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The Latest: US goalie Solo calls Sweden "a bunch of cowards"

United States goalkeeper Hope Solo fails to stop a penalty during a penalty shoot-out in the quarter-final match of the women's Olympic football tournament between the United States and Sweden in Brasilia Friday Aug. 12, 2016. The United States was eliminated by Sweden after a penalty shoot-out.(AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):


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NCAA basketball: Navy women beat American, earn first NCAA tournament bid
Navy seniors Angela Myers and Cassie Consedine were the first to embrace at center court following a 47-40 victory over American in the Patriot League final Saturday at Alumni Hall. Their improbable journey from the depths of the league standings four seasons ago to champions was complete, and ah...

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Ryan Lochte charged by Rio police with filing a false robbery report

Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defense in Brazil.

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last updated: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 01:59:25 GMT

Mónica Puig, Puerto Rico’s Favorite Daughter (and Only Gold Medalist)
In the span of a week, Puig went from a little-known tennis player to a hero, with the island’s first gold medal around her neck at age 22.

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Putin blasts 'humiliating' Paralympics ban decision
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has brought humiliation on itself by opting to ban Russia from participating in the 2016 Paralympic Games, according to the country's president Vladimir Putin.

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Champions League: Barca to face former coach
Pep Guardiola is heading back to Barcelona after his Manchester City side was paired with the Spanish giant in the group stage of the Champions League.

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Hope Solo 'saddened' by 6-month ban
Hope Solo has hit back at the United States Soccer Federation's decision to sanction her for controversial comments made at the Rio Olympics, saying she is "saddened" but will continue to play with the "same unrelenting passion."

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US swim star apologizes
James Feigen becomes third US swimmer to apologize for altercation in Rio gas station.

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Gold medal weightlifters caught in doping retests
Fifteen Olympic weightlifters, including three gold medal winners from China, have tested positive banned for substances after samples taken at the 2008 Games in Beijing were re-examined, the International Weightlifting Federation revealed Wednesday.

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Retiring 'like preparing for death'
Andre Agassi's body will always bear the scars of 21 years on the unforgiving tennis circuit, the days when he pounded his opponents into submission with his relentlessly aggressive baseline game.

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Tearful Murray wins epic Rio final
Andy Murray made it a golden summer Sunday after adding the Rio 2016 Olympic men's tennis gold medal to his Wimbledon triumph.

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Player poisoned at Wimbledon?
Britain's Metropolitan Police has revealed it is investigating claims that a female tennis player was deliberately poisoned during this year's Wimbledon.

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Fiji heroes get 'crazy' welcome
Fiji's Olympic heroes get homecoming to remember

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Women's star: Gold changes everything
She just earned her notch in Olympic history, but Australian rugby star Charlotte Caslick didn't always think a career as an athlete was even possible.

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Trouble in paradise?
It could be one of the feel-good stories of Rio 2016 -- a tiny island nation triumphs on the world's biggest sporting stage to win its first Olympic medal.

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'Unreal' gold for golf champion
Inbee Park held off the challenge of New Zealand's Lydia Ko and China's Feng Shanshan to win gold in the women's Olympic golf in Rio.

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'Perfect' hole-in-one for No. 1 Ko
Last week, Great Britain's Justin Rose carded a hole-in-one before going on to win Olympic gold. Friday, it was Lydia Ko's turn to notch an ace as she moved to within touching distance of South Korea's Inbee Park at the top of the leaderboard in the women's individual strokeplay golf event at Rio 2016.

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last updated: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:06:00 GMT

Live: US Open draw
THE 136th US Open begins next week, and with a strong Aussie contingent, a friendly draw will be crucial to their success. Follow it live!

