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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Japans shocking win over New Zealand and a tournament-ending injury to Sonny Bill Williams proved on the first day of Olympic mens rugby in 92 years what coaches have long been saying about the sevens format.First time Japan has ever beaten our side, but thats sevens rugby now, New Zealand coach Gordon Tiejens said. The gap has closed considerably. If youre not up for it on the day, youll get beaten by any team.World series champion Fiji, second-seeded South Africa and Britain secured quarterfinal spots and topped their pools, but nothing came easily Tuesday at Deodoro Stadium.Japans 14-12 upset against New Zealand, its first ever in rugby sevens, and its narrow 21-19 loss to Britain turned the formbook in Pool C upside down.If that wasnt enough, the Japanese went within inches of a draw with Britain, missing a chance at a late equalizer when Teruya Goto couldnt convert Lomano Lemekis last-minute try.It was heartbreaking. We wanted that goal, so for the next game wed know were going to quarterfinals, Japans Lote Tuqiri said. Now we need to step up -- its a must-win game for us against Kenya.Still, he reckoned the performances at the Olympics were worth celebrating almost as much as Japans win over South Africa last year in the traditional 15-a-side game, which ranked as the biggest upset ever at the Rugby World Cup.How Japan finished at the World Cup was really a big boost for Japan rugby and really lifted rugby in Japan, he said. Hopefully our win against New Zealand will boost it another level.New Zealand regained some confidence after its bad start with a 28-5 win over Kenya, which opened with a 31-7 loss to Britain.Tietjens said his team would miss Williams, a two-time World Cup champion with the All Blacks and the highest profile player in the tournament.For that to happen in the first game of the tournament is devastating. Hes obviously shattered and disappointed, Tietjens said. But theres a lot of character in this team, I can assure you.Fiji kicked off its bid for a first Olympic medal with a 40-12 win over host Brazil, then needed two late tries for a comeback 21-14 win over Argentina -- ensured by Jerry Tuwais desperate try-saving tackle on Axel Muller in the last seconds.The Fijians lead Pool A and the second-seeded South Africans posted 50 points without conceding any in wins over Spain and France to top Pool B.The top eight teams after three group games enter the quarterfinals. Thats the top two teams in each of the three groups, plus the next two third-place teams, so points differentials will be crucial.The U.S. men conceded a last-minute try in a 17-14 loss to Argentina in their first match and rebounded with a 26-0 win over Brazil, leaving plenty on the line Wednesday when the Americans play Fiji.In Pool B, the battle for second is between France and Australia. The French had a surprising 31-14 win over the Australians in the opening game of the tournament and then lost 26-0 to South Africa. Australia recovered from its opening loss to beat Spain 26-12, but faces South Africa next. Cheap Air Max 95 Free Shipping . With his new coach and six-time Grand Slam singles champion Boris Becker watching him during an official match for the first time, Djokovic appeared tentative early against the Slovakian player, who often appeared content to keep the ball in play. Nike Air Max 95 Outlet Uk . Kozun faked to the forehand and beat Monsters starter, Calvin Pickard, pad side in the second round for the winner. Spencer Abbott also scored in the shootout for the Marlies (25-13-4). . Speaking to the Chicago Tribune at baseballs Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Boras called the former home of the Expos a "tremendous environment" for baseball. Air Max 95 Uk Sale . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. Cheap Air Max 95 Uk . Perez, 35, posted a 1-2 record with a 3.69 earned-run average in 19 relief appearances last season. His season ended Aug. 9 due to a torn ligament in his left elbow. Perez joins infielder Andy LaRoche and catcher Mike Nickeas with minor-league agreements for 2014 that include invitations to attend spring training.BARCELONA, Spain -- Fernando Alonso gave his Spanish home fans exactly the kind of daring and dominant drive they came to see. Keeping them celebrating at the end of the season might be a lot more difficult, though. Alonso won the Spanish Grand Prix with a commanding performance on Sunday, but then said Ferrari still needs a little bit more pace to topple three-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel in the race for the Formula One title. Alonso was fifth on the grid but used an aggressive start to take control of the race and ended up beating Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus by nearly 10 seconds, with teammate Felipe Massa 26 behind. More importantly, Vettel was a distant 38.2 back in fourth, meaning the Alonso cut the gap to the German to 17 points in the overall standings after five races. With two Ferrari drivers on the podium and none from Red Bull, Alonso still cautioned that the Italian team still hasnt caught up to its main rival. "Last year we didnt win (the championship). We were one second off (the pace), but we managed to fight until the Brazil race," said Alonso, a two-time former champion. "This year we have a package that is still not the fastest but we are working on it." Alonso lost out to Vettel by three points last year, but will head to Monaco in two weeks time in an optimistic frame of mind. "We are not the quickest over one lap, we maybe do not set the fastest time in the race, but we have fantastic pit stops, starts, (limited) tire degradation," said Alonso, who started from fifth on the grid. "Many ingredients to have a competitive car to fight for the championship ... In the four years with Ferrari this is the best (car) weve had." Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali dedicated the day to those working behind the scenes to make Ferrari faster. "For sure, very, very happy. It was a good day for the team," Domenicali said. "The win was for the people who are working hard at the factory." The race was once again heavily affected by Pirellis fast-degrading tires, which forced teams into four-stop strategies when they had planned for three. "Our aim is to have between two and three stops at every race, so its clear that four is too many," Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery said. "In fact, its only happened once before, in Turkey during our first year iin the sport.dddddddddddd." There is no time for Pirelli to make changes in time for Monaco. "Well be looking to make some changes, in time for Silverstone," Hembery said. "To make sure that we maintain our target and solve any issues rapidly." Red Bull struggled a lot more than Ferrari with the tires, and the mood in the teams camp was subdued after the race. "The first three cars were a little bit too fast for us and regarding looking after the tires, they did a better job," said Vettel, who finished ahead of teammate Mark Webber. "We need to catch up; were not going the pace of the car, were going the pace of the tires and obviously we do something to make the tires wear more. The start was good, we then tried to hold on with a three-stop strategy, but had to change to four stops." Raikkonen finished second for the third straight race. It was Alonsos second win in Barcelona -- the first coming in 2006 -- and his seventh career podium on the Circuit de Catalunya. "Its very special winning at home and it doesnt matter how many times you repeat it," said Alonso, who moved up to third overall, while Raikkonen is only four points behind Vettel. Massas performance was arguably even better than Alonsos, as he started from ninth due to a grid penalty in qualifying. "I think we are in the right direction so I hope from now on we are fighting for the podium in every race," Massa said. Mercedes had a disappointing day after Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton started on the front grid. As has been the case this season, the Mercedes cars -- which are fast in qualifying -- again lacked race pace and durability as Rosberg finished sixth and Hamilton drifted way back to 12th. "Theres a growing gap to three teams ahead of us which we need to get on top of," Rosberg said. "We have a very quick car but we have to make it work for us in the race." Lotus driver Romain Grosjeans back wheels locked up early on and he had to pull out due to mechanical failure. Caterham driver Giedo van der Gardes left rear wheel came off entirely and he also had to retire. It was a busy afternoon in the pits as Sauber released Nico Hulkenberg too early and he bumped into the back of a Toro Rosso and with Pastor Maldonado -- last years surprise winner -- pitting in the wrong place. ' ' '

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