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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Just three seconds. Thats all India needed on Monday to draw with Germany and punch in its best result in Olympic mens field hockey in 20 years.But in those three seconds, Germany captain Martin Haner lashed in a hit-and-hope shot from long range which deflected off Christopher Ruhr, hit the post high, and went in.Ruhr was chased along the sideline by his overjoyed teammates in certain anticipation of a 2-1 win. Moments later, it was official.The Indians stood around in disbelief at a cruel finish to a pool match in which they held their own against the defending Olympic champions.Had they drawn, it would have been their best result since a 1-1 draw against the same opposition in the same round in the 1996 Atlanta Games. Germany was the defending champ back then, too.The Indians got limited sympathy from their coach Roelant Oltmans.Those three seconds are still part of the game, Oltmans said. Not just the three seconds, but the last couple of minutes, we didnt stick to the structures we normally do. All of a sudden, people are changing the plan according to their own ideas. Thats what went wrong. They played very well for about 58 minutes, and in the last minutes you have to keep playing the same way and do things right. They didnt, and thats disappointing.We showed performance-wise theres nothing wrong, but in the details we still need to improve.Its the little things Oltmans is trying to pass on to his team since he became the coach a year ago, hoping they find root to continue the teams upward trajectory since it won the 2014 Asian Games to qualify for Rio.Also Indias high performance director, hes found a receptive audience in a hockey scene burdened and emboldened by one of the greatest periods of sporting dominance in history.India used to own Olympic field hockey. It won six straight Olympics from 1928 to 1956, and medaled in the next four to 1972.But despite being the most powerful voice in world field hockey, India didnt oppose the change of Olympic surface from grass to artificial turf starting with the 1976 Montreal Games and, there, India came seventh, failing to medal for the first time. The surface change impacted severely. As late as 1996, India could afford only 12 artificial pitches in the country.Its record eighth and last gold medal in the depleted 1980 Moscow Games failed to mask strife and rapid decline in the game at home, where administrators lusting for power were fighting with each other and the Indian Olympic body.Planning and funding was crippled, and talent identification and nurturing withered. India hasnt won an Olympic medal since Moscow. It hasnt won the World Cup since the first in 1975, and won its first Champions Trophy medal since 1982 this year in London.That result is part of a path being slowly filled with medals, including silvers at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and this years Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.All of the present 16-man team was born after the Moscow Games, so have never enjoyed Olympic glory. Oltmans, who led his native Dutch teams to mens and womens world championships and the 1996 Olympic mens gold, has had to pass on his own experiences to bolster the confidence of his side, especially the seven players who were in the 2012 London Games squad which didnt win a game and finished 12th from 12 teams.That wasnt as embarrassing as failing to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Games.Still, India is at these Olympics as a medal contender for the first time since Moscow, and showed its mettle, after a shaky opening 3-2 win over Ireland, against the Germans.After Niklas Wellens deflection in for Germany in the second period, India replied within five minutes through a penalty corner by specialist Rupinder Pal Singh, his third goal of the competition.It stayed even, growing tenser, into the last quarter. Argentine fans waiting for the next match backed the Indians and booed the Germans, who were imposing themselves with sustained pressure. Their reward came with three seconds to go.After sitting in his goal and taking time to compose himself, India captain and goalkeeper Parattu Sreejesh said the result was a harsh lesson on playing hard to the end but one they will take.That shows the difference between champions and losers, he said.I saw the (goal) ball, expecting a fast deflection, but it was slow, and I never thought it would take that particular angle because it hit the bar and went in. Sometimes deflections dont give you a chance, but we have three more (pool) matches, and were going to go for it, be positive. Carlos Santana Jersey . On Mar. 16, coming off a "fight of the year" performance at UFC 154 the previous November, St-Pierre faced Nick Diaz at UFC 158 in what would be his eighth defence of the welterweight title. Using his superior athleticism, St-Pierre cruised to a five round, unanimous decision victory setting up a much-anticipated title defence against number one contender Johny Hendricks. 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Now they have two.Julio Teheran, the teams All-Star Game representative, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a right lat strain.Rob Whalen was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to start his major league debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night at Turner Field and Aaron Blair will likely be recalled to pitch in St. Louis this weekend.The Pittsburgh rotation is also in a state of flux, with left-hander Jeff Locke moving back from the bullpen to start the middle game of the three-game series opposite Whalen, a right-hander.Ryan Vogelsong, coming back after being hit in the face by a line drive, will start the final game against the Braves on Thursday night and Ivan Nova will make his Pirates debut on Saturday against Cincinnati in Pittsburgh.Nova, acquired from the New York Yankees on Monday, fills the rotation spot of Francisco Liriano, who was dealt to Toronto right before the non-waiver deadline.With the trade of Liriano following the departure of closer Mark Melancon two days earlier left Pirates fans wondering if the team had throw in the towel for this season.The players were also left confused and manager Clint Hurdle talked to them about the moves in a meeting before the series-opening 5-3 victory over the Braves on Tuesday night.We understand (making roster decision) is not our job, center fielder Andrew McCutchen said. We understand its not what we do. We play. But there are some things that Im sure for all of us, kind of blew us away. Where we are (mentally) is just like, Dang..dddddddddddd. Wow. Thats crazy. You know?The big drop-off for the Pirates this season has been their starting pitching.Locke is 8-6, but has a 5.43 ERA and was sent to the bullpen to work things out after a rough start July 20.Locke made just one relief appearance, throwing two scoreless, and hopes hes back on track.Maybe you need to get that fire lit, whatever the case may be, he said.Locke is 2-2 with a 4.89 ERA in seven career starts against the Braves, the team that drafted him. He worked seven innings in an 8-2 victory in Pittsburgh on May 19.Teheran was pulled after four innings at Colorado on July 22 because of tightness in his back near the shoulder and labored through five innings in a home loss Saturday to Philadelphia.Obviously, I didnt feel completely 100 percent, but I still went out there and competed like I always do, Teheran said. It wasnt my best -- when you see 87 miles per hour with the fastball, thats not me. Thats one of the things, why we decided to rest a little bit.It is the first trip to the disabled list for Teheran, who is 3-9 despite a 2.91 ERA. The hope is that he will be able to make a rehab start and then return to the rotation after his 15 days on the DL are complete.Whalen, 22, was acquired from the New York Mets last year and has pitched just 21 times about Class A. He was 0-1 in three starts for Triple-A Gwinnett but had a 1.93 ERA.Whalen started the season with Double-A Mississippi and was 7-5 with a 2.49 ERA in 18 starts. 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