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American swimmer Caeleb Dressel wins his 5th gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, joining an elite club
08/01/2021 12:30am

Make it five for Caeleb Dressel. The American star won his fifth gold medal of the Tokyo Games, finishing off one of the great performances in Olympic history. He joins an elite club of just four other swimmers with at least five gold medals at one Games.

Top US gymnast Simone Biles opts out of the floor exercise at the Olympics but still could compete in the balance beam
08/01/2021 12:29am

Simone Biles will not defend her Olympic gold medal on floor exercise. USA Gymnastics announced Sunday that the six-time Olympic medalist has opted not to compete in floor, where she won gold in Rio de Janeiro. Biles still could compete in the balance beam, which is scheduled for Tuesday.

Javier Báez homers in his New York Mets debut — one day after his trade from the Chicago Cubs
07/31/2021 10:25pm

Joey Votto came oh-so-close to matching the major-league record with a home run in eight consecutive games, but Javier Bez did clear the fence in his New York Mets debut in a 5-4 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night. Bez joined the Mets in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

Anthony Rizzo homers for the 2nd straight game with the New York Yankees after his trade from the Chicago Cubs
07/31/2021 9:54pm

Anthony Rizzo homered in his second consecutive game since joining the New York Yankees in a 4-2 victory Saturday against the Miami Marlins on a night Don Mattingly missed the game after testing positive for COVID-19.

Regional digest: Hartford Athletic loses at Pittsburgh, 3-1
07/31/2021 8:19pm

Alex Dixon scored two goals and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC defeated the Hartford Athletic 3-1 in a USL Championship Atlantic Division match on Saturday night in Pittsburgh.


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MyKayla Skinner Wins Silver in Women's Vault After Replacing Simone Biles
08/01/2021 5:45am

MyKayla Skinner will have some additional luggage with her when she finally leaves Tokyo.The American gymnasts departure from the Olympics was halted after she was named a replacement for Simone Biles in Sundays womens vault final. She made the most of her new opportunity by earning a silver medal.Skinner hit a Cheng and an Amanar in her two vaults, earning a total score of 14.916. Brazils Rebeca Andrade won gold with a score of 15.083, while South Koreas Yeo Seo-jeong earned bronze with a 14.733 score.Fellow American Jade Carey finished in last place of the eight competitors. She scored an 11.933 on her first vault, receiving a 3.300 difficulty score and 8.633 execution. She completed her second vault to bring her total score to 12.416.

