U.S. runs past France, will face Spain in final

Aug 19, 2016

U.S. runs past France, will face Spain in final

It’s rare to see the U.S. women’s basketball team struggle during the Olympics. Then again, they’ve had Sue Bird running the show for over a decade. With the starting point guard sidelined with a knee injury, the Americans were out of sorts for a ...

U.S. routs Poland, books semifinal with Italy

Aug 18, 2016

U.S. routs Poland, books semifinal with Italy

John Speraw ran along the sideline about as close as he could to actually being in the action, cheering Aaron Russell to make a save while crashing into the barrier some 6 meters behind the end line. “I was willing him to get that ...

Aug 18, 2016

Building stronger ties with Iran

Japan should consider more proactive steps to beef up its relations with Tehran, by building on the bilateral investment treaty signed in February to boost economic ties.

U.S. spikers rout Mexico to make quarters

Aug 16, 2016

U.S. spikers rout Mexico to make quarters

Taylor Sander leaped high for timely blocks. He went low for a save at floor level to keep a winning point going. Then, he squatted way down to send another tough ball back over the net. At last, the U.S. men’s volleyball team is ...

U.S. women claim fencing bronze

Aug 14, 2016

U.S. women claim fencing bronze

U.S. fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad came to the Rio Games determined to show the world that Muslim-American women can excel in sports. Muhammad will return home to New Jersey with proof that she was right. Muhammad, who became the first U.S. Olympian to wear a ...

Sweden ousts U.S. in quarters

Aug 13, 2016

Sweden ousts U.S. in quarters

Taunted by local fans since the Olympics began and stinging from a surprising loss, Hope Solo called Sweden a “bunch of cowards.” The U.S. goalkeeper criticized the Swedes for the way they played Friday in beating the Americans in a penalty shootout — a ...

Usme strikes twice to lift Columbia to draw with U.S.

Aug 10, 2016

Usme strikes twice to lift Columbia to draw with U.S.

In the first few moments Hope Solo had to reflect following the U.S. team’s 2-2 draw with Colombia on Tuesday, she already had perspective on the two goals that Catalina Usme got past her. “I’ve been around the game long enough to know that ...

Team USA throttles Venezuela

Aug 9, 2016

Team USA throttles Venezuela

Red, white and blase for one quarter, the U.S. Olympic team woke up and won with ease. Shaking off a sluggish, sloppy start and maybe some Brazilian boredom, the Americans regrouped in the second quarter and romped over Venezuela 113-69 on Monday, taking another ...