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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Osea Kolinisau didnt want merely to win Fijis first ever Olympic gold medal, he was determined to do it by showing the world how rugby sevens should be played.Done, and done.With his prime minister among the Fijians in the crowd, and knowing 900,000 more back in the Pacific expected nothing less than a gold medal, he kicked off a five-try, first-half barrage against Britain in the gold-medal match by reaching his arms back over his head as he was being tackled to score an early try in the corner.The long-time entertainers of rugby sevens peaked in perfect time, running in for seven tries in a 43-7 win that showcased their fitness, finesse, physicality and the famous one-handed passing.Its a massive achievement to get a first medal for your country, especially a gold medal, said Kolinisau, the most-experienced Fijian ever on the international sevens circuit. The achievement will be part of our history back home.After ensuring the victory that had been in the making since the International Olympic Committee in 2009 added Fijis national sport to the program for Rio de Janeiro, Kolinisau and his teammates huddled solemnly in the middle of the field and sang a hymn.The deeply religious Fiji captain told his teammates before the match that it all was all pre-ordained, that theyd been gifted the countrys best chance ever to end a six-decade medal drought at the Olympics.Its really emotional -- to lead ones country, especially to be the flag bearer, Kolinisau said. Coming into the final, I knew it was up for grabs. I told the boys, `We need to have fire in our heart, but have ice in our mind -- be cool-headed.They were smiling by halftime, leading 29-0, and the dominance wasnt just with ball in hand -- they didnt let the British players cross the halfway line while in possession.When these guys are on fire, its very difficult to combat, Britain captain Tom Mitchell said. Theyre very worthy champions.Leone Nakarawa created all kinds of trouble for the British players with his sheer size and brute strength. He played a part in the leadup to a try for Jerry Tuwai, and went within a meter of scoring himself before he was dragged down in a desperate cover tackle.Jasa Veremalua scored to make it 17-0 and the Fijians scored again directly from the kickoff when Semi Kunatani gathered the re-start and passed to Nakarawa, who sprinted away to score.The Fijians scored twice more in the second half -- the only blemish being Dan Nortons try. It seemed as if they could break the defensive line at will, and the British players were almost powerless to stop them.Ben Ryan, the Englishman who took over as Fiji coach in 2013 and applied strict discipline to mold a naturally-talented team into a consistent, professional unit, said it was almost perfect.We did say we wanted to show people the way to play the Fijian way, he said. And we were great that we delivered that in fairly spectacular fashion.Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama thanked the IOC for including rugby sevens at the Rio Games.We hope the brand of rugby we played today has justified the inclusion, he said. The gold props up little tiny nations like us. We dont have the money and the bucks and support that England has -- but we managed to beat them.Bainimarama declared a public holiday -- probably unnecessarily as nobody could work anyway.Everything stops back home, he said. Our productivity has been nil for the last couple of days, but hopefully the GDP will go up in the next couple of days.No. 2-ranked South Africa won the bronze medal with a 54-14 win over Japan, which produced some of the highlights of rugbys return to the Olympics with an early upset win over New Zealand.Britain coach Simon Amor was grateful to reach the final, having held off South Africa 7-5 in the semifinals and had a close call with a golden-point extra-time win over Argentina in the quarterfinals.There were a couple of single-digit winning margins, but nobody really got close to the Fijians.Wonderful that Fiji got the gold medal. Such a special team, Amor said. First time being in the Olympics, its probably right. Victor Moses Jersey .com) - The women will also have a new champion at the Australian Open. Emerson Jersey . 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Were trying to get to four wins.In what is shaping up as a dismal season, high expectations have quickly given way to modest goals.We have a lot to play for: each other, pride, Wilkerson said. We just have to make sure we stay confident. We cant get down on ourselves here.The Jets are taking their bye-week break, and the sputtering squad can certainly use it. General manager Mike Maccagnan said this week that we all need to do better at our jobs in order to get things turned in a positive direction.That includes Bowles, who has been increasingly criticized for his in-game decisions and the growing perception things are going awry behind closed doors at the Jets facility. The fact he had to bench Wilkerson and Richardson for a quarter for being late to a team meeting has only increased the spotlight on the coach.I think Todd is going to be a very good head coach in this league, Maccagnan said, and I think hes doing a good job now.But the defense, Bowles bread and butter, is hardly dominant, with the line not performing up to lofty expectations and the secondary having trouble shutting down anyones passing game.Wilkerson got a five-year, $86 million contract in the offseason, but has just 2 1/2 sacks. The missed walkthrough practice and late arrivals for meetings arent a good look for a player expected to be a leader.The same goes for Richardson, who was the subject of trade rumors at the deadline. He has 1 1/2 sacks.Then, theres Revis, once the gold standard for shutdown cornerbacks. But now, Revis Island is no more , with age and injuries turning him from great to just OK -- a stunningly quick decline for one of the top players in franchise history.There are glitches in his play, but he has played very well at times this year, Maccagnan said. We hhave six games to go.dddddddddddd Well see how the season progresses, and well evaluate it at the end of the season.The brunt of the blame, however, falls on the shoulders of Fitzpatrick.The veteran QB was re-signed on the eve of training camp to a one-year, $12 million deal that ended a long contract stalemate. After throwing for a franchise-record 31 touchdowns last season, Fitzpatrick appeared the perfect fit for New York as the would-be catalyst for a team coming off a 10-6 season, missing the postseason by one win.Instead, Fitzpatrick leads the NFL with 13 interceptions and has already been benched once. A sprained knee opened the door for Bryce Petty , and now Bowles is left with trying to determine which of the two will give the Jets a better chance to win.That seems inconceivable when less than four months ago, the organization was breathing a sigh of relief because of Fitzpatricks return . Now, its possible he has thrown his last pass with the Jets -- if they decide to give Petty a six-game audition for the job and look to the future.Thats not why any of us are here in the locker room, Fitzpatrick said. Were not here to think about anything other than winning football games. Were here to win.Marshalls production has fallen off in a big way as a result of Fitzpatricks struggles. He has also been affected by the loss of fellow wide receiver Eric Decker , whos out for the season after having shoulder and hip surgeries.Marshall set team records with 109 catches and 1,502 yards receiving while also tying the mark with 14 touchdown grabs. This season, he has 43 catches for 601 yards and two TDs, and hasnt gotten into the end zone since Oct. 9 against Pittsburgh.Frustration and failure have marked New Yorks first 10 games. The last six? Well, the Jets insist they wont crawl to the finish line.I think when you look at it, were not like, `Oh, gosh, the season is over, Maccagnan said. We have six games left. So, we have a little over a third of the season left to go. And were focused on trying to be as competitive as we can be and win as many games as we can. Thats the business were in.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '

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