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The U.S. women's team celebrates during a game against the Netherlands on July 30, 2021 in Yokohama, Japan. Photo: Logan Beerman/ISI Photos/Getty Images

The U.S. women's soccer team won the bronze medal on Thursday after beating ninth-ranked Australia 4-3.

Why it matters: Thursday's victory marks the U.S. team's first bronze in Olympic history, handing the team a medal after it failed to earn one during the Rio Games in 2016.

  • After Thursday's win, the U.S. women's squad has now won four Olympic gold medals, one silver and one bronze.

Driving the news: U.S. women's team veterans Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd scored two goals each.

The big picture: The U.S. team has seen it all this Olympics — disappointing defeat, overwhelming victory and a nail-biting penalty kick shootout.

  • Though not the result the reigning World Cup champions had wanted, they bounced back after a bumpy start to the Games.
  • The U.S. team lost to Sweden 3-0 in the team's Olympic debut and then overwhelmed New Zealand 6-1.
  • The U.S. women's soccer team faced Australia during the group stage of the Tokyo Olympics, where they eked out a 0-0 tie — just enough to earn them a spot in the quarterfinals.
  • The U.S. then beat the Netherlands in a penalty kick shootout before losing to Canada 1-0 on Monday.

What's next: Though the U.S. women's soccer team's Olympic run is over, Canada plays Sweden in the gold medal match Friday morning at 8 a.m. ET.

  • The gold medal match was originally scheduled for Thursday at 10 p.m., but was rescheduled after Sweden and Canada complained that it had been scheduled for the hottest part of the day, Axios' Ina Fried reports.

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Sep 5, 2021 - Sports

U.S. beats China for Paralympics gold in women's sitting volleyball

Team USA's Alexis Shifflett serves the ball during the Tokyo Paralympic Games women's sitting volleyball pool match against Rwanda in Chiba, Japan, on Aug. 28. Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images

Team USA won gold in the Tokyo Paralympic Games women's sitting volleyball final on Sunday morning local time.

The big picture: The defending champions beat China 3-1 in the final. After the event was added to the Paralympics in 2004, China won the first three golds. The Americans' win took the U.S. Paralympic medals tally to 103, including 36 golds.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of China's previous wins in the event.

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Generic drug companies have asked Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson to license their COVID-19 vaccine technology to help increase global production, but so far the vaccine makers have given them the cold shoulder.

Why it matters: Other companies are saying they have extra capacity to make more vaccines. Not using that extra capacity could prolong the pandemic throughout the world.

House passes $768 billion defense spending bill

Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The House approved a $768 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2022 fiscal year in a bipartisan 316-113 vote on Thursday.

Why it matters: The annual bill, which authorizes Pentagon spending levels and guides policy for the department, would require women to register for the military draft, among other provisions.

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