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Why wasn't Gabby Douglas at the VMAs with the rest of the Final Five?

Gabby Douglas can’t catch a break.

The Olympic champ had to skip out on presenting at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards with her teammates after a sudden hospitalization.

>> Gabby Douglas responds to criticism: 'I apologize'

Douglas took to Instagram on Sunday night to explain to fans why she wouldn’t be joining her teammates — Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman — at New York's Madison Square Garden. Alongside a photo of her wrapped tight in a blanket in what looks like a hotel room, Douglas wrote, “Out of the hospital & resting comfortably! #FinalFive so sad I can’t be with u all to present tonite @MTV thank u xoxo #VMAs #myview.”

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Out of the hospital & resting comfortably! #FinalFive so sad I can't be with u all to present tonite @MTV thank u xoxo #VMAs #myview A photo posted by Gabby Douglas (@gabbycvdouglas) on Aug 28, 2016 at 3:14pm PDT

>> Gabby Douglas apologizes over national anthem controversy

Douglas’ publicist confirmed her hospitalization to People.

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“Gabby is back in the hospital tonight being treated for a seriously infected past mouth injury,” the publicist said. “She continues to have deep swelling and adverse reactions to medications.”

>> Gabby Douglas criticized for lackluster celebration after Simone Biles, Aly Raisman win medals

While competing in Rio, the gymnast was under fire not once, but twice by critics. Douglas first faced backlash after she was photographed not holding her hand over her heart during the U.S. National Anthem, and was criticized again when she seemed to not be excited enough for Biles and Raisman after their respective gold and silver wins in the women’s all-around.

Olympic discus thrower auctions his silver medal for a boy with cancer

An Olympic discus thrower has auctioned off his silver medal to raise money for a child's cancer treatment.

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Poland's Piotr Malachowski won silver at the Olympics this month. After his win, Malachowski auctioned off his medal on eBay to the highest bidder.

Malachowski says the mother of a 3-year-old boy named Olek wrote to him asking for help so her son, who has retinoblastoma, can get treatment.

Retinoblastoma is a form of malignant eye cancer that primarily affects children under 5 years old. It can affect one or both eyes and can be hereditary.

Reports say the total cost of Olek's surgery is $126,000, and Malachowski says the treatment can only be done in New York.

He told his followers on Facebook about Olek last week in hopes of raising funds for the boy's treatment. The discus thrower took silver in both the 2008 and 2016 Olympic games. >> Click here to see his Facebook postZdobycie medalu olimpijskiego to dla sportowca spełnienie życiowych marzeń. Oczywiście najcenniejszy jest ten złoty....Posted by Piotr Małachowski on Friday, August 19, 2016

According to ESPN, the medal auction had raised around $19,000 when it ended on Tuesday.

The discus thrower says the funds he gets from the the auction will go directly to Olek's treatment. The Olympian wrote: "In Rio, I fought for gold. Today, I appeal to all — let's fight together for something that is even more valuable. The health of this fantastic boy."

Malachowski isn't the only Olympian to auction off his medal for a cause. U.S. swimmer Anthony Ervin sold his to bolster aid relief efforts after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. And famed Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko sold his medal from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics for more than $1 million as part of a fundraising event for his children's charity.

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In another Facebook post, Malachowski reported the goal for the fundraiser had been met.

Olek also has a page on the Polish charity site SiePomaga. As of Saturday morning, more than 12,000 people donated to the cause.

Every British Olympian had the same red bag; baggage claim chaos ensues

Some athletes who represented their countries during the Rio Olympics left Brazil after they finished their events, and other stayed until the closing ceremony. A number of athletes stayed in the country for days after the games ended.

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Among those was Team Great Britain, which flew home on Tuesday.

The team members, each of which went to Rio with a red suitcase, dealt with a debacle when they arrived at the airport's baggage claim.

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Eventually, everyone got their bag, according to Sports Illustrated, but it's unknown how long it took the British athletes to collect their bags individually when arriving in Rio or back in Great Britain.

Demand for Simone Biles selfies reportedly delays Rio Olympics closing ceremony

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles became quite a star during the 2016 Rio Olympic games – so much so that the closing ceremony was reportedly delayed because so many people wanted to take selfies with her.

