Sunday, September 19

Olympics 2020

USA, Canada advance to Gold Cup semi-finals
Olympics 2020

USA, Canada advance to Gold Cup semi-finals

Matthew Hoppe scored the go-ahead goal on a header after taking a cross from Cristian Roldan in the 83rd minute for the US The United States earned the final spot in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals on Sunday with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Jamaica at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Matthew Hoppe scored the go-ahead goal on a header after taking a cross from Cristian Roldan in the 83rd minute for the US. The US will next face reigning Asian champions Qatar in the semis on Thursday. In the earlier game in Texas, short-handed Canada also punched their ticket to the semis after a dominating 2-0 victory over Costa Rica. The Americans won Group B over runner-up Canada despite some inconsistent play, winning all three games. Jamaica finished second in Group C with a 2-0-1...
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Naomi Osaka refreshed and ready after first win since May

Naomi Osaka said she was feeling refreshed and ready to play, following a dominant 6-1 6-4 win over China's Zheng Saisai in the opening round of the Tokyo Games - her first victory since taking a mental health break two months ago. The Japanese four-time Grand Slam champion had not played a competitive match since the French Open in May, when she withdrew after being fined for skipping the mandatory post-match press conferences on mental health reasons. She then also pulled out of Wimbledon. Osaka said she appreciated taking time away from the court ahead of the Games in Tokyo, where she was chosen to light the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony on Friday night. "More than anything, I'm just focused on playing tennis," she said in her first appearance in front of media in m...
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Brazil held as Gignac rescues France in Olympic football

France would have been staring at an early exit with a slip-up against South Africa, but veteran striker Gignac rescued Les Bleus in a pulsating match in Saitama Reigning champions Brazil were held to a goalless draw by the Ivory Coast in the men's Olympic football competition Sunday, while Andre-Pierre Gignac's hat-trick in a 4-3 win over South Africa kept France's hopes alive. Brazil, who won gold for the first time five years ago on home soil in Rio, could have moved to the brink of qualification for the knock-out stage in Yokohama but were denied by a stubborn Ivory Coast. It could have been worse, though, as they had to play more than an hour with 10 men after Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz's 13th-minute red card for bringing down Youssouf Dao when he was through on goa...
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Tokyo Olympics medal table

China claimed three gold medals on the first day of the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday and cyclist Richard Carapaz became just the second competitor in Ecuador's history to top the podium, with victory in the road race. CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotalChina3014Italy1102Japan1102South Korea1023Ecuador1001Hungary1001Iran1001Kosovo1001Thailand1001
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US rebound with 6-1 win over NZ Tokyo Olympics 2020

After suffering a first defeat in 30 months to Sweden in their Group G opener, the Americans, who are world champions, made a much-improved start againstNZ The United States women's football team returned to winning ways with a clinical 6-1 victory over New Zealand at Saitama Stadium Saturday, while Britain and Sweden maintained perfect starts to book their places in the Olympic tournament's knockout stage. After suffering a first defeat in 30 months to Sweden in their Group G opener, the Americans, who are world champions, made a much-improved start against New Zealand, breaking the deadlock inside 10 minutes with a Rose Lavelle strike. With US first lady Jill Biden watching from the stands, the four-times Olympic gold medallists turned on the style with waves of attacks and wen...