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Before the race, the four U. Blue New York Jets Jerseys .S. women in the 400 freestyle relay at the 1976 Montreal Summer Games caucused to visualize the perfect swim.?They calculated the times it would take each of them to stay with or surge past the East Germans who had been clobbering them by body lengths in events often decided by fingertips.?They?convinced themselves that their brains could override artificially induced brawn. It was the final event of the meet -- and they were driven by pride and a good amount of anger.Each swimmer executed in the way she had imagined. Incandescent talent Shirley Babashoff swam the anchor leg and they prevailed.The Last Gold, a documentary that will be shown in select theaters on July 11, focuses on the meaning of a race that took place 40 years ago but?couldnt?be more relevant today.?Like most sports movies, the dramatic narrative hinges on an inspirational moment.?Yet this film is suffused with sadness.?Now ranging in age from 55 to 61, the American swimmers still feel cheated of peak moments and unrecognized in any form by the International Olympic Committee, which years ago turned down a U.S. request to upgrade or award new medals and revise the record books.?The East German women who won all but two of 13 swimming gold medals in 1976 -- and their contemporaries in other sports -- lost in the long run. ?Thousands were trapped in a communist system and subject to secret police surveillance. Some were doped before they even hit puberty. As adults, many developed health issues, including cancer and reproductive problems, or had children with birth defects.Olympic sports officials in unified Germany paid compensation to a group of affected athletes in 2002 and recently announced plans for a second fund.Babashoff and teammates Jill Sterkel and Wendy Boglioli reunited at the U.S. Olympic swim trials in Omaha, Nebraska, in late June and met with reporters to promote the film. (Kim Peyton, who led off the U.S. relay in the lane next to East German superstar Kornelia Ender, died at age 29 of an inoperable brain tumor.)They found themselves talking as much about the present as the past. The fact that Russia has this whole systematic [sports doping] -- it doesnt surprise me, said an animated, vivacious Boglioli, who works as a motivational speaker. It was just a matter of time, because theres no consequences. She finished behind two East Germans in the 100-meter butterfly.Boglioli then referred to the current legal dispute over whether Russian track and field athletes should compete at the Rio Games in August. This idea that theyre going to appeal, and maybe we should let them go and maybe we shouldnt, and oh, that wont look good if theyre not there, and what should we do about that? No, she said. They cheated, and its done, and they dont get to go. Said Sterkel, the former womens swim coach at the University of Texas: Had people stepped up 40 years ago, maybe we wouldnt be here now. Doping culture migrated and took root elsewhere rather than being eradicated, Sterkel said, and she thinks there should be no statute of limitations. They let that message go, and its just a bad lesson that cheaters might prosper sometimes, she said.The swimmers spoke from a place of pain and authority. Sterkel was just 15 years old in Montreal. Peyton and Babashoff were 19, and Boglioli was 21. Drug testing was in its infancy. The Olympics were celebrated as a venue for pure, amateur competition. In the movie, the women described the demoralizing feeling of being beaten before they dived in, their training and drive trumped by chemistry.Babashoff, who had been a candidate for multiple gold medals but collected four silvers instead, voiced suspicions about her bulked-up rivals. She got ripped for it, which taught me to keep my mouth shut, Sterkel said, echoing the reluctance of todays athletes to point fingers in the absence of positive tests.In Omaha, Babashoff sat back and let her teammates do most of the talking. Her memoir, Making Waves, was released this month.A longtime letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in her native Southern California, Babashoff retains a competitors edge to her voice when she talks about 1976. I just feel like some of them, the East German women, still feel like we were taking steroids too, she said. Theyre just kind of overly brainwashed. Stubborn on saying that we deserved what we worked for, and thats the only thing that kind of gets me upset.The Last Gold, which was produced by the sports national governing body, USA Swimming, also illuminates the stories of several East German athletes. Boglioli expressed sympathy for those who were most deeply affected. Thats just horrific what these women went through, she said. I cant even imagine. I have medals, Ive got my health, I have healthy kids and grandkids -- and they dont have that.I look at an International Olympic Committee that is about the welfare, not only fair play, but protecting the athletes, and they failed to protect these women victims.Much of the footage in the movie looks antique: soldiers patrolling the Berlin Wall, swimmers tugging at tank suits in the starting blocks, scoreboards bereft of