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RIO DE JANEIRO -- After months of dire predictions from abroad about the mosquito-borne Zika virus, some Brazilian fans are doing some stinging of their own: Theyre booing U.S. athletes and taunting them over the fears that kept some competitors at home.From the beach volleyball arena to the soccer stadium, boisterous Brazilian fans are having fun with what had been one of the biggest concerns heading into South Americas first Olympics.The mockery began during the first game by the U.S. womens soccer team, when veteran goalkeeper Hope Solo was greeted by chants of Zika! Zika! every time she touched the ball. The jeers were heard again Saturday during a 1-0 U.S. victory over France.Solo, who irked Brazilians before coming to the Olympics by tweeting a photo of herself wearing a hat with mosquito netting and sporting a giant bottle of bug repellent, might seem an easy target.Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat didnt stir any controversy, or even make any comments about the virus, in the run-up to their match Sunday in womens volleyball. All the same, the two Olympic newcomers got rousing jeers of Zika from fans in bright green and yellow Brazilian jerseys every time they served against Poland.Solo has a lot of fans in Brazil and made a very derogative post on social media making fun of the country, said Rodrigo Porto, a 37-year-old engineer. Every time she kicks the ball, the whole stadium will scream back Zika at her.Porto says he took part in yet another round of Zika-laced taunts Saturday directed toward another American, defending Olympic beach volleyball champion Kerri Walsh Jennings.Brazilian fans are loving, but when they are disappointed and want to make fun of someone, they are relentless, he said.Not every American is getting booed. On Sunday, crowds cheered loudly for gymnast Simone Biles.It would be hard to blame U.S. athletes or foreign tourists for being worried about Zika, which can cause birth defects in babies born to mothers who have been infected.In May, 150 health experts from several countries posted a letter to the World Health Organization calling for the games to be postponed or moved until more about the disease is known. That call came despite the fact that the Olympics are taking place in the Southern Hemispheres winter, which usually decimates the mosquito population.The WHO has warned for months of a very low risk of Zika spreading during the Rio Olympics. In addition to the low temperatures -- August is Rios second-coldest month with average daytime highs of 79 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius) -- many in Rio have developed immunities after living with the virus for about a year.That stands in contrast to places where the virus is just now arriving. In Miami, at least 15 people are believed to have been infected through mosquito bites in what would be the first such cases in the mainland U.S.The most recent data compiled by the Pan American Health Organization showed a steady decrease in suspected Zika cases in Brazil since its peak in February, when about 16,000 cases were reported in a single week, and almost no cases of the virus as of late July. At the Copa DOr hospital in the touristy Copacabana beach neighborhood, doctors were at a loss to remember even a single case of Zika, chikungunya or other mosquito-borne diseases since June.I dont know if the risk is zero, but certainly Rio is one of the safest places in the hemisphere right now, arguably even more than Miami, said Dr. Peter Hotez, a tropical medicine expert at the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.Lee Igel, one of the authors of the letter, said hes happy that some of the dire warnings didnt pan out. But he stands by the letters contents and cautions that much more research is required.He cited new evidence showing Zika can remain in sperm for longer than the previously thought 90 days, and he called that a serious risk as 500,000 tourists descend on Rio, with some likely to have sex with Brazilians whove been previously infected, perhaps unknowingly, with Zika.Its a virus that has evolved. We still dont know the long-term consequence, and every day theres new information popping up, said Igel, a sports and medical ethics expert at New York University.Still, anxiety over Zika has run high for months among some athletes preparing for Rio. Golfers Jason Day and American tennis duo Mike and Bob Bryan pulled out of the games, while basketball player Pau Gasol of Spain said he was considering freezing his sperm because of the virus.Tourists in Rio have been bombarded with free bottles and cans of mosquito repellent, courtesy of SC Johnsons OFF! Brand, an official sponsor at the games.South Korea equipped its athletes with mosquito-repellent uniforms and Australia distributed special antiviral condoms.But Brazilians, who have spent their entire lives making peace with mosquitoes, have always viewed the alarm with skepticism. They complain their northern neighbors are frequently uninformed and unwilling to recognize Brazils quick identification of the virus here and efforts to eradicate it.And they are not about to let that go unanswered.I think it is just pathetic to be afraid of Zika in Rio at this time of the year, said Nathalia Ferreira, a 29-year-old pharmacist. I expected people to be more informed. I am more afraid of getting some kind of flu from someone who flew here.