U.S. romp is as easy as expected
LONDON - The U.S. women say they don't care about the final score. They just want to have least one more point than their opponent at the end of games in the women's Olympic basketball tournament. That sounds like the right thing to say after Candace Parker had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Americans to a 90-38 rout of Angola on Monday night. But the Americans aren't just being politically correct. They know they are still a work in progress, having only been together training for two weeks, and are going to play some tough games during the tournament.The game against Angola was expected to be an easy romp — and it was — with the U.S. overwhelming the Olympic newcomer. The Americans (2-0) have won their past 35 games in the Olympics and four consecutive gold medals while Angola is looking for its first victory. The team lost its opener to Turkey by 22 points meaning African nations have only won one of their 25 games in the Olympics since Congo — formerly known as Zaire — first qualified in the 1996 Atlanta Games. Nigeria owns the only victory, beating Korea by four points in 2004. Venus, Serena among winners at Wimbledon Four-time Olympian Venus Williams walked off Wimbledon's cozy Court 2 gleefully waving her fist as fans chanted, "U-S-A! U-S-A!" Twenty minutes later, at the other end of the All England Club, Serena Williams departed Court 1 with a triumphant grin and a shout of "Wooo!" Ten minutes after that, Roger Federer closed out his latest Centre Court victory in pursuit of his first career singles gold medal. A schedule backlog transformed the Olympics at Wimbledon into a parade of Grand Slam champions Monday, with the Williams sisters and Federer all playing at the same time. And all won. Venus Williams waited an extra day because of rain to begin her bid for a record fourth gold medal in Olympic tennis, then defeated recent French Open runner-up Sara Errani 6-3, 6-1. Serena Williams beat Urszula Radwanska in the second round, 6-2, 6-3. Federer also reached the third round, beating Julien Benneteau 6-2, 6-2. After winning in singles, the Williams sisters began a bid for their third Olympic doubles gold medal by eliminating Sorana Cirstea and Simona Halep 6-3, 6-2. They won in 2000 and 2008. Other major champions to advance in singles on a cool, sunny day included three-time Olympian Lleyton Hewitt, top-seeded Victoria Azarenka, Kim Clijsters, Petra Kvitova, Ana Ivanovic and three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick. The U.S. team went 6-0, with Tampa's John Isner and Varvara Lepchenko also advancing. U.S. topples Brazil in women's volleyball The U.S. women's volleyball team defeated Brazil 3-1 on Monday in an early-round rematch of the Beijing Games final won by the Brazilians. Destinee Hooker had 23 points and Jordan Larson added 18 for the top-ranked Americans, who won 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21 to improve to 2-0 in pool play at Earls Court. Sheilla Castro had 15 points for No. 2 Brazil, which was energized after a third-set victory but lost on Logan Tom's floater in the fourth set. Brazil has lost five straight international matches to the U.S. The teams are 21-21 in all-time matchups. China wins 2nd straight men's gymnastics gold No doubt about it, China is still No. 1 in men's gymnastics. No. 2 took a little longer to figure out. The Chinese won their second straight Olympic title and third in four games, finishing with a score of 275.997 points. Britain was initially announced as the silver medalist, setting off raucous celebrations at the O2 Arena. But Japan filed an inquiry over the score of three-time world champion Kohei Uchimura on pommel horse, the team's last routine. After judges spent about five minutes reviewing it, his score was revised and Japan was awarded the silver and Britain was bumped down to bronze. The crowd booed, but any medal is a cause for celebration for the British men, who hadn't won one in a century. The Americans, hoping for their first Olympic title since 1984 after finishing first in qualifying, finished fifth. DIVING: Nick McCrory and David Boudia of the U.S. took the bronze medal in the men's 10-meter synchronized platform with 463.47 points. JUDO: American Marti Malloy won a bronze medal in the women's 57K division. WATER POLO: Maggie Steffens scored seven goals in her Olympic debut, and the United States women beat Hungary 14-13. The U.S. has finished on the podium at every Olympics since the women's game debuted in 2000, taking home bronze in 2004 and silver in 2000 and 2008. With seven players back from the Beijing squad, the Americans are the gold medal favorites in London along with rival Australia. ETC.: Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella was expelled from the Olympics for his threatening and racist message on Twitter about South Koreans. He posted the message after playing in a 2-1 loss to South Korea on Sunday. He said in the tweet that South Koreans "can go burn" and referred to them as a "bunch of mongoloids." … FIFA imposed a two-match ban on Colombia women's soccer player Lady Andrade after U.S. forward Abby Wambach said she was "sucker-punched" by her opponent during Saturday's match.
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