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Team USA fencers Jacob Hoyle, left, and Curtis McDowald. Photo: Elsa/Getty Images

Three members of Team USA's men's fencing wore pink masks in their matchup against Japan on Friday in support of sexual assault victims amid allegations their teammate is guilty of sexual misconduct.

The big picture: The fourth fencer, Alex Hadzic, has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, and did not wear a pink mask.

  • Hadzic didn't compete Friday, but his teammates fell to Japan, 45-39, for a ninth place finish. Hadzic was initially suspended by the U.S. Center for SafeSport but he appealed the suspension and won to join Team USA as an alternative.
  • USA Fencing has objected to Hadzic's presence in Tokyo, with CEO Kris Ekeren sending an email to Hadzic, per USA Today.
  • “Team athletes have expressed concerns for their safety and well-being arising from your presence, which they say are likely to adversely affect their mental and emotional abilities to prepare and compete at the highest levels required for success in the Olympic Games,” the email read.

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Updated Aug 8, 2021 - Sports

U.S. clinches most Olympic gold medals after women's volleyball win

Team USA celebrate their victory in the women's Olympic gold medal volleyball match against Brazil at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. women's indoor volleyball team beat Brazil in three straight sets to win their Olympic final game and clinch Team USA the Tokyo Games' top spot for gold medals on Sunday.

Of note: The 25-21, 25-20, 25-14 win marked the first ever Olympic gold medal for the U.S. women's indoor volleyball team.

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Facebook changes corporate name to Meta

Screen shot of CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's "Connect" virtual event

CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the social media giant is renaming its company Meta.

Why it matters: The effort is meant to shift its image from a social media platform to a “metaverse” company that focuses on building virtual work and social communities.

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Filings show Sweetgreen isn't profitable, despite claims

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Restaurant chain Sweetgreen on Monday filed to go public, and revealed that it lost money in each year since 2014.

Why it matters: The company lied when it repeatedly told reporters it was profitable.