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5 to Watch: UConn Stars, Gymnastics and Near Perfection

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    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: The United States celebrate during a Women's Preliminary Round basketball game between the United States and Senegal on day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Carioca Arena 1 on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    IT'S UCONN DAY IN RIO

    Well, not really, but it could be, when five former Huskies took the floor for the U.S. women's basketball team's game against Senegal on Sunday.

    The US Women defeated Senegal 121-46. The team broke their own record for most points scored in the Olympics.

    Former UConn stars Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore and Tina Charles are all Olympic veterans, but Rio marks the first Olympics for former UConn all-everything Breanna Stewart.

    They're playing for their former coach, Geno Auriemma, as the team tries to win its sixth straight gold medal.

    How to Watch: You can see a replay of the USA's game against Senegal here.

    (L-R) US gymnasts Lauren Hernandez, Simone Biles, Madison Kocian, Alexandra Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas pose for a photo at a practice session of the women's Artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Arena on Aug. 4, 2016.
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    THE GYMNASTS TAKE THE FLOOR

    Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and the other American gymnasts will be competed on all of the apparatuses, from balance beam to uneven bars, to qualify for the finals in team, all-around and event competition. The top eight teams, including Team USA advanced to the finals. The U.S. Olympic women are the favorites to take team gold medal.

    Douglas didn’t have a great performance at the Olympic Trials, but the reigning all-around gold medalist is hoping to bounce back and lead the team to a second team gold in a row.

    How to Watch: See the women begin the qualifying round as they try to defend their gold medal here on your smartphone or desktop computer, or on NBC Sports, at 4:30 p.m. ET.

    Katie Ledecky of the United States competes in the final heat for the Women's 800 Meter Freestyle during Day Seven of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CenturyLink Center on July 2, 2016, in Omaha, Nebraska.
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    LEDECKY GOES SOLO

    Swimmer Katie Ledecky continues her quest to dominate the Rio Games after anchoring the U.S. women’s 4x100-meter freestyle Saturday night.

    Ledecky advanced to the final in her 400m freestyle. During her qualification heat she set an Olympic record with a time of 3:58.71.

    Ledecky, 19, made a big splash four years ago in London. She is competing in five events this summer: the 200-meter, 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle along with the 4x200-meter free relay to go with Saturday’s race.

    She went into the Olympics with the world record in 400-meter freestyle, so she’ll have one eye on her opponents in the pool and one on the clock when she dives in for the high-octane event.

    How to Watch: The final will be at 9 p.m. ET or you can stream it from any device here.

    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06: Meghan O'Leary and Ellen Tomek of the United States compete during the Women's Double Sculls Heat 2 on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Lagoa Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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    ROWING REBOUND

    Rowers with Connecticut ties were unable to compete Sunday because of high wings causing dangerous conditions in the lagoon. Andrew Campbell, Jr. and Charlie Cole, who are both from New Canaan, were scheduled to compete in separate events. Campbell, Jr rows in the men's lightweight double sculls, while Cole is competing in the men's four.

    Former ESPN employee Meghan O'Leary and her rowing partner, Ellen Tomek, suffered a setback in their preliminary heat on Saturday and were slated to row in the repechage on Sunday to try and get back in contention for a medal.

    Events were pushed back to Monday.

    How to watch: The rowing events are expected to restart Monday at 7:30 a.m. You can watch them on any device by clicking here.

    Tingmao Shi and Minxia Wu of China practice during a training session at the Maria LenkAquatics Centre ahead of the the 2016 Olympics on Aug. 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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    DIVER’S QUEST FOR 5 RECORDS

    The sport of diving is a matter of centimeters — it’s incredibly difficult to pull off a perfect dive.

    But China’s Wu Minxia has a different kind of perfection in mind, and it starts with women’s synchronized 3-meter springboard on Sunday. She could set five records on Sunday, including most Olympic diving gold medals by an individual — she’s tied with five other divers at the moment, including American star of the 1984 and '88 games, Greg Louganis.

    "I am looking forward to perfection on my competition day," Wu told the South China Morning Post last week.

    How to Watch: See the diving action here on your smartphone or desktop computer beginning at 3 p.m. ET.