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5 To Watch: USA Takes on Serbia for Gold in Men's Basketball

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US MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM LOOKS GOLDEN

The U.S. men’s basketball team has had to answer questions about being a disappointment in Olympic competition. But as the U.S. heads into a gold medal showdown with Serbia, who the U.S. defeated 94-91 earlier in the Games, they are the only undefeated team in the tournament at 5-0.

HOW TO WATCH: You can see Team USA, featuring Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, go for gold live online at 11:45 a.m. PT or during NBC's daytime coverage.

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CLOSING CEREMONY

The first Olympics in South America will come to an end at Maracanã Stadium for the Closing Ceremony. The Mayor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, will receive the Olympic flag symbolizing the conclusion of the Rio Olympics and the start to the 2020 Summer Games. Many details are being kept under wraps but look for five-time gymnastics medalist Simone Biles to carry the U.S. flag at the ceremony for Team USA. Norwegian electronic musical Kygo is expected to perform. Brazilian soccer legend Pele, who had hoped to attend the Opening Ceremony before he was sidelined for ill health, could potentially make an appearance on Sunday.

HOW TO WATCH: NBC will air coverage of the Closing Ceremony from 8 p.m.  to 10:30 p.m. PT. A one-hour special looking back at the defining moments of the game will air at 7 p.m. PT.

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US VOLLEYBALL MEN AIM FOR BRONZE

A little less than 48 hours removed from a shocking loss to Italy in the semifinals, can a young American team rebound to take the bronze from a Russian squad that lost in three sets to Brazil?

HOW TO WATCH: Catch Team USA take on Russia live on USA Network or live online at 5:30 a.m. PT.
 
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CLARESSA SHIELDS FIGHTS FOR BACK-TO-BACK OLYMPIC GOLD

Can Claressa Shields make history again? Don’t bet against her. The reigning Olympic gold medalist in the women’s middleweight division has run through her competition in Rio, leaving the Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn as the only fighter who could end Shields’ dreams for a repeat.

HOW TO WATCH: You can see Shields go for the gold on NBCSN or live online when boxing coverage begins at 10 a.m. PT.

MEN’S MARATHON

Guor Marial, 32, may not appear at the podium but he's one to watch. South Sudan's flag bearer is competing in his second Olympics but for the first time representing his country, which gained independence in 2011. Marial reportedly lost 28 members of his family during Sudan's civil war and escaped slavery before being taken into the U.S. as a refugee.

HOW TO WATCH: Watch live coverage online at 5:30 a.m. PT or tune in to NBC's daytime coverage.

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SWEDISH WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM FACES BRAZIL IN SEMIFINAL 

After booting the U.S. team from the Olympics with a stunning win, Sweden now looks to play its way into a gold medal match, but it must first play host team Brazil.

In the teams’ first matchup at the 2016 Olympics, Brazil dismantled Sweden 5-1 in one of the most impressive performances of the tournament. Brazil is led by five-time FIFA Player of the Year Marta, who is recognized as one of the best women’s soccer players ever.

HOW TO SEE IT: Catch live coverage of live online and on NBC Sports Network at 12 p.m. ET.

STREAM: http://stream.nbcolympics.com/womens-soccer-semifinal-match-2 

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ES GOES FOR INDIVIDUAL GOLD
It’s Simone time. After leading her team to gold in the all-around team event Tuesday, Biles is looking for an individual gold medal to call her own as she and 23 other women, including U.S. teammate Aly Raisman, compete in the all-around final. 
Coming to Rio as a heavy favorite, Biles has excelled under the pressure and the spotlight. On Thursday, she’ll have another opportunity to shine.
How to Watch: Catch the American women 3:00 p.m. ET live online. 
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