Tokyo Olympics live updates: USWNT ready for Canada, US women's hoops team put to test vs. France

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The U.S. Women's National Team has one more game to go to secure an Olympic medal in soccer, and its semifinal opponent is a familiar one.

Coming off a quarterfinal game that came down to penalty kicks, the USWNT will kick off against Canada at 4 a.m. ET on Monday for a chance at the gold-medal game. Canada advanced from its quarterfinal against Brazil 4-3 on penalties after ending regulation and extra time in a scoreless draw.

Should the USWNT win, it will advance to its sixth Olympic final having only missed one since the sport was added in 1996. The USWNT could be the first team to win consecutive World Cup and Olympic titles, having taken the trophy in the 2019 World Cup.

In Monday's completed action, American Keni Harrison finished second in a photo finish behind gold medalist Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico in the women's 100-meter hurdles.

And the U.S. women's beach volleyball team of April Ross and Alix Klineman kept their quest for gold alive on Monday with a straight-sets win over Cuba.

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USWNT shakes up lineup again for semifinal vs. Canada

U.S. women's national soccer team coach Vlatko Andonovski is deploying his fifth different starting lineup of the Tokyo Olympics for the semifinal showdown against Canada in Kashima, Japan.

There are three different players in Monday's starting lineup from the starting 11 that faced the Netherlands in the quarterfinals. Tierna Davison is in for Abby Dahlkemper on defense, Rose Lavelle starts in place of Samantha Mewis in the midfield, and Alex Morgan replaces Carli Lloyd at striker.

Lynn Williams makes her second consecutive Olympics start. Megan Rapinoe, who scored the winning penalty kick in the quarterfinal victory over the Netherlands, is available as a substitute.

Kickoff is at 4 a.m. ET (on USA, NBCOlympics.com).

U.S. women's hoops team put to the test once again vs. France

TOKYO — As the U.S. women’s basketball team heads into the knockout round of the Olympics, at least they won’t be accused of having no competition this time.

If anything, the three games of group play have been unexpectedly difficult for Team USA, including Monday’s 93-82 win over France. In each of the three, the U.S. has been pushed deep into the fourth quarter before finding another gear late to put the game away.

Heading into the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Team USA’s situation seems very different from the 2016 Olympics when its closest game was 19 points. This time, it seems like the world is ready to challenge the Americans after six straight gold medals. Actually beating them, however, is likely to prove much tougher.

-- Dan Wolken

A'ja Wilson shoots while being defended by France player Sarah Michel.
A'ja Wilson shoots while being defended by France player Sarah Michel.

U.S. women's hoops team in tough game vs. France

The U.S. women’s basketball team is once again in the middle of a tough fight as it tries to close out group play 3-0, leading France just 50-44 at halftime.

This has been a common theme at the Olympics so far, as Team USA was in a semi-close game late against Nigeria, didn’t put away Japan until the final couple minutes and is now getting challenged by France despite shooting 57% from the field in the first half.

U.S. coach Dawn Staley will almost certainly be focused on the U.S. tightening up its defense in the second half – France just got too many easy looks at the rim – and pounding the ball inside on offense. France doesn’t have an answer for the Americans’ size, and as a result Team USA made 17-of-25 inside the 3-point line.

Guard Diana Taurasi seemed to hurt her wrist early in the game and came out immediately. After sitting on the bench for quite awhile, she came back in for a stretch late in the half but only logged 5 minutes in the first half.

Skylar Diggins, who had only played a couple minutes in the first two games, got back into the rotation and played 5 ½ minutes. She had apparently not been feeling well the last few days.

-- Dan Wolken

U.S. women's volleyball team wins, but endures another injury

TOKYO — The U.S. women’s volleyball team defeated Italy in five sets, 21-25, 25-16, 25-27, 25-16, 15-12, on Monday in their final pool play match of the Tokyo Olympics. They’re currently ranked first in Pool B with four wins and one loss and are guaranteed a spot in the quarterfinals.

For the U.S., opposite Annie Drews led scoring with 22 points. Italian opposite Paola Egonu finished with 28 points.

In the second set, the U.S. lost setter Jordyn Poulter when she rolled her right ankle after attempting to make a block. She left the arena floor in a wheelchair and did not return to action.

