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BEIJING 2008

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August 19, 2008|John Cherwa | Orlando Sentinel

Baseball: In a tension-filled game in which five U.S. players were hit by pitches, the U.S. managed to crush China, 9-1, on Monday. The U.S. is hanging on for a spot in the medal round. It, along with Japan, is 3-2, and Cuba and South Korea are 5-0. In other games, Japan beat Canada, 1-0; South Korea topped Chinese Taipei, 9-8; and Cuba crushed the Netherlands, 14-3, in eight innings.

Basketball: The U.S. men dominated Germany, 106-57, finishing pool play with a 5-0 record. In other games, Croatia beat Iran, 91-57; Australia crushed Lithuania, 106-75; Greece beat China, 91-77; Spain walloped Angola, 98-50; and Argentina beat Russia, 91-79. Quarterfinal play begins Wednesday.

Beach volleyball: The U.S. is down to one team in the men's semifinals. Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser advanced by beating David Klemperer and Eric Koreng of Germany, 21-13, 25-23, in a quarterfinal match. At night, Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego of Brazil beat the U.S. team of Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, 21-18, 21-16. The Rogers-Dalhausser semifinal Wednesday is against Georgia.

Boxing: The super-heavyweight division worked its way through the quarterfinal round with the winners being Vyacheslav Glazkov of Ukraine, Zhang Zhilei of China, Roberto Cammarelle of Italy and David Price of Britain.

Canoe/Kayak: Rami Zur of the U.S. rallied to finish sixth in his nine-boat heat in the men's single kayak competition to advance to Wednesday's semifinals. Zur had the slowest time in the first 250 meters but picked it up in the 1,000-meter race. Canada was first in the heat followed by Croatia, New Zealand, Slovakia and Israel. No American reached the qualifying rounds in the other five disciplines.

Cycling: It wasn't a particularly good day for the U.S. at the velodrome. Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won the women's points race. The U.S. was trying to get back in the hunt with Sarah Hammer, but she got caught behind a crash, couldn't avoid it and hit the ground. She suffered a broken left collarbone. Jennie Reed was eliminated in the quarterfinals in the women's match sprint when she lost a best-of-three, 2-0, to Willy Kanis of the Netherlands. The men's team pursuit was won by Britain.

Diving: Two Americans made it into the men's 3-meter springboard semifinals, but it still looks like a China affair. He Chong and Qin Kai led the first day. Yahel Castillo of Mexico is third. Americans Chris Colwill and Troy Dumais qualified in seventh and 12th, respectively.

Equestrian: It was a glorious day for the U.S. team as it successfully defended its gold medal in the team show jumping. McLain Ward (horse Sapphire), Laura Kraut (Cedric), Will Simpson of Thousand Oaks (Carlsson vom Dach) and Beezie Madden (Authentic) took it to a tiebreaker before beating Canada for the gold.

Field hockey: It's time to say goodbye to the U.S. women's team, which accomplished a lot just by qualifying. It tied Britain, 0-0, leaving it 1-1-3 for the tournament. In other games, South Korea beat South Africa, 5-2; the Netherlands stopped Spain, 2-0; China and Australia played to a 2-2 tie; Germany shut out Japan, 1-0; and Argentina beat New Zealand, 3-2.

Handball: France (4-0-1) looks to be the favorite going into the quarterfinal round Wednesday. It finished pool play by tying Poland, 30-30. In other games, Iceland and Egypt played to a 32-32 tie; Spain triumphed over Brazil, 36-35; Russia beat South Korea, 29-22; Croatia downed China, 33-22; and Denmark beat Germany, 27-21.

Sailing: It was a good day to be Australian. Its 470 men and women both won gold at the conclusion of the 11-race series. Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page were the winners in the men's class. Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl of the U.S. finished 13th. In the women's group, Elise Rechichi and Tessa Parkinson were the gold winners. The U.S. team of Amanda Clark and Sara Mergenthaler was 12th. Denmark withstood a protest in the 49er class to win the gold medal.

Softball: The U.S. sits atop the standings with a 7-0 record and keeps blowing through opponents. Monday it was China, 9-0, in five innings. In other games, the Netherlands beat Chinese Taipei, 4-2; Japan shut out Canada, 6-0; and Australia stopped Venezuela, 9-2. The U.S. plays Japan on Wednesday in one semifinal; Canada plays Australia in the other.

Synchronized swimming: After the technical routine, the U.S. team of Christina Jones and Andrea Nott stood in fifth place behind the leaders, Anastasia Davydova and Anastasia Ermakova of Russia. Positions two through four are filled by Spain, Japan and China. The free routine starts today.

Table tennis: It should come as no surprise that China won the men's team event. Germany won the silver and South Korea the bronze.

Track and field: In addition to the U.S. men sweeping the 400-meter hurdles and teammate Stephanie Brown Trafton winning the gold in the women's discus, Brimin Kiprop Kipruto of Kenya won the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase. Anthony Famiglietti was the highest U.S. finisher in 13th.

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