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Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 7

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Two U.S. beach volleyball teams are in action on Day 2. On the women’s side, there will be Olympic rookies Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat digging and spiking for the first time in Rio. For the men, Phil Dalhausser returns to Olympic sand with his partner Nick Lucena.

MORE: FULL Day 2 streaming schedule

In rugby, the U.S. women get matched up against top-ranked Australia, while defending gold medalist USA Basketball women play a Senegal team appearing in just its second Olympics.

The premiere event for Day 2 will be the U.S. women’s gymnastics team competing on all apparatuses in Rio. They look to qualify for team, all-around and event finals. With the world watching, it will be time for Simone Biles to deliver on her first Olympic stage.

What to Watch: Day 2, Aug 7

8:45 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE — Women’s Gymnastics: Team final qualifying

Watch as Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian begin their quest for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team second consecutive team gold. Today they will compete to qualify for the team, all-around and event finals, with the top eight nations advancing to the team final on Day 4, August 9.

9:45 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE — Tennis: Men’s and women’s singles, Men’s and women’s doubles

Andy Murray’s inspired Olympic win over Switzerland’s Roger Federer in front of his home country crowd was one of the enduring images of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Murray is coming off a 2016 Wimbledon win back in June, but don’t count out world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

The Serbian had quite the shock, losing in the third round this year in London, but don’t forget he took down Murray in the finals of the both the Australian and French Opens.

10 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE — Women’s Beach Volleyball: Poland vs. United States

Must see: Team USA’s Olympic rookies, Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat, start their Olympic careers looking for a win against Poland’s Kinga Kolosinska and Monika Brzosteak on Copacabana.

11 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE — Women’s Basketball: United States vs. Senegal

Appearing in only their second Olympic Games, Senegal’s women’s basketball team opens their Rio tournament against the five-time defending Olympic champion U.S. women led by Diana Taurasi.

12:30 p.m. ET –WATCH LIVE —  Women’s Rugby: Australia vs. United States

The U.S. women’s rugby team takes on the No. 1 seed, Australia, and Ellia Green, who is considered the fastest woman in rugby.

3:30 p.m. ET –WATCH LIVE —  Men’s Beach Volleyball: United States vs. Tunisia

Team USA’s Phil Dalhausser comes into Rio after reuniting with his old playing partner Nick Lucena as they look to get over the hump which kept Dalhausser out of the quarterfinals in London.

4:00 pm ET –WATCH LIVE —  Women’s Diving: Synchronized 3m springboard final

China’s Wu Minxia could become the first diver to win five Olympic gold medals when she competes in Rio in synchronized 3m springboard.

1:34 pm ET – WATCH LIVE — Swimming: Day 2 Heats

Don’t miss: Women’s 400m freestyle heats, men’s 4x100m freestyle relay heats

Some of USA Swimming’s aces are in the water on Day 2. In the women’s 400m freestyle look for Katie Ledecky, the 19-year-old with the tenacious stroke, to make a statement in Rio as she tries to become the second swimmer ever to win three individual freestyle titles at a single Games. Keep in mind, Ledecky is also the current world record holder in the 400m freestyle.

9:00 pm ET – WATCH LIVE —  Swimming: Day 2 Evening Session

Don’t miss: Women’s 400m freestyle final, men’s 4x100m freestyle relay final

The U.S. men have owned the 4x100m freestyle relay finishing in the top spot in every Olympics they’ve entered, except one… London 2012. It comes down to U.S. swim team head coaches Bob Bowman and David March to decide who swims in the final, but expect to see recent ESPN the Magazine Body Issue subject Nathan Adrian along with Olympic rookie, Caeleb Dressel to be on the blocks. The last two spots could feature the 35-year-old Anthony Ervin, who first swam the event in Sydney and won silver, and possibly Michael Phelps, a constant in the event the past three Games.

Chicago Marathon canceled; one major marathon left in 2020

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The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the fourth World Marathon Major called off this year.

Organizers cited the challenge of staging the 45,000-runner event “out of concern for the safety of event participants, volunteers, event staff and spectators.”

Previously, major marathons were canceled in Berlin (originally scheduled for Sept. 27), Boston (April 20, then Sept. 14) and New York City (Nov. 1). The London Marathon, originally scheduled for April 26 and postponed to Oct. 4, remains scheduled.

The other World Marathon Major, Tokyo, took place on its scheduled date of March 1 but with elite runners only.

Last year, Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won Chicago by taking 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record. Kosgei clocked 2:14:04.

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China remain scheduled

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China in November and December remain scheduled, the International Skating Union announced Monday, four days after reports about international sporting events in China being canceled through the end of 2020.

A notice about sports events, issued Thursday by the General Administration of Sport of China, made an exception for Beijing Winter Olympic test events and other preparations for the first Winter Games in China in February 2022.

The Grand Prix Final, the second-most prestigious annual figure skating competition, is still scheduled for December in Beijing because it is an Olympic test event.

Furthermore, the Cup of China, one of six events across the globe that determines Grand Prix Final qualifiers, remains scheduled for November in Chongqing because it is related to the Final.

“Like for all other five ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events in the different countries, this is of course subject to finding the necessary logistical, medical and safety solutions to hold the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events as planned,” according to the ISU.

The ISU previously announced it set a deadline to decide on possible event cancellations: 12 weeks before an event starts. For the first Grand Prix Series competition, Skate America in Las Vegas, the decision deadline is Aug. 1.

The ISU council will meet virtually on Aug. 3 to decide on further action for upcoming competitions.

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