Poulter’s ankle injury is the team’s second this week – during their loss to the Russian Olympic Committee on Saturday, the U.S. team lost starting opposite Jordan Thompson to a rolled right ankle. Thompson’s status for the quarterfinal is unclear.

The U.S. team will make its quarterfinals appearance on Wednesday, Aug. 4 against a yet-to-be-determined nation. They’re looking to improve upon their bronze-medal finish in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The U.S. is on a quest for its first gold medal in the sport.

-- Olivia Reiner

USWNT has history on its side vs. Canada

TOKYO — It’s not a true rivalry unless you can actually win a game every once in a while.

The USWNT’s semifinal against Canada is being made out to be the latest in a long series of grudge matches between the otherwise friendly neighbors. Which, aside from that testy meeting in the semis at the London Olympics, it really is not.

The USWNT has played the Canadians more than any other opponent — 61 times ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. The Americans have won 51 of those games, and the teams have played to a draw seven times.

USWNT forward Megan Rapinoe, center, hugs defender Kelley O'Hara after their win over the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics.
USWNT forward Megan Rapinoe, center, hugs defender Kelley O'Hara after their win over the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics.

Even when they look beatable, the Americans have a knack for being able to turn it around once the knockout games begin. See the 2011 World Cup. And the 2015 World Cup.

And, of course, the London Olympics — when the USWNT rallied to tie Canada three times before Alex Morgan scored in injury time of overtime to give the Americans the win.

-- Nancy Armour

No medal for USA's JuVaughn Harrison in long jump

TOKYO — JuVaughn Harrison’s Olympic medal hopes came up short.

Harrison finished fifth in the men’s long jump competition. His mark was 26 feet, 9 inches.

The LSU product was in third place midway through the competition but was passed by two other competitors.

Greece’s Miltiadis Tentoglou won the event at 27 feet, 7¼ inches. Cubans Juan Miguel Echevarría and Maykel Masso placed second and third.

Harrison competed in the men’s high jump final a day prior. He finished seventh in the event with a jump of 7 feet, 7¾ inches.

Harrison is first American man since Jim Thorpe in 1912 to compete in both the long jump and high jump at the Olympics.

-- Tyler Dragon

Keni Harrison takes silver in women's 100m hurdles

TOKYO — Five years after heartbreak, Keni Harrison is an Olympic medalist.

Harrison won silver in the final of the 100-meter hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, finishing second with a time of 12.52 seconds. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico took gold in 12.37, and Jamaica's Megan Tapper finished third.

The U.S. swept all three medals in the event at the Rio Olympics in 2016 – though Harrison was not among them.

She had arrived at the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials as the prohibitive favorite, not only to make the Olympic team but potentially win gold. And then, heartbreak: She finished sixth at trials, her Olympic dreams dashed.

Harrison proceeded to set a new world record, 12.20 seconds, the next month. And she's spoken about how, for five years, the agony of missing that 2016 Olympic team fueled her.

On Monday, it culminated in a silver medal.

-- Tom Schad

Netherlands runner trips, still wins 1500m prelim

TOKYO – For most everyone, falling on the final lap of a 1500-meter race would be certain disaster.

For Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, it appeared to be just a minor inconvenience.

Hassan overcame a fall at the start of her last lap to win her 1500-meter preliminary race Monday – tripping over another runner who had fallen in front of her, leaping back to her feet and running the final 300 in a blistering 43.7 seconds. And it might not even wind up being the most impressive achievement of her day.

The Netherlands' Sifan Hassan (4) and Kenya's Edinah Jebitok trip and fall during their 1,500-meter heat at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Netherlands' Sifan Hassan (4) and Kenya's Edinah Jebitok trip and fall during their 1,500-meter heat at the Tokyo Olympics.

Hassan is entered in the 1500, 5000 and 10,000 at the Tokyo Olympics, an attempt to pull of what would be an incredible triple. And Monday will likely be the most challenging day of her schedule. After Monday's 1500-meter run, she will be back in less than 12 hours to run the 5,000-meter final, with a medal on the line.

-- Tom Schad

323 hugs and counting for US beach volleyball team

TOKYO – The American beach volleyball team of April Ross and Alix Klineman might be in position to do more than win a gold medal at the Tokyo Games.

