Review Category : National Sports

Michael Phelps Wins 21st Olympic Gold Medal in Rio

Al Bello/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Michael Phelps has won his 21st career Olympic gold medal and 25th overall medal.

The 31-year-old star swimmer won gold Tuesday night for the 200-meter Butterfly Final, a rematch from the London 2012 Olympics when South African Chad Le Clos won the gold over Phelps.

Phelps later won gold in the 4×200-meter Freestyle Relay with Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas, and Ryan Lochte.

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Katie Ledecky Wins Second Gold Medal of the Rio De Janeiro Olympics

Al Bello/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Another Olympic gold medal for Katie Ledecky.

The 19-year-old American won her second gold of the Rio Olympics in the 200-meter Freestyle Final Tuesday night.

Ledecky picked up her first when she smashed the world record in the 400-meter Freestyle on Sunday.

Tuesday night marked Ledecky’s third career Olympic gold medal.

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Michael Phelps Wins 200-Meter Butterfly for His 20th Olympic Gold Medal

Al Bello/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Michael Phelps has won his 20th career Olympic gold medal.

The 31-year-old star swimmer won gold Tuesday night for the 200-meter Butterfly Final, a rematch from the London 2012 Olympics when South African Chad Le Clos won the gold over Phelps.

Phelps is also expected to race in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay.

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US Women’s Gymnastics Wins Gold for Team All-Around Final

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — The American women’s gymnastics team won the gold medal for the team all-around final in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The Americans won by a large margin, beating Russia, which took silver, by more than eight points.

During the qualifying round on Sunday, Ream USA beat China by nearly 10 points. Tuesday’s competition was not much different, and China walked away with the bronze medal.

The Final Five.

— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) August 9, 2016

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Michael Phelps Gives Death Stare to Opponent, Inspires #PhelpsFace

Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Michael Phelps’ determination to stay in the zone while his swimming rival, South Africa’s Chad le Clos, amped himself up before their face off Monday in Rio resulted in a death stare face that has gone viral.

The hashtag #PhelpsFace emerged after Phelps, 31, was caught on camera glowering with his hood over his head and his hands in his pockets as he prepared to race in the 200-meter butterfly semifinal.

/TV cuts back to Phelps as he’s calmly adjusting a folding chair and the South African guy is nowhere to be seen

— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) August 9, 2016

Nearby Phelps was le Clos, who prepared for the same race by shadow boxing and smiling in front of Phelps.

Phelps finished second in the race while le Clos finished fourth.

“I was trying to not really even look at him,” Phelps told NBC’s Michele Tafoya after the race. “He does his thing, I do my thing.”

The two will face off again Tuesday night in the 200-meter butterfly final.

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Meet the Moms Behind the US Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For the five young women going for the gold on the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team, everything they’ve done in their lives has led up to this pressure-packed moment. But the pressure is not just reserved for the athletes.

The mothers of three of the gymnasts told ABC News’ Good Morning America they are just as nervous as their daughters, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and the youngest team member, 16-year-old Laurie Hernandez.

Gabby’s mother, Natalie Hawkins, has been through all of the excitement and nerves of the Olympics before, but said Rio is still hitting her differently.

“I think it’s a little different because Gabrielle is four years older and just to see the way she’s handling everything now … More subtle, more grounded,” Hawkins explained from the P&G family home in Rio.

Nellie Biles’ daughter Simone is expected to win big as she steps into the Olympics spotlight for the first time.

“I think that Simone tries real hard not to pay attention to what the expectation is of others,” said Biles, whose daughter has been predicted to win five gold medals. “I believe there’s more pressure on me than on Simone because I am so nervous. I mean, I am just a wreck. And Simone knows that so she is the one who would text me or call me, ‘Mom, I am doing good and I’m ready.’”

As their daughters prepare to compete Tuesday night, the moms are taking it all in — especially Wanda Hernandez, whose daughter Laurie is the first U.S. Hispanic-born gymnast to make the Olympic team in 30 years.

“Proud, very proud of Laurie,” Hernandez said of her teenage daughter. “And just grateful for the moment. At this point we’re just enjoying the team work, the leaders. Kudos to all of these parents. All the team and all the team moms, and just everybody that competes out there because it’s not just about our girls. Also other girls that have sweat, that have made such an effort whether you’re an elite or you’re college gymnastics or having fun — I can’t do it.”

“The moment you get on the beam, wow,” she added. “A lot of respect from me. I’m just totally grateful and enjoying the team camaraderie and the fact that Laurie has pure leaders and educators, coaches to look up to. I’m wowed.”

When asked if the group of moms had any celebration plans lined for after Thursday, they all laughed while replying, “Yes.”

“I have difficulty sleeping so I think my sleep will definitely come starting Friday,” Biles added.

There is just one thing their daughters’ team is missing: a nickname. The 1996 gold medal team was known as the “Magnificent Seven.” The 2012 crew was called the “Fierce Five.” As of now, the young ladies of 2016 are still waiting for the right fit.

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Lilly King Gets Gold in Rio After Doping Spat with Russian

Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — American swimmer Lilly King put her money where her mouth was and bested Russian Yulia Efimova for the gold in the 100-meter breaststroke Monday night.

King had been critical of Efimova over her reported history with drugs — the Russian was
suspended 16 months for doping and later failed a test for the banned substance meldonium.

