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Argentina’s Del Potro continues run, knocks off Nadal in men’s semis

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In less than a week Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro has gone from being stuck in an elevator prior to his first round match against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to playing for an Olympic gold medal.

Saturday afternoon Del Potro continued his surprising run through the men’s singles tournament, as he defeated Spain’s Rafael Nadal in three sets. Winning 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (5), Del Potro will have a second Olympic medal to his credit as he took bronze in London four years ago. While Del Potro finished the match with 12 more unforced errors than Nadal with 43, he also had ten more winners (29-19) than the 2008 Olympic gold medalist.

WATCH: Del Potro celebrates semifinal win over Nadal

Nadal will now look to add a bronze medal to the gold he won in men’s doubles with Marc Lopez Friday night, with Japan’s Kei Nishikori being the opposition.

As for Del Potro, he’ll face reigning Olympic champion Andy Murray in the gold medal match Sunday. The two nearly met in the gold medal match in those Olympics, but Del Potro’s loss to Roger Federer in the semifinal round prevented that from happening.

Bronze medals were awarded in the women’s singles and doubles competitions, with Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic defeating American Madison Keys in women’s singles and Czechs Lucie Safarova and Barbara Strycova taking bronze over countrywomen Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in women’s doubles.

Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Nine total members of the Hungarian national team — including swimmers and staff — have tested positive, according to the federation.

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NHL players: Marie-Philip Poulin is world’s best female hockey player

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The U.S. may have the world’s best women’s hockey team, but NHL players believe Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin is the world’s best player.

Poulin received the most votes out of 496 responses in the 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll, conducted before the season was suspended. The tally:

Poulin: 39.92%
Hilary Knight (USA): 36.29%
Kendall Coyne Schofield (USA): 15.52%
Emily Pfalzer Matheson (USA): 1.41%
Other: 6.85%

Last year, Knight received the highest percentage of votes from 203 NHL players (27.59), edging Poulin (24.14) with Amanda Kessel third (12.81) and Coyne Schofield and Pfalzer Matheson each receiving 5.91 percent.

Why were Poulin and Knight swapped this year? Perhaps Poulin’s Canadian team winning the debut of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition women’s 3-on-3 game on Jan. 24, even though Knight scored and Poulin did not.

Poulin, now 29, scored both goals in the 2010 Olympic final and the game-tying and -winning goals in the 2014 Olympic final. Even before her Olympic debut at age 18, the daughter of Quebec hospital workers was dubbed “the female Sidney Crosby.”

Knight, 30, led last April’s world championship tournament with seven goals as the U.S. won a fifth straight title. Poulin played 4 minutes, 44 seconds, total at the tournament, missing time with a knee injury.

This spring’s tournament, which was to start Tuesday, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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