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RIO DE JANEIRO -- A full day earlier than he really wanted to, Australia coach Tim Walsh had to send a runner out to his goalkicker with a very important message: This is for the gold medal.There was no Olympic medal to win in rugby sevens on Sunday, but there was plenty to lose for the Australians.The womens world series champions were seconds away from a shocking loss to the United States in the last group match of the tournament. Emma Tonegato reached over to score in the last minute to cut the margin to two points, leaving Chloe Dalton needing to kick the conversion to avoid the loss.I sent a message out to Chloe before she kicked saying, `This is for the gold medal, so keep your head down and slot this, and she did, Walsh said. I think she really likes the pressure.Walsh said the 12-12 draw with the Americans was was definitely the kick up the pants that we needed going into the quarterfinals.A loss wouldnt have changed the quarterfinal standings, but it would have dented the aura the Australians developed with a dominating run in the world series.The draw was followed by a 24-0 victory over Spain, putting Australia into a semifinal match against Canada on Monday. The winner will advance to a night final against either Britain or second-seeded New Zealand, which struggled to hold off the United States 5-0 in the last of the quarterfinals.With rugby back in the Olympics for the first time in 92 years, a womens team will claim the first gold medal ever awarded in sevens.The Australian players have been living and training together for more than a year to prepare for it.Now, were playing for a medal. Were not happy with a bronze or a silver, we want a gold, Walsh said. But most of all, we want to walk off that field without any regret. Weve created the opportunity, and now its up to us to take it.Tonegato scored the first try against Spain, following up her double against the Americans, and Charlotte Caslick crossed twice, including a solo, long-range try. Both have six tries for the tournament, level with Portia Woodman of New Zealand.Ellia Green, who had to leave the field in the first minute against the Americans after a clash of heads, returned in the second half against Spain and scored late -- a bustling, confidence-boosting try for the fastest woman in world rugby.Yesterday we were pretty well polished. Today, we grinded for our wins, which is what good teams need to do, Walsh said. Tomorrow well be ready to lift it up again and take it to a new level.Caslick said the Australian team had lifted its intensity after the close call against the Americans, when her desperate covering tackle saved an almost certain try that would have significantly altered the outcome.To get through that one, and to know tomorrow well be playing for a medal regardless of the outcome of our first game is pretty amazing, Caslick said. But obviously we came here to win gold. Gardner Minshew II Jaguars Jersey . -- The Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake played to a 0-0 tie Saturday night that left the top of the Western Conference standings unchanged. 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The Seattle Seahawks look at their small sample of shortcomings and figure things will turn around.While the Seahawks have room for error, that has just about expired for the Carolina Panthers.When the teams meet Sunday night in Seattle, it nearly qualifies as a must-win situation for Carolina, which is running out of second chances.Well just keep fighting, keep playing, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. Now we still have an opportunity. Well see what happens. Theres no reason for us to look any other way, but theres a glimmer of hope. Thats all you need sometimes.The Seahawks (7-3-1) are coming off a puzzling 14-5 loss at Tampa Bay. Despite the setback, theres no sign of panic from the Seattle side.Im not worried about it a bit, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. Not one bit. Lets go back to work and get right. ... I dont think this is a trend. Well get this thing fixed.Seattle holds first place in an otherwise weak NFC West. Carolina (4-7) occupies last place in the NFC South, though that division isnt exactly a powerful group.We are just trying to win a game, Panthers tight end Greg Olsen said. We will let all that sort itself out.The Panthers remained on the West Coast following Sundays 35-32 loss at Oakland. Theyve held practices at San Jose State before heading to Seattle.Even with that, there have been significant developments. Center Ryan Kalil (shoulder) and his backup, Gino Gradkowski (knee), were placed on injured reserve. To replace them, the Panthers signed free-agent center Ryan Wendell and added tackle Dan France from the Cleveland Browns practice squad.The health of this football team is very frustrating, Rivera said.Wendell played seven seasons with the New England Patriots from 2009-15, starting 49 regular-season games and seven postseason contests.Kalil, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, started all eight games he played this season, but missed three contests with the shoulder injury.The Panthers also signed offensive tackles Tyrus Thompson and Jake Rodgers to the practice squad.Its probably a positive thing that we arent traveling back to the East Coast, said Carolinas A.J. Klein, who was the primary replacement for All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly last week.Klein noted the need to recharge after the last outing. While its unnclear if Kuechly will be available after suffering an apparent concussion Nov.dddddddddddd 17, the encouraging aspect was that he traveled with the Panthers to the West Coast and was on the sideline (though not in uniform) for the Oakland game.Also among those on Carolinas injury list as late as Wednesday were safety Kurt Coleman (head) and receiver Kelvin Benjamin (shoulder).The Seahawks have roster movement as well.Linebacker Mike Morgan (sports hernia) should be back after sitting out on injured reserve, while the status of Michael Bennett, who has been out five weeks with a knee injury, remains in question. The Seahawks have used four players to start in Morgans spot at strong-side linebacker during his absence.Safety Earl Thomas will apparently play after he wasnt listed on Fridays injury report.Dont expect major changes to how the Seahawks operate even following a loss.Im going to go with what we know and how we know to be, Carroll said. Well get back on track.The Seahawks are 5-0 at home, though three of Seattles home victories have come by six points or less. While the Seahawks have been far from dominant at CenturyLink Field, it will be another hostile environment for the Panthers.This is why you come into the league, to play these type of games, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton said.The nature of close defeats is wearing on the Panthers.Now its five games where youve lost virtually in the last few minutes, Rivera said. Its frustrating, but thats the nature of this game.Despite the Seahawks sluggish offense from time to time, theyre continuing to find different ways to move the ball. Quarterback Russell Wilsons running ability is something that Carroll said has been encouraging as Seattle heads into the Carolina game.Wilson has kept his normal unwavering demeanor for the most part.Its pretty simple, Wilson said, weve just got to find ways to make plays and we will. We have before.This will mark the seventh meeting during a five-season span as the teams met in the postseason each of the last two seasons.In last Januarys divisional playoff round, Carolina scored the first 31 points and held on for a 31-24 victory. ' ' '

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