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Wheelchair rugby smashes stereotypes at the Paralympics | Basketball

TOKYO (AP) — American captain Joe Delagrave was asked to explain wheelchair rugby. He knew he wasn’t being politically correct about it — he didn’t want to be — after the United States defeated Australia 49-42 to reach Sunday’s gold-medal final of the Paralympics against Britain.

Anyone who has seen the famous 2005 documentary film “Murderball” knows about the sport: constant mayhem that distracts from the fact that these athletes have spinal cord injuries, they’re missing arms and legs, and they’re strapped into wheelchairs that resemble battered bumper cars.

“It literally smashes stereotypes,” Delagrave said. “I always joke that it’s like crippled people smashing into each other and trying to make…

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