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The U.S. is one win away from their third consecutive Olympic gold medal, and they’ll have some familiarity with their opponent going in.

Serbia, which blew out Australia in the semifinal round, is the opposition and they’re playing with a great deal of confidence. Guard Milos Teodosic has led the way offensively with his ability to both score and find open teammates, and players such as Bogdan Bogdanovic, Milan Macvan and Nikola Jokic have been the beneficiaries. Teodosic accounted for 18 points and six assists in the first meeting between the two teams, a 94-91 U.S. victory with Bogdanovic missing what would have been a game-tying three-pointer as time expired.

WATCH LIVE: Men’s basketball gold medal game, U.S. vs. Serbia — 2:30 p.m. Eastern

With Teodosic being as important to Serbia as he is, will U.S. head coach Mike Krzyzewski look to give reserves Kyle Lowry and Paul George more time given their defensive abilities? Those two, along with Jimmy Butler, have been the best perimeter defenders through the tournament and they helped spark the run that put away Argentina in the quarterfinals.

Also key defensively for the U.S. is center DeAndre Jordan, who played very well in the semifinals against Spain with nine points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. If he maintains his level of play on both ends of the floor, as a finisher offensively and as a rebounder/shot-blocker defensively the Americans will be that much tougher to beat. On the offensive end Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson and Carmelo Anthony have all stepped forward in spots, and given the raw talent putting points on the board hasn’t been much of an issue in Rio.

Serbia’s guaranteed their first Olympic medal in basketball as an independent nation regardless of the outcome, but that first meeting likely gives them the confidence that they can pull off what would be an incredible upset.

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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