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CUAUTITLAN IZCALLI, Mexico -- Salvador Espinoza spends his days in a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. When he mounts his horse and tightens the back brace that helps him keep upright in the saddle, he transforms into a charro, or Mexican cowboy.In the traditional Mexican sport of charreria, this countrys version of rodeo, they say you have to be agile, tough and brave.For Espinoza and other members of the Mexican Association of Paracharreria and Equestrian Therapy, it also means overcoming conditions such as amputations, partial blindness, deafness or paralysis while competing in the same daredevil events as their more able-bodied peers: lassoing, horse-reining, bull-riding and others.Espinoza needs help mounting the horse and doesnt rely on the traditional stirrups attached to the saddle. But once on horseback, hes a skilled equestrian and a fearless competitor.This is where I have learned that athletes in wheelchairs have no limits, said Espinoza, who lost use of his legs 16 years ago when he fell from a four-story building while installing air conditioners. The only limit is the one people give themselves.The association was founded in 2010 as part of the Mexican Federation of Charreria, with the stated mission of combating discrimination against people with disabilities and helping integrate them through the national sport.There is no other organization that has done this before us, said Norma Angelica Patino Marquez, a doctor specializing in sports medicine who is also president of the paracharreria association, a team comprising 26 members from seven states in Mexico.In fact we invented everything, including the rules and system of medical-functional classification like they have in international paralympic sports, Patino said.The first charreada, or team-competition rodeo, featuring people with disabilities tk place in November 2011 as part of the cultural events of the Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. In another first, the opening ceremony included a wheelchair performance of the jarabe tapatio, the folkloric tradition known abroad as the Mexican hat dance.During a recent charreada in Cuautitlan Izcalli, outside the Mexican capital, Espinoza and four other members of Patinos team competed in all nine rodeo events at a 2,000-seat arena.Clad in a close-fitting suit, bts and wide-brim sombrero, Espinoza expertly lassoed a wild mare after missing a few times. Later he broke out in a broad grin as the crowd roared its approval of a roping performance in which he and his teammates brought down a small bull. At a charreada, teams go head-to-head in events that are judged not by time but by poise and execution.Espinoza and his wife, Graciela Sanchez Martinez, who met more than 10 years ago at a wheelchair basketball tournament, have performed in over a dozen charreadas and form the only married couple in the Patino paracharreria team. Sanchez Martinez was diagnosed at age 2 with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a nerve disorder that can cause muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.Charreria holds many Mexican traditions: the music, the outfits, the people, Sanchez Martinez said. And the fact that I am Mexican, its part of my traditions, my rts and my taste.At the recent charreada, Sanchez Martinez represented the team as the Queen of Paracharreria.Sanchez Martinez said she and her husband have lost count of how many times theyve fallen during competition, and she joked that paracharreria actually involves a 10th event -- trying to stay on the horse.It is a sensation that you cant explain, said team captain Juan Manuel Garcia, who survived a stroke and seven-month coma that left him with muscular weakness on the right side of his body, total loss of mobility in his right leg and three amputated fingers. 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We know were a gd team.In what was being billed as the biggest game in Oakland since the team went to the Super Bowl following the 2002 season, the Raiders (7-2) put together a complete effort to overpower the Broncos (6-3) and take over sole possession of first place in the AFC West.Derek Carr threw for 184 yards and did not turn the ball over, Khalil Mack had two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery and the Raiders outrushed Denver 218-33 behind a dominant performance in the trenches.Thats what we do, left tackle Donald Penn said. We try to take our will out on people and today it lked real gd. Some days it doesnt but today it lked real gd. We have to keep building. We have to get more consistent.The performance was to the delight of an energetic crowd at the Coliseum, excited to host a prime-time Sunday night game for the first time in more than a decade. 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That was the most points scored against the Broncos in the first half since Cincinnati also had 20 in a 37-28 win on Dec. 22, 2014 -- a span of 29 games including the playoffs.DANCING PUNTER: Oaklands Marquette King had two straight punts in the third quarter downed at the 2 by Andre Holmes. King then punctuated each with a celebratory dance not usually seen from punters. In a season full of excessive celebration flags, King was not penalized on either dance.I just love life, King said.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '

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