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U.S. women's field hockey falls to Britain

Like Britain, the U.S. were behind Canada at the halfway point, but their superior power saw them surge ahead in the second half, taking victory in six minutes, 1.49 seconds. James gave them their fourth overall when she took silver behind Dutch rider Elise Ligtlee. There was a group of 14 who came into the team at the beginning of the year. Read More »

Andy Murray to go for gold

These are all players whose highest-level tennis, in my opinion, is higher than that of current top tenners such as Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori. But Murray did not face a single break point, taking a 3-1 lead after his own first break of serve in the first set and did not look back. Read More »

Dream Team gets outstanding allowances


He didn't score today; that's football. While his revelations were bold and daring, Siasia said he was aware of the victimization and backlash that will follow as he called on President Buhari to help save the situation in Brazil. "That's football. We are professionals and could not have underrated the Colombians", Mikel told reporters after the game. "We will work harder ahead of our next game". Read More »

Costa steers Conte's Chelsea to winning start

And Bilic knows they are now competing with clubs such as Chelsea to sign the players they feel will improve their current squad, although he conceded they have to strike while the iron is hot to beat their richer rivals to the punch. And having held Chelsea to just one point from their two outings last season , they were itching for the upset again. "I'm happy", the Croatian said. Read More »

Wlodarczyk breaks world record to win hammer throw gold


Polish hammer thrower Anita Włodarczyk has won the gold medal at the Rio Olympics when she threw 82.29 metres, a world record. The only woman to have thrown the hammer further than 80 meters, the world champion had already broken the Olympic record with a second throw of 80.40 when she entered the ring for the third time in Rio. Read More »

Swimming: Oleksiak and Manuel tie for 100m free gold


Toronto teenager Penny Oleksiak could have swam her way into Canadian Olympic history books with any old medal in the 100-metre freestyle swimming final at the Rio Olympics on Thursday, Aug. In 2004 - just 12 years ago- she was the first African American to be a member of the the US Olympic swimming team. I put so much more into these games than I did in 2012. Read More »

Back to blue at troubled Olympic aquatics venue

Now, Olympic officials are handing out a final verdict on what caused the pools, which should've been all prepared for a Summer Olympics but weren't, to turn murky and green seemingly overnight. Gustavo Nascimento, director of venue management for the Rio Olympics, said in a news conference that the monitors did pick up the chlorine, but failed to notice that it was no longer working. Read More »

Olympics - Stepanova records illegally accessed after WADA hack

All athletes have to enter their details into ADAMS and register a time and location each day when and where they can be reached by doping testers in case of an out-of-competition test. her anti-doping control account at WADA, " the email said. "We have it all year round anyway but it's particularly intense at the moment". It said Stepanova's account had been immediately locked, and that there was no evidence other accounts had also been breached. Read More »

US men's basketball team gets tested, beats Australia 98-88


Aug 10, 2016; Rio de Janeiro , Brazil; USA guard Kyrie Irving (10) drives to the basket against Australia center Andrew Bogut (6) during men's basketball preliminary round in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1. "He's special. We don't get this without him". Meanwhile, Irving contributed 19 points to the American tally. They have never won a medal, but four of their players own National Basketball Association rings, and with smart passing and rugged rebounding, almost ... Read More »

Tearful Puig wins Puerto Rico's first-ever gold

Michael Phelps brought down the curtain on his glittering Olympic career when he helped the US win 4x100m medley relay gold at the Rio Games on Saturday, taking his personal tally to 23. In Saturday's semi-final, the world's 141st-ranked player delivered a gripping fight against Spanish star Rafael Nadal over 3 hours and 8 minutes that ended 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). Read More »

Kerber leads Olympic tennis semi-final line-up

Kerber played a rock-solid final game and emerged with a victory. This Rio meeting is the first of the year for Kerber and Puig, their last match being in 2015, with the German taking a round of 32 victory over Puig in the 2015 Canadian Masters . Read More »

Pep Guardiola won't close the door on Joe Hart

The 2-1 win by City was the nightcap of a seven-fixture opening day for the Premier League season, the highlight of which had to be from the very first match. "I was Sunderland, Sunderland, Sunderland, what we had to do. In Barcelona, in (Bayern) Munich, it was hard to repeat a line-up". I feel it and do it, ' said an unrepentant Guardiola. Read More »

Ledecky sets world record in 800 freestyle

Katie Ledecky swam her way to a gold medal - and a world record - in the 400 meter freestyle in London, 2012. According to their report, Katie wins her races by an average margin of 2 per cent, translate this to Formula one and she would have finished 3 minutes ahead of 2nd placed driver, that's more than the distance of a lap ahead of any other driver on any track on the F1 circuit, a 2 per cent win margin would translate to winning the gruelling Tour de France by a margin of 40 minutes! ... Read More »

