Rio Olympics Daily Preview: August 13

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The first round of elimination matches continues on Day 8 in beach volleyball and it’s moving day in golf as the men play their third Olympic round.

In rowing, what has become a U.S. dynasty in the women’s eight could continue with an 11th-straight world title if coxswain Katelin Snyder has the women in her boat working in unison.

The women’s singles tennis gold and bronze medal matches will be played, but it’s not the No. 1 seeded American competing on the final day. Look for Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who will run his first race in Rio in the first round of the men’s 100m in track and field.

MORE: FULL Day 8 streaming schedule

In the must-see moment of the day, Michael Phelps will have one last chance to grab another medal in Rio on Day 8 in the 4×100 medley relay. Gold or not, expect an emotional night by the pool for the most-decorated Olympian of all time after he swims his final Olympic race.

What to Watch: Day 8, Aug 13

6:30 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE – Men’s Golf: Round 3


9:20 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE –

Women’s Rowing: Single sculls final A

U.S. rower Gevvie Stone hopes to row for her first Olympic medal in the single sculls final in Rio.

Women’s Rowing: Eight final A

Team USA led by coxswain Katelin Snyder looks to extend the U.S. Olympic domination in the women’s eight.  The U.S. has won every world championship and Olympic gold medal since 2006. Boats from New Zealand and Great Britain pose the biggest threat to a U.S. Rowing three-peat in Rio.


10 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE – Beach Volleyball: Men’s and Women’s Round of 16


Men’s soccer — The knockout rounds start with the powerful Germans facing Portugal, and finishes with Neymar riding point for Brazil’s match against Colombia.

Portugal vs. Germany — Noon EDT

Nigeria vs. Denmark — 3 p.m. EDT

South Korea vs. Honduras — 6 p.m. EDT

Brazil vs. Colombia — 9 p.m. EDT


2 p.m. ET – WATCH LIVE – Men’s Shooting: Skeet final

U.S. shooter Vincent Hancock could win his third-straight Olympic gold in skeet.


9 p.m. ET – WATCH LIVE – Swimming: Day 8 Evening Session

Must see:

Women’s 50m freestyle final

Women’s 4×100 medley relay final

Men’s 4×100 medley relay final

Michael Phelps hopes to swim one last 100 meters of butterfly in an Olympic Games, bringing his unparalleled swimming career to a close in Rio.


11 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE – Tennis

Women’s singles gold medal match

Men’s singles bronze medal match

Women’s singles bronze medal match

Women’s doubles bronze medal match

Mixed doubles bronze medal match


10 a.m. ET – WATCH LIVE – Track and Field: Day 8 Morning Session

7:30 p.m. ET – WATCH LIVE – Track and Field: Day 8 Evening Session

Must see:

AM

Women’s 400m Round 1

Men’s 100m Round 1

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and the USA’s Justin Gatlin begin their 2016 campaign to determine who walks out of Rio with the title “Fastest Man Alive.”

PM

Men’s 400m semifinals

Women’s 100m final

Men’s 10,000m final

One of the shortest and one the longest races run on the 400m track will be decided on Day 8. The women’s 100m final could be Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s third trip in a row to the top of the Olympic podium, and in the men’s 10,000m final there is an expected battle between two friends: USA’s Galen Rupp and Great Britain’s defending Olympic champion Mo Farah.

Teri McKeever fired by Cal as women’s swimming coach after investigation

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Teri McKeever, the first woman to serve as a U.S. Olympic swimming head coach, was fired by the University of California at Berkeley after an investigation into alleged verbal and emotional abuse of swimmers that she denied.

McKeever was put on paid administrative leave from her job as head women’s swimming coach in May after an Orange County Register report that 20 current or former Cal swimmers said McKeever verbally and emotionally bullied her swimmers.

Cal athletics director Jim Knowlton wrote in a letter to the Cal team and staff that a resulting independent law firm report detailed “verbally abusive conduct that is antithetical to our most important values.”

“I strongly believe this is in the best interests of our student-athletes, our swimming program and Cal Athletics as a whole,” Knowlton said of McKeever’s firing in a press release. “The report details numerous violations of university policies that prohibit race, national origin and disability discrimination.”

The Orange County Register first published what it says is the full independent report here with redactions.

“I deny and unequivocally refute all conclusions that I abused or bullied any athlete and deny any suggestion I discriminated against any athlete on the basis of race, disability or sexual orientation,” McKeever said in a statement Tuesday confirming her firing and expressing disappointment in how the investigation was conducted. “While I am disappointed in the way my CAL Career will conclude, I wish to thank and celebrate the many student-athletes and staff that made my time in Berkeley a true blessing and gift.”

McKeever’s lawyer wrote that McKeever “will be filing suit to expose the manner in which gender has affected not only the evaluation of her coaching but harmed and continues to harm both female and male athletes.”

McKeever led Cal women’s swimming and diving for nearly 30 years, winning four NCAA team titles and coaching Olympic champions including Missy FranklinNatalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer.

In 2004, she became the first woman to be on a U.S. Olympic swim team coaching staff, as an assistant. In 2012, she became the first woman to be head coach of a U.S. Olympic swim team. She was an assistant again for the Tokyo Games.

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Diana Taurasi returns to U.S. national basketball team

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Diana Taurasi is set to return to the U.S. national basketball team next week for the first time since the Tokyo Olympics, signaling a possible bid for a record-breaking sixth Olympic appearance in 2024 at age 42.

Taurasi is on the 15-player roster for next week’s training camp in Minnesota announced Tuesday.

Brittney Griner is not on the list but is expected to return to competitive basketball later this year with her WNBA team, the Phoenix Mercury (also Taurasi’s longtime team, though she is currently a free agent), after being detained in Russia for 10 months in 2022.

Taurasi said as far back as the 2016 Rio Games that her Olympic career was likely over, but returned to the national team after Dawn Staley succeeded Geno Auriemma as head coach in 2017.

In Tokyo, Taurasi and longtime backcourt partner Sue Bird became the first basketball players to win five Olympic gold medals. Bird has since retired.

After beating Japan in the final, Taurasi said “see you in Paris,” smiling, as she left an NBC interview. That’s now looking less like a joke and more like a prediction.

Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve succeeded Staley as head coach last year. In early fall, she guided the U.S. to arguably the best FIBA World Cup performance ever, despite not having stalwarts Bird, Griner, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles.

Taurasi was not in contention for the team after suffering a WNBA season-ending quad injury in the summer. Taurasi, who is 38-0 in Olympic games and started every game at the last four Olympics, wasn’t on a U.S. team for an Olympics or worlds for the first time since 2002.

Next year, Taurasi can become the oldest Olympic basketball player in history and the first to play in six Games, according to Olympedia.org. Spain’s Rudy Fernandez could also play in a sixth Olympics in 2024.

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