Bolt says this is goodbye; Lochte says he’s sorry

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The U.S. men’s basketball team just got by Spain on Friday, hours before another Olympic juggernaut, Usain Bolt, says his goodbye at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.A day after winning another gold in the 200 meters, Bolt will appear in what he has insisted will be his final Olympic race. He’ll look to add to his medal stash as part of the Jamaican team in the 4×100 relay finals. Bolt led the Jamaicans to the top of the podium in the event in Beijing and again in London, where the team set the world and Olympic records.While Bolt is saying goodbye, Ryan Lochte is saying he’s sorry.Breaking his silence, Lochte apologized Friday for his behavior surrounding an early-morning incident at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, saying he should have been more candid about how he described what happened after a night of partying with his teammates following the final swimming races.Klay Thompson’s 22 points led the Americans to their third straight Olympic gold-medal game with an 82-76 win over Spain, the silver medalist in both Beijing and London.The Spaniards, led by Pau Gasol’s 23 points, made it tough on the Americans for the third straight Olympics but again couldn’t upset the world’s No. 1 team. The U.S. will play Australia or Serbia on Sunday for the gold.Inbee Park kept her composure in strong wind and made two late birdies to regain the lead, posting a 1-under 70 for a two-shot lead going into the final round at Olympic Golf Course.Lydia Ko, a 19-year-old Kiwi and the No. 1 player in women’s golf put herself in contention thanks to the first hole-in-one of her career. Also two shots back in the final group is Gerina Piller, the American who narrowly qualified for the Olympics in her final event.Day 14 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, soccer, wrestling, boxing, platform diving and more.The American women’s 4×100 relay team will try to capitalize on its reprieve following a collision on a handoff at the Olympic track stadium, and Germany and Sweden meet in the first all-European Olympic women’s soccer final.Lochte said in a lengthy post on Instagram that he was apologizing for his role in taking the focus away from other Olympic athletes.“This was a situation that could and should have been avoided,” Lochte said. “I accept responsibility for my role in this happening and have learned some valuable lessons.”The 12-time Olympic medalist reiterated his view that a stranger pointed a gun at him and demanded money to let him leave a gas station. Lochte had called it a gunpoint robbery; Brazilian police said he and three other swimmers vandalized a bathroom while intoxicated and were confronted by armed security guards.Lochte returned to the United States early in the week before a Brazilian judge had ordered his passport taken away while police investigated his claims of getting robbed at gunpoint by thieves posing as police. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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