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Track an Field underway

Aug 3rd, 2012 - Sports News

LONDON (AP) — As great as the first week of the summer Olympics is, to many the real Olympics begins today with the start of track and field competitiion. Gold is up for grabs in the men's shotput in the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium. Track and field runs for the next 10 days in London.

Michael Phelps goes for his final individual gold medal today. The swimming superstar, who won his 16th career gold yesterdeay in the 200-IM, goes for another one in the 100-meter butterfly.

The other swimming medal events today are the men's 50-meter freestyle, the women's 200 meter backstroke and the women's 800 meter free.

The U.S. women's volleyball team looks for another win with a match against Serbia, while the women's basketball team faces the Czech Republic in a rematch of the 2010 world championship game, which was won by the Americans. Team U.S.A is unbeaten in three games with an average winning margin of 36 points a game.

The U.S. women's soccer team is facing the squad from New Zealand in a quarterfinal game, and the defending gold medalist U.S. men's beach volleyball team of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers opens knockout-round play today with a match against Italy. As Dalhausser puts it, "now the real tournament starts."



Records fall in Team USA's 156-73 rout of Nigeria...France wins behind Parker's 27

LONDON (AP) — it was a record-setting blowout performance by Team USA in routing Nigeria 156-73, the most points ever scored by a team. Carmelo Anthony is the new Olympic single-game scoring champ with 37, easily beating the 31 points scored by Stephon Marbury in 2004.

The Americans finished 29 of 46 behind the arc, easily surpassing the 13 3-pointers they made in the 2008 gold-medal game. Anthony was torrid beyond the arc, hitting 10 of 12 three's.

Russell Westbrook added 21 points in an awesome performance that saw the Americans make 11 3-pointers in the first quarter.

Ike Diogu (dee-AH'-goo) had 27 points for Nigeria.

LONDON (AP) — Tony Parker scored 27 points as France beat Lithuania 82-74 in men's Olympic basketball. Ronny Turiaf (ROHN'-ee TOOR'-ee-ahf), now with the Los Angeles Clippers, pulled down 10 rebounds for France, which is 2-1.


U.S. pans for gold in Olympic pool

LONDON (AP) — The water at the Olympic pool in London was liquid gold for the United States. The Americans claimed three gold medals in swimming events.

Michael Phelps continued to add to his record personal Olympic medal collection. Number 20 overall and his record 16th gold medal came in the 200-meter individual medley. Phelps became the first male swimmer to win the same individual event in three straight Olympics. He outdueled teammate Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) who settled for a silver medal about 30 minutes after he won the bronze in the 200-meter backstroke.

The gold in that event was won by Tyler Clary who posted an Olympic record time of 1 minute, 53.41 seconds. That improved on Lochte's mark of 1:53.94 set at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Rebecca Soni posted a world record in the women's 200-meter breaststroke. She became the first women to break the 2 minute, 20 second barrier with a time of 2 minutes, 19.59 seconds. That was one-hundredth of a second faster than the mark she set in the semifinals on Wednesday.


Douglas is golden in all-around

LONDON (AP) — Gabby Douglas won the gold medal in women's all-around, adding it to the team gold she shared with her teammates on Tuesday.

Douglas became the third straight American to win gymnastics' biggest prize, taking the lead on the first event with an impressive vault. She finished with a score of 62.232, less than three-tenths ahead of Russia's Viktoria Komova.

Douglas brought the house down with her energetic floor routine, and U.S. teammates Jordyn Wieber (WEE'bur), McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross jumped to their feet and cheered when she finished.

American Aly Raisman (RYZ'-man) finished tied for the bronze but lost a tiebreaker and had to settle for fourth place.


Gold for the U.S.

LONDON (AP) — Kayla Harrison of the U.S. defeated Gemma (JEHM'-uh) Gibbins of Britain 2-0 in the gold medal match of women's 78-kg judo. After leaving the mat, Harrison, a former world champion, hugged her coach and draped herself in the American flag.

The medal is the first gold for the U.S. in judo but the second medal this week. Teammate Marti Malloy won a bronze in the women's 57-kilogram division.


Gold for American women

WINDSOR, England (AP) — The heavily favored team from the U.S. won its second straight Olympic rowing gold medal in the women's eight. The U.S. held off Canada to get the gold, maintaining its six-year dominance of the high-profile event.


U.S. routs Britain

LONDON (AP) — Tony Azevedo scored four goals to help the U.S. swamp Britain 13-7 in water polo. Azevedo scored three times in the opening quarter to help the Americans build a 7-0 lead.

The win puts the unbeaten Americans on top of Group B with six points, one ahead of gold medal-favorite Serbia with two preliminary stage matches to go.


Williams sisters and Bryan brothers advance

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Serena Williams has reached the semifinals in the Olympic tennis tournament. She dominated former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) of Denmark in their quarterfinal match, 6-0, 6-3. Williams, who is seeking the first singles medal of her career, will face top seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) on Friday for a berth in the final.

Later, Serena teamed with sister Venus to reach the semifinals in Olympics doubles, beating No. 2-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-1, 6-1. Venus is seeking a record fourth Olympic tennis gold medal.

Americans Bob and Mike Bryan moved onto the doubles semifinals by edging Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel, 7-6, 7-6.

Fellow American John Isner (IHZ'-nur) wasn't as fortunate as he was ousted by Roger Federer, 6-4, 7-6. In the semifinals Federer will face Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN' dehl POHT'-roh), while Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) plays Andy Murray in the other semifinal.


Update on U.S. runner

LONDON (AP) — LaShawn Merritt's coach says "it's difficult to tell" if the Olympic 400-meter champion will be completely healthy to race in London. In an email to The Associated Press, Loren Seagrave said Merritt's hamstring is, "pain free."

Merritt pulled up shortly before the homestretch at a tuneup meet in Monaco on July 20. Seagrave says the runner has been rehabbing the leg and is much improved.


Referee expelled

LONDON (AP) — The referee that worked a controversial boxing match earlier this week at the Olympics has been sent packing. The governing body of boxing says that the referee, who hails from Turkmenistan, has been expelled from the London Games.

His handling of a bout was so bad that the result was overturned on appeal, giving the boxer from Japan the win.

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