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    November 13, 2018 7:58 AM GMT

    RIO DE JANEIRO -- Remember this moment, Brazil. Wholesale Air Jordan 4 . Nothing feels better than winning.Remember how it felt on that balmy Saturday night in this fabled temple of soccer, the Maracana, when the Selecao held its nerve through 120 minutes and a penalty shootout to gain some small measure of revenge against Germany.Remember, too, how Neymar, without doubt one of the five best players in the world, won it all.How he kissed the ball before the fifth penalty kick and how his teammate, the goalkeeper Weverton, retrieved it the moment after, then tucked it under his jersey for safekeeping, smiling widely.Beloved nation, the gold is ours, Weverton said, still holding the ball. Alongside, his teammates filled out the top step of the podium and sang the national anthem along with nearly 80,000 deliriously happy fans.This ball is mine, its part of history, Weverton added. With all due respect to everybody who has a beautiful history and tried for a long time, God put this generation in this position to make history, and we did.Remember this moment.Because it came at a cost.This is a nation that needs another sewage plant more than another trophy, a nation that hasnt paid its cops and firefighters and teachers for weeks.It cost $12 billion or so this cash-strapped land doesnt have.Its a legacy, all right, but cold comfort considering the way the real German national team humiliated Brazils best, 7-1, in the World Cup on home soil here just two years ago. Its bragging rights, too, at least until the 2018 World Cup rolls around and the promising kids who filled out both rosters Saturday night give way to the best players both countries can muster. The question of whos really the best will be answered soon enough.Until then, Brazil can claim to be back on top in soccer. But everything else here is in a state of flux. The economy is teetering; the president, Dilma Rousseff, is under impeachment. The interim president, Michel Temer, is so unpopular that hes already announced plans to skip the closing ceremony Sunday night -- apparently to avoid the lusty booing that greets him at nearly every public appearance.This restores our self-esteem, Brazil coach Rogerio Micale said. We see that not all was lost, our football is still alive. There are some things that need to be fixed, but today we were able to make our people happy. Im very happy to be able to be a part of this.There is no such thing in Brazil as caring too much about soccer. The game bestows pride and national identity. It carries an importance all out of proportion to any value that can be measured.People jumped out of windows after a historic loss to Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup inside this same stadium.The lingering pain from that 1950 loss bequeathed the Brazilian language a new word, Maracanazo. Roughly translated, it means the great Maracana blow. It has haunted Brazilians ever since. The great Pele once told a story about listening to the game on a radio at home and recalled it was the first time he saw his father cry.Brazils resolve is about to be tested like few times in its history. The World Cup and the Olympics were magnificent theater, but the tourists are heading for the exit and the show is about to end. Left to look inward once more, Brazilians will find themselves facing the same daunting economic and political challenges.Rousseffs impeachment trial begins later this month. No matter who ultimately winds up in charge, he or she can do little to reverse the sharp decline in the price of oil and the other commodities that fueled Brazils surging economy less than a decade ago. A nation that has learned only too well the meaning of sacrifice will be asked to be patient and tighten its belt yet again.Memories of Neymars golden goal will sustain his countrymen for as long the game retains the most special of places in their hearts. It wont help repair the damaged infrastructure, clean up the pollution or put food on the table.But for the moment, it will have to be enough.---Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at) and 4 For Sale Cheap . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. Cheap Jordan 4 Retro . Meanwhile, there were huge victories for Sunderland and West Ham over fellow relegation rivals, leaving the battle to avoid the drop up for grabs with the bottom 11 teams separated by just six points. 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Youd have to look hard to find flaws in a team that has outscored its opponents by an average of 31 points per game, but Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim eventually found something he could use to motivate his team following a 71-50 blowout of Monmouth on Friday.Boeheim, now in his 41st year at Syracuse, said the 17th-ranked Orange need to do a better job of protecting the ball when it faces South Carolina State in a Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational game at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday at the Carrier Dome.Syracuse committed 16 turnovers against Monmouth Friday, including 10 in the second half, after turning the ball over a combined 20 times in its first two games against Colgate and Holy Cross.We cant have our point guards just giving the ball up like that, Boeheim said. They didnt score any points in the second half except off turnovers.Actually, the Hawks scored only eight of their 21 second-half points off turnovers. But its true that Orange point guards Frank Howard and John Gillon, who combined for 27 assists and five turnovers in the first two games, were both a little shaky against Monmouth with a combined seven assists and four turnovers.Im not worried about John. Hes a good player and he went against a good kid (Friday) thats really good (Monmouth point guard Justin Robinson), Boeheim said. He made a couple of mistakes, Frank made a couple of mistakes. Thats why we play these games, to try to learn from those mistakes.The Orange will play another one of these games Tuesday against a South Carolina State team that fell to 1-2 Friday after a 92-50 loss to South Carolina. The Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational is a five-team, round-robin tournament that inccludes Syracuse, South Carolina, South Carolina State, Monmouth and Holy Cross. Cheap Jordan 4 China. 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The Bulldogs shot only 30.8 percent (16-for-52) and were outrebounded 47-24 against the Gamecocks, and theyll have to do far better than that if they want to stay in the game against Syracuse.It was a tough loss for our team tonight against a very talented and well-coached South Carolina team, but we have to learn from this and keep moving forward, said Bulldogs coach Murray Gavin, the 2015-16 MEAC Coach of the Year. They had 28 second-chance points to our four and that was the deciding factor down the stretch.The Bulldogs are led by All-MEAC Preseason first-team selection Eric EJ Eaves, who averaged 17.3 points per game last season and is scoring at a 15.3-point clip this year. 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