U.S. women’s soccer team qualifies for Rio Olympics

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The U.S. women’s soccer team will go for a fourth straight Olympic title in Rio.

The Americans reached their sixth straight Games (women’s soccer debuted at Atlanta 1996) in dominating fashion, blanking Trinidad and Tobago 5-0 in an Olympic qualifier at Houston, Texas, on Friday night.

Alex Morgan scored a hat trick. Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath added goals.

The romp capped a strong overall CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament for the U.S., which came into the night having beaten its first three opponents by a combined 16-0.

Olympic bronze medalist Canada also qualified for the Olympics earlier Friday. The U.S. and Canada will play in the tournament championship Sunday (5 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Live Extra), but the match is meaningless for Olympic qualifying purposes.

What’s next for the U.S.?

Well, deciding the Rio roster. The qualifying tournament roster was 20 players. It must be 18 for the Olympics, which is five fewer than the 2015 Women’s World Cup-winning squad.

One of the cuts figures to come at goalie behind starter Hope Solo. The U.S. had two backups at the World Cup and in the qualifying tournament.

Also consider Olympic and World Cup champions Megan Rapinoe and Christie Rampone, who weren’t on the qualifying tournament roster due to injuries but are still considered Olympic team contenders.

The Olympic women’s soccer field currently includes four of the five medalists from the last three Olympics (U.S., Canada, Brazil, Germany), missing Japan, which can qualify in March.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Japan had already qualified for the Olympic women’s soccer tournament.

Sally Pearson won’t defend Olympic hurdles title after injury, reports say

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Sally Pearson of Australia competes in the Women's 100m Hurdles Final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Hurdles gold medalist Sally Pearson has reportedly withdrawn from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of a hamstring injury.

The Herald Sun newspaper and other Australian media reported Wednesday that Pearson, the 100-meter hurdles Olympic champion in London four years ago and silver medalist at Beijing in 2008, injured her hamstring while training on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Pearson only returned to competition earlier this month following a year’s absence after breaking her wrist in a racing accident. She returned to Australia to work on her speed after three races in Europe. The Olympics start Aug. 5 in Rio.

Calls and emails to Athletics Australia and to Pearson’s agent were not immediately returned.

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Michael Phelps cruises into 200m butterfly final at Swimming Trials

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28:  Michael Phelps of the United States competes in a preliminary heat of the Men's 200 Meter Butterfly during Day 3 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CenturyLink Center on June 28, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Michael Phelps easily advanced to the 200m butterfly final by posting the top time in the semifinals Tuesday night at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials. The final for the event is Wednesday night.

He needed to be in the top eight between two semifinal races and that was never in doubt. Phelps touched in 1:55.17.

In 2015, Phelps clocked the fastest time in the world in this event (1:52.94) since 2009. On Tuesday morning, he was the fastest man in the prelims.

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