West Ham Confirm Imminent Ayew Signing

West Ham have also agreed a deal to sign Argentina striker Jonathan Calleri, 22, who is now on Olympic duty, on loan from Deportivo Maldonado. West Ham will be squaring off against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on December 26 and one can be sure that Ayew will receive a warm welcome from the Swans' faithful on the day. Read More »

Swimmer Simone Manuel Makes History At 2016 Olympics + Celebrities React To Victory


Former Olympic women's all-around gold medalist Nastia Liukin called Biles "the best gymnast who ever lived". Raisman also wrote that she received the "sweetest text" from 20-year-old teammate Gabby Douglas. By age 16 she was world champ, so good that she developed a Serena Williams-like psychological advantage over opponents (Williams was at the arena watching Thursday). Read More »

Bolt says athletics needs him to win at Rio Olympics


Roche guessed on Twitter that he got sick from a "bad aircon in Rio". "He said 'Mom, if I wasn't ready, I wouldn't be here because I'm not into the losing thing". Last year's races in China were billed "good v evil", given that Bolt is enshrined as the saviour of athletics while Gatlin is reduced to a two-time doping offender who was banned 2001 and 2006-2010. Read More »

After 36 holes, Marcus Fraser leads Olympic tournament by one shot

The world No.90 shot a two-under 69 on Friday to be 10-under - a stroke ahead of Belgium's Thomas Pieters, with British Open champion and world No.5 Stenson looming at minus-eight and Justin Rose six-under. Best of the rest: Pieters got off to a hot start with birdies on each of his first three holes and parred his way to the turn to go out in 32. "All in all, happy with that". Read More »

Manuel becomes first African American woman to win swim gold

Manuel, 20, who comes from Houston and attends Stanford University, is one of two African-American women who qualified for the US swim team-the other being Lia Neal who won a 4x100 freestyle relay bronze in Rio. Many black people, throughout the diaspora, know how to swim. But with the exception of the boycott-tainted 1984 Games, gold medals have been few and far between in swimming and track. Read More »

Messi says he will again play for Argentina's national team

A disappointed Messi had announced his global retirement after missing a penalty in the shootout defeat to Chile in the final of the Copa America Centenario in June. "I hope we can give them joy very soon". Its first opponent, Uruguay is in the top of the table, while its away match five days later comes against a Venezuela side which sits bottom. Read More »

Britain retain cycling team pursuit gold in world record

Perhaps it's fitting - in these stripped down Games - that he collapsed into a white folding chair as the enormity of his achievement hit home. And what a race it was, as the Australian quarter of Alex Edmondson, Jack Bobridge, Michael Hepburn and Sam Welford seized an early lead that peaked at well over half a second. Read More »

Olympics: Ledecky gets fourth gold medal in style


At the time, Joseph said, "It's been a target of mine and I'm really happy to do that. Were the papers here, I'd sign them tomorrow". " I need to let this moment sink in , realise what I've done and then I'll have a better understanding of what I accomplished", Scololing said. Read More »

Texas Rangers Prince Fielder 'forced' to retire after second surgery


Though not officially retired, Fielder has been deemed medically unable to play. Fielder is still owed $96 million from the nine-year, $214 million deal he signed with the Tigers in 2012. It's certainly sad to see Fielder go this way, but health is always more important in the end and with his career numbers to this point, Fielder should be proud of the career he's had, even though he wasn't able to capture a World Series title. Read More »

Olympics: Drysdale and Twigg into the finals


The race had been billed as a duel between the 37-year-old Kiwi and his friend and arch-rival, the Czech Ondrej Synek. He already has an Olympic silver medal, two World Championship gold medals and a European Championship gold. "I'm happy I was on the right side of it but it could have gone either way". "I gave 1000 percent of myself", he said. Brennan has dominated the class since taking bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, but her regatta got off to a rocky start when she sank almost ... Read More »

Shock as only Russian athlete in Rio is banned


Initially, only Klishina, who lives and trains overseas from Russian Federation, was cleared to compete at the Games. Darya Klishina could be prevented from competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) withdrew the Russian long jumper's "exceptional eligibility" status. Read More »

Nationals release former closer Jonathan Papelbon


ESPN reports that the move to release Papelbon could come as early as today, as the team plans on recalling Reynaldo Lopez for a scheduled start tonight against the Atlanta Braves . As a result, Papelbon was suspended seven games to end his season. Jonathan Papelbon (left) had a rocky relationship with Bryce Harper (middle) during his brief time in Washington. Read More »

#POCMedalWatch: Daryl Homer Fences Way To Silver Medal


Hungary's Aron Szilagyi beat him by a score of 15-8 in the gold medal bout. Daryl Homer jabbed, parried, leaped and, yes, stormed his way through Rio Wednesday, making it all the way to the gold medal match. Russian Inna Deriglazova won gold in women's foil, giving her country its second fencing title of the Rio Games. Another 2012 champion, Elisa Di Francisca, nearly grabbed her second consecutive Olympic foil title but the Italian's valiant fight back ran out of time and she took silver ... Read More »