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08/08/2016 14:53 EDT | Updated 08/09/2017 01:12 EDT

The Latest: Australia wins 1st-ever rugby gold in Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO — The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):

7:35 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Australia has won the first gold medal for rugby sevens at the Olympics, beating archrival New Zealand 24-17 in the women's final Monday night.

The women's world series champions conceded an early try to Kayla McAlister but rallied with two tries before halftime and another two after the break to take a 24-5 lead.

Emma Tonegato's early equalizer for Australia was contentious after she appeared to fumble as she crashed over in the corner but referee Alhambra Nievas awarded it after checking with both assistant referees.

Evania Pelite scored in the corner on the stroke of halftime, moments after New Zealand star Portia Woodman was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on.

Ellia Green and Charlotte Caslick scored for the Australians before New Zealand cut the margin with late tries from McAlister and Woodman.

Ghislaine Landry led Canada to the bronze medal, scoring two tries and landing four conversions in a 33-10 win over Britain.

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7:30 p.m.

Japan is off to its best start in women's basketball in 20 years after routing host Brazil 82-66 Monday night for a second straight victory.

The Japanese didn't qualify in 2008 or 2012 and won only once in 2004. Now they are a win from matching their three victories in Atlanta when Japan went 3-5 and finished seventh.

Japan led 47-33 at halftime. The Japanese built that lead to as much as 27 in the third before Brazil went on a 12-4 run to get within 66-47, giving the home fans a reason to roar and stomp their feet. Mika Kurihara ended the run with her 3 with 1:15 left in the quarter.

Brazil never got closer than 16 the rest of the way, though fans stuck around and cheered to the final seconds.

Ramu Tokashiki, who plays for the WNBA's Seattle Storm, led Japan with 23.

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7:20 p.m.

Beach volleyball has been one of the top tickets at the Olympics, but the venue at Copacabana beach has been sprinkled liberally with empty seats.

With four matches per session, fans are apparently coming to see their favourite team and then leaving. Never was that more clear than Monday, following Brazil's three-set loss to Austria. With fans streaming out of the 12,000-seat venue, the public address announcer invited those staying behind to move down to better seats.

Another problem has been the late matches. Saturday's match featuring defending champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and her partner April Ross began at 12:34 a.m. Sunday morning. The times are set to draw maximum viewership in the United States, but the empty white seats look bad on TV.

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6:50 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: The Japanese men's gymnastics team is back on top at the Olympics.

Led by defending Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura, Japan topped Russia for gold in the men's team final on Monday afternoon. It's Japan's seventh Olympic title and first since 2004. The victory fills in on the one hole on Uchimura's resume. The six-time world champion has said for years an Olympic gold for his homeland is the only medal that matters to him.

Uchimura finished Japan's golden run with a supremely elegant set on floor exercise. He was visibly spent following his dismount, bending over and gasping for breath after saluting the crowd.

Russia edged two-time defending Olympic champion China for silver. Great Britain took fourth.

The U.S. team, which was second in qualifying, struggled early on floor exercise and a late rally wasn't enough as the Americans finished fifth.

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6:45 p.m.

Russia's Yana Egorian scored the final two points to stun teammate Sofya Velikaya 15-14 on Monday and win the gold medal in women's sabre fencing, the first such meeting between two Russians in 20 years.

Egorian's winning last touch left Velikaya, a two-time world champion, with back-to-back silver medals in the Olympics.

Ukraine's Olga Kharlan took bronze.

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6:30 p.m.

Ana Paula Rodrigues just can't stop scoring.

The star centre-back for Brazil's women's handball team scored 12 goals in the opening win Saturday over Olympic champion Norway — something no women's player had done at the Olympics since 2004 — and added eight more Monday as Brazil doubled up Romania 26-13.

The Brazilians are top of Group A with two wins after a game in which Romania was made to look nothing like the team which won bronze at last year's world championship. After Brazil wrapped up the win, Rodrigues danced in front of the crowd at the Future Arena.

Earlier Monday, Norway bounced back from the opening loss to Brazil in a 27-24 win over Spain but struggled with discipline, giving up seven power-plays.

