Milos Vujanic made two free throws with five seconds remaining to lift Serbia-Montenegro over Italy, 74-72. Pau Gasol had 26 points and eight rebounds to lead Spain over Argentina, 87-76. Ramunas Siskauskas scored 23 points to help Lithuania past Puerto Rico, 98-90. Yao Ming had 39 points and 13 rebounds in China's 69-62 win over New Zealand. Australia cruised past Angola, 83-59, behind Shane Heal's 18 points.
World Cup runner-up Sweden, facing first-round elimination, scored two goals in four minutes against Nigeria and earned a place in the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win. Germany beat Mexico 2-0 to top its group, and Cristiane scored three as the Brazilians overwhelmed Greece 7-0.
Mexico beat Greece, 3-2, only to discover it had still been knocked out of the competition. The other group game had finished in a 3-3 tie between Mali and South Korea, eliminating Mexico. Argentina's 1-0 shutout of Australia, on Andres D'Allesandro's goal in the ninth minute, was the team's third in a row. Also, Tunisia defeated Serbia-Montenegro 3-2.
Stacy Porter and Natalie Titcume each hit two-run homers as Australia routed Italy 8-0. Lauren Bay pitched a shutout, and Jackie Lance scored in the eighth inning on an error, as Canada edged Japan 1-0. Taiwan got its first win in the tournament, 2-0, over Greece.
Daisuke Matsuzaka shut out Cuba for eight innings, leading Japan to an impressive 6-3 victory. Peter Orr, Pete Laforest and Stubby Clapp each homered to lead Canada, which improved to 3-0 with a 7-0 victory over Netherlands. Canada has outscored its opponents 23-3. Taiwan scored five times in the seventh to break open its game against Greece, 7-1. Australia allowed just one hit in a 6-0 win over Italy.
The U.S. men bounced back from their opening loss with a straight-sets victory over the Netherlands, 26-24, 25-20, 25-18. Clay Stanley led an all-around effort with 21 points, and the Americans ended a nine-match Olympic losing streak with very few errors, strong defense and excellent serving. The Italians and Brazilians played a five-set match that couldn't have been any closer. Brazil moved alone into first place at 2-0 when Gilberto Godoy Filho blocked Samuele Papi's kill attempt to end the marathon final set. The scores were 25-21, 15-25, 25-16, 21-25, 33-31. Argentina survived a five-set match with Tunisia, thanks to 29 points from Jorge Alberto Elgueta. Also, it was Serbia and Montenegro 3, France 0; Russia 3, Australia 0, and Greece 3, Poland 1.
Wolf Wigo scored four goals as the United States rallied for a 9-6 win over Kazakhstan. In other matches, Francesco Postiglione scored three goals as Italy rebounded from an opening loss to Spain with an 8-4 win over Australia; Germany routed Eqypt 13-3, Serbia-Montenegro edged Russia 4-3, Greece defeated Spain 8-5 and Hungary beat Croatia 10-8.
Americans Misty May and Kerri Walsh beat Dutch duo Marrit Leenstra and Rebekka Kadijk 21-11, 21-13. All four Brazilian teams stayed unbeaten and clinched berths in the medal round. In the men's draw, Norwegians Bjorn Maaseide and Iver Horrem beat Americans Daxton Holdren and Stein Metzger.
Ilias Iliadis of Greece thrilled the home crowd, beating Roman Gontyuk of Ukraine to win the gold medal in the 81-kilogram class. Japan's Ayumi Tanimoto beat Claudia Heill of Austria to win the 63-kilogram division. Japan has won four gold medals and a silver in the first eight judo events.
Single sculler Jennifer Devine advanced to the semifinals by finishing second in a preliminary. Devine broke out in front early and led at 500 meters, but was caught at the finish by Frida Svensson of Sweden. The Harvard-MIT tandem of Steve Tucker and Greg Ruckman rowed into a semifinal in the men's lightweight double sculls, finishing behind the team from Japan. The U.S. men's four also advanced to a semifinal by finishing second in its heat. Lisa Schlenker and Stacey Borgman advanced to the lightweight double scull semifinals.
The 49er made its colorful entrance into the Olympic sailing regatta, and Norway won the first race.
The French three-day event team, leaders after the opening dressage competition, maintained its strong grip on the Olympic event after the cross-country portion. French riders are also in contention for individual medals, with Nicolas Touzaint on Galan de Sauvagere and Jean Teulere on Espoir de la Mare adding no cross-country penalty points to their dressage scores. Kimberly Severson of the United States had a faultless round on Winsome Adante and is in third with 36.2.
Americans Jennifer Nichols and Vic Wunderle advanced to the quarterfinals. Nichols beat Tetyana Berezhna of Ukraine 163-160, and Wunderle, the No. 43 seed, upset No. 11 Ming Huang Liu of Taiwan 164-160. Second-seeded Magnus Petersson of Sweden and world champion Michele Frangilli of Italy were both eliminated.
Former whitewater kayaking world champion Rebecca Giddens used a clean first run through the first-ever salt-water course in an Olympic Games to advance to the single kayak semifinals. Jennifer Bongardt of Germany was the leader on first day. Two-time defending gold medalist Stepanka Hilgertova of the Czech Republic finished in 11th place.
The last American was knocked out of Olympic table tennis when Gao Jun lost to Ai Fukuhara of Japan 4-0 in women's singles.
Pakistan's men easily defeated Egypt, 7-0, scoring five times in the first half. Sohail Abbas scored the last four goals of the game. Lee Jung-seon scored late in the second half to give the South Korea a 3-2 win over Britain. Australia tied Argentina 2-2 on a late goal by Jamie Dwyer. India scored four straight to rally past South Africa, 4-2, and Christoph Bechmann scored in the second half to help Germany tie Spain, 1-1. Also, Netherlands defeated New Zealand, 4-3.
Defending gold medalist Denmark tied South Korea 29-29 on Mette Vestergaard's third goal of the game. Oxana Rayhel led Ukraine with nine goals in a 26-21 win over China. World champion France rebounded from its opening loss to Denmark with a 27-20 win over Spain, and Hungary defeated Greence 33-20.
Top-seeded Zhang Jiewen and Yang Wei of China advanced in the women's doubles tournament, defeating Jo Novita and Lita Nurlita of Indonesia. Second-seeded Chen Hong of China advanced to the quarterfinals in men's singles.
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