Tokyo Olympics

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Naomi Osaka eliminated from Olympic Games tennis tournament

She lost in the third round to the 42nd-ranked Czech Marketa Vondrousova.

Updated 9 hours ago - Sports
American Carissa Moore wins first-ever women's Olympic gold in surfing

Brazil's Italo Ferreira won the gold medal in the inaugural men's Olympic surfing contest.

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Teen swimmer Lydia Jacoby wins 1st U.S. women's Olympic gold in Tokyo

She's the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo.

Updated 14 hours ago - Sports
Bermuda's Flora Duffy wins country's first-ever Olympic gold medal

It's only the second Olympic medal for Bermuda in the country’s history.

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Swimming star Katie Ledecky expected to make more history in Tokyo

She's "the greatest female swimmer of our time," Michael Phelps said ahead of the Games.

Updated Jul 26, 2021 - Sports
Momiji Nishiya, 13, wins first-ever Olympic women's skateboarding gold

The gold and silver medals both went to 13-year-olds in the skateboarding women's street final.

Updated Jul 26, 2021 - Sports

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Simone Biles pulls out of team finals to focus on mental health

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Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles pulled out of the women's gymnastics team finals on Tuesday to prioritize her mental health and well-being.

The latest: "At the end of the day, I have to do what's right for me and focus on my mental health, and not jeopardize my health and well-being," Biles told reporters in Tokyo. "That's why I decided to kind of take a step back and let them do their work, and they did it."

Updated 3 hours ago - Sports

U.S. women's soccer team seeks redemption on Olympic stage

Megan Rapinoe, 15, of the United States reacts during her team's 3-0 loss on July 21. Photo: Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

The U.S. women's national soccer team boasts back-to-back World Cup champion status, has ranked first or second in the world every year since 2003 and until Wednesday's Olympic opener against Sweden, had not lost a game in 44 matches.

The big picture: But after a disappointing performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where the women failed to reach the gold medal game for the first time in history, the team is looking for redemption on the Olympic stage in Tokyo.

Updated 3 hours ago - Sports

Russia wins gold in women's gymnastics, U.S. takes silver

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles. Photo: Marijan Murat/picture alliance via Getty Images

The Russian Olympic Committee is taking home a gold medal in women's gymnastics after U.S. star Simone Biles pulled out of the team finals on Tuesday due to a medical issue.

State of play: The Russian gymnasts finished with a total score of 169.528, ahead of the U.S. in second place at 166.096. The gold medal won Tuesday is the first for the Russian team since the Unified Team won in Barcelona in 1992, AP notes.

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Updated 4 hours ago - Sports

In photos: Softball at the Tokyo Olympics

Team Japan celebrates Tuesday after defeating the U.S. softball team 2-0 and winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

Japan defeated its main softball rival 2-0 to win the gold medal on Tuesday, as the sport returned to the Tokyo Olympics after a 12-year absence.

Why it matters: Softball is back in the Olympics, but its future remains uncertain, with the game not scheduled to be part of the next Olympics in Paris and questionable for the following Games in Los Angeles.

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Japan tops U.S. 2-0 for softball gold

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.

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Tokyo hits record COVID-19 cases amid Olympic Games

People wearing face masks on July 27 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images

Tokyo's Metropolitan Government reported at least 2,848 COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, the Japanese city's highest case count since the pandemic began, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Rising coronavirus cases — largely driven by the highly contagious Delta variant — come as hundreds of athletes, staffers, officials and members of the media have descended on Olympic host city Tokyo for the year-delayed Games.

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Olympics dashboard

🚨: Simone Biles pulls out of gymnastics team finals with unknown medical issue

🏄‍♀️: American Carissa Moore wins first-ever women's Olympic gold in surfing

🎾: Naomi Osaka eliminated from Olympic tennis tournament

⚽️: USA women's soccer ties Australia, propelling them to the quarterfinals

🏉: USA men's rugby knocked out after blowing 21-0 lead to Great Britain

🏊‍♀️: Teen swimmer Lydia Jacoby wins first U.S. women's Tokyo Games gold

👟: World Athletics president supports reviewing marijuana rules in doping

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World Athletics president supports reviewing marijuana rules in doping

Sha'Carri Richardson looks on after winning the Women's 100 Meter final at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The president of the international track body World Athletics said Tuesday that he supports a review of marijuana's status as a doping substance after American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was banned ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, AP reports.

Driving the news: Sebastian Coe said that Richardson's absence is "a loss to the competition" and that a review is now sensible and "it should be" done, per AP.

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The Olympic events to watch today

The U.S. plays Mexico at Yokohama Stadium during the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

5 events to watch today...
  • 🤸‍♀️ Women's gymnastics: Team final starts at 6:45 a.m. ET on Peacock (watch the replay at 7 p.m. ET on NBC) — Read more about superstars Simone Biles and Suni Lee
  • 🥎 Women's softball: Gold medal game between Japan and U.S. at 7 a.m. ET on NBC Sports (watch the replay at 9:45 p.m. ET on NBC Sports)
  • 🏀 3x3 basketball: Men's and women's quarterfinal coverage starts at 7:30 a.m. ET on USA Network
  • 🏊 Swimming finals: Women's 200m freestyle, 200m individual medley and 1500m freestyle finals, as well as the men's 200m butterfly and 4x200m freestyle relay finals. Coverage starts at 9:30 p.m. on NBC
  • 🏓 Table tennis: Women's singles quarterfinals at 9:00 p.m. ET on USA
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USA men's rugby knocked out of Olympics after blowing 21-0 lead to Britain

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Team USA's men's rugby sevens team was knocked out of the quarterfinals of the Olympics on Tuesday after falling 26-21 to Great Britain.

Why it matters: It's a stinging defeat for a USA team as a favorite to make a deep run in the tournament, buoyed by the comeback of two-time world rugby sevens player of the year Perry Baker.

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