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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

1951:
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.

2004:
The Athens Summer Games kicked off, marking the return of the Olympics to their origin.

2008:
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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