RIO CENTRAL: Ashton Eaton Aims to Defend Gold in Decathlon

In the men’s semifinal match, Brazil’s Neymar scores 15 seconds into the match to give his team the lead against Honduras. It was the fastest goal in Olympic history.

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Apparently the U.S. men’s volleyball team just needed to get all the jitters out.

Since losing six of seven sets to begin Olympic competition in Rio, the Americans have now won 12 of their last 14 sets, including a three-set sweep (25-23, 25-22, 25-20) of Poland Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

The Americans are guaranteed a shot at playing for a medal in the Rio Olympics.

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Getting smacked in the face with a volleyball, a boxing glove, or, really, anything never feels all the great. That doesn’t make it any less funny or entertaining, though.

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In the first semifinal of the Olympic men’s soccer tournament, Brazil defeated Honduras 6-0.

Brazil got off to a dream start as Neymar put his team in front 15 seconds into the match. The goal is the fastest in Olympic history, beating the goal scored by Canada’s Janine Beckie in the group stage of the 2016 Olympic women’s tournament that had set the record.

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A well-deserved welcome for some of USA Swimming’s Olympic champions.

Pau Gasol face off against Tony Parker and France as the two biggest threats to Team USA battle in the quarterfinals.

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Abbey D’Agostino – who tore her ACL and meniscus – and New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin spoke with Carolyn Manno about what exactly happened when they fell in the first run of the 5000m and what all the positive feedback means to them.

Jacob Araptany of Uganda tripped during the men’s 3000m steeplechase, hitting his head on a barrier, leaving him unable to finish the race.

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After 12 years, baseball will be making its long-awaited return to the Olympics in the 2020 Tokyo Games. Judging by Anthony Rizzo’s recent tweets, it looks like the Chicago Cubs star wants in.

While it seems unlikely that he will be able to join, due to MLB’s reluctance to let major leaguers attend, one can dream right?

DeAndre Jordan is pumping up the value of a gold medal.

Jordan and the rest of his USA teammates enter the win-or-go-home tournament phase of the Rio Olympics on Wednesday, taking on Manu Ginobili and Argentina (5:45 Eastern on the NBC Sports Network). The Americans have not dominated the competition, they need to play better (particularly on defense), but they remain the heavy favorites to win gold.

Jordan spoke with Marc Stein and Mark Schwarz of ESPN about the USA’s three-game quest for gold.

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