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The U.S. women's soccer team lost 3-0 to Sweden on Wednesday in the team's first appearance in the group stage of the 2020 Olympics.

Why it matters: The stunning defeat marks the first loss for the U.S. team in 44 matches, the first loss under head coach Vlatko Andonovski and it raises the stakes for the next two games if the U.S. team wants to get out of Group G.

  • "We got our asses kicked, didn’t we?" Megan Rapinoe said after the game, per Yahoo! Sports.

The big picture: The game, played before a near-empty stadium, marked the first Olympics event to take place in host city Tokyo.

Between the lines: The Swedes, ranked 5th in the world, dominated play and got their opening goal in the 25th minute from a header from Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius.

  • The second goal came early in the second half, again from Blackstenius, when she finished off a corner kick.
  • The final goal of the game came in the 72nd minute off of another header, this time from Lina Hurtig.
  • The U.S. team lacked possession, played flat and struggled to create chances.

Of note: The U.S. lost the first game of the 2008 Olympics and went on to win gold.

What's next: The U.S. team will continue in Group G play on July 24, when they face New Zealand at 7:30 a.m. ET.

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

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Braves hope to win 2nd World Series in 26 years

Freddie Freeman and manager Brian Snitker of the Atlanta Braves celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

👋🏽 Hey, y’all. Kristal here.

I grew up watching the Atlanta Braves play on TBS in the 1990s (I loved watching David Justice bat and Ron Gant steal bases), but I don’t claim to be a bona fide baseball analyst.

But this ATLien can’t help but feel elated to see the home team win the National League East and Division and Championship series to advance to the World Series for the first time in more than two decades.

Details: The first pitch of the 2021 World Series begins Tuesday at 8:09pm ET when the Braves take on the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

  • Single-game tickets to World Series games start selling Tuesday at 10 am, but be prepared to pay an arm and a leg for them. You can also watch Tuesday's game on Fox.
  • Wednesday's game 2 will also be played in Houston before the series comes to Truist Park for Game 3.

Flashback: The last time the Braves won a World Series was in 1995, but the team's most recent appearance was 1999.

  • It was a brutal one for the Braves, as they were swept in four of seven games by the New York Yankees (cementing my disdain for the Yanks).

It hasn’t been all doom and gloom. Since 1999, the team has won 10 divisional titles and made 12 postseason appearances, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

  • We can’t talk about the Braves’ success without mentioning the one and only Bobby Cox, who was the team’s manager from 1978-81 and from 1986 to 2010.

Atlanta, we’ve waited 21 looooong years for this moment. This could be our year! How many games do you think it will take for the Braves to win the series?

Bears tackled by COVID-19 outbreak

Caption: Head coach Matt Nagy stands on the sidelines during a game against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. Photo: Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Bears head coach Matt Nagy has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be away from the team until clearing protocols, the organization announced yesterday.

Why it matters: Nagy becomes the seventh Bears coach or player to enter COVID protocol over the last two weeks. If the Bears cannot field a team for their game on Sunday, they may have to forfeit.

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Mayors see cryptocurrency as a way to address income inequality

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

At the U.S. Conference of Mayors' meeting in D.C. this week, there's buzz around the idea of giving cryptocurrency accounts to low-income people.

Why it matters: Cities have been experimenting with newfangled ways to address income inequality — like guaranteed income programs — and the latest wave of trials could involve paying benefits or dividends in bitcoin, stablecoin or other digital currencies.