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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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Andrew Bogut rips officiating after Australia’s controversial loss to Spain

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Australia was denied a medal in the Olympic men’s basketball tournament by the narrowest of margins, and center Andrew Bogut was about as pleased as Ayesha Curry after an NBA Finals game.

After Australia’s 89-88 loss to Spain in the bronze medal game on Sunday (a contest that featured a questionable foul call against Patty Mills with 5.4 seconds remaining, sending Sergio Rodriguez to the line where he sank both free throws), Bogut went off on the officiating.

“Obviously we are disappointed, at times we felt we were outnumbered on the court for the majority of the game,” said Bogut, per John Ralph of the Herald Sun. “It felt like we were playing a different sport. The superman dived into me and the referees bought it.

“Some of them you could see on the tape how obvious they were,” he continued. “You tap these guys and they go flying and the referees bought it. We tried to adjust knowing what they were going to do but the last two fouls were tough on us.”

Bogut, who himself fouled out in less than 14 minutes of action, then lashed out at FIBA Basketball as a whole, per Hoops Heaven.

FIBA officials are known to call games a bit more stringently than their NBA counterparts, so Bogut probably isn’t accustomed to being called for the illegal screens and arm bars he usually gets away with. That said, the officiating was somewhat up and down this tournament, and for Australia to play as well as they did and still be denied a medal in the last five seconds of their final game has to be enormously frustrating.

All things considered, Bogut probably won’t be looking back on Rio with too many fond memories.

Image Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

H/T CBS Sports

Carmelo Anthony gives emotional interview after final game for Team USA (Video)

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An emotional Carmelo Anthony wrapped up his USA Basketball career with a third gold medal on Sunday, and gave a fantastic interview after Team USA’s 96-66 win over Serbia in the final game.

Anthony confirmed that he was ending his international career and had to hold back tears, before talking about the social issues that plague America and his optimism for the future.

“I know this is the end,” Anthony said. “This is it for me.”

After composing himself, Anthony went on to talk about his hopes for the country as a whole.

“Despite everything that’s going on right now in our country, we gotta be united,” Anthony said. “I’m glad I did what I did, I stepped up to the challenge, but this is what it’s about. Representing our country on the biggest stage that you can be on. America will be great to do, I believe that. We got a lot of work to do, but it’s one step at a time, man. I’m glad we represented in the fashion that we did.”

You can tell how much it all means to Anthony. He was chastised by some for his remarks on how a third gold medal would fit into his career, but after seeing that, maybe it really does mean every bit as much as a ring would.

10 Greatest Olympian throwback photos

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Back before they were stars and famous athletes, those who competed at the Olympics and won gold medals for their country were just aspiring dreamers. Maybe they one day wanted to win gold. Maybe they one day wanted to be like their hero. But they all had dreams and began training at an early age to achieve them.

We know what these successful athletes look like now, but let’s take a look at what they used to look like too.

1. Michael Phelps at age 15

Michael Phelps was a mere Olympic “hopeful” from Baltimore when this photo was taken by the Baltimore Sun. That was before Phelps, 31, had even won his first Olympic medal.

Phelps went on to become the most decorated Olympian all-time with 28 medals, including 23 golds. His first Olympics experience came in 2000 when he was a member of the swimming team for the Summer Games in Sydney. He placed 5th in the 200m butterfly then. He went on to win three golds and a silver in the 200m fly event in future Olympics.

Phelps’ Olympics success includes 8 medals (six golds) in Athens; eight medals (all golds) in Beijing; six medals (four golds) in London; and six medals (five golds) in Rio.

As a bonus, here’s a June 2001 interview Phelps did with WJZ in Baltimore:

2. Simone Biles in 2004

Here’s a throwback photo Biles shared on social media that appears to be from Christmas 2004, which would have made Biles around seven years old.

