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US strikes gold early at Olympics...Solo set to reach milestone...US men's basketball team faces China



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RIO DE JANIERO (AP) — Virginia Thrasher has claimed the first gold medal of the Olympics, winning the women's 10-meter air rifle for the United States at the Rio Games. Thrasher beat two-time gold medalist Du Li of China by a single point.

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Goalkeeper Hope Solo is set to appear in her 200th game for the U.S. women's national team when they meet France in a group stage match at the Rio Games. She'll be the first goalkeeper in history to reach the milestone in international play.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Carmelo Anthony-led U.S. men's basketball team opens Olympic play against China today. He's surrounded by a star-studded line-up of NBA standouts that beat China by 49 and 50 points in two recent exhibitions.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg goes for a major-leading leading and career-high 16th win when he takes the mound for Washington against the Giants. The 15-1 right-hander has a 2.63 ERA and has allowed one run and six hits over 13 innings in his last two starts.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs' Jake Arrieta tries to get back to his winning ways when he gets the start for the Cubs against Oakland. The Cy Young Award winner has gone 0-3 in his last five starts for the NL Central-leaders, dropping him to 12-5.

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