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NEW YORK -- Their given names are Amanda, Maria, Jessica and Brian Siemann, but the more attention they get and the closer they get to race day Sunday, the more theyre starting to be referred to as simply the New York Marathon Quadruplets. Their entry is believed to be a first for the five-borough race, which has set a lot of firsts and is often called New Yorks biggest block party, not just the worlds largest marathon.The Siemanns were born in Brooklyn, raised in Jersey, and sometimes admittedly lose sight themselves of how close-knit or extraordinary a story they are. They each arrived only a minute apart at birth and weighed only nine pounds combined, spent the first two months of their lives in a hospital neo-natal unit and have maintained an ineffable bond ever since.There must be some quad thing because weve gotten asked things in interviews, like whether we all answer questions at the same time, [and] we all say No in unison, Maria, second in the birth order, says with a laugh. So I guess that tells you something.From Competitor.com: How to watch the NYC MarathonFrom Competitor.com: 45 reasons we love the NYC MarathonStill, until Jessica entered a 10K road race with her sisters in Florida last November at their urging and Brian, a two-time Paralympic wheelchair racer, later asked her if she would consider trying to walk/run/jog with them in the New York Marathon, Jessica was the last of the 27-year-old siblings to try running at all, let alone dream of attempting the 26.2-mile marathon distance.By then, Amanda had already enlisted Maria to run the San Francisco and Chicago marathons with her -- It was a bucket list thing for me, Amanda says -- and Brian had an extraordinary record in racing. Hes the defending U.S. Paralympic champ in the 100 and 800 meters and competed in the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Games in addition to having raced in more than 25 marathons around the world.All of that could have been daunting to Jessica, except she almost immediately answered Brians text about New York by saying yes, she was in.Which has been another source of comedy for all of them.The Siemanns are believed to be the first quadruplets to compete together in the marathons 45-year history, according to New York Road Runners, the organization that stages the race. Nowadays the four of them are far-flung -- Amanda lives in Connecticut, Brian and Maria live near each other in Illinois and Jessica is in Pennsylvania -- so theyve leaned on each other throughout their past five months of training for tips and encouragement and needling about what to expect.Jessica says when she plugged a few bits of information into the racing app that she and her sisters have used to guide their training, the initial message that came back to her was: We dont suggest you run a marathon till December. She was half-amused, half-terrified. When asked for the biggest lie her siblings have told her about what the marathon experience will be like, Jessica deadpans, That the training would be fun.She pauses a beat.Ive told them, I hate you, like, every day since.Then they all break up laughing.Jessica predicts race day will be a sentimental journey for all of them. The hospital where they were born is the same place where their mother, Teresa, worked as a nurse in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and it sits just a few blocks from where the marathon course travels along Fourth Avenue. All of them played sports throughout their childhood and laughed Wednesday about how their mother would load them in the back of their Chevy Suburban that ended up with more than 350,000 miles on it from ferrying them and their older brother, John, to their various activities. They smile about how shed snap pictures of them curled up together in the back, sleeping off the ride home, or how she posed them for pictures as bald-headed little babies by leaning them against each other so they didnt topple over.Though they all played sports, it was Brian who became the star, Amanda says, after picking up wheelchair racing as a teenager. He suffered a spinal cord injury in the hospital a few days after they were born and was paralyzed from the waist down. But it wasnt until he went to Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, N.J., that he tried wheelchair racing as a freshman, at the suggestion of a coach. Not only did he enjoy it more than other sports he tried -- he was good at it. Then great at it.But a marathon -- a marathon is not just something you wake up and do, he says. So when a coach I later had suggested trying one to me, I said, Im not sure Im ready. He said, Ill make sure youre ready. My first marathon was Chicago, and I did well enough to qualify for Boston.He has never stopped racing them since, and says he cant wait for Maria, Amanda and Jessica to join him on Sunday. Amanda and Maria, veterans of past races, have assured Jessica that she can set the pace. They plan to run the whole race together. Jessica has told them she was already starting to feel the butterflies Wednesday, and theyve told her thats normal.I remember the first time I was at the start line, I thought, Oh man. Am I ready to do this? Maria says. But well be checking on her to make sure shes OK.And that shes still alive, Amanda jokes.All kidding aside, the quadruplets agree on what they expect their takeaway from Sunday to be.For the three of us to cross the finish line together and to see Brian cheering for us there, I think doing this is something incredible, Maria says. Something were going to remember the rest of our lives. ? cheap jerseys from china . -- Jimmy Walkers first PGA Tour trophy came with a special gift tucked inside. Wholesale jerseys . PAUL, Minn. http://www.nfljerseyscheapfromchina.cc/ . "It was nerve-wracking, but we pulled through," said Collaros, who threw four touchdown passes to lead the Toronto Argonauts (8-4) to a 33-27 win over the Calgary Stampeders (9-3) in front of 28,781 fans at McMahon Stadium. Wholesale jerseys from china . -- Nathan Pancel scored twice as the Sudbury Wolves defeated the North Bay Battalion 4-2 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. cheap nfl jerseys china . