Americans aim for gold in basketball, volleyball, water polo
TOKYO (AP) – The US women’s basketball team will play for a record-breaking seventh gold medal on Saturday night when the Americans face Japan at the Tokyo Games.
Track and field competition ends on day 15 of the Olympics and Allyson Felix, fresh off her record-breaking 10th medal, will look to overtake Carl Lewis as America’s most decorated runner if she competes in the 4 × 400-meter relay. The US men’s team will also be looking for a medal in the 4X400 relay, with Vashti Cunningham set to fight for a gold in the women’s high jump.
The US baseball team with Todd Frazier and Edwin Jackson faces Japan in the gold medal game, while the US women’s volleyball and water polo teams also compete in the final.
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Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi will look to lead the US women’s basketball team to a seventh straight gold when the Americans face Japan in the Olympic final.
Bird and Taurasi will be aiming for a fifth gold medal, a record no other basketball player has ever achieved.
Japan has already secured the first Olympic medal in women’s basketball in the country’s history. Coach Tom Hovasse said when he was hired just over four years ago that his team would play against the Americans for gold at the Tokyo Games.
His team agreed with him. The game will be broadcast live on NBC at 10:30 p.m.
Allyson Felix became the most decorated female track and field athlete in Olympic history with a bronze in the 400 meters and said after her run that she expects to be part of the women’s 4X400 relay team .
If she is and the Americans’ medal, it would be Felix’s 11th in career and pass Carl Lewis as the most decorated track athlete in US history.
At 35, Felix knew when he arrived in Tokyo that collecting any material would be the biggest challenge of his career.
“I still believe in myself. I trust my training, ”said Felix. “But of course I’m also a sports fan, I hear the chatter. I think people thought it was a long way for me to be part of the American team and I knew I was not a choice for the medals. But, you know, just give me a chance.
Relay participants are not announced in advance, but the women’s team could consist of Sydney McLaughlin, who set the world record in the 400-meter hurdles, and Dalilah Muhammad, who finished second.
The last day of athletics will be broadcast live on Peacock at 6:35 a.m. with still coverage on NBC in prime time starting at 8 p.m.
The United States is aiming for its first gold in women’s volleyball when the Americans face Brazil in the final.
The United States has won three silver and two bronze medals since 1984, but has never reached the top of the podium at the Olympics. The Americans lost to Brazil in 2008 and 2012 and to China in 1984.
US coach Karch Kiraly is looking to join China’s Lang Ping as the only Olympian to win gold as a volleyball player and also a coach. His team is led by three-time Olympians Jordan Larson and Foluke Akinradewo Gunderson, who have previously won silver and bronze medals. The game will air live at 12:30 a.m. on USA Network.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
The US women’s water polo team are aiming for their third consecutive gold medal when they face Spain in the final at the Tatsumi Water Polo Center.
The United States hopes to join the men’s teams of Great Britain (1908-1920) and Hungary (2000-2008) as the only countries to win at least three consecutive water polo titles at the Olympics.
Spain are looking for their first gold in women’s water polo. He lost to the United States in the London 2012 Games final. The game will first air live at 2 a.m. on USA Network, with reruns in the late morning on NBC and again in prime time.
Mike Scioscia is one victory behind matchmaker Tommy Lasorda, the only manager to lead the United States to a gold medal in baseball.
But host Japan, who ended their big-league season at the Tokyo Olympics, are the favorites of the gold medal game.
The United States is a mix of predominantly Double-A, career minor league and veteran-released prospects. The Americans overcame a ninth inning lead in a 7-6, 10-innings loss to Japan to reach the final, beating the Dominican Republic 3-1 and South Korea 7-2.
Nick Martinez will start for the United States. The 31-year-old right-hander pitched for Texas from 2014 to 2017, then spent three seasons with the Pacific League’s Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters before spending that season with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.
Martinez won the first round against South Korea, allowing one run and four hits in five innings with nine strikeouts. He has known Yokohama Stadium since his stay in Japan. The game airs live Saturday morning at 6 a.m. on NBC Sports Network.
Nelly Korda takes a three-stroke lead in the final round of the women’s golf tournament.
Olympic golf officials plan to start playing as early as possible on Saturday and take advantage of a window they hope large enough to squeeze through 72 holes before a tropical storm arrives in the forecast. The round is scheduled to be broadcast live from 6.30am on the Golf Channel.
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