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CHARLOTTE, N. Connor Hellebuyck Jets Jersey Authentic .C. -- Martha Ruether climbed out of the pool and listened to the crowd cheering, basking in the moment.The visually impaired swimmer had finished second in her preliminary heat of the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Paralympic trials Thursday, just about the same time that, a 10-minute drive away, competitors were racing for a spot on the American roster in the 200 meters on the track at Johnson C. Smith University.For the first time, the U.S. Paralympic trials in three sports -- track and field, swimming and cycling -- are being held simultaneously in the same city. Ruether likes the idea.I think its really cool, and its a really helpful experience for the Paralympics to have it be such a big thing, so people notice it, said Ruether, from Allegany, New York. When we come to meets like this and its just swimming everybodys like, `Oh, look at the special swimmers, its a little meet, but when they have this with cycling and track, its a big thing.Generating excitement both within the Paralympic community and the wider sports world is a big part of organizers plan. The United States has historically paid relatively little attention to the Paralympics.Julie ONeill, managing director of the Paralympics for the U.S. Olympic Committee, said the idea of hosting the three major trials in one city has been bouncing around since the 2012 Olympics.It just didnt come to fruition based on timing and circumstances going into London, ONeill said. When we went to schedule trials, the three sports got together and talked about it again and made the decision to go for it.For ONeill, Charlotte was an easy choice. The city has the resources to handle the more than 400 athletes who will make it to the starting line this week, she said.Its been great, she said. Everybody local here in Charlotte has been 110 percent helpful, whether its in the specific venues or different organizations around town that weve been working with.For the athletes, hosting all three trials in one city provides a sense of community and presents an opportunity to catch up with old friends and watch them compete.One athlete, Mary Cooper of Los Angeles, both swims and does the long jump.Ive only gone to competitions where theyre separate, and so its usually like Ill have a swim sort of family and a track family, too, Cooper said. To combine them is really cool.Doug Youngblood, who spearheaded the local bid to host the trials, said the original fundraising goal was around $200,000. The committees job was made slightly more difficult since there is no precedent for hosting all three trials in one city.Were kind of learning and finding out what weve got to spend as we go, Youngblood said. Without any history, we didnt know what we were getting into and what it was going to cost altogether. We just dug in and started doing it.The fees for the venues were waived, but fundraising efforts still came up nearly $25,000 short.The biggest problem we had with it from the beginning was raising awareness, Youngblood said. A lot of people we talked to didnt know the difference between Paralympics and Special Olympics.Partners for Parks, a local nonprofit led by Youngblood, was aiming to use that money to fund the closing ceremonies on Sunday, as well as to provide a post-competition meal for athletes.The Charlotte Hornets charitable foundation, led by Michael Jordan, stepped in with a $10,000 donation to help fill the cash shortage, while others picked up the rest.Ian Silverman, a gold medal Paralympic swimmer and world record-holder, was impressed by the gesture.Its truly something special that the Charlotte Hornets organization would be able to do that, Silverman said. To have a sports figure like Michael Jordan back us like that, its definitely a step in the right direction.Joshua George, a five-time Paralympic medalist in wheelchair racing, hopes that the trials-fest will encourage more people to attend. The crowd at the track Thursday was modest -- made up mostly of competitors friends, coaches and relatives.We just have countless amazing athletes in Charlotte right now competing. Everyone should come out and see it, George said. Theyre doing themselves a disfavor if theyre not.---Allison Gasparetti is a journalism student at Penn State. Penn State and Georgia are partnering with The Associated Press to supplement coverage of the 2016 Paralympics. Patrik Laine Jets Jersey Authentic . The Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, and Texas Rangers all won on Sunday meaning the Rangers will host the Rays in a play-in game on Monday. Dustin Byfuglien Jets Jersey . -- Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Alrdridge were again the go-to duo for the Trail Blazers against the Kings. http://www.hockeyjetsauthority.com/shawn-matthias-jets-jersey-c-20/ . The next step is a better finish. Bae played bogey-free Friday on another gorgeous day at Riviera for a 5-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus going into the weekend. LOGAN, Utah -- Jacobi Owens scored on a 1-yard TD run with 5:06 left in the fourth quarter and Air Force opened the Mountain West Conference season with a 27-20 win over Utah State on Saturday night.Air Forces Haji Dunn Jr. set up Owens score when he sacked Kent Myers, forced the fumble and recovered it at the Utah State 14. Owens capped the short drive by breaking a tackle and spinning into the end zone to make it 24-13.The Falcons (3-0, 1-0) then forced a four-and-out to quickly take the ball back and made it a 14-point lead on Luke Strebels field goal with 2:57 left.The Aggies (2-2, 0-1) cut the deficit back to one score with 33 seconds left after a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. But Ryan Reffitt recovered the onside pooch kick to secure the win.Forcing turnovers was a huge part of it, Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun said. We gave them some yards, but we were able to hold them out of the end zone in the first half. In the second half we played really well defensively.Utah State tried a fake field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 18 on the first play of the fourth quarter but came up 6 yards short of the end zone. Utah State held Air Force deep in its territory to set up a short field on the ensuing drive and cut the deficit to 17-13 on Brock Warrens 23-yard field goal with 12:02 left.Timothy McVey had a 59-yard kick return in the second quarter that set up a short field for Air Force to tie it at 10.The Falcons Brodie Hicks intercepted Myers pass late in the second quarter, setting up a six-play, 88-yard drive that give Air Force a 17-10 lead with 13 seconds left in the half.I think that maybe sums up the whole game, Utah State head coach Matt Wells said. It was tthings in the red zone, allowing a kick return to get all the way brought back and put our defense on a short field. Dale Hawerchuk Jets Jersey Authentic. We had our eyes in the wrong spot a couple of times in the secondary. They had a couple of wide-open receivers. That happens in the option game, if you dont have the eyes in the right spot.THE TAKEAWAYAir Force: The Falcons entered the game nations leading rushing offense at 432.5 yards per game. They finished with 213 yards on the ground against the Aggies.Utah State: The Aggies lost their first Mountain West opener in their fourth season since joining the conference. RonQuavion Tarvers nine catches and 143 yards receiving were both career highs.NO BIG THINGTarver downplayed the production.Coach (Jovon) Bouknight just called my number, so I made a play. Thats what Im supposed to do.SO FAMILIAR, SO CLOSEUtah States Myers was 29 of 47 for 360 yards, a touchdown and an interception. 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