USA Women’s Basketball Team Advances To 7th Consecutive Olympic Gold Medal Game

USA Women’s Basketball Team Advances To 7th Consecutive Olympic Gold Medal Game

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6 hr 34 min agoUSA women’s basketball team advances to 7th consecutive Olympic gold medal gameFrom CNN’s Jill Martin

The United States’ Breanna Stewart plays in a basketball semifinal against Serbia on Friday. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)Once again, Team USA’s women’s basketball team will play in the gold medal game at the Olympics.

The American women defeated Serbia 79-59 in the semifinals Friday to reach their seventh consecutive gold medal game. They’ve won every gold since the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and boast a 54-game winning streak in Olympic play that dates back to the bronze medal game in 1992.

Brittney Griner — a star in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury — led Team USA with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The Americans will await the winner of Japan and France, who will play later Friday in the second semifinal.

The gold medal game will be held Sunday in Tokyo. Should the US win, WNBA stars Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm and Diana Taurasi, Griner’s Mercury teammate, will become the first athletes to win five gold medals in any team sport in Olympic history.

7 hr 5 min agoUSA advances to women’s volleyball final as team aims for first Olympic goldFrom CNN’s Jill Martin

Team United States celebrates after defeating Team Serbia during their volleyball semifinal match on Friday. (Toru Hanai/Getty Images)The United States — with three silvers and two bronzes — has won the most Olympic medals in women’s volleyball without winning gold.

But the Americans earned the chance to change that in Tokyo as they reached the final with victory over Serbia on Friday.

It was a rematch of the two teams’ Rio 2016 semifinal. Five years ago, Serbia won in five sets and went on to win the silver medal. This time, the US beat Serbia in straight sets: 25-19, 25-15, 25-23.

The US has finished on the podium at each of the past three Olympics, with silver in 2008 and 2012, and a bronze in 2016.

The second semifinal will take place later Friday between Brazil and South Korea. The gold medal match is scheduled for Sunday.

7 hr 18 min agoTeam Australia calls on its athletes to show “respect” after drinking incidentIan Chesterman, Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Committee, speaks to the media on August 2. (James Chance/Getty Images)Australia’s Olympic Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman called on the country’s athletes to be more respectful following reports of Olympian misbehavior.

Earlier this week, a group of Australian athletes were criticized for their purported “excessive alcohol consumption” and “loud and disruptive” behavior on their flight home from Tokyo.

Chesterman said he has relayed the importance of “mutual respect” to Australia’s Olympic delegation.

Here’s what Chesterman had to say at a news conference Friday:

“I think the message which I’ve preached always is mutual respect. We have great respect for the athletes. We have worked really hard to make sure that they have everything that they need. And we’ve worked really hard with the sports to make sure that they’ve got everything that they need for the athletes as well. And we also then say that there’s a need for mutual respect back to the overall team as well. And everybody gets that. There was a group of people who made a mistake and they are obviously fully aware of that. And we continue to work with our team, remind our team of the overall commitment that they have to the Australian Olympic team and I’m very pleased to say that so far everyone understands that. It’s an honor to be part of this team. And they’re very proud to be a part of it. And we want to finish off these Games really well.”7 hr 56 min agoMeet the Jamaican women who swept the Olympic podium for the 100 meters sprintFrom CNN’s Coy Wire in Tokyo

The Jamaican trio of Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson finished 1-2-3 in the women’s 100 meters in Tokyo. On Friday night in Japan, they have a chance to take the 4×100 meters relay title.

The three Olympians spoke to CNN about the legacy of sprinting in Jamaica, and why the island is responsible for some of the most dominant runners in the sport.

Watch their interview here:

8 hr 34 min agoGreat Britain wins women’s field hockey bronze after victory over IndiaFrom CNN’s Heather Law and Sara Turnbull

Great Britain’s field hockey team celebrates after winning the women’s bronze medal match by defeating India 4-3 on Friday. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images)Great Britain defeated India 4-3 to win the women’s field hockey bronze medal on Friday.

India scored three goals to wrap the first half, and Great Britain answered in the third quarter to tie the game.

Great Britain then scored another goal during the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, paving the way to a place on the podium.

The result left India’s women’s team just short of replicating what India’s men’s team had done a day earlier. On Thursday, India’s men’s field hockey team won bronze, giving the country its first Olympic medal in the sport since the 1980 Games in Moscow.

8 hr 52 min agoTokyo 2020 has just 3 days to go. Here’s what you need to knowThere’s still plenty of competition left as the Olympics head into their final weekend. But a storm, hot weather and rising coronavirus cases loom over the forthcoming finale of the Tokyo Games.

Covid-19’s surge continues: Tokyo reported 5,042 cases Thursday, a new-single

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