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Yiech Pur Biel was 10 years old when his mother left him.I wanted to go with her, but a man prevented me, Biel said, remembering that morning in 2005. If you accompany her, he said, I will beat you.The man restrained Biel at the urging of the boys mother, whod been forced to make the most painful of choices as she fled her home in southern Sudan. Her familys grass house had been repeatedly burned to the ground by the Sudanese army. The soldiers had torched the whole village and shot scores of peasants.It was the culmination of Sudans civil war, which lasted more than 20 years and caused an estimated two million deaths, with the violence continuing even after South Sudan became a sovereign nation in 2011.Biels mother was trying to escape to Ethiopia. But could she feed all four of her children en route? Couldnt the oldest, Yiech Pur Biel, survive on his own by finding food in the bush? She left him. As she disappeared down a footpath, Biel remembers her crying out: I will see you again very soon.Biel has not seen his mother since then. He does not know if she is alive.He will be thinking of her when he makes history in Rio de Janeiro. An 800 meter runner, Biel is one of 10 athletes on the first refugee team to compete in the Olympics. Unaffiliated with any nation, the squad also includes two Syrian swimmers, two Congolese judo players and an Ethiopian marathoner who fled to Luxembourg.At the teams core are Biel and four other South Sudanese middle distance runners, all of whom live together at a bare bones training camp just outside Nairobi, Kenya. It is a one-time orphanage in the Ngong Hills, where they train together on red clay paths, weaving through corn and potato fields, ducking under wire fences and trotting past herds of cattle and goats.The South Sudanese Olympians -- three men and two women who will compete in the 400, 800 and 1500 -- are newcomers to track and field. Until 10 months ago, Biel had never owned a pair of running shoes, and he was not sure which way to circle the track in races. He was, however, very fit. He was a talented soccer player, a sandlot star at a northern Kenyan refugee camp. His stride was silken and long-legged.A devout Christian, Biel sang in a Baptist choir, and he harbored giant dreams of becoming a humanitarian.I dont want other people to suffer as I have suffered, he thought after finishing high school last year. I want to help people. I want to study international relations and then go home to bring peace to South Sudan.There are now more than 65 million refugees on earth, the highest number in history. Most of them are young, and most are isolated and mired in poverty, unable to tap their potential.Until last fall, Biel was likewise stuck. He was killing time with no money for college. Along came a Kenyan runner, Tegla Loroupe, who in the mid-1990s was arguably the worlds premier female marathoner. Now 43, Loroupe has spent the past decade working as a peace activist.In late 2015, Kakuma, the refugee camp, swelled with nearly 200,000 residents, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Most of them were South Sudanese, and Loroupe felt sympathy.Any one of us could be a refugee, she said. I was displaced once myself, in 1999, when all 40 of my cows were stolen away to Uganda. These refugees, it wasnt their wish to be put in a camp, and they need our help.Loroupe decided she would give Kakuma something to be proud of. She started a running team composed of refugees, and on a hot day last September, she hosted three time trials at the camp. She asked the young athletes to run either 5 or 10 kilometers on a dirt road.Biel ran the 10K. He ran it barefoot.?He had never run more than a mile without stopping.I felt like I was going to collapse, he said.He finished in 35 minutes. He was more than eight minutes off world-record pace, but his time would have placed him amid the top 1 percent of Americans who entered a road race last year. He placed third out of 100 in the Kakuma race and made the team.Loroupe, in her generosity, elected to bring 27 Kakuma runners to her rustic camp in Ngong, and for many, the rigors of daily training were overwhelming.Id wake them up in the morning to run, said Joseph Domongle, a Kenyan coach at the camp, and theyd say, Im too tired. When Id ask them to run a hill 10 times, theyd do it twice and sit down, saying, Who are you to tell me what to do?Thirteen athletes returned to Kakuma. Biel stayed. He bunked with three other runners in a cramped, barren, concrete dorm room. He ran three times a day. He finished his first 800 on the track in 2:08 and gradually whittled his time