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2021 Olympics: Live updates, news, medal count as closing ceremony ends Games; U.S. women’s hoops, volleyball win gold

Kevin Durant and the U.S. men’s basketball team try to snap their losing streak against Australia at the best possible time as they eye a spot in the gold-medal game. Elsewhere, there’s a lot of hope for U.S. gold in track and field tonight, April Ross and Alix Klineman continue their quest for beach volleyball gold, and the U.S. baseball team tries to set up a gold-medal rematch with Japan. Here’s a look at the top U.S.-centric events of Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Men’s basketball

What: United States vs. Australia

When: Thursday, 12:15 a.m.

TV: Peacock and streaming

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The real reason jazz drummer Moses Boyd should win the Mercury Prize this week

Recently, Moses Boyd was standing in a friend’s garden holding his godson in his arms when he received a phone call. He discovered that his debut solo album, Dark Matter, had been shortlisted for the 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize. He’d forgotten he’d even applied. “So much has happened since the album came out. It was surreal,” he tells me, a fortnight later, smiling with humble pride. “I’ve watched the Mercurys for years, from Ms Dynamite to Dizzee to Sampha. They’re important.”

The Dark Matter European tour ended with a show at Electric Brixton, in South London, on 12

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