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Japan celebrates after winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday night. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

TOKYO – Holding the U.S. team to just three hits, Olympic host country Japan captured the first gold medal for softball in a dozen years, winning 2-0.

Why it matters: Japan is the Americans' main rival in softball. The sport's Olympic future remains uncertain.

The U.S. came into the gold medal game undefeated, having beaten Japan 2-1 on Monday. However, the team struggled on offense, producing just 7 runs during those four games.

  • Japan's only loss, meanwhile, was that narrow defeat to the U.S.

What's next: Softball won't be in the 2024 Paris Olympics, but could be back for the Games in Los Angeles four years later.

Go deeper: Softball at the Tokyo Olympics, in photos

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Aug 31, 2021 - Sports

U.S. Army vet Shawn Morelli rides to gold at Tokyo Paralympics

Team USA's Shawn Morelli at the Izu Velodrome in Izu, Japan, on Aug. 25. Photo: Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images

U.S. Army veteran Shawn Morelli added to her Tokyo Paralympic Games medal count, when the defending champion won the women's cycling time trial C4 on Tuesday morning Japan time.

The big picture: Morelli won Team USA's first medal of the Tokyo Paralympics, with her silver medal performance in the women's C4 3000-meter individual pursuit last week. Morelli took up cycling three years after she lost her sight in her left eye in a 2007 Afghanistan bomb blast, which also left her with neck and nerve damage.

Everyone wants to be an influencer

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The number of people looking to become online influencers has exploded during the pandemic.

Why it matters: Almost anyone can find themselves in a position to become an influencer, and brands are throwing billions of dollars at online content creators.

At least 3 dead after Amtrak train derails in Montana

Photo: Jacob Cordeiro/Twitter

An Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Montana, resulting in at least three deaths and multiple injuries to passengers and crew on Saturday, per authorities and a company statement.

The big picture: 141 passengers and 16 crew members were estimated to be on the Empire Builder train, traveling from Chicago to Seattle and Portland, when eight of the 10 cars derailed about 4p.m., Amtrak said early Sunday.