US Basketball, Baseball, Water Polo and Jessica Springsteen Go for Gold – NBC10 Philadelphia
Will it be team gold or silver for the US men’s basketball and baseball teams? We will find out from Friday evening to Saturday morning in Tokyo.
Kevin Durant and his Team USA basketball teammates are set to win another gold, but first they must defeat a French team who have already beaten them in Tokyo.
The US baseball team led by Mike Scioscia from Delaware County will try to overthrow Japan for gold.
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Jessica Springsteen could win a medal in team show jumping and Vashti Cunningham could step onto the podium in track and field.
In addition, the women’s marathon takes place far from scorching Tokyo.
A BONUS EVENT (Let’s just call it a ‘6th to watch’): Keep an eye out for former Princeton Ashleigh Johnson and the US team’s water polo squad that will face Spain for gold. Stream this game live at 3:30 am on NBCOlympics.com or watch on USA.
Here are the 5 more to watch and how to catch all the live action:
Men’s basketball faces France for gold
The United States team will meet France again in men’s basketball, but this time for a gold medal. After losing the opening game of the Olympic tournament to France, the US team dominated the competition, beating Iran, the Czech Republic, Spain and Australia.
During the tournament, Kevin Durant passed Carmelo Anthony for most points in team history. The United States has won gold at every Olympic Games since 2008 and will look to continue their Olympic streak.
Durant will look to lead the American Men – a team that also includes former Sixer Jrue Holiday – to gold from 10:30 p.m. ET on NBC10. You can also broadcast the game live on NBCOlympics.com.
Team USA’s men’s basketball qualified for the gold medal game after beating Australia in a comeback victory.
Team USA looks to add more track and field medals in 4x400m relay
In what will be the last full day on the track, Team USA will seek a podium finish in the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays. In what will be the final race in Allyson Felix’s historic Olympic career, Team USA will look to send one of the most decorated Olympians in history with one final medal to add to their collection.
Team USA are the reigning champions of the event and will be the favorite for the gold medal after their blistering qualifying time of 3:20:86. Kendall Ellis, Lyann Irby, Wadeline Jonathas and Kaylin Whitney formed the qualifying quartet, while Felix is expected to make the final on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.ET.
Other track and field finals on Saturday include: women’s high jump – with the daughter of former Eagle quarterback Randall Cunningham, Vashti Cunningham – women’s 10,000-meter run, men’s javelin throw and the men’s 1,500-meter race.
Coverage begins at 6 a.m. ET Watch on Peacock or broadcast live on NBCOlympics.com.
The ease with which Vashti Cunningham can jump over the high bar contrasts starkly with the difficulty she has in explaining her sport with Legos.
Jessica Springsteen and her horse jump for team gold
Jessica Springsteen tries to make sure some of the equestrian medalists are “Born in the USA”
The daughter of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa competed for the United States in the team jumping qualifier at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, helping the team advance to the final.
The 29-year-old, riding Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, 12, earned four penalty points for knocking over a rail during his 80.67-second run on the 14-jump course.
Springsteen, who failed to advance to the individual show jumping final, was the second of three riders on the team, placing the United States in seventh place in the second group of horses.
McLain Ward, the third and last rider of the United States, had five penalty points, four for the vault and one for the time. The United States had 13 total fouls to finish fifth and qualify as one of the top 10 teams for Saturday final at 6 a.m. ET, which will also air at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
You can stream the action live on NBCOlympics.com.
Team USA faces Japan in baseball gold medal game
The United States is looking for the first Olympic gold medal awarded in baseball since 2008. They will face Japan, who were the only team to beat them in pool, at 6 a.m. ET on Saturday.
By reaching the gold medal game, Eddy Alvarez became the third American to win a medal at the Summer and Winter Olympics, and he will look to win that gold. He is joined on the team by pitchers Anthony Gose and David Robertson, both of whom have connections to the Philadelphia Phillies. Manager Mike Scioscia grew up in Delco and slugger Todd Frazier is from New Jersey.
The US baseball team won their only gold in 2000 when they surprised a favorite Cuban team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
The game goes broadcast live on NBCOlympics.com at 6 a.m. and airs on USA Network at 9:30 a.m. ET on Saturdays.
The U.S. team beat South Korea on Thursday, paving the way for a rematch against Japan for Olympic gold
Start of the women’s marathon in Sapporo
The women’s marathon will be one of the flagship track events on Friday night as the women’s race kicks off at 6 p.m. ET on USA Network.
The marathon was moved from northern Tokyo to Sapporo as temperatures were expected to be around 5-6 degrees cooler. However, a heat wave in the northern prefecture of Japan will put the temperature on race day at around 34 degrees Celsius while temperatures in Tokyo are likely to be cooler, between 30 and 34 degrees Celsius. Japanese officials have also strongly discouraged fans from attending the outdoor event due to the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country.
Nonetheless, the women will face the heat and deserted roads of Sapporo in search of marathon gold on Friday. For Team USA, Aliphine Tuliamuk, Molly Seidel and Sally Kipyego are registered on the field. All three will run their first Olympic marathon, although Kipyego has already won a silver medal in the 10,000m event at the London Olympics in 2012. For Tuliamuk, it will be his first race since the birth of his daughter. in January 2021. She won the U.S. Marathon trials in March 2020, about a week before the country was shut down due to COVID-19.
The women’s marathon can be broadcast live on NBCOlympics.com.