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WATCH LIVE: Women’s rugby quarterfinals, including USA vs New Zealand

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The United States women’s rugby sevens squad is onto the medal playoff as the top third place team in pool play.

Now they’ll have a quarterfinal match at 5:30 p.m. EDT to determine whether their run continues, or if they’ll drop into the fifth through eighth place playoff on Monday.

Placing matches start at 3 p.m. EDT, quarters at 4.

WATCH LIVE: Women’s rugby sevens quarters

If the U.S. upsets New Zealand, it’ll face the winner of Great Britain and Fiji. The other side of the bracket will see Australia face Spain and Canada take on France.

USA needed to avoid being blown out by Australia, and did it one better by nearly beating them.

As a reward, it’ll be highly-touted New Zealand at 5:30. New Zealand won Pool B, throttling Kenya, and controlling play in big wins over Spain and France. They allowed just 12 points while scoring 109.

That said, the U.S. defense was tough, allowing the fifth-fewest points in beating Colombia, tying Australia, and falling to Fiji.

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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