US-Canada women's Olympic beach volleyball match marred by controversial challenge reversal; Twitter furious


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TOKYO (AP) — The scoreboard at the Shiokaze Park beach volleyball venue said: “Challenge successful. We're sorting it out,” Canada's Heather Bansley said on Sunday after winning a twice-reversed challenge to oust Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes 22-24, 21-18, 15-13. ... Associated PressAmericans ousted by Canada in Olympic beach volleyball

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US pair knocked out of Olympic beach volleyball. Claes and Sponcil entered the games as the hottest team in the world, but lost to Canada in the knockout round opener. TOKYO, Japan — The scoreboard at the Shiokaze Park beach volleyball venue said: “Challenge successful. ... And the Americans' survival was riding on it. KING5.comUS pair knocked out of Olympic beach volleyball

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Olympic champ Lee adds bronze on uneven bars

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TOKYO -- Sunisa Lee came to Japan to win a gold medal. And she did. Just not the one she really, really wanted.

The 18-year-old from Minnesota is a revelation on uneven bars, where her routines are an intricate series of connections and releases completed with so much ease it looks like she's making it all up on the fly.

Only she isn't. Her mastery is the result of years of hard work. She's one of the best in the world on it, and she showed it during the all-around final, where her electric set helped her edge Rebeca Andrade of Brazil and become the fifth straight American woman to claim the Olympic title.

Three days and a crush of fame later, she wasn't quite right. Admitting she'd become distracted by the attention surrounding her triumph, connections that typically come so easily were labored during Sunday's event finals, if they came at all. The result was a bronze-medal finish that left her disappointed.

Yes, the all-around title is great. She'll carry it with her for the rest of her life. But the bars are her jam. Only her long-anticipated showdown with Belgium star Nina Derwael never materialized. Leading off while wearing a dazzling crystal-laden blue leotard in the eight-woman final, Lee knew in the middle of her routine it wasn't going to be good enough to top the podium long before her 14.500 flashed across the scoreboard.

"Bars is something I really cherish," Lee said while wearing shoes borrowed from American teammate Jade Carey because she forgot the ones that come with the U.S. uniform back at the hotel. "So when I mess it up, it really sucks."

Even if Lee's definition of "mess it up" is different than most others. The bronze gave her a full rainbow of Olympic bling to go with the all-around gold and the silver she claimed in the team competition.

It's impressive by any stretch. It's also not quite what she came here for.

"It's really cool," Lee said. "I just wish the bronze medal was a (balance) beam medal, not bars."

Lee will get a chance to add to her stash in the beam final on Tuesday. A medal there would be a bit of a surprise. One on bars was almost a given. Though she earned one, she didn't put on a show while doing it. She thinks her inability to put down her phone the last few days had a little to do with it.

Her popularity has exploded in the 10 days since the Games began. She's added 950,000 followers on Instagram, a stunning 390% increase, including 365,000 since last Thursday.

It typically comes with the territory when you find yourself atop the podium after one of the marquee events at the Olympics. She just wasn't expecting it. She figured she would be vying for silver behind teammate Simone Biles. Then the 2016 Olympic champion pulled out of the all-around final to focus on her mental health, opening a door that Lee stepped through with a performance both graceful and gritty.

The two-plus days since her victory have been a whirlwind of interviews and social media mentions. It's a lot. At the moment, it's probably too much. Lee thinks she might delete Twitter until the competition is over.

Derwael gave Belgium its first-ever gold medal in women's gymnastics, the last bit of history on a night full of it.

Artem Dolgopyat of Israel gave his country only its second-ever gold in the Summer Games with a victory on pommel horse. Andrade - runner-up to Lee in the all-around - provided the first gymnastics gold for Brazil. Lee Chih-Kai's silver on pommel horse was the first for Taiwan after finishing behind two-time Olympic champion Max Whitlock of Britain.

Andrade's spectacular display on vault is all the more jarring considering she's already endured three reconstructive knee surgeries and didn't even qualify for the Games until early June. She gets so much air time from her block off the vaulting table it seems as if she's being dropped from the catwalk hanging above the podium at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.

"I don't really know what to say, I couldn't imagine myself up there on the podium," the 22-year-old Andrade said. "I think I matured a lot. I got better from the injuries."

Andrade's 15.083 average put her just ahead of MyKayla Skinner. The 24-year-old American didn't know if she would compete in the finals until Saturday afternoon after Biles opted out. She drilled both her Cheng and her Amanar then said goodbye to the sport from the medal stand. Already married, Skinner is retiring.

