Team USA’s Robert Finke wins gold with late burst in 800m freestyle

Team USA’s Robert Finke charged to a gold medal with a stunning late burst in the 800m freestyle final. The 21-year-old Floridian, who came from fifth place and trailed German Florian Wellbrock at the final turn, needed every ounce of strength and speed to overtake his rivals and touch first at the end of the long-distance race. Finke edged out Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri into silver medal position, and Mykhailo Romanchuk of Ukraine landed the bronze medal, ahead of Wellbrock in fourth place. All four swimmers were separated by just eight-tenths…

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Lakers likely to draft a guard with coveted big men gone

Oregon guard Chris Duarte shoots over USC forward Evan Mobley during an NCAA tournament game in March. (Jeff Roberson / Associated Press) The player the Lakers will select in the NBA draft on Thursday night in many ways remains a mystery. For starters, picking at No. 22 in the first round probably means the player the Lakers want will be long gone by the time comes for them to draft. Then it comes down to what the Lakers need on their roster and how a draft prospect fits. They could…

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Tokyo Olympics 2020 LIVE Updates: Manu Bhaker, Rahi Sarnobat In Action In Women’s 25m Pistol Qualification

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Expectations were high for Indian shooter Manu Bhaker to qualify.© AFP On yet another star-studded, action-packed day at the Tokyo Olympics the likes of shooter Manu Bhaker, shuttler PV Sindhu, boxer Mary Kom, paddler Ma Long, and tennis heavyweight Novak Djokovic among others are in action. While Sindhu has cruised through her matches so far, a clash against Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark could be the first trial by fire for the Indian superstar. The legendary Mary Kom continues her quest for an Olympic gold and Long looks to…

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Sri Lanka level series with 4-wicket win against depleted India in 2nd T20I

Sri Lanka defeated India by four wickets in the second Twenty20 to level the three-match series 1-1, on Wednesday. Invited to bat, a depleted India scored 132 for five on a sluggish pitch but defended the total against the hosts, who overhailed the target with two balls to spare. Skipper Shikhar Dhawan top-scored for the Indians with his 40-run knock while Sri Lankan off-spinner Akila Dananjaya (2/29) took two of the four wickets that fell. Dhanajaya de Silva made unbeaten 40 while Minod Bhanuka scored 36 in Sri Lanka’s reply.…

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Hillsborough’s 97th victim: Liverpool fan Andrew Devine dies 32 years after stadium disaster

A Liverpool FC fan who suffered life-changing injuries at Hillsborough has died, 32 years on — and a coroner has has recorded him as the 97th victim of the disaster. Andrew Devine, 55, was badly hurt in the tragedy at the FA Cup semi-final on April 15 1989. He spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair and needing constant professional care. “It is with great sadness and a sense of immense loss that we can confirm that Andrew Devine passed away yesterday at the premature age of 55,”…

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Four contenders’ most glaring needs with time running out

In a year of the imperfect ballclub, there’s no such thing as a perfect fit as Major League Baseball’s trade deadline looms Friday afternoon. Yet with roughly 17 teams harboring hopes of contention, some needs are more glaring than others. And some teams are much more realistically one or two moves away from the promised land than others. The abolition of the Aug. 31 non-waivers trade deadline means the time is now for every little roster woe and depth quandary, forcing teams to self-evaluate but also employ significant foresight with…

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Tokyo Olympics: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Offers Cash But No Apology To Weightlifting Champion Hidilyn Diaz

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged Olympic weightlifting champion Hidilyn Diaz on Wednesday to “let bygones be bygones”, two years after his government named the Filipina in a chart claiming to show a plot to undermine him. Duterte spoke to the athlete in a Zoom call broadcast live on state television shortly after she arrived in Manila from Tokyo where she made history Monday winning the country’s first Olympic gold medal. Congratulating Diaz on her performance, the president pledged to reward her with three million pesos ($60,000) out of his own…

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IND vs SL Match Live Scorecard

India vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20I Highlights. India vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20I Highlights: Sri Lanka defeat India in second Twenty20 International by four wickets to level series 1-1. Earlier, A depleted Covid-19-hit India struggled for momentum against the Sri Lankan spinners on a sluggish track, managing 132/5 for five in the second Twenty20 International,on Wednesday. Debutant Devdutt Padikkal, though, in his brief innings gave a glimpse of a bright future. The degree of difficulty could be gauged by the fact that only seven boundaries and a six was hit…

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Lukhanyo Am promises a bruising encounter as South Africa bid to bounce back

Lukhanyo Am has vowed South Africa will take the physical battle to the British and Irish Lions on Saturday. The Springboks centre produced a thundering hit on Elliot Daly to start the three-Test series in shuddering style last weekend. South Africa stormed into a 12-3 half-time lead only to lose the first Test 22-17, leaving the hosts to rue letting that advantage slip. But now the World Cup-winning powerhouse Am has pledged the Boks will be back to their bruising best in this weekend’s second tussle with the Lions. Asked…

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Ohashi emerging as an unlikely Olympic star for Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Little-known Japanese swimmer Yui Ohashi giggled politely at the suggestion that she might have become one of the stars of her home country’s Olympics in the absence of Naomi Osaka. She dismissed the idea ever so politely. “I don’t really feel like a star,” she said. Ohashi had no major victories and no recent significant results coming into the Tokyo Olympics. The 25-year-old from the small town of Hikone, right in the middle of Japan, had no expectations but she did have this: A once-in-a-lifetime chance at…

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