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6 p.m.

China is 2-for-2 in Olympic diving, winning the men's 10-meter synchronized platform title.

Chen Aisen and Lin Yue dominated the event Monday, totalling 496.98 points.

Americans David Boudia and Steele Johnson earned silver with 457.11. Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow of Britain took bronze with 445.45, rallying from fifth place after the fourth of six rounds.

The Chinese have won 10-meter synchro in every Olympics since 2004 in Athens. Chen won gold in Beijing at age 17, but wasn't selected for the event four years ago in London.

China won its first diving gold of these games a day earlier in women's 3-meter synchro.

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6 p.m.

Americans Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson have lost to Austria 21-18, 21-18 in their second match of the Rio Olympics. Gibb is a two-time Olympian, finishing fifth at the last two Summer Games. The Americans fell to 1-1 in Rio with one match left in beach volleyball pool play.

In previous matches, the Austrian team of Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst beat Brazil's Alison and Bruno in three sets 23-21, 16-21, 15-13. The Qatari men beat Spain in three sets, Brazil's Agatha and Barbara beat Argentina in straight sets, and the Swiss women beat Australia in three sets.

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Japan's Shohei Ono has won the judo gold medal in the men's 73-kilogram division, defeating Azerbaijan's Rustam Orujov.

Ono is a two-time world champion and threw Orujov twice during their tightly contested final, including a match-ending ippon throw that finished the fight with more than one minute left on the clock.

It is Japan's first judo gold of the Rio Olympics after taking four bronze medals in the first two days of the competition.

Ono is a protege of 1984 Olympic champion Shinji Hosokawa and often favours a very traditional yet rarely seen style of judo, where he throws opponents from an upright standing position.

The two bronze medals were won by Belgium's Dirk Van Tichelt and Georgia's Lasha Shavdatuashvili, who was the Olympic champion in the 66-kilogram category before moving up a weight division.

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6 p.m.

Sukanya Srisurat and Pimsiri Sirikaew gave Thailand its first gold and silver medals in an Olympic event by going 1-2 on Monday in the women's 58-kilogram class at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Srisurat gave Thailand its second gold medal in women's weightlifting of the games. Sopita Tanasan opened the games with a gold in the women's 48-kilogram on Saturday, and Sinphet Kruaithong of Thailand became the first Thai male to win an Olympic weightlifting medal when he won bronze Sunday in the 53-kilogram.

Thailand has now won 11 medals in women's weightlifting.

In taking silver, Sirikaew became the third lifter to take multiple medals in the 58-kg. She also won silver in London four years ago.

Kuo Hsing-Chun of Taiwan won bronze — giving Taiwan its first Olympic medal in this class.

Srisurat set an Olympic record of 110-kilograms in the snatch on her way to the win. She lifted 130 kilos in clean and jerk for a total score of 240 kilograms.

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6 p.m.

Russia's biggest track and field star can't add to her two Olympic gold medals, but Yelena Isinbayeva is still heading to Rio.

After her latest attempt to overturn Russia's track and field doping ban was denied by a Swiss court Monday, the pole vaulter says she's given up on competing and is switching her attention to a bid to get elected to the International Olympic Committee.

Isinbayeva says on Instagram her "last hope to perform at the Olympic Games has disappeared" following the Swiss ruling, but she plans to travel to Rio anyway on Sunday to stand as an athletes' representative on the IOC.

If Isinbayeva fails to be elected by Olympic athletes, Russia would lose one of its three IOC spots, since current athletes' representative Alexander Popov's term ends in Rio.

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5:40 p.m

Australian rider Melissa Hoskins was taken from the Rio Olympics velodrome on a stretcher after her pursuit team crashed hard while doing a training effort at race speed.

The team of Hoskins, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker, Amy Cure and Annette Edmondson were at the end of the back straight when the crash occurred. Edmondson stayed on her bike as the other three riders fell hard onto the banked wooden track.

Cycling Australia spokeswoman Gennie Sheer tells The Associated Press that Hoskins was put in a back brace as a precaution and taken to a Rio de Janeiro hospital for further examination.

