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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Three weeks ago, organizers and event fans were worried that the 2016 Paralympics would not be well-attended. Michael Roberts Jersey . But when Sao Paulo resident Marco Fumis arrived at a lively Olympic Park on Saturday, he was blown away with what he saw.Im positively surprised by this, said Fumis. We are really emotional people, and I think we realized how important it is for not only the Olympics but the Paralympics. A lot of us are here to better understand how these athletes do what they do, so were here to support.The fan support is significant. The 170,000 tickets sold for events at Olympic Park on Saturday, surpassed the one-day total for some days at recent Olympics.It was a really, really cool environment because usually we have like five people in the stands and now we have an entire gym, U.S womens sitting volleyball player Heather Erickson said after her team swept Iran 3-0.On Sunday, 46,000 tickets were sold at Olympic Stadium, the track and field venue separate from Olympic Park, according to the International Paralympic Committee.Everybody wanted to talk about `What about London? IPC spokesman Craig Spence said, referring to the 2012 London Paralympics, for which a record 2.7 million tickets were sold. But (Saturday) surpassed it for me.A last-minute campaign that originated in Great Britain, called (hash)FillTheSeats and supported by donors such as Coldplay, Prince Harry and U.S. Paralympian Tatyana McFadden, boosted sales for tickets given to Brazilian children.Brazilians can buy tickets for as low as 10 reais (about $3) and pay for them on a four-month plan (2.5 reais per month), Rio 2016 spokesman Mario Andrada said.We have a lot of things that are hard for us, the sports brings us feelings of hope, said Sofia Borges, a Rio 2016 volunteer and Sao Paulo native. It brings hope to families and kids, and its also nice to see other sports than soccer.Total ticket sales now sit at 1,863,000, the second-highest Paralympic Games total ever, behind London. Spence admitted that the expectations were low but he said hes overjoyed at how well the games have come together.Weve got full venues, the athletes are loving it and the performance levels are what we expected, Spence said. We said coming in this would be the best Paralympic Games in terms of athletic performance and theyre clearly proving so.Indeed, coming into Sunday, 89 world records had been broken.While Brazilians cheer hardest for Brazilian athletes, others have noticed the emotion that the fans have brought to the games.I think that we gain energy off of the crowd, U.S. womens sitting volleyball coach Bill Hamiter said. It doesnt matter how many people, we were just gaining energy off of them.Andrada described a scene that he felt embodied the spirit of the fans. When the Algerian womens sitting volleyball team was a no-show in its first match against the U.S. on Friday, officials invited children onto the court to play. The crowd stayed to cheer on the children.They could have gone, there werent any high-ranking athletes playing; only children, said Andrada. But 8,000 people decided to stay and cheer on the kids as they learned the sport.The IPC will continue to try raise the profile of para sports between Paralympics. Brazil will host the 2017 Parapan American Youth Games, at a new facility in Sao Paulo. Construction for the Rio 2016 museum will be underway soon, and the IPC is producing a Paralympic Rio 2016 film.As for current media, 154 countries are broadcasting the games worldwide, a 39-country upgrade from 2012, according to the IPC.While these are record numbers, Sao Paulo resident Cristina Fumis, who attended events at Olympic Park over the weekend, said she believes that the media exposure can be better.The announcement for the opening ceremony was not on the front page, only a small section in the back, said Fumis of how a Sao Paulo newspaper covered the Paralympics opening ceremony. I think the media is powerful in the way that it can change the mindset of the population.While Spence is excited about ticket sales greatly exceeding expectations, he knows that preparation is key for maximizing potential.Weve sold about 1.5 million tickets in the last three weeks, and thats because we did a real big push on tickets, said Spence. Had we done this push a lot earlier, I know we could have sold out these games.---Kennington Lloyd Smith III is a journalism student at the University of Georgia. Penn State and Georgia are partnering with The Associated Press to supplement coverage of the 2016 Paralympics. Jarrad Davis Womens Jersey .J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his left knee. Michael Roberts Youth Jersey . The head of USA Boxing came out swinging Tuesday with an open letter to Tyson -- a former Olympic hopeful himself -- that accuses the former heavyweight champion of trying to poach fighters who might be candidates for the U. http:///...-Jersey.html?cat=926 . