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Brazil survives penalty shootout, advances to women’s soccer semis

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Through four rounds of the penalty shootout in the women’s soccer quarterfinal between Brazil and Australia the penalty takers were perfect, with all eight shooters finding the back of the net. Up stepped Marta, one of the best players in the history of the sport, with the hopes of the host nation resting on her shoulders. But Australian keeper Lydia Williams was up to the challenge, stopping Marta’s shot and placing Australia one made penalty from pulling off the upset.

With her captain needing her to step up, Barbara stopped Katrina Gorry’s penalty to extend the shootout. And in the eighth round Barbara stepped forward once again, stopping Alanna Kennedy’s penalty to push Brazil into the semifinals (0-0; 7-6 Brazil on penalties) where they’ll face Sweden Tuesday.

Brazil applied more offensive pressure throughout the majority of the match, but only ten of their 29 shots were on target. The closest they came to scoring came in the 90th minute, when a cross sent in by left back Tamires reached Andressa Alves, whose shot was saved by an extended Williams. Brazil also earned 19 corner kicks on the night, but they were unable to truly break down an Australian team that looked dangerous on the counter on multiple occasions.

Offensively the Brazilians were missing that final finisher, which isn’t a surprise when considering that the all-time leading goal scorer in Olympic history (Cristiane) was sidelined due to yellow card accumulation. She’ll be back for the semifinals, where they’re likely to run into another team looking to benefit from the counterattack in Sweden.

Sweden won the first match of the day, advancing on penalties against two-time defending Olympic gold medalists United States. The other semifinal matchup Tuesday pits Canada against Germany, with the Canadians beating France 1-0 and Germany eliminating China by a similar scoreline.

Bobby Joe Morrow, triple Olympic sprint champion, dies at 84

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Bobby Joe Morrow, one of four men to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at one Olympics, died at age 84 on Saturday.

Morrow’s family said he died of natural causes.

Morrow swept the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, joining Jesse Owens as the only men to accomplish the feat. Later, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt did the same.

Morrow, raised on a farm in San Benito, Texas, set 11 world records in a short career, according to World Athletics.

He competed in one Olympics, and that year was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year while a student at Abilene Christian. He beat out Mickey Mantle and Floyd Patterson.

“Bobby had a fluidity of motion like nothing I’d ever seen,” Oliver Jackson, the Abilene Christian coach, said, according to Sports Illustrated in 2000. “He could run a 220 with a root beer float on his head and never spill a drop. I made an adjustment to his start when Bobby was a freshman. After that, my only advice to him was to change his major from sciences to speech, because he’d be destined to make a bunch of them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Johnny Gregorek runs fastest blue jeans mile in history

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Johnny Gregorek, a U.S. Olympic hopeful runner, clocked what is believed to be the fastest mile in history for somebody wearing jeans.

Gregorek recorded a reported 4 minutes, 6.25 seconds, on Saturday to break the record by more than five seconds (with a pacer for the first two-plus laps). Gregorek, after the record run streamed live on his Instagram, said he wore a pair of 100 percent cotton Levi’s.

Gregorek, the 28-year-old son of a 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic steeplechaser, finished 10th in the 2017 World Championships 1500m. He was sixth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

He ranked No. 1 in the country for the indoor mile in 2019, clocking 3:49.98. His outdoor mile personal best is 3:52.94, ranking him 30th in American history.

Before the attempt, a fundraiser was started for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, garnering more than $29,000. Gregorek ran in memory of younger brother Patrick, who died suddenly in March 2019.

“Paddy was a fan of anything silly,” Gregorek posted. “I think an all out mile in jeans would tickle him sufficiently!”

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