When Britain’s women’s rugby sevens side run out on Saturday to play Brazil, they will be creating their own small slice of Olympic history but for the tight-knit squad, most of whom have been training together since 2014 following the decision of the Rugby Football Union to make a priority of the newly included sport over the 15-a-side game, the honour of being the first British Olympic rugby representatives for 108 years is only the start of their ambitions. Emily Scarratt, the captain who won the World Cup with England in 2014, believes her British side can win gold after emerging from a group that also contains Japan and a tough test in Canada. “You don’t go to an Olympics aiming for anything other than gold. There are probably six to eight teams who are genuinely thinking the same thing. We’ve got to perform consistently and be on the top of our game,” said Scarratt, the top points-scorer in that memorable World Cup triumph. Claire Allen, a … [Read more...] about Britain’s rugby sevens in Rio can be boon for women’s game, says Emily Scarratt
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(CNN)The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are just a year away, and it's looking like Team USA will top the medal count again. Using results from previous Olympics, World Championships and World Cups, Gracenote Sports -- a sports data company -- has complied a virtual Olympic medal table which puts the US at the top for what would be the seventh consecutive Summer Games. Follow @cnnsport The Tokyo Olympics will take place from July 24 to August 9, and, according to Gracenote, the US is expected to win 126 medals (51 gold, 34 silver and 41 bronze), which is 45 more than the predictions for China in second place. Every host nation this century has received a medal boost, so it's perhaps unsurprising that Japan is expected to increase its medal tally. But Japan's improvement is projected to be a remarkable 63% compared to four years ago, which would put it third place with 67 medals. According to Gracenote, Japan will challenge the record currently held by Spain for the biggest … [Read more...] about Tokyo 2020: Team USA predicted to have another bumper Olympics
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Molly Solomon began her career at NBC Sports as a researcher for its Olympics coverage. Nearly 30 years later, she will lead its coverage. NBC announced on Tuesday that it has promoted Solomon to executive president and producer of the network’s Olympics unit, becoming the first woman to be an executive producer for a network sports division. Solomon succeeds Jim Bell, who announced Nov. 4 he was leaving the network. She will continue to be executive producer at GOLF Channel, a position she has held since 2012. “I have three loves in my professional life; it’s sports television, the Olympics and golf, so I feel really very fortunate to be able to combine them,” Solomon said during a conference call Tuesday. “I really feel like I’m returning to my roots at NBC Olympics. “My first job out of college nearly 30 years ago was as an Olympic researcher. So over the next 22 years I really climbed the production ladder at NBC … [Read more...] about Molly Solomon promoted to lead NBC Olympics coverage
FIBA made a mess of World Cup qualifying moving the games from the summer to during the season for the NBA and all the major European leagues. The USA qualified thanks to a team of G-League players coached by Jeff Van Gundy, but the process was not pretty. For anyone. Now it could be another FIBA decision that has led to the rash of stars — James Harden, Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard, and others — deciding not to play for Team USA this summer. Traditionally, the FIBA World Cup took place every four years, on the even-numbered year between Summer Olympic cycles. For example, the last World Cup was 2014, the Rio Olympics were 2016 with the Tokyo games in 2020. However, FIBA pushed this World Cup back a year to 2019 (instead of 2018) and that has changed the calculus for players, something Michael Lee of The Athletic speculated about. Players will always found reasons to withdraw from Team USA but FIBA’s decision to move the World Cup to the summer before … [Read more...] about Is FIBA’s decision to move World Cup to year before Olympics reason for USA drop outs?
It takes a brave man to ignore the advice of his future mother-in-law ahead of the wedding day. But that’s exactly what Mike Tindall did when Princess Anne told him to get his nose fixed. Once described as “a relief map of the Pennines”, the eight-times broken conk has its own Facebook appreciation page and has even been mocked by the Queen. Now – four years after marrying Zara Phillips – Rugby Union World Cup winner Mike is finally on the verge of having that wrecked schnoz straightened. Despite a burgeoning TV career, the 36-year-old insists the operation is for health, not vanity, reasons. But he admits he and Zara cannot go anywhere without him – and said appendage – being spotted. “Depending on where we go, getting recognised is actually probably worse for me because of the nose,” he says. “I don’t really want to get it fixed but it looks like I might have to because I can’t actually breathe very well. I guess … [Read more...] about Mike Tindall on Zara and life after rugby: I’m finally fixing my nose because I can’t breathe properly