Latest sports Today: The United States got back on track to claim their first gold in men’s basketball. Kevin Durant and Devin Booker led the U.S with 23 points each, but it was Kyrie Irving that stole the show as he had a game high 24 points for Australia before being fouled out late in third quarter.
The US took control of this one early by dominating inside play while also hitting long range shots from beyond 20 feet distance at will against an Australian team who refused to let things go easily down low or make easy buckets around three-point line area either side of court without any worries about turnovers despite having only 13 assists coming into contest compared 17 made by Americans along with 14 steals too which they used well throughout final eight minutes when America built up
The Americans are looking to take home their tenth consecutive gold medal in basketball. However, after a slow start with Australia leading them by five at halftime, the U.S squad had an amazing comeback and pulled ahead of the Aussies for good around midway through second quarter when they were able to string together 48 straight points over 3 quarters while holding Australia scoreless during that time frame as well. The last game will determine if it is indeed ten-in-a kind for our boys!
The French National Team pulled off a big victory last night, beating Slovenia 90-89. The Slovenian national team was heading towards the end of their game with France when Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) had an amazing performance that included 36 points and 10 rebounds to go along with 8 assists in 37 minutes on the court. This is not only impressive for someone who just turned 20 years old but also makes him one of 11 players ever to have recorded at least 30 triple doubles in NBA history!
Also in Tokyo olympics:
— Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd each scored a pair of goals and the United States won the bronze medal in women’s soccer at the Tokyo Olympics with a 4-3 victory over Australia. The loss spoiled the Australians’ first-ever trip to the medal round at the Olympics. No Australian soccer team, men or women, has ever won a medal.
— The gold-medal match between Canada and Sweden has been moved from Friday morning in Tokyo to the evening in Yokohama. There were concerns about playing in the heat with an 11 a.m. kickoff in the National Stadium, and the final couldn’t be played there later in the day due to the venue being used for track and field.
— The American “A-Team” has advanced to the gold medal match of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament. April Ross and Alix Klineman beat Switzerland to clinch at least a silver medal. They will face Australia, while Latvia will play Switzerland for bronze.
— The U.S. beat the Russian Olympic Committee team 15-11 to advance to the women’s water polo final against Spain, continuing the team’s bid for a third consecutive gold medal. The U.S. had to rally after it trailed 7-4 with 48 seconds left in the first half. Maddie Musselman scored five times, and captain Maggie Steffens had three goals.
— Ryan Crouser broke his own Olympic record on his way to defending his shot put title. On his last attempt, Crouser went 23.30 meters to earn the first track and field gold for the American men at the Tokyo Games. U.S. teammate Joe Kovacs finished second. Crouser is already the world-record holder after breaking a 31-year-old mark on June 18 at the U.S. Olympic trials.
— A slow exchange left the American 4×100-meter relay team out of medal contention at the Olympics. The team of Trayvon Bromell, Fred Kerley, Ronnie Baker and Cravon Gillespie finished sixth in their qualifying heat to extend a quarter-century of misery for the country that brings the deepest track team to the Games. The United States hasn’t won the Olympic 4×100 since 2000 and hasn’t made it cleanly to the finish line in a final since taking a silver medal in 2012. But they gave that one back because of a doping ban against Tyson Gay. The U.S. got DQ’d for another bad pass in the medal race in 2016.
— Hansle Parchment of Jamaica won gold in the 110-meter hurdles at the Olympics by overtaking American Grant Holloway, the world champion. Holloway was in front through nine out of the 10 hurdles but faded on the last. Parchment won in his season’s best time of 13.04 seconds. Holloway took silver in 13.09 and another Jamaican, Ronald Levy, had the bronze in 13.10 seconds.
— China’s Quan Hongchan won the gold medal in women’s 10-meter platform diving. All seven judges gave the 14-year-old perfect 10s for her second and fourth dives in the five-round competition. Quan ended with 466.20 points to finish ahead of 15-year-old teammate Chen Yuxi, who claimed silver medal with 425.40 points. Melissa Wu of Australia took bronze. American Delaney Schnell finished fifth.
— BMX rider Connor Fields was released from St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo, five days after a horrific crash in his semifinal race left him with a brain bleed and other injuries. He will be able to return to his home in Henderson, Nevada, in the coming days to begin his rehabilitation.
— Australia’s Keegan Palmer won the last skateboarding gold of the Tokyo Games. He won in men’s park, breaking what had been Japanese domination in all three previous events. The silver went to Pedro Barros of Brazil. Cory Juneau took bronze, the second skateboarding medal for the United States.
— Eddy Alvarez became only the third American to earn medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympics when the U.S. baseball team beat defending champion South Korea 7-2 to gain a berth into this weekend’s gold medal game against host Japan. Alvarez won silver in 2014 at Sochi as part of the U.S. four-man short track team.
— Japan’s Risako Kawai won her second Olympic wrestling gold, defeating Belarus’ Iryna Kurachkina 5-0 in the women’s 57-kilogram freestyle final. American Helen Maroulis defeated Mongolia’s Khongorzul Boldsaikhan 11-0 in a bronze medal match. Maroulis won Olympic gold at 53kg in 2016. She became the first U.S. woman to win more than one Olympic medal.
— Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas won the men’s Olympic 400-meters gold medal, pulling away from the field at the halfway point and finishing in 43.85 seconds. Jose Anthony Zambrano of Colombia took silver. The bronze medal went to Grenada’s Kirani James. Americans Michael Cherry and Michael Norman finished fourth and fifth, respectively. It’s only the second time since 1904 that the U.S. has been shut out of the medals in a non-boycotted Games.
— Katie Nageotte (NAH’-zhaht) won an unexpected gold for the United States in the pole vault at the Olympics ahead of world champion Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia. Nageotte failed on her first two attempts of the competition at 4.50 meters but improved from there to clinch her first major medal. Sidorova took the silver at 4.85. Britain’s Holly Bradshaw won the bronze.
— American David Taylor scored a double-leg takedown with 17 seconds remaining to beat Iran’s Hassan Yazdani 4-3 and claim wrestling gold in the men’s freestyle 86-kilogram class. San Marino’s Myles Amine defeated India’s Deepak Punia 4-2 for bronze.
— After days of drama, the Belarus women’s 4×400-meter relay team finished last in its first-round heat at the Olympics. The team was embroiled in controversy when sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya criticized officials on social media for putting her in the relay, an event she’d never raced, setting off a massive backlash in state-run media in Belarus. She was later barred from competing in the 200 meters.