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WATCH LIVE: Walsh Jennings, Ross one win away from gold medal match in Rio

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USA beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings is shooting for her fourth-straight Olympic final when she stares down Brazil’s No. 2 pairing of Agatha and Barbara on Monday.

WATCH LIVE: Walsh Jennings-Ross vs. Agatha-Barbara

Walsh Jennings’ partner April Ross is looking forward to the final for another reason; Ross lost to Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor in the 2012 final, and is aching for a gold of her own.

The 11 p.m. EDT match should have another fiery if not star-studded crowd to close out the night in Rio.

Brazil leaves beach volleyball legends off Olympic team

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Brazilian beach volleyball partners Ricardo and Emanuel, who combined to earn medals at each of the last four Olympics, together or separately, were left off the nation’s Olympic team Wednesday.

Brazil’s volleyball federation named its complete Olympic beach volleyball team, the already qualified Larissa and Talita and Alison and Bruno, and Agatha and Barbara and Evandro and Pedro.

The team announcement was no surprise. Agatha and Barbara won the World Championship in July. Evandro and Pedro were the only Brazilian men’s pair other than World champions Alison and Bruno to make an FIVB World Tour final this season.

Ricardo, 40, and Emanuel, 42, reunited last summer and made zero FIVB World Tour semifinals this season. Emanuel owns more international victories than any other man or woman.

Ricardo and Ze Marco won silver at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Ricardo and Emanuel won Brazil’s last Olympic beach volleyball title at Athens 2004 and bronze at Beijing 2008.

At London 2012, Emanuel and Alison took Olympic bronze.

Ricardo and Emanuel are reserves in case Alison and Bruno or Evandro and Pedro can’t play at Rio 2016.

Brazil may go into the Rio Olympics with gold-medal favorites in both men’s and women’s beach volleyball.

Larissa and Talita and Alison and Bruno lead the FIVB World Tour in wins this season.

Larissa and Talita beat three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and Olympic silver medalist April Ross in the World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, Calif., in August, though Walsh Jennings played that tournament with a right shoulder injury that required surgery.

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Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocates shoulder, returns to beat World champions (video)

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Kerri Walsh Jennings showed the toughness of a three-time Olympic champion, dislocating her right shoulder, having it popped back in and returning with April Ross to beat the reigning World beach volleyball champions on Friday.

Walsh Jennings, a 36-year-old mother of three, dislocated her right shoulder for the second time in two months in a 21-17, 23-21 win over Brazilian World champions Agatha and Barbara at an FIVB World Tour quarterfinal in Gstaad, Switzerland, on Friday.

Walsh Jennings dislocated the shoulder on a kill while she and Ross led 10-4 in the second set. After falling to the sand and needing a medical timeout, at least three people helped pop the taped shoulder back in.

“We had a very big lead, so I was confident that I can play smart enough where I wasn’t going to hurt myself again, and that April would step up and make up the difference,” Walsh Jennings, with a large ice pack wrapped over her right shoulder, told media in Gstaad. “She was four players to my half player, and that’s why we won.”

Walsh Jennings previously dislocated the shoulder May 27, which kept her out of competition for one month. She’s also undergone four right shoulder surgeries.

Walsh Jennings and Ross advanced to the semifinals of the Gstaad tournament, one week after being eliminated in the World Championships round of 16.

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