Track and Field Day 3: Trayvon Bromell Goes for Gold in 100m
08/01/2021 5:06am

Day 3 of track and field will usher in a new era of talented American athletes looking to make history on Sunday morning. Trayvon Bromell enters the mens 100m semifinals as a gold medal favorite, JuVaughn Harrison looks to win his first gold of the Tokyo Olympics in the high jump and Keturah Orji has a shot at a medal in the womens triple jump.Heres what to watch out for on Day 3 of track and field in Tokyo.Mens 100m FinalThe Tokyo Olympics will crown a new fastest man alive on Sunday morning.After Usain Bolt won the 100m at the last three Olympics, which sprinter will come out on topAndre de Grasse of Canada was the top qualifier in Round 1, finishing in 9.91 seconds the same time in which he won bronze in the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Lamont Marcell Jacobs of Italy was second, followed by Fred Kerley of the United States.Bromell surprisingly finished only fourth in his heat but advanced on time. He has the fastest time in the world this year 9.77 and came to Tokyo as a favorite alongside de Grasse and South African Akani Simbine, who also finished in the middle of the pack in the heats.Ronnie Baker, another U.S. sprinter, had the eighth-fastest time in the heats and will also look to make the final.The semifinals are at 6:15 a.m. ET, followed by the final at 8:50 a.m. ET. Stream both live here:Mens High Jump FinalAmerican JuVaughn Harrison could win a medal in the high jump. The NCAA high jump champ from LSU won both the high jump and long jump at the U.S. Olympic trials. His best jump of the season came at the SEC Championships in May, where he reached 7 feet, 8 3/4 inches, a feat that has only been topped by the Russian Olympic Committees Ilya Ivanyuk and Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus.Harrison will have to beat Ivanyuk to have a chance. Ivanyuk jumped 7 feet, 9 1/4 inches in May, a mark no one has bested since 2018, while it was equaled by Nedasekau in July. Ivanyuk will likely be the gold medal favorite heading into Tokyo.The mens high jump final is at 6:10 a.m. ET. Stream live here:Womens Triple Jump FinalKeturah Orji is already one of the best American triple jumpers of all time. She finished fourth at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The former University of Georgia star had a sign taped to the ceiling that said 15 meters to remind her of the goal she hoped to accomplish. Orji almost achieved that goal in April when she landed a jump of 14.92m, claiming the American record.Orji will have to defeat Venezuelas Yulimar Rojas, a two-time reigning world champion who won silver in the event in 2016. She has the nine best jumps of this Olympic cycle and in May jumped 16.43m, the second-longest jump in history.Shanieka Ricketts of Jamaica also should be in medal contention. Ricketts jumped 14.98m at a Diamond League meet in May which was the second-best jump this year behind Rojas.The womens triple jump final is at 7:15 a.m. ET. Stream live here:Womens 100m Hurdles SemifinalsThe U.S. is by far the most dominant nation in the womens 100m hurdles event. In Rio, the U.S. recorded the first-ever podium sweep in the event and the first podium sweep by Americans in womens track and field.While another sweep seems unlikely in Tokyo, the U.S. has a number of strong contenders for gold including world record holder Keni Harrison. Harrison is competing in her first Olympic Games and broke the 28-year-old 100m hurdles world record at a diamond league competition two weeks after the Rio Games began, crossing the finish line in 12.20 seconds. She also is a 2019 world silver medalist. Harrison will face Puerto Ricos Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, who owned the fastest three times of 2021 entering into Tokyo. Camacho-Quinn grew up in South Carolina but decided to represent Puerto Rico in 2016.The womens 100m semifinals start at 6:45 a.m. ET. Stream live here:Mens 800m SemifinalsBryce Hoppel, Clayton Murphy and Isiah Jewett return to the track for the mens 800m semifinals. Murphy, who won bronze in the event in Rio, appears to be the Americans best medal hope.The mens 800m semifinals start at 7:25 a.m. ET. Stream live here:Mens 400m HurdlesRai Benjamin, Kenny Selmon and David Kendziera will compete in the mens 400m hurdles semifinals. New York Native Benjamin ran what was at the time the second-fastest time ever in the event at the U.S. Olympic Trials. However just nine days later, Norways Karsten Warholm surpassed Benjamins feat by shattering a 29-year-old world record. The 25-year old Benjamin looks to be a medal contender if he can take down Warholm.Joining Benjamin in the semifinals are 2018 U.S. champion Kenny Selmon and David Kendziera. The mens 400m hurdles semifinals start at 8:05 a.m. ET. Stream live here:

Olympic Boxing Day 9: DQ Leaves Frenchman Fried
08/01/2021 4:44am

Frances Mourad Aliev was disqualified in his super heavyweight quarterfinal bout against Frazer Clarke of Great Britain on Sunday after the referee observed him performing what appeared to be an intentional headbutt in the closing seconds of the second round.The disqualification announcement incited a furious response from Aliev, who spit out and kicked his mouth guard, punched a television camera and held an hour-long sit-in at Kokugikan Arenas ringside area.Its totally unfair I was winning the match, Aliev told reporters, noting that he had a 3-2 advantage on judges scorecards at the end of the first round. I was just stopped without any warning and they just told me that you lost just like that. So I think it was an act of sabotage.With Aliev now out of contention despite his disagreement with the officials decision, Clarke advancedto the semifinals of the super heavyweight tournament, andhe is guaranteed at least a bronze medal.Great Britains Whitaker earns spot in light-heavy finalBOXING RESULTS, SCHEDULEBen Whitaker of Great Britain scored a 4-1 victory over Imam Khatayev of the Russian Olympic Committee in a mens light heavyweight semifinal, assuring Whitaker of silver or gold.Welterweight Aiden Walsh of Ireland advanced to the gold-medal bout wit a WO over Pat McCormack of Great Britain.U.S.s Duke Ragan advances to featherweight semifinalDuke Ragan of the U.S. scored a 3-2 split decision victory over Irelands Kurt Walkerin featherweight quarterfinals action, and will take on Samuel Takyi of Ghana in the semis.

