Long Tokyo Olympics. The British women’s soccer team has pledged to take a knee before kickoff against Chile in their

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Athlete activism is making a comeback at these Olympic Games. When play starts at the Tokyo Games on Wednesday,

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Long-banned athlete protest acts expected at Tokyo Olympics

The British women’s soccer team has pledged to take a knee before kickoff against Chile in their Olympic tournament opener in Sapporo, to show support for racial justice.

‘We want to show to everyone this is something serious,” Britain defender Demi Stokes said. “What a way to do it, on an Olympic stage.’

What is common in modern soccer starts a new era for Olympic athletes more than 50 years after the raised black-gloved fists of American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos in Mexico City made them icons and pariahs.

Still, it is a limited freedom allowed by the International Olympic Committee, which just this month eased its longstanding ban on all athlete protest inside the Games field of play. The change followed two reviews in 18 months by the IOC’s own athletes commission which advised against it.

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Guant’namo Bay inmate sent to home country in Biden policy shift

The top half of the sixth inning in the game between the Padres and Washington Nationals had just ended in front of about 33,000 fans when several shots were heard on South Capitol Street, just outside the third-base side of the stadium. But in the moment, no one knew whether the rapid series of shots was coming from inside the ballpark or beyond.

A Florida man who breached the U.S. Senate chamber carrying a Trump campaign flag was sentenced Monday to eight months behind bars, the first resolution for a felony case in the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6.

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NBC News’ Courtney Kube reports on the details of the transfer from the facility on the American base in Cuba.

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Podium acts like Gwen Berry’s are getting tired – but still one of our freedoms: Ted Diadiun

Gwendolyn Berry, left, looks away as DeAnna Price and Brooke Andersen stand for the national anthem after the finals of the women’s hammer throw at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Eugene, Oregon. Price won, Andersen was second and Berry finished third. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)AP

CLEVELAND — Today is July 4, the date on which we annually celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in this country, earned by the inspired leadership, courage and blood of uncounted forebears.

So it seems an appropriate time to reflect on America’s best-known female hammer thrower, and her exercise of her freedom to annoy us.

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