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Here are our 6 things to watch at the Tokyo Olympics

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Friday was day 15 of the Tokyo Olympics - and the stakes were high for Team USA in the medal hunt. Here's a look at some of the top picks of what and how to watch.

Both Team USA men's basketball and baseball were back in action and looking to be crowned the tops of their sports - while USA track star Allyson Felix won her 11th medal at the Tokyo Olympics, making her the most decorated American Olympian in track and field history.

Here are the 6 things to watch at the Tokyo Olympics.

1. Team USA Men's Basketball Defeats France to Win 4th Straight Gold Medal

The U.S. men’s basketball team got its revenge on France, winning the gold medal game at the Tokyo Olympics, 87-82.The Americans held only a seven-point lead with three minutes to go, just as they did in the preliminary game against France, where France went on a run and got the win.

The French cut it to three with 10 seconds left on two free throws by Nando De Colo, but Kevin Durant made both of his free throws with 8.8 seconds left to seal the win.

“It’s winning time,” Durant said after the game when asked how he came through for the team in the gold medal game. Now a three-time gold medalist, he became the U.S. men’s basketball team’s leading scorer of all time during the Tokyo tournament. Jayson Tatum added 19 points for the U.S. off the bench, while starting guards Jrue Holiday and Damian Lillard each tallied 11 points.

The American men have now won four straight gold medals. The American women aim to extend their own gold medal streak against Japan at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

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SAITAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 03: Damian Lillard #6 of Team United States drives to the basket against Rudy Fernandez #5 of Team Spain during the first half of a Men's Basketball Quarterfinal game on day eleven of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on August 03, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

2. Baseball Takes Home Silver in Olympic Return

Japan got the best of the U.S. baseball team in the gold medal game Saturday. The host country was undefeated over the course of the tournament and beat Team USA 2-0 for gold.

After Japan's Munetaka Murakami hit a solo home run in the third, the U.S. tried hard to tie things up, but a throwing error in the bottom of the eighth sealed the deal for Japan.

U.S. starter Nick Martinez pitched for six innings getting five hits, one earned run and seven strikeouts in the loss.

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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - AUGUST 07: Players of Team Unites States show dejection after their 0-2 defeat during the gold medal game between Team United States and Team Japan on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Yokohama Baseball Stadium on August 07, 2021 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

3. Team USA wins both 4x400m relays to bring total gold medal count to 36

If the United States catches China in the race for most gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, it will have both men and female track and field athletes from this morning’s 4x400m relay races to thank.

On the men’s side, Michael Cherry, Michael Norman, Bryce Deadmon and Rai Benjamin won gold in the 4x400m for the U.S. The Netherlands won silver, and Botswana wins bronze.

It was the ultimate redemption race for the US men’s team which had not medaled yet in track and field.

In what was the final race of her legendary Olympic career, Allyson Felix and the U.S. women's 4x400m relay team of Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad and Athing Mu ran to gold on a time of 3:16.85, finishing comfortably ahead of silver medal winner Poland (3:20.53). Jamaica took bronze with a time of 3:21.24.

The U.S. women's 4x400 relay team celebrates
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 07: Sydney McLaughlin, Allyson Felix, Dalilah Muhammad and Athing Mu of Team United States celebrate winning the gold medal in the Women' s 4 x 400m Relay Final on day fifteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

4. Nelly Korda Wins US Gold in Women's Olympic Golf Tournament

American golfer Nelly Korda won the women's Olympic golf tournament on Saturday morning.

Korda held off Japan’s Mone Inami and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

The win completed Team USA’s sweep of gold medals in golf since Xander Schauffele won the men’s tournament. Korda is the first American female golfer to win gold since 1900.

Korda shot a -2 (69) in her final round, which put her at -17 for the tournament.

She had a three-shot lead entering the final round but saw disappear as Ko and Inami came charging late.

With Korda in the lead by one stroke on the 17th hole, the play was suspended for 49 minutes due to a tropical storm Korda pared 18 to win gold. Inami and Ko went to a playoff to decide silver and bronze, with Inami winning silver and Ko bronze.

It was Japan’s medal in golf at the Olympics.

USA's Nelly Korda sets up a putt
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USA's Nelly Korda sets up her putt on the 18th green in round 3 of the womens golf individual stroke play during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe on August 6, 2021. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP) (Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images)

5. U.S. Women's Water Polo Team Wins Third Straight Gold

The U.S. women’s water polo team advanced to the gold medal match after a late surge gave them a 15-11 victory over the ROC.

It's a threepeat for the U.S. women's water polo team.

The U.S. won its third straight gold medal after defeating Spain 14-5 in the final on Saturday.

Maddie Musselman had three goals to lead Team USA. Aria Fischer, Kaleigh Gilchrist and Alys Williams each added two goals.

Ashleigh Johnson stops a goal in Olympic waterpolo
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Princeton graduate Ashleigh Johnson of United States blocks a goal during the Tokyo Olympics Waterpolo Tournament.

6. Jessica Springsteen, Team USA Win Silver in Equestrian Team Jump at Tokyo Olympics

For Jessica Springsteen and the U.S. equestrian team, these glory days will never pass them by.

Springsteen, the 29-year-old daughter of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, helped the U.S. win silver during the team jumping final on Saturday at the Tokyo Olympics.

The U.S. and Sweden finished tied atop the leaderboard with eight faults after the first three groups. That sent the two teams into a jump off, where all three riders from each team compete on a short course, with the fewest faults and a potential tiebreaker of fastest combined team score determining the gold medal winner.

Jessica Springsteen and her horse jump over a barrier
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TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 07: Jessica Springsteen of Team United States riding Don Juan Van de Donkhoeve competes in the Jumping Team Final at Equestrian Park on August 07, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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