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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Sajedeh Norouzi jumped to her feet, both arms reached high into the air, beaming as she waved a small Iranian flag from side to side. Nike Air Max Tn 2018 . Again and again.She waved at every chance. She waved for every woman back home who couldnt be there alongside her at Maracanazinho arena cheering for the mens volleyball team in its Olympic debut -- her first time in a sports stadium because in Iran women arent allowed to attend all-male sports events.The 27-year-old Norouzi, wearing a beautiful navy blue headscarf decorated with flowers of pink, yellow, orange and turquoise, insists she represented all of the other Iranian women Sunday night who are fighting to one day cheer their teams from the stands and not the TV. She had a purpose, and a passion, that she could release at long last sitting beside men who have been able to attend the games all along.We want to go to the stadium because the government doesnt allow us to. I want to cheer my team! Norouzi said, sitting alongside husband Saeed Javdaniyan in a lower section of seats across the court from the team benches of Iran and Argentina.She was overwhelmed by the special moment, one she couldnt have envisioned even a year ago. Even if Iran lost in straight sets.Very, very much, Norouzi said. Ive never been in the stadium.She and her husband have been in Brazil for four months to study, living in Copacabana. Norouzi called the moment for her really, really big and an important one to show support from afar for those Iranian women who wanted nothing more than to attend the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.I think so, she said, every woman wants to see the games.One of those female sports fans? A 32-year-old Iranian woman working with a group called Open Stadiums to push for access. The groups Twitter handle has become an underground voice of advocacy for women pushing to end discrimination.I really wish I could watch it in stadium. Its been very long time that I couldnt watch their matches live, she wrote to The Associated Press on Sunday, declining to be identified publicly out of concern for retaliation.From a world away, she planned to watch the match over a very early breakfast with her mother and two sisters. They were having tea and eating cheese with bread, butter and jam.The match Sunday in Rio had a scheduled start time of about 6 a.m. in Tehran, thus the early start to the day. The trip also is a challenging one for many Iranians: a 23-hour flight costing approximately $2,500.In 2012, the longtime ban on women from soccer matches in Iran was extended to volleyball. Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice last year called the ban ridiculous and said that nations that are part of international bodies should respect womens rights.Women have been fighting for months and years to change a long-standing tradition of women being barred from attending male-only sporting events in Iran -- efforts by authorities to enforce strict interpretations of Islamic norms.Its an issue that came up yet again as the 10th-ranked Iranians prepared for their first appearance in volleyball at an Olympics.For last months World League tournament at the Azadi Sport Complex in Tehran, some Iranian women unsuccessfully attempted to purchase tickets. A group trying make events more open said the tickets werent available despite multiple efforts to buy them online. From the moment tickets became available, the website for sales said the female allotment had been filled, according to several women who say they tried to purchase tickets.The International Federation of Volleyball, Switzerland-based FIVB, made a statement at the time that the Iranian federation said the first-day matches sold out within five minutes, and that 466 of the 5,000 tickets were allotted for a section set aside for women. Women were shown in the stands via livestream, but the section appeared smaller than 466 and it was unclear if the women were members of the general public or invited guests and VIPs. A female announcer handled substitutions during Irans match.Human Rights Watch and other organizations have closely tracked the situation, and the chairwoman of USA Volleyball has even been outspoken in support of the women. USA Volleyball chair Lori Okimura even brought her Let Iranian Women Enter Their Stadiums T-shirt along to Brazil.The women in Iran stay hopeful. They remain spirited about their sports teams.And, for now, those who cant actually be in Brazil are here in spirit. We say in Persian, `my soul fly for that photo of stadium! the woman behind Open Stadiums wrote. Nike Air Max Plus Tn Ultra Blue . LOUIS -- Attorneys for the St. Nike Air Max Tn For Sale . The Cincinnati Reds remain perfect with their speedy rookie outfielder in the starting lineup. . Uniteds eighth defeat of a wretched campaign means Liverpool, which currently occupies the fourth and final Champions League place, could go nine points clear of its fierce rival by beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. 