• Russia's Vladlena Bobrovnikova, right, and France's Allison Pineau challenge for the ball during the women's final handball match between France and Russia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Russia wins women’s handball gold over France

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Russia won a hard-fought contest against France to take Olympic women’s handball gold Saturday, drawing motivation from a speech by coach Evgeny Trefilov that emphasized the team’s underdog status.