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4 to Watch: U.S. Women's Water Polo Team Pursues a Third Straight Gold Medal

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a person swimming in the water: Gold medal winner Rachel Fattal playing for USA Womens Water Polo during the 2016 Olympics. © Provided by NBC Los Angeles

Gold medal winner Rachel Fattal playing for USA Womens Water Polo during the 2016 Olympics.

What to Know

  • The U.S. soccer team returned to action after stumbling out of the gate against Sweden.
  • The U.S. women's water polo team opens its quest for a third straight gold medal.
  • Softball resumes with the U.S. looking to ridea Tokyo win streak into the weekend.
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After an Opening Ceremony that featured the cauldron lighting, a lively depiction of the Olympic sport pictograms, other symbolic performances and an emotional parade of nations, the competition is about the pick up at the Tokyo Olympics.

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A light schedule Friday in Tokyo featured archery and rowing heats before more sports begin Saturday, meaning there was plenty to watch live late Friday in Southern California because of the 16-hour time difference.

The first medals were awarded in archery, cycling, fencing, judo, shooting, Taekwondo and weightlifting.

SoCal Water Polo Players Pursue a Third Straight Gold Medal

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Update: Team USA women’s water polo cruised to a 25-4 victory over the host country in the preliminary round.

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Eight gold medalists and 11 players with Southern California connections are part of the U.S. women’s water polo team that will attempt to win its third consecutive gold medal.

The medal defense begins Friday at 10 p.m. PT against host nation 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 action will be at the Tatsumi Water Polo Center, beginning Friday with the first round of women’s group stage play and continues through the day of the Aug. 8 Closing Ceremony when they’ll hand out medals. 

Both the men’s and women’s tournaments begin with a Group A and Group B preliminary round-robin. The top four teams from each group advance to the single-elimination knockout stage, beginning with the quarterfinal round. 

Click here to see the complete water polo schedule.

Team USA Rides Momentum Into Mexico Matchup

Update: Team USA remained perfect, defeating Mexico 2-0.

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One of the early success stories for the United States in Tokyo has been its softball team, featuring several players with ties to Southern California. 

After going 2-0 to start the Olympics, the U.S. softball team will look for another win early Saturday morning. Team USA has two shutout wins under its belt, against Italy on Tuesday night and then against Canada on Wednesday evening.

Cat Osterman, who started against Italy, and Monica Abbott, who went the distance against Canada, have given up just two hits combined through two games. At the plate, Michelle Moultrie, Janie Reed and Amanda Chidester have driven in one run apiece for Team USA.

Southern Californians to watch include 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 a matchup against Mexico on Saturday. Mexico is 0-2 so far in Tokyo with a shutout loss to Canada and a 3-2 defeat against host nation Japan.

Watch live at 10:30 a.m. PT on NBCSN, or stream online.

3x3 Basketball Makes Olympic Debut in Tokyo

Update: The United States 3x3 women’s basketball won its second game of the Tokyo Olympics, knocking off Mongolia 21-9. The Americans beat France 17-10 earlier in the day in what was the first 3x3 Olympic basketball contest for either country.

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There are several new sports making their Olympic debuts in Tokyo, and Friday is when you can first catch the exciting action.

The women’s 3x3 basketball tournament will tip off at 6:15 p.m. PT on Friday. The U.S. women’s team will take the floor for the first time against France on Saturday at 1:55 a.m. PT, followed by a game against Mongolia at 5 a.m. PT. 

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

Watch Team USA battle France live online. 3x3 basketball will be featured in TV coverage on 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).

Women's Soccer Team Bounces Back vs. New Zealand

Update: In what was a far-too-early must-win game, the United States Women's National Team defeated New Zealand 6-1 during group play at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.

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The U.S. women’s national soccer team was dealt an eye-opening defeat to kick off the Olympics, falling to 2016 silver medalist Sweden in a 3-0 rout. The loss snapped a 44-game unbeaten streak and was the first time the team lost by multiple goals in a major tournament since 2008.

Now, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, of Diamond Bar, and Co. will try to rebound against New Zealand, which lost to Australia in its opening game. You can stream the contest here

With just two group stage games left and only the top two teams from each group earning automatic qualification to the quarterfinals, the USWNT could use a three-point result after coming up empty against Sweden.

Watch Team USA face New Zealand live on NBCSN, or stream online.

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