Surely they’re capable of setting an unofficial record for hugs – that is, if they haven’t already broken the record.

Ross and Klineman hug after every point, so on Monday that was 74 hugs in their 21-17, 21-15 victory over Cuba’s Lidianny Echevarria Benitez and Leila Consuelo Martinez in the round of 16 at Shiokaze Park.

“It’s so funny because we didn’t invent the hug in beach volleyball,’’ Ross said, noting that Brazilian teams also hug.

But the Americans have taken it to a new level, committed to a hug – preceded by high fives or low fives -- after every single point.

As they advance to the quarterfinals, after going 3-0 in preliminary play, Ross and Klineman have hugged 323 times during competition at the Tokyo Games.

“It just gives a moment to kind of regroup as a team,’’ Klineman said.

Added Ross, “I think it brings us together energetically and we even talk for a second. Some people hold hands, some people hold their arms around each other and we just hug.’’

-- Josh Peter

The U.S. beach volleyball A team of April Ross, left, and Alix Klineman defeated Cuba on Monday in their first match of the knockout round.
The U.S. beach volleyball A team of April Ross, left, and Alix Klineman defeated Cuba on Monday in their first match of the knockout round.

Women's 100m hurdles WR holder competing for first Olympic medal

Two weeks after missing out on the Rio Olympics in 2016, Keni Harrison set a world record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.20.

The former University of Kentucky athlete, who's now in the school's hall of fame, won the NCAA title for 60m and 100m hurdles her senior year in 2014-15 and was honored as National Track Athlete of the Year. Several other former Wildcats, including fellow hurdler Sydney McLaughlin, are also competing in Tokyo.

Harrison made the U.S. team with a time of 12.47 in the Olympic Trials. She finished second behind Jamaica's Britany Anderson in her semifinal heat to move on to the medal round. The Olympic record time is 12.35 set by Australia's Sally Pearson at the 2012 London Games.

The event will air live at 10:50 p.m. ET, after the men's long jump final at 9:20 p.m. ET.

- Siera Jones, Louisville Courier Journal

US faces Japan in baseball quarterfinal

Team USA will take on host Japan in one of two games on Monday in the quarterfinal round of the Olympic baseball tournament (8 a.m. ET).

Former New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka will get the start for Japan. The two-time MLB All-Star pitched for the Yankees for seven seasons before returning home and signing with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the NPB.

Masahiro Tanaka warms up before Japan's game against Mexico during the opening round of the Olympic baseball tournament.
Masahiro Tanaka warms up before Japan's game against Mexico during the opening round of the Olympic baseball tournament.

On the mound for the U.S. is right-hander Shane Baz, 22, who was a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2017 draft and is now pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays' Class AA team.

The last time the two nations met on the international stage, the USA defeated Japan 4-3 in the Super Round of the 2019 WBSC Premier12. However, Japan went on to win that tournament.

In Monday's other quarterfinal game, Israel will face Korea in a rematch of their first-round clash, which Korea won 6-5 in 10 innings. Israel eliminated Mexico 12-5 on Sunday, while Korea rallied to defeat the Dominican Republic with a 4-3 walk-off win.

U.S. women's basketball takes on France

For its final game of the preliminary round, Team USA tips off against France at 11:40 p.m. ET. The women will hope to enjoy better success against France heading toward the quarterfinals than their male counterparts.

Team USA won its opening game against Nigeria 81-72 on July 26. Then, on Thursday, it was propelled to an 86-69 victory over Japan by Aj'a Wilson and Brittney Griner.

France fell to Japan 74-70, but beat Nigeria 87-62.

April Ross, Alix Klineman attempt to keep U.S. women alive in beach volleyball

The United States' No. 1 women's beach volleyball team plays its first match of the elimination round at 7 p.m. ET.

April Ross and Alix Klineman will take on Lidy Echevarria Benitez and Leila Martinez, the Cuban duo that lost two of its three preliminary matches before beating the Netherlands in two sets in the Lucky Loser Round. The Americans won out in the prelims.

Ross and former partner Kerri Walsh Jennings won bronze in Rio. This is Klineman's first Olympics.

On Saturday, the other pair from the U.S., Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil, lost 2-1 to Canada, eliminating them from the round of 16.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Olympics live updates: USWNT takes on Canada in soccer semifinals

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