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MUMBAI, India – As his teammates cried with joy, India's goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh scrambled atop his goalposts, his padded legs dangling, and stretched his arms wide, pumping two fists in the air.

The curse was broken.

When India defeated Germany to win a bronze medal Thursday in Olympic men's field hockey, it was the country's first medal in that sport since 1980 – a decade before any of the current players were even born.

Rarely does practice, in fact, make perfect.

But on Thursday, Chinese athlete Quan Hongchan performed two dives that received perfect 10 scores by all seven judges on her way to winning gold in the women's 10-meter platform final.

TOKYO — In an upset, 18-year-old Spaniard Alberto Ginés López has taken the first-ever Olympic gold medal in sport climbing, edging out U.S. climber Nathaniel Coleman. Jakob Schubert of Austria won bronze.

Seven of the top male climbers in the world faced off on a wall in Tokyo on Thursday evening local time, as two announcers – a woman speaking in Japanese and a man speaking in English – gave live commentary and a DJ blasted upbeat music. Break dancers performed — wouldn't you know it — during a break.

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It's called Shop Maryland Tax Free Week slated to begin this Sunday. It is designed to help many who are buying the necessities for those going back to school in the fall. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Comptroller Peter  Franchot about the upcoming week and about the problems with the state Department of Labor in responding to the pandemic.

TOKYO — An American teenager has made history at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Nevin Harrison, 19, became the first female athlete from the U.S. to win a gold medal in the sport of canoe sprint.

By winning a new event, the women's 200-meter canoe single, Harrison not only became the first U.S. woman to claim gold, but Games statisticians say she's only the third female teenager to win an Olympic canoe sprint race. Harrison beat her one-time idol and now rival, Canadian Laurence Vincent-Lapointe, who has won multiple world championships and took silver in the 200 meters.

British vaccinologist Sarah Gilbert now has a new accolade: It's a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll made in her image.

The Oxford University professor helped lead the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. Last month, she was given a damehood, and now, she shares her hairstyle, professional wardrobe and dark-rimmed glasses with Mattel Inc's new doll.

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President Biden on Thursday will unveil proposed rules that would set new fuel efficiency and emissions standards for vehicles, surrounded by union officials and carmakers that the White House says are behind the direction he's headed.

Transportation is the country's largest source of greenhouse gases, and the updated standards are a central plank in Biden's plan to cut climate-changing emissions.

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