ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The Americans settled for silver Tuesday
night, finishing behind Romania, which won its second straight gold
medal. Russia won the bronze.
"We made small mistakes," said coach Bela Karolyi, a native
Romanian whose wife, Martha, is the U.S. team coordinator. "Small
mistakes are to be paid for. And we paid."
In the end, Romania needed to average only 9.35 points per floor
routine to catch the Americans. Easily done.
The Americans started strong, fixing problems they'd had on
vault in the preliminaries. Then they moved to their best event,
the uneven bars.
Carly Patterson, normally at her best under pressure, faltered.
Terin Humphrey and Courtney Kupets bailed her out, lifting the
Americans into first place, but then came the balance beam --
Romania's best event.
Kupets was pulled out of the lineup with a sore right leg, and
while replacement Mohini Bhardwaj gave a clutch performance on
short notice, she made several slight errors, dropping the
Americans behind the Romanians.
United States 77, Greece 71
Serbia-Montenegro 74, Italy 72
Spain 87, Argentina 76
Lithuania 98, Puerto Rico 90
China 69, New Zealand 62
Australia 83, Angola 59
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The United States bounced back from its
embarrassing loss to Puerto Rico by beating Greece and avoided
dropping to 0-2.
Allen Iverson scored 17 points, 13 of them in the first half,
and Tim Duncan had 13 of his 14 points in the third quarter.
Greece trailed just 75-71 when Carlos Boozer missed a pair of
free throws, but Lamar Odom made a key defensive play and hit two
free throws with 15.5 seconds left to end the suspense.
Earlier, Milos Vujanic made two free throws with 5 seconds left
to lift Serbia-Montenegro. After losing in overtime to Argentina on
a buzzer-beater by Manu Ginobili, Serbia-Montenegro beat Italy when
Gianluca Basile's 15-footer missed as the game ended.
Pau Gasol had 26 points and eight rebounds to lead Spain over
Argentina, Ramunas Siskauskas scored 23 points to help Lithuania
past Puerto Rico.
Yao Ming had 39 points and 13 rebounds for China, and Australia
cruised past Angola behind Shane Heal's 18 points.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Michael Phelps won his second and third
gold medals of the Athens Games, winning the 200-meter butterfly
and then helping the United States claim gold in the 800 freestyle
relay Tuesday night.
Phelps held off Takashi Yamamoto of Japan in the butterfly to
win in an Olympic-record 1 minute, 54.01 seconds. In the relay,
Klete Keller narrowly held off Ian Thorpe at the wall to help the
United States win gold over the Australians four years after
finishing second to the Aussies at the Sydney Games.
The Americans picked up another medal when Amanda Beard took
silver in the 200 individual medley. The three-time Olympian picked
up the fifth medal of her career behind Ukraine's Yana Klochkova,
who defended the title she won in Sydney.
Camelia Potec of Romania won gold in the 200 free.
United States 1, Australia 1, tie
Brazil 7, Greece 0
Sweden 2, Nigeria 1
Germany 2, Mexico 0
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Joanne Peters' 12-yard header in the
82nd minute gave Australia a tie with the United States.
The Americans had already clinched a spot in the quarterfinals
with wins over Greece and Brazil, and the tie assured them first
place in their group. Their top seed guarantees they will stay in
Thessaloniki for their next game against Japan on Friday.
Australia qualified for the quarterfinals with the tie, although
it would have advanced anyway because of Brazil's win over Greece.
World Cup runner-up Sweden, facing first-round elimination from
the Olympics, scored two goals in four minutes against Nigeria in
Volos and earned a place in the quarterfinals.
Germany beat Mexico in Athens to top its group.
Cristiane scored three as the Brazilians overwhelmed Greece in
Mexico 3, Greece 2
Mali 3, South Korea 3
Argentina 1, Australia 0
Tunisia 3, Serbia-Montenegro 2
VOLOS, Greece (AP) -- Mexico beat Greece, only to discover it had
still been knocked out of the competition.
After celebrating a victory over the host, the Mexicans heard
the other group game had finished in a tie between Mali and South
Korea -- eliminating them.