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. A pair of middle infielders from the D.C./Maryland region made substantial jumps in this weeks Going Forward Rankings, partly due to their recent upticks in performance, but also due to skills growth theyve exhibited since the season began.Jonathan Schoop of the Baltimore Orioles leapt more than 70 spots -- and seven at second base alone -- after posting .390/.421/.650 triple-slash rates, five home runs, 16 RBIs and 24 runs scored in his past 25 games. Its the runs that stand out, fueled in part by his nine starts combined between the Nos. 2 (8) and 3 (1) lineup spots during that span. Schoop might not be a logical choice for the No. 2 spot due to his modest walk rate, but in his defense, he has improved upon a near nonexistent rate of 4.7 percent during that 25-game span. His free-swinging nature will almost certainly lead to inconsistency over the course of a typical year -- expect a .250 (or worse) hitting month in at least one of his next two -- but Schoop is on pace for 25 home runs, and as an everyday player, thats a reasonable target.Further down I-95, Danny Espinosa continues to lay claim to the starting shortstop job for the Washington Nationals, with an even more generous home run pace than Schoops: Espinosa is on track for 34 homers of his own. Like Schoop, Espinosas walk rate has risen this season to a career-best 8.9 percent, and he has batted an outrageous .303 with 15 home runs, 33 RBIs and 31 runs scored in his past 37 games. ESPNs Leo Howell dug deeper into Espinosas recent improvements on Tuesday, but most notable is that Trea Turner, the Nationals top prospect and Espinosas primary competition for playing time in the future, has been playing some center field in the minors of late. Espinosa now looks locked into regular at-bats through years end, and his power/speed combo makes him well worth top-20 shortstop value.Here are some quick thoughts about the weeks other big movers...Before you assume that Clayton Kershaws projection wasnt adjusted to account for his back injury, Ill remind that, before his placement on the DL, he enjoyed such a substantial advantage over the rest of the starting-pitching field in terms of going-forward projections that his absence merely drew him closer to the rest of the pack. Think of it like this: If he was projecting a $48 player -- which he was -- and the next-best pitcher was projected for $38, then a mere three-week absence isnt going to drag him out of the top spot. Theres risk in owning Kershaw now, for sure, but Id be far more apt to buy if his owner is concerned than to lower him further in the ranks.Stephen Strasburg looked like he didnt miss a beat during his DL stint, and with the mid-to-upper tiers of starting pitchers struggling this season, hes easily back to being one of the top members of Tier 3 (if not on the bottom part of Tier 2).A move up to 70th overall for Brian Dozier felt a little aggressive to me initially, considering his historically streaky nature fueled by his high strikeout rate (and resulting low batting average). Jarrad Davis Youth Jersey. Id imagine hell probably hover between 70 and 100 for most of the remainder of the year, which still makes him a regular member of the top 10 second basemen in the rankings.The same might be said for Matt Harvey, ranked only two spots behind Dozier. I gave some thought to dropping Harvey into the 120 range.Though he hasnt shown evidence of a full return to his 2015 Cy Young form, Dallas Keuchel nevertheless has posted four consecutive quality starts and a 3.91 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 22.0 percent strikeout rate in his past eight turns. He might be one dominating outing away from recapturing a ranking among the top 15 starters, making this your final opportunity to perhaps acquire him at an at least reasonable price.Though Wade Davis still has a top-10 relief pitcher ranking, I cant say Im confident about it. His velocity drop and modest usage to date is a red flag, despite the Kansas City Royals suggestion that this is a mere rest period conveniently wrapped around the All-Star break. If Davis returns with a hot week or two, hed be the first reliever Id shop, if I could get anything close to a top-five fantasy closers value.Your weekly Dee Gordon follow-up: Hes eligible to return in 22 days and has moved up 19 spots in the rankings. Id anticipate a ranking around 115-120th in the next edition.Michael Pinedas peripherals have been significantly better than his Rotisserie returns all season, and since June 1, his Rotisserie stats have fallen much closer in line. Im all in on him for the second half, which is the reason for the sizable jump into the top 40 starting pitchers.New ESPN position eligibilityThe following players added new position eligibility within the past week. As a reminder, position players need to appear 10 times at a new position to gain in-season eligibility, while pitchers need to make three starts to earn starting-pitching eligibility or five relief appearances to earn relief-pitching eligibility.Luis Cessa (RP), Jefry Marte (3B), Jurickson Profar (3B), Andrew Romine (1B), Keyvius Sampson (RP), Miguel Sano (3B), Kolten Wong (OF).The following players are within two games of earning new eligibility, with their total games played noted at the listed position.Cristhian Adames (2B, 9 games), Mike Aviles (2B, 8 games), Emilio Bonifacio (OF, 8 games), Daniel Castro (3B, 9 games), Christian Colon (3B, 8 games), Chase dArnaud (2B, 9 games), Stephen Drew (3B, 8 games; SS, 8 games), Jedd Gyorko (3B, 9 games), Marco Hernandez (2B, 8 games; 3B, 8 games), Paul Janish (3B, 9 games), Jefry Marte (OF, 9 games), Shawn OMalley (SS, 8 games), Hernan Perez (OF, 9 games).Going-forward rankings: Week 14Listed below are my updated, going-forward rankings. 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