Ankudinoff, Baker and Cure walked off the track and were being treated for bruises and burns.

The team pursuit competition begins with qualifying on Thursday.

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5:40 p.m.

No elevator ride for Juan Martin del Potro this time, understandably. Just another victory in Olympic tennis.

A day after getting stuck for 40 minutes in an athletes' village elevator before upsetting No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Rio de Janeiro Games tournament's first round, del Potro was back on court Monday and produced a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory over Portugal's Joao Sousa with the help of 16 forehand winners.

That match started 15 1/2 hours after del Potro finished beating Djokovic in straight sets Sunday night. Earlier that day, the 6-foot-6 Argentine found himself trapped while trying to get from one floor to another — until getting rescued by countrymen competing in handball in Brazil.

Asked if he took an elevator before facing Sousa, del Potro replied with a laugh: "Not today."

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5:25 p.m.

Brazilian Robert Scheidt has won the second race in the Laser class on the opening day of the Olympic sailing regatta after finishing a disappointing 23rd in the opening race.

The 43-year-old Scheidt is trying to become the first Olympic sailor — and first Brazilian — to win six Olympic medals. He has two golds, two silvers and a bronze.

Scheidt is seventh overall. Charlie Buckingham of Newport Beach, California, is 12th after finishes of 20th and seventh.

Scheidt's wife, Gintare, who represents Croatia, won the second race in the women's Laser Radial and is 21st overall.

Paige Railey of Clearwater, Florida, is seventh after finishes of 15th and second.

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5:20 p.m.

Rafaela Silva has won Brazil's first gold medal of the Rio Olympics.

In the final of the women's 57-kilogram division, Silva delivered what her judo compatriots on the first two days of competition could not: victory.

Silva is the country's first female world judo champion.

Fighting against Mongolia's top-ranked Sumiya Dorjsuren, Silva flipped Dorjsuren just over a minute into the contest. It was ultimately enough to win.

Silva left the mat in tears as she embraced her coach.

Silva was in top form for much of the day, including a quick 46-second win over her first opponent in which she managed to throw her twice.

She is from Brazil's largest slum, or favela, and trained at a judo dojo founded by former Olympic bronze medallist Flavio Canto.

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4:50 p.m.

Australia has improved to 2-0 in men's basketball, beating Serbia 95-80 in another impressive performance.

Patty Mills scored 26 points and Matthew Dellavedova had 23 points and 13 assists for the Australians, who have opened the Olympics by beating France and Serbia, two of the top teams in the world.

Australia plays the top-ranked U.S. next on Wednesday.

Miroslav Raduljica scored 25 points and Milos Teodosic had 17 for Serbia, which fell to 1-1.

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4:45 p.m.

UConn Huskies women's basketball players have shown they can deliver in the clutch and Kia Nurse stepped up Monday, scoring 25 points off Canada's bench as the Canadians rallied to stun Serbia 71-67 after trailing by 18 in the third quarter.

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe's three-point play put Canada ahead to stay, 68-67 with 48.4 left, to finish off the amazing rally.

Against Serbia, the Canadians (2-0) needed Nurse, a guard who will be a junior at UConn this fall. She scored 10 in the first half and nine more in the third when Canada trailed 52-34.

Fans kept chanting "Ca-na-da" as the Canadians simply smothered and outscored Serbia 26-10 in the fourth quarter.

Serbia (0-2) will regret this missed opportunity in its Olympic debut. Jelena Milanovic scored 19 points, and Sonja Petrovic had 15.

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4:20 p.m.

World series champion Australia and longtime women's rugby front-runner New Zealand will play off for the first rugby sevens gold ever awarded at the Olympics after convincing semifinal wins.

Australia beat Canada 17-5 on Monday before New Zealand scored five tries in a 25-7 win over Britain, with Portia Woodman crossing for her second hat-trick of the tournament and the British reduced to five players for two minutes.

Emilee Cherry scored twice in the first half for Australia and Chloe Dalton made it 17-0 when she dived over in the left corner before Charity Williams scored a consolation try for Canada.

