July 28, 2021

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NBA to implement new rules meant to reduce foul calls on non-basketball moves, per report
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NBA players have always gone to extreme lengths to draw fouls, but the 2020-21 season was perhaps the most egregious yet. More and more players stopped dead in their tracks on drives hoping for defenders to foul them from behind. Others found different ways of initiating contact in the hopes of drawing whistles. The problem was so widespread last season that the NBA is now taking action against the practice in order to give defenders a fair chance at getting stops. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the NBA plans to implement new rules to reduce the number of fouls drawn on non-basketball moves. He is reporting that officials will be trained to identify non-basketball moves, including:
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Fiji survives Argentina scare to advance to rugby gold medal match | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports
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Favorite Fiji was tested in the first half of their match against Argentina but took control in the second half with trys from Semi Radradra and Jiuta Wainiqolo. #NBCOlympics #Tokyo2020 #Rugby
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Netherlands shuts out South Africa, improves to 3-0 in field hockey | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports
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Four different players from the Netherlands find the back of the net as the women's field hockey team takes down South African in a 5-0 shutout. #NBCOlympics #Tokyo2020 #FieldHockey
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USA men's basketball steadies ship with throwback beatdown of Iran
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TOKYO — It seems like everyone is always complaining that the United States men’s basketball team just isn’t what it once was. That’s fairly true, especially this group. This isn’t the Michael-Magic-Larry 1992 team or the Kobe-LeBron-DWade 2008 squad.But put them up against an opponent that looks an awful lot like the kind of rag-tag crews the old 1990s Dream Teams got to face, and maybe they aren’t that far away after all.The U.S. played Iran on Wednesday and it helped answer the question of how many points a group of NBA players might be able to score in a 40-minute game if the other team essentially played no defense — seriously, no defense.In this case, 120. Iran managed 66.
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Japan walks off vs. Dominican Republic; baseball returns to Olympics in style in Tokyo | NBC Sports
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Japan mounted a ninth inning comeback against the Dominican Republic on a rain-soaked field in Fukushima to win the first Olympic baseball game in 13 years. #NBCOlympics #Tokyo2020 #Baseball
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Why USA's Olympic baseball roster doesn't include MLB players for 2021
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If you're watching Team USA Olympic baseball this summer, you may have a single question in your mind.And that question will likely be: "Who the hell is that?"While the USA Olympic baseball roster holds some journeyman players who have made their bones in the major leagues, the majority of the roster is comprised of minor-league guys and players who are on the doorstop of MLB teams.Unfortunately, the sport's biggest stars including Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Aaron Judge and others won't make their way to Japan to help Team USA nail down a gold medal.There's a very simple why baseball's best don't get that opportunity. Here's why:A wise man once said: "It's all about the mon-aaayyy."Unlike Nippon Professional Baseball — Japan's top baseball circuit — which shuts down for the Olympics, Major League Baseball doesn't pause for two weeks to allow its stars to play on Team USA. Teams are largely unwilling to let their star players compete in the Olympics.
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Nastia Liukin: Simone Biles 'did the right thing' | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports
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Five-time Olympic medal gymnast Nastia Liukin reacts to Simone Biles’ decision to exit the women’s team final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to focus on her mental health. #NBCOlympics #Tokyo2020 #SimoneBiles
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USA Gymnasts Lee, Chiles, McCallum Dedicate Silver to Biles
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“We kinda dedicated it to (Simone) because everybody was depending on Simone and that’s unfair to her because we are a whole team,” said Sunisa Lee.
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U.S. men beat Iran by 54, bounce back from loss
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SAITAMA, Japan -- Everyone likes a blowout, but this one for the U.S. men's basketball team had extra value, cleansing the palate as it begins a stretch of must-win games at the Tokyo Olympics.The Americans crushed Iran 120-66 on Wednesday afternoon for their first win of the Olympics. A victory Saturday against the Czech Republic will give the Americans a berth into the medal round next week, though this huge margin of victory gives the U.S. a chance to still advance even if it suffers another loss to the Czechs.It was hard to gauge just what sort of improvement the Americans made because the Iranians were outclassed and just couldn't keep up with the waves of talent. But there some hints of the adjustments coach Gregg Popovich made following a loss to France last Sunday that could stick going forward.
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USA men's basketball bounces back with rout of Iran
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Are you not entertained? The Tokyo Olympics rolled on Tuesday night with opportunities for redemption and, of course, more gold medals. After a jam-packed morning that saw a Simone Biles-less Team USA earn a hard-fought second-place finish behind the Russian Olympic Committee in the women's gymnastics team final and USA softball claim silver after a loss to Japan in the championship game, it's time to turn our attention to the evening slate.Luckily for us, that includes swimmer Katie Ledecky winning her first gold of the Games and USA men's basketball getting well at Iran's expense.From Ledecky achieving her sixth career gold (GOAT things) to Kevin Durant moving within five points of Carmelo Anthony's USA Olympic career scoring record, we got you covered with updates from all of tonight's action:
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'I can die': Extreme heat plagues Medvedev in win
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TOKYO -- Bent over in exhaustion before serving. Resting on his racket between points. Grasping for a rubber tube blowing cool air next to his seat on changeovers. Two medical timeouts and one visit from a trainer.Daniil Medvedev was struggling so much with the suffocating heat and humidity at the Ariake Tennis Park on Wednesday that at one point the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, asked him if he could continue playing."I can finish the match but I can die," Medvedev replied. "If I die, are you going to be responsible?"Afterward, Medvedev said he felt "darkness" in his eyes."I didn't know what to do to feel better," the ROC player added. "I was ready to just fall down on the court."Somehow, the second-seeded Medvedev produced a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win over Fabio Fognini of Italy to reach the quarterfinals at the Tokyo Olympics.
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Sights and sounds of Tokyo Olympics: Lydia Jacoby's legend is born on Day 4 | NBC Sports
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From the women's gymnastics team final to a shocking gold medal for an Alaskan teen, relive the moments and emotions that Day 4 at the Tokyo Olympic Games had to offer. #NBCOlympics #Tokyo2020 From thrilling duels in the pool to teenage skateboarding sensations, spills on the cycling course and more, relive the excitement and emotion of Day 3 at the Tokyo Olympic Games. #NBCOlympics #Tokyo2020 #TeamUSA
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Jon Gruden is excited by potential of Raiders secondary
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The Las Vegas Raiders are coming off a 2020 season where they ranked 26th in the NFL in total pass defense and were tied for 23rd in the league with just 10 interceptions.But Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is bullish about what his secondary could be able to accomplish this fall.“I’m fired up about the secondary,” Gruden said, via W.G. Ramirez of the Associated Press. “It should be a strength of ours. If it isn’t, we’ve made some real mistakes.”The Raiders have used eight draft picks on their secondary over the last three seasons. Three defensive backs were drafted by the team in this year’s NFL Draft with a fourth, Divine Deablo, being moved to linebacker. Safeties Trevon Moehrig (2nd round) and Tyree Gillespie (4th round) and cornerback Nate Hobbs (5th round) join the secondary from this year’s class. Cornerback Damon Arnette (1st round), safety Tanner Muse (3rd round) and cornerback Amik Robertson (4th round) are entering their second seasons with the Raiders, and safety Jonathan Abram (1st round), cornerback Trayvon Mullen (2nd round) and cornerback Isaiah Johnson (4th round) are entering year three.
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