RIO DE JANEIRO -- IOC president Thomas Bach defended the decision not to ban Russias entire team from the Rio Games, declaring Sunday that the doping crisis wont damage the Olympic bodys credibility and taking a swipe at global anti-doping officials for failing to act sooner against state-sponsored cheating in Russia.Speaking at a news conference five days before the opening of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Bach said a total ban on Russia for systematic doping would not be justifiable on either moral or legal grounds.Every human being is entitled to certain rights of natural justice, said Bach, who also denied suggestions he had bowed to pressure from the Russian government to reject calls by anti-doping authorities for a complete ban.Bach was peppered with questions about the International Olympic Committees handling of the Russian scandal, including the decision to give international sports federations the authority to decide which Russian athletes should be cleared to compete in Rio.Asked whether the ruling represented a failure by the IOC, Bach said: No. This is for very obvious reasons.Bach said the IOC had set a very high bar by imposing strict conditions on the entry of Russians, including a ban on any athletes with prior doping sanctions.More than 100 Russian athletes -- including the track and field team -- have been excluded, with more than 250 declared eligible by the international sports federations.With the Games opening Friday, it remains uncertain exactly how many Russians will be competing. Some have filed appeals against their bans.I dont think that this in the end will be damaging because people will realize we have to take this decision now, Bach said. Imagine if we had not taken a decision, what limbo we would be in then.The IOC on Saturday set up a review panel consisting of three executive board members who will have the final say on which Russians are let into the Games, based on advice from an independent expert appointed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Pressure for a complete ban followed a World Anti-Doping Agency report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren that accused Russias sports ministry of overseeing a vast doping conspiracy involving the countrys summer and winter sports athletes.Despite the backlash against the IOC decision, Bach said the committee had broad support across the Olympic movement, including from national Olympic committees and sports federations.Of course the negative opinions are most likely to be quoted, he said.Bach took a shot at WADA, which was set up by the IOC in 1999, for not having acted earlier on whistleblower evidence of widespread doping in Russia. He also questioned why WADA had accredited the Moscow and Sochi doping labs at the center of the scandal.The IOC is not responsible for the timing of the McLaren report, Bach said. The IOC is not responsible for the fact that different information which was offered to WADA already a couple of years ago was not followed up. The IOC is not responsible for the accreditation or supervision of anti-doping laboratories.Therefore, the IOC cannot be made responsible, neither for the timing nor for the reasons of these incidents we have to face now ... just a couple of days before the Olympic Games.Bach said the IOC wants to shed full light on all the allegations in McLarens report, including evidence that Russian officials replaced tainted urine samples with clean ones during the 2104 Winter Games in Sochi.McLarens investigation has been extended so he can identify athletes and others involved in state-backed doping and cover-ups. Once McLaren finishes his work, then we will take all the further necessary sanctions, Bach said.The evidence published so far by McLaren was shocking, Bach said.If this system was applied like this, its an attack on everything we want to represent, he said. Its an attack on the Olympic Games and its an attack on our values.But Bach reiterated his position that it would be wrong to collectively sanction all Russian athletes because it would punish some who had no links to doping.How far can you go to punish an individual for the failures or manipulations of your government? he said. Is it possible to take an athlete and say, Because your government has done something wrong, you automatically are out? This would not be justifiable, neither on a moral ground, not to speak on a legal ground.Bach defended the decision to reject a bid by 800-meter runner Yulia Stepanova, a former doper and whistleblower who helped expose the extent of cheating in Russia, to compete in Rio as a neutral athlete, as proposed by the IAAF.It was not easy, he said. The executive board made it really clear that it appreciates the contribution of Yulia Stepanova in the fight against doping. We offered assistance and support which no other organization has so far offered.Bach said the IOC had targeted 2,200 athletes in pre-Olympic tests ahead of Rio, and that 4,500 urine tests and 1,000 blood controls would be conducted during the games, similar to the figure in London four years ago. Rip King . LOUIS -- Roman Polak was celebrating even before Alexander Steen scored the winning goal in Saturdays 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Cheap NFL Jerseys China Authentic . 