2016 Olympics wrap up- Day 17 Recap

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The U.S. Olympic men's basketball team won its third straight gold medal and did it easily, beating Serbia 96-66.

With the win, the Americans claim the final medal of the Rio Games.

After a few close calls earlier in the tournament, this was no contest. Kevin Durant scored 30 points and helped the U.S. jump out to a huge lead by halftime.

It was the final game for Mike Krzyzewski, who took the Americans back to the top and leaves with them there after becoming the first coach to win three Olympic gold medals.

Carmelo Anthony also picked up his third gold to go with a bronze, becoming the most decorated male in Olympic basketball history.

Serbia lost only 94-91 to the U.S. during pool play but was barely in the game again after a close first quarter.

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British field hockey player Kate Richardson-Walsh will carry her country's flag at the closing ceremony of the Olympics.

The 36-year-old Richardson-Walsh, a four-time Olympian, was the captain of Britain's gold-medal winning field hockey team.

Richardson-Walsh says "there are so many fantastic multi-Olympians and multi-medalists here I feel it's such a huge honor for me and for hockey as a sport."

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Claressa Shields is taking home even more than a second gold medal from Rio.

Shields became the first woman to win the Val Barker Trophy as the outstanding boxer in an Olympics on Sunday. The American middleweight got the award shortly after beating the Netherlands' Nouchka Fontijn to defend her London title.

Four years after women were added to the Olympic boxing competition, AIBA changed its rules to award two Val Barker Trophies for the first time in Rio.

Shields was joined by Uzbek light flyweight Hasanboy Dusmatov, who won the men's Val Barker one week after completing his impressive run to gold.

Shields is the sixth American to win a Val Barker Trophy, but the first since Roy Jones Jr. in the 1988 Seoul Games. Jones was named the top boxer despite losing the gold-medal bout in scandalous fashion.

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French fighter Tony Yoka joined fiancee Estelle Mossely as gold medal winners, defeating Britain's Joe Joyce in a super heavyweight bout.

Mossely won lightweight gold on her 24th birthday on Friday and was in the stands shouting encouragement for Yoka.

She left her seat and rushed toward the stairs before pausing on the steps to hear the decision announced to the crowd. Mossely took off and made a golden leap into Yoka's massive arms, just as she did after her victory. Only this time, it was Yoka in the boxing vest and trunks and off to the medal stand for a matching gold of his own.

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The 20-year-old Snyder beat Khetag Goziumov of Azerbaijan 2-1 for gold at 97 kilograms during the men's freestyle tournament on Sunday.

Snyder is the second straight American wrestler to win Olympic gold in his weight class. Jake Varner, who Snyder beat at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in April, won in London four years ago.

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Fazliddin Gaibnazarov defeated Azerbaijan Lorenzo Sotomayor in the light welterweight final to become the third Uzbekistan boxer to win gold in the games.

Uzbekistan had just one gold ever in the Olympics. Gaibnazarov's split decision victory on Sunday made it gold in two straight bouts for Uzbekistan following Shakhobidin Zoirov's win in the flyweight division.

Sotomayor was crushed in defeat and needed help out of the arena by his coach and other members of his corner.

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Denmark surprised two-time reigning champion France 28-26 to win the men's handball gold medal.

The Danes took the lead in the first half on Sunday, stretched it to a five-goal lead with 10 minutes remaining and held off a late French comeback to take a win that prompted wild celebrations from the whole team.

Star left-back Mikkel Hansen powered the Danes to gold with eight goals and four assists. Denmark, traditionally a power in the women's game with three Olympic golds, was playing in its first men's final.

France had been chasing a record third successive gold medal. The result means two silvers for France after its women's team lost to Russia in their final Saturday.

Earlier Sunday, Germany beat Poland 31-25 to win the men's bronze medal.

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Lee Hee-beom, the president of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, is calling his 2018 Winter Games the "Peace Olympics."

Lee said Sunday that South Korea's hostile neighbor North Korea is welcome. He says we "will open the door to all participants, not only North Korea but to the rest of the world."

Lee says "we are open to all countries, so there is no reason why anyone who likes peace has the right to participate in the Pyeongchang Olympics."

North Korea did not participate in the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, because it failed to qualify athletes.

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Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has won election to the International Olympic Committee despite a strong voting bloc that opposed her membership.

Isinbayeva, who was banned from competing in Rio de Janeiro because of the Russian doping scandal, was one of five athletes representatives voted onto the IOC on Sunday on the final day of the games.

She received 45 votes in favor, but also 23 votes against and two abstentions.

The vote reflected unease with Isinabayeva's outspoken opposition to the ban on Russia's track and field team for the games. The IAAF imposed the sanction following a World Anti-Doping Agency report that detailed systematic, state-sponsored doping in Russia.

Isinbayeva, who holds the world record in the pole vault, will serve an eight-year term on the IOC. She and the other new members were elected by their peers to the IOC athletes' commission during the games.

The other athlete members were elected Sunday by overwhelming majorities: Germany's Britta Heidemann (68-3), South Korea's Ryu Seug-min (69-3), Hungary's Daniel Gyurta (70-1) and New Zealand's Sarah Walker (67-3).

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With soccer star Neymar in attendance, the Brazilian men's volleyball team swept Italy for the gold medal.

