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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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What to watch at the Rio games on Sunday

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The final day of the Rio Games features medal action in basketball, volleyball, the marathon, boxing, wrestling and more, as well as the closing ceremonies. Here are some things to watch. (all times local): BASKETBALL No gold, no glory. That’s the way it is for the U.S. men’s basketball team . The Americans, the standard in the sport since winning their first 63 games after basketball debuted 80 years ago in the Olympics, are either winners or failures. But these…

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The good, the bad and the ugly of the Rio Games

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Michael Phelps won more medals than anyone else, again. And then he said farewell, also again. Usain Bolt kissed the finish line good-bye after enhancing his Olympic legacy. Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky delivered under the burden of enormous expectations. Two strangers went from rivals to forever linked by a display of kindness, an entire nation seemed to celebrate a tennis match, and a gold medalist scampered home to avoid legal issues after a robbery story unraveled. The Rio de…

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#Blackgirlmagic takes spotlight at Olympics

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Andrea Lawful-Sanders has a ritual for cheering the black heroines of the Summer Olympics. She gets into her corner of the living room, sets up her chair, demands silence before screaming at the top of her lungs, flails her body wildly and — in keeping with her and heritage — bangs pot covers together to celebrate victories. From Simone Biles‘ gravity-defying flips to the history-making medal trifecta of the U.S. women racing in the 100-meter hurdles, many of the Olympics’…

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USA Gymnastics primed for more success after Martha Karolyi

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Martha Karolyi doesn’t know who will replace her as national team coordinator for USA Gymnastics when she officially steps down later this month. She does, however, have a message: Don’t get cute. “The program is already built,” Karolyi said. “I just really hope that they don’t try to fix a program which proved itself and right now really shows that it’s the highest level program in the world.” It’s hard to argue with the results. The “Final Five” — a…

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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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Simone Biles struggles on beam, settles for bronze medal

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Simone Biles proved she’s human after all. In a major surprise, Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands came away with the gold medal in the balance beam final. American Laurie Hernandez took the silver medal and Biles won the bronze.  Biles was off to a strong start on her routine, but nearly fell off the beam nearly halfway through. She needed to place both hands on the beam to prevent a total fall, but the deduction is nearly as harsh as…

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