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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Catamarans are back in Olympic sailing, with the kind of adrenaline rush that only a double-hulled boat can bring to the regatta. Baseball Jerseys China .The Nacra 17 catamarans made a wild Olympic debut on a rainy Wednesday. There was a capsize and a breakdown in the first race. Boats flew hulls in the breeze coming off Sugarloaf Mountain, and crews hoisted spinnakers adorned with country flags that made them easily identifiable for spectators watching from Flamengo Beach.Catamarans are back with a vengeance, said Louisa Chafee of Warwick, Rhode Island, who serves as crew for U.S. skipper Bora Gulari of Miami.Catamarans disappeared from the Olympics when the Tornado class was dropped before the 2012 London Games. The Nacra 17 class was introduced specifically for Rio. Its the first time men and women have sailed together in the games.Theyre the fastest and most exciting to watch, Gulari said. Without a doubt. Nobody else flies out of the water like we do. Catamarans have to be in the Olympics.The American crew was 11th after two races. Switzerlands Matias Buhler and Nathalie Brugger won the opening race and were seventh in the second race in tough conditions to take the overall lead. The third race was postponed due to shifting wind.The heavily favored French crew of Billy Besson and Marie Riou of France were 17th after finishes of seventh and 19th.In the first race, the Greek boat capsized on polluted Guanabara Bay. Brazilian fans cheered as their countrys boat closed the gap behind Argentina, then fell silent as something broke, bringing the home countrys catamaran to a halt.The conditions were pretty tricky, shifting all over the place, Chafee said. Everyone was all over the place. Youre up, youre down. Its just the nature of Rio.The race committee did the best it could, Gulari said.This was just a really tough direction on this course for the race committee. Normally its a great place to sail and a great course.While the cats had their share of mayhem, order was restored in the heavyweight mens dinghy, the Finn.Britains Giles Scott took a second and first to jump into first place. Favored to win the gold medal, Scott was 10th after the first two races on Tuesday.The two Finn races were sailed on an ocean course in huge seas and in the kind of wind that, as the Australians say, blows dogs off chains.It was incredibly windy, the top end of what wed race in, 20-25 knots, big seas, Scott said. It made for really full-on racing. To come away with a second and a first, yes, its a lot more pleasing.Scott had finishes of 17th and third on Tuesday on the course near Sugarloaf, where the catamarans sailed Wednesday.It couldnt have been more different, Scott said. We went from racing underneath a mountain in very light and fickle winds, to being out to sea in strong breezes and a big seaway. It was a big change in racing and approach, and fortunately it came good for me today.He knows he has to handle both the pressure of following countryman Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, and the varying conditions Rio offers.Britain has dominated the Finn since Iain Percy won the gold in 2000. Ainslie won the gold in Athens, Beijing and London to finish his Olympic career with four straight golds, as well as a silver. Now comes Scott, making his Olympic debut at age 29.American Caleb Paine of San Diego, making his Olympic debut, is seventh after going 21-3.In the mens Laser class, Brazils Robert Scheidt had a good day with finishes of 11-2 to jump into fourth place. Hes trying to become the first sailor and first Brazilian to win six Olympic medals.In the womens Laser Radial, Irelands Annalise Murphy had finishes of fifth and second to jump into the lead. She dominated the early portion of the London Olympics regatta before failing to medal. Paige Railey of the United States is seventh overall.---Follow Bernie Wilson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/berniewilson Wholesale MLB Jerseys Authentic .Y. - New Orleans forward Anthony Davis was chosen Friday to replace the injured Kobe Bryant in the NBA All-Star game that will be played in his home city. Cheap Nike MLB Jerseys . Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille scored 20 seconds apart a few minutes after Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher with a broken right leg, and the Bruins beat the Lightning 3-0 on Monday afternoon. http://www.cheapmlbjerseys.info/ .