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SportsNite spotlights St. Raymond High School, one of this year's participants in the SNY Invitational which begins January 27th at 6 p.m.

Two days before St. Raymond's was set to play New York Catholic league rival Bishop Loughlin on January 13, Isaiah Washington called up Carmelo Anthony and let him know about the game.

Sure enough, when game day arrived, Anthony turned up at the St. Raymond's gym along with fellow Knicks Brandon Jennings and Kyle O'Quinn and rising Def Jam recording artist Dave East.

"I had spoke to Melo and another good friend that knows Melo and they said they was going to come through," the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Washington told SNY.tv by phone.

The trio of Knicks then watched as the Minnesota-bound Washington went off for a triple-double of 29 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds as St. Raymond's prevailed, 85-84, in a game that was marred by St. Raymond's guard Dallas Watson going down with a broken wrist. The Knicks remained in the building throughout the 32-minute injury delay mainly to watch Washington.

"Everybody was excited because nobody ever got a chance to play in front of an NBA player and once they came, they just felt like they had to put on a show," Washington said.

St. Raymond's coach Jorge Lopez has gotten used to his star point guard attracting attention, even from pros like Anthony.

"Washington's been quite an attraction this year for us," Lopez said. 

Washington will be one of four elite point guards -- and arguably the most electric -- on display this weekend in the SNY Invitational at City College of New York's Nat Holman Gymnasium.

The two-day tournament gets underway on Friday at 6 p.m. with a matchup featuring Washington and St. Raymond's against Howard-bound point guard R.J. Cole and St. Anthony's, the reigning New Jersey Tournament of Champions winner.

At 8 p.m., uncommitted junior point guard Demetre Roberts and Mount Vernon take on Georgia Tech signee Jose Alvarado and Christ the King. The championship game will be held Saturday at 4 p.m., immediately following the 2 p.m. consolation game. For ticket information, visit SNYInvitational.com.

Washington and Alvarado, who is dedicating this season to his late grandmother, should be among the favorites to win Mr. Basketball in New York State this year.

"I think you got the two best players in the state, honestly, point-guard-wise with Jose and Isaiah," Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello said. "All four of them are different. Jose is a real aggressive, defensive, pass-first point guard. He'll do anything to win. I think Isaiah's a guy that can get in the lane and wow the crowd. The kid Cole can shoot it, he can get shots off. And the other kid [Roberts], he can really, really shoot it. So I think you have [four] different styles, I think it'll make for a fun event."

Washington is the leader of the "Jellyfam," a group of players who got the nickname because of their ability to score in unique ways.

He goes by @Jellyfam_Dimes on Twitter and is the first athlete to hit one million views on the Overtime social media platform. That group includes Washington, Leondre Washington, Jordan Walker, Jahvon Quinerly, Sid Wilson and Milicia Reid, the only female member of the group.

"In order to be in Jellyfam, you gotta do three jellys on somebody in one game," Washington said after leading the New York Upperclassmen to a 103-92 victory over the New Jersey Upperclassmen in the Sharette Dixon Classic at Gauchos Gym back in October. "A jelly's a finger roll."

He added: "If the people complete the task, then they could be in the jellyfam"

If the two New York City teams find a way to win on Friday, fans could be treated to a Washington-Alvarado matchup in Saturday's championship game.

"It's going to be a fun matchup," Lopez said. "Those two guys have been going at it since freshman year. I hope we advance to the championship game. It would be fun to watch Isaiah Washington and Jose go at it in prime time. Those guys have been battling it out throughout their careers and they are the two best candidates for Player of the Year in the state of New York."

As for whether the Knicks' Anthony might show up if St. Raymond's advances to the final, Washington says it's always possible.

"If I just ask him to come and he got time to come," Washington said, "I'm sure he'll come."

PREVIOUS SNY INVITATIONAL WINNERS

2008 - Lincoln
2009 - Mount Vernon
2010 - Rice
2011 - St. Anthony's
2012 - Not held
2013 - St. Anthony's
2014 - Bishop Loughlin
2015 - Cardozo
2016 - Cardozo

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Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

A quick take on Syracuse's 85-80 loss to Ole Miss in the NIT second round at the Dome, ending the Orange season:

WHAT HAPPENED: In a first-ever meeting between the schools, Ole Miss (22-13) became the ninth SEC team (of 14) to play in the Dome, and using a mix of defenses and torrid three point shooting, knocked the Orange (19-15) out of the NIT.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) With star big man Chris Boucher cheering in a bulky knee brace from the sidelines, Tyler Dorsey scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures, and No. 3 seed Oregon beat 14th-seeded Iona 93-77 Friday in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region.

