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The 2016 Summer Olympics came to an end Sunday night with a closing ceremony in Rio that had a little of everything: samba dancers, giant parrots, Simone Biles carrying the American flag, an encore from Tonga's greased-up flag-bearer Pita Nikolas Taufatofua, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. . . Read More
It looks like the game was kind of a joke in retrospect. The United States won the gold medal in women’s Olympic basketball by beating Spain, 101-72. The U.S. led by only four points after the first quarter, though, and it was only 24-19 a few minutes later when coach Gene Auriemma chose to send in. . . Read More
The most memorable moments of the 2016 Olympics in Rio centered on varieties of dominance. There was Katie Ledecky's dominance of scale, as she finished races pool-lengths ahead of the competition; Simone Biles' dominance of breadth, as she took gold in three individual events and one group event. . . Read More
Geno Auriemma and Diana Taurasi shared a long, emotional embrace. Mission accomplished. The dominant U.S. women's basketball team did what was expected, winning a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal and doing it in impressive fashion. In yet another rout, the U.S. dismantled Spain. . . Read More
For those who only watch the Australian Opals every four years, the team's quarter-final exit seemed a bolt from the blue. But the Opals have been in this territory before and those with steady hands and cool heads will be needed for the review of how the team went from the undermanned, brave group. . . Read More
Diana Taurasi and the U.S. women's basketball team opened their Olympics with a record rout, beating Senegal 121-56 Sunday. The Americans were not expected to be challenged by Senegal, and the only real suspense was how many records they would set. When it ended, the U.S. had set . . . Read More
Well, that wasn't very nice. The peace-loving welcome of Rio's opening ceremony did not extend to the basketball court, where the Brazilian women's team and a feral home crowd double-teamed to stun Australia in their opening pool match on Saturday. Calling on all their experience, the Opals prevail. . . Read More
Leilani Mitchell, a 5-foot-5 point guard, helped Australia defeat host Brazil, 84-66, on Saturday in its Rio Olympic Games opener of the women’s basketball tournament. Mitchell had 18 points and six assists. Australia continues pool play Sunday against Turkey and plays France on Tuesday. USA Basket. . . Read More



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