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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Of the nearly 4,000 athletes competing in the Rio Paralympics, all but two are doing so for their country. Stephen Curry 2 Blue And Yellow .Syrian swimmer Ibrahim Al Hussein and Iranian-born discus thrower Shahrad Nasajpour make up the first refugee team at the Paralympics.All the years I dedicated to sports did not go in vain, said Al Hussein, who lost part of his right leg in a bombing in his Syrian hometown.I think we were trying to show that the values that the (Paralympics) holds is to provide opportunities regardless of the circumstances of individuals with impairments, said chef de mission Tony Sainsbury, regarding the creation of the refugee team. Those opportunities exist for them provided that they can demonstrate that they are of the right standard of potential.Sainsbury said athletes must meet three criteria to be considered. They need to be officially recognized as a refugee, who had sought and was granted asylum. They needed to return from Brazil to the nations where they sought asylum, and they had to prove a credible performance, he said.Mohamad Alabed, who lived in the same area as Al Hussein, fled Syria and now resides in the Netherlands. He said while he doesnt know Al Hussein personally, everyone knows of the heroic Syrian swimmer.While neither refugee competitor medaled, Al Hussein hopes to leave behind a different type of legacy at the Paralympic Games. He says he feels having represented the refugees of the world and having the word `refugee circulated throughout the world is the most important thing I could have done.I am a refugee, that was out of my hands, he said. I was injured, that was out of my hands, I am an athlete, this is my choice.---Shannon Ryan is a journalism student at Penn State University. Penn State and Georgia are partnering with The Associated Press to supplement coverage of the 2016 Paralympics. Under Armour Cheap Shoes . Cote was eligible to become a free agent Feb. 15. Cote helped running back Jon Cornish run for a league-high 1,813 rushing yards en route to being named the leagues most outstanding player. Under Armour Outlet Stores . The Islanders dealt Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens after less than a year on Long Island. Meanwhile, the Oilers dealt long-time sniper Ales hemsky to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a third-rounder in 2015. http:/// . Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced Wednesday that the team would assign Swedish forward Elias Lindholm to his nations team for the upcoming tournament. NEW YORK -- The third time was the charm for the new retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium.The U.S. Tennis Association unveiled the $150 million roof over the centerpiece court at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Tuesday -- after some glitches.The roof closed with ease in its first official demonstration, but tennis legend Billie Jean King tried multiple times to open it with the push of a button. Her third attempt succeeded.Matt Rossetti, president of the architectural firm that drew up the roof plan, said the issue could happen at the upcoming U.S. Open but a team of engineers would be on hand to fix it if necessary.The roof, which is the size of 17 Olympic swimming pools, will be ready when the U.S Open begins on Aug. 29. The mens final was delayed a day until Monday because of rain for five straight years from 2008-12.USTA officials had long maintained that adding a roof over Ashe wasnt feasible. But in 2013, Rossetti created a plan and the roof was added over two years.Here at the Billie Jean Tennis Center, we are making the impossible happen, USTA executive director Gordon Smith said.Moving at a top speed of 25 feet per minute, thhe roof over the 23,771-capacity stadium is built to close or open in under seven minutes. Stephen Curry Shoes Black. Twenty-two tennis courts could fit inside the 62,500 square-foot roof opening.There are already retractable roofs over the main stadiums at the sites of two other Grand Slam tournaments, Wimbledon and the Australian Open. French Open organizers also plan to add one.The Ashe roof is expected to be used only for rain, unlike the Australian Open, which also closes its roof in cases of extreme heat. The Chase name and logo will be on both the north and south sides of the roof for the U.S. Open.Ashes retractable roof features two panels atop a 6,500-ton steel superstructure and is covered to provide shade for the spectators. Some 360 LED sports lights will illuminate the roof and stadium when closed. To control humidity inside the stadium when the roof is closed, a chilled water ventilation system was installed.The U.S. Open roof is part of a $500 million-plus renovation paid for by the USTA. The renovation included adding new courts. Wholesale Authentic JerseysWholesale NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys AuthenticCheap Jerseys 2018Cheap Nike NFL JerseysWholesale Jerseys 2020Jerseys From China ' ' '