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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Osea Kolinisau didnt want merely to win Fijis first ever Olympic gold medal, he was determined to do it by showing the world how rugby sevens should be played.Done, and done.With his prime minister among the Fijians in the crowd, and knowing 900,000 more back in the Pacific expected nothing less than a gold medal, he kicked off a five-try, first-half barrage against Britain in the gold-medal match by reaching his arms back over his head as he was being tackled to score an early try in the corner.The long-time entertainers of rugby sevens peaked in perfect time, running in for seven tries in a 43-7 win that showcased their fitness, finesse, physicality and the famous one-handed passing.Its a massive achievement to get a first medal for your country, especially a gold medal, said Kolinisau, the most-experienced Fijian ever on the international sevens circuit. The achievement will be part of our history back home.After ensuring the victory that had been in the making since the International Olympic Committee in 2009 added Fijis national sport to the program for Rio de Janeiro, Kolinisau and his teammates huddled solemnly in the middle of the field and sang a hymn.The deeply religious Fiji captain told his teammates before the match that it all was all pre-ordained, that theyd been gifted the countrys best chance ever to end a six-decade medal drought at the Olympics.Its really emotional -- to lead ones country, especially to be the flag bearer, Kolinisau said. Coming into the final, I knew it was up for grabs. I told the boys, `We need to have fire in our heart, but have ice in our mind -- be cool-headed.They were smiling by halftime, leading 29-0, and the dominance wasnt just with ball in hand -- they didnt let the British players cross the halfway line while in possession.When these guys are on fire, its very difficult to combat, Britain captain Tom Mitchell said. Theyre very worthy champions.Leone Nakarawa created all kinds of trouble for the British players with his sheer size and brute strength. He played a part in the leadup to a try for Jerry Tuwai, and went within a meter of scoring himself before he was dragged down in a desperate cover tackle.Jasa Veremalua scored to make it 17-0 and the Fijians scored again directly from the kickoff when Semi Kunatani gathered the re-start and passed to Nakarawa, who sprinted away to score.The Fijians scored twice more in the second half -- the only blemish being Dan Nortons try. It seemed as if they could break the defensive line at will, and the British players were almost powerless to stop them.Ben Ryan, the Englishman who took over as Fiji coach in 2013 and applied strict discipline to mold a naturally-talented team into a consistent, professional unit, said it was almost perfect.We did say we wanted to show people the way to play the Fijian way, he said. And we were great that we delivered that in fairly spectacular fashion.Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama thanked the IOC for including rugby sevens at the Rio Games.We hope the brand of rugby we played today has justified the inclusion, he said. The gold props up little tiny nations like us. We dont have the money and the bucks and support that England has -- but we managed to beat them.Bainimarama declared a public holiday -- probably unnecessarily as nobody could work anyway.Everything stops back home, he said. Our productivity has been nil for the last couple of days, but hopefully the GDP will go up in the next couple of days.No. 2-ranked South Africa won the bronze medal with a 54-14 win over Japan, which produced some of the highlights of rugbys return to the Olympics with an early upset win over New Zealand.Britain coach Simon Amor was grateful to reach the final, having held off South Africa 7-5 in the semifinals and had a close call with a golden-point extra-time win over Argentina in the quarterfinals.There were a couple of single-digit winning margins, but nobody really got close to the Fijians.Wonderful that Fiji got the gold medal. Such a special team, Amor said. First time being in the Olympics, its probably right. Derek Holland Jersey . After a replay, the winner will meet Sunderland in the quarterfinals. Sagbo did well to control Sone Alukos right cross and fire past Brighton goalkeeper Peter Brezovan. 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TORONTO -- Terrence Ross helped the Toronto Raptors put a stop to the Milwaukee Bucks comeback effort.After seeing Milwaukee cut a 26-point deficit to just 10 after three quarters, the reserve swingman scored the first seven points of the fourthto key a 14-2 run and the Raptors pulled away for a 122-100 win Monday night.It was the Raptors sixth straight victory over the Bucks, and their 12th win in the last 13 meetings.We had to pick up our intensity, Ross said after finishing with a season-high 25 points. They made their push, they made their run just like everybody else is going to do, and we had to come back and make ours, and I think the second unit helped do that.While DeMar DeRozan led the way with 30 points in the victory, the Raptors benefited from strong shooting from throughout the lineup. Toronto shot 50.6 percent from the field and 56 percent from 3-point range, improving to 7-1 this season when they shoot 50 percent or better from the field.While acknowledging the contributions of Ross, Toronto coach Dwane Casey tipped his cap to the play of point guard Kyle Lowry, who had 18 points and seven assists, for finding the teams shooters in stride.Kyles doing a good job when theyre trying to blitz him and kicking it out and guys are making shots, Casey said. Like Ive always said when we were struggling shooting, its a make-or-miss league and guys are doing a good job stepping into them with conviction and taking good shots.After losing a third straight game, Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd was less than impressed. Though Giannis Antetokonmpo had 30 points, his fourth 30-point game of the season, Kidd watched as his team missed its first 13 3-point attempts and finish the game shooting 16.7 percent from beyond the arc.After briefly having a lead, Milwaukee gave it up at the 2:52 mark and never came close again. Kidd said his team had made it too easy for one of the NBAs best teams.It was easy the whole night, no matter 3s, layups, (the Raptors) were in character the whole night from the start, he said. We werent, we just didnt put up any resistance, our defense was non-existent.And while seeing DeRozan getting 30 points is hardly new -- it was his 12th such game this season -- Jabari Parrker, who had 27, said his team shouldnt be letting a player like Ross burn them.ddddddddddddYou can let other players get their rhythm still, but him, nothing against him, we cant let the wild card get us like that, he said.TIP-INSBucks: Despite making 10 or more 3-pointers in their last three games, Milwaukee was held to just 4 of 24 from beyond the arc by Toronto. ... Bucks rookie Thon Maker, who played high-school basketball in nearby Orangeville, Ontario, played his first professional game in Canada, finishing with three points and three rebounds. ... The Bucks continued their strong play in the paint. 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