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    PARIS -- The Wales squad playing with their children on pitches across France has provided some of the most heartwarming images of the European Championship.Tournament organizers dont find the scenes quite so endearing.UEFA are frowning on it unfortunately because its encroachment on the pitch, Football Association of Wales President David Griffiths told The Associated Press on Monday. But the team is run like a family and the boys have been together for so long.And the players are still likely to be dancing and kicking the ball around with their kids after Wednesdays semifinal against Portugal in Lyon. Win or lose.Already history-makers in their rugby-obsessed homeland, the Welsh are one game away from a final against Germany or host France.The unexpected progress is even jeopardizing midfielder Joe Ledleys wedding, which was scheduled for this weekend.Hes obviously booked it a long time ago, before qualifying, teammate Gareth Bale said. These things happen.Just not usually to Welsh footballers. Not when your nation hadnt previously made it to a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.Even after qualifying for Euro 2016, few would have expected Wales to be the British team in the final four. England beat Wales in the group stage but was embarrassed in the round of 16 by Iceland.Griffiths has received messages of congratulations from Northern Ireland, which Wales beat to reach the quarterfinals, and Scotland, which failed to qualify for Euro 2016 but whose federation president has been invited by the FAW to the semifinal.Ive heard nothing from Greg Dyke, Griffiths said of the English Football Association chairman.While the England players are already on holiday, their Welsh counterparts are savoring every moment of an astonishing run that is continuing thanks to a 3-1 victory over Belgium, the worlds second-ranked team.Together stronger is the emblazed on walls across the Welsh tournament base in the northwest seaside resort of Dinard. It seems to be a motto grounded in reality, rather than just the marketing minds back in Cardiff.The players readily mingle with the public at their Brittany base between games, lacking the aloofness of their neighbors from England, which was embarrassed by Iceland in the round of 16.England didnt want anyone filming, Griffiths said. Our lads have been going to get a coffee and milkshakes, being photographed and signing autographs. Its like a family.Of which Bale is its most important member.The worlds most expensive player will never say that himself, of course.The team is the star, is long-standing mantra from Bale that was repeated Monday to deflect questions about his importance to Wales. There are no stars in the team.And yet the inevitable dependence on the 100 million-euro Real Madrid forward will be sharpened by Wales being shorn of the creative outlet provided by the suspended Aaron Ramsey. Defender Ben Davies also picked up a second tournament yellow card against Belgium that ruled him out of the semifinals.Its horrible for them, Bale said. Its given us even more motivation for us to win the semifinal and so they can play again. We are not doing it just for the nation and the badge now; we are doing it for them as well.There was further anxiety for Wales fans when Bale trained away from the rest of the squad on Monday morning.I just needed an extra day recovery, the 26-year-old Bale said in a reassuring medical bulletin later. I felt a little bit stiff.If the Welsh journey is to continue to the Stade de France for Sundays final, Wales will have to stifle Bales Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.Its been a tournament of contrasts for the duo.Bales easy-going demeanor has contrasted with the tetchiness of a tense Ronaldo..Bale has been cautious to avoid stoking a rivalry with Ronaldo before their semifinal. Whats clear is they are more teammates than mates in the Spanish capital.Of course we get on very well at Real Madrid, Bale said. Im not sure what he does off the pitch, thats his private life.---Rob Harris can be followed at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.twitter.com/RobHarrisReports Discount Falcons Jerseys .  Breaking three of his own world records on his way to winning in Paris, Chan silenced the critics and left the audiences standing in appreciation and awe. Falcons Jerseys Outlet . On Saturday night, the normally free throw-challenged centre did just that. Howard scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 13 of 19 free throws in a 2 1/2-minute stretch, and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 122-111. http://www.cheapfalconsjerseyschina.com/ . Any real chance at payback wont come until the playoff. Still, Pittsburgh knows its taut 3-2 win over the Bruins on Wednesday night is a pretty good place to start laying the groundwork. 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But Im clear now, and Im ready.The Colts (1-2) are eager to get him back, too, after being so thin in the secondary against Denver that they almost ran out of players to use in their usual nickel package.Now, suddenly, everybody seems to be on the mend.Pro Bowl safety Mike Adams has been the anchor and will continue to play that role.Safety Clayton Geathers, the projected starter heading into training camp, returned two weeks ago after missing all of July, August and the first part of September with an injured foot. After making his season debut against the Broncos, Geathers was sore. This week, not so much.Safety T.J. Green, the rookie who replaced Geathers on the depth chart, returned last week from a sprained knee and has practiced all of this week.And Indys other starting cornerback Vontae Davis finally made it back last week after missing more than a month with a sprained ankle. 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