color and the cringe-worthy loud yellow blazers worn by ABC commentators Curt Gowdy and Donna de Varona. The grossly inflated physiques of the young East German athletes are jaw-dropping. Doping is harder to read at a glance now.However, the themes that surfaced in the pools and on the playing fields of the 1970s have proved durable and insidious. Coercion, dummy labs and state involvement are embedded in the doping DNA of many modern Russian athletes, just as they were the East Germans. Medals lost in the moment take years to make their way to the right hands, or never change hands at all.I dont want to compare what we went through to the things theyve had to deal with, Sterkel said. They are the true victims, but in some situations, there are victims on both sides.Many current athletes will relate.??The Last Gold will be shown in select theaters on July 11. A portion of the proceeds goes to the USA Swimming Foundation.?Go to thelastgold.com for more information.? Quincy Enunwa Jersey . -- Team after team passed on Andre Ellington in the draft. Wayne Chrebet Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. http:///...elvin-beachum-jersey . World champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia won the gold medal with 237.71 points, Moore-Towers and Moscovitch followed at 208.45 and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia were third at 187. NEW YORK -- Holding any kind of lead in the American League East over the New York Yankees has been a rarity for the Baltimore Orioles, especially in July.Baltimore can widen its lead over the Yankees on Monday night when it opens a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.The Orioles are ahead of the Yankees through this point in the season for the second time in three years as they enter Monday 8 1/2 games up on fourth-place New York.Two years ago, Baltimore won the division by 12 games but at this point was only four games ahead of the Yankees.Since the franchise moved from St. Louis after the 1954 season, the Orioles have been in first place at this point 10 times. Four of those were 1966 and 1969 to 1971. Until 2014, Baltimore had not been in first place through games played of July 17 since 1997.The Orioles missed a chance increase their lead with Sundays 5-2 loss at Tampa Bay. Despite Baltimores only runs coming on a home run by Pedro Alvarez and a sacrifice fly by Manny Machado, it has won six of eight games after struggling to do much against Jake Odorizzi on Sunday.It was more us scoring any runs today, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter told reporters. We had a couple opportunities and could have cashed in on and didnt.The Yankees will try to get to .500 for the ninth time since May 22. New York salvaged the finale of its three-game series with the Boston Red Sox with Sundays 3-1 win.Masahiro Tanaka did pitch and the Yankees scored their runs on a double by Starlin Castro and singles by Austin Romine and Jacoby Ellsbury during the fourth inning against David Price.The Orioles (53-37) will look to match a season-high by going 17 games above .500 and Kevin Gausman will be on the mound. Gausman is 1-6 with a 4.14 ERA but has received the lowest run support (3.43) of any Orioles starting pitcher.Gausmans only win was June 25 against Tampa Bay when he allowed four hits and struck out seven in 7 2/3 innings.In his last two starts, Gaussman has allowed seven earned runs and 16 hits in 11 innings. Jordan Jenkins Jersey. He has not pitched since allowing four runs and eight hits in five innings in a no-decision during a 6-4, 14-inning win at Los Angeles.Gausman has eight no-decisions this season and two were against the Yankees. In Baltimores 2-1, 10-inning victory on May 5, he allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings. A month later, he allowed one run and seven hits in six innings during a 3-1 win.The Orioles loss ensured the Yankees will not face a double-digit deficit in the AL East at this point for the first time since 1992.Its an important series, New York right fielder Carlos Beltran said. This homestand is important overall for us. I think this homestand will dictate what the future holds for a lot of guys here.Ivan Nova will be pitching on extended rest and the Yankees hope he can give them some better distance. He completed at least six innings in five straight starts from May 19 to June 9 but has failed to do so in his last five outings.Nova has a 7.02 ERA in his last five appearances and finished the first half on July 7 in Cleveland when he allowed four runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.The right-hander picked up a win over Baltimore in June when he allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings. Nova took a shutout into seventh before allowing home runs to Mark Trumbo and Alvarez.Nova is 7-4 with a 5.22 ERA in 16 appearances against Baltimore.Mark Teixeira will likely be out of the lineup for a few more days. The struggling first baseman fouled a ball of his left foot on Saturday and although x-rays and a CT scan came back negative, he still is sore.The Orioles have won four of six meetings between the teams in Baltimore on May 3-5 and June 3-5. 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