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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Shaking to samba and expressing a sense of longing with uniquely Brazilian words, Olympians and fans said goodbye to the Rio Games with one last big bash that was both revelatory and a sigh of relief.The closing ceremony Sunday celebrated the 16-day spectacle that was the Rio Games, which combined numerous highlights with ugly and even bizarre episodes that sometimes overshadowed competition. Cariocas -- as Rios residents are known -- werent swayed by the issues that led up to these Olympics, and braved rain and strong winds on the final night to cap their moment in the worldwide spotlight.While South Americas first Olympics are over, safely and with a grandiose finale, many problems remain. Still, Brazil showed Sunday it still definitely knows how to party.These were marvelous Olympic Games in the `marvelous city, said International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, playing off the cidade maravilhosa nickname of Brazils postcard city of inviting coastlines, year-round sun and lush tropical vegetation.While the stadium erupted in applause at that declaration, a few minutes later there were boos of sadness when Bach announced: I declare the Games of the XXXI Olympiad closed.The closing ceremony in iconic Maracana Stadium was also meant to take care of some business -- formally signaling the transition to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.But Sundays party was all about Brazil, designed to be more low-key than the opening, which focused heavily on Rio.The ceremony featured original footage of Alberto Santos Dumont, the man that Brazilians recognize as the inventor of the airplane. The theme, Brazilians can do with their bare hands, was a nod to the emerging economy of the worlds fifth most populous nation.Dressed in colorful feathers, dozens of dancers formed in the shape of the arches of Lapa, a popular area of Rio akin to Roman ruins, then morphed to make the shape of iconic Sugarloaf before quickly changing again, this time to the official 2016 symbol.Samba legend Martinho da Vila, whose tunes make their way into many popular telenovelas, sang Carinhoso, or Affectionate.Olympians poured in under light rain, waving their flags while many shook their bodies to samba-infused pop that made the stadium feel like a Carnival parade. Britains athletes wore shoes with soles that lit up in changing colors of red, white and blue, while Tongan taekwondo athlete Pita Taufatofua danced onstage in a grass skirt as a DJ performed, reprising a moment that captured attention when he carried the flag for his country during the opening ceremony.The show widened its lens to greater Brazil, a massive country with a land mass slightly larger than the continental United States. There was a tribute to cave paintings of some of the first inhabitants of the Americas, in Serra da Capivara, in Northeastern Brazil, today one of the nations poorest regions.Spectators watched performers shake it to frevo, a frenetic dance that -- if its even possible -- makes high-octane samba seem like a staid ballroom affair. Holding small umbrellas, dancers jumped and marched while performing acrobatics.They shook it to Vassourinhas, which means small brooms, a popular song that was also the name of a famous club in the northeastern city of Recife.The show also built performances around saudade, which means anything from longing for someone to sadness to remembering good times. It is one of the most important words in Brazilian Portuguese. Lights flashed translations for the word in many languages, and a group of women sang Mulher Rendeira, or Lace-making Woman, a nod to the countrys African heritage. Brazil was the last country in the Americas to outlaw slavery, in 1888.The games had many memorable moments, both for Brazilian competitors at home and athletes from around the world.Soccer-crazed Brazil got partial payback against Germany, winning gold two years after a 7-1 World Cup semi-final shellacking that left Brazilians fuming. American gymnast Simone Biles asserted her dominance with four golds, swimmer Michael Phelps added five more to up his staggering total to 23 and the worlds fastest man, Usain Bolt, put on his usual show with three golds just days before turning 30 years old.But there were also ugly episodes, like American swimmer Ryan Lochtes fabricated story about a harrowing robbery that was actually an intoxicated-fueled vandalism of a gas station bathroom, and bizarre issues like Olympic diving pools going from crystal blue to gunky, algae green -- at a time when Rios water quality in open waters is one of the biggest local environmental issues.With the games over, Brazilians now return to problems that have long consumed the country of 200 million people. The economy is mired in its worst recession in