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. With all 32 NFL teams now in training camp, the whirlwind NFL offseason is officially over. To catch you up, NFL Nation details the most important thing that happened to each team -- from head coach hirings to player suspensions to key draft moves.AFC West | AFC North | AFC South | AFC East NFC West | NFC North | NFC South | NFC EastAFC WESTDenver BroncosSigning Von Miller long termThe negotiations werent easy, but the Broncos vastly improved their outlook when Miller accepted the largest contract for a non-quarterback in league history -- $114.5 million with $70 million in guarantees. It showed commitment to a popular player in the locker room and their franchise defender on the field. Had the contentiousness of the negotiations escalated into a full-blown holdout in the regular season, players would have wondered about the teams commitment to winning. Instead, the deal puts the Broncos in position to compete for their sixth consecutive?division title. -- Jeff LegwoldKansas City ChiefsJustin Houston tearing his ACLThe Chiefs outlook for the season was altered in the middle of February, when Houston had surgery for a balky ACL. Houston is the Chiefs best pass rusher -- he ranks second in the league since 2012 with 50.5 sacks -- but hes also a superb presence when playing the run or dropping into coverage. The Chiefs remain optimistic Houston will return to play in 2016, but the bigger, unresolved issues are when and how effective he will be. -- Adam TeicherOakland RaidersAttracting top-tier free agentsFor the first time in recent memory, Oakland became a destination for highly sought-after free agents. Guys like LB Bruce Irvin, CB Sean Smith, LG Kelechi Osemele and FS Reggie Nelson saw Silver and Blackdom as a fashionable fit, giving credence to the notion that the Raiders are on the upswing. Yeah, thats important. -- Paul GutierrezSan Diego ChargersSigning Matt SlausonThe Chargers were in need of help at center and found a diamond in the rough during free agency when the Chicago Bears released Slauson. The 30-year-old Nebraska product served as an experienced anchor and decisive voice up front during offseason work. San Diegos offensive line needs to stay healthy and play better for the Chargers to have a realistic chance of making the playoffs in 2016. -- Eric D. WilliamsAFC NORTHBaltimore RavensDrafting Ronnie Stanley over Laremy TunsilTunsil was considered the top offensive tackle in the draft, but the Ravens opted to select Stanley with the No. 6 overall pick after Tunsils gas-mask video. Stanley was the first offensive lineman selected and is the highest draft pick by the Ravens in 16 years. The addition of Stanley allowed Baltimore to part ways with the unreliable and expensive Eugene Monroe. Stanley will also become the first rookie in the Ravens 20-year history to start the season opener at left tackle, protecting?Joe Flaccos blindside as the quarterback?recovers from season-ending knee surgery. -- Jamison HensleyCincinnati BengalsLosing Marvin Jones in free agencyOn the first day of free agency, Jones wasted little time rejecting the Bengals?offer in favor of a similar one from the Detroit Lions. The wideout was ready to carve his own path with a new team, and to have a chance to be more of a No. 1 receiver than he had been for four seasons in Cincinnati. Jones affected the Bengals remaining free-agency objectives and impacted their most immediate draft needs. As training camp begins, the Bengals are still trying to figure out what life in their pass-catching rotation will look like beyond premier receiver A.J. Green. -- Coley HarveyCleveland BrownsHiring Hue JacksonAfter firing their fourth coach in six seasons, the Browns had to hire someone with credibility. Enter Jackson, who has head-coaching experience, enjoyed success as an assistant and is viewed as one of the leagues best quarterback mentors. His hiring brought the team the credibility it needed on the sideline. The fans reaction? Jackson has been fully embraced. -- Pat McManamonPittsburgh SteelersMartavis Bryant getting suspendedThe league handed down Bryants year-long ban?in March, disrupting an otherwise quiet offseason for the Steelers and removing a primary playmaker from a potentially historic offense. The Steelers are equipped to handle losses, but Bryants big-play ability (12 touchdowns in his first 13 NFL games)?complemented Antonio Browns?skill set?perfectly.?This was one of those shocking stories?that shaped the Steelers offseason, and?reminded of the risks involved in drafting players with character red flags coming out of college. -- Jeremy FowlerAFC SOUTHHouston TexansSigning Brock OsweilerOsweiler went 5-2 as a starter in 2015 for the Broncos, and the Texans saw enough promise to make their first commitment to a quarterback since signing Matt Schaub to an extension in 2012. This is the most important position in football, and Osweiler can give a major boost to the Texans. -- Tania GanguliIndianapolis ColtsHiring Joe PhilbinMaking?Andrew Luck?the?highest paid player in NFL history? That was expected. Drafting a center in the first round? That was necessary. But hiring Philbin to revamp the teams offensive line was the most important move the Colts made all offseason. Philbin has?experience developing offensive lines and the Colts need guidance in that area. They continually struggled protecting Luck?during his first four seasons. -- Mike WellsJacksonville JaguarsSigning Tashaun GipsonGipsons addition?didnt generate the headlines that the DT Malik Jackson signing did, but its arguably the more important defensive addition. For the first time in Gus Bradleys tenure, he has a player capable of playing single-high coverage. Thats the key to his defensive scheme and Gipson has already shown