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Brazil wins men's beach volleyball gold in heavy rain
Brazil's Alison and Bruno won the men's beach volleyball gold medal on Thursday night, rallying from deficits in both sets to beat Italy in a steady rain.
 
A half-time pep talk from injured captain Sue Bird helped lift five-time defending champion United States over France 86-67 Thursday and into the Rio Olympic women's basketball final against Spain.
 
Fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Ren Qian followed in the footsteps of Chinese diving great Fu Mingxia when she became the youngest medalist of the Rio Games with her 10-meter platform gold on Thursday.
 
After making splash with fabricated mugging, US swimmers leave Brazil
U.S. Olympic authorities apologized to Brazil on Thursday as two U.S. swimmers were allowed to go home having retracted a fabricated story about being mugged in Rio.
 
From gymnastics to jam sessions, Jordan Fisher aims high
Actor-singer Jordan Fisher remembers the days he spent training as a gymnast, hoping to one day reach the Olympics. Those days are over, but as the 22-year-old watches the 2016 Summer Olympics, it motivates him to continue tackling another life goal: releasing his first album.
 
Leaning over, hands on her knees and cheering at every chance, injured U.S. star Foluke Akinradewo could only watch. The top-ranked Americans had fought back to force a fifth set against Serbia before falling short -- short of the gold-medal goal that had driven her and others back to the national team for one more Olympic cycle.
 
One came from a family filled with top-notch throwers. The other learned from his mom by using any heavy object that felt something like a shot put.
 
Strong start can give BMX racers an edge
In the unpredictable sport of BMX, where races last just about 40 seconds, a strong start means a lot. Get to the front after the first turn, and there's a good chance a rider will be able to avoid the kind of wreck-filled chaos that marked the action in the men's quarterfinal round at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on a breezy afternoon.
 
Brownlees make men's Olympic triathlon a family affair with top 2 finish
Just like four years ago in London, Alistair Brownlee grabbed a British flag, slowed to a trot and then walked across the finish line to win the gold medal in the men's Olympic triathlon.
 
The words, scrawled in marker on the tops of his sneakers, remind Kevin Durant why he started playing basketball in the first place.
 
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