US to face Spain for women’s Olympic basketball gold

US to face Spain for women’s Olympic basketball gold

A half-time pep talk from injured captain Sue Bird helped lift five-time defending champion United States over France 86-67 and into the Rio Olympic women’s basketball final against Spain. The Americans, last beaten at the Olympics in a 1992 semi-final, improved to 88-1 over the past 20 years in global tournaments and stretched their Olympic...

Froome ready for ‘big challenge’ in Vuelta

Froome ready for ‘big challenge’ in Vuelta

Britain’s Chris Froome headlines a star-studded field, looking to become the first man to win the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana in the same year since 1978, when the third Grand Tour of the season gets underway on Saturday. Froome is aiming to match Frenchman Bernard Hinault’s feat in winning back-to-back Grand Tours...

Women’s team put China on verge of table tennis cleansweep

Women’s team put China on verge of table tennis cleansweep

Li Xiaoxia, Liu Shiwen and Ding Ning combined to win the women’s team table tennis gold on Tuesday to keep China on target for their third consecutive Games cleansweep of titles. The Chinese women swept aside Germany’s Han Ying, Shan Xiaona, and Petrisse Solja 3-0 to add another gold to the table tennis superpower’s wins...

Ex-street hawker wins first Brazil boxing gold

Ex-street hawker wins first Brazil boxing gold

Robson Conceicao said he felt like he was still in a dream after he became the first Brazilian to win Olympic boxing gold on Tuesday in front of an exhilarated Rio crowd. The man who sold vegetables and popsicles on the streets as an impoverished child is now a national hero after he defeated Frenchman...

Iran slam Olympic lifting ‘conspiracy’ as riot police called

Iran slam Olympic lifting ‘conspiracy’ as riot police called

A furious Iran slammed Georgian lifter Lasha Talakhadze’s Olympic gold medal as a “conspiracy”, with riot police called to the Rio Games weightlifting venue as tensions boiled over. Iranian super heavyweight and favourite Behdad Salimikordasiabi sensationally crashed out of the men’s +105kg class after judges ruled he had failed to register a total in the...

US women’s hoops stars rip Japan but Aussies ousted

US women’s hoops stars rip Japan but Aussies ousted

Five-time defending champion United States reached the Rio Olympic women’s basketball semi-finals with a 47th consecutive Games victory Tuesday while Australia’s run of five consecutive Olympic medals ended in tears. Diana Taurasi and Maya Moore each scored 19 points as the Americans routed Japan 110-64, advancing to a Thursday matchup against the later Canada-France winner...

Schippers sails into 200m Olympic final

Schippers sails into 200m Olympic final

World champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands romped into the final of the 200m, landing a psychological blow to Jamaican rival Elaine Thompson with a comfortable semi-final victory. Schippers, aiming to crown her successful conversion from heptathlon to sprinting with an Olympic gold, won her semi-final in 21.96sec. Thompson, who on Saturday won the 100m...

China’s Cao Yuan wins men’s 3m springboard

China’s Cao Yuan wins men’s 3m springboard

Cao Yuan shook off the pressure of being the only Chinese diver left in the field — a rarity in Olympic finals — to deliver China’s fifth diving gold medal. Cao won the men’s 3m springboard competition, taking the tally to five golds in six events for diving’s superpower. Britain’s Jack Laugher took silver and...

McLeod wins 110m hurdles gold

McLeod wins 110m hurdles gold

Jamaica’s Omar McLeod produced a flawless performance to win the gold medal in the Olympic 110m hurdles. McLeod raced home in 13.05sec after smoothly clearing each of his 10 hurdles as the battle for silver and bronze unfolded behind him. Cuba-born Spaniard Orlando Ortega took silver in 13.17sec with Dimitri Bascou of France third in...