The Ducks (30-5) showed they have depth and sheer athleticism to make a special March run, just as coach Dana Altman hoped this week when he challenged role players to make larger contributions in shot-blocker Boucher's absence.

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Seton Hall Pirates head coach Kevin Willard says that despite his frustration with the loss, he's proud of his team.

Jaylen Barford hit the go-ahead layup with 57.8 seconds left to help Arkansas hold off Seton Hall 77-71 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Barford had 12 of his 20 points after halftime for the Razorbacks (26-9), the No. 8 seed in the South Region. That included his layup off Khadeen Carrington's turnover at the other end, pushing Arkansas ahead for good as the Razorbacks scored the game's final seven points.

The 6-foot-3 junior also came through with a pair of free throws with 18.3 seconds left following a whistle in which officials reviewed Desi Rodriguez's foul to stop the clock and changed it to a flagrant foul...

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Oregon will have to lean on Pac-12 Player of the Year Dillon Brooks even more in the NCAA Tournament.

The third-seeded Ducks will be without shot-blocking big man Chris Boucher as they navigate the rest of the postseason, starting against 14th-seeded Iona in a Midwest Regional game Friday. The game tips off at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., at 2 p.m. ET.


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Oregon (29-5) tied Arizona for first place in the Pac-12, but lost to the Wildcats in the championship game of the Pac-12 tournament a night after losing Boucher to a torn ACL. Iona (22-12) earned an automatic bid after beating Siena to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.

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(Jeremy Brevard)

Arkansas and Seton Hall ought to be well tuned up and ready for the NCAA Tournament.

Both teams excelled during the last month of the season, doing enough to be safely in the tournament field.

As part of the South Region, eighth-seeded Arkansas (25-9) meets ninth-seeded Seton Hall (21-11) on Friday afternoon to open play at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C.


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"Our biggest goal was, No. 1, to be dancing," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. "If you watched our team, it has been a team of streaks. We won a lot of games in a row. ... Now we want another streak of six. How about that?"

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Michelle Yu breaks down all the action from Seton Hall as they get ready to start their March Madness run.

Michelle Yu breaks down all the action from Seton Hall as they get ready to start their March Madness run.

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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Bonzie Colson scored 18 points and Notre Dame survived a first-round NCAA Tournament scare by pulling out a 60-58 win over Princeton.

The West Region's 12th-seeded Tigers had a chance to pull ahead on their final possession, but Devin Cannady missed an open 3-pointer just before the final horn. Notre Dame's Steve Vasturia pulled down the rebound and was fouled.

The Fighting Irish (26-9) nearly squandered an 11-point second half lead. Guard Matt Farrell scored 16 points, but missed the front end of a one-and-one with Notre Dame up 59-58...

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(Mark Konezny)

Notre Dame has made its mark in March as the only team to reach the Elite Eight round of the past two NCAA Tournaments.

To be truly elite, however, the Fighting Irish know they need to carry that success into another month.

"We have a great opportunity ahead of us to make a deep run in this tournament," senior guard Steve Vasturia told the Chicago Tribune. "It culminates in April, and we haven't been able to get there. That's a goal."


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Notre Dame (25-9) is seeded fifth in the West Region and will tip-off the first round Thursday afternoon against No. 12 seed Princeton (23-6) in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard speaks with the media ahead of the team's first round matchup with Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament.

Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard speaks with the media ahead of the team's first round matchup with Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament. 

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Head coach Kevin Willard and Seton Hall players discuss the team's preparation and expectations heading into March Madness.

Head coach Kevin Willard and Seton Hall players discuss the team's preparation and expectations heading into March Madness.

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The Iona Gaels (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
The Iona Gaels (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Seton Hall earned a 9-seed while Princeton and Iona are both double-digit seeds in the NCAA tournament as the bracket was announced on Sunday.

Seton Hall, which received an at-large bid, will face No. 8 Arkansas in the South Regional on Friday at 1:30 p.m. The winner of that matchup will face the winner of No. 1 North Carolina and No. 16 Texas Southern.

Ivy League champion Princeton is the 12-seed in the West Regional and will face No. 5 Notre Dame on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. The winner will face the winner of No. 4 West Virginia and No. 13 Bucknell.

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St. John's head coach Chris Mullin discusses his team's blowout loss to Villanova, 108-67, in the Big East Tournament.

