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Brazil’s Conceicao wins nation’s first Olympic boxing gold medal

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One day after Thiago Braz da Silva won Brazil’s first-ever Olympic pole vault gold medal, boxer Robson Conceição accomplished the same feat in his sport.

Conceição took gold in the men’s lightweight (60 kg) division, beating France’s Sofiane Oumiha in the gold medal bout by unanimous decision. While Conceição has won medals in this division at the World Amateur Championships, taking silver in 2013 and bronze last year, he did not win a medal in either of his two prior Olympic appearances (2008, 2012). After winning his first bout in Rio by technical knockout, Conceição won each of his final three bouts by unanimous decision.

Not only is Conceição Brazil’s first Olympic boxing gold medalist (men’s or women’s), but he’s also their third gold medal winner of these Olympics with the aforementioned Thiago Braz and judoka Rafaela Silva being the others.

Taking bronze were Cuba’s Lazaro Jorge Alvarez and Mongolia’s Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu. American Carlos Balderas Jr. was eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the lightweight tournament.

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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