordon was tough, but unlike previous seasons when key players left, the Coyotes have the support from an owner to get someone else to take his place. 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 ' ' '