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Americans Dalhausser, Lucena fall in men’s beach volleyball quarters

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American beach volleyball player Phil Dalhausser won’t be winning his second Olympic gold medal, as he and partner Nick Lucena were eliminated in the quarterfinal round Monday.

Dalhausser and Schmidt ran into the Brazilian tandem of Alison and Bruno Schmidt in the quarterfinals, with Alison and Bruno Schmidt taking the match in three sets, 21-14, 12-21, 15-9. The meeting came earlier in the tournament than many expected, with Alison and Bruno Schmidt finishing second in their group being the reason why.

WATCH: U.S. men’s beach volleyball eliminated by Brazil

After two points scored by the Americans cut Brazil’s advantage in the first set to 11-10, Alison and Bruno Schmidt went on a 5-1 run to gain control. Dalhausser and Lucena would close the margin to three at 16-13, but Alison and Bruno Schmidt closed the set on a 9-1 run. Dalhausser would rebound in the second set, scoring the first five points of the set and going on to even the match at one set apiece with a 21-14 victory.

But in the third set Alison and Bruno Schmidt regained control of the match with a 4-0 run to make the score 10-5. Dalhausser and Lucena would get no closer than four the remainder of the match, with Alison and Bruno Schmidt advancing to the semifinal round as a result. Next up for Alison and Bruno Schmidt will be Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands.

Yuzuru Hanyu to miss Japan Figure Skating Championships

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Yuzuru Hanyu, the reigning Olympic and world figure skating champion, will miss his national championships this week after suffering ankle and knee injuries this fall, according to Japanese media citing the Japan Skating Federation.

Hanyu can (and very likely will) be named to Japan’s three-man Olympic team despite missing nationals.

Hanyu has reportedly been off the ice for more than one month since a Nov. 9 practice fall.

“It is an important selection competition, and the Olympics are a big goal, so with that in mind we would like to think things through together,” Japan Skating Federation director Yoshiko Kobayashi said last week, according to Kyodo News.

Hanyu, who turned 23 on Dec. 7, fell on a quadruple Lutz attempted and then favored his right ankle in a Nov. 9 practice at a Grand Prix event (video here).

He skated the run-through for his free skate, although he elected not to do any more jumps.

“I have been told by the doctor that I need 10 days of complete rest,” Hanyu said in a statement on Nov. 12, according to Kyodo. “Following that, it will take three to four weeks to return and get back to where I was.”

Hanyu and world silver medalist Shoma Uno are favored to lead Japan’s Olympic men’s figure skating team. The third spot is likely to go to Takahito Mura or Keiji Tanaka.

Hanyu competed twice this season.

He posted a world-record short program score in his debut at a small September event in Canada, but struggled to fifth place in the free skate and finished second overall behind two-time world champion Javier Fernandez of Spain.

He then finished second to U.S. champion Nathan Chen at the first Grand Prix event of the season in Moscow in October.

Chen is the only undefeated male singles skater this season.

Hanyu won four straight national titles before missing last season’s event with the flu.

He was still named to Japan’s team for worlds, where he won his second title in four years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Green Bay Packers pull another Olympic sport TD celebration

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We’re halfway to a decathlon of Olympic sport touchdown celebrations over the last two seasons.

After the hurdles, the long jump, the bobsled and the relay came the race walk on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, once part of a three-man bobsled team, led three other teammates in a race walk after scoring in Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers. (Adams later left the game with a concussion.)

Adams won the race walk, which was much, much shorter than the standard Olympic distances of 20km and 50km, over teammates Jordy NelsonRandall Cobb and Geronimo Allison.

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