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Carmelo Anthony: We talk about 2016 Olympic gold ‘all the time’

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Carmelo Anthony seems pretty intent on returning to the Olympics next year. And, from Anthony’s words, so are LeBron James and Chris Paul.

“We [James, Paul and I] talk about it [winning gold in Rio] all the time,’’ Anthony said, according to the New York Post. “Just about how we want to go out and end it the next year with the Olympics, just how much we want to take from this experience. I’m going on four [Olympics], LeBron is going on four. Paul going for three. We’re connected by the hip.’’

James and Anthony were the youngest members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team that earned bronze in Athens, the first time since 1988 that the Americans didn’t take gold.

They returned as part of the Redeem Team in 2008 and again in 2012 in London.

James and Anthony can become the first U.S. men’s basketball players to play in four Olympics next year.

For a spot on the 12-man roster in Rio, Anthony will have to contend with competition at forward from the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant, Rudy GayPaul GeorgeBlake GriffinKawhi Leonard and Kevin Love.

James, who reportedly has a spot on the Rio 2016 team if he wants it, is the all-time U.S. Olympic men’s basketball leader in points (273), passing David Robinson during the London Olympics, according to USA Basketball.

James won’t be passing the all-time leader across all nations any time soon. That’s held by Brazilian legend Oscar Schmidt, whose tally over five Olympics was a reported 1,093.

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Tokyo Paralympic medals unveiled with historic Braille design, indentations

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The Tokyo Paralympic medals, which like the Olympic medals are created in part with metals from recycled cell phones and other small electronics, were unveiled on Sunday, one year out from the Opening Ceremony.

In a first for the Paralympics, each medal has one to three indentation(s) on its side to distinguish its color by touch — one for gold, two silver and three for bronze. Braille letters also spell out “Tokyo 2020” on each medal’s face.

For Rio, different amounts of tiny steel balls were put inside the medals based on their color, so that when shaken they would make distinct sounds. Visually impaired athletes could shake the medals next to their ears to determine the color.

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The design is centered around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolize Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.

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Alysa Liu lands quad Lutz

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Alysa Liu, a 14-year-old who in January became the youngest U.S. women’s figure skating champion, on Saturday landed a quadruple Lutz, something no other U.S. woman has done in competition.

Liu landed the jump at the Aurora Games, a women’s sports festival in Albany, N.Y. It does not count officially, since it’s not a sanctioned competition.

Previously, Sasha Cohen landed a quadruple Salchow in practice in 2001, but never in competition. At least three Russian teens landed quads in junior competition in the last two years.

Kazakhstan’s Elizabet Tursynbaeva became the first woman to land a clean, fully rotated quad in senior competition en route to silver at last season’s world championships.

Liu, who landed three triple Axels between two programs at January’s nationals, makes her junior international debut at a Grand Prix stop in Lake Placid, N.Y., next week.

She will not meet the age minimum for senior international competitions until the 2022 Olympic season. But she can continue to compete at senior nationals.

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