Brazil won 25-22, 28-26, 26-24 on Sunday for its third gold medal in volleyball, which became an Olympic sport in 1964. Captain Bruno went into the stands to embrace Neymar after the victory.

The Brazilians were playing in their fourth consecutive gold-medal match. The team finished with the silver in London and Beijing after winning Gold in Athens.

Italy was seeking its first-ever gold medal in the sport. The team also won the silver medal in Atlanta and Athens.

The Brazilians advanced to the final in a sweep of defending champion Russia in the semifinals, extracting a bit of revenge for London where Brazil had settled for the silver.

The Italians defeated the United States in a five-set semifinal. The Americans won the bronze medal earlier Sunday with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Russia.

Two Mongolian wrestling coaches have taken off their clothing, one all the way down his underwear, to protest the result of a bronze medal match.

Uzbekisatn's Ikhtiyor Navruzov appeared to have lost to Mandakhnaran Ganzorig 7-6 at 65 kilograms on Sunday.

Uzbekistan challenged the scoring, likely because the Mongolian began running around in celebration with less than 10 seconds left rather than engaging with Navruzov.

Navruzov won his challenge and the match on criteria as the last wrestler to score.

Ganzorig, who had already started celebrating, fell to his knees in disappointment.

The Mongolian coaches went much further than that.

Byambarenchin Bayoraa took his shoes and shirt off and threw them to the mat in disgust in front of the officials.

Tsenrenbataar Tsostbayar stripped all the way down to his blue briefs. The Brazilian crowd started chanting "Mongolia! Mongolia!"

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Russian Soslan Ramonov has won the gold medal at 65 kilograms in the men's freestyle Olympic wrestling tournament.

Ramonov thumped Azerbaijan's Toghrul Asgarov 11-0 in just 2:05 on Sunday.

Asgarov, who was going for his second consecutive Olympic championship, beat defending world champion Frank Chamizo of Italy with a takedown w/ 17 seconds left in his run to the finals.

But he was no match for Ramonov, who scored a staggering 18 points in his semifinal win before dispatching Asgarov in the title match.

American Frank Molinaro fell just shy of a bronze medal, falling to Chamizo 5-3.

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Uzbekistan boxer Shakhobidin Zoirov has won the flyweight gold medal.

Zoirov swept the scorecards for a unanimous decision victory over Russian Misha Aloian on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Zoirov was hoisted on the shoulders of one of his cornermen and paraded around the ring in a victory celebration.

Aloian won the first round but Zoirov took the second and third rounds on all three scorecards to win the second gold medal bout of the day at Riocentro Pavilion 6.

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Claressa Shields has become the first American boxer of either gender to win two Olympic boxing gold medals.

Shields on Sunday beat Netherlands fighter Nouchka Fontijn by unanimous decision to win her second middleweight gold. She was the star of the London Games and again was the class of her division.

The 21-year-old Flint, Michigan native, raised her arms in the corner toward friends and family in the stands after the third round. The fourth round was simply a coronation for a fighter who put women's boxing on the map. Women's boxing made its debut at the London Games.

Shields rocked Fontijn with a big right to the face in the second round that jolted the crowd. She gestured toward Fontijn to come fight in the fourth round. By then, it was way too late for Fontijn.

She performed a cartwheel in the ring, then took a victory lap with the American flag on her back.

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Nino Schurter of Switzerland pulled away from reigning champion Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic on the penultimate lap to win the Olympic mountain bike race.

It was a reversal of their finish at the 2012 London Games, when Kulhavy overtook Schurter in the final section of turns within sight of the finish at Hadleigh Farm.

Schurter, who also won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games, covered the 34-kilometer course in 1 hour, 33 minutes, 28 seconds. Kulhavy was 50 seconds back while Carlos Coloma of Spain took bronze.

Five-time world champion Julien Absalon of France, who intends to retire after this season, was eighth. World road race champion Peter Sagan had two flat tires and finished out of contention.

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Pau Gasol scored 31 points in perhaps his final Olympic game and Spain added a bronze to its collection on Sunday with an 89-88 win over Australia, again denied its first medal inside the rings.

Sergio Rodriguez made two free throws with 5.4 seconds left and the Spaniards, who captured silver in 2008 at Beijing and the London Games, got the defensive stop they needed as Australia fumbled the ball away on its last possession.

Gasol and his teammates celebrated by piling on top of each other near center court. This wasn't the medal they wanted, but they'll take it.

For the Aussies, it's more Olympic heartbreak. Several players were in tears after Australia finished fourth for the fourth time.

Patty Mills scored 30 and David Anderson 15 for the Aussies, who played almost the entire second half without Andrew Bogut. The 7-footer fouled out less than two minutes into the third quarter.

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The Olympic Council of Ireland says the Brazilian police have seized passports, phones and laptops from members of its delegation in Rio de Janeiro as part of a ticket-scalping investigation.

The OCI says the unspecified number of people have been asked to "present for questioning at a local police station on Tuesday."

In a statement, the OCI says police arrived early Sunday at its offices in the Olympic Village and accommodation elsewhere in Rio.

The Irish organization says no arrests were made but the "police took possession of their passports along with their phones and laptops."

Unused official tickets were also taken.

The investigation has already seen the head of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Patrick Hickey, arrested. He remains in jail in Rio.



 
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