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WATCH LIVE: USA’s Johnston dives for gold; Lea in cycling action

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Mid-afternoon will see a gold medal awarding in women’s springboard diving, though the Americans hope is now a lone one.

Kassidy Cook is an alternate after finishing 13th in the semifinals, meaning Abigail Johnston (7th in semifinals) is all-but-certain. to be the only USA diver competing to medal on Sunday.

The diving starts at 3 p.m. EDT

WATCH LIVE: Women’s springboard final

Also at 3 p.m. EDT, Bobby Lea of the USA is among those cycling for glory on Day of the Rio Olympics.

WATCH LIVE: Track cycling Day 9

Two-time U.S. Olympic track cyclist banned for doping

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Two-time U.S. Olympic track cyclist Bobby Lea has been banned until December 2016 for a positive drug test but will appeal, hoping to have his ban end in March, according to Bicycling magazine.

Lea, the only U.S. men’s track cyclist to compete in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, tested positive for oxycodone on Aug. 8 and was banned for 16 months starting Sept. 10.

Lea explained in a 619-word leter on his website Thursday.

“On the night of August 7th, in a state of post-race exhaustion and having run out of my normal sleep aid, I made the poor choice to take my prescription Percocet hoping it would help me rest,” Lea said on his website. “This medication had been prescribed by a doctor to help me manage pain and sleep while traveling for competition, especially in the event of a crash. Because it was late at night, and I was trying to sleep, I failed to check my prescribed medication against the prohibited list, an action I have correctly executed hundreds of times over the years. Had I done that I would have seen that Percocet is not banned when used out of competition, but is banned in-competition. Had I done that simple check, the same simple check I’ve done in pharmacies all over the world, I would have reached for another beer or two and I would not find myself here today.

“I want to end my career on the track and not in a lawyer’s conference room, I will appeal this sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”

Lea was the only U.S. men’s cyclist to earn a medal at the World Championships in February, bronze in the scratch, a non-Olympic event.

“Based on past oxycodone cases, it seems pretty clear that the sanction should be six months,” Lea said, according to the magazine. “The typical ban has been four to six months. It’s a long way from six to 16.”

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