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Chicago Sky center Stefanie Dolson is checking in with her final Olympic diary Japan. She was part of the U.S. women’s basketball that won a gold medal in the debut of 3-on-3 hoops at the Tokyo Games. In this edition, Dolson details what it was like to win the gold and meet Yao Ming.

Rui Hachimura did whatever he could. Blocking shots, hitting tough jumpers, logging big minutes, the best player on Japan’s roster simply held nothing back with hopes of giving his country its first Olympic men’s basketball win in 45 years. Problem was, the other side had Luka Doncic. The Dallas Mavericks star had another impressive performance with 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in 26 minutes, Zoran Dragic scored 24 points and Slovenia remained unbeaten in its Olympic debut by beating Japan 116-81 in the Tokyo Games on Thursday. Hachimura finished with 34 points and seven rebounds. Yuta Watanabe added 17 for Japan.

St. John’s plans to unveil a statue of Hall of Fame basketball coach Lou Carnesecca this fall in the on-campus arena that bears his name. Commissioned by the university, the statue will be placed in the lobby across from the main entrance of Carnesecca Arena. A public unveiling ceremony is scheduled as the opening event for homecoming weekend on Oct. 22, with a dedication ceremony the following day. The 96-year-old Carnesecca won 526 games in 24 years as head coach at St. John’s, most in program history. He guided the school to 18 NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the 1985 Final Four, and its fifth NIT championship in 1989.

Bridget Carleton scored 18 points, and Canada got its first victory of the Olympic women’s basketball tournament Thursday, beating South Korea 74-53. This is the third straight Olympics for Canada, currently ranked fourth in the world. The Canadians never trailed with Natalie Achonwa having a double-double in her second game back from a knee sprained playing for her WNBA team Minnesota. JiSu Park had 15 points and 11 rebounds for South Korea. Canada opened Group A play with a loss to Serbia, the bronze medalists at the 2016 Rio Games. South Korea lost to reigning silver medalist Spain in its first Olympics appearance since 2008.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have announced an exclusive 15-year naming rights partnership to rename the city’s downtown arena after Paycom, a local company that offers online  payroll and human resources services to employers. The Oklahoman reports the name change announced Tuesday took effect immediately. Terms of the deal were not released. The Thunder said exterior signage changes, including Paycom’s green logo, will be completed by the start of the 2021-22 NBA season in October. Paycom Center will be the 16th NBA venue with “center” in its name. 

Cade Cunningham headlines the top prospects in Thursday's NBA draft in New York. Cunningham is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Detroit Pistons after playing one season at Oklahoma State. The top tier of prospects includes USC freshman big man Evan Mobley, Gonzaga freshman point guard Jalen Suggs and Florida State freshman forward Scottie Barnes. There's also guard Jalen Green and forward Jonathan Kuminga after the two bypassed college to play in the G League. After Detroit's pick, Houston is set to pick second, followed by Cleveland, Toronto and Orlando. 

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Track and Field begins competition on Day 7 of the Tokyo Games and four medal events will be decided in the pool in Friday’s coverage of the Olympics. The gymnastics women’s all-around competition will go on without defending gold medalist Simone Biles, who pulled out citing struggles with her mental health. Both the men’s and women’s American volleyball teams play, and the U.S. women’s basketball team faces Japan. The BMX Racing finals will be held in NBC’s late night coverage. 

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