decades, and later this week the Senate is expected to begin the trial on whether to permanently remove suspended President Dilma Rousseff, who was impeached in May for breaking fiscal rules in her managing of the federal budget.Theres widespread expectation that the games in Tokyo, one of the worlds richest, most recognizable, cosmopolitan cities, will run more smoothly than they have in Rio. But theres also worry in Japan over whether the Olympics will eventually further drag down an economy that has been struggling for decades.The governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, accepted the flag from International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, signaling the transition.Many people, from Brazilians to IOC members, will analyze how things went for the Rio Games in the months ahead. But on Sunday, one strong sentiment was relief -- that despite some problems, overall the games went well.That wasnt a given going in. The Zika virus scared away some competitors and tourists, rampant street crime in Rio and recent extremist attacks around the world raised fears about safety and Brazils political crisis, and the economic angst behind it, threatened to cast a pall over the competitions.We are very resilient, we didnt leave anything important unaddressed, said Augusta Porto, 36, a translator and Rio resident. We can welcome people despite the serious problems that we have faced in the recent past.---This story has been corrected to reflect that Brazils loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup was in a semifinal, not final.---AP Summer Games website: http://summergames.ap.org---Peter Prengaman on Twitter: www.twitter.com/peterprengamanMauricio Savarese on Twitter: www.twitter.com/MSavarese Vapormax Plus 2018 . Spiller left Week 3s 27-20 loss to the New York Jets with a thigh injury, but fully practiced with the team all week and expects to be ready to go on Sunday. 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There are many more players in contention for the awards than just the three that Ive named, and a good or bad week can easily alter the landscape, but through the first 20 or so games of the NHL season, this is how the awards races look to me. NEW YORK -- The Latest on the U.S. Open, which starts Monday (all times local):5:30 p.m.American teen CiCi Bellis is back in the main draw at the U.S. Open.Bellis became the darling of the 2014 tournament when the then-15-year-old stunned Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova in the first round. She lost in the final round of qualifying last year, but on Friday, Bellis won her third-round qualifying match to clinch a spot in the main draw.Still just 17, Bellis is ranked 158th in the world.American brothers Ryan and Christian Harrison both advanced through qualifying to make the main draw. Christian, 22, is ranked 688th and making his first U.S. Open appearance. Ryan, 24, and ranked 118th, is in his seventh.---5:10 p.m.Andy Murray is facing a first-round opponent at the U.S. Open to whom he once said during a match: No one likes you on the tour -- everyone hates you.The dust-up occurred last year in the quarterfinals at Munich after Lukas Rosol appeared to intentionally bump Murray during a changeover. Murray later grumbled across the court to Rosol about nobody liking him.In a post-match interview, Murray acknowledged he shouldnt have made the comment but added that Rosols actions required some sort of response. He noted Rosol had a reputation for that sort of behavior.Asked Friday about the incident, the second-seeded Murray said he and Rosol spoke after the match and cleared the air. He insists: I have actually gotten along fine with him apart from that day.Currently ranked 82nd, Rosol upset Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2012. Hes 0-2 in his career against Murray.---3:35 p.m.Wimbledon champ Andy Murray says hes taking it easy in practice after a grueling stretch between the Olympics and the Masters event in Ohio.Murray played 14 matches in 15 days en route to winning his second straight gold medal and reaching the final at Cincinnati, when the fatigue finally caught up to him.After losing to Marin Cilic on Sunday, Murray took Monday and Tuesday off. He said Friday hes practiced lightly in New York to get used to the conditions at the U.S. Open and isnt doing any off-court work, trying to be as fresh as I can.---3:10 p.m.Rafael Nadal says his troublesome left wrist keeps getting better but still isnt 100 percent.Nadal had to withdraw during the French Open because of the injury and missed 2+ months. The 14-time major champ returned for the Olympics and reached the semifinals in singles and won the doubles gold medal.The left-handed Spaniard said Friday that now I can start to hit my normal forehand, but it will take time to regain full confidence in the shot. When he first came back from the injury, he had to adjust his technique to avoid pain, so now he needs to get comfortable again with his regular stroke.