Captain America

August 2, 2021

By: Carlos Alvarez

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Medals abound for Team USA, but one man has captured more than anyone. It’s Week 2 of our Olympics coverage as the track and field events take center stage. No time to waste.

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Total Medals

USA (60)

China (53)

Russia (44)

Great Britain (32)

Japan (31)

Australia (31)

Italy (27)

France (22)

Germany (19)


Gold Medals

China (24)

USA (20)

Japan (17)

Australia (14)

Russia (12)

Great Britain (10)


*Medal Count Accurate as of Midnight ET (Aug. 1)



Captain America 

Photo: Al Bello / Getty Images

Olympics Coverage: Caleb Dressel Leaves Tokyo With 5 Gold Medals, Team USA’s Most Decorated Olympian in 2021


A nonstop weekend of Olympics action turned the page from swimming to track while team competitions like soccer and basketball advance into the elimination rounds this week. We also saw medalists in golf, tennis and much more. But the headliner? His name is Caleb Dressel, this year’s ‘Captain America,’ and he’s leaving the Olympics with a fistful of gold medals.


Swimming: Dressel Snatches 5 Golds in 6 Events

Caleb Dressel’s historic Olympics in the pool continued with more gold medals over the weekend. Dressel ended his run in Tokyo with five golds in his six events, including three individual golds in the men’s 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle. He’s Team USA’s most decorated Olympian thus far in Tokyo. Only three swimmers in Olympic history have ever earned more gold medals in a single Games. Michael Phelps’ single Games record of eight gold medals (2008) remains untouched.


Men’s Basketball: Durant Makes History, USA Reaches QFs

The Team USA men’s basketball took down the Czech Republic on Saturday (119-84) to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals. Kevin Durant (23 points) and Jayson Tatum (27 points) combined for 50 in the win while Durant passed Carmelo Anthony as the all-time scoring leader in Team USA history. They’ll face Spain in the quarterfinals tonight (Tues. 12:40 am ET).


Men’s Golf: Xander Schauffele Wins Gold

Team USA’s Xander Schauffele set himself up for a gold medal before Sunday in the Olympic golf competition, but it came down to the final hole. After Rory Sabbatini (Slovakia) lit the leaderboard on fire with a final-round 61 and came into the clubhouse at 17-under, he put the pressure on Schauffele (-18) who got up and down to save par on Hole 18. The 27-year-old Schauffele doesn’t have a major win, but he now owns a gold medal.


Men’s Tennis: Zverev Ousts Djokovic, Wins Gold

It was a stunning weekend in men’s tennis as Novak Djokovic suffered back-to-back losses in the medal rounds and left Tokyo empty-handed. Alexander Zverev beat Djokovic in a three-set semifinal before pacing Karen Khachanov (Russia) in straight sets for the gold medal.


Women’s Tennis: Bencic Tops Vondrousova for Gold

Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic — the 12th-ranked player in the world — was a three-set winner of Marketa Vondrousova (Czech Republic) in the women’s gold medal match on Saturday. Vondrousova was the one to send Naomi Osaka home in the third round,  but Bencic finished with a gold in singles and silver in doubles.



MyKayla Skinner & Suni Lee Medal in Vault & Uneven Bars


Track & Field

Jamaica Sweeps Podium in Women’s 100-Meter Final

Italy’s Marcell Jacobs Shocks Stars in Men’s 100-Meter

Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn Wins 100M Hurdles

Men’s High-Jumpers Share Gold in Jubilant Celebration


Late-Night Scores & Updates

Women’s Basketball: USA def. France (93-82)


In Action This Morning

Women’s Soccer Semifinal

USA vs. Canada (4:00 am ET)



The Cubs Selling Spree

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MLB Trade Deadline: The Chicago Cubs Went Full Send at the MLB Trade Deadline, Creating a Blow-Up Unlike Any Other


A flurry of trades flooded the airwaves on Friday after a busy week leading up to the MLB Trade Deadline, and one team was at the center of it all. The Chicago Cubs blew it up unlike few teams have before, shipping off nine players in a shocking selling spree. Overall, the 2021 Trade Deadline was one of the busiest in recent memory, but Chicago stole headlines by parting with over 33 percent of their 26-man roster. Here’s a look at all the new homes for former Cubs players after the week that was:


Traded Cubs: Anthony Rizzo (Yankees), Kris Bryant (Giants), Javier Baez (Mets), Joc Pederson (Braves), Jake Marisnick (Padres), Craig Kimbrel (White Sox), Andrew Chafin (Athletics), Ryan Tepera (White Sox), Trevor Williams (Mets)


Debut Homers: Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez all hit home runs with their new teams over the weekend.


