Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Olympic sports highlights: Day 6

American Harrison repeats as champ

An Olympic champion yet again, Kayla Harrison now has a chance to become an even bigger star. The American earned her second straight gold medal Thursday, winning the 78-kilogram category. After the bout, she was asked about turning her attention to a professional career in mixed martial arts. "I'm just going to focus on being two-time Olympic champion and decide about punching people in the face at a later date," said Harrison, a friend of MMA star Ronda Rousey. Harrison became the first American to defend an Olympic judo title when she forced Audrey Tcheumeo of France to tap out in the final. "This is my legacy," Harrison said. "I retire as a two-time Olympic champ, one of the greatest the sport has ever seen." Harrison said she plans planning to spend more time working on her foundation, Fearless, which aims to help victims of sexual abuse. Harrison endured years of sexual abuse by a previous judo coach.

Fiji gets nation's first gold

Fiji capped its men's domination over the past two years with a performance in the gold-medal game against a British team that was steamrollered. The final score was 43-7, giving Fiji its first Olympic medal. Osea Kolinisau scored the first of the first of Fiji's seven tries, fittingly for the long-time captain, by reaching calmly back over his head as he was rolled onto his back in a tackle to touch down in the corner. South Africa won the bronze medal with a 54-14 win over Japan. The United States finished ninth with a 24-12 win against Spain. Rugby was back in the Games for the first time since a 15-a-side tournament was played in 1924.

Two U.S. teams alive

Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena clinched the top spot in their group and a top seed in the knockout stage that begins today with a 21-13, 17-21, 24-22 win over an Italian team. They join top U.S. women's team Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, who also advanced through the pool play unbeaten. The other U.S. team that played on Thursday wasn't as lucky. Brooke Sweat and Lauren Fendrick took Russia to three sets before bowing out with an 0-3 record in pool play.

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Sports on TV/radio for Tuesday, June 19

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For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

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Kevin Kiermaier set to rejoin Rays Tuesday

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Barry Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals

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