---1:40 p.m.Top-ranked Serena Williams says she hasnt practiced much because of her right shoulder injury.Williams was struggling physically during her third-round loss at the Olympics and pulled out of the hard-court warmup in Cincinnati because of the shoulder problem. She said Friday that Im just now starting to feel a little bit better.The American says she was able to practice for only two days before the Rio Games after the shoulder started bothering her following her Wimbledon victory. She says she is doing a lot of physical therapy.Williams is seeking her 23rd major title, which would break a tie with Steffi Graf for most in the Open era.---1:20 p.m.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic says he injured his left wrist in Rio de Janeiro a few days before the start of the Olympic tournament.The right-handed Djokovic needs that wrist for his backhand. He said Friday hes getting there and hopes hell be as close to 100 percent as poossible when he starts to defend his U.ddddddddddddS. Open title.The 12-time major champ also said his issues at Wimbledon werent physical, but there were other things I was going through. He declined to elaborate on those problems other than to say they had been resolved.After Djokovic was upset in the third round of Wimbledon by 41st-ranked Sam Querrey, he was asked if he was 100 percent healthy, replying not really but not going into details.Djokovic lost in the first round at the Rio Games to 2009 U.S. Open champ Juan Martin del Potro, whose ranking slipped because of left wrist problems of his own. Djokovic then pulled out of the hard-court warmup at Cincinnati, the first time hed cited an issue with the wrist.---12:35 p.m.Top-ranked Serena Williams will meet two-time major semifinalist Ekaterina Makarova in the first round of the U.S. Open as the American seeks a record 23rd Grand Slam title.Makarova made two straight major semis at the 2014 U.S. Open, losing to Williams, and the 2015 Australian Open. Her ranking has slipped to 36th, and she just missed a seed at Flushing Meadows. The Russian is coming off an Olympic doubles gold medal.Williams could face fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals, which is also when she could potentially meet sister Venus. Australian Open champ Angelique Kerber and French Open winner Garbine Muguruza are in the other half of the draw, which was set Friday.---12:05 p.m.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic faces 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz in the first round of the U.S. Open.Janowicz has been ranked has high as 14th but has struggled in recent years and missed much of this season because of injuries. Hes currently ranked 228th and used a protected ranking to get into the U.S. Open.Fridays draw set Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as potential semifinal opponents, while Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka are in the other half of the bracket.Olympic silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro could face 19th-seeded American Steve Johnson in the second round. Ranked No. 142 because of three left wrist surgeries, the 2009 U.S. Open champ got in with a wild card.---11:10 a.m.American Sloane Stephens has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because of a right foot injury.The announcement Friday means that Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig becomes the 32nd and final seed, as Stephens had been seeded 24th. Had Puig remained unseeded, she could have met one of the top players in the first or second round.The 23-year-old Stephens was a 2013 quarterfinalist at Flushing Meadows and reached the semifinals at the Australian Open that year. While she had more success earlier in her career in the Grand Slams than in other tour events, that pattern had reversed in the last couple of years.Stephens hadnt played since losing in the first round at the Olympics.---9:45 a.m.When the U.S. Open draw sets the first-round matchups, a top player could find himself with a daunting task.Olympic silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro is unseeded at the years final major, which starts Monday. Del Potro is ranked No. 142 because three left wrist surgeries forced him to miss so much time. The 2009 U.S. Open champ needed a wild card to get into the tournament.So Fridays draw could put him in position to face a seeded player in the first or second round. Thats what happened to top-ranked Novak Djokovic at the Olympics, when he lost to del Potro in his opening match. Its possible they could meet again early at Flushing Meadows.Del Potro has defeated three of the U.S. Opens top four seeds since the start of Wimbledon. 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