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and then we found a way to close it out. It wasnt pretty there at the end but thats

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Vitor Belfort dropped out of his upcoming UFC middleweight title shot on Thursday a few hours after the Nevada Athletic Commission banned testosterone replacement therapy. Belfort was scheduled to fight 185-pound champion Chris Weidman at UFC 173 on May 24. His title shot was given to Lyoto Machida by UFC President Dana White. UFC 173 is the next major card in Las Vegas, the UFCs hometown. The influential Nevada commission voted unanimously on Thursday to stop granting therapeutic use exemptions for TRT, closing a widely criticized loophole that allowed mixed martial arts fighters to compete on steroids. "As other jurisdictions may follow suit, I am going to drop my TRT program and compete in MMA without it," Belfort said in a statement provided to Fox, the UFCs broadcast partner. "Given the time constraints involved between now and my proposed next bout in May, I have determined not to apply for a license to fight in Nevada at this time." The 36-year-old Belfort has been open about his use of synthetic testosterone in recent years. His sanctioned steroid use has coincided with a career resurgence for the former UFC light heavyweight champion, who won three consecutive bouts by early-round knockout in 2013 while fighting in his native Brazil. Belfort claimed he needed TRT because of low testosterone, an argument which generated wide criticism because he failed a drug test for elevated testosterone in 2006 following a bout in Las Vegas for the Pride promotion against Dan Henderson, another acknowledged TRT user. Use of performance-enhancing drugs can lower the users natural testosterone levels. Belfort hadnt fought in Nevada since February 2011, before his announced TRT use began. He had intended to apply for an exemption to use synthetic testosterone before UFC 173. White and the UFC have been increasingly critical of TRT use in recent months, with White telling The Associated Press in January he supported the elimination of therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone. White hailed the Nevada commissions ruling Thursday. "We believe our athletes should compete based on their natural abilities and on an even playing field," White said. "We also intend to honour this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events. We encourage all athletic commissions to adopt this ruling." The Nevada commission had granted therapeutic use exemptions for several fighters in recent years, including contenders Chael Sonnen and Frank Mir, but had never approved synthetic testosterone for a fighter who had failed a drug test for anabolic steroids. Machida is another former UFC light heavyweight champion from Brazil. He is getting a title shot against Weidman in just his third bout at 185 pounds after winning four of his last five fights overall. Weidman took the title from longtime UFC champion Anderson Silva last July and defended it in a rematch in December when Silva broke his leg while kicking Weidmans knee. Weidman has been critical of Belforts testosterone use, once saying Belfort "looks like the Hulk now" and hoping the UFC wouldnt schedule their bout in Brazil, where drug testing is considered much less stringent than in the U.S. Wholesale Jerseys China . Homan and her Team Canada (1-0) rink from Ottawa scored four in the eighth end for an 8-3 victory over Manitobas Chelsea Carey (0-1) on Saturday night at the Maurice Richard Arena. Wholesale NFL Jerseys . pic.twitter.com/jPRNJqXglc #rexualassault (@rexchurko) May 28, 2014 @BarDown Iceotopes wearing chicken suits complete with sewn on numbers and our goalie is the egg! pic. http://www.wholesalejerseysace.us/ .C. Lions. The clubs former starting quarterback, assistant and head coach returned Thursday as its receivers coach. ATLANTA -- Philadelphias highest-scoring quarter of the season made 76ers coach Doug Collins proud and left Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew fuming. Evan Turner had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Philadelphia took command with a 40-point opening quarter and beat the Hawks 101-90 on Friday night. The Hawks fell to sixth in the Eastern Conference, one game behind Chicago. Drew said the Hawks "were soft defensively" in the first quarter. "How you can come out and play like that when the game has that type of meaning is beyond me," Drew said. Spencer Hawes added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers, who made 16 of 22 shots to lead 40-26 after 12 minutes. Thaddeus Young scored 14 points with 12 rebounds. Drew had sharp criticism after his teams second straight home loss. He said that after 77 games, "We dont know who we are." Drew said he emphasized in training camp the Hawks "had to be a team that would be gritty, we had to be a team that would bring a blue-collar intensity, especially on defence." Added Drew: "Somewhere along the line we forgot who we need to be." Josh Smith, who led Atlanta with 19 points, scored to cut Philadelphias lead to 54-45 late in the first half. A basket by Hawes pushed the lead back to double figures for good. Al Horford, who had 18 points and 10 rebounds, disagreed with Drews critique of the Hawks. "I dont think its a matter of identity," Horford said. "I think its more of working through a slump. ... For whatever reason, we cant get it all together. We know what were about." Ivan Johnson had 17 points off Atlantas bench. Damien Wilkins had 16 points for the 76ers, who have won four of five. Philadelphias previous high mark for points in a period was 36 in the second quarter against Sacramento on March 26. "That might have been the best first quarter weve had all season long," Collins said. "We had great energgy.dddddddddddd The ball was moving. We were just really sharp. "It really set the tone for the game, and then we found a way to close it out. It wasnt pretty there at the end but thats a really good road win for us against a playoff team." The 76ers are barely alive in the playoff race, sitting five games behind eighth-place Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference playoff race. "These games are important for us," Collins said. "Ive got young players. Little things that you keep teaching, thats why were going to coach and teach and play these games to the finish." Turner said the impressive opening period "was huge" for the 76ers. "I think we were clicking on all cylinders," Turner said. "Coach challenged to really come out and try and win the first quarter." Before the game, Collins commended his teams spirit despite the slim playoff hopes. "Were not looking to be in the lotto bowl," Collins said. Atlantas last lead was 11-10. The 76ers pulled away by making their first five 3-pointers and made 9 of 16 overall. Jrue Holiday, who shot just 2 of 24 from the field in Philadelphias 88-83 loss at Charlotte Wednesday night, had more shooting struggles while making only 3 of 14 shots for nine points. The 76ers 40 first-quarter points matched the high mark allowed by Atlanta in any quarter this season. NOTES: Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing had a front-row seat. ... More than 500 college coaches in town for the Final Four were invited to the game. ... 76ers F Dorell Wright (right elbow contusion) was held out. He has played since he injured the elbow on March 30 against Charlotte, but he had renewed soreness in practice on Thursday. ... Hawks G Devin Harris (sore left foot) and G John Jenkins (mild concussion) were not available. Jenkins said he hopes to play Saturday at San Antonio. ... 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