NEW YORK (AP) Donte DiVincenzo had 25 points, Kris Jenkins added 24 and No. 2 Villanova cruised past St. John's 108-67 on Thursday in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden.

The Wildcats, who had six players score in double figures, set team tournament records for points scored and margin of victory.

DiVincenzo, a redshirt freshman who finished 7 of 8 from the field, including 5 of 6 on 3s, surpassed his previous career high of 20 points, also set against St. John's, which suffered its worst loss ever in the tournament.

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St. John's coach Chris Mullin on grinding out a win over Georgetown in the Big East Tournament, and having to turn around to play Villanova.

NEW YORK (AP) It was a chance to experience a basketball time warp.

St. John's and Georgetown were playing in the Big East Tournament, something that has happened seven times since the postseason tournament started in 1980.

Their regular season matchups were keepers with names like Thompson, Ewing and Mullin. There was the "sweater game."

On Wednesday night, for a few minutes Madison Square Garden was suddenly in the 1980s...

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The Paterson Eastside boys basketball team withdrew from the New Jersey state tournament on Wednesday after an explosive report detailed that the team's former coach had six players living in his Paterson condominium.

The story was first reported Feb. 6 by NJ Advance Media.

On Friday, three suspensions in addition to the boys basketball coaches suspensions were announced, and the girls basketball team withdrew from the state tournament, according to NJ.com.

Coach Juan Griles -- who has since been suspended, along with assistant coach Al Maldonado -- reportedly had six players living in his Paterson condo, three Nigerians and three Puerto Ricans. Griles is the guardian of one of the Puerto Rican players, while Maldonado is the guardian of another, Juny Santiago...

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Paterson Eastside High School basketball team to face eligibility hearing from NJSIAA following foreign player scandal.

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GEICO SportsNite visits Eastside High School in Paterson, N.J., where two coaches were suspended for allegedly housing six of their players.

CLIFTON, N.J. -- Former Eastside High School assistant basketball coach Al Maldonado said he was "shocked" and "stunned" at the allegations against him and suspended head coach Juan Griles that emerged from this week's explosive NJ Advance Media report.

In an exclusive interview with SNY in his attorney's office on Wednesday afternoon, Maldonado, 54, spoke frankly and also broke down in tears as he discussed the report that six Eastside players were living with Griles in his Paterson condo.

"I was shocked," Maldonado, who wore an orange and blue tie to honor the Ghosts' colors, said in an interview with SNY. "I know what Coach Griles is about, I know what I'm about. Without getting into too much detail, some of the allegations that I [saw] in that article stunned me. In my opinion, [there was] a little bit of sensationalism. But my initial reaction was shock."

NJ Advance Media did not interview Maldonado for its piece, but he was anxious to give his side of the story to attempt to clear his name. He and Griles now have separate attorneys. Griles declined to speak with SNY at his home on Wednesday.

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Coaches of the Paterson Eastside basketball team have been suspended for housing six overseas players.

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St. Raymond's Isaiah Washington, a four star recruit from Harlem, makes his presence felt in the SNY Invitational Championship Game

St. Raymond's Isaiah Washington, a four star recruit from Harlem, made his presence felt in the SNY Invitational Championship Game.

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Christ the King defeated St. Raymond 67-66 in the 2017 SNY Invitational Championship game.

NEW YORK -- Despite trailing by 10 points in the second half of the SNY Invitational championship game, Jose Alvarado and his Christ the King teammates never wavered.

The Royals stormed back to knock off Catholic League-rival St. Raymond, 67-66, to win the title for the first time before a packed crowd on Saturday afternoon at City College of New York.

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St. Anthony's earned a third-place finish in the 2017 SNY Invitational with a 76-54 victory against Mount Vernon.

NEW YORK -- St. Anthony's came into the SNY Invitational looking to become the first team ever to win the event three times since its inception in 2008.

Bob Hurley and the Friars previously won the championship in 2011 and '13.

But after losing by one point to St. Raymond on Friday night, the Friars had to settle for a consolation game Saturday afternoon. They made the most of it, routing Mount Vernon, 76-54, to secure third place in the event.

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Christ the King beats Mt. Vernon, 60-55, in Game 2 of the SNY Invitational.

NEW YORK -- It will be an all-Catholic League final for the SNY Invitational championship -- and Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello couldn't be happier.

"I'm extremely happy that it's St. Raymond's-Christ the King in the final," Arbitello said after his Royals knocked off Mount Vernon, 60-55, in the second game on Friday night at City College of New York. "You know what, it proves something about the Catholic school league that it's still a pretty good league."