What a way to go out. Two years ago she re-entered the elite world after spending three years competing collegiately at Utah. She dealt with both COVID-19 and pneumonia during the pandemic and thought she was heading home early last week after failing to automatically qualify into any finals. Then Biles told her to stick around because she wasn't sure she was going to compete.

Skinner heard Biles' voice above the din during the finals, urging Skinner to a podium finish only she may have seen when she made her comeback official at the 2019 U.S. Championships.

"I think it's so cool to show that age is just a number and that anything is possible if you work hard and dream for it," Skinner said. "So I'm just so honored that I never gave up and have kept pushing for my dreams to get here."

Americans ousted by Canada in Olympic beach volleyball

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And the Americans' survival was riding on it.

“The referee just said, ’Wait, wait, wait. We’re sorting it out,” Canada’s Heather Bansley said on Sunday after winning a twice-reversed challenge to oust Sarah Sponcil and Kelly Claes 22-24, 21-18, 15-13.

“I think they’re just sort of working out some kinks,” said Bansley, a two-time Olympian who is paired with Brandie Wilkerson in Tokyo. “We trust the technology they have. At least you know the correct answer, and you work from there.”

After losing the first set and falling behind 10-4 in the second, the Canadians rallied to force a tiebreaking third set, first to 15 (must win by two points). They led 12-11 when Sponcil’s serve went past them and bounced off the sand.

The linesman’s ruling was that the ball was out, but the Americans challenged the call, using a system that was used in the Olympics for the first time in Rio de Janeiro. The close-up, slow motion replay on the stadium video board showed the ball had clearly missed the blue tape that signifies the court boundary.

But somewhere in the process of getting that information to the court, there was a glitch: The video board said the ball was out and the challenge was successful, which isn’t possible. A member of the Canadian delegation sitting in the mostly empty arena shouted, “It was out!”

The players complained to the referee, and the stadium announcer explained that the challenge would be reviewed again. The call was corrected, and instead of a 12-12 tie it was 13-11, with Canada leading.

Claes said she's never seen that before. (A team cannot appeal the decision in a challenge, but in this case the problem arose in communicating the decision to the players.)

“I thought it was in, and I mean, it sucks,” she said, noting that they blew a 10-4 lead in the second set. "It shouldn’t have even come down to that third set. We did such a good job in the second, and then just let them back in.”

Wilkerson, a first-time Olympian, knocked down a pass that got too close to the net for a triple set point, and they won it when she hit it over on the second shot to a wide open part of the court.

That ended the stay of Claes, 25, and Sponcil, 24 — the youngest American team ever to qualify for the Olympic beach volleyball tournament. They are both two-time NCAA champions — at UCLA and Southern California, respectively — and the first Olympians to come up through a U.S. college beach volleyball program that started in 2012.

They entered the games as the No. 3 ranked team in the world and certainly the hottest, winning the last two events of the pandemic-extended qualifying period to grab the second U.S. spot in Tokyo. In the process, they knocked out five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings.

And they would still be younger for the 2024 Paris Games than any the other American beach volleyball players in Tokyo are now.

“Huge learning moment for us," Claes said. "It sucks right now. It’s probably going to suck for a few weeks. But probably looking back I’ll for sure look at that and take that into account. But right now, like, it stinks."

In other round of 16 action on Sunday, the Brazilian team of Ana Patricia and Rebecca beat Wang Fan and Xia Xinyi of China. American pair Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena were set to meet Qatar in the afternoon.

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Influencer and ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Alum Hayes Grier Arrested on Robbery, Assault Charges

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According to public documents, the 21-year-old Grier (né Benjamin Grier) was detained Friday afternoon in Charlotte before being released overnight after posting a $17,500 bond.

Grier faces three separate charges: felony conspiracy, common law robbery and assault causing serious bodily injury. Authorities say the victim of the assault, William Markolf, suffered serious injuries, including brain damage.

The 21-year-old Grier found fame alongside his older brother, Nash Grier, on the now-defunct video-sharing platform Vine circa 2013. He’s amassed over 880,000 YouTube subscribers and 5.6 million Instagram followers.

In 2015, Grier became the youngest male contestant to compete on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” The then-15-year-old finished in eighth place on the show’s 21st season.

The eldest Grier brother is Carolina Panthers backup quarterback Will Grier. The family had its own reality show, “Top Grier,” on the Verizon Go90 app, which premiered in 2016 and lasted for three seasons, according to IMDb.

Grier is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Monday.

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