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What to watch at the Rio games on Friday

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Day 7 of the Rio Games features medal action in swimming, track and field, track cycling, fencing, judo and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): SWIMMING Will Michael Phelps add even more gold to his Olympic career? We’ll see when the men’s 100 meter butterfly finals are held Friday at 10:12 p.m. Phelps has the world and Olympic (Beijing) records in the event and qualified in the semifinals Thursday night after winning the 200 individual medley…

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Missy Franklin not in freestyle relay final

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The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local): 9:40 p.m. If Missy Franklin is going to claim her first swimming medal of the Rio Olympics, it will have to come while she’s on dry land. Franklin competed in the preliminaries of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, but her time wasn’t fast enough for the coaches to give her a spot in the evening final. Allison Schmitt posted what was by far the fastest split time…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Wednesday

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Day 5 of the Rio Games features medal action in gymnastics, swimming, judo, fencing and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): SWIMMING A day after Michael Phelps won his 20th and 21st golds, he and Ryan Lochte will be looking to get to the semifinals in the men’s 200-meter individual medleys. Phelps took first Tuesday night in the 200-meter butterfly and later teamed with Lochte as half of the gold medal winning 4×200 meter freestyle relay team.…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Saturday

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The Rio Games get into full swing Saturday just hours after Friday night’s opening ceremony. Here are some things to watch (all times local): HOOPS With the world hoping for a respite from recent tragedies, it’s perhaps fitting that two stricken nations face each other early on. Players readying for the 12 p.m.women’s basketball match between France and Turkey say they hope to present a unified front for those back home. Later, the juggernaut of the USA men’s basketball team,…

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Going for gold isn’t just for athletes anymore

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The Olympic athletes aren’t the only ones going for the gold in Rio. For the first time since the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, bettors in Las Vegas are allowed to wager legally on an Olympic competition. RJ Bell of Pregame.com says much of that money will be spent on men’s basketball even though bookmakers give the Americans an almost 90 percent change of winning the gold medal. So, you’d have to lay down $1,200 on the Americans to earn $100. A $100 wager…

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Final 4 foes Orange, ‘Heels share a room in NCAA doghouse

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Syracuse and North Carolina will square off in Saturday’s second game of the NCAA men’s Final Four. Both coaches, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and North Carolina’s Roy Williams, have enjoyed the high of winning it all. They have also endured the low of having their basketball programs under investigation by the NCAA. Fortunately for the fans, the legal aspect of NCAA rule compliance will take a back seat on Saturday. Instead, the focus will be complying with on-court rules such as…

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Magic goes toe-to-toe with New York, comes out on top

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The way the New York Knicks shot the ball on Monday, it would take an exception effort by a visiting team to beat them. The Orlando Magic were up to the challenge and played one of their best games of the year to come away with a 107-99 victory at Madison Square Garden. Just 24 hours after a highly disappointing home loss to Atlanta, the Magic took every punch the Knicks threw and had a few counters of their own.…

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