flashes of being around the ball during OTAs and minicamps more than the Jaguars have seen from that position for a while. -- Mike DiRoccoTennessee TitansHiring Jon RobinsonRobinson has been a giant home run through his half-year as GM. He moved out of the No. 1 spot in the draft -- and then traded back up to No. 8 to get?Jack Conklin. He has made a point of drafting and signing tough, dependable, team-first players and spurred a major revamping of the teams headquarters. On the heels of two GMs who did poor personnel work and had weak public personas, Robinson is a native Tennessean who is hugely popular with the fan base. -- Paul KuharskyAFC EASTBuffalo BillsSigning Cordy Glenn long termGlenn?is one of the quieter players in the Bills locker room, but at 345 pounds, hes also one of the NFLs largest, and the Bills are thrilled they were able to retain their mammoth left tackle this offseason. Glenn, 26, was coming off his best season as a pro and had his first opportunity to hit the open market as a free agent. The Bills assigned Glenn the franchise tag and reached a long-term deal within days. They paid a steep price -- $65 million over five years, including $36 million in guarantees -- partly because they whiffed on 2014 second-round tackle Cyrus Kouandjio. -- Mike RodakMiami DolphinsHiring Adam GaseGase, 38, is the youngest head coach in the NFL and has the potential to bring an end to Miamis coaching carousel. The Dolphins third head coach in six years, Gase is bringing new ideas and new energy to a team that hasnt?made the playoffs since 2008. The team hopes Gases success working with quarterbacks rubs off on Ryan Tannehill. -- James WalkerNew England PatriotsTom Brady having his suspension reinstatedThe NFLs four-game ban of Brady was reaffirmed in court, then Bradys appeal for a rehearing was denied. Brady decided against pursuing the legal process, meaning the Patriots will turn to Jimmy Garoppolo for the first quarter of 2016, when theyll travel to Arizona and host the Dolphins, Texans and Bills. -- Mike ReissNew York JetsSigning their two most important free agentsThe Jets retained DE Muhammad Wilkerson for five years and brought back QB Ryan Fitzpatrick at the 11th hour. They lost NT Damon Harrison to the Giants, but two out of three aint bad. From a cap standpoint, it wouldve been almost impossible to keep all three. -- Rich CiminiNFC WESTArizona CardinalsTrading for Chandler JonesBringing back every player who caught a pass from quarterback Carson Palmer and every offensive player who scored a touchdown is nearly unheard of. But by?adding Jones, Arizona plugged the one gap that was a liability last season: rushhing the passer. Nike Air Max Plus Tn Ultra Burgundy. Jones had 12.5 sacks last season, so a repeat performance has become almost expected out of the 26-year-old. The Cardinals now have as stout of a pass rush as it does an offense, all thanks to Jones. -- Josh WeinfussLos Angeles RamsTrading up to draft Jared GoffTheres plenty to choose from here, including the teams relocation to Los Angeles, but that wont determine the teams on-field fate nearly as much as the bold selection of Goff.?The Rams hope that Goff can claim the starting job sooner than later but he has a steep learning curve after playing in a spread system in college. The Rams need someone -- ideally Goff -- to improve on their league-worst 35.6 QBR of a year ago in order to move past their recent mediocrity. -- Nick WagonerSan Francisco 49ersHiring Chip KellyDespite sitting on a boatload of cap room, the Niners didnt dive deep into free agency, instead opting to lean on building through the draft and allowing Kelly to establish his culture. The Niners hope Kelly can revitalize an offense that finished last in offensive points per game, 31st in yards per game and 30th in sacks allowed. -- Paul GutierrezSeattle SeahawksMarshawn Lynch retiringSure, there was a natural transition last year when Lynch only played in seven regular-season games because of injury, and Thomas Rawls ran for 830 yards. But Lynch was -- and still is -- revered by fans and teammates. No running back in the NFL carried the ball more from 2011 to 2014. Russell Wilson is only 27 and still getting better. The defense is loaded with young talent and has led the league in fewest points allowed for four straight seasons. And the Seahawks are in great shape to make another run at a Super Bowl. But theres no denying that things will be different without Lynch in the building and on the field. -- Sheil KapadiaNFC NORTHChicago BearsLetting Matt Forte walk in free agencyForte was the second-most productive running back in franchise history next to Hall of Famer Walter Payton, but Chicago opted not to re-sign the 30-year-old in free agency. That leaves a huge void in Chicagos backfield that multiple tailbacks will attempt to fill -- Jeremy Langford, Jordan Howard, KaDeem Carey and Jacquizz Rodgers?-- but none compare to Forte, who leads the NFL in all-purpose yards since 2008. If the Bears cannot successfully run the football, quarterback Jay Cutler will have to take more chances in the passing game, which could lead to disastrous results and costly turnovers. -- Jeff DickersonDetroit LionsHiring Bob QuinnCalvin Johnson retiring will get all the headlines and will impact the immediate on-field performance, but choosing Quinn as GM has a chance to shape the future of the franchise for the foreseeable future. The Lions moved quickly to get their guy, announcing the move less than a week after Detroits season ended. -- Michael RothsteinGreen Bay PackersEddie Lacy losing weightThe Packers surely wouldve liked to have been able to say that the return of Jordy Nelson?