Who knew that Biles, just a dreamer at the time, would go on to become possibly the greatest gymnast ever? That’s how many are regarding her after she won five medals in Rio, including four golds. The 19-year-old Texan has won a total of 19 medals in both Olympics and world championships, making her the most decorated American gymnast ever.

Biles needs three medals at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo to surpass Shannon Miller for having the most Olympic medals in US gymnastics history.

3. Young Usain Bolt before he was an international sensation

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USOC says Ryan Lochte, other swimmers will face additional discipline

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Ryan Lochte and his fellow U.S. swimmers aren’t out of the woods yet.

U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun told the Associated Press that Lochte and his three teammates — Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen — would be subject to further discipline.

“They let down our athletes,” Blackmun said. “They let down Americans.”

There was no indication as to what sort of discipline might be on the table, but it’s clear the USOC is not at all happy with the conduct of the swimmers. U.S. swimming isn’t, either. According to reports, Lochte was facing a much stiffer punishment than he’ll likely get now had he not apologized for his behavior and dishonesty.

Mongolian wrestling coaches strip off clothing in protest over controversial decision

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A pair of Mongolian wrestling coaches ripped off their clothes and refused to leave the mat over what they felt was unfair scoring that cost their man a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics on Sunday.

Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzoring was facing off with Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov in Sunday’s bronze medal bout and appeared to have won, 7-6, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. Ganzoring went to celebrate with his coaches, but judges apparently docked him a point for leaving too early and another point somehow went up in favor of Navruzov.

The pair of Mongolian coaches erupted. One, Byambarenchin Bayoraa, removed his shirt and shoes in fury and slammed them to the ground in protest as he rushed toward the scorer’s table. The other coach, Tsenrenbataar Tsostbayar, went one better by removing his pants as well, making for a truly strange scene inside Carioca Arena 2.

Both refused to leave the mat and won the support of the crowd. Brazilian police ultimately had to step in and escort them out.

“The referees supported the Uzbek,” Bayoraa told the assembled Mongolian press.

Both the wrestling and boxing events have been mired in controversy in Rio. Several boxing judges were sent home amidst accusations of match fixing. Three wrestling officials were removed before the bronze medal match over a controversial decision that went against Puerto Rico’s Franklin Gomez, a decision that went in favor of Navruzov, the same wrestler who benefited on Sunday.

Simone Biles will serve as USA flag bearer for Olympic closing ceremony

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Simone Biles will receive one last honor at the Rio Olympics: she’ll be the U.S. flag bearer at Sunday’s closing ceremony.

The announcement was made Saturday morning via the U.S. Olympic Team’s Twitter account.

“It’s an incredible honor to be selected as the flag bearer by my Team USA teammates,” Biles said, via Team USA’s official website. “This experience has been the dream of a lifetime for me and my team and I consider it a privilege to represent my country, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics by carrying our flag. I also wish to thank the city of Rio de Janeiro, and the entire country of Brazil, for hosting an incredible Games.”

Biles becomes the first American female gymnast to receive the honor. She won four Olympic golds in Rio and got to meet her celebrity crush, so it’s safe to say she’s having a really good week.

U.S. men disqualified from 4×100 relay final

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On Friday, the U.S. women captured the gold meal in the 4×100 relay. Unfortunately, their counterparts were not as successful in the final of their race.

Heading into the men’s 4×100 relay final, Jamaica was understandably the favorite with a foursome led by Usain Bolt. However, the U.S. was fully expected to be on the medal podium and it looked like they would be immediately after the race ended, as Trayvon Bromell crossed the finish line in third place behind Jamaica and Japan.

A short time later, it was announced the U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago were both disqualified. Canada was elevated to third place as a result.

After review, it was determined the U.S. team passed the baton outside of the designated zone.

For the U.S. men, problems with baton exchanges in the 4×100 relay have reared their ugly head before. During the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the team was disqualified after Tyson Gay did not receive the baton from Darvis Patton. An illegal exchange between Gay and Mike Rodgers led to disqualification more recently in the final at the 2015 World Championships.