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Rain washes out tennis, rowing

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The sky darkened Wednesday as the sun-splashed Olympics gave way to gray clouds and drenching rain.

Near-constant rain forced the postponement of all 26 tennis matches that were scheduled — none of the nine courts has a roof — and in rowing, 22 races, including the first two medal races, were postponed.

In tennis, the rain created a logjam of matches in a competition that was scheduled to end Sunday. But the schedule has an extra day built in on Monday in case it ends up being needed.

Today's schedule was expected to include all the women's quarterfinals, in which American Madison Keys meets Russia's Daria Kasatkina.

Rowing was called off for a second time this week; the first time was due to high winds. International federation director Matt Smith said there still was room in the schedule to end the competition on time without having to resort to drastic measures, even if racing is also called off today.

Douglas explains podium stance: Gabby Douglas said she "meant no disrespect" and apologized if anyone was offended because she didn't put her hand over her heart as did the other four members of the U.S. women's gymnastics team as they received their gold medals and listened to the national anthem after the team final Tuesday.

Douglas received critical reactions on Twitter. "I always stand at attention out of respect for our country whenever the national anthem is played," Douglas, who also won team and all-around gold at the 2012 Games, wrote on Twitter. "I never meant any disrespect and apologize if I offended anyone."

There are no team rules for podium behavior, other than standing at attention and looking at the flag, and Douglas isn't the first U.S. gold medal winner to not place her hand over her heart.

Rain washes out tennis, rowing 08/10/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 10:29pm]
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