Puerto Rico 92, United States 73
Argentina 83, Serbia-Montenegro 82
Spain 83, China 58
Lithuania 78, Angola 73
Italy 71, New Zealand 69
Greece 76, Australia 54
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The U.S. men's basketball team lost for
only the third time ever in the Olympics on Sunday.
Puerto Rico, which had lost to the Americans five times in the
past 13 months, took control in the first half, led by 22 at
halftime and gamely held off a fourth-quarter comeback for one of
the biggest sports achievements in the island territory's history.
The loss was a blow to the confidence of Tim Duncan, Allen
Iverson and the rest of the Americans, but it did little to hurt
their gold medal chances. They need only to finish in the top four
of their six-team group to reach the quarterfinals.
Earlier, Manu Ginobili's off-balance shot left his hand just a
split-second before the final buzzer, dropping through the basket
to give Argentina a thrilling victory over Serbia-Montenegro.
Ginobili scored 27 points for Argentina, which avenged a defeat
in the title game at the 2002 World Championships.
Pau Gasol had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Spain past Yao
Ming and China.
New Zealand 81, South Korea 73
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Donna Loffhagen had 19 points and 14
rebounds Monday, and New Zealand bounced back from a 52-point,
opening-game loss to the United States with an 81-73 victory over
New Zealand (1-1) finished 11th in the Sydney Games, its only
other Olympic appearance. New Zealand lost 99-47 to the United
States on Saturday.
Gina Farmer had 22 points for New Zealand, which opened the game
with a 12-2 run and led by as many as 17 points.
Kim Yeong Ok had 21 points for South Korea (0-2), which was
8-for-33 from 3-point range, normally the team's strength.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- South Africa spoiled the expected duel
between the United States and Australia in the 400-meter freestyle
relay, winning the gold medal in world-record time and ensuring
that Michael Phelps won't surpass Mark Spitz's record of seven
The best Phelps can do is tie Spitz after the South Africans
cruised to a stunning win in 3 minutes, 13.17 seconds. The
Netherlands won silver and Phelps and his American teammates took
It was the worst showing ever for the Americans, who had never
lost an Olympic 400 free relay until they were upset by the
Australians at the 2000 Sydney Games.
Earlier, Laure Manaudou of France won the women's 400-meter
freestyle, Kosuke Kitajima of Japan the men's 100-meter
breaststroke and Australian Petria Thomas the women's 100-meter
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- American and Ukrainian archers won the
first Olympic competitions to be held in Panathinaiko Stadium since
the marble facility hosted the first modern games in 1896.
Jennifer Nichols of Cheyenne, Wyo., defeated Rina Dewi
Puspitasari of Indonesia and Tetyana Berezhna beat Greece's Fotini
Vavatsi in the opening matches of the women's tournament.
Bhutan's Tshering Chhoden, seeded 54th, upset No. 11 seed Lin
Sang of China, and No. 9 seed Natalia Valeeva of Italy lost to
Jasmin Figueroa of the Philippines.
Iraq 2, Costa Rica 0
Ghana 2, Paraguay 1
Portugal 2, Morocco 1
Italy 3, Japan 2
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Iraq defeated Costa Rica in a game where a
boisterous crowd not only provided atmosphere but temporarily
halted play as jubilant Iraqi fans ran onto the field.
Hawar Mulla Mohammed slammed a bouncing ball into the net from
18 yards out in the 67th minute to put Iraq ahead, sending the
crowd into a frenzy. Mohammed jubilantly sprinted around the
endline and up the sideline, where he was mobbed by his teammates.
Within moments, a couple of Iraqi fans jumped out of the crowd
to join the celebration. About two dozen others followed suit,
running around the field and the area surrounding it. Police and
security personnel responded, but it took about three minutes to
clear the pitch of fans and debris.
Shortly after the ensuing kickoff, Mohammed took the ball down
the left side and crossed it to Mahdi Karim, who headed it in --
prompting several fans to take to the field yet again.
Elsewhere, Ghana stunned Paraguay with two goals in the final
nine minutes, Portugal bounced back from its opening-game loss to
Iraq and Italy scored three times in the first half and then held
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Venus Williams overpowered Melinda Czink
of Hungary 6-1, 6-2, and Andy Roddick made his Olympic debut with a
6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over Flavio Saretta of Brazil.
Justine Henin-Hardenne beat Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4.
David Nalbandian withdrew from the Olympics because of a
strained left thigh.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The U.S. gymnastics team began its quest
for an Olympic gold medal with an up-and-down qualifying round
Sunday that included some nice moments -- mostly from Carly
Patterson -- but also left plenty of room for improvement.
