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    RIO DE JANEIRO -- Hours after making her Olympic debut, Iranian archer Zahra Nemati carried her countrys flag in the opening ceremony. Bob Griese Jersey .Its the start of a busy couple of months for Nemati in Rio de Janeiro. Shell be pulling double duty and will be back next month for the Paralympics, where shes the defending gold medalist in the individual recurve W1/W2.The 31-year-old Nemati had hoped to represent Iran at the Olympics much earlier in life -- and in taekwondo rather than archery.A car accident as a teenager set the former black belt on a new sporting path after leaving her paralyzed.She picked up archery a few years later simply because, I wanted to do some sport.Nemati started her ambitious journey to a first Olympic medal ahead of Fridays opening ceremony during archerys qualifying round at the Sambadrome. She shot 72 arrows and accumulated a score of 609 -- good for 49th position. The results from the qualifying round are used determine the seedings for the bracketed tournament next week.I want to make my goal and get the best result: to make my family and the people around me happy and let them know Im OK and Im strong, she said.Theres no questioning her talent in archery. Over the last few years, Nemati has turned in a few top-10 finishes at World Cup events. Just last year she was ninth at a tournament in Poland.At the 2012 London Paralympics, she captured gold to become the first woman from Iran to do so, according to the Rio Olympics website.Nemati earned her spot at both the Olympics and Paralympics with a strong performance at the 2015 Asian Championships and Asian Para Championships.I had a dream to be in the Olympics as I was doing taekwondo before my accident, she said. Now, this dream came true through archery.Nemati is hoping others in a similar situation will follow her path and has been named a United Nations ambassador for her role in empowering women through sport.For me, it means a lot to make the people who have big problems in their lives happy, Nemati said.Arriving in the stadium in a wheelchair, wearing a green head covering, a smiling Nemati was the flagbearer for a team made up overwhelmingly of men.She is the figurehead of a team from a country where strict interpretations of Islamic norms are enforced and female fans are traditionally barred from attending male-only sporting events. The previous female flagbearer from Iran was at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.---This version updates to reflect that Iran had a female flagbearer at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Minkah Fitzpatrick Jersey . Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. Bob Griese Womens Jersey . JOHNS, N. . -- Jimmy Walkers first PGA Tour trophy came with a special gift tucked inside. Now this is the way to start the college football season.The usual steady stream of games from Thursday through Monday night this year includes four matchups of ranked teams and six more ranked teams facing Power Five opposition, four of those away from home.In some cases, regardless of the quality of the competition, the names alone scream big-time college football game. Alabama vs. USC. Texas vs. Notre Dame.Since the NFL moved the start of its season to the week following Labor Day in 2001, college football has turned summers last hurrah weekend into a delightful opening act. But it tended to be quantity -- lots of games on TV spread out over five games -- over high quality. Most top teams were playing cupcakes.The College Football Playoff has encouraged teams to play step-up nonconference scheduling since one loss early wont kill a teams national championship hopes. The demands of television networks and fans -- who are paying the bills in college football -- also pushed schools to accept more challenging games.This opening weekend is not quite the greatest in college football history. In 1998, eight games matched Top 25 teams. But it is better than most.The last time four games paired ranked teams in the first week of the season was 2009. The opening slate that year included a top-10 matchup in Atlanta between No. 5 Alabama and No. 7 Virginia Tech, won by the Crimson Tide, and No. 20 BYU upsetting No. 3 Oklahoma at the Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington, Texas.A third-ranked Sooners team losing in an NFL stadium to a school from outside the power conferences? Houston fans would like to see a repeat of that Saturday.The picks:SATURDAY MAIN EVENTSNo. 1 Alabama (minus 11 1/2) vs. No. 20 Southern California at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TexasThe thought of losing to the defending national champions might not be so bad for USC fans. The thought of losing to former Trojans coach Lane Kiffin, now the Tides offensive coordinator, probably wont be as easy to take ... ALABAMA 27-14.No. 3 Oklahoma (minus 11) vs. No. 15 Houston at NRG Stadium in HoustonThe last time the Cougars went into a huge early season game this highly ranked was 1991 against Miami, and it did not turn out well for Houston. Can another much-hyped bunch of Coogs be heading for a similar fate? ... OKLAHOMA 38-24.No. 18 Georgia (minus 2 1/2) vs. No. 22 North Carolina at the Georgia Dome in AtlantaThe Kirby Smart era begins for the Bulldogs. More importantly, the Nick Chubb era continues after last years knee injury put it on hold ... GEORGIA 28-23.UNDERCARDNo. 2 Clemson (minus 7 1/2) at AuburnQB DeShaun Watson was last seen putting up 478 total yards against Alabamas defense. Auburn does not have Alabamas defense. ... CLEMSON 35-21, BEST BET.No. 5 LSU (minus 10) vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WisconsinBadgers best bet to stop RB Leonard Fournette was defensive coordinator DDave Aranda, but he is with the Tigers now . Bob Griese Dolphins Jersey. .. LSU 28-10.No. 16 UCLA (plus 3) at Texas A&MPac-12-SEC matchup could feature the No. 1 pick in this years NFL draft, Aggies DE Myles Garrett, and next years, Bruins QB Josh Rosen ... 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