WATCH LIVE: Women’s basketball, women’s handball and women’s platform diving

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The gold medal matchups in both women’s basketball and women’s handball will be determined Thursday, and medals will be awarded in women’s 10m platform diving as well.

On the basketball court, Spain meets Serbia in the first semifinal of the day. Both teams won their quarterfinals in dramatic fashion, with Serbia hanging on to upset Australia and Spain beating Turkey on an Anna Cruz runner as time expired. The winner will get the winner of the second semifinal of the night, with the U.S. taking on France.

On the handball court the semifinals are an all-European affair, with the Netherlands playing France in the first game with Norway’s game against Russia to follow. While Netherlands and Norway enjoyed comfortable victories in their quarterfinal games, France beat Spain by a point (27-26) and Russia held off Angola (31-27) to advance. And in the women’s 10m platform competition the field will look to stop China’s dominance of the diving events, with China having won five of the six events that have been completed.

Ren Qian and Si Yiaje will look to continue that dominance, with Americans Katrina Young and Jessica Parratto aiming to make sure that they don’t.

WATCH LIVE: Women’s basketball semifinals, Spain vs. Serbia — 2 p.m. Eastern

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WATCH LIVE: Handball, women’s semifinals — 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Eastern

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WATCH LIVE: Women’s 10m platform diving final — 3 p.m. Eastern

Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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