Most of the Americans can use the off day to improve on vault
and floor before Tuesday's finals. The reigning world champions
hardly looked the part on those events, stumbling around and
turning a 0.99-point lead halfway through the meet into a deficit
Patterson scored a 9.725 on beam en route to a 38.337, which
left her in first place in qualifying for the all-around. Teammate
Courtney Kupets was in fourth at 37.937 and also qualified.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Sara Carrigan sneaked past Judith Arndt in
the final straightaway to win the gold medal in the Olympic road
cycling race through downtown Athens. The Australian finished the
race in three hours, 24 minutes, 24 seconds.
Kristin Armstrong of the United States finished eighth, marking
only the third top-10 finish by an American in the race since
Connie Carpenter-Phinney and Rebecca Twigg won gold and silver for
the United States 20 years ago at Los Angeles in the event's
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Halil Mutlu of Turkey won his third
consecutive gold medal while Udomporn Polsak's was her first and
the first for a Thai female athlete.
Mutlu won at 123 pounds (56 kg) to join Turkish predecessor Naim
Suleymanoglu and Greece's Pyrros Dimas and Khaki Kakiasvilis as
three-time weightlifting gold medalists. Both Greek lifters go for
their fourth consecutive golds later in the Athens Olympics.
Polsak won at 117 pounds (53 kg).
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- American welterweight Vanes Martirosyan
battered Algeria's Benamar Meskine in a 45-20 victory in the
preliminaries to earn a second-round match with Cuba's Lorenzo
Poland 3, Serbia-Montenegro 0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-16)
Netherlands 3, Russia 2 (25-23, 19-25, 17-25, 27-25, 18-16)
Argentina 3, France 0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-22)
Brazil 3, Australia 1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-12, 25-21)
Greece 3, Tunisia 0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-17)
Italy 3, United States 1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23)
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Italy extended the United States'
Olympic-match losing streak to nine, beating the Americans in four
sets in preliminary competition.
Clay Stanley powered the Americans, who are trying to get back
to the level of success they sustained throughout the 1980s when
they twice won gold medals. They lost all five matches in Sydney in
Phil Eatherton, who grabbed the last spot on the 12-man roster
in July, started at middle blocker in place of Ryan Millar -- who
watched the first three sets from the sideline with a sore ankle.
Poland stunned Serbia-Montenegro with a three-set victory.
Serbia-Montenegro returns seven players from the team that won the
2000 Olympic competition as Yugoslavia.
Another favorite fell when the Netherlands outlasted Russia.
With the fifth set tied at 16, Guido Gortzen served an ace and then
Alexander Kosarev's kill attempt landed wide to give the Dutch the
Host Greece beat Tunisia in front of a loud crowd of 8,200 at
the 14,000-seat Peace and Friendship Stadium -- the biggest so far
in the tournament.
United States 7, Croatia 6
Hungary 6, Serbia-Montenegro 4
Spain 5, Italy 4
Germany 5, Greece 4
Australia 14, Egypt 3
Russia 5, Kazakhstan 2
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Tony Azevedo scored three goals, including
the last-second clincher for the United States.
The Americans called a time out with 8 seconds in regulation and
then ran down the clock until Azevedo powered in the winner from
the left side at the buzzer.
Hungary opened its Olympic title defense with a win over
Serbia-Montenegro on three unanswered goals in the last quarter.
Spain let a 5-2 lead slip before holding off Italy.
In other matches, Germany upset Greece when Tim Wollthan scored
the only goal of the last period to break a 4-4 tie, and Australia
Russia, the Sydney 2000 silver medalist, beat Asian qualifier
Kazakhstan in a surprisingly tight encounter.
China 4, Canada 2
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Blanked by starter Lauren Bay for five
innings, China rallied for four unearned runs in the sixth inning
on Monday to beat Canada.
Bay, whose brother Jason is a rookie outfielder for the
Pittsburgh Pirates, took a two-hit shutout in the sixth before her
defense let her down, committing two costly errors to aid China's
Canada (1-2) came into the tournament with hopes of making the
semifinals, but has dropped two straight. China is 2-1.
United States 10, Australia 0, 5 innings
Italy 7, China 5
Japan 6, Taiwan 0
Greece 2, Canada 0
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Lisa Fernandez allowed one hit and the
Americans dominated Australia, blowing out the two-time bronze
medalists in a game called after five innings because the Aussies
were too far behind.
After an eight-run fourth inning, all Fernandez had to do was
get three outs in the fifth to finish off Australia, the only team
to beat the United States twice in Olympic competition.
Earlier, Jennifer Spediacci pitched a shutout into the fifth
inning, and Italy hung on to stun one of the medal favorites.
Hiroko Sakai pitched a two-hitter for Japan, and Sarah Farnworth
pitched a three-hitter to lead Greece.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Top-ranked American beach volleyball duo
Misty May and Kerri Walsh, teammates for just the second time in
two months, defeated Japan's Chiaki Kusuhara and Ryoko Tokuno 21-9,
21-16 in preliminary pool play.
