Tokyo Olympics Day 7: Athletes struggle in extreme heat; Penny Oleksiak going for medal in 100m freestyle; Canadians in finals for rowing, distance running

The latest Olympics news from Tokyo and around the world on Thursday. Web links to longer stories if available:7:30 p.m.: Videos of Suni Lee’s family reacting to the U.S. gymnast winning a gold medal in the Olympics all-around competition went viral on Twitter this week, with fellow Olympians, celebrities and viewers at home cheering alongside Lee’s joyful family.7:15 p.m.: Brazilian gymnast Rebeca Andrade takes all-around silver at Tokyo Olympics. It is Brazil's first medal of any color in the all-around.6:30 p.m.: Fiji’s second consecutive gold medal in rugby sevens may be more meaningful than its first. That’s saying something, considering the team’s first win, at Rio 2016, meant so much that the country produced the world’s first $7 banknote to commemorate it, writes the Star’s Laura Armstrong in her newest Olympics roundup. Here’s what else is in the news: Australian Jessica Fox uses a condom to fix her kayak; Justin Bieber gives Simone Biles kudos; and Chinese shooter Yang Qian has two gold medals (and a killer sense of style).6:30 p.m.: Here are a few of the events that Team Canada is competing in tonight.Rowing, women’s eights, 9:05 p.m. ETDrew Mechielsen competes in the BMX racing semifinal, 9:15 p.m. ETDefending champion Penny Oleksiak will compete in the 100-metre freestyle final, 10 p.m. ET. If she wins, she’ll become Canada’s most decorated Olympian. Rosie MacLennan will compete in trampoline, starts at midnight ETRunner Mohammed Ahmed will compete in the 10,000-metre final, 7:30 a.m. ET on Friday 6 p.m.: At the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Star columnist Rosie DiManno had $10,000 cash, a phoney press pass and a last-minute bed at a heavenly country inn. The experience of Tokyo 2020 is nothing like the same — it couldn’t be, she writes.The latest from Rosie DiManno in Tokyo: An Olympics in Japan can be wonderful (even if these Games aren’t)5 p.m.: The 2020 Olympics are shaping up to be one of the hottest on record as daily highs regularly exceed 30C and humidity packs an extra punch.Said Russian Olympic Committee tennis player Daniil Medvedev, during a Tuesday fixture: “I can finish the match, but I can die,” he told the chair umpire in front of cameras after being asked if he could continue playing.Earlier in the week, Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa had to leave her quarterfinal match in a wheelchair. Last Friday, Russian archer Svetlana Gomboeva collapsed in the Tokyo heat during a qualifying round. 4 p.m.: Star columnist Rick Salutin writes: The distress experienced by US gymnast Simone Biles stems from a situation: Olympics culture in its 2021 version. There’s a shabbiness to these games in particular: the issue isn’t just empty arenas, it’s a sense that they’re only being held to avoid financial losses and serve the egos and careers of pols and sportsocrats against the unmistakably expressed opposition of the host population.The athletes feel real pain and deserve support and relief, but you don’t want to use mental healthification to let the source of that pain off the hook.4 p.m.: On today’s episode of Tokyo Daily, Brendan Dunlop chats with the Star’s Dave Feschuk in Tokyo about the atmosphere of these Olympic Games, the success of Canadian women on the Olympic stage and what that might mean for funding and development going forward. And as track and field gets underway with a COVID scare, there are a few Canadian men looking to get on the podium in Tokyo.3:30 p.m.: San Marino is considered the world’s oldest republic. On Thursday, it added another title that could one day become a trivia answer: the least populous nation to win an Olympic medal.One can only imagine the celebration that Alessandra Perilli will receive when she returns to the independent nation of 34,000 people in the foothills of Italy’s Apennine Mountains after claiming bronze in women’s trap shooting.Previously: American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks tests positive for COVID-19 and withdraws from Games; Mohammed Ahmed and Justyn Knight among the favourites for medals in distance running; Canadian rowers Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens took bronze in women’s pair; Women’s basketball team defeats South Korea, 74-53; Swimmers just miss the podium in 4x200 freestyle relay, but Penny Oleksiak has another shot at becoming Canada’s most decorated Olympian ever. For a full write-up of what you missed on Day 6 of the Tokyo Olympics, click here.For full coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, click here.

Tokyo Olympics Day 7: Athletes struggle in extreme heat; Penny Oleksiak going for medal in 100m freestyle; Canadians in finals for rowing, distance running

The latest Olympics news from Tokyo and around the world on Thursday. Web links to longer stories if available:

7:30 p.m.: Videos of Suni Lee’s family reacting to the U.S. gymnast winning a gold medal in the Olympics all-around competition went viral on Twitter this week, with fellow Olympians, celebrities and viewers at home cheering alongside Lee’s joyful family.