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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Under Bill Belichick the New England Patriots have, in many ways, mastered the art of getting headlining performances out of understudies.Hell have to pull off his magic again if the Patriots are going to keep their early season momentum.New England improved to 21-1 at home against the AFC East since 2009 with its 31-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. But it also left with yet another quarterback issue to resolve after Jimmy Garoppolo had a Tom Brady-light performance halted by a right shoulder injury.Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins find themselves at 0-2 under first-year coach Adam Gase, despite discovering some late-game traction on offense that had been missing in their season-opening loss at Seattle.Garoppolo threw for three touchdowns in three drives before being driven hard into the ground by linebacker Kiko Alonso on a second-quarter pass play. The injury looked bad, with Garoppolo barely able to move his shoulder as he walked off the field.This game is a 100 percent injury rate, receiver Julian Edelman said. Its football and everyones just gotta do their job a little bit better.The Patriots have yet to say much about Garoppolos injury, but its possible the final two starts before Brady returns from his Deflategate suspension could fall to rookie Jacoby Brissett. Theyll have to figure it out in a hurry before Thursday nights matchup with the Texans.Other observations from Dolphins-Patriots:RESILIENT DOLPHINS: The Dolphins dug out of a 31-3 hole with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. They had a chance to tie in the closing seconds before Ryan Tannehill was intercepted in the end zone.Tannehill , 0-5 against the Patriots in Foxborough, believed they can build on that this week as they head home to host Cleveland after two road losses.He said it starts with not overthinking things.Just make the plays that are there, Tannehill said. We had some opportunities. ... We just have to make those plays early in the game and I have confidence in those guys that we will get it done.HISTORICAL REFERENCE: New England last had to make an injury-related adjustment at quarterback in 2008 when Brady suffered a knee injury in the Patriots opener. With backup Matt Cassel, the Patriots went 11-5, but failed to make the playoffs.The downtime without Brady this time will be much shorter, but the minddset for the Patriots is pretty much the same as it was then.dddddddddddd Edelman said the same work put in getting on the same page with Garoppolo must now transfer to Brissett.Its always frustrating to lose any player on any position. Unfortunately thats part of this game, Edelman said.BRISSETTS CONFIDENCE: Brissett didnt seem consumed by the moment with Garoppolo going down.After the defense forced a fumble, he led New England on its final scoring drive, a five-play, 68-yard series that gave the Patriots a 31-10 cushion.The guys did a good job of staying calm, he said. When the opportunity comes, you gotta be ready for it.STARTING SLOWLY: The Dolphins limited New England to a single second-half touchdown, which probably had a lot to do with Garoppolo getting knocked out of the game. But that doesnt fully explain why the Miami offense started clicking after halftime -- a little too late.After getting two first downs and 34 net yards on five possessions that ended in four punts and a fumble, the Dolphins began to move at the same time the Patriots began to struggle. A 77-yard drive led to a field goal at the end of the second quarter, and Miami also drove to touchdowns on three straight possessions in the second half.I need to figure out a way to get our guys in rhythm earlier, Gase said. The second half of us being able to get up on the ball and go, get completions and run the ball, those types of things . thats what we need to do in the first half.RETURNING RECEIVER: The return of DeVante Parker gave the Dolphins offense a boost. The Miami receiver made his 2016 debut after missing the opener with a hamstring injury. Parker caught eight passes for 106 yards against the Patriots.DeVantes a great football player, Tannehill said. You see some of the plays he made -- the one handed catch on the takeoff -- so were just scratching the surface with him. Hes going to be a big-time player for us. We just have to keep him healthy and on the field.Parker had five catches for 106 yards and a touchdown in a season-ending victory over New England on Jan. 3.---Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Kyle Hightower on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/khightower ' ' '