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SAN DIEGO -- As Major League Baseball prepares for talks about the 2020 Olympics, Commissioner Rob Manfred said from a calendar prospective, the dates of the Tokyo Games are not ideal. Custom Ozzie Smith Jersey .The International Olympic Committee executive board voted last month to support a six-nation tournament that year in both baseball and womens softball, and the full IOC is to vote in August on the inclusion of the World Baseball Softball Confederation for the Tokyo Games, which are scheduled from July 24-Aug. 9.Baseball became a medal sport for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics but was dropped for the 2012 London Games and wont be played next month in Rio de Janeiro. MLB is reluctant to stop its season for the Olympics, and players are reticent to play anywhere other than the big league stadiums they are accustomed to.Were going to have some meetings with the international baseball and softball federation to fully understand what the program is going to be in Tokyo in terms of how long, how many, before we have any final decision on that issue, Manfred told the Baseball Writers Association of America on Tuesday. We like the idea of baseball being in the Olympics. Were supportive of baseball being in the Olympics.The IOC wants the top players to appear in the Olympics, and the Japanese Central and Pacific Leagues appear open to interrupting their seasons for the Tokyo Games. The NBA has sent its players since 1992 and the NHL since 1998 -- although the NHL has not yet committed for the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.In 2008, only those not on 25-man big league rosters as of late June were allowed to compete in the Beijing Games. The U.S. team included Jake Arrieta and Stephen Strasburg -- both All-Stars this year.Cuba won gold medals in 1992, 1996 and 2004, the U.S. in 2000 and South Korea in 2008.Is there an appreciation for the value of having baseball in the Olympics? Yes, there is, union head Tony Clark said Monday. Is there an appreciation for the season and how or if it could work with our active players? Yeah, theres a conversation, but we run into the same roadblocks we always have. Cardinals Jerseys China .ca NBA Power Rankings, ahead of the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. Wholesale Custom Cardinals Shirts .Y. -- Syracuse has turned up the defence at the right time all season, and when High Point threatened to pull off a monumental upset the second-ranked Orange did what they do best with their quick hands and savvy play. http:///...ersey-large-71q.html . -- In a span of seven Washington Redskins offensive plays, Justin Tuck sacked Robert Griffin III four times. The health of franchise quarterback Andrew Luck remains a concern for the Indianapolis Colts, who open the season Sunday at home against the Detroit Lions.Luck missed nine games last season, including the final seven, after suffering a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle in a 27-24 loss to the Denver Broncos on Nov. 8. The Colts went 4-3 down the stretch without Luck but were not the same team.Luck is back and expected to start Sunday against the Lions, but he did pop up on the Colts injury report released Wednesday. He was listed as limited in practice with a shoulder injury.Luck missed two games last season with a shoulder injury. Initial media reports downplayed Lucks appearance on the injury report, but it is an obvious concern for Colts fans heading into Week 1, especially noting the other injury issues the team is battling.Our No. 1 corner, Vontae (Davis) is out, Pagano said. And Pat (Robinson) is our No. 2 (cornerback) and hes been out. Jalil (Brown) has been out. You can go on down the line, especially with Tevin (Mitchel) out. And with the chance to evaluate him, he tweaks his hamstring again (against Cincinnati in the final preseason game). Mitchel was placed on reserve/injured in the roster reduction to 53.Weve had some line issues, Pagano added. Theres nothing that we can do about it. We have to get healthy, and healthy in a hurry. Because the 11th is going to be here before we know it. It makes it difficult to get to that 53. We got some guys that we are hopeful that we get back.The Lions have their own concerns after finishing 7-9 last season, missing the playoffs and then having star wide receiver Calvin Johnson retire in the offseason.Johnson played all nine of his NFL seasons with the Lions, teaming up with quarterback Matt Stafford to form one of the most feared quarterback-receiver combinations in the NFL. He elected to hang up his cleats in the offseason, leaving the Lions wondering what life after Megatron will be like.Wide receiver Golden Tate will bee looked to fill Johnsons shoes in part, and more pressure will be placed on Stafford, who could use of standout season to silence some of his critics. Custom Cardinals Jerseys. He completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 4,262 yards with 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season. But he was sacked 44 times and now faces a future without his go-to weapon.The emergence of second-year running back Ameer Abdullah also would be a blessing for coach Jim Caldwells offense that averaged a mediocre 22.1 points per game last season. But, similar to the banged-up Colts, there are more questions than answers right now for the Lions, who are expected to be among the bottom-feeders in the NFC.Listen, what does buzz do? Lions backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky said. Theres a lot of teams that have generated a ton of buzz and stink. Eventually, youve got to go out on the field 16 times and play. So they dont give awards, you dont get into the playoffs, you dont get all that stuff and good records because people think youre going to be good or not be good.Youve got to go play. Youve got to go play. No matter what happens, youve got to go line up and play.Caldwell spent 10 seasons on the Colts staff, the last three as head coach, before being fired in January 2012. He took Peyton Manning and the Colts to the Super Bowl in his first season in Indianapolis, losing the New Orleans Saints. Sundays game will be his first at Lucas Oil Stadium since being let go.Tate, who caught 90 passes, including six touchdowns playing alongside Johnson last season, was listed as limited with an ankle injury on the Lions injury report released Wednesday.Detroit tight end Eric Ebron missed a month of the preseason with an ankle injury but has returned to practice this week and reportedly was not limited.The Lions and Colts have not met in the regular season since 2012. Indianapolis has won the last four meetings. ' ' '