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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Day 15 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, soccer, basketball, golf, boxing, volleyball and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):TRACK AND FIELDFresh off winning the 10 kilometer race in dramatic fashion , British standout Mo Farah is looking for his second double when the 5K sets off at 9:30 p.m. Farah won the 5K and 10K in London four years ago.South Africas Caster Semenya has dominated the 800 meters this year and is a favorite to win the gold medal at 9:15 p.m. She kept plenty in reserve in the semifinals and still easily posted the fastest time. The silver medalist in London four years ago, Semenya has become the unwilling face of the controversial debate in track and field over women with very high levels of testosterone being allowed to compete.The womens 4x400 relay is at 10 p.m. The Americans made it look easy in their heat Friday night, winning by more than 3 seconds over second-place Ukraine. Courtney Okolo ran the first leg, followed by Taylor Ellis-Watson, Francena McCorory and Phyllis Francis.Jamaica, the U.S. and Belgium had the top qualifying times on Friday night for the mens 4x400 finals, which are being run at 10:35 p.m.Defending javelin champion Keshorn Walcott set the tone for the 10:55 p.m. final by leading qualifying. The Trinidad and Tobago thrower produced one of the surprises of the London Games four years ago when he won the Olympic title only weeks after winning the under-20 world title. World champion Julius Yego of Kenya didnt get a qualifying mark until his third throw in the preliminaries.In the 1,500, Kenyans Asbel Kiprop and Ronald Kwemoi are good shots for medals at 9 p.m. Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi and American Matt Centrowitz hope to crash the party.American Chaunte Lowe is searching for her first medal in the high jump at her fourth Olympics and has the top jump of the season. Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch of Germany should also be in the mix. And keep an eye on teenager Vashti Cunningham, whos the daughter of longtime NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham .SOCCERBrazil takes on Germany for the mens gold at 5:30 p.m. in a rematch of nations that made it to the World Cup semifinals. The players are different in this under-23 game, but Brazilians are hungering for redemption after the humiliating 7-1 loss at home.As Brazil routed Honduras in the Olympic semifinals, the crowd chanted that Germanys turn is coming up.Victory would give Brazil, led by standout Neymar after a disappointing start to the tournament, the only trophy it hasnt won in soccer.Honduras plays Nigeria for the bronze at 1 p.m.BASKETBALLThe U.S. women take on Spain at 3:30 p.m. seeking an unprecedented sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal. Spain, meanwhile, has assured itself of the first medal in womens basketball in the countrys history.The two teams met in the preliminary pool and the Americans won by 40 points. They did have a healthy Sue Bird for that game. She missed the semifinal win over France because of a sprained right knee capsule but practiced on Friday and said she hopes to play.The Americans won their first seven games by an average of nearly 40 points and are scoring 102.3 points a contest.France faces Serbia in the bronze medal game at 11:30 a.m.BOXINGThe two most successful nations in Olympic boxing will meet with a gold medal on the line for the first time in 20 years. Standout U.S. bantamweight Shakur Stevenson and defending Olympic champ Cuba `s Robeisy Ramirez will end that drought at 2:15 p.m. in a fight that could resonate through boxing for years.British flyweight Nicola Adams also fights for her second straight gold medal against Frances Sarah Ourahmoune, and Cuban star Arlen Lopez faces Uzbekistans Bektemir Melikuziev for middleweight gold.GOLFInbee Park takes a two-shot lead into the final round of womens golf at Olympic Golf Course.Kiwi Lydia Ko, the No. 1 player in womens golf, is on her heels. She made the first hole-in-one of her career as she raced into contention. Gerina Piller, an American who has not won on the LPGA tour (but perhaps best known for a clutch putt in the 2015 Solheim Cup), is also two shots back.VOLLEYBALLSerbia will face a young Chinese squad led by former U.S. coach Jenny Lang Ping in the womens finals at 10:15 p.m. The Chinese upset defending Olympic champion Brazil in the quarterfinals and beat the Netherlands in four sets in the semis.Serbia, which will get the countrys first volleyball medal, advanced to the finals by beating the U.S., which plays the Dutch for the bronze at 1 p.m.WATER POLODefending Olympic champion Croatia plays Serbia at 5:50 p.m. for the gold.Serbia was a heavy favorite coming into the tournament, but the world champions played to a draw in each of their first two games and then lost 6-5 to Brazil. They recovered with four straight victories.DIVINGChina seeks its seventh diving gold of the Rio Olympics as 10-meter mens platform finals get underway at 4:30 p.m. One more would allow the Chinese to match their total from 2008 in Beijing, when they won 7 of 8 golds on home soil.Britains Tom Daley led the field in preliminaries , helped by the highest-scoring dive so far in eight events at the Rio Olympics.The Chinese were in close pursuit. Qui Bo, followed by teammate Chen Aisen. Qui earned silver in London; Daley took bronze.The top 18 move to Saturdays semifinals at 11 a.m., where scores dont carry over.MOUNTAIN BIKEMountain bike begins with the womens medal race starting at 12:30 p.m. on the man-made course in Rio.The deep field is headed by world champion Annika Langvad of Denmark. Switzerlands Jolanda Neff and Canadas Catherine Pendrel are also among the favorites.BADMINTONLee Chong Wei of Malaysia overcame two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China to advance to the finals against a younger Chinese star, Chen Long. Lee avenged his losses to Lin in the previous two Olympic finals. They play at 9:20 a.m.CANOEINGBrazils Isaquias Queiroz chases his third medal in Rio in the mens canoe doubles as the flatwater sprint competition wraps up. Race is 9:22 a.m.---AP Summer Games website: http://summergames.ap.org NFL Jerseys 2018 Cheap . After taking two big hits this week -- losing at home and dropping back-to-back games for the first time all season -- Indiana struck back by playing its most complete game of the year. Wholesale NBA Jerseys . Carey Price didnt, but he still came out on top against one of his rivals for the No. 1 job at the Sochi Games. 