Earlier, Americans Dax Holdren and Stein Metzger rallied from a
set down to beat Australians Andrew Schacht and Josh Slack, staving
off two match points in the second set and winning 22-24, 24-22,
MARKOPOULO, Greece (AP) -- The first day of dressage competition
ended with American Darren Chiacchia in fourth on Windfall 2 after
scoring 44.6 penalty points. Germany's riders claimed two of the
top three places, with Bettina Hoy well ahead, earning 32.0 on
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Timea Nagy of Hungary defended her Olympic
epee title, beating France's Laura Flessel-Colovic 15-10.
Nagy also beat Flessel-Colovic in the 2000 semifinals in Sydney.
American Kamara James lost her opening match to Tatiana
Logounova of Russia 15-11.
Denmark 35, France 26
Hungary 28, China 24
Brazil 29, Greece 21
Angola 24, Spain 24, tie
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Two-time defending gold medalist Denmark
downed current world champion France, and Hungary, finalists in the
last Olympics and world championships, beat China.
Angola went close to upsetting Spain, but Montserrat Puche tied
it for Spain with just seconds remaining.
Also, Brazil beat Olympic debutante Greece.
Australia 4, New Zealand 1
South Africa 2, Argentina 1
Germany 2, Pakistan 1
South Korea 1, Spain 1, tie
Netherlands 3, India 1
Britain 3, Egypt 1
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Jamie Dwyer scored three goals to help
Australia to a victory over neighbor New Zealand.
Greg Nicol scored twice in four minutes to help South Africa
rally past Argentina.
Also, Bjoern Emmerling and Bjoern Michael scored in Germany's
win, and Santiago Freixa's goal enabled Spain to salvage a tie.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Alexei Alipov of Russia won the gold medal
in trap shooting with a perfect final round. Alipov shot all 25
targets in the final to finish with an overall score of 149, tying
the Olympic record. In qualifying, Alipov also matched an Olympic
record, scoring 124 out of a possible 125.
American Lance Bade of Vancouver, Wash., who won a bronze medal
in trap in Atlanta in 1996, finished fifth.
Olena Kostevych of Ukraine won the gold in women's 10-meter air
pistol after a shoot-off.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Japan completed the second day of the
Olympic judo competition with a total of three gold medals.
Matato Uchishiba took Japan's third gold medal with a victory in
the men's 145 pounds (66 kg). Yuki Yokosawa failed to make it
four-for-four with a loss to China's Xian Dongmei in the women's
114 pounds (52 kg).
Cuba 4, Australia 1
Japan 12, Italy 0, 7 innings
Netherlands 11, Greece 0
Canada 7, Taiwan 0
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Cuba, one of the favorites in the Olympic
baseball tournament, defeated Australia. Adiel Palma pitched eight
shutout innings to pick up the win, giving up just two hits.
Japan's rout of Italy was halted after seven innings because of
the mercy rule. Starting pitcher Koji Uehara threw six scoreless
innings for the win, giving up four hits and one walk while
striking out four.
SCHINIAS, Greece (AP) -- The U.S. women's and men's eights teams
both set world bests in rowing along with Australian pair Sally
Newmarch and Amber Halliday.
In the women's eights competition, the American crew set a time
The men's eights also set a world best in their heat, completing
the course in 5:19.85.
Competing in the women's lightweight double sculls heats, the
Australians completed the 2,000-meter course in 6:49.9 to break a
mark that had stood for nine years.
A 20-mph tail wind pushed the boats but also made waters choppy.
Organizers ended Sunday's races before noon and said second-chance
races wouldn't be held Monday because of forecasts calling for
gusts to pick up to more than 30 mph.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The notorious Meltemi wind came whipping
out of the north, bringing mayhem to the Olympic sailing courses on
the Saronic Gulf, capsizing at least 10 boats.
Americans Paul Foerster and Kevin Burnham moved up a spot to
second overall in the 470 class with finishes of second and 15th.
Both are former silver medalists.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Ronald Susilo of Singapore shocked No. 1
seed Lin Dan of China 15-12, 15-10 in first round, and Britain's
Tracey Hallam upset former world champion and 2000 Olympic silver
medalist Camilla Martin of Denmark 11-2, 5-11, 13-10 in the second.
Americans Kevin Han and Howard Bach won their opening match, 15-4,
15-1 over Dorian James and Stewart Carson of South Africa.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A pair of American doubles teams won 4-0.
Tawny Banh and Gao Jun beat Luisana Perez and Fabiola Ramos of
Venezuela, and Mark Hazinski and Ilija Lupulesku beat Nigeria's
Monday Merotohun and Segun Toriola.
Banh and Jasna Reed both lost singles matches.