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The gymnast, who won four gold medals and one bronze medal during this year's games, was named flag bearer for Sunday night’s show, becoming the first U.S. gymnast to have the honor.

According to the BBC, Biles was stopped so many times for photos during the parade of nations that the show was delayed.

>> PHOTOS: Closing ceremonies at the Rio Olympics

"What an incredible, breathtaking experience the 2016 Olympic Games this has been. All good things must end," Biles wrote on Instagram after the ceremony. "Thank you RIO for unforgettable memories. Being the flag bearer was a cherry on top! Congrats to all the other USA athletes as well. We killed it out there! GO TEAM USA."

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what an incredible breathtaking experience the 2016 Olympic Games this has been. All good things must end, Thank you RIO for unforgettable memories Being the flag bearer was a cherry on top! Congrats to all the other USA athletes as well. We killed it out there! GO TEAM USA A photo posted by Simone Biles (@simonebiles) on Aug 22, 2016 at 3:47am PDT

The United States performed well during the Olympics, winning 121 medals – almost double the next competing nation. China won 70, and Great Britain earned 67.

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“Couldn’t be prouder of #TeamUSA. Your determination and passion inspired so many of us. You carried that flag high tonight, @Simone_Biles!” President Obama tweeted Sunday night.

Ethiopian Olympic marathoner might have put his life in danger with protest gesture

Like many other Olympic athletes in the past, Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa made a gesture Sunday night when he crossed the finish line in Rio.

But simply making the sign with his arms could have cost the silver medalist his freedom or even his life if he returns home.

He told reporters after the race: "I was protesting for my people. ... If I go back to Ethiopia, maybe they will kill me. If I am not killed, maybe they will put me in prison."

Crossing one's arms over one's head as Lilesa did is a sign used by members of his Oromo tribe to protest the Ethiopian government.

Tensions between the Oromo and the government have been on the rise since last November, when the government announced plans to reallocate Oromo farmland for development.

The announcement sparked intense protests across the nation that lasted for months. 

Officials scrapped the idea in January, but demonstrations flared up once again in recent weeks over protesters who are still being detained. 

And according to a Human Rights Watch report, the government is using violence to stop the protests. The group says more than 400 people have been killed and thousands more injured.

"Oromo is my tribe ... Oromo people now protest (for) what is right, for peace, for a place," Lilesa said in a news conference after his medal ceremony.

Lilesa also said he has family members who are in prison, and "if they talk about democratic rights they are killed."

Lilesa, a father of two, said that because of the violence in his home country, he can't return to Ethiopia after the Olympics. He said he might stay in Brazil or go to Kenya or the U.S. if he can.

An Ethiopian government spokesman said Monday that Lilesa could return to the country and would receive "a heroic welcome," the Associated Press reported.

It's unclear if his post-race gesture will affect his win in Rio. The Olympics committee has stripped athletes of their medals over political statements in the past.

Watch: Usain Bolt interrupts interview to show respect for U.S. anthem

There were many highlights during the Summer Olympics that concluded Sunday night in Rio de Janeiro, and Jamaican runner Usain Bolt provided many of them.

Participating in his third Olympic Games, the record-setting sprinter won three more gold medals on the track. Just as appealing for many is Bolt's over-sized personality and theatrical approach he brings to the sport.

Even with his many memorable moments this year, one moment from the London Olympics is making headlines again.

In 2012, he stopped an interview with Television Espanola to show respect when the "Star-Spangled Banner" began to play.

Bolt asked if the interview was live, and the reporter said that it was, but the Olympian still paused the interview to turn and listen to the American anthem.

When the song finished, Bolt apologized for stopping the interview and then answered the reporter's question.

American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, who won the bronze in the men’s pole vault earlier this week, acted similarly recently in Rio.

Kendricks, who is listed as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, stopped mid-run on a jump during a qualifying round for the event.

"Those guys are really proud of me and have given me every chance to continue as a civilian," Kendricks told USA Today. "I am certainly looking to represent the Americans on two fronts, as a military man and as a U.S. athlete. I'm just trying to put my best foot forward for all those soldiers who are watching."

How Olympian Caster Semenya's medical condition became a controversy

Caster Semenya has become the unwilling face of an issue plaguing the Olympics. 