to 1:57, which would have been faster had two campmates not halted, mid-race, in his path.He watched the news in the camps TV room. He strolled into Ngong town and bought stalks of sugar cane for 20 cents and hung out with friends in a pasture. When it cooled one evening, he set a battered school chair on the camps rough lawn and sat down. Bony cows strayed in from the dirt road nearby to pick at the grass before meandering away in the fading light. Biel relaxed and remembered his earliest days.I had a lovely father, he said. From the time I was 7, I would work with him, taking care of the cattle, the sheep and the goats. He taught me to fish in the river, and every evening after supper, he would call us to the fire to tell us stories -- fables about animals. He told me, If Im not around, youll have to care for your siblings. Now that youre working, you are a man.Biel was only 8 at the time, and according to the traditions of his tribe, the Nuor, he was still a boy. Nuor males become men only when their brows are incised with a knife, to form a gar consisting of six parallel forehead scars.Why was his dad saying this? Its impossible to know.Before Biel turned 9, his father was gone. Did he leave home to fight in the war? Was he captured by the Sudanese Army? Biels mother was never sure. She just waited for her husband to come home.Five days became a month, Biel said. Then it was two months.Meanwhile, the north Sudanese soldiers began infiltrating Biels village, outside the larger town of Nasir, via underground tunnels. At night, they hovered overhead in helicopters, then dropped explosives that set the huts ablaze.Most nights, Biel said, we went into the bush.He has no idea how many times his mother took the family into the bush, away from the explosives and gunfire, when he was 8, 9 and 10 years old.After each helicopter attack, Biel slept on the ground for several nights -- or rather, tried to sleep as the mosquitoes hovered around him. The snakes scared him; he was afraid the lions would attack. To survive, he ate any fruit he could find, even if it was poison, he said. Routinely, he ate leaves. As the soldiers burned crops, there were simply not enough calories available.The population was very high, Biel said. Only the strongest were going to survive.By the time his mother left in 2005, after two years of military assaults, many of Biels fellow villagers had starved. But the biggest threat to Biel was the guerrillas fighting for South Sudanese independence. As they battled against the Sudanese army, the rebels began sweeping into southern villages, seizing boys as young as 8 to serve as soldiers.In March 2005, two months after his moms departure, a UN official recognized Biels vulnerability and made sure he relocated. As he rode north, he felt guilty, he says. Shouldnt he have been back in South Sudan, waiting for his dad to return?Kakuma, the refugee camp, was safe. But at first, water was scarce. Often, it was so dry that the refugees had to dig in the mud for water. When the UN installed running water at Kakuma, it was sometimes available only for brief windows of time. Some days, Biel waited at the tap for hours, only to be sent home empty-handed. At times, dark confusion and pain swept over him.It hurts me to live without parents, he said.About a year ago, however, a relative of Biels visited South Sudans capital, Juba, and talked to him. He reported that both of Biels parents are still alive, as are all three of his siblings, as well as two new ones. Biel doesnt believe it, though.When youre far away, they dont have to tell you the truth, he said. I think he was just trying to make me feel good.Even if Biels family was OK a few months ago, that was a few months ago in a part of the world where conflict is a constant. Since South Sudan became independent five years ago, it has been riven by tribal warring. Since 2013, one power struggle -- between Biels tribe, the Nuor, and the ruling Dinka -- has claimed at least 50,000 lives and displaced more than two million in a country of just over 11 million people.The U.N. has called South Sudans new civil war one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world, and even for South Sudanese who have fled their homeland, this war is impossible to ignore. As one of Biels fellow runners, Puk Deng, lounged on the grass in Ngong recently, he called family in Juba, only to learn that his 19-year-old nephew had been killed.There was fighting behind the UN compound in Juba, he said. He hid under his bed in his hotel, but they found him and removed him and shot him.Biel is afraid to go back to South Sudan.In Juba, they will kill me, he said. They will