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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Novak Djokovic will face 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the first round of the Olympics in a rematch of the 2012 bronze medal match.Del Potros ranking has fallen to 145th after he endured three operations on his left wrist. But at his first Grand Slam in 2 1/2 years, he upset fourth-seeded Stan Wawrinka at Wimbledon last month. The Argentine beat Djokovic for bronze in London four years ago.The top-ranked Djokovic, a 12-time major champion, is seeking his first Olympic title. A potential semifinal opponent in Rio de Janeiro is third-seeded Rafael Nadal, who hasnt played since withdrawing from the French Open because of a left wrist injury.Reigning gold medalist Andy Murray could face fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori in the semifinals. The Wimbledon champion will meet 35th-ranked Viktor Troicki in the first round in the 64-player draw, which was announced Thursday.Hes one of the better players thats not seeded, Murray said. He likes the hard court. Good competitor, good mover. Definitely a tough opening match.In the womens draw, top-ranked Serena Williams, the reigning gold medalist, could face older sister Venus in the semifinals. Also on her half of the draw is Spains Garbine Muguruza, who beat the 22-time major champion in this years French Open final. And a potential quarterfinal opponent is Italys Roberta Vinci, who stunned Williams in last years U.S. Open semifinals to end the Americans Grand Slam bid.The Williams sisters, coming off a Wimbledon title, are seeded first in doubles as they seek their fourth gold medal together.The tournament starts Saturday, though Murray, who will be Britains flag bearer at Fridays opening ceremony, doesnt play until Sunday. He is also seeded second in doubles with older brother Jamie, who won this years Australian Open title with regular partner Bruno Soares of Brazil. Andy Murray said he considered his Olympic singles and doubles competitions to be of equal importance.The Murray brothers face two other Brazilians, Thomaz Bellucci and Andre Sa, in the first round.Im sure the crowd will be pretty lively, Jamie Murray said.Its going to be a tough team, he added, and obviously inspired to play in their home Olympics. Expect them to perform well.Wawrinka and Roger Federer were expected to contend for another doubles gold medal for Switzerland, but both pulled out of the Olympics because of injuries, leaving the Rio Games without two of the top four men in the rankings. Overall, half of the top 20 wont be in Brazil for various reasons, though the draw still has the star power of Djokovic, Murray and Nadal.Murray noted that if not for injuries to Federer and Wawrinka, every mens Grand Slam champion of the past decade-plus would be in Rio.It is unfortunate. The Olympics in London was very strong, Murray said. 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Traditional contenders Brazil, Greece and Turkey drew the other three spots to complete the 24-team field for this summers tournament in Spain, basketball governing body FIBA announced Saturday at its meeting in Barcelona. ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said his latest postgame catchphrase -- the how do you like me now? shout directed at general manager Scot McCloughan -- didnt carry any hidden message.As Cousins ran off the field following Sundays win over the Green Bay Packers, he stopped and shouted the line at McCloughan, then tussled the GMs hair as he kept running into the tunnel.Cousins, of course, is playing under the franchise tag, and his contract situation has been well-documented. Cousins wanted $20 million per season; the Redskins best offer was $16 million. That has led to much speculation on his future with the Redskins and whether they will meet his asking price for a long-term deal.Cousins said it was just an in-the-moment situation.No, theres nothing, Cousins said. I was just excited coming off the field with emotion. I would prefer for that to happen with no cameras and no microphones. But I ran into him on the field where there were cameras and microphones. Were both competitors who want to win desperately and both feeling great in that moment.Scot has done a phenomenal job bringing in the right people ... that have made a big difference in the success of this team. A big reason we are where we are and part of the reason we enjoy being here is because of the team Scot assembled.Cousins said during his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan that it was McCloughan who kept encouraging him after a rough start to the 2015 season. Cousinns then finished strong with 19 touchdowns and two interceptions in his last eight games.ddddddddddddScot gets it; hes a football guy, Cousins said. He understands what its like to play at this level and the challenges and demands and pressure that come with it.Still, the challenge for Cousins remains to convince the organization that hes worth an expensive long-term contract. He said hes able to focus on the games and not his future because this episode is just an extension of his entire career.Cousins entered his senior season in high school without a scholarship offer. As a senior at Michigan State, he said he played not knowing what would happen in the draft because he wasnt a projected high pick. Then he was drafted in the fourth round to be a backup to Robert Griffin III.And here we are again, Cousins said. This isnt the first time I went through this, so you just play.Cousins has thrown 17 touchdowns to seven interceptions this season as the Redskins have gone 6-1-1 heading into Thursdays game at Dallas after an 0-2 start.Numerous analysts have said the Redskins need to keep him long term. Cousins, however, said hes ignoring that, too.Its a positive thing they would say that, but at the same time, I know people are itching to say the opposite if I dont play well Thursday, Cousins said. Im always focused on the here and now. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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