RIO DE JANEIRO -- Jason Kenny defeated Callum Skinner in an all-Britain final inside the velodrome Sunday to defend his individual sprint Olympic gold medal and win his second gold of the Rio Games.Kenny and Skinner combined with Philip Hindes to win the team sprint Thursday night.Kenny overtook Skinner on the final straightaway to win the first of their best-of-three race, then showed some veteran poise as he held off Skinner from the lead to make it a clean sweep.It was Kennys fifth Olympic gold medal and sixth medal overall. The performance also gave the powerful British track cycling team four gold medals and six overall in Rio.Denis Dmitriev of Russia swept past Matt Glaetzer of Australia to take bronze.Former world road champion Mark Cavendish of Britain also got his Olympics going in the opening events of the multi-discipline omnium, the decathlon of the track cycling program.The winner of 30 stages in the Tour de France, Cavendish was the lone British rider to leave the 2008 Beijing Games without a track cycling medal. He also failed to win a medal at the London Games four years ago, when he was among the favorites in the road race.With its massive funding from lottery proceeds, the British team has come to dominate track cycling at the Olympic, winning seven golds each of the past two Summer Games. And in events where nations are allowed more than one rider, they often claim silver and bronze, too.Their success four years ago led one French official to suggest they had magic wheels.The British insist the only magic is in their training.They plan every four years for the Olympics, even at the expense of major events such as the world championships. Everything is geared toward making sure they are razor-sharp for the Summer Games.Kenny is perhaps the best at it.Many critics thought the man from Bolton had lost some of the leg speed that carried him to two gold medals at the London Games. 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HOUSTON -- You saw it in small doses on Monday night for Team USA, but in the big picture of the life and times of DeMarcus Cousins, this sequence might demonstrate why hes such a talented player.In the middle of the second quarter of Team USAs easy 110-66 victory over Team Nigeria at the Toyota Center, there was a stretch where Cousins took over.He pulled down a rebound over Ekene Ibekwe, and the Nigerian got a little miffed at how physical Cousins was.If this were a regular-season NBA game in December, instead of the final exhibition game before Team USA heads to Rio, Cousins might have shoved Ibekwe and then jumped in his face. The reality of what this game is, an exhibition, gave Cousins pause and a certain calmness. He just smirked when Ibekwe shoved his arm down a little.No problem, because Cousins just kept playing, and on the next possession, he took the ball on the wing, drawing the defense toward him -- and then sent a pass to the corner, where DeMar DeRozan was waiting.DeRozan took the pass and stormed to the basket for a left-handed dunk from the baseline. This was Cousins showing his skills. When the night was over, Cousins had 10 points, five rebounds and a game-high plus-34 on the plus/minus column of the box score.Ive coached him before, and he knows international competition, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said. I thought he played really well, and he has played well; he ran well and he really defended well on the perimeter. Its something unusual for those big guys to be on the perimeter like that; theyre adjusting. And he gives us a low-post threat, and hell pass out of it too -- very unselfish.During the NBA portions of his life, Cousins is seen as someone who has problems with coaches, teammates and referees.This past season, Cousins averaged a carreer-high 26.dddddddddddd points per game and pulled down 11.5 rebounds while shooting 45.1 percent from the field. He was second among centers in real plus/minus at 4.83. However, he led the NBA in technical fouls for the third time in the last four seasons with 17. Cousins temperament can be the biggest distraction to the truth of how good of a player he can be.The next month might be beneficial for Cousins as an opportunity to show the international world just how good of a player and person he is.It goes with whatever storyline is going on at the time -- if its negative, then its negative, Cousins told ESPN. Then if the story is going to be positive and then Im a great guy, I can only control what I can control. I know who I am as a person and thats all that really matters.When several American players -- including Russell Westbrook, James Harden and LeBron James -- were backing out of the Olympic Games to rest their bodies, Cousins raised his hand. He also dealt with health issues this past season, but he wanted to play on the international stage again. In 2014, he was part of the U.S. national teams FIBA World Cup championship team.The only stir Cousins has caused this offseason was questioning the Sacramento Kings draft. Cousins told The Undefeateds Marc Spears he was in hot-sculpting class the night of the draft. Whatever you believe, maybe these Olympic Games will bring more positivity from Cousins.I love the game, he said. I think thats obvious, and Im very passionate in what I do. I love my job. If I have a chance to play against some of the top talent in the world or whether its against guys around the corner, Im going to play. ' ' '