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. PHOENIX -- Think about all the damage that the Minnesota Lynx can do with their big names. It almost seems like overkill, then, that one of their most productive players in Sundays 82-67 WNBA semifinal series-clinching victory over Phoenix is someone they picked up in a trade in February without expecting shed make this big an impact.Sometimes getting lucky is good, Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said. We didnt necessarily know what we were getting in Natasha Howard.But theres that saying that the harder you work, the luckier you get. The Lynx as an organization have worked very hard to build what has now stretched into six seasons of excellence, and theyll be going for their fourth WNBA title in that stretch.The play of Howard -- who had 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting and eight rebounds Sunday -- is just one example of the culture the Lynx have built. Their incredibly strong core of key players -- Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Rebekkah Brunson -- have been together since the franchises first championship in 2011.The personnel moves the Lynx have made since then all have been with the goal of making an already great team even a little harder to beat. Look at the players added to the Lynx this year and last year, which include the likes of Sylvia Fowles, Renee Montgomery, Anna Cruz, Jia Perkins and Howard. Theyve all contributed specific things to the Lynx without taking anything away.UConn and USA Basketball coach Geno Auriemma always says that teams either get better or they get worse, but they dont just stay the same. The Lynx, who have become the WNBAs version of UConn in terms of sustained success, are an example of what hes talking about. Theyve continued to get better.Its all about being selfless, and thats the culture of our team, Reeve said. And we want to make sure we add those pieces that subscribe to that mentality. All the credit should go to the core players that we have, because other players want to play with them. Theyre tremendous superstars, yet theyre so humble and supportive.You watch them on the bench when theyre not in the game, and they have a lot of fun over there rooting for other players. Its genuine, and thats how they are all the time.The Lynx might be having a blast, but their opponents arent. Minnesota had the best regular-season record in franchise history (28-6) this year. The Lynx won all three of the semifinal games against Phoenix by double digits. Minnesota was the No. 1 seed and Phoenix No. 8, so the Lynx obviously were a big favorite. But remember, a few months ago, a lot of people predicted Phoenix would be the top contender for the title this year.Reeve complimented the Mercury on how much effort they put into these playoff games, but she also felt that the Lynx had enough high-quality depth that they could wear out Phoenix. And that happened. Led by Howard, the Lynx bench got 29 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.Indiana took Howard, out of Floridaa State, with the No. Cheap Nike MLB Jerseys Free Shipping. 5 pick in the 2014 draft. She had a solid rookie season for the Fever, averaging 7.0 points and 3.1 rebounds. Her numbers dropped off a little last season, but the potential was still there.The Lynx were expecting to bring back post player Devereaux Peters, who was their third pick in the 2012 draft, this season. She had been a Minnesota reserve for four seasons. But Reeve said Peters wanted to play elsewhere. Hence, a deal with Indiana for Howard earlier this year.Howard has worked out well for Minnesota, as have the others, such as Fowles, who sat out until late July 2015 to force a trade to the Lynx from Chicago. She was the WNBA Finals MVP last year and recently was named the 2016 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year.And guards such as Perkins and Montgomery are veterans who provide a different look, especially on defense, to help spell Augustus and Whalen.Im excited, happy and thankful that weve created an environment here that people want to be a part of, said Augustus, the longest-tenured Lynx player going back to being chosen No. 1 in the 2006 WNBA draft. Jia or Renee could have gone somewhere else and probably started. Thats what we pride ourselves on: We have a great team of athletes, but also a great team of people.For Moore, who has had another MVP-caliber season, the long-term chemistry the Lynx possess is a thing of wonderment.Its like being in unchartered waters, said Moore, who had 20 points and six rebounds Sunday. If you have that kind of feeling in high school or college, those are four years. With the pros ... maybe two or three years would be good. But this is year six for us. Its like, Wow. And theres no question that its people from the top down, starting with our owner, that make that happen.At different times on this team, people might have a tired day, and someones always there to pick them up. Were constantly looking out for each other.Before the Olympic break this season, the Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks were neck-and-neck as the top teams in the WNBA. Since the break, Minnesota clearly has been the best.The Sparks, who beat the Lynx at Minnesota in late June but lost two other times to them, still seem to have the best chance to derail the defending champions. But Los Angeles will have to get into the WNBA Finals first; they lost 70-66 in their Game 3 at Chicago on Sunday. The Sparks will try again to close out the series with the Sky on Tuesday (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET).Meanwhile the Lynx will take the opportunity to get some rest as they wait to see whom they will face in their fifth trip to the WNBA Finals in the past six years.This group has been a very special group. And the vibe ... I think its because they all have a piece in this, Reeve said. Its been very, very rewarding for me, watching them throughout the season. 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