U.S. women’s hoops team captures 3-on-3 Olympic gold

Their scrapbooks and trophy cases are filled with memories from Final Fours, national titles, All-America honors and even some impressive showings in the pros. Now, they have Olympic gold medals to go with all that. The U.S. team of Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young took an early lead against the team from Russia, then held on for an 18-15 victory Wednesday to win the title in the debut of 3-on-3 basketball at the Olympics. “In 10 years, we’ll look back and say ‘Damn, we did that,'” Dolson said. “Hopefully we started something.” Dolson did the honors during the medals ceremony, taking the gold prizes and placing them over her teammates’ necks. They stood with hands over hearts during the national anthem. Their celebration couldn’t beat Latvia’s, though. After Karlis Lasmanis drained a shot from behind the arc to close out the men’s final, he found himself at the bottom of a four-man dogpile. The game-winner gave his country a 21-18 victory over the Russian

2 US Navy sailors die of COVID as cases spike nationwide

  Two Navy sailors have died due to complications from COVID-19, amid growing concerns about the deadly delta variant. A Navy reservist based in Idaho died Monday, and a doctor assigned to the Naval Medical Center at Camp Lejeune, N.C., died last Friday, bringing the total number of sailor COVID deaths to 10. The Navy identified the soldiers Wednesday as Master-at-Arms First Class Allen Hillman, 47, of Boise, and Capt. Corby Ropp, 48, of Camp Lejeune. Their deaths are the first COVID-related ones in the Navy since April 29. They come as the number of active virus cases among sailors has jumped from fewer than 250 in early June to more than 800 now, according to Lt. Cdr. Patricia Kreuzberger, a spokeswoman for the Navy. According to the Pentagon, the number of U.S. military deaths connected to the virus remains small — fewer than 30. There have been a total of almost 206,000 cases within the military as of July 21, the last date that numbers were available. Navy sailors account for more