Mexico finished with four points and Greece one -- a sad ending
for the host after its senior team had won Euro 2004 six weeks ago.
But the tie in Thessaloniki gave Mali and Korea five points each.
Argentina's shutout of Australia, on Andres D'Allesandro's goal
in the ninth minute, was the team's third in a row and confirmed
the Argentines' status as favorites for the gold medal. Tunisia
drew even on points with Australia only to finish third on goal
differential, so Argentina and Australia both advanced.
United States 4, China 0
Australia 8, Italy 0, 5 innings
Canada 1, Japan 0
Taiwan 2, Greece 0
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Lori Harrigan allowed only a first-inning
bunt single and Crystl Bustos homered Tuesday as the United States
posted its fourth straight shutout of the games.
Harrigan struck out eight, Lovieanne Jung had two RBIs and Leah
O'Brien-Amico drove in a run as the Americans ran their winning
streak to 74 games and their international record against China to
10-1. The United States has outscored its opponents 24-0 in the
preliminary round of the tournament.
Stacy Porter and Natalie Titcume each hit two-run homers for
Lauren Bay pitched a shutout for Canada, and Jackie Lance scored
in the eighth inning on an error.
Taiwan got its first win in the tournament.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- For the first time in a century, the
United States won a gold medal in Olympic fencing, and it added a
bronze for good measure.
Mariel Zagunis beat Tan Xue of China 15-9 in the saber final,
and American Sada Jacobson was third, beating Catalina
Gheorghitoaia of Romania 15-7.
The United States had never won a medal in women's fencing. The
last American medal in the sport was in Los Angeles in 1984, when
Peter Westbrook won the bronze in men's saber.
Marcel Fischer of Switzerland took gold in the men's epee.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The world's top two tennis players found
themselves struggling against low-ranked opponents in the second
round of the Olympics -- No. 1 Roger Federer flopped, and No. 2 Andy
Federer was beaten 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 by 18-year-old Tomas Berdych of
the Czech Republic on Court 1. Roddick saved three match points and
overcame 2000 silver medalist Tommy Haas of Germany 6-4, 3-6, 9-7
before a raucous crowd at the main stadium.
Venus Williams beat Maja Matevzic of Slovenia 6-0, 6-0 earlier --
the first shutout for a man or woman since tennis returned to the
Olympics as a medal sport in 1988.
Two other major champions lost: Feliciano Lopez of Spain
eliminated No. 9 Marat Safin 7-6 (4), 6-3, while Mardy Fish of the
United States came back to upset No. 5 Juan Carlos Ferrero 4-6, 7-6
Japan 6, Cuba 3
Canada 7, Netherlands 0
Taiwan 7, Greece 1
Australia 6, Italy 0
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Daisuke Matsuzaka shut out Cuba for eight
innings, leading Japan to an impressive victory.
The round-robin win was a breakthrough for Japan, which sat on
the sideline while Cuba and the United States won the first three
golds in Olympic play.
Matsuzaka allowed only four hits as Japan pulled ahead 6-0 after
eight innings. Ariel Pestano's two-run double with one out in the
ninth broke the shutout.
Peter Orr, Pete Laforest and Stubby Clapp each homered to lead
Canada, which improved to 3-0 in the eight-team competition. Canada
has outscored its opponents 23-3.
Taiwan scored five times in the seventh to break open its game
against Greece. Australia allowed just one hit against Italy.
United States 3, Netherlands 0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-18)
Brazil 3, Italy 2 (25-21, 15-25, 25-16, 21-25, 33-31)
Argentina 3, Tunisia 2 (25-20, 23-25, 25-16, 22-25, 15-10)
Serbia and Montenegro 3, France 0 (25-21, 30-28, 25-22)
Russia 3, Australia 0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-23)
Greece 3, Poland 1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-20)
ATHENS, Greece -- The U.S. men bounced back from their opening
loss with a straight-sets victory over the Netherlands.
Opposite 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.
Argentina survived a five-set match with Tunisia, thanks to 29
points from Jorge Alberto Elgueta.