know I am Nuor in a moment. Even if you dont have the gar, they know. They ask you to open your mouth and speak Dinka, and if you cant, they kill you.The Dinka and the Nuor have a long history of minor conflict, mainly over cattle and land, but their relations have often been peaceful, and recently, as Biel rode a team van home from a tough workout, he was playfully slap fighting with his two female teammates, both of whom are Dinka.Do you like those girls? someone asked. Biel ducked his head bashfully, his teeth glinting as he smiled. They are like sisters to me, he said.The next morning, he headed out for an easy, 45-minute jaunt. Then lunch, a few scraps of goat meat on a heap of white rice, and that afternoon, he and his teammates laced up their bright, new running shoes, donations from Germany, before loping along through the corn fields toward a dirt track in the hills.When Biel steps to the line in Rios Olympic Stadium on Aug. 12, he hopes to drop his time to 1:49. Such a vast improvement -- eight seconds over 800 meters -- would border on miraculous. Even so, had Biel run 1:49 at the London Olympics four years ago, he would have finished about 40th out of 52 finishers in the first round. The world record for the 800 is 1:40.91, set by a Kenyan, David Rudisha, at the 2012 Games.Perhaps it doesnt matter how Biel finishes at Rio.Were going there to the Olympics to tell our message, he said. Some people, when you say the word refugee, they think, They are violent. We will show the world that as refugees, we can do anything that a human being can do. Being a refugee is not the end of everything. We will tell that message to other refugees, and it will open doors for them. It will give them hope.For Biel, hope has already taken root. It happened in June, when he was named to the Olympic team.There are two times in my life that Ive cried, he said. When my mother left me and when I was chosen to go to be on the team.Currently, Biel is hoping to find a running sponsor. Visa maybe, or Adidas, he said, only vaguely familiar with the corporate landscape. He also hopes that somehow hell find funds for college. God willing, he says, going to Rio will open a way for me.But what Biel most longs for is a reunion with his parents. At some point, he said, he will go back to his village to look for them, even if that means touching down at the Nasir airstrip for an hour or two to search.I could not stay, he said. It is too dangerous, but I need to go, for it is my duty to find them. Rafael Marquez Mexico Jersey . Hargreaves began his career in 2008 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and has played with the Edmonton Eskimos and last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Carlos Salcedo Mexico Jersey . Those lessons were more than enough to overwhelm the Utah Jazz. Lou Williams scored 25 points and the Hawks continued their offensive upswing as they rolled to an easy 118-85 victory over the Jazz on Friday night, winning their third straight and for the fourth time in five games. http://www.wholesalemexicojerseys.com/miguel-layun-mexico-jersey/ .Y. -- Canadas Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse have another World Cup gold medal after winning the two-women bobsled race on Saturday in Lake Placid, N. Marco Fabian Mexico Jersey . Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. Hirving Lozano Mexico Jersey . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. Its been too easy so far this year, so a day like Wednesday was inevitable. Fantasy hockey owners lost three monsters, each for a significant length of time. You dont just replace Steven Stamkos, Taylor Hall and?Johnny Gaudreau; you simply try to get by without them and hope your opponents dont get out too far ahead.That said, fantasy value is responsive, and it will move around somewhat within the vacuum these superstars leave behind. Some of it will be lost in the ether, but some of it will stick to other NHLers who may serve a purpose with your fantasy squad. While you cant replace Stamkos, Hall or Gaudreau, you have to pick up the pieces and find the best alternatives.Tampa Bay Lightning: This is by far the most significant of the injuries, as surgery on a torn knee will mean a minimum of four months on the sidelines for Stamkos -- and as many as six. Yes, that means he could have played his last fantasy-relevant game of the season. First off, do you stash him? Yes, but only if you have the convenience of an injured-reserve spot. Otherwise, cut him loose and hope you are in a position to play the waiver-wire game with your league when his return edges closer.As for the remaining Bolts, we know precisely how