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August 18, 2008|John Cherwa | Orlando Sentinel

Badminton: The top two seeded players met Sunday in the men's singles final, and, as expected, top-seeded Lin Dan of China defeated Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, 21-12, 21-8. In the mixed doubles final, Lee Hyo-jung and Lee Yong-dae of South Korea beat Liliyana and Nova Widianto of Indonesia, 21-11, 21-17.

Baseball: In the day's only game, South Korea beat China, 1-0, in 11 innings. Cuba and South Korea are the only undefeated teams at 4-0, and Japan and the U.S. are 2-2.

Basketball: The U.S. women closed out the preliminaries with a 96-60 win over New Zealand. Tina Thompson scored 15 points, with Katie Smith adding 13. In other games, Spain beat Mali, 79-47; Australia topped Russia, 75-55; South Korea defeated Latvia, 72-68; Brazil stopped Belarus, 68-53; and China beat the Czech Republic, 79-63.

Beach volleyball: The No. 2-ranked team of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers of the U.S. dispatched eighth-seeded David Klemperer and Eric Koreng today, 21-13, 25-23, to advance to Wednesday's semifinals. The U.S. dropped its first team from competition when Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs lost to Xue Chen and Zhang Xi of China, 21-17, 21-13. U.S. teammates and medal favorites Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor moved on to Tuesday's semifinals by defeating Larissa Franca and Ana Paula Conelly of Brazil, 21-18, 21-15.

Boxing: It was one out of two for the U.S. team. Deontay Wilder advanced to the semifinals in the heavyweight division with a tiebreaker win over Mohammed Arjaoui of Morocco. It means that Wilder will at least get a bronze. Demetrius Andrade, the U.S. welterweight hope, lost to Kim Jung-joo of South Korea, 11-9.

Cycling: The U.S. didn't hit the board in the only medal possibility. Sarah Hammer finished fifth in the women's individual pursuit. Robecca Romero of Britain got the gold. In the women's 1/8 sprint, Jennie Reed moved into today's quarterfinals with a win over Simona Krupeckoite of Lithuania. Michael Blatchford was eliminated on the men's side.

Diving: No surprise here. China goes five for five in gold medals. Guo Jingjing won her sixth overall medal with her victory in the women's 3-meter springboard. The U.S. placed two in the finals, but they were never in it. Nancilea Foster finished eighth, followed by Christina Loukas in ninth.

Equestrian: The U.S. had a good day in Hong Kong. After the first round of team show jumping, the U.S. was tied with Switzerland for the lead, just ahead of Sweden. In individual jumping, McLain Ward of the U.S. and Eric Lamaze of Canada are atop the standings. "She was great," Ward said of his horse, Sapphire. "I don't think she has touched a fence yet."

Field hockey: The men's tournament finished pool play with Australia and Netherlands having 3-0-1 records and Spain not that far behind at 3-1-0. In games played Sunday, South Korea beat Belarus, 3-1; Pakistan topped South Africa, 3-1; and Germany beat Spain, 1-0. Britain-Canada, China-New Zealand and Australia-Netherlands all played to ties.

Handball: Pool play concluded with Norway being the only unbeaten or untied team (5-0). Russia finished at 4-0-1 and Romania at 4-1. In competition, Sweden beat Brazil, 25-22; Norway beat Romania, 24-23; China defeated France, 21-18; Russia got by Germany, 30-29; and South Korea topped Hungary, 33-22. Angola and Kazakhstan played to a 24-24 tie.

Rowing: The U.S. picked up a gold and a bronze on the last day of competition. The women's eight went wire to wire in its win over the Netherlands and Romania. The men's eight picked up the bronze behind Canada and Britain. The U.S. got fifth in the men's quadruple sculls as Poland won gold. And the women's fifth place in the same type of vessel came behind gold-medal winner China. The U.S. did not make the finals in women's lightweight double sculls (Netherlands), men's lightweight double sculls (Britain) and lightweight men's four (Denmark).

Sailing: Zach Railey of the U.S. won a silver medal in the Finn class. He navigated stormy seas to finish fifth in the eighth and final race, but he was second in the overall standings. Ben Ainslie of Britain got the gold. In the Yngling, the U.S. finished seventh as Britain took gold. A protest held up the medals in the 49er class, in which Denmark was in first, followed by Spain and Germany. The U.S. was sixth.

Softball: It's not much of a surprise when a U.S. pitcher throws a no-hitter or perfect game. So, Monica Abbott's perfect-game 8-0 win over the Netherlands will probably go unnoticed. The United States is sitting atop the pool play standings (6-0), ready for the medal round to start. The next game is today against China. In other games, Chinese Taipei beat China, 2-1; Japan topped Venezuela, 5-2; and Australia shut out Canada, 4-0.

Table tennis: To no one's surprise, the Olympics host claimed the women's team competition, 3-0, over Singapore. Wang Nan and Zhang Yining won singles, then China won the doubles match.

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