Olympic Daily News: 26 September 2020

Get your daily update of Olympic news: Trivia, trends, and talking points with Rafa Nadal, LeBron James, Kobe's baby daughter Capri, and a gold medal-winning rat

By Olympic Daily News: 26 September 2020 ·

Ever seen a rat win a gold medal?

You have now. Magawa is a rat trained to sniff out landmines in Cambodia which represent a real threat to ordinary people going about their daily lives.

Magawa found 39 landmines and 28 unexploded munitions, helping to clear land the size of 20 football fields.

In the video below you can see him proudly sporting his 'gold medal award for life-saving bravery', presented by the UK-based charity The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA).

Magawa was trained by another non-profit organization called APOPO in Tanzania, which teaches rats how to identify unexploded ordnance (UXO).

Celtics push Heat to Game 6

But Magawa isn't the only one going for gold.

The NBA served up another big moment as the Boston Celtics refuse to lay down to the Miami Heat. Jason Tatum blazed the third quarter and the Celtics ran away with Game 5 by 121-108.

That keeps the Celtics alive in the series, but Miami still lead 3-2 and can end it with a win on Sunday.

Lakers lead Nuggets 3-1

In the other conference final Lebron and the Lakers signed off on a 108-114 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 4.

26 points from King James helped put the Lakers in the driving seat at 3-1 in the series.

Kobe

And while we're on the Lakers, here's Capri Bryant walking around the house with a picture of daddy Kobe.

Never forgotten.

Roland Garros preview

Let's keep the ball bouncing with tennis, just two weeks ago we saw the US Open come to an end and now it's France's turn as Roland Garros starts tomorrow.

Will Rafael Nadal make Paris his own once more, will 2018 winner Simona Halep live up to the 'favourite' tag many have put on her?

Here's everything you need to know.

Guess who's back

There's fantastic news for cycling fans today, Remco Evenepoel is back on the training bike!

A horror crash in Italy during the Tour of Lombardia in saw him careen over a bridge and suffer a dangerous fall, but just six weeks later he's smiling and working his way back to fitness.

Indomitable.

Dog Training

Sports commentator Andrew Cotter has been brightening our days with these funny videos of his two labs Olive and Mabel.

Here they are in training. 'Leave it!'

Trivia

So yesterday we asked who the first Russian woman to win figure skating singles gold is, and the answer is Adelina Sotnikova.

With the French Open starting tomorrow, here's a tennis question about Roland Garros' most dominant player today: Rafa Nadal won two Olympic gold medals, singles at Beijing 2008 and doubles at Rio 2016, but who was his partner in Brazil?

  1. Feliciano Lopez
  2. Marc Lopez
  3. Carlos Moya
  4. Fernando Verdasco

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Here's some more figure skating about Adelina Sotnikova who became the first Russian figure skater to win Olympic gold at Sochi 2014.