Four Big Questions for Soccer's Four Olympic Semifinals
08/01/2021 3:53am

Who is going to score for the United StatesversusCanadaUnited States v Canada4am EDT Monday STREAM LIVE The question above carries a different tone than it is recent years, when Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, and any number of USA stars were often competing to see not just who would score in a given game, but who would score the most.Not so much in Tokyo, where the United States womens national team has been shutout twice and scored six of its eight goals in one game.Now for the Americans thinking optimistically, the United States womenhavelost just once in 27 matches under Vlatko Andonovski, winning 23 times.For those in any other camp, the team that came to Tokyo ona 44-match unbeaten runspanning two coaches, has won exactly one match over 90 or 120 minutes to start life in Tokyo.Team iconRapinoehas been shockingly unproductive aside from thebrilliant penalty that ended the quarterfinal win over the Netherlands. Lloyd was very good against New Zealand and Morgan also scored in that match, but the team leader for goals in Tokyo is a tie between Lynn Williams andown goal.Back on the optimism train, fans could not that the three stars above feel due to deliver the goals against a Canada team thats managed just seven wins and three draws versus the U.S.in 61 matches all-time.That said, one of those wins came in the knockout rounds of the 2012 Olympics and saw the U.S. get a call so beneficial that Canada and world all-time leading international scorer Christine Sinclair will still be carrying an grudge. This should be a beauty.Can Sweden again outscore Sam Kerr, er, AustraliaAustralia v Sweden 7am EDT Monday STREAM LIVE Standing between Sweden and its second-straight Olympic gold medal game is Australia,a team it hasnt faced in about eight days.Swedens incredible tournament includes a 4-2 defeat of Australia in group play, the only match that saw Sweden trail at any point in a match all of 30 minutes plus halftime, but trail they did.Australia has never played for an Olympic medal and knows it will play for either gold or bronze in a few days time, but will feel buoyed by a Junefriendly draw with the Australians in Sweden.Theyll also love the form of their best player. The fivegoals from Chelsea star Sam Kerr are the most of any player still alive for a gold.Will Japan feel the pressure on home soilJapanv Spain 7am EDT Tuesday STREAM LIVE So far, Japan has been brilliant to watch as a neutral and been difficult to breakdown for the opposition, allowing just one goal through four games.And the team will be thrilled at the play of 20-year-oldTakefusa Kubo, the winger who was recruited by the biggest teams in the world before signing with Real Madrid at the age of 18 but has not quite seen his club career reach expectations.Kubo has three goals and will be familiar with many of the players hell see on Tuesday, as Spain brought a loaded roster to Tokyo and can score hatfuls of goals.And will the knowledge that Japan is one win away from playing for gold on home soil become an impediment Perhaps, but not as big of an impediment asDani Olmo, Pedri,Pau Torres, and Spain.Which of the last two mens gold medalists will prevailMexico v Brazil 4am EDT Tuesday STREAM LIVE Brazil has won a medal in three-straight Olympics, but its silver in 2012 came after losing to a loaded Mexico in the final.The Brazilians took gold four years later on home soil, and have multiple candidates for player of the tournament in Everton starRicharlisonand Hertha BerlinsMatheus Cunha.But Mexicos only loss of these Games came to a very strong Japan, and the North American side rolled up favored France and waltzed past South Africa and South Korea.All eyes will be on this one, where flair and tenacity will be doled out in heaping helpings.

Australia, Denmark Sail to Dinghy Medals
08/01/2021 3:42am

FULL RESULTSOn choppy water under sunny skies, the last day of competition in the Olympic one-person dinghy mens Laser, womens Laser Radial events provided plenty of drama.In the mens event, Australias Matt Wearnhad already mathematically clinched gold as long as he finished the last race without incident. He did far better than that, taking second in the medal race, his fourth runner-up finish in the 11-race series along with two wins.The first threefinishers on Sunday didnt affect the medals. Frances Jean Baptiste Bernaz crossed the line first but was too far back in the standings to contend. Next was Wearn. Third-place finisher Philipp Buhl of Germany needed a series of unlikely results to reach the podium.But as the boats streamed across the line in rapid succession, Croatias Tonci Stipanovic sailed across in fourth. Having already done the math in his head and knowing that he had clinched his second straight silver medal, Stipanovic unleashed several yells and pounded his fist on the water.Stipanovic came into the race in third place, with 74 points in a sport in which the lowest score wins. With points doubled in the medal race, his fourth-place finish gave him eight more for a total of 82.If Hermann Tomasgaard, who had 71 points before the medal race, had crossed the line next, the Norwegian would have taken silver. He did not. South Koreas Ha Jee-Min was fifth, followed by Cypriot sailor Pavlos Kontides, who came into the race with medal hopes of his own but needed to finish ahead of Stipanovic and well ahead of Tomasgaard, who grinned as he crossed in seventh but still held on for bronze.Denmarks Rindom bounces back for goldFULL RESULTSAnne-Marie Rindomshould have, by all logic, clinched the Laser Radial gold medal on Saturday. But the one-day wait was worth it.On Saturday, Rindom gave away most of her massive lead with one bad race, in which she finished 26th, and a series of mistakes in which she was disqualified from a race and didnt realize she was reinstated because the race had to restart.Sailors drop their worst result from the overall scoring, and Rindom had to count her 26th-place finish after not finishing the last race.But things broke much more favorably on Sunday. She finished seventh out of 10, but that was only one place behind the 2016 gold medalistMarit Boowmeesterof the Netherlands, the only sailor with a reasonable chance of catching Rindom.SwedensJosefin Olssonwon the medal race and moved up to a silver medal, her first in three tries. Boowmeester dropped to bronze, completing her set after taking gold in 2016 and silver in 2012.

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