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Nigeria held with the U.S. women's basketball team on Tuesday, but the American squad took control late in the second quarter and hung on to win 81-72.

Why it matters: The U.S. is looking for its seventh straight gold medal, lost two of its last three exhibition games, to the WNBA All-Stars and Australia. It hasn't lost an Olympic game since 1992.

Between the lines: The game had some extra intrigue as Nneka Ogwumike, who was controversially left off the US squad, had petitioned to play for Nigeria along with her sisters, but was denied.

  • Chiney Ogwumike is also not on the roster, though younger sister Erica is playing for Nigeria in Tokyo.

What they're saying: Asked by Axios if letting Chiney and Nneka play for Nigeria in Tokyo would have been good for women's basketball, Staley said: "Any time you have the best players in the game playing the sport, it's always going to help," Staley said. "How you accomplish that is the difficult part. Would it have been fun to play against all the Ogwumikes? Absolutely."

What's next: The U.S. women play host country Japan on Friday afternoon Tokyo time.

Go deeper: Full Axios Olympics coverage

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Finally, a video game about the Ever Given

Screenshot: Napas Torteeka

A newly revealed PC game called “Whatever” will give players a rough approximation of what it’s like to steer a container ship through a tight canal, a half year after its inspiration, the Ever Given, got unstuck from the Suez.

Why it matters: For all the thousands of video games that are made each year, it’s rare that one is based, however loosely, on the news.

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

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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.