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Top 10 medal-winning moments from Rio

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The U.S. Olympic team came away with 121 medals during the Rio games that concluded on Sunday. Among those were 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze. They won golds in 14 different sports that included ending long droughts in certain events. Of the 121 medals, 77 came from swimming, track and field and gymnastics. Some of the medal-winning performances stand out among some of the others. At the risk of slighting medal-winning performances, here is this observer’s top 10…

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Brazilians pick on Kerri Walsh Jennings to advance in beach volleyball

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It was painful to watch. You do not wish to see legends go out on a downer. Kerri Walsh Jennings is certainly a legend in beach volleyball. The loss she and her partner suffered at the hands of Brazilians Agatha and Barbara was in many ways self-inflicted. That is not to take anything away from the Brazilians, who swept both sets 22-20 and 21-18. They played spectacularly, advancing to tonight’s gold medal match against Germany. Walsh Jennings was not herself…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Wednesday

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Day 12 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, beach volleyball, wrestling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): TRACK AND FIELD Expect a good showdown between Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and Tori Bowie of the U.S. in the 200 meters at 10:30 p.m. following semifinals Tuesday night. Bowie is coming off a silver in the 100. There’s no worry about Allyson Felix, the reigning Olympic champ, because she didn’t qualify…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Tuesday

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Day 11 of the Rio Games features medal action in gymnastics, track and field, boxing, wrestling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): GYMNASTICS Simone Biles can wrap up her remarkable time in Rio with a fourth Olympic gold medal when she competes in the floor exercise at 2:47 p.m. Biles has already earned three golds and a bronze, though her chance to become the first female gymnast to capture five golds in a single Olympics…

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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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Stinging criticism: Brazilians taunt U.S. athletes over Zika

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After months of dire predictions from abroad about the mosquito-borne Zika virus, some Brazilian fans are doing some stinging of their own: They’re booing U.S. athletes and taunting them over the fears that kept some competitors at home. From the beach volleyball arena to the soccer stadium, boisterous Brazilian fans are having fun with what had been one of the biggest concerns heading into South America’s first Olympics. The mockery began during the first game by the U.S. women’s soccer…

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