Gabriel Jesus, Brazil forward on defeating Germany
In the climactic scene of the iconic boxing moving “Rocky,” a bloodied and battered Apollo Creed pulls Rocky Balboa close and says, “There ain’t gonna be no rematch.”
But they do meet again.
It’s tough to pass up a rematch. Win once? Maybe you got lucky. Do it again, and no one can question who’s better. That’s why Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier three times. It’s why the Yankees play the Red Sox 19 times each season.
In perhaps the final Olympic race of his remarkable career, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt went a perfect three for three in his third consecutive Summer Games, an unprecedented feat and one that might stand untouched for years to come.
Bolt, who added the Rio 100- and 200-meter dash titles to the crowns he won in Beijing and London, anchored Jamaica’s 400-meter relay team to victory Friday at Olympic Stadium in 37.27 seconds.
Japan was a surprising second in 37.60 seconds. The U.S. team of Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Trayvon Bromell that took third in 37.62 seconds was later disqualified for what's believed to be a lane violation on their first baton exchange. Fourth-place Canada (37.64 seconds) was elevated to the bronze.
The United States ended its gold medal drought in BMX racing after Connor Fields won the men's Olympic final in the American-born sport on Friday, and Mariana Pajon of Colombia successfully defended her title in the women's final.
U.S. cyclist Alise Post took silver behind Pajon, while Stefany Hernandez of Venezuela won bronze.
A fan favorite, Pajon raised her bike in the air after pedaling to a stop across the finish line, acknowledging the adoring fans in the stands waving the yellow, blue and red flag of her home country.
It wasn’t pretty, but Team USA has advanced to Sunday's gold-medal men's basketball game.
The U.S. defeated Spain with a grinding 82-76 victory on Friday and now awaits the winner of the second semifinal between Australia and Serbia, two teams that the Americans defeated by 10 and three points, respectively, in group play.
In the first half, the U.S. grabbed 13 offensive rebounds that helped pace it to a 45-39 halftime edge. Klay Thompson, who finished with 22 points, had 17 by halftime.
The U.S. became the first two-time Olympic champion in women's water polo history Friday, blitzing Italy, 12-5, at Rio's Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
The U.S. won its first gold in London four years ago but just four women -- Maggie Steffens, Kami Craig, Melissa Seidemann and Courtney Mathewson -- from that team played in Rio. All four scored in Friday's final, though, with Steffens' third-period goal giving her a tournament-high 17.
The U.S., which trailed just once for less than a minute in six games in Rio, took the lead for good on Kiley Neushul's goal less than four minutes into the first period.
Ryan Lochte, at the center of controversy for making up a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, tweeted an apology on Friday morning for "not being more careful and candid in how I described the events".