OLYMPIC ROUNDUP Nagging injury sidelines Serena
The U.S. basketball team pulled away from Turkey in the fourth quarter.
ATHENS, Greece -- Serena Williams pulled out of the Athens Games today. The former world No. 1 has been bothered by an injury to her left knee, which had forced her to withdraw from WTA tournaments in San Diego and Montreal this month.
Williams, who won the doubles gold with sister Venus at the 2000 Sydney Games, will be replaced in the singles draw by Australia's Samantha Stosur, Athens organizers said.
Venus will try to win her second straight Olympic gold in singles when the tennis tournament starts Sunday.
On Tuesday, Jennifer Capriati was forced to pull out of the Olympics with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Lisa Raymond.
Track and field
ATHENS, Greece -- Five-time Olympian Gail Devers reportedly will run in the 100 meters if Torri Edwards is suspended for drug use as expected.
Edwards made the U.S. team in the 100 and 200 meters, but almost certainly will be suspended from the sport for two years after testing positive for a banned stimulant at a meet in Martinique in April.
Also, Marc Raquil, a medal contender in the 400 meters for France, will miss the Athens Games with an injury.
Raquil injured his left calf and needs up to six weeks to recover, coach Francois Pepin said.
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- With the crowd jeering and whistling, the U.S. Olympic basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 80-68 victory Tuesday night.
The American players awoke to learn that bombs had exploded at two tourist hotels and a fuel depot a few miles from their hotel, but team and U.S. government officials reassured them it would be safe to go ahead with the game.
After failing to shake Turkey for three quarters, the U.S. team hit its stride in the fourth quarter -- but not before the crowd gave them an earful.
The play that turned the fans against them came when LeBron James swiped at the ball and hit Turkey guard Ibrahim Kutluay in the eye. Kutluay, who scored 26 points, lay writhing on the floor before walking off. He eventually returned.
Another Turkish player went down moments later, and the whistles and shrieks from the crowd reached earsplitting levels whenever the Americans had the ball thereafter.
Tim Duncan led the U.S. team with 25 points and 11 rebounds, Allen Iverson scored 13 and Richard Jefferson added 11.