New Zealand's world series-leading tryscorer Woodman beat two defenders to score in the second minute. Britain hit back after a turnover to take the lead at 7-5 but then conceded a try and lost two players on consecutive penalties just before halftime.

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4:15 p.m.

Croatia's Josip Glasnovic has captured gold in men's trap at the Rio Olympics after defeating Italy's Giovanni Pellielo in final match that went to a shoot-off.

Glasnovic and Pellielo each hit 13 of 15 targets in the gold medal match and were on the mark with their first three in the shoot-off.

Shooting first, Pellielo missed on his fourth shot. Glasnovic calmly hit his fourth and triumphantly raised his gun in the air as pink dust from the target still blew in the gusting wind.

The loss in the gold medal match adds to Pellielo's near misses. The world record holder has a pair of silver medals and a bronze in trap, but no gold.

Great Britain's Edward Ling hit 13 of 15 targets to beat David Kostelecky of Czech Republic in the bronze medal match for his first medal in three Olympics.

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4 p.m.

IOC President Thomas Bach says he will try again to prevent any athlete who has received a serious doping sanction from competing in future Olympics.

Bach tells The Associated Press that "I don't give up" and the International Olympic Committee will attempt for a third time to enact a rule barring former drug cheats from the games.

Such a rule has been struck down twice by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on grounds that it punishes an athlete twice for the same offence.

The IOC decided not to ban the entire Russian team from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Instead, it sought to exclude all Russians with previous doping sanctions, but the measure was rejected by CAS.

Bach says he will push the issue again during a review of the global anti-doping system after the Rio Games.

He says: "I'll make another try. We have lost twice. That encourages us to try a third time."

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3:30 p.m.

NBC announcer Al Trautwig says he regrets tweeting that the adoptive mother and father of American gymnastics star Simone Biles were not her parents.

Trautwig had been scolded by a woman on Twitter Sunday for not referring to Ron and Nellie Biles as the 19-year-old gymnast's parents. Ron Biles, her maternal grandfather and his wife Nellie adopted Simone and her sister after they spent time in foster care.

NBC ordered Trautwig to delete his tweet that said Ron and Nellie Biles "may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents."

The tweet angered advocates for adoption. Trautwig said on Monday, "to set the record straight, Ron and Nellie are Simone's parents."

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3:20 p.m.

Rio de Janeiro police say Namibia's flag bearer has been arrested for sexual assault, four days after another Olympic boxer was accused of sexually attacking two housekeepers in the Olympic Village.

Authorities say a housekeeper told police she was assaulted by 22-year-old Jonas Junius, a boxer who competes in light-middleweight division. Junius was set to fight with French boxer Hassan Amzile on Thursday.

Calls and emails to Namibia's embassy seeking comment were not answered.

Brazilian law classifies as rape any sexual-related assault. They are punished with 6 to 10 years of prison.

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3:10 p.m.

There are problems everywhere for Kenya at the Olympics and none of its big stars have set foot on an athletics track in Rio de Janeiro yet.

The Kenyan athletics federation turned on the Olympic committee on Monday, blaming it for the travel problems that left javelin world champion Julius Yego without a plane ticket to Rio and caused another world champion, runner Asbel Kiprop, to book his own flights.

Athletics Kenya said the travel issues were "solely a mistake" of the Olympic committee.

That followed news on Sunday that Kenya was sending track and field team manager Michael Rotich home to face a police investigation after allegations he told undercover reporters that he could give athletes advance warning about doping tests in exchange for money.

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3:10 p.m.

Olympic organizers are scrambling to get new Chinese flags manufactured after a design fault was spotted in the opening days of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Only the eagle-eyed would spot the problem on the five-starred red Chinese flag.

The four smaller yellow stars are meant to be slightly tilted so they point toward the heart of the big star. On the Rio version, they are straight and orientated parallel with the big star.

Rio organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said the flag used at the Olympics was approved by China before being produced.

Andrada pointed out "you have to be very familiar with the Chinese flag to understand" the problem.

However, a Brazilian company is now making new flags and Andrada says "the first flags should be delivered here shortly ... as quick as possible."

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AP Summer Games website: http://summergames.ap.org