National pride is at the forefront of everything the Americans do, so it was rare to see the Stars and Stripes turn on one of their own in the middle of this global sporting event. Wang Shanshan had been given a red card, picking up her second yellow after an hour-she was only on the pitch for nine minutes-making China's task even harder.
She is next scheduled compete in the 50-meter freestyle on Saturday, the website says. Controversies over doping overshadowed the build-up to Rio and, far from dying down as events got under way, have flared anew as United States and Australian competitors have branded their Russian and Chinese rivals as drug cheats.
Women's 200M Backstroke FinalMaya DiRado prevented Hungary's Katinka Hosszu from winning her fourth individual gold medal of the 2016 Games by taking home her first individual gold medal of the week. The 25-year-old was so devastated after she failed to qualify that she considered turning her back on the pool for good. "It feels like gold that I'm after her", she said of Ledecky.
Rodriguez drove in a run with a bases-loaded dribbler, capping a three-run rally in the eighth inning that lifted the New York Yankees over the Red Sox 4-2 on Thursday night and sent New York's polarizing designated hitter out of Boston with one last victory.
The Rio Olympics 2016 gold Medalist Ledecky, despite her phenomenal performance in the 400-meter freestyle, remained candid and humble. In 2012, Ledecky, 15, was a relative unknown outside the swimming world when she rocked Olympic trials to win the 800 and then capped it off with a gold-medal performance/dominance in London.
Ozil led the Premier League in assists last season with 19 - one short of Thierry Henry's single season record - while Sanchez was the Gunners' leading scorer in his first season in the Premier League, but struggled with injuries in the previous campaign.