Sam Cooper

  • NBA star Carmelo Anthony visits Rio favelas, talks activism (Video)

    Sam Cooper at Fourth-Place Medal 1 mth ago

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    When American basketball star Carmelo Anthony arrived in Rio, he made it a point to venture outside the vicinity of the usual Olympic sites.

    In a sit-down interview with Yahoo Sports’ Michael Lee, Anthony detailed his visit to the city’s favelas and how it compares to his experiences growing up in inner-city Baltimore and New York City.

    “It’s a different way of living [in Rio],” Anthony said. “I say that because I’ve experienced living in the ghetto in the United States in Baltimore and in New York. The ghettos that are out here in Rio, it’s totally two different ways of living. The survival tactics, the mindset you got to have, there’s some similarities but it’s a big difference in how they’re living in a third-world country and how we’re living back in the States in our own ghettos.

    “Global poverty is something that’s sad. It’s something that I wish everybody could see. I wish everybody could go there and see what it’s really like.”

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  • Wrestler Jordan Burroughs' quest for back-to-back golds thwarted in quarterfinals

    Sam Cooper at Fourth-Place Medal 1 mth ago

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    Jordan Burroughs’ quest for back-to-back gold medals in freestyle wrestling was thwarted in the quarterfinals.

    Burroughs, the world’s No. 1-ranked wrestler in the 74 kg (163 lbs) division, was bested 3-2 by Russia’s Aniuar Geduev Friday morning at Carioca Arena. Burroughs had a 130-2 record in international competition entering the Games, but Geduev, the world’s No. 2 and a three-time European champion, jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and held on for the narrow victory despite a late charge from Burroughs.

    The match was halted several times because of a cut on Burroughs’ forehead. The two also engaged in a brief shoving match early on, increasing the intensity of the match between the world’s top two wrestlers in their division. The two squared off in the quarterfinal based on the tournament’s random draw.

    Burroughs, who hadn’t lost since September 2014, was devastated after the match.

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  • Olympic race walking is oddly enthralling

    Sam Cooper at Fourth-Place Medal 1 mth ago

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    When I flipped to the Olympics Friday morning and saw the 50km race walk was on, I had a lot of questions.

    Why is this a thing? Why don’t they just run? Who came up with this event? Why do they walk like that? Why do they look like they have to pee? How does one get involved in the sport?

    Beyond that, I was mostly just intrigued, perplexed and oddly captivated by the event. As it turns out, others were, too.

    Oh hell yeah

    — Goldie Jawn (@peterberkes) August 19, 2016

    Where is the American? Where is our race walking LeBron?

    [LeBron suddenly materializes from the background, storms to the lead]

    — Violence (@PhilKenSaban) August 19, 2016

    Seems like there should be more fannypacks involved in race walking.

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  • Oregon football player Devon Allen advances to semifinals in 110m hurdles

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    Devon Allen is moving on to the semifinals of the 110-meter hurdles.

    Allen, a wide receiver for the University of Oregon, tied for first place in his preliminary heat with a time of 13.41 seconds to advance to the event’s semifinal round Tuesday night in Rio.

    Allen, a redshirt junior for the Ducks, qualified for the Rio Games last month by winning the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials on familiar turf – historic Hayward Field on UO’s campus in Eugene. In that event, Allen put up a personal best of 13.03, which would have been the top time of any competitors so far in Rio.

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  • Mattek-Sands and Sock deny Venus Williams' chance for Olympic history

    Sam Cooper at Fourth-Place Medal 1 mth ago

    Lucky Stars of Rio: ‘Shot Diva’ first American woman to win shot put | Rose wins golf gold | U.S. win gold medal No. 1,000

    Venus Williams’ quest for a record fifth gold medal in Olympic tennis fell short Sunday.

    Competing in the mixed doubles final, Williams and Rajeev Ram fell to fellow Americans Jack Sock and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in three sets. After splitting the first two sets 6-7 (3), 6-1, the match was decided in a tiebreaker that featured a series of runs.

    The victory marked the second medal of the Rio Games for Sock. He also took home bronze in the men’s doubles alongside Steve Johnson on Friday night.

