Penalty costs Canadian judoka a chance at the podium

Judoka Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard was hoping to be on the podium in her first Olympics but a costly penalty saw her eliminated in her first match Monday. Beauchemin-Pinard took a shido for non-aggressiveness with 45 seconds left in her 57-kilogram bout with Hedvig Karakas of Hungary. That ended up being the difference in a tight match […]

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Five events to watch at the Rio Games on Tuesday

Depleted defence Canada’s women’s soccer team will be without star defender Kadeisha Buchanan when they take on Germany with top spot in Group F on the line. Canada is undefeated so far in Rio, but will face a stiff test from the world No. 2 Germans. Both teams have already qualified for the quarter-finals. (3 […]

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Women’s team could be new heroes for Brazilian soccer

On Sunday, Brazil’s women’s soccer team thrashed Sweden 5-1 in its second Olympic game – and Brazilian fans in the crowd broke out a new and heretical chant: “Marta is better than Neymar!” They were invoking the Brazilian captain Marta Vieira da Silva (known universally here just as Marta), widely considered the best female player […]

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Olympic swimmers will have to contend with a noisy pool

No matter where the Olympic Games are held, the swimming pool is supposed to be the same: It is 50 metres long, 25 metres wide, with 10 lanes and a few million litres of water. Wherever swimmers go, the athletes usually know exactly what’s waiting for them at competitions. Except in Rio de Janeiro. When […]

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Zimbabwe’s women’s soccer players are Mighty Warriors indeed

The members of the Zimbabwe women’s soccer team hold down day jobs when they are not moonlighting as the Mighty Warriors. Captain Felistas Muzongondi, a 30-year-old forward who plays club soccer for the Mwenezana Queens, is a clerical worker with a sugar manufacturer. Coach Shadreck Mlauzi is a physical education teacher and part-time national team […]

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