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A series of sweeps went down on an eventful Sunday triple-header in the 2021 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference.
A mortar shell struck a taxi in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province on Sunday, killing at least five civilians including two children, an Afghan official said. Provincial police spokesman Jamal Naser Barekzai blamed the Taliban for the attack, although the militants denied responsibility. Both the Taliban and the government routinely blame each other for attacks on civilians in the capital Kabul and elsewhere.
Myanmar's junta chief said Sunday that elections would be held and a state of emergency lifted by August 2023, extending the military's initial timeline given when it deposed Aung San Suu Kyi six months ago.
Families abandoned their homes in droves, air strikes rained down on neighbourhoods and bodies filled the streets as the Taliban took their fight to Afghanistan's cities over the weekend, starting a new bloody chapter in the country's long war.
In most ways, Jalue Dorje is a typical American teen — he grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis, loving football, Pokémon and rap music. Since that recognition, he’s spent much of his life training to become a monk, memorizing sacred scriptures (often rewarded by his dad with Pokémon cards), practicing calligraphy and learning the teachings of Buddha. After graduation in 2025, he’ll head to northern India to join the Mindrolling Monastery, more than 7,200 miles (11,500 kilometers) from his home in Columbia Heights.
There was no joy in the process for Caeleb Dressel. A virtual cocoon of an Olympics, cut off from his wife, family and friends back in Florida. Arriving in Tokyo as one of the games' most-hyped athletes, Dressel met the moment with one scintillating performance after another.
The U.S. and Spain played for Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012, then in the semifinals in 2016. The three-time reigning Olympic champion Americans will face reigning World Cup champion Spain in the quarterfinals of the men’s tournament at the Tokyo Games on Tuesday, a matchup of teams that finished second in their respective groups at the Olympics. Spain fell outside of the seeded pool, and knew it had exposed itself to a potential matchup with the U.S., by losing the group-play finale to Slovenia on Sunday.
Extreme heat and humidity were major issues during the tennis competition at the Tokyo Olympics, and the sport’s governing body said Sunday that it needs more competition days at future Games to provide better rest and care for its players. The goal is an extended competition schedule with two more days for the next Olympics in Paris in three years, when tennis will be contested on the hallowed red-clay courts of Roland Garros — home of the French Open. “What we really need is 11 days and more rest for the players,” International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty said.
Alexander Zverev said that "nothing is bigger" than winning an Olympic gold medal after brushing aside Karen Khachanov to take the men's singles title in Tokyo on Sunday.
American swimmer Lilly King doubled down on criticism of Russian athletes hours after the president of the Russian Olympic Committee said his teams' medals are the “best answer” to critics who questioned why the country is allowed to compete following doping scandals. “There are a lot of people here that should not be here,” said King, who won a silver and a bronze medal in Tokyo. King made her statements seated next to Ryan Murphy, another U.S. swimmer who seemed to take aim this week at a country that has repeatedly run afoul of doping rules.
Two rare Sumatran tigers at the zoo in the Indonesian capital are recovering after being infected with COVID-19. Nine-year-old Tino became ill with shortness of breath, sneezing, and a runny nose on July 9. Swabs were taken and results came back positive for COVID-19, Suzi Marsitawati from the Jakarta Parks and Forestry Agency said in a statement on Sunday.
Luka Doncic's winning streak with Slovenia will carry right into the Olympic quarterfinals. Spain's streak of Olympic medals is in serious jeopardy, with a quarterfinal date with the U.S. looming. Doncic just missed the first triple-double in the Olympics in nine years and the Slovenians edged Spain 95-87 on Sunday in a tense and important final game of men's group play.
Two Sumatran tigers were recovering at a Jakarta zoo after being infected with coronavirus, Indonesian officials said Sunday, as they probed how the critically endangered animals got sick.
Any sporting event is, at its heart, a show. At their halfway point, the Tokyo Olympics are still grappling with the fact that in that equation, the middle group — those spectators on the scene who cheer, gin up enthusiasm and add texture to the proceedings — couldn't come. The Japan organizing committee's president, Seiko Hashimoto, thinks it will.
Alexander Zverev produced a comeback win over top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. The fifth-ranked German earned Olympic gold in style. Zverev overwhelmed Russian opponent Karan Khachanov 6-3, 6-1 at the Tokyo Games on Sunday for the biggest title of his career.
Iran's outgoing president on Sunday acknowledged his nation at times “did not tell part of the truth” to its people during his eight-year tenure, as he prepares to leave office with his signature nuclear deal with world powers in tatters and tensions high with the West. President Hassan Rouhani's comments, aired on state television, come as officials in his government have appeared rudderless in recent months amid a series of crises ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to parching droughts fueling public protests. After appearing just days earlier to be lectured by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei about their failures in the nuclear negotiations, Rouhani's remarks appeared aimed at acknowledging the problems his government faced in its waning hours.
Cambodia began a roll out of Covid-19 vaccinations for teenagers in its capital Phnom Penh and three provinces Sunday, with Premier Hun Sen's grandchildren among the first to get the jab.
US swim star Caeleb Dressel rejected comparisons with Olympic greats Michael Phelps and Mark Spitz after claiming his fifth Tokyo gold on Sunday, revealing he was "terrified" by the pressure to perform in Japan.
Chinese cities rolled out mass testing of millions of people and imposed fresh travel restrictions as health authorities battled Sunday to contain the country's most widespread coronavirus outbreak in months.
Residents of the Austrian capital have queued for more than 130 years to sample the Italian ice cream of the Molin-Pradel family, one of Vienna's oldest gelato dynasties.
The tradition continues. Luis Scola goes to the Olympics, and Argentina goes to the quarterfinals. Scola is the fourth men's player to be assured of playing for team that finished eighth or better in five different Olympics, joining Australia's Andrew Gaze and the Spain duo of Pau Gasol and Rudy Fernandez.
Japan's northern Hokkaido region was supposed to offer cooler climes for next week's Olympic marathons and race walks, but now the area is battling a heatwave.
What's under foot, though, might have been a factor when Elaine Thompson-Herah broke a 33-year-old Olympic record in the women's 100 meters. Runners are certainly on track to setting personal, Olympic and possibly even world-record times over the next week at the Tokyo Games. The brick-red track is made by Mondo, a company that's been around since 1948 and has been the supplier for 12 Olympic Games.