Olympics 2016 Closing Ceremony start time tonight, broadcast TV channel, live stream
Published 3:32 pm Sunday, August 21, 2016
RIO DE JANEIRO — Tonight is the night for the Rio Olympics 2016 Closing Ceremony.
So, what times does the Olympics Closing Ceremony start tonight?
Closing Ceremony TV Channel: NBC
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Time: 6 p.m. central/7 p.m. eastern
To watch the closing ceremony live stream: TV: NBC | Stream (also delayed): NBCOlympics.com (Users will be required to log in after 30 minutes) | NBC Sports App (Users will be required to log in after 30 minutes)
The latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):
MEDAL ALERT: With soccer star Neymar in attendance, the Brazilian men’s volleyball team swept Italy for the gold medal.
Brazil won 25-22, 28-26, 26-24 on Sunday for its third gold medal in volleyball, which became an Olympic sport in 1964. Captain Bruno went into the stands to embrace Neymar after the victory.
The Brazilians were playing in their fourth consecutive gold-medal match. The team finished with the silver in London and Beijing after winning Gold in Athens.
Italy was seeking its first-ever gold medal in the sport. The team also won the silver medal in Atlanta and Athens.
The Brazilians advanced to the final in a sweep of defending champion Russia in the semifinals, extracting a bit of revenge for London where Brazil had settled for the silver.
The Italians defeated the United States in a five-set semifinal. The Americans won the bronze medal earlier Sunday with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Russia.
Two Mongolian wrestling coaches have taken off their clothing, one all the way down his underwear, to protest the result of a bronze medal match.
Uzbekisatn’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov appeared to have lost to Mandakhnaran Ganzorig 7-6 at 65 kilograms on Sunday.
Uzbekistan challenged the scoring, likely because the Mongolian began running around in celebration with less than 10 seconds left rather than engaging with Navruzov.
Navruzov won his challenge and the match on criteria as the last wrestler to score.
Ganzorig, who had already started celebrating, fell to his knees in disappointment.
The Mongolian coaches went much further than that.
Byambarenchin Bayoraa took his shoes and shirt off and threw them to the mat in disgust in front of the officials.
Tsenrenbataar Tsostbayar stripped all the way down to his blue briefs. The Brazilian crowd started chanting “Mongolia! Mongolia!”
MEDAL ALERT: Russian Soslan Ramonov has won the gold medal at 65 kilograms in the men’s freestyle Olympic wrestling tournament.
Ramonov thumped Azerbaijan’s Toghrul Asgarov 11-0 in just 2:05 on Sunday.
Asgarov, who was going for his second consecutive Olympic championship, beat defending world champion Frank Chamizo of Italy with a takedown w/ 17 seconds left in his run to the finals.
But he was no match for Ramonov, who scored a staggering 18 points in his semifinal win before dispatching Asgarov in the title match.
American Frank Molinaro fell just shy of a bronze medal, falling to Chamizo 5-3.
MEDAL ALERT: Uzbekistan boxer Shakhobidin Zoirov has won the flyweight gold medal.
Zoirov swept the scorecards for a unanimous decision victory over Russian Misha Aloian on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Zoirov was hoisted on the shoulders of one of his cornermen and paraded around the ring in a victory celebration.
Aloian won the first round but Zoirov took the second and third rounds on all three scorecards to win the second gold medal bout of the day at Riocentro Pavilion 6.
MEDAL ALERT: Claressa Shields has become the first American boxer of either gender to win two Olympic boxing gold medals.
Shields on Sunday beat Netherlands fighter Nouchka Fontijn by unanimous decision to win her second middleweight gold. She was the star of the London Games and again was the class of her division.
The 21-year-old Flint, Michigan native, raised her arms in the corner toward friends and family in the stands after the third round. The fourth round was simply a coronation for a fighter who put women’s boxing on the map. Women’s boxing made its debut at the London Games.
Shields rocked Fontijn with a big right to the face in the second round that jolted the crowd. She gestured toward Fontijn to come fight in the fourth round. By then, it was way too late for Fontijn.
She performed a cartwheel in the ring, then took a victory lap with the American flag on her back.
MEDAL ALERT: Nino Schurter of Switzerland pulled away from reigning champion Jaroslav Kulhavy of the Czech Republic on the penultimate lap to win the Olympic mountain bike race.
It was a reversal of their finish at the 2012 London Games, when Kulhavy overtook Schurter in the final section of turns within sight of the finish at Hadleigh Farm.
Schurter, who also won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games, covered the 34-kilometer course in 1 hour, 33 minutes, 28 seconds. Kulhavy was 50 seconds back while Carlos Coloma of Spain took bronze.
Five-time world champion Julien Absalon of France, who intends to retire after this season, was eighth. World road race champion Peter Sagan had two flat tires and finished out of contention.
Pau Gasol scored 31 points in perhaps his final Olympic game and Spain added a bronze to its collection on Sunday with an 89-88 win over Australia, again denied its first medal inside the rings.
