Olympics 2021 live updates – USWNT falls to Canada, Simone Biles is back, France tests Team USA in women’s basketball


Just like that, our pool days are behind us. Team USA dominated in the water throughout these Olympic Games. But on Sunday it was time to turn our attention to the track … and the court … and the pitch … and the floor.

Monday morning brought with it the revelations that Simone Biles will compete in Tuesday’s beam final, the U.S. women’s basketball team is on to the quarterfinals, American Jade Carey is now a gymnastics gold medalist and the USWNT will not play for gold.

From Canada pulling the 1-0 upset on the U.S. women’s soccer team to the American baseball team losing to Japan in extra innings (there was happy stuff too, we promise), here’s all the action you might have missed:

Ace for America

Ideally, Lexi Thompson would have saved this for when it counts, but the American’s hole-in-one on the 172-yard 10th hole of her Olympic practice round is still incredibly impressive. Maybe Thompson can run that back on Wednesday.


The USWNT was dealt a blow in the first half when goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher left with a leg injury. Naeher was a rock star in goal in the quarterfinal match against the Netherlands.

In the second half, Canada got all of one shot on goal. The Canadians made it count. After being awarded a penalty kick, Jessie Fleming scored the game’s lone goal and sent Canada to the gold-medal game.

Murray: USWNT devoid of chemistry as chance at Olympic gold slips away


Time to go fast


Knockout stage in baseball

Team USA baseball faced top-seeded Japan in the knockout stage. The Americans built a lead before the host Japanese forced extra inning with an RBI infield single in the bottom of the ninth.

In the bottom of the tenth, with runners on second and third, Japanese catcher Takuya Kai singled in the winning run.


France tests Team USA in final game of group

A’ja Wilson led the way for Team USA with 22 points and six rebounds during a 93-82 win over France in the final game of the group stage. Wilson made 9 of 12 shots.

All of Team USA’s bigs played well. Wilson, Breanna Stewart, Brittney Griner and Tina Charles all scored in double digits.

France took a 72-71 lead over the United States with just over nine minutes to go. Then the U.S. took over, ending the game on a 22-10 run.

The U.S. finishes the group stage unbeaten and advances to the quarterfinals.


100-meter hurdles: First women’s track gold for Puerto Rico; silver for USA

World champion and world-record holder Kendra Harrison of the U.S. is now an Olympic silver medalist in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. She finished the race in 12:52 seconds, taking second place by three-hundredths of a second.

After failing to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, Harrison has been working for five years to get to this point.

Puerto Rico has its very first women’s track and field medal — Jasmine Camacho-Quinn took the gold medal with a time of 12:37 seconds. Jamaica’s Megan Tapper grabbed the bronze, giving Jamaica its first Olympic medal in the women’s 100-meter hurdles.

This is Puerto Rico’s second gold medal at the Olympics after Monica Puig’s gold in singles tennis in Rio 2016. — Aishwarya Kumar


USA’s A-team to final eight against Germany

April Ross and Alix Klineman advanced to the quarterfinals of women’s beach volleyball with a 21-17, 21-15 round of 16 win over Lidy Echevarria Benitez and Leila Martinez Ortega of Cuba. They will face Germany in the next round.


U.S. women’s volleyball team tops Italy

Team USA defeated Italy in five sets 21-25, 25-16, 25-27, 25-16, 15-12. The win gives them four wins in five games in Pool B. Next up will be the quarterfinals.

The U.S. trailed 2-1 before rallying in the fourth set.

Gabby Thomas joins Jamaica’s Fraser-Pryce in 200-meter final


Trip, fall, win

World champion Sifan Hassan made an incredible recovery from a fall at the final bell to win her 1,500-meter heat. Hassan picked herself up after getting in a tangle with Kenyan runner Edinah Jebitok at the start of the last lap. She sped around the outside of the pack on the back straight and ended up crossing the line first in 4 minutes, 5.17 seconds to qualify for the semifinals.


Greece takes men’s long jump gold

Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece took gold in the long jump, followed by a pair of jumpers from Cuba — Juan Miguel Echevarria and Maykel Masso — for silver and bronze.

The only American to compete in the final of the long jump was JuVaughn Harrison, who finished fifth. He also competed in the high jump and finished seventh. He’s the first American man to compete in both at the Olympics since Jim Thorpe in 1912.


Saunders makes a statement

During the photo op at her medals ceremony Sunday night, shot putter silver medalist Raven Saunders of Team USA stepped off the podium, lifted her arms above her head and formed an “X” with her wrists. Asked what that meant, she explained: “It’s the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.”


Knitting for nerves


She’s just Ilona from the block

Ilona Maher of Team USA Rugby Sevens is really into Jennifer Lopez. Like really. And J.Lo returned the love on Twitter.


Original grandma of USA gymnastics

Vault silver medalist MyKayla Skinner likes cabinets with things you can’t touch.





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