The BET Awards, which celebrated 20 years of highlighting excellence in Black-led entertainment, kept much of the focus on topics such as systemic racism and equal rights.
The US gymnast scored 58.999 points to finish 2.1 points ahead of China's Tang Xijing. Angelina Melnikova of Russia was third on 56.399.
World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic crowned a winning return to the courts after surgery with the Laureus sportsman of the year award, while American gymnast Simone Biles won the sportswoman of the year prize.
The United States Olympic Committee just announced that it has taken the first steps to decertify USA Gymnastics as a national governing body.
Dozens of victims of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar are narrating their traumatic ordeals in a Michigan courtroom as the fallout from the sex abuse scandal widens.
Olympics and US Congress also move forward with own investigations after Dr Larry Nassar was convicted of sexually abusing young women on the US gymnastics team for more than 20 years.
US national gymnastic team's former doctor, Larry Nassar, is accused of abusing more than 100 female athletes under the pretense of treating them.
The four-time gold medalist acknowledged she is among the athletes who were sexually abused by Larry Nassar, who was last month jailed for 60 years on child porn charges.
World Anti-Doping Agency says Russian hackers stole confidential medical information about US Olympic athletes and published it on the internet.
Virginia Thrasher of the United States has been awarded the first gold of the Olympic Games by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.
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