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is willing to meet with the NFL to discuss an alleged link to performance-enhancing drugs -- but only five days after a deadline the league has imposed while threatening him and three other players with indefinite suspensions.NFL Players Association attorney Heather McPhee sent a letter to the NFL on Thursday, accusing it of trying to bully and publicly shame Harrison without offering evidence beyond a brief mention in television interview last year that was recanted by the accuser.When it came down to it, (if) I got the suspension, the bigger outcome wasnt really worth it, Harrison said after the Steelers 17-0 home exhibition loss to Philadelphia on Thursday night. I wouldnt be on the team, it would hurt the team, it would hurt my teammates and coaches, so it was easier to do the interview.Green Bays Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, and free-agent Mike Neal also were threatened with suspensions. It was not immediately known if a similar meeting was being proposed by the union.Im just glad the process is moving forward, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said after the Packers 20-12 home victory over Oakland on Thursday night. As already has been stated, as an organization, we support Clay and Julius. And were looking to get this resolved as soon as possible.The leagues deadline for cooperation from the four players is Aug. 25. McPhees letter says Harrison would meet with the NFL at 5 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the teams facility, and would only discuss the portion of the Al-Jazeera interview that mentioned the 14-year veteran.In the report, Charlie Sly, who worked as an intern at an anti-aging clinic, made claims of PED use against several athletes, including the four linebackers. Sly later recanted his claims.Is the NFL aware of any credible evidence -- other than the recanted remarks by one individual shown by Al-Jazeera -- that indicates that there is any validity to the remarks about Mr. Harrison? McPhee wrote to Adolpho Birch, the NFLs senior vice president for labor policy and league affairs.NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league has yet to respond to the letter.Retired quarterback Peyton Manning also was cited in the report, but the NFL cleared him after a separate investigation in which the former Indianapolis and Denver star granted interviews and provided all records sought by league investigators.Harrison is a longtime leader for the Steelers. Matthews and Peppers are key cogs in the Packers defense, and Neal spent the past six seasons with Green Bay.Harrison said he assumes the meeting will take place in Pittsburgh, buut he said he wasnt sure about the date.dddddddddddd Harrison added the team didnt approach him about his decision.Theyre asking me about PEDs, so ask away, Harrison said. You can ask me about PEDs. I never took a PED in my life and I never failed a drug test. Its simple. Whatever evidence they think they may have or reasoning for questioning is out of my control.Harrison said he wouldnt have a problem with filming the proceedings.Ive been prosecuted and persecuted publicly in the media by them for something I didnt do, so I dont see why we couldnt have the media there to do a live interview, Harrison said. They can ask me questions and I can answer them and yall can see whatever evidence they say theyve got or dont have.Harrison isnt sure what to expect from the interview.I answered all the questions that were in the Al-Jazeera that were in my affidavit, so I have no clue, Harrison said.The NFL first notified the four players Jan. 11 about the investigation into the Al-Jazeera report.Birchs memo to the union said suspensions would start the day after the Aug. 25 deadline, and would end at the discretion of Commissioner Roger Goodell once interviews had been completed.The four players have steadfastly refused to be interviewed without what they call credible evidence. Earlier this week, Harrison reiterated that he would be willing to meet at his house with Goodell.Affidavits were sent by the NFLPA on behalf of the players to substitute for the interviews, but Birch dismissed them as inadequate.Despite the NFLs embarrassing refusal to thoughtfully consider the fair question and viewpoint of a man who has performed his job in a public arena at the highest level for over fifteen years, Mr. Harrison has decided that he will act as the more professional entity in this situation, McPhee wrote before adding that Harrison would make himself available.Goodells power to punish players has been a contentious issue between the NFL and the union in recent years, highlighted by the Deflategate case against the Patriots that resulted in a four-game suspension of quarterback Tom Brady case and that of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who went to court to fight his suspension over allegations of child abuse.He can do whatever he wants, Harrison said about Goodell. 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