Sports Scene, July 29-August 4

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Madden rides into history books 

Beezie Madden became the first woman in history to win the prestigious grand prix title at The Longines King George V Gold Cup CSIO5* in Hickstead, England. Aboard Cortes “C,” Madden jumped the track flawlessly and finished in 46.01 to claim the victory by more than one second.

Canoe/Kayak
Fabien Lefevre finished sixth in the K1 men’s division at the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup 4 in La Seu D’Urgell, Spain.
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Cycling
Team USA posted three top-10 finishes – highlighted by a fourth-place finish from Lea Davison – at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #5 in Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec.
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Equestrian
The U.S. National Show Jumping Team captured a pair of Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup titles at the CSIO5* Hickstead and CSIO5* Gijon. The back-to-back victories came on the heels of Team USA’s four-fault total in Hickstead, England, and eight-fault total in Gijon, Spain.
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Volleyball
The U.S. women’s national team defeated Japan, 25-27, 25-17, 25-22, 24-26, 15-11, in pool A of the FIVB World Grand Prix in Ankara, Turkey. Team USA is 1-2 against opponents and will face Russia, Korea and Brazil this week.
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Meanwhile, John Hyden and Tri Bourne tied for fifth place at the FIVB A1 Grand Slam in Klagenfurt, Austria.
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Spotlight On

Chicago, Kansas City, Kansas, Philadelphia and Washington will serve as host cities for the 2014 Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football Women’s Championship. The tournament will qualify three teams for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will serve as an important step on the road to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Also this week
Simone Biles claimed the women’s senior all-around title at the 2014 Secret U.S. Classic…The U.S. men’s national field hockey team defeated Mexico, 8-0…The U.S. junior national team finished eighth at the FINA World Junior Synchronized SwimmingChampionships…Zana Muno and Christian Jones tied for fifth place at the FIVB U19 World Championship.

Around the USOC

The USOC joins the Olympic Movement in celebrating thetwo-year countdown to the Rio 2016 Olympic Gamestoday by sharing thoughts from some of its top 2016 Olympic hopefuls and launching an online feature series dubbed “Ready for Rio” on TeamUSA.org.

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