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U.S. Gets a Test in Lithuania

August 21, 2004|Bill Dwyre;Grahame L. Jones;Helene Elliott;Lisa Dillman

Here, in capsule form, are the events that will be highlighted today in Athens:

Men's Basketball

The U.S. men's team will get a real taste of the best in international basketball when it faces Lithuania, unbeaten in the same group as the U.S. (2-1). Lithuania, which defeated Puerto Rico -- which crushed the U.S. -- has four players with more than 100 international games experience. The U.S., led by Tim Duncan, ranks fifth overall in the 12-team tournament, which is heading to quarterfinals Thursday.

Bill Dwyre


Men's Soccer

Mali must defeat Italy in a quarterfinal match at Athens tonight to keep alive Africa's chance for a third consecutive gold medal in men's soccer.

Elsewhere in the quarterfinals, tournament favorite Argentina takes on upstart Costa Rica at Patras; Iraq will try to continue its remarkable run when it plays Australia at Heraklion, and Paraguay plays South Korea at Thessaloniki.

Grahame L. Jones


Track and Field

The first round of the men's 100-meter dash highlights the morning session, and tension builds with the second round being contested in the evening. Defending champion Maurice Greene had a solid season -- until he was defeated twice by Jamaica's Asafa Powell in the last few weeks.

The semifinals and finals of the women's 100 will take place in the evening. A new champion will be crowned: Sydney gold medalist Marion Jones didn't make the U.S. team at last month's Olympic trials.

Helene Elliott



This will be the final day of the eight-day swimming meet, and there are four finals: the women's 50-meter freestyle, the women's 400 medley relay, the men's 1,500 freestyle and the men's 400 medley relay, which the U.S. has never lost.

-- Lisa Dillman

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