---Joshua Goodman is on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apjoshgoodman His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/journalist/joshua-goodman---AP Writers Mauricio Savarese, Jimmy Golen and Tales Azzoni contributed to this report. Black Ultra Boost . They reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in five games, bested the visiting Trail Blazers by 34 in the paint and scored 19 of the final 25 points in regulation. 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He finished a disappointing campaign just 14-13 with a career-worst 4.SAN FRANCISCO -- Chad Gaudin might just be pitching himself right into a permanent spot in the San Francisco starting rotation. He certainly pitched the defending World Series champion Giants to an important victory to begin the seasons second half against the division-leading Arizona Diamondbacks, striking out eight in seven scoreless innings to build on his impressive monthlong stretch in a 2-0 win Friday night. "Its huge," Gaudin said. "Any win in our division is huge." All-Star Buster Posey hit an RBI double, Hunter Pence added a run-scoring single as San Francisco started a key series to open the second half by pulling within 5 1/2 games of the D-backs in the NL West race. Arizona starter Ian Kennedy (3-7) was denied career win No. 50 yet again in his eighth try. In his past four starts, Gaudin (4-1) has a 0.77 ERA, two earned runs in 23 1-3 innings. He has an 11-inning scoreless streak. "What a great job he did tonight, which we needed," manager Bruce Bochy said. Gaudin is unbeaten in seven starts since joining the rotation in early June to replace the injured Ryan Vogelsong -- and he is making for a tough decision by the Giants brass when Vogelsong is ready to return next month. "Obviously Id like to start and enjoy starting," said Gaudin, so valuable for his versatility. Not bad for a guy who signed a minor league deal with the Giants and had no guarantee of making the team out of spring training. "I signed over here to do what Im doing now," Gaudin said. "Its great. Ive put a lot of time and effort and work into having a good craft and pretty much dedicated myself to getting better and staying consistent. Its kind of surprising, but at the same time I kind of expect it out of myself." Gaudins only loss came in relief during an extra-inning loss April 24 against Arizona at home. Gaudin also got a defensive gem from Giants rookie Kensuke Tanaka. The converted infielder made a sliding catch near the foul line in left field, reaching back over his head after overrunning the play to rob Paul Goldschmidt leading off the fourth. Gaudin tipped his cap to the outfielder. The Giants are determined to put some steady play together -- and Gaudins stellar outing was a start. The club began a key stretch with 10 games at home in AT&T Park, including Tuesdays doubleheader with the Reds in which Cincinnati is the home team in the opener to make up a July 4 rainout in Ohio. Gaudin allowed three hits and didnt walk a batter for the second time in his seven starts. "Everything he does for us, its a big lift," closer Sergio Romo said.dddddddddddd Romo, the Giants fifth reliever, finished the five-hitter for his 22nd save and San Franciscos 10th shutout. Arizona was blanked for just the second time after losing 3-0 to Atlanta on June 28. "We had no offence going on at all tonight. They just shut us down," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. Santiago Casilla escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth. Romo has a 29-game scoreless streak against the D-backs spanning 21 2-3 innings and dating to Sept. 6, 2010. Kennedy lost his third straight during an eight-start winless streak in which he went 0-3 since beating the Cubs on June 1 in Chicago. "You just try to be positive. Like, Just get that out of the way," Kennedy said. "Just keep going out there, grind away, find adjustments to do. Thats what I really tried to do." He even shaved his beard during the All-Star break to try to get on track. The right-hander said he had a professional barber give him the trim Monday, his first in 26 months since his daughter, Nora, was born in late April 2011. "I needed a change," he said. But Arizona lost its sixth straight second-half opener. Notes: D-backs RHP Brandon McCarthy is scheduled to pitch a rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Reno and likely one more after that before being re-evaluated. 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