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St. Raymond's defeats St. Anthony's, 64-63, in the opening game of the SNY Invitational.

NEW YORK -- In the battle of New York City vs. Jersey City, the Big Apple came out on top.

In the first game of the SNY Invitational at City College of New York on Friday night, St. Raymond took out St. Anthony's, 64-63, in dramatic fashion to advance to Saturday's championship game (SNY). The Ravens (11-7) will face the Christ the King-Mount Vernon winner in the final. The Friars (11-3) will meet the loser in the consolation game at 2 p.m.

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Jorge Lopez, head coach of St. Raymond High School, joins Daily News Live to talk about his team playing in the SNY Invitational.

Daily News Live is joined by Jorge Lopez, coach of St. Raymond High School, who talks about his team playing in the SNY Invitational.

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GEICO SportsNite previews the SNY Invitational, which begins January 27th at 6:00 PM and features top high school basketball talent.

GEICO SportsNite previews the SNY Invitational, which begins January 27th at 6:00 PM and features top high school basketball talent.

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Wayne Gallman celebrates his touchdown run with Deon Cain during the second half of the NCAA football playoff championship game against Alabama. (AP)
Wayne Gallman celebrates his touchdown run with Deon Cain during the second half of the NCAA football playoff championship game against Alabama. (AP)

Deshaun Watson threw a two-yard touchdown to Hunter Renfrow with one second remaining to win the College Football Playoff national championship game over Alabama, 35-31.

 

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Feb 23, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) and New Jersey Devils center Sergey Kalinin (51) fight during the second period at Prudential Center. Miller received a match penalty for having tape too low on his hand. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 23, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) and New Jersey Devils center Sergey Kalinin (51) fight during the second period at Prudential Center. Miller received a match penalty for having tape too low on his hand. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

In the fall of 2016, the documentary "Ice Guardians" was released. The documentary delves into one of the most respected, yet dangerous, positions on an NHL team. But, as we have seen the roles these players once filled are quickly going away.

It took 22 games.

The team that once employed Tie Domi, Joey Kocur, PJ Stock and Colton Orr had zero fights through their first 21 games.

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Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. celebrates winning the World Series in Cleveland.  (USA Today)
Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. celebrates winning the World Series in Cleveland. (USA Today)

The Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings, 8-7, to caputure their first World Series championship since 1908. 

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Seton Hall Pirates head coach Kevin Willard discusses moving forward after the loss of Isaiah Whitehead.

Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, "The King," died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.

Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems. Johnson said Palmer was admitted to the hospital Thursday for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the last few days.

Palmer ranked among the most important figures in golf history, and it went well beyond his seven major championships and 62 PGA Tour wins. His good looks, devilish grin and go-for-broke manner made the elite sport appealing to one and all. And it helped that he arrived about the same time as television moved into most households, a perfect fit that sent golf to unprecedented popularity.

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Michelle Yu speaks with Stan Wawrinka after defeating Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open.

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Former Mets outfielder and ex-NYPD officer Stanley Jefferson discusses his experiences on and since September 11th, 2001.

Baseball brought New York City together following the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. For a moment, it helped to distract from the tragic events that unfolded 10 days prior. But for Stanley Jefferson, a former New York Met and retired NYPD police officer, those wounds are as fresh as the day that changed our world forever.

"The last time I watched [baseball in person] was Mike Piazza Day [when he was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame]," Jefferson recounted. "Unfortunately, when I went it was probably one of the worst days I've had in a while, because I'm not very good with large crowds. I'm not good with dealing with people in that manner. I stay away and I kind of stay to myself a lot, and that was a horrible, horrible day and it'll be a while before I do something like that again."

Baseball used to be Jefferson's world. He would hit wiffle balls in his living room pretending to be Mickey Mantle. He played on the ballfields around his home in Co-Op City in the Bronx - for Pelham Parkway, the Bronx Angels and Truman High School. Despite his rising star, he had no idea how good he really was. "I was short, and very small, and skinny, and I thought that I had to prove myself consistently," Jefferson remembered in a recent interview with SNY. "I played with the older kids…And I always thought that I had to work a little bit harder, and be better, and I never really thought of myself being that good."

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Despite losing a set, Serena Williams advanced into the semifinals at the US Open.

Despite losing a set, Serena Williams advanced into the semifinals at the US Open.


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Michelle Yu joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss Serena Williams' health and her performance in the first round of the US Open in Queens.

