(Rio de Janeiro) — Rough weather is playing a role in the Summer Games in Rio. Olympic officials called off the rowing regatta because of strong winds. Rowers complained the competition should have been postponed after one boat capsized and several others almost swamped. The rowing competition is already on a tight schedule and the weather is expected to worsen Monday and Tuesday, when more races are scheduled.
>>Russian Paralympic Athletes Banned From Rio
(Undated) — Russia is now banned from participating in the 2016 Paralympic Games following doping violations. International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven made an announcement saying the Russian government is to blame for the violations. Craven said — quote — “Their medals-over-morals mentality disgusts me.” Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko is planning to appeal the decision to ban the Paralympians. This comes after a doping scandal that caused 118 Russian athletes to be banned from participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Paralympic Games begin September 7th in Rio.
>>U.S. Men’s Volleyball Upset By Canada
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — Team USA men’s volleyball team is reeling following an upset loss to Canada in the preliminary round on Sunday. The Canadians swept the Americans in three straight sets, 25-23, 25-17, 25-23. Team USA resumes pool play on Tuesday against Italy.
>>Williams Sisters Upset In Doubles
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — Three-time Olympic doubles gold medalists Serena and Venus Williams are out of the women’s doubles competition at the Rio Olympics. It’s their first ever doubles loss in Olympic competition, having gone 15-and-0 entering these games. The Williams sisters lost in straight sets to the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4. Earlier in the day, Serena won her first round singles match. Venus was upset by Belgian Kirsten Flipkens in her first-round singles match on Saturday.
>>U.S. Rugby Team Eliminated From Medal Contention
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — The U.S. women’s rugby sevens squad has been eliminated from medal contention in Rio. The women will miss the podium after suffering a 5-0 loss to New Zealand in the quarterfinals of the Olympic tournament. Team USA will take on Fiji in its final match of the Games. The Americans can finish anywhere from fifth to eighth in the final standings.
>>USA Women Set Scoring Record In Rout Of Senegal
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — The U.S. women’s basketball team is off to a record-setting start at the Rio Games. The Americans set an Olympic record in their 121-56 rout of Senegal. The 121 points broke their previous mark of 114 set in 2012, and the 65-point margin of victory beat the U.S. record from 1996. The U.S. will face Spain in Group B play on Monday.
>>Djokovic Shocked In First Round Of Olympic Tournament
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — The top-ranked men’s tennis player in the world is out of the Olympic tournament. Novak Djokovic [[ JOKE-uh-vitch ]] suffered a stunning 7-6, 6-4 loss to Juan Martin del Potro in first-round play in Rio. Djokovic was also beaten by del Potro in the Bronze Medal Match in London in 2012.
>>Ledecky Dominates To Win First Individual Gold
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — American swimming star Katie Ledecky is celebrating her first individual gold medal of the Rio Olympics. Ledecky dominated in the 400-meter freestyle Sunday night. Ledecky shattered her own world record in the event by nearly two seconds, and silver medalist Jazz Carlin finished nearly five seconds behind. Fellow American Leah Smith took home the bronze.
>>Phelps Wins Gold As Part Of Freestyle Relay Team
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — Michael Phelps has another gold medal to add to his collection. The American swimming star captured his first gold in Rio as part of the four-by-100-meter freestyle relay team. Phelps was joined on the team by Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held and Nathan Adrian. Phelps took home his 19th career gold medal and 23rd Olympic medal overall. Meanwhile, France claimed the silver and Australia took the bronze.
>>Biles, Raisman Qualify For Gymnastics Final
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — Americans Simone Biles and Aly Raisman are into the all-around final in women’s gymnastics. Biles and Raisman finished 1-2 in the individual all-around standings in Rio to advance. Fellow American Gabby Douglas came in third, but the 2012 Olympic champion will not get to defend her title because no more than two competitors can represent each nation in the final. The individual all-around final takes place on Thursday.
>>U.S. Sits Atop Medal Count Standings
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — The United States sits alone atop the medal count standings. The Americans have collected 12 total medals after the first two full days of the Summer Olympics in Rio. Team USA has taken home three gold medals, five silvers and four bronze. The U.S. picked up seven total medals on Day Two alone. China is in second place in the standings with eight medals. Australia is third with six medals overall.
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