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Brazil makes Olympic soccer finals for the first time in 24 years

For the first time in 24 years, Brazil will be playing for Olympic soccer gold, going up against Mexico in Saturday's final match.
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MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 29: Marcelo of Brazil evades the challenge of Stanislav Dragun of Belarus during the Men's Football first round Group C Match between Brazil and Belarus on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford on July 29, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Francis Bompard/Getty Images) (Francis Bompard/AFP/Getty Images)
The soccer-obsessed country has yet to win gold at the Olympics after trying for the past 60 years.

Gymnast Aly Raisman wins gold, matches Gabby Douglas

Aly Raisman, the US gymnastics team's captain, won gold in the floor exercises.
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Aly Raisman won the gold medal for the gymnastics floor series on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Hannah Johnston/AFP/Getty Images)
Aly Raisman won gold in the floor exercises Tuesday, tying up her gold medal wins with fellow US gymnast Gabby Douglas.

Missing Cameroon athletes all young, inexperienced

Seven missing athletes from Cameroon started to disappear last month. Though the reason for their disappearance is unknown, a history of Olympic "defections" dates back to the 1948 games.
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The seven Cameroon athletes missing from the Athletes Village at the 2012 London Olympics are all young and inexperienced competitors. Drusille Ngako (soccer), Paul Ekane Edingue (swimmer), Thomas Essomba, Christian Donfack Adjoufack, Abdon Mewoli, Blaise Yepmou Mendouo and Serge Ambomo (boxers) started to disappear last month. (London 2012/Courtesy)
Ngako reportedly left the women's soccer team on July 2 as it trained in Coventry.

On Location Video: Olympic frustration (And it’s got nothing to do with medals)

Fans and vendors complain about a lack of tickets and tourists. But they come anyway.
Fans and vendors surrounding the Olympic games share their frustrations about a lack of tickets to the games and tourists visiting their shops.

Memorial held for athletes murdered at 1972 Games

Widows of the slain athletes have been appealing to the IOC for a moment of silence during the opening ceremonies.

A home win for Team GB as Britain takes two more golds

Britain is narrowing in on its gold tally from Beijing with wins in cycling and show jumping.
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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: (L-R) Gold medalists Nick Skelton riding Big Star, Ben Maher riding Tripple X, Scott Brash riding Hello Sanctos and Peter Charles of Great Britain riding Vindicat celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Team Jumping on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on August 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) (Alex Livesey/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain is now only one gold away from beating the 19 it won in 2008's Beijing Games.

US Jennifer Suhr wins Olympic gold in the pole vault

US pole vaulter Jennifer Suhr wins the gold after clearing the 4.75 meter mark.

US women's Soccer beats Canada with last minute wonder goal

The US women beat Canada with a last minute header from Alex Morgan.
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US soccer players celebrate the winning goal in the London 2012 Olympic women's football semi final match between USA and Canada at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, on August 6, 2012. USA won 4-3. (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)

The US women's soccer team vanquished Canada in dramatic fashion, winning the 4-3 shoot out and advancing to the gold medal round.

The US's Alex Morgan, who had not scored since the opening match against France, earned the spotlight with a towering header in the final minutes of the game. 

"It was a crazy battle," Morgan said after the match, according to ABC News


Algerian runner Taoufik Makhloufi reinstated to London Olympics

Algerian runner Taoufik Makhloufi had been expelled for not trying hard enough in the 800 meters.
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(From left) Britain's Michael Rimmer, Iran's Sajad Moradi and Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi compete in the men's 800m heats at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Aug. 6, 2012. (FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
Algerian distance runner Taoufik Makhloufi was reinstated to the 1,500-meter Olympics final after being expelled amid accusations he "didn't try hard enough" in the 800 meters.

Japan beats France in Olympics women's soccer to make final

Japan's Yuki Ogimi and Mizuho Sakaguchi each scored, but France substitute Eugenie le Sommer pulled one back in the 75th minute.
In a nailbiting match, Yuki Ogimi and Mizuho Sakaguchi each scored for Japan, but France substitute Eugenie le Sommer pulled one back in the 75th minute.
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