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SAN JOSE, Calif. Wholesale Custom Jerseys . -- Five spots. Five plane tickets to Rio. Thats whats up for the taking at the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose this weekend. From afar, thats the story, the tension.But up close, the reality is far less dramatic.Entering this weekends competition, which began Friday night at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, and continues Sunday evening, four of those five spots were considered to be all but locked up by three-time world champion Simone Biles, 2012 Olympic floor champ Aly Raisman, reigning Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas and 16-year-old newcomer Laurie Hernandez.That leaves one spot for an athlete who can contribute a high-scoring bar routine -- the weakest event for the collective four women named above -- during the team competition in Rio. And because the team selection is based on the discretion of national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and a selection committee, a gymnast doesnt need to place in the top five at trials in order to make the team. Instead, the final decision is based on more intangible criteria that includes past results, consistency in practice, and how the athlete fits into the team dynamic.That fifth and final spot will likely go to one of two women: Madison Kocian of Plano, Texas, the 2015 co-world champion on bars, and Ashton Locklear, the bars champion at the 2016 Pacific Rim Championships and 2016 U.S. national champion in that event.At the start of Fridays competition, the potential for either gymnast to make the team seemed almost identical. Both women own recent titles on the apparatus at international competitions and consistently put up the highest scores on bars of any current American gymnasts. Either would give a strong U.S. team an even greater advantage to win gold in Rio.In San Jose, Locklear was the first of the two women to compete on bars, in the second rotation, and she made a strong statement to the selection committee that her name should be called Sunday night. Her score of 15.750, the best of the night until that point, was higher than her winning score at nationals in June, higher than her score at Pac Rims, and higher than Kocians winning score at the World Championships.Im really confident, Locklear said. Ive done so well at past competitions and won so many times, and I feel like Im building a good record for myself.If shes named to the team, Locklear would be the first Native American gymnast to compete for the U.S. at the Olympics. A member of the Lumbee Tribe, the largest in North Carolina, Locklear wears a Lumbee pin on the strap of her competition bag and carries a dream catcher with her that was given to her by a member of the tribe.Its a great feeling knowing theyre cheering for me back home, Locklear said. Its very unique and it means the world to me that I have their support.Locklears score set the bar in San Jose. But Kocian says she didnt notice.I didnt see [Locklears] score before I competed, Kocian said. I try to focus on myself. Thats all you can control. What she does doesnt affect what I can do. If I let my mind wander to anyone else, you dont have 100 percent focus on yourself, and thats when you start making mistakes.In the next rotation, as Locklear prepared to mount the balance beam, the only other event in which she competes, Kocian completed her bar routine and was also awarded 15.750. It was a tie. At least in the literal sense.The scores dont really matter to the selection committee right now, Kocian said. Its what you have been doing in practice throughout the week and your consistency. After tonight, my confidence has increased.Soon after the crowd celebrated Kocians score, Locklear fell from the beam.I dont think I fell once this week in training, so its frustrating coming into a competition like this and falling, Locklear said. I have to turn the page. Beam is not my specialty, and that is not what they are looking at me for. I showed them that I have a good bars routine, and Ive had good bars in the past. They know I have a good record.But so too, does Kocian, who backed up her impressive bar routine with solid performances in each of the other three rotations and finished sixth in the all-around. Kocian also competes a bar routine with a higher difficulty score than Locklears, which leaves more room for mistakes -- and for improvement.They tied on bars, but [Kocian] had some other routines that could be useful in a team situation, Karolyi said. Right now, she is placing well in my eyes.Still, Locklear believes if the selection committee focuses not on her fall on beam -- where she is unlikely to be asked to contribute in Rio -- but only on her strength and consistency on bars, she has a legitimate shot at the final spot.Its the little things, she says. There were a couple handstands I missed, and my dismount might have been a little low. I could have done better.As the Lumbee Tribe watches from North Carolina, shell have one final opportunity to do so on Sunday. Discount Custom Jerseys . Already owning gold from competition in Vancouver in 2010, Loch posted a combined four-run time of 3:27.526. That included a track-record third run of 51. Cheap Custom Jerseys China . He was followed closely by David Clarkson, donning red, seconds later. Clarksons actions one night earlier, leaping off the bench in defence of Kessel during a pre-season game against the Buffalo Sabres, will cost him the first 10 games of the regular season. http://www.cheapcustomjerseysauthentic.com/ . LOUIS -- Mike Smith is used to facing plenty of shots, so this was nothing new. HOOVER, Ala. -- Florida won 10 games and advanced to the Southeastern Conference title game despite a sputtering passing offense that fell apart during the seasons most important games.Thanks to four new quarterbacks -- including two transfers and two freshmen -- coach Jim McElwain is confident hell find somebody who can fling the ball downfield.Heres the good thing -- weve really got good arm talent, McElwain said. Im excited about being able to stretch the field vertically. Should be a lot of fun.Junior Luke Del Rio appears to be the leading candidate at quarterback after an impressive spring game, though McElwain has not made a final decision. Austin Appleby, a graduate transfer from Purdue, and freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask are also in the mix.Del Rio is the son of Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio. The 6-foot-1 quarterback was at Alabama and Oregon State before transferring to Florida in 2015. He sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules.He is a good guy and a great quarterback, Florida junior offensive lineman David Sharpe said. Hes a great leader -- a vocal leader.Florida hopes an infusion of better quarterback play can help the Gators avoid a collapse similar to last year, when they lost three straight lopsided games against Florida State, Alabama and Michigan to end the season.Very disappointed in how we finished, McElwain said. Not something that were proud of, and not somethhing that, you know, I take very lightly. Cheap Custom NFL Jerseys. Yet, at the same time, it was an opportunity for us to kind of learn.The SEC Eastern Division race appears wide open with Florida trying to fend off an improved Tennessee program. Georgia, South Carolina and Missouri all have new coaches while Kentucky and Vanderbilt havent shown much reason for optimism.Maybe thats why McElwain is so optimistic despite returning just 10 starters from last season.Things are good at the University of Florida, McElwain said. And thats the way it should be.One unresolved piece of business for the Gators involves two suspended players: receiver Antonio Callaway and quarterback Treon Harris. Both players were suspended in January for violating the universitys code of conduct policy.Callaway caught 35 passes for a team-high 678 yards last season and four touchdowns. Harris started nine games at quarterback, but is expected to switch positions if he returns.They are back on campus, using the academic center and working out, and yet nothing has been resolved yet, McElwain said. And there really isnt -- there isnt a time table on it. So thats about what it is right now.----Follow David Brandt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/davidbrandtAP-----AP College Football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '

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