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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Brazilians are one step away from a shot at Olympic gold, and nothing could make the host nations fans happier.Womens soccer has not traditionally been popular in Brazil, but Marta and her teammates have been capturing hearts as theyve traveled across the country en route to a semifinal match against Sweden on Tuesday at the Maracana Stadium.Some fans have even replaced Neymars name on their No. 10 jerseys with Martas.We are aware of the pressures, Brazil coach Vadao said through a translator on Monday. The result has to be a gold because thats a need for womens football.Although Brazil is a win away from the gold-medal match, the team will first have to overcome a pumped up Sweden team that knocked off the three-time defending champion United States in the quarterfinals. The loss sent the top-ranked Americans home without a medal for the first time at the Olympics. The World Cup champions were vying for their third straight gold.Sweden deployed a defensive strategy against the United States and won 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. Afterward, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo drew attention for calling Sweden a bunch of cowards for the style of play.Its a good bet that Sweden will use a similar tactic against Brazil, which defeated the Swedes 5-1 in group play. Marta and Beatriz each had two goals.Brazil, ranked eighth in the world, finished atop Group E and went on to defeat upstart Australia in the quarterfinals, advancing 7-6 on penalties after a scoreless draw.The Brazilians have twice won silver medals at the Olympics, where womens soccer made its debut in 1996. Both times, at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Games, the United States won in the final.Sweden, ranked No. 6, finished third in the group before the big win over the United States. Swedens best finish at the games was in Athens, when the team fell to Germany in the bronze-medal match.Now we have so much energy. The way we talk about the game tomorrow, its a special moment, Sweden coach Pia Sundhage said. I thought it was a really special moment in the quarterfinal against the United States. And now we have another one. That is unique. In the same tournament, you have two special games. Now we have a chance to win a medal, and well take it.Vadao said Brazil will be without defender Fabiana, who was stretchered off in the match against the Matildas. Veteran Cristiane, who has the most Olympic goals all-time among women, with 14, is a game-time decision because of a hamstring injury.Nearly 70,000 tickets have been sold for the match at the historic 78,000-seat stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Tuesdays other semifinal match, between Canada and Germany, will be played about 275 miles to the north in Belo Horizonte. The Olympic soccer tournament has been played in cities across the country, in addition to Rio.Canada, which won bronze four years ago, is the only team from the medal round at the London Games that has returned to the semifinals in Brazil. Canada defeated France in the quarterfinals, Sweden ousted the United States, and Japan (silver) didnt qualify for the tournament.Ranked No. 10 in the world, Canada has had a brilliant run in Brazil, with wins in all four of its matches, three of which were against top-five teams. One of those victories was a 2-1 upset of No. 2 Germany in group play.Germany also made it through, however, by beating China 1-0 on Friday in Salvador. Melanie Behringer scored the only goal for the reigning European champions. Michael Dunn Jersey . It was just business as usual for the Thunder at home. Durant scored 32 points and the Thunder beat the Bulls 107-95 on Thursday night for their eighth straight win. Dewayne Hendrix Jersey . 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Johanna Konta has split from Spanish coach Esteban Carril.The news comes as a surprise given the 25-year-olds meteoric rise under the guidance of Carril.There has so far been no comment from Konta or her agent but Carril confirmed the split in an email to Press Association Sport.Konta turned to Carril, who is the director of an academy in Gijon, after having her funding cut by the Lawn Tennis Association.At that stage, Konta was ranked outside the top 100, but her rapid rise began in the summer of 2015 when she reached the fourth round of the US Open as a qualifier.She began 2016 with a stunning run to the semifinals of the Australian Open and has continued to climb the rankings since, finishing the year as the first British woman to be ranked in the top 10 since Jo Durie 32 years ago.Carril also introduced Konta to mental coach Juan Coto, whose influence has arguably been even more important in helping her overcome performance anxiety.Konta, who was named the WTAs most improved player for 2016, will begin next season at the Shenzhen Open in China, startingg on Jan.dddddddddddd 1.News of the split comes hot on the heels of Milos Raonics announcement that he will no longer be working with another Spaniard, former world No. 1 Carlos Moya.Moya joined Raonics team at the start of the year and helped the Canadian to the best season of his career, capped by a Wimbledon final appearance and ascent to world No. 3.Raonic wrote on Instagram: Thank you to Carlos Moya for helping me tremendously this year, alongside my team, to get the best out of me. Under Carlos direction and tutelage I have played my best yet to date. We will no longer be continuing our coaching relationship but remain close friends. I wish him all the best.Raonic, who was also advised by John McEnroe this year, will continue to work with his main coach Riccardo Piatti.As well as Raonic and Konta, Madison Keys, Elina Svitolina,?Kristyna Pliskova?and David Goffin have all parted company with coaches after career-best years. ' ' '

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