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Olympic Monday: What to Watch For

It's a rest day for soccer with the finale of the group stages looming on Tuesday (Women) and Wednesday (Men). Sounder at Heart has your Rio Olympics Day 3 Open Thread featuring USA Basketball both Men and Women and a Water Polo grudge match for the ages

USA Men and Women in action today, but don't miss the Water Polo.
USA Men and Women in action today, but don't miss the Water Polo.
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We here at Sounder at Heart are giving you a daily Olympic open thread.  And since we are a soccer site, it naturally focuses on soccer.  Well today is the second rest day for the soccer tournament and the first since the games officially began, thus today we will have a shorter offering for you.

The #1 ranked USWNT played #3 France on Saturday and were able to earn a 1-0 win off a 63rd minute goal by Carli Lloyd.  The USA are joined by host Brazil and Canada with perfect records on six points.  The highlight of tomorrow's six third round games in the Women's portion of the Olympics is Germany v Canada.  Germany needed a late 88th minute goal to salvage a surprising draw against Australia on Saturday.  Germany is ranked #2 in the world but were outplayed for long stretches by the Matildas.  Australia was pretty easily handled by Canada in the opener, so the question is: Is Canada just really good?  Or was it a just a bad day for the Aussie's in their opener?  The USWNT will have Colombia on Tuesday.

Other Notable Olympic Broadcasts Today:

Table Tennis, Round 3 Men's and Women's
Starts at 6 AM, shares the broadcast with Fencing and Equestrian until 11:30 AM, USA Network

Women's Basketball: USA v Spain

Sailing, Early Rounds.  (Notable because of the state of the water in the bay might be a big storyline.)

Men's Basketball: USA v Venezuela

Men's Water Polo: Montenegro v Croatia

NBC Primetime featuring Diving, Gymnastics, Swimming and Beach Volleyball

Note on tape delays after watching two straight days of Olympics coverage.  Anything you watch on cable or on the NBC Sports stream will be live.  NBC is tape delaying their Primetime broadcast and also the majority of content that appears on broadcast NBC, so Channel 5 in Seattle.  Primetime typically features Swimming and Gymnastics in Week 1 before transitioning to Track and Field in Week 2.  So if you don't want to be spoiled that Katie Ledecky just won another medal by a record margin, it's best to stay off social media.

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