the team succeeds without Stamkos, because they did well in last seasons NHL playoffs without him, when he was out with a blood clot issue. Look for coach Jon Cooper to get back to the trio of Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov as his top unit. They were dominant in the playoffs last season, with Jonathan Drouin, Ondrej Palat and Valtteri Filppula making up the other top-six line. If we see an argument for including Vladislav Namestnikov in the top six this time around, its Filppulas spot that makes sense. Those arent the lines they used Thursday, but they are the lines that got them within one goal of the Stanley Cup finals last season.For fantasy value, this skyrockets Johnson up our rankings, as he is at his best when he gets to play the No. 1 center role. Drouin also flourished without Stamkos presence in the playoffs last season, so he should be scooped back up in the 40 percent of leagues where he has been dropped since the start of the season.New Jersey Devils: While Hall suffered a similar injury to Stamkos, mainly a torn meniscus in his knee, the Devils new catalyst comes with a timetable of three to four weeks. Thats much more manageable, and for anyone who has owned Hall in the past, its almost a relief to get the inevitable injury out of the way early in the season (if only this guaranteed his health the rest of the way!). While Beau Bennett will slide into Halls role on a line with Travis Zajac and P.A. Parenteau, the trio itself is relegated to fantasy irrelevance. While Hall is out, youll want to look at Kyle Palmieri?and?Adam Henrique, and perhaps give Pavel Zacha a test drive. This line gets promoted from second scoring line to top unit with Hall out. Palmieri is already owned in most formats, but Henriques ownership is slipping, and Zacha is well behind. Henrique has four points in his past three games.Calgary Flames: Gaudreau will be out four to six weeks with a fractured finger, but fantasy owners might not have noticed his absence. Thats a dig at how slow the start to his season has been. In fact, Gaudreaus numbers look way better than they did, thanks to four points in his final four games before the injury on Tuesday. This is an opportunity for a fresh start with his owners when he comes back. The good news is that he can stay in top-notch shape because its a finger injury as opposed to a lower-body issue, so in theory, he can hit the ground running in 2017.In the meantime, the Flames used the injury as an excuse to shake up their lines. Sean Monahan now joins the duo of Troy Brouwer and Sam Bennett, while Matthew Tkachuk should draw back into the lineup on a consistent basis to play on the second scoring line with Michael Frolik and Mikael Backlund. The first hope here is that new surroundings will spark Monahan. He is not expected to score at quite the rate of Gaudreau, but six points in 18 games is still unacceptable production from a No. 2 center. The second hope here is that some consistency on a scoring line and some power-play time can help Tkachuk find a rhythm and make him more of a factor for fantasy owners. Hes not there yet, with just seven points in 14 games, but hes played more than 17 minutes in the two games this week with Gaudreau injured, so there is hope.Fantasy Forecaster: Nov. 21-27The Los Angeles Kings are the only NHL team not playing either three or four games next week. And, no, the Kings arent playing in our third five-game week of the season; they only have a pair of games next week.Download the forecaster chart PDF hereFor those new to the Forecaster chart, here are some explanations: O (offense) and D (defense) matchup ratings are based on a scale from 1 (poor matchup) to 10 (excellent matchup) and are calculated using a formula that evaluates the teams season-to-date statistics, their performance in home/road games depending on where the game is to be played, as well as their opponents numbers in thoose categories.dddddddddddd The Ratings column lists the cumulative rating from 1-10 of that weeks offensive (O) and defensive (D) matchups.Team notesMinnesota Wild: They arent scoring a ton of goals lately, but they dont need to the way Devan Dubnyk is playing. That said, this Wild team is now primed for some offense with the return of Zach Parise this week. Interestingly, coach Bruce Boudreau opted to leave Nino Niederreiter with Charlie Coyle and Eric Staal, playing Parise with Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund. Its a nice balanced attack and has the potential for returns for both unites. Granlund is probably the most interesting of the group, as his stock has fallen big-time this season, but would be aided by