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Jul 26, 2015

U.S. win women’s baseball; Uruguay claim soccer gold

TORONTO (Reuters) – The United States won the inaugural women’s baseball competition at the Pan American Games on Sunday, while Uruguay beat defending champion Mexico in the men’s soccer final on the closing day of competition.

Ecuador’s Andres Chocho, who battled both laryngitis and a stomach problem over the last three weeks, led a Latin American sweep of the podium in the men’s 50km walk as he crossed in a season-best three hours, 50 minutes and 13 seconds.

Jul 26, 2015

Pan Am athletes leave lasting impression

TORONTO (Reuters) – There was no shortage of awe-inspiring moments at the 2015 Pan American Games as standout athletes left a lasting impression with performances that may lead to greater success on the Olympic stage.

Many of the athletes at the two-week, multi-sport event between countries from North America, Latin America, South America and the Caribbean were hardly household names when they arrived but made a big splash at the Games.

Jul 25, 2015

De Grasse wins again; Oliver makes golden Pan Am debut

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian sprinting sensation Andre De Grasse won his second Pan American Games gold medal in three days but it was the United States that dominated the athletics competition on Friday.

De Grasse, two days removed from winning the marquee men’s 100 meters final, delivered a stellar performance in the 200m final as he crossed in 19.88 seconds to break his own national record and set a Pan Am Games mark.

Jul 24, 2015

Brazilian Pan Am athlete wanted for sexual assault

TORONTO (Reuters) – A member of the Brazilian men’s water polo team who won a silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games is wanted on a warrant for sexual assault, Toronto police said on Friday.

Police in the host city for the July 10-26 Pan Am Games said an arrest warrant has been issued for 27-year-old Thye Mattos Ventura Bezerra after a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted.

Jul 24, 2015

Dwyer sets Pan Am mark in 200 meters; siblings win four medals

TORONTO (Reuters) – Jamaican sprinter Rasheed Dwyer broke a 44-year-old Pan American Games record on Thursday, a Canadian brother and sister won a combined four medals and a sexagenarian qualified for the Rio Olympics in equestrian.

Ian Millar, a 68-year-old Canadian competing in his 10th consecutive Pan Am Games, led his country to a gold medal in team equestrian to give Canada an automatic berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Jul 24, 2015

Games-Dwyer sets Pan Am mark in 200m; siblings win four medals

TORONTO, July 23 (Reuters) – Jamaican sprinter Rasheed Dwyer broke a 44-year-old Pan American Games record on Thursday, a Canadian brother and sister won a combined four medals and a sexagenarian qualified for the Rio Olympics in equestrian.

Ian Millar, a 68-year-old Canadian competing in his 10th consecutive Pan Am Games, led his country to a gold medal in team equestrian to give Canada an automatic berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Jul 23, 2015

De Grasse wins 100m title; St. Lucia strikes Pan Am gold

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s Andre De Grasse and Jamaica’s Sherone Simpson won their respective 100 metres finals at the Pan American Games on Wednesday while St. Lucia enjoyed a landmark moment at the multi-sport competition.

De Grasse, Canada’s newest sprinting sensation, took the men’s final in 10.05 seconds in front of his home crowd while three-times Olympic medallist Simpson crossed the line in a season-best 10.95.

Jul 23, 2015

De Grasse wins 100 metres title; St. Lucia strikes Pan Am gold

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s Andre De Grasse and Jamaica’s Sherone Simpson won their respective 100 metres finals at the Pan American Games on Wednesday while St. Lucia enjoyed a landmark moment at the multi-sport competition.

De Grasse, Canada’s newest sprinting sensation, took the men’s final in 10.05 seconds in front of his home crowd while three-times Olympic medallist Simpson crossed the line in a season-best 10.95.

Jul 23, 2015

NFL’s Goodwin wins Pan Am silver ahead of training camp

TORONTO (Reuters) – National Football League speedster Marquise Goodwin turned heads at the Pan American Games by winning a silver medal in men’s long jump on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old American, who is scheduled to attend NFL training camp next week with the Buffalo Bills, had a season-best jump of 8.27 meters in the third of six rounds to earn his first medal in international competition.

Jul 23, 2015

Games-NFL’s Goodwin wins Pan Am silver ahead of training camp

TORONTO, July 22 (Reuters) – National Football League speedster Marquise Goodwin turned heads at the Pan American Games by winning a silver medal in men’s long jump on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old American, who is scheduled to attend NFL training camp next week with the Buffalo Bills, had a season-best jump of 8.27 metres in the third of six rounds to earn his first medal in international competition.