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Team USA women’s rugby edged by mighty New Zealand in quarters

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For the second time in six hours, the United States women’s rugby sevens side came close to a seismic upset on Sunday in Brazil.

The U.S. and New Zealand staged a first half featuring brutal physicality, the turning point arriving when USA’s Jillion Potter dropped what could’ve been a long, open run to space. New Zealand took the ball and snared a try through Portia Woodman, but couldn’t convert and it was 5-0 at half.

The Yanks appeared to have a promising run midway through the second half, and the referee called his linesman over. A penalty was awarded, and the U.S. had a big chance to tie or win. They couldn’t convert.

New Zealand joins Canada, Australia and Great Britain in the semifinals, while the U.S. is into the fifth to eighth placing rounds. The Yanks get a rematch with Fiji.

Charlotte Caslick had a pair of tries in Australia‘s 24-0 over Spain, making the United States’ draw in the final group stage even more impressive.

Canada and France went to halftime level at 5, but the Canadians would score the only points of the second half to record a 15-5 win. Canada will face Australia.

The final match before the U.S. faced New Zealand was Great Britain and Fiji. The unbeaten Britain side scored a try 12 seconds into the match and were up 7-0 before the match was a minute old. Fiji answered once before halftime, but didn’t score again in a 26-7 loss.

David Rudisha escapes car crash ‘well and unhurt’

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David Rudisha, a two-time Olympic champion and world record holder at 800m, is “well and unhurt” after a car accident in his native Kenya, according to his Facebook account.

Kenyan media reported that one of Rudisha’s tires burst on Saturday night, leading his car to collide with a bus, and he was treated for minor injuries at a hospital.

Rudisha, 30, last raced July 4, 2017, missing extended time with a quad muscle strain and back problems. His manager said last week that Rudisha will miss next month’s world championships.

Rudisha owns the three fastest times in history, including the world record 1:40.91 set in an epic 2012 Olympic final.

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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.

More on the design from Tokyo 2020:

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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