8.29.16: September

Believe it or not, it’s almost September so let’s celebrate the end of summer with a throwback to Jarrod Dyson’s amazing catch last week for the Kansas City Royals.

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Summer may be slow now that the Olympics are over, but don’t worry because football is weeks away and baseball and tennis are sure to keep things interesting. See the latest…

Baseball

Congrats to team New York for defeating team South Korea in the Little League World Series! This is the first time a team from the United States has won since 2011.

Tennis 

The U.S. Open kicks off today! Stay cool for the summer with a little tennis this week.

Other

Hope Solo was suspended for 6 months from the U.S. national team for calling Sweden “cowards” after the United States lost to the team during the quarterfinals of the Olympics. She will also be taking an indefinite personal leave from the Seattle Reign, the National Women’s Soccer League team that she plays for.

Ryan Lochte was formally charged by the Rio police with filing a false robbery report. According to the AP, the indictment will now be sent to the International Olympic Committee’s Ethics Division.

Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys could be out 6-10 weeks with a fractured back, after taking a hard hit from Seattle Seahawks’ Cliff Avril during a preseason game.

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Thor
The horse favored to win next year’s Kentucky Derby is named after this NY Mets pitcher. Guess who?

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How do you feel?
49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has made a decision
He won’t be standing up when the national anthem is played, since he says that, “this country stands for freedom, liberty, justice for all — and it’s not happening for all right now.”

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8.22.16: The End of the Road

The Summer Olympics are over, and the final medal count is in.  The United States brought home a whopping 121 medals — almost twice as many medals as the second place country, Great Britain.

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Rio Olympics

Yesterday night was the Olympic Closing Ceremony in Rio. What are we going to remember from the last few days of competition?

  1. Usain Bolt of Jamaica became the greatest track and field athlete ever after securing his third triple triple with his third set of Olympic wins in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m.
  2. Great Britain’s Mo Farah won the 5,000m and 10,000m and became the second man to retain both titles.

  3. 19-year-0ld Simone Biles won team gold and individual titles in the women’s all-around, vault and floor exercise, and also scored a bronze medal on the balance beam. She’s the first American (and one of only four women total), to win four gold medals in a single Olympic Games.
  4. Neymar gave Brazil their first Olympic football gold, after his winning penalty in the shootout against Germany.
  5. Ryan Lochte and his US teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen will be investigated by an IOC disciplinary commission after their incident at a Rio gas station. Lochte had said he and the others were robbed at gunpoint, but the Brazilian police say that the men were intoxicated, and were confronted by armed security guards after vandalizing a bathroom.
  6. USA Basketball: The women’s team won their sixth straight gold medal and 49th straight game after scoring a win over Spain 101-72. And, the men’s team may not have been as dominant during these games as they were in Olympics past, but in their gold medal showdown against Serbia, the team sent Coach Krzyzewski into Team USA retirement with a 96-66 win.

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Need-to-know
Just how amazing is the women’s Olympic basketball team?

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Pitch it, pitch it real good
LA 2024
The upsides, downsides, and details of LA’s bid for the 2024 Olympics, and the men trying to get the job done

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8.15.16: Harder, Faster, Stronger

“There is no one in the world who can do it as well as her…” — that’s a phrase we’ve heard several times during the Olympic Games, about several different female competitors. We’ve been fortunate to watch Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel, Simone Biles, and other outstanding athletes, and we’re looking forward to another week of competition.

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Rio Olympics

On Thursday, Simone Manuel became the first African American woman to win an individual gold medal after winning the 100m freestyle. She then went on to claim two silver medals in the 50m freestyle and the 4x100m freestyle relay, and one more gold medal in the women’s 4x100m medley relay.

The United States’ women’s soccer team is out of the Olympics after losing to Sweden in the quarterfinals on Friday. Hope Solo, who was unhappy with the loss, was quoted as saying that, “…we played a bunch of cowards.”

He set out to “change the sport of swimming,” and we think he succeeded! Michael Phelps finished off his Olympic career with a 23rd gold medal after the 4×100 meter medley relay on Saturday.

After her team and all-around finals medals, Simone Biles won her signature event, the vault, last night. She has a few more opportunities for medals on Monday with the beam and Tuesday with the floor exercise competitions.

The U.S. men’s basketball team scored the top seed in Group A after a close 100-97 win over France on Sunday.

For the first time in 112 years, Justin Rose of Great Britain won the gold medal in golf.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica won his third straight Olympic gold in the 100m on Sunday, which makes him the greatest sprinter of all time.

And, Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa won the 400m and set a new world record after running fifteen hundredths of a second faster than the 1999 record-setter, Michael Johnson.

Tennis at the Olympics is over! Andy Murray won the gold medal for men’s singles, and the United States took home their only gold medal in mixed doubles.

The rest of the schedule is here, and the TV schedule here.