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Play of the year? Royals outfielder robs homer at full speed
Play of the year? Royals outfielder robs homer at full speed

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The new status quo
It’s been a while since I checked in on here, but it’s almost a little weird well how my general thoughts in the previous post have held up. In short: The Good: OBP The Bad: Pitching depth (and the Cubs being really really good). A month and a half later, the Pirates are leading the […]

It’s been a while since I checked in on here, but it’s almost a little weird well how my general thoughts in the previous post have held up. In short:

The Good: OBP

The Bad: Pitching depth (and the Cubs being really really good).

A month and a half later, the Pirates are leading the league in OBP and are scoring plenty of runs as a result. The pitching may be coming around a little bit lately, but it would still be a stretch to call it anything but shaky. And the Cubs are still looking very tough.

It’s a little weird, honestly. We’re now living in a world where the Pirate offense – not pitching – is carrying them, and the Cubs – not the Cards – are public enemy #1. Things could change, but for now, the Pirates seem to have leapfrogged St Louis – but the Cubs leapfrogged both. So we appear to be headed for another summer of trying to close a semi-healthy deficit against a division opponent while dreading falling back on a wild card matchup with an inferior team with a superior ace pitcher. There are worse fates, I keep telling myself (we lived it for 20 years), but that’s still getting a little old.

Some other notes and thoughts on where things stand, and the first two months of the season:

  • Of course the number one hot topic around the team right now is the Indianapolis pitching cavalry that should provide some much needed help to a very iffy big league rotation. I’m very, very excited to see Jameson Taillon, who has checked pretty much any box in Indianapolis anyone could hope for…now it appears to just be a waiting game for the dreaded Super Two to pass. Sigh. The only good thing about that (besides the team saving money down the road, which, well, you know) is that the Pirates can afford to be extremely conservative with Taillon’s pitch count before he comes up. Innings and workload will be limited for the year at some point with his prized arm coming off two seasons of injuries. (That’s why I’d have liked to have used more of those limited innings at the MLB level this year, but now the Pirates have gotten so close to the Super Two point – sometime in early June – that they almost have to wait it out.)
  • Tyler Glasnow is the bigger arm and more eye popping prospect then Taillon, but if you read some of the reports, I’ll buy the idea that he actually does need some more work – notably on a changeup. Maybe he’d help the bullpen, or be a Juan Nicasio equivalent as a starter, but the Pirates probably don’t want that for his development.
  • Chad Kuhl, on the other hand, probably has a much lower upside but is pitching too well in Indy to ignore. He has to be getting awfully close to getting a look in the majors as well.
  • When one or more of those three reach the majors, I’m very enthusiastic about the bullpen’s chances to be much improved when Nicasio slides from the rotation to the pen. As a two pitch guy who dominates with hard stuff and not “pitchability”, he would just fit so much better in a role where he could go all out and only have to face a set of hitters once in a game.
  • The bullpen desperately needs that help – and more. It’s probably going to be the number one point of emphasis once we creep in to trade talk time – but hey, why wait?
  • I have very few, if any, complaints about the status of pretty much all the position players – starters and bench. It’s a very good offense. Heck, the biggest disappointment to this point has been McCutchen, who I’m not going to worry about.
  • How good is that Gregory Polanco extension looking? Really, really, really freaking good.
  • The Francisco Cervelli extension is nice, too – if only because the catching situation after this year was looking very dicey. It was pretty much going to be Elias Diaz (who is unproven and hurt) or bust. Cervelli offers plenty of stability (and likability).
  • Jung Ho Kang post-injury update: Still the man. I was concerned about how he’d look  – not only coming back from the awful injury, but also adjusting in his second year in the league – but so far he has not missed a beat. And with the depth (mostly provided by Freese), it isn’t a problem that he has to sit once a series or so.
  • I think most of us were expecting an improved version of Jon Niese, compared to what he did in New York. Instead he has been worse. If he can just get back to that level – which you’d think he should eventually – just a league average pitcher – it would help quite a bit, and the value for Neil Walker would be just fine. If not, well, he (and/or Jeff Locke) might be losing a rotation spot if those Indy pitchers keep knocking on the door.

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