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Now that the group stage of the inaugural Kia Super League is almost over, with finals day just around the corner, its a good time to look back and assess what we have learned from this exciting new competition. Here are my initial thoughts.1. Tell them about it and they will come Two weeks ago nobody - even, if they are honest, those running it at the ECB - quite knew what to expect from the Super League. It was notoriously difficult to get anyone to say exactly what success for this new competition would look like. Now? Well, lets just say Im pretty sure that Clare Connor, the ECBs director for womens cricket, is sleeping at night again.At the time of writing, there has been an average attendance of over 1000 at the group games so far, and the matches at the Ageas Bowl and The Oval have attracted over 2000 spectators apiece. As someone who is used to turning up to watch womens county games with next to no spectators bar the friends and family of the players, let me tell you, that is absolutely phenomenal.Heres the thing: if you market it right, create a buzz around the teams, and, most importantly, tell people it is happening, people will pay to attend domestic womens cricket in their thousands.2. Different franchise models work in different places The crowds we have seen at the KSL group matches are even more impressive when you consider that, unlike with the Womens Big Bash League, the KSL hosts were starting from scratch, unable to tap into an existing franchise fan base. There were quite a lot of voices prior to this competition questioning the decision by the ECB to take what was actually quite a risk in pushing ahead with a standalone womens competition.What we have seen over the past couple of weeks, though, has fully vindicated that decision. No, these havent been double-header games, but people have still shown up in droves. No, these sides arent attached to mens teams, but kids (and girls, especially) have still turned up wearing their teams colours and gone home with their heroes autographs. Not only is that an incredible achievement, it gives womens cricket something new and different, and the opportunity to forge its own way ahead. I for one am excited to see where that path might lead.Actually theres a good argument that playing copycat to the WBBL wasnt just impractical, given the foot-dragging that takes place every time franchise cricket is suggested within the English mens game, but that it wouldnt have worked anyway. Different contexts require a different approach. In fact, at a time when there are big question marks over the future of the mens T20 competition, this should tell the ECB something important about franchise cricket more generally.3. There is plenty of talent out there Those of us who actually watched womens county cricket prior to the start of the Super League were already well aware of this, but it has been incredible to see players who I am more used to seeing playing in front of 20 people at tiny club grounds launched onto the big stage, with the eyes of the media fully upon them, and flourishing.Whether it be Hampshires Katie George, more used to playing in Division Two county cricket, looking right at home in Vipers world-class bowling attack; or Susssexs Paige Scholfield, coming in to bat at No.dddddddddddd 9 for Lightning and ending up top-scoring for her side with one of the highest strike rates in the competition; or Lancashires Emma Lamb, only 18, the most consistent opener in any team in the competition; or Berkshire left-armer Linsey Smith, called up to the competition due to injury but stacking up the most successful and the most economical spell in the entire competition so far - it has all been so wonderful to see. Its pretty clear that we dont really need to worry about whether the current county system is producing any talent.One aspect of the system that should still be a concern is the fact that only 19 players in the whole of English womens cricket are being paid to play cricket at any time other than the two-week KSL window. If we dont want to see incredibly talented young players like George, Lamb and Smith walking away from the game prematurely, some kind of progressive pay scale is needed - and fast. 4. Dont rely on your overseas players One of the unforeseen elements of this competition has been the fact that many of the big-name overseas superstars have failed to perform. Ellyse Perry, for example, started the competition with scores of 17 and 2, as well as conceding 39 runs off her four overs in Lightnings first home game of the tournament. Hayley Matthews, star of the Womens World T20 final earlier this year, has hit 7, 11, 0 and 0 in Thunders four group matches to date. Meanwhile Diamonds two overseas batsmen - Alex Blackwell and Beth Mooney - have almost totally failed with the bat, with scores of 3, 23 and 6, and 0, 9 and 17 respectively. It turns out that adjusting to English conditions when youre flown in just a few days before a two-week tournament in the middle of your off season is actually quite tricky.5. You dont need silly boundaries At international level the regulations for boundary sizes in womens cricket differ from those in the mens game - a minimum of 50 metres compared to the mens 60 metres. The KSL playing regulations, in case you havent read them, take this one step further and actually allow for 45-metre boundaries. This, of course, panders to the school of thought that womens T20 cricket is as dull as ditchwater unless there are sixes being hit every other ball.In fact, so far in the KSL, I dont think Ive seen a single boundary that is 45 metres. Most have been 50 or 55 metres. Weve also only had 37 sixes in the competition. And guess what? People still turned up to watch. And most of the cricket has still been utterly enthralling. Lets learn from that and ditch the 45-metre boundary rule for good.6. It should be on TV Rumour has it that fears about the potential quality of the competition led to a reluctance to allow Sky to broadcast any of the inaugural Super League. If true, that is absolutely crazy and, given the quality of the cricket on show, a huge opportunity missed. If the ECB really wants to build a fan base for these teams, TV coverage must surely be top of the priority list for next years competition. Believe in your product and so will other people. 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