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Bom dia from Rio de Janeiro!

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OLY–CLOSING CEREMONY — The Rio Olympics end at Maracana Stadium, with an exuberant burst of Carnival dance on tap, followed by the handover of the Olympic flag to Tokyo, the host of the 2020 Games, and the extinguishing of the flame. By Mauricio Savarese and Peter Prengaman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Ceremony starts 8 p.m.

OLY–USOC WRAPUP — Winning more medals than ever at a fully attended Olympics was a huge takeaway for the U.S. Olympic Committee. The Ryan Lochte matter, however, presented a huge problem as well. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m. With: OLY–US MEDAL ROUT. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 4 p.m.




No gold, no glory for NBA stars

OLY–BKO-SERBIA-US — The U.S. men’s basketball tries for its third straight gold medal when it faces Serbia. The Americans beat the Serbs by only 94-91 in group play, but blew them out 129-92 two years ago in the gold-medal game at the Basketball World Cup. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 3:45 p.m. With: BKO–SPAIN-AUSTRALIA (Bronze game started 11:30 a.m.).

Marathon man: Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge

OLY–ATH-MARATHON — Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge wins the men’s marathon, the last event on the track and field program. He finishes in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 44 seconds and is followed by Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lelisa and American Galen Rupp. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 p.m.

Shields ready for a fight

OLY-BOX-FINALS — Claressa Shields can win her second Olympic boxing gold medal with a victory over the Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn in the middleweight final. Four gold medals are on the line, culminating in a super heavyweight final between Britain’s Joe Joyce and French world champion Tony Yoka. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m

Brazil men eye volleyball crown

OLY–VOL-ITALY-BRAZIL — Brazil, the silver medalist in London four years ago, plays again for gold in men’s volleyball. It faces 2012 bronze finisher Italy. The Brazilians are in their fourth straight final and chasing their first Olympic title since 2004. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 1:15 p.m. With: OLY–US-PRIDDY’S FAREWELL (U.S. beats Russia for bronze). UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.




Column: Brazil got its golden moment, but at what cost?

OLY–SOC-JIM LITKE — Brazil has the gold medal it desperately wanted in the sport it cares about the most — but at great cost. By Sports Columnist Jim Litke. SENT: 750 words, photos.

Column: Semenya takes after Mandela in Rio

OLY–JOHN LEICESTER-SEMENYA’S VICTORY — Nelson Mandela and now Caster Semenya: South Africans teaching the world about tolerance, about courage and about judging people not by how they look, but by what they do, how they do it and how they conduct themselves. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 900 words, photos.

Decathlon champ’s next event might be in education

OLY–ATH-EATON’S NEXT STEPS — Two-time Olympic decathlete champion Ashton Eaton is already beginning to wonder what’s next. After winning his latest gold medal, the world’s greatest athlete speaks with the AP about his aspirations beyond track and field. One thing is clear: You won’t see him at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. By Dave Skretta. SENT 900 words, photos.




Bolt’s exit makes for tough race for track

OLY–ATH-WHAT’S NEXT? — Usain Bolt is gone, and insists he’s never coming back. Where does track and field go next? Bolt’s departure from the Olympics certainly make the Tokyo Games feel like a much-less-enticing prospect. But lots of things will change between now and 2020 in the world of track. A look at what that world might look like. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

U.S. women’s basketball future looks mighty as ever

OLY–BKL-US-DOMINANCE — No one has beaten the U.S. women’s basketball team at the Olympics for 20 years. With a wealth of talent returning and waiting in the wings, it doesn’t look like that run will end anytime soon. Even with four-time Olympians Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Tamika Catchings having likely played their last game. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 550 words, photos.

Golf turns in strong scorecard in Rio

OLY–GLF-GOLF’S RETURN — From the opening tee shot by Brazil’s Adilson da Silva to the final putt by gold medalist Inbee Park, golf ticked every box in wanting to make a good impression after being gone from the Olympics for more than a century. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 2 p.m.

Brazil’s boost for 2018 World Cup

OLY–SOC-HOPEFUL BRAZIL — Brazil leaves the Rio Games hopeful that the same youngsters who gave the nation its first Olympic gold medal and restored some of its soccer pride can also lead the team going into the World Cup in Russia in 2018. By Tales Azzoni. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.




After Rio risk, Olympic leaders can learn lessons

OLY–RATING RIO — Taking the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro was always considered a risk. Now that South America’s first games are drawing to a close, the question is: Did the gamble pay off? By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

Neymar finds redemption in Olympic gold

OLY-SOC–NEYMAR’S REDEMPTION — Two weeks ago Neymar’s commitment to the Olympic team was questioned. Now he’s a national hero — and a gold medal winner. Neymar answered the doubters when it mattered most. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 800 words, photos.




OPJO103 — Runners at start of men’s marathon.

OLY103 — Member of Brazilian military stands guard at marathon.

OGYM157 — Japan performs during the rhythmic gymnastics group all-around final.

OHNB117 — Poland’s Kamil Syprzak scores against Germany in bronze-medal handball.

OMS104 — Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Olympians at Japan House.




— OLYMPICS RDP — Daily roundup of key events, story lines. By Arnie Stapleton. Begins 4 p.m. and updates through closing ceremony.

— RIO OLYMPICS-THE LATEST — Real-time updates, photos from every venue. Begins 6 a.m. and through final event.

— RIO OLYMPICS-MEDAL COUNT — Who’s ahead in medal race, nation by nation.




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