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Oh My God
How Michael Johnson felt when his 1999 record was broken

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Home Sweet Home
How athletes are assigned housing at the Olympics
Ever wonder if the housing is as random as your freshman roommate selection? Well, it’s not!

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8.8.16: When in Rio…

Good morning! The past few days of Olympic competition have been fierce, and the Americans have been stepping up their game. However, special shout out to Katie Ledecky, who broke her own world record and won gold yesterday:

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Rio Olympics

The United States’ first gold medal went to Virginia Thrasher on Saturday morning. The 19-year-old won the women’s 10-meter air rifle event.

In women’s soccer, Hope Solo dominated in the goal during her 200th international appearance, and Carli Lloyd scored to help the United States win their Group G match 1-0 over France. Keep in mind the US women won last year’s World Cup and are fighting for their fourth gold medal in Rio. They’ll play their final group match against Colombia on Tuesday.

The Williams sisters aren’t having the best Olympics. On Saturday night, Venus Williams lost in women’s singles, and the duo (who started their doubles match with a 15-0 career record at the Olympics after wins in 2000, 2008 and 2012), lost on Sunday to the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova. Serena Williams had already won her first round women’s singles match earlier in the day.

In the first round of men’s tennis, Andy Murray won his men’s singles match against Viktor Troicki, and Novak Djokovic was defeated by Juan Martin del Potro.

The U.S. men’s basketball team scored a dominant 119-62 victory over China to start out the Games this past weekend, but the real story is with the women’s team. The U.S. women’s basketball team set three Olympic records with their opening game against Senegal on Sunday. The women won 121-56, and will take on Spain today. The men’s team will play against Venezuela today. Important to note – the men have always kept an eye on the Spanish team. But, Spain fell to Croatia in a shocking upset on Sunday!

Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross beat Australia’s Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Nicole Laird to win their first match of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament a little after midnight local time on Sunday.

After qualifying on Sunday, Simone Biles and Aly Raisman will advance to the gymnastics all-around final, which will be held on Thursday.

Sunday night, Katie Ledecky bested her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle and won her second medal (her first gold).

And, the U.S. relay team of Michael Phelps, Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held and Nathan Adrian won the the 4x100m freestyle relay. This is Michael Phelp’s 23rd career Olympic medal.

As the games heat up, wondering where you can find the schedule? It’s here. And, if you’re looking for the television schedule, it’s here.

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I’m on a boat
The USA men’s and women’s basketball teams are avoiding the Olympic village. Instead, they’re staying on a cruise ship

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Game time decision
Russia will not participate in the Paralympic Games
Despite the IOC ruling against a total ban for the 2016 Rio Games, the International Paralympic Committee instated a total ban for next month’s Paralympic Games. Russia has until August 28th to appeal the decision. Stay tuned!

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8.1.16: The Games are here!

Welcome to August, and welcome back, Team SQ! The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is this Friday, August 5th. Are you ready?

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Olympics Need-to-know

So, this Friday is the Opening Ceremony in Rio. You’ve been hearing a lot about the problems Brazil is encountering with setup, but by this week it all has to be ironed out because the 555 Olympians are coming in (or, most of them)!

Keep an eye out for these competitors:

  • It’s Michael Phelps’ last hurrah – He’s 31, and this is his final Olympics. He’s the only male swimmer to make it to five Olympic teams
  • Serena Williams – The dominant player is playing singles, and doubles with her sister Venus
  • Katie LeDecky – The 19-year-old swimmer won a gold medal in London, and holds the world record in the 800m
  • Simone Biles – The gymnast has won four consecutive national championships and three consecutive world championships
  • Ashton Eaton – He won the decathlon in London, and the last two world championships
  • Usain Bolt – The Jamaican track and field medalist says this is his last Olympics
  • Neymar – The Brazilian soccer star will try to lead his country’s team to their first gold medal
  • Novak Djokovic – He completed a career Grand Slam this year, and if he wins his first gold medal he will complete a Golden Slam. Only Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal have accomplished Golden Slams in men’s singles
  • Beezie Madden – now, here’s a name you may not know! She’s 52 years old (the oldest female athlete on Team USA), a three-time Olympic medalist, and this is her fourth Olympic appearance

Who won’t be there: Jason Day (golf), Jordan Spieth (golf), Rory McIlroy (golf), Steph Curry (basketball), Kawhi Leonard (basketball), LeBron James (basketball), Russell Westbrook (basketball), Chris Paul (basketball), Roger Federer (tennis)

Of note, it’s interesting that this year is the first in many years that we’ll be able to see golf in the Olympics. But, since so many golfers have decided not to play, maybe this is golf’s last year, too.

Here’s the schedule – check it out. And, if you’re looking for the television schedule, it’s here.

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Goals
5 years ago, Morolake Akinosun tweeted that she’d be headed to this year’s Olympics… and now she is!

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American Woman
The favorites
WSJ is predicting that Team USA will win the gold and overall medal races, and they’re attributing it to our female athletes

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