7:15 p.m.: Brazilian gymnast Rebeca Andrade takes all-around silver at Tokyo Olympics. It is Brazil's first medal of any color in the all-around.

6:30 p.m.: Fiji’s second consecutive gold medal in rugby sevens may be more meaningful than its first.

That’s saying something, considering the team’s first win, at Rio 2016, meant so much that the country produced the world’s first $7 banknote to commemorate it, writes the Star’s Laura Armstrong in her newest Olympics roundup.

Here’s what else is in the news: Australian Jessica Fox uses a condom to fix her kayak; Justin Bieber gives Simone Biles kudos; and Chinese shooter Yang Qian has two gold medals (and a killer sense of style).

6:30 p.m.: Here are a few of the events that Team Canada is competing in tonight.

  • Rowing, women’s eights, 9:05 p.m. ET

  • Drew Mechielsen competes in the BMX racing semifinal, 9:15 p.m. ET

  • Defending champion Penny Oleksiak will compete in the 100-metre freestyle final, 10 p.m. ET. If she wins, she’ll become Canada’s most decorated Olympian.

  • Rosie MacLennan will compete in trampoline, starts at midnight ET

  • Runner Mohammed Ahmed will compete in the 10,000-metre final, 7:30 a.m. ET on Friday

6 p.m.: At the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Star columnist Rosie DiManno had $10,000 cash, a phoney press pass and a last-minute bed at a heavenly country inn. The experience of Tokyo 2020 is nothing like the same — it couldn’t be, she writes.

The latest from Rosie DiManno in Tokyo: An Olympics in Japan can be wonderful (even if these Games aren’t)

5 p.m.: The 2020 Olympics are shaping up to be one of the hottest on record as daily highs regularly exceed 30C and humidity packs an extra punch.

Said Russian Olympic Committee tennis player Daniil Medvedev, during a Tuesday fixture: “I can finish the match, but I can die,” he told the chair umpire in front of cameras after being asked if he could continue playing.

Earlier in the week, Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa had to leave her quarterfinal match in a wheelchair. Last Friday, Russian archer Svetlana Gomboeva collapsed in the Tokyo heat during a qualifying round.

4 p.m.: Star columnist Rick Salutin writes: The distress experienced by US gymnast Simone Biles stems from a situation: Olympics culture in its 2021 version.

There’s a shabbiness to these games in particular: the issue isn’t just empty arenas, it’s a sense that they’re only being held to avoid financial losses and serve the egos and careers of pols and sportsocrats against the unmistakably expressed opposition of the host population.

The athletes feel real pain and deserve support and relief, but you don’t want to use mental healthification to let the source of that pain off the hook.

4 p.m.: On today’s episode of Tokyo Daily, Brendan Dunlop chats with the Star’s Dave Feschuk in Tokyo about the atmosphere of these Olympic Games, the success of Canadian women on the Olympic stage and what that might mean for funding and development going forward. And as track and field gets underway with a COVID scare, there are a few Canadian men looking to get on the podium in Tokyo.

3:30 p.m.: San Marino is considered the world’s oldest republic. On Thursday, it added another title that could one day become a trivia answer: the least populous nation to win an Olympic medal.

One can only imagine the celebration that Alessandra Perilli will receive when she returns to the independent nation of 34,000 people in the foothills of Italy’s Apennine Mountains after claiming bronze in women’s trap shooting.

Previously: American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks tests positive for COVID-19 and withdraws from Games; Mohammed Ahmed and Justyn Knight among the favourites for medals in distance running; Canadian rowers Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens took bronze in women’s pair; Women’s basketball team defeats South Korea, 74-53; Swimmers just miss the podium in 4x200 freestyle relay, but Penny Oleksiak has another shot at becoming Canada’s most decorated Olympian ever.

For a full write-up of what you missed on Day 6 of the Tokyo Olympics, click here.

For full coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, click here.

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Yankees Reportedly Acquire Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo

He is making $16.5 million this year and can become a free agent after the season.

Yankees Reportedly Acquire Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have acquired Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and cash in a trade for prospects, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.

The swap came a day before the Major League Baseball trade deadline, and was the Yankees’ second major move this week. Earlier in the day, they announced they had gotten All-Star slugger Joey Gallo from Texas.

Rizzo is batting .248 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs. The 31-year-old had been a fixture at Wrigley Field for a decade, and helped the Cubs break their long World Series drought with a championship in 2016.

The three-time All-Star didn’t play in the Cubs’ 7-4 loss to Cincinnati on Thursday. He is making $16.5 million this year and can become a free agent after the season.

Both Rizzo and Gallo are both left-handed hitters, which the Yankees had been desperately lacking.

New York began the day fourth in the AL wild-card chase for two spots and then lost 14-0 at Tampa Bay.

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