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The South African runner won the gold medal in the women's 800-meter final, beating the next-closest runner by more than a second. 

But she reportedly has a condition called hyperandrogenism, which causes much higher levels of testosterone than women typically have. 

There's speculation other athletes have the condition, as well — and it's led to criticism that they have an unfair advantage.

>> PHOTOS: Closing ceremonies at the Rio Olympics

In 2010, the International Association of Athletics Federations had Semenya sidelined while she underwent gender testing. She was eventually cleared to compete. 

For the 2012 Olympics, athletes with the condition were forced to take drugs that lower testosterone levels, but those rules were thrown out for the Rio Olympics. 

That's because The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that there was no clear evidence that athletes with hyperandrogenism have an unfair advantage over other athletes. 

Medical experts say hyperandrogenism can affect people in different ways, and athletes with the condition aren't necessarily guaranteed a competitive advantage. 

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But there is still frustration among the athletes. Lynsey Sharp, one of the runners competing against Semenya, said, "Everyone can see it's two separate races, so there's nothing I can do."

Semenya told the BBC that all the criticism is only helping her grow as a person.

"They're making you a better person," she said. "People should learn how to unite. Sport is all about uniting people and not discriminating."

Coach strips to underwear to protest Olympic wrestling match

It's common for emotions to run high during the final seconds of any Olympic event. Sometimes, outcomes are contested.

But one man undressed Sunday afternoon as he contested the final scoring of a wrestling match.

In the 65kg freestyle wrestling bronze medal match, Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navaruzov beat Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzorig 8-7 in a match that ended in controversy and two Mongolian coaches taking off their clothes at the Olympic venue.

In the final seconds of the match, Ganzorig led by one and began dancing to celebrate his imminent medal. That celebration didn't last long.

According to The Associated Press, Uzbekistan challenged the scoring. Officials awarded Navaruzov a penalty point, which also gave him the bronze medal because tie matches are decided by the wrestler who last scored a point. 

Then began the unlikely turn of events.

Two Mongolian coaches stormed the mat in protest and began angrily shedding their clothes, with one getting all the way down to his blue briefs while the crowd chanted "Mongolia! Mongolia!"

That led to match officials awarding yet another penalty point.

Police eventually escorted the coaches from the mat.

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2016 Summer Olympics: Here's the schedule of events for Sunday

It’s been two weeks of ups and downs in Rio, surprises vs. what was expected and, in at least one case, the police were involved.

Today, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, which has been a successful one for the United States, is coming to an end. The closing ceremony for the Games will take place Sunday night, but there are still quite a few medals on the line before then.

USA’s men’s basketball team goes for gold against Serbia at 2:30 (ET), and there’s track and field and cycling events left. Rhythmic gymnastics begins at 10 a.m.

Closing ceremonies air on NBC from 8- 10:30 p.m. ET. The broadcast is on a one-hour tape delay. Just prior to that is a one hour special that highlights the best moments from the Games. 

Here’s a look at some of the events set for Sunday.

Channels

The Summer Games are being broadcast on NBC, Telemundo, Bravo, CNBC,MSNBC, NBC Sports Network, the Golf Channel, NBC Universo and USA Network. That’s just for TV. The rest of the coverage is digital. Check here for the TV schedule.

Live streams

Streams will be available on NBCOlympics.com as well as via the NBC Olympics app. Look for the app on iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, Windows phone, Roku streaming boxes, sticks and TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV sticks, the new Apple TV via the device’s app store, and Chromecast via the NBC Sports iOS or Android app.

Telemundo will stream Spanish-language commentary through its website as well as its Telemundo Desportes apps on Android and on iOS. Again, you’ll be asked for your pay TV account login info.

Sunday's schedule (all times are ET) 

8:30 a.m.: Track and field

8:30 a.m.: Volleyball

9:30 a.m.: Handball

10 a.m.: Rhythmic gymnastics

10:30 a.m.: Basketball

11:30 a.m.: Cycling

11:45 a.m.: Wrestling

12:15 p.m.: Volleyball

1 p.m.: Boxing (Womens)

1 p.m.: Handball

2:30 p.m.: Basketball

8-10:30 p.m. - Closing ceremonies

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