After Efimova won her semi-final round on Sunday, she wagged No. 1 with her finger. King, who was watching the race from a viewing area at the time, wagged No. 1 with her finger as well.

King took the gold Monday with a time of 1:04.93, setting an Olympic record. Efimova came in second with a time of 1:05.50.

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Syrian Refugee Swimmer Moved from One Country to Another to Continue His Sport

ABC News(LONDON) — Rami Anis fled his hometown of Aleppo, Syria, five years ago to escape the violent civil war ravaging the country.

He also left for his swimming career, which could have come to an abrupt end if he became one of the many in Syria who were kidnapped or forced to join the government’s army.

“I thought that I would be back after two months,” Anis, now 25, told ABC News. “But unfortunately the war kept getting worse.”

Now he is in Rio as part of the first refugee team to ever participate in the Olympics.

“I’m very proud. It’s the dream of any athlete to participate in the Olympics,” he said. “I will carry the International Olympic Committee’s flag, but my soul and heart will be with my home, Syria.”

Anis’ love for swimming came from his uncles who are Syrian swimming champions. He has been swimming since he was 7 years old and professionally since he was 14.

After leaving Syria, his first stop was Turkey, where he trained with a local swimming club. But he was unable to join competitions there because he didn’t have Turkish citizenship.

So he went on the move again, traveling in an inflatable boat to Greece, then going to Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary and Germany, until finally settling in Belgium.

When Anis first arrived in his new country, he lived in a refugee camp in Fleurus near the Belgian city of Charleroi. He wanted to swim with a club nearby, but couldn’t afford it.

He tried for a few months to train in a public swimming pool before eventually asking to join a club in Ghent where he received an offer to train for free. Anis at first had to travel six hours a day between Fleurus and Ghent to train for two hours. But when his trainer, former Olympic swimmer Carine Verbauwen, found out about his situation after two weeks, she helped him find housing nearby.

Anis had at the time just come off a six-month break from swimming, so he had to train harder than usual just to get back to his normal level.

“I had to push him very hard,” Verbauen told ABC News. “I had no time for compassion.”

When Anis felt like he couldn’t train for any longer, she would say: “You have to.” When he asked if he could use his fins because that would make swimming easier, her answer would be “no.”

Today, Anis is due to swim the 100 meter freestyle. On Thursday, he will swim the 100 meter butterfly, which is his discipline. His goal is not to win a medal, but to break his own record of swimming the 100 meter butterfly in 55 seconds.

“He really seems very strong, but at the end he’s very afraid to lose face. He doesn’t want to disappoint people,” Verbauwen said.“If he can control his nerves, he can break his record. If he can’t control his nerves, I don’t know how he will do. The Olympic games aren’t just about how hard you’ve been working or how fast you can be, but also how mentally strong you are. If he fails, it will not be because he hasn’t been training a lot, but because of the mental pressure.”

She said that this year’s refugee team is about more than sports — it’s also about showing that refugees can contribute to their new countries.

“If you are displaced it doesn’t mean that you are nothing,” Verbauwen said. “People see refugees as a burden. But I think that of the millions of people who have come from war zones there are many who can bring something to the new society.”

More than 65 million people worldwide were displaced by wars, persecution and conflicts at the end of 2015, according to the United Nation’s refugee agency — the highest number since the agency’s records began.

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NASCAR Mourns Loss of Sprint Car Driver Bryan Clauson

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — NASCAR is mourning the loss of Bryan Clauson, who died Sunday night from injuries suffered in a sprint car crash.

Clauson, who had made 26 career starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, sustained his injuries while competing in the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas Saturday night. He was 27.

“NASCAR extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Bryan Clauson, a passionate competitor whose love for racing fueled his unmatched positive spirit,” NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said in a statement. “He was a dear friend to many in the racing community, and he was loved and respected by all who knew him. He touched the lives of so many in our motorsports family, and his warm presence and relentless enthusiasm will be missed.”

Several drivers have tweeted their memories and condolences. Here’s a sample:

Tony Stewart: It’s a very sad day today losing @BryanClauson. Just remember God is in control and has a plan for all of us. Bryan was a great driver/guy!”

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: “Very sad. Thoughts and prayers with Bryan’s family and friends.”

Danica Patrick: “It’s surreal to think Bryan Clauson is gone. He was one of the good ones. He was kind, funny, and a damn good driver. Heavy heart today.”

Jeff Gordon: “So sad to hear of @BryanClauson’s passing. An incredible man & driver. Thoughts & prayers for his family & friends.”

Jimmie Johnson: “Godspeed Bryan.”

Kasey Kahne: “Bryan Clauson was as good as they get behind the wheel and one of the nicest, happiest guys around. Always smiling and enjoying life.”

Kyle Busch:
“Sending thoughts and prayers to the Clauson Family.”

Kurt Busch: “The racing family lost an amazing young man. Deepest condolences to the family and friends of @BryanClauson. Rest in Peace.”

Joey Logano: “Very sad news. Thoughts and prayers to Bryan’s family.”

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Scoreboard Roundup — 8/8/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Texas 4, Colorado 3


Oakland 3, Baltimore 2
Seattle 3, Detroit 0
Toronto 7, Tampa Bay 5
Minnesota 3, Houston 1

San Francisco 8, Miami 7, 14 Innings
L.A. Dodgers 9, Philadelphia 4
Atlanta 4, Milwaukee 3, 12 Innings
St. Louis 5, Cincinnati 4

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