playing with Parise on a regular basis. The Wild have a four-game week on tap that includes matchups against the less-than-elite defenses of the Dallas Stars and Winnipeg Jets.Dallas Stars: Big changes are coming for the Stars offense prior to next weeks contests. Jason Spezza returned this week from a five-game absence.?Cody Eakin played his first game of the season on Thursday. And Patrick Sharp is eyeing a potential return on Saturday. Watch the lineup on Saturday, as any number of role players could step up to fill the top six for now. The shortlist includes Eakin, Radek Faksa and the continued use of Patrick Eaves. The Stars have some tough opposing goaltenders to start the week with in Dubnyk and Pekka Rinne, but depending on how the lines are shaped on the weekend, any player skating with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn should be worth using.Goalie notesWe feel bad for doubting Pekka Rinne after a very slow start to the season. He finished October with a 3.22 goals-against average in six games. So far in November, he has a 1.12 GAA in seven games. Hes definitely a No. 1 fantasy goaltender, and were sorry for bemoaning his earlier struggles. Rinne has more than made up for the bad numbers.Jonathan Bernier has now started three of the past six games for the Anaheim Ducks, appearing in four of them. Only one of those starts was part of a back-to-back set. Coach Randy Carlyle, familiar with Bernier from their days in Toronto, clearly still trusts him. If he continues to get 50 percent of the workload, thats enough to make a fantasy impact in all leagues.Tuukka Rask played the most recent back-to-back set on his own, but thats unlikely to occur again this coming week. If you need a cheap, one-off goaltender, Zane McIntyre is likely to draw either the punchless Ottawa Senators or Gaudreau-less Flames.Corey Crawford is close to matchup-proof, but owners might want to have a second look at their plans for next week as the Chicago Blackhawks are on a western road swing against the offenses of the Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings.Conversely, Sergei Bobrovskys schedule has him primed for a potential Player of the Week nod, as the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Colorado Avalanche (potentially with no Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog), Calgary Flames (sans Gaudreau), Tampa Bay Lightning (without Steven Stamkos) and Florida Panthers.Player notesThe search for a sixth and final winger for the Blackhawks top lines continues. While Vinnie Hinostroza had a shot this week, Tyler Motte is expected back from a leg injury this weekend. If he does return, that could put him in prime position for a four-game week with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane as linemates.A positive sign for Rickard Rakell:?When the chips were down and the Ducks were down 2-0 to the Devils on Thursday, Nick Ritchie was booted from the top line in favor of Rakell. He played out the game there with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, setting up Getzlaf for the first goal of the 3-2 comeback victory.Martin Hanzals return to the ice this week sparked Radim Vrbata to a nine-shot performance on Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks. The line of Hanzal, Vrbata and Max Domi is about as good as it gets for the young Arizona Coyotes, so watch for this chemistry to improve.Its never a good sign when your star finishes pointless and minus-3, but the Oilers switched up their lines on Thursday to promote Milan Lucic and Jesse Puljujarvi alongside Connor McDavid. As mentioned, the results werent great, but this makes Puljujarvi a short-term must-add for deeper leagues and someone to watch closely this weekend for all leagues.We are probably going to regret this recommendation, but medium to deep leagues should scoop up Ryan Strome. The New York Islanders, who continue to be lost on offense, are throwing Strome onto the top line with John Tavares for Fridays game. We still think the talent is there for something good to happen with this opportunity.Hello, Kevin Labanc! The OHLs leading scorer from last season was tearing up the AHL as a rookie so far this season. Now up with the Sharks, he played a few games buried down the depth chart. Then on Thursday Labanc skated with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton on the top line and potted his first NHL goal. Give him a look. Cheap Jerseys Throwback Wholesale Jerseys From China Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Throwback Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys China ' ' '
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