Michelle Yu joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss Serena Williams' health and her performance in the first round of the US Open in Queens.


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Tennis legend Billie Jean King previews the U.S. Open on Daily News Live, beginning next week in Queens.

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Michelle Yu gets a chance to talk to the US Women Gymnastics team coming off their gold medal performance at the Rio Olympics.

Michelle Yu gets a chance to talk to the US Women Gymnastics team coming off their gold medal performance at the Rio Olympics.


Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird celebrate with their gold medals. (AP)
Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird celebrate with their gold medals. (AP)

For the sixth Olympics running, the United States women's basketball team is golden.

The United States walloped Spain 101-72 on Saturday to win the gold medal in Rio.

Spain kept it from getting out of hand early, sticking with the gold medalists for most of the first half. They were within three points with just over six minutes remaining in the second quarter when Geno Auriemma pulled out his ultimate trump card. He plugged in all five of his UConn alumnae - Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart - for the first time in the Olympics. The UConn Five sparked a 22-8 run to finish the quarter and put the game out of reach for good.

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Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird celebrate with their gold medals. (AP)
Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird celebrate with their gold medals. (AP)

For the sixth Olympics running, the United States women's basketball team is golden.

The United States walloped Spain 101-72 on Saturday to win the gold medal in Rio.

Spain kept it from getting out of hand early, sticking with the gold medalists for most of the first half. They were within three points with just over six minutes remaining in the second quarter when Geno Auriemma pulled out his ultimate trump card. He plugged in all five of his UConn alumnae - Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart - for the first time in the Olympics. The UConn Five sparked a 22-8 run to finish the quarter and put the game out of reach for good.

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 (AP)
(AP)

For the fourth Olympics in a row, the United States put an end to Spain's gold medal hopes. With an 82-76 win, the U.S. sent Spain to the bronze medal game and secured an opportunity to play for its third straight gold medal.

Without a big performance from any of their stars, DeAndre Jordan led the United States to a stout defensive performance that proved to be the difference in the game.

Jordan was a monster around the rim, routinely deterring Spain from drives to the basket and when they dared to make a foray to the basket, he often altered or blocked their attempts. On offense, Jordan patrolled the paint catching and finishing lobs at the rim or corralling offensive rebounds. He finished with nine points, 16 rebounds, two assists and four blocks.

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Kim Hill reacts after losing a women's semifinal volleyball match against Serbia. (AP)
Kim Hill reacts after losing a women's semifinal volleyball match against Serbia. (AP)

The U.S. women's volleyball team will not be making history in Rio.

The No. 1 ranked team in the world left the Maracanãzinho arena in tears Thursday afternoon as Serbia pulled off an upset in five sets (20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 16-25, 15-13).

Serbia was playing in its first semifinal in history and will now advance to the gold medal match Saturday in Rio.
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Ryan Lochte checks his time after a men' 4x200-meter freestyle relay heat at the 2016 Summer Olympics. (AP)
Ryan Lochte checks his time after a men' 4x200-meter freestyle relay heat at the 2016 Summer Olympics. (AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - A Brazilian police official is telling The Associated Press that American swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.

The official, who has direct knowledge of the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about an ongoing probe.

He said that around 6 a.m. on Sunday, Lochte, along with fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, stopped at a gas station in Barra da Tijuca, a suburb of Rio where many Olympic venues are located. One of the swimmers tried to open the door of an outside bathroom. It was locked.

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Gunnar Bentz, and Jack Conger leave the police station at Rio International Airport. (AP)
Gunnar Bentz, and Jack Conger leave the police station at Rio International Airport. (AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Three American Olympic swimmers planned to meet with Brazilian law enforcement Thursday to discuss a reported robbery targeting 12-time medalist Ryan Lochte and his teammates, a U.S. Olympic Committee official said.

USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were released by local authorities after being pulled from a flight at the Rio de Janeiro airport, with the understanding that discussions would continue amid uncertainty over what truly took place during a late outing the night Olympic swimming wrapped up at the Rio Games.

Fellow teammate Jimmy Feigen also plans to talk to officials as he navigates a judge's order that keeps him in Brazil, Sandusky said. Court officials had called for the four swimmers' passports to be seized, but Lochte already had returned to the United States before authorities could enforce the decision.

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 (David J. Phillip )
(David J. Phillip )
Allyson Felix won her first round 400m heat in 51.24 seconds to advance to the semifinals. Comfortably in the lead, she slowed to a jog over the final 50m before accelerating as she crossed the finish line.

