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                                      BRASILIA, Brazil -- The frustration with Brazils soccer team is so great that fans are jeering Neymar and wishing womens star Marta could come to the rescue. Cheap Steelers Jerseys Free Shipping .While Marta has been thriving with the womens team, Neymar has disappointed at the mens Olympic tournament, where Brazil is facing early elimination in a scenario that once seemed unthinkable in the soccer-obsessed host country.Fans watching Brazil struggle in a 0-0 draw against Iraq on Sunday heckled Neymar by chanting Martas name at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, wishing she help solve the many problems of the mens team.Neymar and his young teammates had already been held to a scoreless draw by South Africa in their opener, leaving Brazil in need of a victory against Denmark in its final Group A match on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals and avoid another huge embarrassment two years after the demoralizing 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals of the World Cup.Brazils senior team, which used to represent soccer excellence, also endured a disappointing elimination in the group stage of the Copa America Centenario about a month ago.Marta has become a symbol of the Jogo Bonito (The Beautiful Game) that Brazilian fans want to see in soccer.When Brazils womens team enchanted the crowd at the Olympic Stadium in a 5-1 rout of Sweden on Saturday, fans chanted Marta is better than Neymar several times.This comparison we leave to the fans. We all cheer for the mens team and we know that they cheer for us, said Marta, who scored twice in that match to help the womens team easily reach the next round. Neymar is the best player we have right now, he is fantastic.Brazil mens coach Rogerio Micale praised Marta and the womens team but downplayed the Marta chants at the mens game.You cant compare womens football with mens football, but we have to congratulate them, Micale said. They are going through a great moment, playing a great tournament. We have been watching them. They have already advanced and I hope that the mens team can succeed as well in this first stage.Marta has been constantly featured in television sports shows across Brazil, giving many interviews and always showing off her broad smile.Neymar, meanwhile, continues to keep to himself, appearing in rare news conferences organized by the Brazilian soccer confederation. In a recent one, he got into a discussion with a reporter and said that he should be allowed to go out and party as much as he wants to during his time off.After Sundays match, he sped past reporters, head down, leaving the younger players to try to explain the teams disappointing performance to the media. He entered the teams bus and sat by himself, headphones on.Neymar arrived as the top player at the Olympic soccer tournament and as one of the biggest stars of the Rio de Janeiro Games. The Barcelona striker skipped the Copa America to be able to play at the Olympics and try to give Brazil its first soccer gold medal.The 24-year-old Neymar took on the responsibility of trying to restore the nations soccer pride after the recent disappointments, but was criticized by some for spending time on vacation and not arriving for the tournament as prepared as other players.He was far from his best in the first two games, unable to ignite the scoring power of an attack that also has promising stars Gabriel Jesus and Gabigol, touted as some of the best youngsters in Latin American soccer.Neymar is an experienced player, Micale said. He is gaining rhythm as we play. He obviously remains an important player.Brazil is the main favorite to win the Olympic tournament, which is played mostly with under-23 squads and features very few stars. 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STILLWATER, Okla. -- Leyton Hammonds had 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds as Oklahoma State rolled to a 117-72 victory over New Orleans Wednesday night.Six different players scored in double digits for Oklahoma State (3-0), which hit the 100-point plateau for the third consecutive game -- for just the second time in school history and first since the 1993-94 season.Hammonds had just eight points on 4-of-8 shooting in the first two games combined, getting completely shut out in the Cowboys opener, and surpassed those totals in the first eight minutes against New Orleans.We had a lot of guys in double figures, we shared the ball really well today, Hammonds said. But our main thing was defense. We were just playing great on defense, everybody was. It kind of gave us some energy on offense to share the ball and get easy baskets. It made it easy for us.Erik Thomas scored 18 points and had five rebounds, while Jorge Rosa contributed 14 points, for New Orleans (1-1).We did very few things at a high level, and we have to get better on all aspects offensively, said Privateers coach Mark Slessinger. We have to execute at a much higher rate. We have to be able to communicate defensively at a higher rate, which we did not do.The Cowboys led from wire-to-wire, jumping out to a big lead early and building on it the rest of the way. They led 68-36 at halftime, with their first-half offensive output setting a new school record.All in all, I thought it was a terrific first half, said first-year OSU coach Brad Underwood. I really challenged them in the second half to maintain that, I know human nature becomes a little more difficult. Six guys in double figures, 22 assists, 10 turnovers -- good numbers. I think weve improved.BIG PICTURENew Orleans: Following a 103-67 win over Division III LaGrange College last Friday in their season opener, the Privateers appeared out of their depth for much of the night. After holding LaGrange to just 36 percent (23 for 64), New Orleans allowed OSU a 53.5 shooting percentage. Starting forward Makur Puou scored 10 points and had eigght rebounds against LaGrange, but was held off the score sheet while picking up four rebounds. Cheap Nike Steelers Jerseys. New Orleans also turned it over just 11 times in the opener, but had 23 in this one.Oklahoma State: For a team that had already scored 102 points in each of its first two victories, the Cowboys found another offensive gear this time. With no starter playing more than 20 minutes, Oklahoma State still received 13 points and eight assists from Jawun Evans, while Phil Forte scored 13. Jeffrey Carroll scored 14 points with three steals off the bench, while freshman Lucas NGuessan scored 11 points with six rebounds, and fellow freshman Lindy Waters also scored 11. But among all the impressive statistics was that they turned the ball over just 10 times, including just twice in the first half.TURNING POINTWhen Michael Zeno drove the lane and dunked 4:38 into the contest, it cut Oklahoma States lead to 14-8, but the Cowboys erupted for a 24-4 run over the next five minutes that enabled them to take over the game. After Mitchell Solomon sank a free throw with 7:25 left in the first half, Oklahoma State had stretched its advantage to 48-16, and the outcome was never in doubt again.STAT OF THE NIGHTThe Cowboys outrebounded New Orleans 47-29, limiting the Privateers to just eight offensive rebounds. New Orleans had 47 rebounds (22 offensive) in its opener against LaGrange.A big challenge coming into this game was controlling the glass, Underwood said. 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