Rio update: Michigan soccer player wins bronze
A disappointment for the host country turned into a celebration for a Michigan athlete Friday at the Rio Olympics.
Former University of Michigan soccer player Shelina Zadorsky and her Canadian teammates shocked the Brazil women, winning the bronze medal with a 2-1 victory.
Christine Sinclair scored in her 250th international match and Canada, and 17-year-old Deanne Rose scored in the 25th, becoming the youngest woman to score in the Olympics.
Sinclair added her 11th career Olympic goal in the 52nd. She ranks second among Olympic scorers, behind Brazil’s Cristiane's 14.
Brazil avoided the shutout with a left-footed strike by Beatriz in the 79th minute.
Canada won the bronze medal at the London Olympics.
Germany and Sweden play for the gold medal later Friday at Rio’s famed Maracana Stadium.
Other athletes with ties to Michigan in action Friday:
* Aron Baynes, a center for the Pistons, leads Australia against Serbia in the men's basketball semifinals at 6 p.m.
* Draymond Green, the Saginaw native and former Michigan State forward, leads Team USA against Spain in the men’s basketball semifinals at 2:30 p.m.
* Flint boxer Claressa Shields moved into Sunday's gold medal final with a unanimous decision over Kazakhstan’s Dariga Shakimova in the middleweight (75 kg) semifinals.