>>U.S. Swimmer Gunnar Bentz Talks About Rio Incident
(Rio de Janeiro) — One of the U.S. swimmers involved in the incident at a Rio gas station says armed men demanded money from them. Gunnar Bentz released a statement after returning to Georgia from Brazil. He says two security guards ordered the swimmers out of a cab after they had urinated behind the gas station. Bentz says the men pulled guns on them, demanding money to let them go. In his statement, the University of Georgia junior admitted that Ryan Lochte pulled a metal sign of a wall, but said they did not damage a bathroom or its door. Bentz apologized for his behavior and for not being more candid in describing the events that took place in Rio.
>>U.S. Men Move Onto Gold Medal Game
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — The United States men’s basketball team held onto defeat Spain 82-76 in the semifinals from Rio. The U.S. was led by Klay Thompson, who scored a team-high 22 points. DeAndre Jordan grabbed 16 boards, as the Americans now play for their third straight gold. Team USA will face the winner between Australia and Serbia.
>>Bolt, Jamaica Take Gold In 4×100 Meter Relay, U.S. Disqualified
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — Usain Bolt is victorious in his final Olympic event. The Jamaican men’s four-by-100-meter relay team took gold in Friday’s final from Rio. Bolt ran anchor and pulled away from the crowd to give Jamaica its third straight gold in the event. Bolt previously announced his plans to retire and finishes his decorated career with nine gold medals. Japan took home the silver while America won bronze, but got disqualified after the race due to an early exchange of the baton between Justin Gatlin and Mike Rodgers. Canada will take home the bronze instead.
>>U.S. Women Take 4×100 Relay
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — Team USA is bringing home gold once again in the women’s four-by-100 relay as they sprinted past Jamaica in Friday’s final from Brazil. The four-woman team made up of Allyson Felix, Tianna Bartoletta, Tori Bowie and English Gardner put up a time of 41.01 seconds in the first lane. Jamaica came in second place, while Great Britain finished third. Felix is the first woman with five gold medals in Olympic track and field history.
>>Shields Chasing Historic Second Boxing Gold
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — American boxer Claressa Shields is one win away from history. Shields beat Kazakhstan’s Dariga Shakimova in Friday’s semifinal to advance to the gold medal match in the women’s middleweight division. With a win in the final, Shields will become the only American boxer to win two Olympic gold medals. The 21-year-old Michigan native will fight Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands on Sunday.
>>IOC To Investigate Gas Station Incident
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — The International Olympic Committee is investigating the incident involving swimmers’ Ryan Lochte and three of his U.S. teammates. The four are accused of lying to police about being robbed at gunpoint. An IOC spokesman said the disciplinary commission will investigate and hear all sides of the incident. Lochte apologized today, while teammate Jimmy Feigen paid nearly eleven-thousand-dollars to have his passport released and return home from Rio.
>>United States Women’s Water Polo Earns Back-To-Back Golds
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — It’s back-to-back gold medals for the U.S. women’s water polo team. The United States beat Italy 12-5 to become the first team in the sport to win in back-to-back Summer Games. It is the fifth gold for the Americans in the last six Olympics.
>>U.S. Men’s Volleyball Loses To Italy In Semifinals
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — The U.S. men’s volleyball team will try for a bronze medal this weekend after losing in today’s semifinals. Team USA lost to Italy in five sets, dropping the deciding set 15-9. The Americans had a two-sets-to-one lead before losing the next two. Italy won 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. The U.S. will now play either Russia or Brazil in Sunday’s bronze medal match. Those two countries will meet in the other men’s semifinal tonight.
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