Sergio Rodriguez made two free throws with 5.4 seconds left and the Spaniards, who captured silver in 2008 at Beijing and the London Games, got the defensive stop they needed as Australia fumbled the ball away on its last possession.
Gasol and his teammates celebrated by piling on top of each other near center court. This wasn’t the medal they wanted, but they’ll take it.
For the Aussies, it’s more Olympic heartbreak. Several players were in tears after Australia finished fourth for the fourth time.
Patty Mills scored 30 and David Anderson 15 for the Aussies, who played almost the entire second half without Andrew Bogut. The 7-footer fouled out less than two minutes into the third quarter.
The Olympic Council of Ireland says the Brazilian police have seized passports, phones and laptops from members of its delegation in Rio de Janeiro as part of a ticket-scalping investigation.
The OCI says the unspecified number of people have been asked to “present for questioning at a local police station on Tuesday.”
In a statement, the OCI says police arrived early Sunday at its offices in the Olympic Village and accommodation elsewhere in Rio.
The Irish organization says no arrests were made but the “police took possession of their passports along with their phones and laptops.”
Unused official tickets were also taken.
The investigation has already seen the head of the Olympic Council of Ireland, Patrick Hickey, arrested. He remains in jail in Rio.
Wrestling’s international federation has removed three officials from competition and suspended them indefinitely after a questionable scoring call in a quarterfinal match Sunday.
United World Wrestling says Tong-Kun Chung of South Korea, Temo Kazarashvili of Georgia and Russia’s Sergei Novakoskiy, who oversaw the match between Puerto Rico’s Franklin Gomez and Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan, also face further investigation and possible sanctions.
Gomez had tied the match at 5-5 and held the lead based on criteria. Gomez went for a takedown of Navruzov with what appeared to be a scoring move before Navruzov grabbed Gomez and exposed him to the mat.
It appeared the action could have resulted in two points for Gomez or even two points for each wrestler.
Instead, the officials gave two points to Navruzov and none to Gomez — sparking outrage from fans inside the Arena Carioca 2 after the replay was shown. After a failed challenge, Gomez lost 8-5.
The appearance of any officiating impropriety could do harm to a sport that is just three years removed from being kicked off and later reinstated onto the Olympic program.
But UWW president Nenad Lalovic defended the officiating during the Olympics in an interview with The Associated Press.
“We had for the whole tournament, maybe hundreds of matches and one or two situations were made doubtful, I would say. I think the situation is much better than we had before. Much, much better. Of course, we need time to cure all our diseases,” Lalovic said.
The men’s Olympic mountain bike race has begun on a soggy, muddy course in Deodoro with Czech rider Jaroslav Kulhavy trying to defend his gold medal against a stout field of challengers.
World champion Nino Schurter of Switzerland and former world champ Julien Absalon of France are the main contenders, but all eyes will also be on Slovakian star Peter Sagan.
Sagan is the reigning world road race champion but chose to race off road in Rio. He is a former junior mountain bike world champion but hasn’t been in a major race in years.
Sagan has been training in the United States since finishing the Tour de France.
U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun says further action is coming in the matter of 12-time swimming medalist Ryan Lochte and his three teammates whose story of a robbery overshadowed the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Blackmun offered no details on what disciplinary action may be coming, but made no effort to hide his frustration with the matter.
“They let down our athletes,” Blackmun said. “They let down Americans.”
Lochte originally described the incident as an armed robbery, before the story unraveled.
In televised interviews that aired Saturday, Lochte backtracked and said he “over-exaggerated” the story. Police said Lochte and three of his swimming teammates — all four were gold medalists — vandalized a bathroom after a night of partying and armed guards confronted them and asked them to pay for the damage.
Blackmun said Lochte’s story also harmed Brazil in how the storyline took a great deal of attention off the Rio Games themselves.
A Mongolian weightlifter has been kicked out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after failing a doping test.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Chagnaadorj Usukhbayar tested positive for testosterone and was disqualified from the games.
The 19-year-old Usukhbayar competed in the 56-kilogram division but did not finish the event.
The decision was announced on the final day of the games.
CAS has a special anti-doping division in Rio to handle Olympic doping cases for the first time. The IOC turned over the responsibility to CAS to make the process more independent.
It wasn’t the medal they were looking for, but Germany’s men’s handball team leaves with bronze after beating Poland 31-25 on Sunday.
Germany had arrived in Rio as European champion and looked a strong contender to win the tournament until a narrow defeat to 2012 gold medalist France in the semifinals on Friday.
Germany was 8-5 down midway through the first half, but a 10-minute scoring frenzy turned that into a 14-10 lead and Germany never looked back on its way to a first Olympic medal since silver in 2004.
Tobias Reichmann led Germany with seven goals on Sunday, while Krzysztof Lijewski had five for Poland, which had not won a medal since bronze in 1976.
France plays Denmark for the gold medal later Sunday.