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American Keyshawn Davis's dream of winning an Olympic gold, improbable till last month, was back on track on Sunday when the men's lightweight won his debut fight in Tokyo with a unanimous decision on points against Dutch Enrico Lacruz. Davis, who needed professional help to manage anger issues a few years back, was removed from the United States team last year after a row over attending training camps for the Olympic qualifiers. His Olympic dream revived unexpectedly when last month he was offered a quota place for Tokyo through the IOC Boxing Task Force (BTF) rankings following his two silver medals at the 2019 world championships and Pan American Games.
After zero medals on Day 1, Team USA found itself in a familiar position on the medal board Sunday thanks to a strong day in the pool
The Tongans have appeared at every World Cup since 1987 bar one, having failed to qualify in 1991, and, after Saturday's 54-10 success over the Cook Islands in Pukekohe, New Zealand, Takulua and his team are one game from qualifying once more. Tonga will next face the winners of the Asia Rugby Championship, which is scheduled to be played in January and features Hong Kong, South Korea and Malaysia.
Top-ranked taekwondo champion Lee Dae-hoon lost in the first match of his final Olympics on Sunday, dashing South Korea's best hope for a gold medal in the national sport it once dominated. Lee has won a trove of gold medals including three world championships and a record 12 Grands Prix, but the Olympic trophy has eluded him. "It's my last Olympics so I wish I could have done better," he said.
Mountain bike king Nino Schurter faces a formidable challenge to his Olympic crown from a couple of hungry young road warriors on Monday but says the Izu course gives him a shot at a second successive gold medal. The 35-year-old Swiss has been a dominant force in mountain bikes since winning the first of his eight world titles in 2009 and in Rio claimed the Olympic crown after a bronze in Beijing and a silver medal in London. Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel and Britain's Tom Pidcock, who earn their livings on the professional road circuit despite a background in cross-country, are both strongly fancied for victory on Monday.
For much of Sunday's inaugural skateboarding competition at the Tokyo Games, the biggest challenge for top international skaters like Nyjah Huston was the intense heat and humidity. Huston, who is one of the most recognisable faces of skateboarding, said the heat affected not just the skaters but also their boards. The International Olympic Committee said on Sunday it would back any competition schedule changes needed at the Games due to the heat and humidity, after athletes across several sports complained the soaring temperatures hampered their performances.
Denmark has not won a badminton gold medal since Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen beat China's Dong Jiong at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics but that could be about to change in Tokyo. With 11 players - including Viktor Axelsen and Anders Antonsen - ranked in the top 20, Denmark has never had a better shot at medaling at the Games in a sport dominated by Asian countries.
The death toll from flooding and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in India climbed to 124 Sunday, officials said, with rescuers searching for dozens more missing.
Hong Sangsoo characters have a habit of — you might even say a genius for — diffidence in the face of profundity. In that way, they’re very like the films in which they appear: outwardly casual, slight, polite, holding pain and truth and existential observation in check with an airy gesture, a sad smile or, […]
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Struggling rookie Jarred Kelenic scored the winning run on Lou Trivino’s wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth, Mitch Haniger homered twice and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Saturday night. It was the second game in a row Seattle has won on a wild pitch after Dylan Moore scored from second on Friday night on two consecutive wild pitches to give the Mariners a 4-3 win. Trivino (3-4) gave up a single to Luis Torrens to start the ninth.
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Japanese fencing medal hopefuls Yuka Ueno and Masaru Yamada made their way to the round of 16, chasing Japan's first Olympic fencing medals in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Ranked seventh in the world rankings, Ueno was champion of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games' woman's foil individual event, and came sixth in the world championship a year later. Ueno steadily racked up points during her round of 32 match against Egyptian Nora Mohamed, ending 10 points ahead at 15-5.
The men's and women's quad sculls medal rounds were moved to Wednesday from Tuesday, along with the semi-finals for the men's and women's lightweight double sculls, and men's and women's pairs. Additionally, the executive committee said the men's and women's single sculls semi-finals would take place on Thursday instead of Wednesday. "Adverse weather is expected on Tuesday, ... which would bring high winds and strong gusts creating unequal and potentially unrowable racing conditions," the committee said in a statement, citing forecasts from the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games weather services.
Japan's Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito hugged each other and cried as they clung to victory against Germany on Sunday, while China's powerful pairing of Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen said they will take a nap after winning the mixed doubles quarterfinals on Sunday. Mizutani, 32, and 20-year-old Ito got off to a strong start in the first game with an 11-8 win, but German paddlers Patrick Franziska and Petrissa Solja fought back against the Japanese duo to tie the match at 3-3.
A new wildfire burning in California’s Plumas County grew to 4,300 acres on July 24 and was just five percent contained, according to authorities.The Fly Fire, which is burning east of the 181,289-acre Dixie Fire, saw significant growth on Saturday. Fire authorities said the fire will continue to spread east, towards the town of Quincy and that evacuations could be ordered.Timelapse footage shows the fire getting close to a camera in Plumas County. Credit: Alert Wildfire via Storyful
Mexico took another step towards defending their CONCACAF Gold Cup title Saturday, scoring three first-half goals en route to a 3-0 rout of short-handed Honduras in a quarter-final match.
In the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal, USA Gymnastics returns to the Olympic stage a changed team.
"In relation to yesterday's protests, can I say how absolutely disgusted I was. It broke my heart," Gladys Berejiklian, the premier of the country's most populous state, told reporters.There were 141 COVID-19 cases reported, down from 163 a day earlier. The outbreak, which began in June, is being driven by the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus, and has now infected 2,081 people in New South Wales. There are 43 people in intensive care, up from 37 a day earlier.Numbers of such cases have stayed stubbornly high even after four weeks of lockdown in Sydney, now expected to be extended beyond July 30.Despite its struggle with spikes of infections, Australia has managed to keep its epidemic largely under control with a total of about 32,600 cases and 918 deaths.
KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — Opposition lawmakers lodged reports over the Perikatan Nasional government’s alleged mismanagement of the Covid-19 pandemic at the Pantai police station here today. The...