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Rafael Nadal is on the final entry list for the Rio Olympics. Nike Air Max Wholesale China .The 14-time major champion hasnt played since pulling out of the French Open because of an injured left wrist and needed the International Tennis Federations Olympic Committee to approve his appeal because he hasnt played Davis Cup.Nadal won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.While there were no surprises on the list released Friday by the ITF, two top-10 players -- one on the mens side, one on the womens -- later announced they were withdrawing from the Olympics, and both mentioned concerns about the Zika virus.Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic of Canada, No. 7 in the mens rankings, said in a statement that I am making this decision for a variety of health concerns including the uncertainty around the Zika virus.Romanias Simona Halep, the worlds fifth-ranked woman, posted on Facebook: After several talks with doctors and my family, I concluded that the risks are too high for my career and for my health, especially as a woman. Family is much too important for me and I cant risk not being able to have one of my own after my career in tennis is over.Still, unlike golf, most of the worlds top tennis players plan to go to Rio next month.The only other unexpected announcement Friday came from sixth-ranked Victoria Azarenka, who posted on Twitter just as the Olympic roster was about to be released that she is pregnant and will miss the rest of the season. The two-time Grand Slam champions name was on the ITFs list.A handful of top-30 men had pulled out of the Rio Games; they mostly cited tennis reasons and not Zika. But the Big Four of Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer are all on the list -- for both singles and doubles.Murray is the reigning gold medalist, while Djokovic and Federer are each seeking a first Olympic singles title. Federer won silver in 2012 and Djokovic bronze in 2008.Britains Murray is set to play doubles with his older brother, Jamie, who won this years Australian Open title with Brazils Bruno Soares. Federer will again team up with fifth-ranked Stan Wawrinka for Switzerland -- they won gold together in 2008. Nadal is on the list with Marc Lopez, who won this years French Open championship with fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, one of the top-30 men skipping Rio. Djokovic is on the roster for Serbia with Nenad Zimonjic. The top singles players could later choose to pull out of doubles.Overall, 13 of the top 15 men in the singles rankings are on the roster, with No. 9 Dominic Thiem the only other one missing.Eighteen of the top 20 women are slated to go to Brazil, led by reigning gold medalist Serena Williams, who will also seek a fourth Olympic doubles title with sister Venus. Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova will miss the Rio Games because of her doping suspension.There will be 64 players in the singles draws and 32 in doubles. Singles entries were based off the top 56 players in the June 6 rankings, with other ways to qualify for the final eight spots.Each country is allowed a maximum of four singles players and two doubles teams for six players total on the mens and womens sides. Sixteen mixed doubles teams will be determined in Rio from players already in the Olympics. Adidas NMD R1 Cheap .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Kevin Porter and defenceman Chad Ruhwedel from the minors as part of a five-player roster shuffle made by the NHLs worst team. Nike Air Max 97 Sale . Note: The Calgary Flames announced Tuesday that Sean Monahan would not be made available to Canadas World Junior team. http://www.sneakersonsalecheap.com/cheap-yeezy-boost-sneakers.html .Y. -- Leading 3-0 with only 11:25 left, the Colorado Avalanche committed a seemingly meaningless penalty to give the New York Islanders a power play. Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova defended her right to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Thursday by pointing to the most decorated swimmer of all time, Michael Phelps.Efimova mentioned Phelps when answering a question related to American Lilly Kings declaration that anyone caught doping should never be allowed to compete in the Olympics.Then what would she say about Michael Phelps? Efimova said.A Russian Swimming Federation spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal that Efimova was referring to Phelps three-month suspension by USA Swimming after he was photographed smoking from a marijuana pipe as well as his six-month ban following a 2014 DUI arrest.Efimova made her comments at a news conference after winning the silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke.She was suspended 16 months after she tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid in 2013. She was also provisionally suspended this year after testing positive for meldonium, but that ban was lifted following a Woorld Anti-Doping Agency recommendation. Cheap Nike Epic React Flyknit. I am of course not for doping, and I have never done it on purpose, Efimova said. But I know very many cases in which people do it out of not knowing or out of stupidity or out of naivete.Efimova has maintained since her 2013 failed test that she did not know that a supplement she was taking contained a banned substance.King and Efimova engaged in a public finger-wagging war ahead of the 100-meter breaststroke final, in which the American won the gold medal, and King labeled Efimova a drug cheat. Im not a fan, King told NBC after the semifinals.There must always be another chance, Efimova said Thursday. When you drive a car and break a rule, you just get a ticket. You dont lose your license for life or get put in jail.Information from ESPN senior writer Bonnie D. Ford contributed to this report. ' ' ' 

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