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Germany takes gold in team dressage, U.S. takes bronze

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After winning the team dressage event in five consecutive Summer Olympics, Germany saw that streak come to an end in London at the hands of Great Britain. Friday, Isabell Werth and her teammates reclaimed the gold medal with a score of 82.577. Great Britain, whose gold at the last Summer Olympics was their first medal in team dressage, claimed silver and the United States took bronze.

Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, Kasey Perry-Glass (her score wasn’t counted) and Allison Brock combined to earn the United States’ first medal in this event since 2004, when they took bronze in Athens. All time the United States has won eight medals in this event, with seven being bronze and one silver, and their Olympic medal count ranks second on the all-time list.

Combining with teammates Kristina Broring-Sprehe, Sonke Rothenberger (her score was dropped) and Dorothee Schneider, Werth has now won an Olympic medal on five different continents. South America joins Europe (Barcelona, Athens and London), North America (Atlanta), Australia (Sydney) and Asia (Beijing) on Werth’s list. She becomes the second athlete in these Olympics to accomplish that feat, with American shooter Kim Rhode being the first to do so.

New Zealand sweeps Rugby World Cup Sevens, celebrates with haka

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SAN FRANCISCO — New Zealand has won a World Cup Sevens double for the second time after the men’s team beat England 33-12 in San Francisco on Sunday to follow the Black Ferns’ win in the women’s tournament.

The New Zealand teams won the men’s and women’s titles in Russia in 2013 and again were dominant.

Sione Molia scored two of New Zealand’s five tries in the men’s final, and South Africa held off Olympic champion Fiji 24-19 to take bronze.

The weekend results mean New Zealanders are the men’s and women’s World Cup holders in the traditional 15-a-side rugby and the sevens.

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Tour de France rider expelled for punching cyclist

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CARCASSONNE, FRANCE (AP) — Team Sky rider Gianni Moscon was expelled from the Tour de France on Sunday after he appeared to deliberately hit a fellow cyclist during the race.

The Italian lashed out at French rider Elie Gesbert of Team Fortuneo while both were competing during Stage 15 from Millau to Carcassonne.

“I’m sorry for today’s incident, and I totally regret my actions,” Moscon said. “I would like to personally apologize to Elie Gesbert…. What happened was wrong and was a bad example coming from me to everyone, and I want to publicly apologize. … I make no excuse for it and accept the decision of the race organizers.”

Team Sky director Dave Brailsford said the team would consider taking further action against Moscon after the Tour concludes next weekend.

The 24-year-old Moscon was suspended by Sky for six weeks last year for using a racial slur against an opponent.

His expulsion leaves Sky with seven riders.

Sky’s Geraint Thomas is leading the race ahead of teammate Chris Froome after 15 of 21 stages.

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