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OLYMPICS 2020

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Mixed bag: Erratic Pandemic Olympics wind to a nuanced end

By TED ANTHONY AP National Writer TOKYO (AP) — It began with a virus and a yearlong pause. It ended with a typhoon blowing through and, still, a virus. In between: just about everything. The Tokyo Olympics, christened with "2020" but held in mid-2021 after being interrupted for a year ...

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US rolls to women’s hoops gold medal in Bird’s last Olympics

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi walked off the basketball court together, arm-in-arm, one last time at the Tokyo Games. They started their journey together five Olympics ago and ended it in the same fashion as always — with gold ...

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US women beat Brazil to win 1st Olympic volleyball gold

By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Jordan Larson fell to the floor, put her head in her hands and cried after Brazil couldn't return her spike on match point. The frustration of being so close but not quite good enough was replaced by a feeling of relief after the U.S. women's ...

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Kenny scores cycling gold for Brits, Valente same for US

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer IZU, Japan (AP) — Jason Kenny won a record-setting gold medal for Britain on the final day of track cycling at the Tokyo Olympics. Jennifer Valente and Kelsey Mitchell each scored gold every bit as special for their countries. Valente gave the ...

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Davis, Torrez can’t end US men’s boxing gold medal drought

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Richard Torrez Jr. stared up at 6-foot-7 Bakhodir Jalolov and didn't blink, courageously holding his own and staying on his feet against the most intimidating fighter in Tokyo. Keyshawn Davis and Andy Cruz traded shots for three thrilling ...

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Filipovic, Serbia top Greece 13-10 for men’s water polo gold

By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Filip Filipovic and Serbia draped the country's flag over one of the goals at Tatsumi Water Polo Centre. Then they huddled in the water and yelled "Serbia!" in celebration. They followed their winning formula all the way to the end — of an ...

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Kenya’s Kipchoge dominates, defends Olympic marathon title

By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Eliud Kipchoge pulled away late and no one could come close to catching him as the 36-year-old from Kenya defended his Olympic marathon title. Kipchoge finished in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 38 seconds on a breezy and humid Sunday along the ...

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‘I feel at peace’: Felix exits stage with record 11th medal

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer TOKYO (AP) — Allyson Felix knows the way to the Olympic medals stand better than any runner alive. She made her record-setting 11th trip there Saturday, after starring as the headliner on a 4x400 relay win that featured a who's who of American ...