United States 9, Kazakhstan 6
Italy 8, Australia 4
Germany 13, Egypt 3
Serbia-Montenegro 4, Russia 3
Greece 8, Spain 5
Hungary 10, Croatia 8
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Wolf Wigo scored four goals as the United
States rallied for a 9-6 win over Kazakhstan.
The Americans improved to 2-0, including a last-second 7-6 win
over Croatia in their opener.
Sergey Drozdov scored three goals, twice giving Kazakhstan the
lead in the first period and then adding a third as the game wound
The Americans led 5-4 at halftime, with Wigo scoring twice in
the second period. He finished it off by scoring with 1:26 to play.
In other matches, Francesco Postiglione scored three goals as
Italy rebounded from an opening loss to Spain.
The Australians led twice in the first two periods and were tied
3-all at the break, but Italy scored three consecutive goals in the
third period and took control.
Germany led 9-0 at halftime and added two goals in the third
period before Egypt scored.
Serbia-Montenegro edged Sydney 2000 silver medalist Russia, and
Greece upset 1996 Olympic champion Spain.
Tamas Kasas and Peter Biros scored three goals apiece for
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Ron Siler opened his quest for a gold
medal with a convincing 32-18 decision over Australia's Bradley
Hore in a first-round flyweight fight.
The win kept American boxers undefeated in the Olympics.
Cuban and Russian boxers remained undefeated, too. Both are 6-0
in the first round, though that will change Wednesday when Cuba's
Odlanier Solis meets Alexander Alekseev of Russia in a rematch of
the heavyweight final of the 2003 world championships.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- 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.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- 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.
SCHINIAS, Greece (AP) -- 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.
Devine must finish in the top three in her semifinal to advance
to the six-boat final.
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.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The 49er made its colorful entrance into
the Olympic sailing regatta, and Norway won the first race.
The high-performance skiffs -- nicknamed for their 4.99-meter
length -- were a big hit in their Olympic debut in Sydney in 2000
and should be again, as long as the wind isn't as light as it was
Tuesday. The 49ers are fast and easily identifiable on downwind
legs after they hoist their asymmetrical spinnakers imprinted with
their country's flag.
MARKOPOULO, Greece (AP) -- 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. Touzaint holds the lead with 29.4 penalty points, and
Teulere is in fourth with 38.4.
Bettina Hoy of Germany on Ringwood Cockatoo added 3.6 time
points and is in second with 35.6, while Kimberly Severson of the
United States had a faultless round on Winsome Adante and is in
third with 36.2.
France's current team total is 113.4, with Germany in second
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Americans Jennifer Nichols and Vic
Wunderle advanced to the quarterfinals of the Olympic archery
Nichols beat Tetyana Berezhna of Ukraine 163-160, rallying with
two 10s in her final three shots.
Wunderle, the No. 43 seed, upset No. 11 Ming Huang Liu of Taiwan
Second-seeded Magnus Petersson of Sweden and world champion
Michele Frangilli of Italy were both eliminated.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- 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
Giddens now moves into a 15-boat semifinal field on Wednesday,
with the top 10 boats getting into the finals later that day.
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.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- 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 7, Egypt 0
South Korea 3, Britain 2
Australia 2, Argentina 2, tie
India 4, South Africa 2
Germany 1, Spain 1, tie
Netherlands 4, New Zealand 3
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Pakistan's men easily downed Egypt,
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 win over Britain.
Australia tied Argentina on a late goal by Jamie Dwyer.
India scored four straight to rally past South Africa, and
Christoph Bechmann scored in the second half to help Germany tie
Denmark 29, South Korea 29, tie
Hungary 33, Greece 20
Ukraine 26, China 21
France 27 Spain 20
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Defending gold medalist Denmark tied South
Korea on Mette Vestergaard's third goal of the game. Hungary, the
silver medalist in Sydney in 2000, won its second straight match.
Oxana Rayhel led Ukraine with nine goals while Li Weiwei scored
seven for China.
World champion France rebounded from its opening loss to Denmark
with a solid performance against Spain, scoring seven straight
points to go up 12-5 and never trailing the rest of the way.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- 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.