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Monday’s must-watch list in Rio: Hoops, diving, gymnastics

The action continues Monday at the Rio Olympics. Here are some of the highlights:

U.S. women versus Spain, 11 a.m. ET: After setting a U.S. Olympic record by beating Senegal by a 65-point margin, the American women face a tougher test against Spain as Group B play continues. The team, which is vying for its sixth straight gold medal, has won 42 consecutive games in Olympic competition.

U.S. men versus Venezuela, 6 p.m. ET: With Brooklyn Nets guard Greivis Vasquez out injured, Venezuela has no NBA players and will be relying on the veteran leadership of 35-year-old John Cox, whose cousin is a former Team USA'er named Kobe Bryant. Venezuela played the Americans closer than the three other teams to visit the United States for a five-game exhibition tour, but that was still a 35-point blowout in Chicago that had Venezuela coach Nestor Garcia openly admitting: "We don't have a chance at this level." — Marc Stein

Men's team final, 3 p.m. ET: The U.S. men have been motivated for the past four years to get to this moment — avenge their disappointing fifth-place finish in London and get back on the Olympic podium in Rio. They could have a good chance, as they go into the final second overall behind defending Olympic champion China. Here is the lineup:

  • Floor exercise: Alex Naddour, Sam Mikulak, Jake Dalton

  • Pommel horse: Danell Leyva, Mikulak, Naddour

  • Still rings: Chris Brooks, Dalton, Naddour

  • Vault: Mikulak, Dalton, Naddour

  • Parallel bars: Mikulak, Brooks, Leyva

  • Horizontal bar: Mikulak, Brooks, Leyva

Preliminary heats, 12:17 p.m. ET start time: Another full day of swimming begins with Missy Franklin making her Rio debut in the 200-meter freestyle prelims. Katie Ledecky swims in the following heat in the event. In the evening, Conor Dwyer and Townley Hass will swim in the men's 200 free final, and Lilly King and Katie Meili, finished first and fifth in Sunday's prelims to earn spots in the women's 100 breaststroke. Russia's Yulia Efimova, who had the second-best time in qualifying, was booed by fans before and after the heat. She has twice been suspended for doping violations but was reinstated for the Games.

Women's sevens: Semifinals, 1:30 p.m. ET; final, 6 p.m. ET: The first Olympic women's rugby tournament finishes and it's down to four teams in both semifinals before the night finale: Australia versus Canada, then Great Britain versus New Zealand. The Aussies, who survived a tough draw versus the United States in their last group game before getting past Spain in the quarters, are still the heavy favorites for gold.

And finally …

Tomorrow David and I will represent Team USA in the Men's 10m Synchro Final. It has been a long journey to get to this moment, but the work is not done yet. Tomorrow, it's go time!

A photo posted by Steele Johnson (@steele_johnson) on

Men's synchronized final, 3 p.m. ET: Americans David Boudia and Steele Johnson are vying for gold, and conditions will be a factor. The U.S. diving team has been training in Rio for over a week, and the venue is open, and windy. Many of the diving teams have complained about how cold it has been, but the Americans hope their extended stay might play an advantage. The competition won't be easy, either. The Chinese powerhouse duo of Yue Lin and Aisen Chen are the ones to beat, while three-time Olympian Tom Daley and new diving partner Daniel Goodfellow are hoping to lock up a medal for Great Britain.


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