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World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont has described the sports Olympics return in Rio as a game-changer. Nike Vapormax Goedkoop .Six days of sevens action across womens and mens competitions kick off at the 15,000-capacity Deodoro Stadium on Saturday. It is 92 years since rugby last featured in the Olympics, and former England captain Beaumont knows a glorious chance exists to seize the moment.The Olympic Games halo effect started the moment we were voted back onto the programme in 2009, Beaumont told reporters in Rio on Friday.Our national member unions have embraced the Olympic opportunity, and participation has doubled to 7.73 million, with dramatic growth in new and emerging rugby nations.In short, it has been a game-changer, enhancing our vision of a sport for all.This is the players moment to shine, to enjoy and inspire.Their passion and commitment to reach the pinnacle of their discipline and proudly represent their nation and rugby on sports biggest stage will be rewarded with what I fully anticipate being spectacular, game-changing Olympic rugby sevens events.World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper, meanwhile, revealed there had been strong ticket sales for the Olympic sevens, which suggests there is little chance of a repeat of the sparse crowds in early football fixtures in Rio.We believe ticket sales are going well, Gosper said. We are hoping for a full stadium across the programme.Whats great about sevens rugby is the closer the fans are to the players, the better the atmosphere, and I dont think we have had a sevens stadium to date that is as close to the play.We are very confident the stadium will be full throughout the sessions across the six days.We believe that our sales have been well above the average of some of the other sports. We are confident of having that festival atmosphere that we are looking for.In terms of percentage of sales, we believe that we are around two-thirds in terms of sales, which is at a high clip.South American rugby superstar Agustin Pichot, the current World Rugby vice-chairman, echoed Beaumonts sentiments about the enormity of rugby reappearing at the Olympics.And he also paid tribute to the late Jonah Lomu, whose role was crucial during the campaign to have rugby restored at the Games.Yesterday, when I arrived, a lot of emotions came through, former Argentina captain Pichot said.I was thinking of Jonah first. He was a very close friend of mine, and I was thinking I would love to be with him here today and tomorrow at the Games.Rugbys a big family, and weve fought very hard to learn the process of the Olympic family.I made great friends with people I have watched on television, and then meeting IOC members, asking them and trying to persuade them to vote for rugby.The whole journey has been wonderful, and tomorrow its going to be very special for a lot of us and a very special day for rugby worldwide.Its a game-changer. Its massive. Its the right moment.Its there in the top things in the evolution of rugby in the last 30 years, and while the challenges are big, we hope we can keep up with the pace. Nike Vapormax Sale .J. -- Josh Cribbs was in the Pro Bowl in February and out of a job six months later. Nike Vapormax Korting . However, he did make them miss him a little less. Cundiff, who had the unenviable job of replacing Dawson last season, agreed Thursday to a one-year, $1. . Speaking Thursday on TSN 1050 Thursday, the Leafs GM also touched on the questions surrounding the teams leadership and the struggles of his big-name free-agent signing. “Its not from lack of effort from the coaching staff. TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay first-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves III has a lasting memory of the first time he matched up against Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper.Nothing the young cornerback saw on film before the two met in college two years ago prepared him for what would be one of the most humbling days hes had on a football field.Thats the first time I played against somebody that was better than me, that I felt like was significantly better than me, and he knows that, Hargreaves said, recalling Cooper catching 10 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns to pace Alabamas 42-21 victory over Florida in 2014.For me, I was young. I was a sophomore, and at that point he was already playing like he was in the NFL, the rookie cornerback added. So covering him, after the game I kind of sat down and thought: `Wow, he really got me better in a way, if that makes sense. And he knows that.Cooper, a junior at the time, went on to become the fourth pick in the 2015 NFL draft.Hargreaves, selected 11th overall this year, gets another shot at one of the games budding stars when the Bucs (3-3) host the Raiders (5-2) on Sunday.Ive talked to him before ... and he knows were going to get after it, Hargreaves said. Im excited to see him again.Cooper leads the Raiders with 40 receptions for 614 yards, but has only gotten into the end zone once this season. Teammate Michael Crabtree has 39 catches for 461 yards and is tied with Bucs receiver Mike Evans for the league lead in TD receptions with six.Its going to be exciting to go against those guys and see where we really are, said Hargreaves, whose transition to the NFL has been helped by the presence of four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes, who signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent last spring.Hargreaves gives Cooper credit for helping prepare him for the type of receivers hes facing in the pros.He was already an NFL player in college. So seeing the routes he ran, getting to cover him, when you play against good players you just naturally get better, the rookie said. I dont why that is, how that works, I just know thats how life works, in all aspects. And Im glad I got to see that early in my college career, somebody of his caliber, because it prepared me well.Some other things to watch for when the Raiders visit the Bucs:NOT SO SWEET HOME: The Raiders are aiming for their fifth straight road win. The Bucs are 00-2 at home, 3-15 since the start of the 2014 season, and at a loss to explain why. Nike Vapormax Kopen. Oakland won 33-16 at Jacksonville last Sunday, then remained in Florida to prepare for Tampa Bay instead of returning to the West Coast. The extended trip also provides coach Jack Del Rio an opportunity to watch his son, Luke, play for the University of Florida this weekend.FILLING IN: The Bucs have won two straight, beating Carolina and San Francisco on the road, to climb to .500 after a 1/3 start. RB Jacquizz Rodgers is one of the biggest reasons why , posting career highs rushing with 101 yards against the Panthers and 154 against the 49ers while standing in for the injured Doug Martin, out since Week 2 with a sore hamstring.PROTECT THE PASSER: Ever since watching his brother David get sacked 76 times as a rookie in Houston in 2002, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has known how important an offensive line can be. Hes always had good protection in three years in the NFL, and this season might be the best. The Raiders have allowed a league-low seven sacks, led by left tackle Donald Penn, who was cut by Tampa Bay following the 2013 season.When you got guys that it means that much to them to do their job and it means that much to them that it makes them sick, not only to have a sack but for those guys to even touch you, you know you have the right person protecting you,Carr said.FAMOUS JAMEIS: Bucs QB Jameis Winston threw eight interceptions and lost two fumbles during Tampa Bays 1/3 start. With Rodgers keying an effective rushing attack, the second-year pro has only turned over the ball once in the past two games.BIG PLAY PUNTER: Raiders punter Marquette King has played a big role in the teams success this season. He leads the NFL with 19 punts of at least 50 yards, is second in gross average at 50.6 yards and is tied for second with 15 punts inside the 20. He delivers even when things dont go right, as evidenced by his 27-yard run for a first down after a low snap last week in Jacksonville. That run was longer than the any this season for top backs such as Frank Gore, Todd Gurley and Lamar Miller.---AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow in San Francisco contributed to this report.---AP NFL website: and ' ' '