    Even without winning gold, Williams still made a bit of history Sunday. She is now tied with Britain’s Kathleen McKane with five medals in tennis. McKane won five medals in the 1920s. Williams has three golds in doubles with her sister Serena and also won gold in singles in 2000.

  • Allyson Felix looks for another gold — this time in the 400

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    Allyson Felix is one of the most accomplished sprinters in U.S. track and field history, but her past success doesn’t mean she lacks any motivation in Rio, her fourth Olympics appearance.

    Three of Felix’s six career Olympic medals, including a gold in 2012, came in the 200-meter dash. This time around, the 30-year-old failed to qualify for the event by a hundredth of a second. Instead, Felix has her sights set on gold in the 400-meter dash. She cruised through her preliminary heat Saturday, winning with a time of 51.24 seconds, clinching a spot in Sunday night’s semifinals.

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    She told Yahoo she is intrigued by the challenge of the new event.

    “Now looking back at it, I can kind of see it prepared me for future success. And I learned a lot from it, so I can be grateful for some of the biggest defeats.”

    “That moment was special.”

  • Green to blue: Water swapped out in time for synchronized event

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    Olympic synchronized swimmers must have breathed a sigh of relief when they walked into the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center Sunday morning.

    After officials worked overnight to drain the now-infamous green water from the competition pool, swimmers were greeted by the familiar sight of clear blue water, which was transferred (nearly 1 million gallons) from a nearby practice pool in time for synchronized preliminaries to begin Sunday morning.

    “It looks as it should this morning. It’s fine, it’s perfect, it’s ready for competition,” said spokesman Mario Andrada.

    The adjacent diving pool also has been affected, but with competition ongoing the water could not be replaced. Officials acknowledged that while it is certainly not in optimal condition, the water is safe.

    “We might need another cycle of 12 hours so the water can change its look,” Adrada said.

    Andrada said Saturday that the problem should have been fixed in a swifter manner.

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  • Irish rowing brothers give the best interviews in Rio (Video)

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    Rowers Paul and Gary O’Donovan gave Ireland its first medal of the Rio Olympics when the brothers took home silver in Friday’s lightweight men’s double sculls event. The O’Donovans were in fifth at the race’s halfway mark but surged to finish in 6:30:23, just behind French duo Jeremie Azou and Pierre Houin. The medal was the first ever in rowing for Ireland, as well.

    But beyond their prowess in the water, the O’Donovan brothers, who have apparently caused quite a stir in Ireland, are quite funny and give hilarious interviews. After gracing the podium, the brothers spoke to RTÉ – Ireland’s national television and radio broadcaster – back home about their experience. They did not disappoint.


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  • Americans win wild rally in men's volleyball upset over Brazil (Video)

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    The United States Men’s Volleyball team pulled off a big upset over top-ranked Brazil Thursday night. The effort displayed in a nearly minute-long third set rally was a shining example of the team’s fight in front of a raucous Rio crowd at the Maracanazinho arena.

    The Americans dropped their first two matches of the Olympics, but stormed out to a 2-0 set lead against Brazil. Brazil fought back in the third and held a 24-19 lead, looking to force a fourth game. The ferocious rally began with a tough dig by Micah Christenson. The ball was touched more than 30 additional times before Taylor Sander finished things off.

    We’ll let the video tell the story:

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    The Brazilians took the set a point later, but the U.S. handled the fourth 25-20 to pick up a crucial victory (25-20, 25-23, 20-25, 25-20).

    With a 1-2 record, the Americans are now tied with Canada for fourth place in Pool A of the preliminary round with a matchup with second-place France scheduled for Saturday.

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  • Green Olympics diving pool closes again, smells 'like a fart'

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    Rio’s Olympic diving pool is closed. Again.

    Days after the pool mysteriously turned bright green, an Olympics spokesman confirmed to CNN that the pool was closed Friday morning, canceling diving training.

    “We confirm that diving training in Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre pool is canceled,” spokesman Philip Wilkinson said. “The reason is that the water must be still so the pool can return to its blue color as soon as possible.”

    British diver Tom Daley, a bronze medalist, tweeted his unease about the situation Friday morning.

    Diving pool is closed this morning. Hopefully that means we haven't been diving in anything too bad the last couple of days! ????????????

    — Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) August 12, 2016

    It’s easy to understand why Daley would be concerned. The water apparently doesn’t smell too good.

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