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Trent Richardson keen to play in pre-season opener

Richardson keen for pre-season start
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Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson insists that he is fit to play in his side's pre-season opener against the St Louis Rams on Thursday.

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson has expressed his desire to play in his side's opening pre-season match on Thursday.

The Browns take on the St Louis Rams in their first warm-up match ahead of the new season which starts next month, but Richardson faces a race to be fit in time having re-injured his shin last week.

The 23-year-old was forced to sit out of the team's last two training sessions, but insists that he is fit and ready to play against the Rams.

"I'll be able to play," Richardson told reporters. "Whether I am or not, it's out of my control. But I want to play.

"I haven't heard anything that I wasn't [playing]. For all I know, I'm playing Thursday and can't wait to go.

"Pre-season is very important as far as getting the speed down and the conditioning for games. You can practice all you want but you can never get game conditions down until you play in a game."

Richardson suffered an injury-hit rookie season with the Browns last year, having been selected third overall in the 2012 draft.

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Saturday's key events

· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

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