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The ARL Commission (ARLC) has ratified the introduction of extra-time in all finals matches.Two five-minute extra-time periods will be played if scores are level at fulltime. If scores remain locked after extra-time, games will go to golden point.The ARLC ratified the changes after strong support from clubs, NRL chief Todd Greenberg says.The stakes are clearly high in finals series matches, and especially in the grand final, so it makes sense to have a period of extra-time prior to golden point, Greenberg said on Friday in a statement.There were a number of alternatives considered but the consensus, by and large, was that the game should introduce extra-time ... not only will it mean a more-expansive style of football in the extra-time period, it will also be less likely that a team is eliminated in golden point. RIO DE JANEIRO -- A Brazilian judge ordered Wednesday that the passports of American swimmers Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen be seized, confining them to the country as authorities investigate their claim they were robbed at gunpoint during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Steve Lochte told The Associated Press by phone that his gold-medal-winning son called him Tuesday after arriving back in the United States and told him he was going to pick up his car and buy a new wallet to replace the one that he said was stolen during the robbery.Im just happy hes safe, the elder Lochte said. It was an unfortunate experience for him and the other three. I dont know what all the controversy is. They were basically taken out of the taxi and robbed. The main thing is hes very lucky that hes safe and that all they got was his cash and wallet.The elder Lochte said his sons Olympic credentials and cell phone werent taken during the incident early Sunday morning. He said he was sure Ryan had his passport or he would not have been allowed to board a plane.Feigens whereabouts could not immediately be confirmed, though he told the San Antonio Express-News he was still in Brazil.The office of Judge Keyla Blank confirmed the order to seize their passports in a statement Wednesday.The U.S. Olympic Committee said police went to the athletes village Wednesday morning to try to collect the passports, but the swim team had already moved out. Spokesman Patrick Sandusky declined to say whether Lochte and Feigen were still in the country.As part of our standard security protocol, we do not make athlete travel plans public and therefore cannot confirm the athletes current location, Sandusky said. We will continue to cooperate with Brazilian authorities.The U.S. State Department issued a statement Wednesday encouraging those involved to cooperate with Brazilian law enforcement.Lochte and three of his teammates say they were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi Sunday morning as they returned to the athletes village from a party, several hours after the last Olympic swimming events were held.Police have found little evidence so far to support their accounts, and say the swimmers were unable to provide key details in police interviews.Why would anybody fabricate anything? Steve Lochte said. Its just ridiculous.A police official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that police cannot find their taxi driver or witnesses to the robbery. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.Lochtes attorney, Jeff Ostrow, has said there is no question the robbery happened.?My opinion is they are trying to use Ryans situation to use as a scapegoat to show that things down there are not as bad as it looks, Ostrow told ESPN on Wednesday. These types of things have happened with other people, like thee New Zealand athlete, but they dont take half the interest they do with Ryan.ddddddddddddIf they dont like the level of the detail that theyve gotten from the statement ... then call me and we can give them more. Ryan is the victim here. You take one of the Brazilian authorities and put a gun to their head on a random street in America in the middle of the night and I guarantee they wouldnt be absolutely accurate with all the details.They can do and say whatever they want down there. The fact remains they were robbed at gunpoint.According to statements from Lochte and the USOC, the swimmers were returning to the athletes village by taxi after a night out at the French Olympic teams hospitality house in the Rodrigo de Freitas area in the citys upscale south zone.Traveling with Lochte and 26-year-old Feigen were 21-year-old Gunnar Bentz and 20-year-old Jack Conger. Lochte swam in two events at the Rio Games, winning gold in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. He is a 12-time Olympic medalist.Bentzs father, Steve Bentz, declined comment when reached by the AP.The group did not call police, authorities said, and officers began investigating once they saw media reports in which Lochtes mother spoke about the robbery. Police interviewed Lochte and one other swimmer, who said they had been intoxicated and could not remember what type and color of taxi they rode in or where the robbery happened, the police official said. The swimmers also could not say what time the events occurred.Later in the day, Lochte described the incident to NBCs Today show.We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing, just a police badge, and they pulled us over, Lochte said. They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground -- they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like, We didnt do anything wrong, so -- Im not getting down on the ground.And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, Get down, and I put my hands up, I was like, Whatever. He took our money, he took my wallet -- he left my cellphone, he left my credentials.Word of the robbery initially created confusion between Olympic and U.S. officials. An International Olympic Committee spokesman at first said reports of the robbery were absolutely not true, then reversed himself, apologized and said he was relying on initial information from the USOC that was wrong.Lochte told USA Today Sports that he and his teammates didnt initially tell the U.S. Olympic officials about the robbery because we were afraid wed get in trouble.Information from ESPNs Wayne Drehs and The Associated Press was used in this report. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '