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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Authentic Willson Contreras Jersey . -- Although Antonio Vargas still thinks about the cut that nearly ended his Olympic dream, his unprotected head will be clear when he steps into the ring in Rio de Janeiro.Vargas grew up sparring and competing in protective headgear, so he had never been cut in a fight before his face split open in that bloody loss at the U.S. Olympic team trials seven months ago. The gifted flyweight from Florida had to fight his way back through the challengers bracket, surviving to earn a spot on the team.Cuts havent been a major concern in Olympic boxing since 1980, but they will be a constant danger in Rio, where the 250 male fighters will box without headgear for the first time since Moscow.Fighters have had three years to adjust to the change, and theyve adapted with the same tenacity that made them boxers in the first place.Im always going to do what I have to do, Vargas said. I dont think its really changed my style. Ill still have the same style going into the Olympics. I just have to be careful.The International Boxing Association (AIBA) made a highly visible alteration to its sport when it removed the headgear ahead of the 2013 world championships. Many fighters are excited for fans to see a sport that looks more like the pros, but the move is still criticized by other fighters and coaches who believe safety has been made secondary to appearance, particularly because of the high potential for cuts in a short, multi-fight tournament.I dont think it was a good idea, taking off the headgear, because were still amateur, U.S. light flyweight Nico Hernandez said. I got cut on both eyes before. I got stitches and stuff from head-butts. I just dont think its as safe for the amateur boxers. But I also like it, because you can have more peripheral vision and you dont get as hot. Ive had a lot of fights without now, so Im used to it.The bulky protective pads were placed on Olympic fighters heads in 1984 because organizers wanted to improve safety, and theyve been pulled off the fighters heading to Rio for ostensibly the same reason.In its lengthy quest to become a professional boxing promoter with control over the Olympics , AIBA went to great lengths to establish a scientific backing for its decision to drop headgear. The IOC also cited research to support the notion that the bulky head guards reduced the number of knockouts and stoppages, thereby reducing concussions.Their conclusions have been disputed by other scientists and fighters alike, but the benefits of removing headgear go beyond any concussion data in an inherently dangerous sport: Quite simply, the removal of headgear allows television audiences to see the fighters faces.Billy Walsh competed in headgear for his native Ireland at the 1988 Seoul Olympics before becoming one of the amateur sports foremost teachers. The new U.S. coach has adjusted his instructions under the new rules.Without the headgear, weve now got to be a bit more mobile, a bit more flexible, a bit more careful of heads, Walsh said. Weve got to be a bit more elusive. With headgear, we just locked up. Weve had to adapt some skills and techniques, but weve adapted similar stuff we would have been teaching when they had headgear. We all have to adapt.AIBAs changes are expected to continue after Rio, too. Womens boxing kept the headgear for its second Olympic tournament because AIBA says it doesnt have enough concussion data on women, but most female fighters expect AIBA to remove their headgear next year. The male boxers are still wearing tank tops in the ring in another holdover from the sports amateur days, but those are likely to be removed soon as well.Hernandez is among dozens of top Olympians who got experience without headgear by participating in World Series of Boxing, one of two professional leagues launched by AIBA. The WSB fighters have five-round fights that largely resemble pro bouts.Even fighters who dont agree with the science of the decision credit AIBA for attempting to improve their sports marketability, and the governing body has conducted a lengthy campaign to persuade boxers to fight without the in-close, head-butting style that could ruin the tournament.Most of the American fighters also plan to turn pro shortly after the Olympics, so the absence of headgear gives them a head start on the process.But all fighters in Rio will have to be careful with the knowledge that one cut could end their Olympics.With no headgear, at first I was nervous, and I didnt really want to do it, 18-year-old U.S. middleweight Charles Conwell said. But when I got in there, it was the same, basically. You just have to worry about cuts and head-butts. Im less worried now, because Ive got more experience with it. I know the dos and donts of not having headgear on. 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Charlie Adam scored both of Stokes goals at Britannia Stadium either side of Robin van Persies equalizer, with a miserable day for seventh-place United capped by first-half injuries to centre halves Jonny Evans and Phil Jones that forced them off. One of racings longest friendships will be seen in a different light when two-year-old Hey Doris races at Eagle Farm.Hey Doris was bred by Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Larry Olsen who races the filly in partnership with members of his family.He sent Hey Doris to be trained by his long-time friend Pat Duff at Deagon and the filly is showing plenty of promise.Olsen is now retired on the Gold Coast and mixes playing golf with keeping close tabs on racing action.Duff said he hated to think how far back he and Olsen went but it was at least 50 years.I lost count of the winners Larry rode for me over the years, Duff said.Larry and I have been mates since the days I was a young bush trainer and brought horses to Brisbane. Larry was an apprentice who would often ride them for me.Duff said perhaps the most fammous horse Olsen won on for him was Pappilloma. Authentic Kerry Wood Jersey. Larry won on Pappilloma a few times in the bush but the old gelding also won the Age of Consent Handicap at Albion Park for another jockey, he said.It was the day they were filming a movie with James Mason so old Pappilloma was a film star.Duff said Hey Doris was showing a lot of ability and had run a good second at her only start at the Sunshine Coast.She has been up for a while but she is going well. I would love to win a race for Larry and the victory party might be something to get to, Duff said.Hey Doris has drawn barrier five in Saturdays Golden Finch Two-Year-Old (1000m) and will be ridden by Michael Cahill. Wholesale NFL Gear Nike NFL Jerseys China Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap JerseysNFL Jerseys Outlet Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL T-shirts ' ' '

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