Felix, the 2015 400m world champion, is running the individual 400m for the first time at the Olympics. But she does have two Olympic 4x400m gold medals.

Fellow Americans Phyllis Francis and Natasha Hastings also advanced to the 400m semifinals. All three U.S. athletes won their heats.

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(AP)

Three-time defending Olympic gold medalist U.S. fell to Sweden 5-4 in a penalty shootout in the first quarterfinals of the women's Olympic soccer tournament, forcing the U.S. women to make an unexpected early exit from competition. 

Julie Johnston returned to the starting lineup for the U.S. after missing the team's last two matches with a groin strain.

In the fourth minute, Morgan Brian had the first scoring chance of the match as she took a shot at the top of the box that forced Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl into a save. 

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United States' Crystal Dunn, center, celebrates scoring her side's first goal. (Michael Dantas)
United States' Crystal Dunn, center, celebrates scoring her side's first goal. (Michael Dantas)

The U.S. played to a 2-2 draw against Colombia in Manaus.

The U.S. got off to a strong start, controlling possession and creating scoring chances in the first 15 minutes.

However, it was Colombia who opened the scoring. In the 26th minute, Catalina Usme took a free kick that slipped through Hope Solo's legs into the back of the net. The goal is the first that the U.S. has allowed at the 2016 Olympics. 

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Simone Biles, Gabrielle Douglas and Madison Kocian wave to the audience. (AP)
Simone Biles, Gabrielle Douglas and Madison Kocian wave to the audience. (AP)

If there was any question that the U.S. has the best women's gymnastics team in the world, it was answered today for the fifth time.

With two consecutive Olympic golds and world championships titles in 2011, 2014 and 2015, the U.S. women have made a seemingly unbreakable habit of winning. And not just edging out their competitors by a few tenths, but leading the competition from start to finish and claiming victory by multiple points

Throughout the team final at the Rio Olympics, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian and Simone Biles looked focused but confident, never faltering under the weight of the world's or their expectations. 

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Tom Brady and Nate Ebner run onto the field before Super Bowl XLIX. (AP)
Tom Brady and Nate Ebner run onto the field before Super Bowl XLIX. (AP)

Nate Ebner made Olympic history, becoming the first active NFL player to compete at a Summer Olympics.

Ebner, who helped the New England Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX, stepped onto the pitch for USA Rugby for the first time during the second half of the match against Argentina on Monday afternoon.

Both U.S. tries came with Ebner on the pitch, but Argentina scored on the final play of the match to win 17-14. The U.S. was awarded a penalty try when an Argentinian defender used a high tackle to stop Zack Test from touching the ball down, and then Danny Barrett scored the first try in U.S. Olympic men's rugby sevens history. 

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Ibtihaj Muhammad adjusts her hijab prior to competing in the women's individual saber fencing event. (AP)
Ibtihaj Muhammad adjusts her hijab prior to competing in the women's individual saber fencing event. (AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO - When Ibtihaj Muhammad emerged about an hour after her elimination, composed and ready to talk, she returned to a media mixed zone and found more than a dozen American journalists who waited for her.

"At the normal fencing competitions, we don't have to deal with this many press," Muhammad said. "Actually, we don't have press."

Muhammad, who won her first-round bout and then lost in the round of 16, made history by becoming the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab, the traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women.

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United States' Katie Meili starts a women's 100-meter breaststroke semifinal during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) (Michael Sohn/AP)
United States' Katie Meili starts a women's 100-meter breaststroke semifinal during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) (Michael Sohn/AP)
Lilly King and Katie Meili, both U.S. Olympic rookies, landed on the podium in the 100m breaststroke finals. King set a new Olympic record of one minute, 1:04.93 seconds to out-touch a late-charging Yulia Efimova of Russia.

Meili, who last summer won the 100m breaststroke title at the Pan American Games, claimed the bronze in 1:05.69.

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For the second game in a row, the United States looked sluggish off of the first tip, but for the second game in a row, the United States would recover to rout the opposition. This time the United States beat Venezuela 113-69.

In a game that most considered over before it even started, Venezuela executed their game-plan to perfection in the first quarter and ended the period deadlocked with the gold medal-favorite.

A combination of sloppiness and scrappy Venezuelan effort forced the United States into seven turnovers in the first quarter alone. The U.S. was disjointed on offense and the open shots they did manage routinely clanked off the rim or missed the hoop entirely, like one notable air-mailed three-point try by Klay Thompson.

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