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Highlights from Rio and beyond this week

A recap of the past week in sports, by Zack Becker

It is impossible to choose the best of what was a week of memorable moments for the US Swimming squad. Of the USA’s 38 medals to date, 24 (11 gold) have come in the lap lanes. Take your pick: Lilly King proved clean athletes can be winners; Katie Ledecky continued her run of dominance with three more golds; Simone Manuel became America’s first African American woman to medal in an individual swimming event; oh yeah, and that Phelps guy is focused and winning every event he swims (again). 

“The Final Five” dazzle 

As if anyone was questioning it, the US Women’s Gymnastics team (the self-dubbed “Final Five”) put themselves definitively at the top of the athletic world, making coach Márta Károlyi proud one last time. Simone Biles and Aly Raisman went gold-silver in the All-Around, and the team took gold in their All-Around event. Let’s be honest, we can’t even stick the landing getting out of bed as well as these ladies did after twisting around in midair

Rockie Rookie ties hit-streak record

Lost in the shuffle of teammate and fellow rookie sensation Trevor Story going down for the season with a UCL injury is Colorado’s David Dahl, who has tied a Major League record with a 17-game hitting streak to begin his career. Here’s the knockthat gave him a share of the all-time mark.

No-look, game tying hit leads Cubs to extra-inning win

Chris Coghlan ripped a two-run single to tie Thursday’s game vs. the Cardinals at 3. And he wasn’t even ready to hit. If anyone tries to tell you there’s no such thing as a clutch gene, show them this clip. You can’t teach that instinct. When stuff like this happens, it’s no wonder the Cubs have won 10 in a row.

Sano raises the roof, then leaves the yard — twice

Twins DH Miguel Sano had quite the day Sunday, becoming the first-ever player to hit an in-play ball off the roof of Tropicana Field, then crushing two homers (just in case anyone was still doubting his muscle).

Macho Machado

Manny Machado started Sunday’s game off with a bang — three bangs, actually. He homered thrice in the first three inningsand had three chances to tie the MLB record with a fourth, but couldn’t get it done. 

Looking Ahead, Looking Back

August 13

The Brooklyn Dodgers hold a promotion that allows free entry to any fan who brings a musical instrument to Ebbets Field. Someone brought a piano. 2,425 others brought more practical instruments.

The Athens Summer Games kicked off, marking the return of the Olympics to their origin.

Michael Phelps wins gold in the 200m butterfly and the 4 x 200 freestyle relay, two of his 8 victories in Bejing.

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