By the end of the trade deadline, the Nationals also sent Jon Lester to the Cardinals, and the rosters are officially set for the playoff run.


Updated MLB Standings


Additional Storylines

Chicago Sun Times: Core No More: Cubs Officially Start Over

NY Times: After 670 Days, the Blue Jays Finally Returned to Canada



Free Agency Watch: Top Players

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NBA Free Agent Market: Negotiations Open Today (6:00 pm ET)


With the NBA Draft in the rearview mirror, teams turn their gaze to the free-agent market this week. Players and teams can begin negotiations officially at 6:00 pm ET today, but many conversations are already in progress. Expect a complete overhaul of point guards across the league with roughly a dozen productive ball-handlers hitting the open market. While many of the names below will be re-signing with their current teams, expect veterans to go ring-hunting.


Top Available Free Agents

SF Kawhi Leonard (Clippers)

PG Mike Conley (Jazz)

PG Chris Paul (Suns)

PG Kyle Lowry (Raptors)

SG DeMar DeRozan Spurs)

PF John Collins (Hawks)

PG Lonzo Ball (Pelicans)

PG Devonte’ Graham (Hornets)

PF Lauri Markkanen (Bulls)

PG Spencer Dinwiddie (Nets)

PG Cameron Payne (Suns)

PG Dennis Schroder (Lakers)

SG Victor Oladipo (Heat)

PG Lou Williams (Hawks)

PG Derrick Rose (Knicks)

PG Patty Mills (Spurs)

PF Blake Green (Nets)

PF P.J. Tucker (Bucks)


Additional Storylines

ESPN: NBA Free Agency: The Players, Teams & Decisions That Matter the Most This Offseason

247Sports: Chris Paul to Opt Out of Contract, Not Necessarily Leaving Suns



Gold Glory: USMNT Captures the Gold Cup

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Shortly After Its Darkest Days, A Gold Cup Final Win Against Mexico (1-0, ET) Rejuvenates the USMNT


After years of uncertainty and negativity surrounding the U.S. Men’s National Team, a glimmer of hope has finally come. Manager Gregg Berhalter kept the young Americans scratching and clawing for consistent success, and they’ve found it. The USMNT beat their arch rivals Mexico in a proud Gold Cup Final performance on Sunday night in Las Vegas. A match that needed extra time after a 0-0 gutcheck found relief off the head of Miles Robinson in the 117th minute. Mexico dominated possession (64-36), but the U.S. willed their way to victory with dominant extra-time play.


Gold Cup Grinders: The USMNT won five of their six Gold Cup matches by a score of 1-0, including three with goals in the final 10 minutes or extra time.


Watch: USMNT def. Mexico (1-0) to Win Gold Cup


All-Time Gold Cup Winners

Mexico: 8

United States: 7

Canada: 1


Additional Storylines

Goal: Berhalter Hails ‘Relentless’ USMNT After Incredible Win Against Mexico

CBS Sports: Miles Robinson Nets Dramatic Extra-Time Gold Cup Winner, USA Beats El Tri Again



Women’s Soccer (Semifinals)

USA vs. Canada (Mon. 4:00 am ET)



Men’s Rings (Mon. 4:00 am ET)

Women’s Floor (Mon. 5:00 am ET)

Men’s Vault (Mon. 6:00 am ET)


Track & Field Events

Qualifying & Finals (Mon. 8:00 pm ET)


Men’s Basketball (Quarterfinals)

USA vs. Spain (Tues. 12:40 am ET)


All Team USA events will air live on Peacock / NBC or tape-delayed on NBC affiliates.


Full Olympics Schedule & Results