Dressel wins gold; US volleyball loses


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The final round of the Olympic golf tournament kicks off Day 9 of action in Tokyo. Fans can watch live on the Golf Channel starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. 

Team USA’s Xander Schauffele still leads the pack after round 3, hitting 3-under par. He’s at 14-under for the entire tournament. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and Great Britain’s Paul Casey moved up the leaderboard on Saturday. Casey is tied for third with Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz. Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is part of a three-way tie for fifth. 

The top three contenders will tee off last, at 10:09 p.m. ET. 

Also on the schedule: track and field qualifying and finals and gymnastics event finals. 

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TOKYO — American Caeleb Dressel made it 3 for 3 Sunday morning on the final day of the Olympic swimming competition, winning the men’s 50-meter freestyle for his third individual gold medal of these Games.

Dressel won in 21.07 seconds, setting an Olympic record, followed by Florent Manaudou of France in 21.55. Brazil’s Bruno Fratus won bronze. 

Dressel, who won the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly earlier in the week, also won a gold in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay. He had one more event remaining, the men’s 4×100 medley relay, which the United States has never lost at the Olympics.

– Christine Brennan 

TOKYO – Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes, ranked No. 3 in the world in beach volleyball, lost in the Olympic quarterfinals Sunday at Shiokaze Park. 

Canadians Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson, ranked No. 16, won 22-24, 21-18, 15-13 after being down a set and 10-4 in the second. 

“We made more than enough opportunities for ourselves to win,” Claes said. “Fought through that first, up in the end and we let them back in. Everybody is good out here so letting that door open just a little and here we are, we lost.” 

Canada led 12-11 in the third set when a Sponcil serve was called out. The U.S. challenged the call and at first was successful only for a further review to go Canada’s way.  

Down 14-11, Sponcil and Claes held off two match points before losing the third on a Wilkerson winner. 

“I thought it (Sponcils’ serve) was in,” Claes said. “It sucks, but it shouldn’t have come down to that third set. We did such a good job in the second then just let them back in.” 

– Jeff Metcalfe 

While the U.S. has only one medal so far in athletics — a bronze from Saturday’s mixed-gender 4×400 relay  — finals are just beginning. 

In women’s shot put, which has its final at 8:35 p.m. ET, the United States’ Raven Saunders is a favorite after finishing atop the rankings in qualifiers. An NCAA star at  Mississippi, Saunders threw 19.22 meters to put herself through to the finals and caught the eyes of many on social media for her unique facemask

Sunday morning stateside will also see men’s high jump, women’s triple jump and men’s 100-meter finals. Trayvon Bromell, who ran a 9.80 in the 100 at the U.S. Olympic trials, has gold-medal potential. The qualifying heats for the event will occur shortly behind the finals. 

Team USA’s Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes, college stars at UCLA and USC respectively, set off the round of 16 for women’s beach volleyball, the first elimination round of the tournament. 

The young duo is facing off against Canada’s Brandie Wilkerson and Heather Bansley at 8 p.m. ET. Neither of the U.S. nor Canada’s two teams faced each other in the preliminaries. Sponcil and Claes won all three of their preliminary games. 

Controversy has arisen in Tokyo over the long-standing requirement in the sport to wear bikini bottoms while playing. It’s not the only sport at the Games with criticized dress codes for women

On the men’s side, action starts at 11 p.m. ET with Phil Dalhausser and Nicholas Lucena of the U.S. against Qatar’s Ahmed Tijan and Cherif Younousse. The U.S. duo lost one match in the prelims against the Netherlands. 

Run into Richard Torrez Jr. in the Olympic village, and he’ll probably show you a magic trick. He’s been carrying a deck around with him to spark conversation with other athletes. 

The American super heavyweight boxer, who graduated from high school as valedictorian of his class, comes from a family of boxers. Both his father and grandfather were boxers, and his dad even fought for the U.S. team, though he didn’t make it to the Olympics. Torrez Jr. was invited to train at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic…

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