• Olympics-Italians elated, amazed by Jacobs, Tamberi golds
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    Olympics-Italians elated, amazed by Jacobs, Tamberi golds

    Italians were elated and not a little stunned on Sunday as compatriots Lamont Marcell Jacobs and Gianmarco Tamberi claimed upset victories in sprint and high jump events at the Olympics. Jacobs won the men's 100 metres final to become the first Italian to take the most coveted title in athletics, while Tamberi shared the men's high jump gold. Until the Tokyo Olympics few Italians had even heard of Jacobs, who has made impressive progress over recent years and broke the European record twice on Sunday en route to victory.

  • Olympics-Baseball-Foul-ball watchdogs sound their sirens, though few around to hear
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    Olympics-Baseball-Foul-ball watchdogs sound their sirens, though few around to hear

    Atsushi Oyanagi, 18, and a few other volunteers inside the Olympic baseball and softball stadium need sharp eyes, quick fingers and resilient ears for a job unlike any known outside of Japan. "I prefer they wouldn't put it in front of my head," quipped World Baseball Softball Confederation President Riccardo Fraccari after walking past the wrong spot at the wrong time on Sunday. It is just that at the spectator-less Olympics, the only ones to protect are Fraccari and no more than three dozen others, including journalists and fellow volunteers.

  • Antetokounmpo brothers bring NBA trophy home to Greece
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    Antetokounmpo brothers bring NBA trophy home to Greece

    Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the Greek brothers who helped the Milawaukee Bucks to their first NBA championship in 50 years last month, promised to take their trophy back to Sepolia, the run-down Athens neighbourhood where they grew up. Born in Greece to Nigerian immigrant parents, the Antetokounmpo brothers had to sell trinkets on the street to get by. "I am very, very happy that one of the biggest trophies in the world is in Greece right now," Giannis told a news conference during a visit to Athens with his brother alongside him.

  • Lamont Marcell Jacobs spurred to 100m gold by relationship with long-lost father
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    Lamont Marcell Jacobs spurred to 100m gold by relationship with long-lost father

    Jacobs was born in Texas before moving to Italy when he was six months old.