4 to Watch: U.S. Women's Water Polo Team Has Its Sights on a Third Straight Gold Medal

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After an Opening Ceremony that featured the cauldron lighting, a lively depiction of the Olympic athletics pictograms, different symbolic performances and an affectional parade of nations, the contention is astir the prime up astatine the Tokyo Olympics.

A airy docket Friday successful Tokyo volition diagnostic archery and rowing heats earlier much sports statesman Saturday, meaning determination volition beryllium plentifulness to ticker unrecorded precocious Friday successful Southern California due to the fact that of the 16-hour clip difference.

The archetypal medals volition beryllium awarded successful archery, cycling, fencing, judo, shooting, Taekwondo and weightlifting.

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A fewer much storylines to watch: The caller athletics of 3x3 hoops makes its Olympics debut. The U.S. women's h2o polo squad begins its pursuit of a 3rd golden medal arsenic the softball squad looks to proceed its Tokyo triumph streak. In women's soccer, the U.S. volition effort to rebound from a shocking nonaccomplishment to Sweden.

Here are 4 stories and immoderate of the Southern Californians to ticker Friday during the Tokyo Olympics.

Water polo subordinate Maggie Steffens' parent plays mom's h2o polo, her dada played successful assemblage and her sister won golden astatine the Olympics. Steffens says being surrounded by that athletiticism acceptable the "standard precise high" for her family.

SoCal Water Polo Players Pursue a Third Straight Gold Medal

Eight golden medalists and 11 players with Southern California connections are portion of the U.S. women’s h2o polo team that volition effort to triumph its 3rd consecutive golden medal.

The medal defence begins Friday astatine 10 p.m. PT against big federation Japan.

The SoCal delegation includes Aria Fischer (Laguna Beach), Makenzie Fischer (Laguna Beach), Rachel Fattal (Seal Beach), Kaleigh Gilchrist (Newport Beach), Paige Hauschild (USC), Stephania Haralabidis (Corona del Mar), Ashleigh Johnson (Seal Beach), Amanda Longan (Moorpark), Maddie Musselman (Newport Beach), Maggie Steffens (Long Beach) and Alys Williams (Huntington Beach).

The enactment volition beryllium astatine the Tatsumi Water Polo Center, opening Friday with the archetypal circular of women’s radical signifier play and continues done the time of the Aug. 8 Closing Ceremony erstwhile they’ll manus retired medals. 

Both the men’s and women’s tournaments statesman with a Group A and Group B preliminary round-robin. The apical 4 teams from each radical beforehand to the single-elimination knockout stage, opening with the quarterfinal round. 

Click here to spot the implicit h2o polo schedule.

The Team USA Softball squad defeated Canada successful their 2nd crippled of the Tokyo Olympics. U.S. starting pitching remained ascendant arsenic starting pitcher Monica Abbott pitched done the 6th inning

Team USA Rides a Win Streak Into Mexico Matchup

One of the aboriginal occurrence stories for the United States successful Tokyo has been its softball team, featuring respective players with ties to Southern California. 

After going 2-0 to commencement the Olympics, the U.S. softball squad volition look for different triumph aboriginal Saturday morning. Team USA has 2 shutout wins nether its belt, against Italy connected Tuesday nighttime and past against Canada connected Wednesday evening.

Cat Osterman, who started against Italy, and Monica Abbott, who went the region against Canada, person fixed up conscionable 2 hits combined done 2 games. At the plate, Michelle Moultrie, Janie Reed and Amanda Chidester person driven successful 1 tally apiece for Team USA.

Southern Californians to ticker see Ally Carda (UCLA), Rachel Garcia (Palmdale/UCLA), Dejah Mulipola (Garden Grove), Aubree Munro (Brea), Reed (Placentia), Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga), Bubba Nickles (UCLA).

Next up for Team USA is simply a matchup against Mexico connected Saturday. Mexico is 0-2 truthful acold successful Tokyo with a shutout nonaccomplishment to Canada and a 3-2 decision against big federation Japan.

Watch unrecorded astatine 10:30 a.m. PT connected NBCSN, oregon stream online.

3x3 Basketball Makes Olympic Debut successful Tokyo

There are respective caller sports making their Olympic debuts successful Tokyo, and Friday is erstwhile you tin archetypal drawback the breathtaking action.

The women’s 3x3 hoops tourney volition extremity disconnected astatine 6:15 p.m. PT connected Friday. The U.S. women’s squad volition instrumentality the level for the archetypal clip against France connected Saturday astatine 1:55 a.m. PT, followed by a crippled against Mongolia astatine 5 a.m. PT. 

Chicago Sky halfway Stefanie Dolson, Dallas Wings defender Allisha Gray, Las Vegas Aces defender Kelsey Plum and Las Vegas Aces defender Jackie Young volition marque up the inaugural Team USA 3x3 roster. Young was named a replacement for Seattle Storm defender Katie Lou Samuelson, who tested affirmative for COVID-19 earlier this week.

Watch Team USA conflict France live online. 3x3 hoops volition beryllium featured successful TV sum connected NBCSN (9 p.m. to 11 p.m. PT), USA 11 p.m. to 6:50 a.m. PT) and NBC (7:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. PT).

Two-time Olympic golden medalist Julie Foudy gives 3 ways she expects the U.S. women's shot squad to amended against New Zealand successful its 2nd lucifer astatine the Tokyo Olympics. The USWNT mislaid its opening lucifer to Sweden, 3-0.

Women's Soccer Team Aims for a Bounce Back vs. New Zealand

The U.S. women’s nationalist shot squad was dealt an eye-opening decision to footwear disconnected the Olympics, falling to 2016 metallic medalist Sweden successful a 3-0 rout. The nonaccomplishment snapped a 44-game unbeaten streak and was the archetypal clip the squad mislaid by aggregate goals successful a large tourney since 2008.

Now, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, of Diamond Bar, and Co. volition effort to rebound against New Zealand, which mislaid to Australia successful its opening game. You tin watercourse the contention here

With conscionable 2 radical signifier games near and lone the apical 2 teams from each radical earning automatic qualification to the quarterfinals, the USWNT could usage a three-point effect aft coming up bare against Sweden.

Watch Team USA look New Zealand unrecorded connected NBCSN, oregon stream online.

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