RIO DE JANEIRO -- All by themselves on the massive track, the four U. Troy Tulowitzki Jersey .S. women took their positions in Lane 2.Tianna Bartoletta kneeled into the blocks and waited for the starters pistol. It sounded and away she went -- alone -- in a first-of-its-kind Olympic relay race against the clock.The Americans won that contest Thursday night to earn their spot in the final eight of the 4x100.As is the case with so many relays the U.S. has run over the years, this was anything but routine.Our coach told us before we went out there, `Its just like practice, just the whole world will be watching, said English Gardner.Returning to the track 7 1/2 hours after they left, the team of Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, Gardner and Morolake Akinosun finished in a time of 41.77 seconds to bump China out of the last spot in the final.The rerun of their preliminary heat came about after Felix, running in the second position, got jostled by a Brazilian, stumbled and tried, unsuccessfully, to flip the baton ahead to Gardner.The stick fell, and after being disqualified, the Americans lodged a successful protest.But unlike some races, in which an additional runner could simply be added to the final, relays are limited to eight teams because there are only eight lanes that wrap completely around the track. So, the judges brought the Americans back to run in the same lane, in the same order, in what USA Track and Field said was the first rerun of its kind in Olympic history.Their only goal was to beat Chinas eighth-place time of 42.70 seconds, and that was no problem for a team that had two members -- Bartoletta and Felix -- who were on the team that set the world record (40.82 seconds) at the London Games in 2012.The exchanges were smooth, and a few moments after Akinosun crossed the line in a time that not only beat Chinas, but was the best that any team had run all day, the four runners huddled for a quick hug.Bartoletta peeled off to receive the gold medal she won in the long jump the night before. The others were off for rest and another quick turnaround.The final is Friday night, and the United States will run out of either Lane 1 or 8 -- the least-desirable lanes because the Americans, despite their top time, were not among the top three finishers in their heat.I dont know how much more I can take, said Felix, whose season has been filled with injuries, disappointments and, now, this. My bodys fine, my mind will be fine. Its different, just not the year I was expecting.Earlier, in more-conventional news, the U.S. mens team coasted through the preliminaries, winning its heat in 37.65 seconds. Jamaicas relay team also made it through, finishing second in its heat without Usain Bolt, who was resting up for the 200-meter final later in the evening.It puts Jamaica, and Bolt, in position for a third straight title in the sprint relay.The only pressure is to make sure we get the stick around, said Asafa Powell, the former world-record holder who ran the third leg.Its been more of a problem with the United States than the Jamaicans over the years.The U.S. women botched the exchange in both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics to give away potential medals in an event that was virtually made for the team with the deepest pool of sprinters. At last years world championships, a minor bobble in the less-technical 4x400 cost a precious split second that made the difference in a loss to Jamaica.The U.S. men have either been disqualified or failed to get the baton around the track eight times at Olympics or world championships since 1995.This years mens team was in the holding room when the women bobbled the stick. A jarring reminder.First thing I did is told the young guys, `We got this, veteran Tyson Gay said after running the mens third leg. Youve got to be positive. A lot of things happen out there. Michael Saunders Jersey . PAUL, Minn. R.A. Dickey Jersey . The Croatian served 21 aces and hit 42 winners against Sijsling, who double-faulted to give Cilic a 4-3 lead in the deciding set. "All the players, they know me and they were really happy to see me and they were really happy that this is over for me," Cilic said. .C. -- Todd Fiddler scored a hat trick, including the overtime goal, as the Prince George Cougars survived an 8-7 win against the Kamloops Blazers in Western Hockey League play Sunday.Celtic manager Ronny Deila plans clear-the-air talks with his players insisting he fully understands the frustrations of the clubs supporters. Deila watched his side draw 0-0 at home against Dundee on Wednesday night, allowing Aberdeen, who beat Dundee United 1-0 at Tannadice, to close the gap at the top to just four points. The Celtic fans vented their disappointment at the end, booing the team off the pitch at the final whistle.I really understand the fans reaction, but its also important that we do this together, said the Norwegian. Celtics players, including Charlie Mulgrew, left the pitch to a hostile reception on Wednesday Every time we come out and play, they stand behind us and they will do that in the future.The performances lately have not been good enough to get the points we need to have, so thats the most important thing now, to get back on track.Ahead of Sundays Scottish Cup quarter-final against Morton, live on Sky Sports 2, Deila stated his intention to meet with the players but also stressed they are in a strong position to win their fifth successive title.  We need to clear the aair and agree how we go forward, he said. Joe Carter Blue Jays Jersey. . At the moment we have to solve different issues on the pitch, so we get the rhythm into play again.The situation is that we are four points ahead. We have 10 games left and its a lot to play for. We can see the end now, and we can see a trophy there.Goalkeeper Craig Gordon also echoed his managers sentiments, telling Sky Sports News HQ he hopes the fans can be patient with the team. Craig Gordon returned to the starting line-up against Dundee after being replaced by Logan Bailly in last Fridays draw at Hamilton Its not a great situation, but we ask the fans to be patient and let the players try and put it right, said the Scotland international.We know its difficult to watch and the fans let us know that last night. Its up to us to stick together - if we can give them some football to get behind, then Im sure they will get behind us again. Also See: Celtic video Celtic fixtures Celtic stats Bet £5 get £20 free Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 



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