(ACL) to the field after missing all of last season was the biggest thing that happened to them this offseason. But that hasnt happened yet. Nelson experienced a setback when he injured his other knee and is on the physically unable to perform list. Still, he hopes to be ready for Week 1. For now, theyll have to settle for the next-best thing: Eddie Lacys dedication to his fitness. He spent two separate stints working out with P90X founder Tony Horton in an effort to bounce back from his worst season as a pro. -- Rob DemovskyMinnesota VikingsFixing the offensive lineRe-tooling the O-line was Mike Zimmers biggest priority after the 2015 season, and the Vikings wasted little time getting to work there, signing guard Alex Boone and tackle Andre Smith in free agency. The Vikings have six offensive linemen entering at least their fifth year in the league, and theyll sort things out through a heated competition in training camp. They hope the end result is a group that provides better protection for Teddy Bridgewater, who was pressured on a league-high 36 percent of his dropbacks last season. -- Ben GoesslingNFC SOUTHAtlanta FalconsReleasing Roddy WhiteWhite was unhappy with his role under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and voiced his displeasure out the door. The Falcons moved forward with the signing of Mohamed Sanu. Now its up to Sanu to make White supporters move forward, too. -- Vaughn McClureCarolina PanthersReleasing -- and then re-signing -- Charles JohnsonIt would be easy to say revoking Josh Normans franchise tag and letting the Pro Bowl cornerback go to Washington. But the choice to cut Johnson cleared?$11 million under the salary cap, before the Panthers brought him back on a one-year, $3 million deal. Johnson showed in the playoffs with a sack in each of Carolinas three games that he still has something left. Hes also a huge leader in the locker room. Keeping him and clearing that much cap space was arguably the biggest bargain of free agency. -- David NewtonNew Orleans SaintsKeeping Sean PaytonThe most important event of the entire Saints offseason came during the very first week, when Payton and the Saints recommitted to each other after flirting with the idea of splitting up. Although he has been around for 10 years and the Saints are coming off of back-to-back 7-9 seasons, the Saints are confident Payton is the right man to lead a rebuilding process that began with a very young roster last season. Already, there are some tweaks to the practice schedule and overall vibe this summer, with Payton promising tougher, longer practice sessions and stressing a highly competitive atmosphere. -- Mike TriplettTampa Bay BuccaneersRevamping the secondaryThe Bucs needed help everywhere on defense, particularly in the secondary. So they went out and signed free-agent CB?Brent Grimes?and drafted CB?Vernon Hargreaves III. Thats good news for a unit that allowed the highest completion percentage in the league from opposing quarterbacks (70 percent), the second-highest passer rating (102.5) and was tied for fifth-most passing touchdowns allowed with 31. -- Jenna LaineNFC EASTDallas CowboysKey defenders getting suspendedThe suspensions of Rolando McClain (10 games), Randy Gregory (four games, maybe more) and DeMarcus Lawrence (four games) greatly impact the Cowboys outlook on defense in 2016. Lawrence led the Cowboys in sacks last season. McClain has made plays when healthy. Gregory was being counted on to make a jump from his rookie season. Not having three potential impact players for a combined 18 games will force Rod Marinelli to come up with different lineups, while also putting more pressure on the offense to score a ton of points to overcome some defensive shortcomings. -- Todd ArcherNew York GiantsHiring Ben McAdooAll the lucrative free-agent signings the Giants made this offseason pale in comparison to the naming of McAdoo as their head coach to replace Tom Coughlin. Its a move that determines the fate of the franchise not only?this season, but for at least the next 3-5 years. The Giants gambled on a 39-year-old offensive coordinator to fill Coughlins massive shoes and make the difficult, necessary changes that they hope will end a four-year playoff drought. McAdoos signing may not have been their most expensive offseason move, but it was their biggest.?-- Jordan RaananPhiladelphia EaglesDrafting Carson WentzCoaching changes are pretty hard to top when it comes to offseason moves that have an impact, but the Eagles managed to do it. Their biggest move was the investment in players and draft picks they made to trade up and select Wentz?with the No. 2 overall pick. If Doug Pederson wasnt the right hire, the Eagles can find another coach. If Wentz isnt the player the Eagles need him to be, they will be stuck in QB limbo for the next few years. -- Phil SheridanWashington RedskinsSigning Josh Norman and losing?Junior Galette?to?injuryThis is a tie in my book, with Galettes torn Achilles coming earlier this week. Norman provides a presence and swagger in the secondary, not to mention a talented player. But losing Galette, who could have been a dynamic edge rusher, has put the Redskins in a tough spot. 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