U.S. Women Golden In Soccer

Anti-government supporters attend a funeral procession on Monday April 12, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Red Shirts protesters paraded coffins and portraits of victims through the Thai capital Monday following a weekend of savage street fighting.
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Abby Wambach scored in the 112th minute with a powerful 10-yard header off a corner kick from Kristine Lilly to give the United States to a 2-1 overtime victory over Brazil for the soccer gold medal.

The game marked the final competitive appearance together for the remaining players from the first World Cup championship team in 1991. The five helped bring their sport to national prominence and captured the country's imagination by winning the World Cup in 1999.

Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett are retiring from the national team — although they might play in some farewell exhibitions this fall — leaving Lilly and Brandi Chastain as the last of the old guard.

After the game, the team took a victory lap, waving flags to the crowd of 10,416 at Karaiskaki Stadium.

Brazil received its first women's soccer medal after finishing fourth at the last two Olympics. Germany, which beat Sweden 1-0 in the third-place game, took the bronze.

Men's basketball

Stephon Marbury broke a U.S. Olympic record with 31 points, leading the Americans to a 102-94 victory over Spain in the Olympic quarterfinals Thursday.

Marbury made six of his team's 12 3-pointers and helped push the previously undefeated Spaniards out of medal contention.

In the U.S. team's first five games, Marbury scored just 21 points, missing 24 of 30 shots. The Americans lost two of those games: an embarrassing blowout against Puerto Rico and a last-minute loss to against Lithuania.

The Lithuanians remained unbeaten with a 95-75 victory over China, setting up a semifinal game against Italy, which beat Puerto Rico 83-70. Lithuania has settled for bronze in the last three Olympics.

In the late game, Argentina earned a semifinal matchup against the United States by defeating Greece 69-64.

Track and Field

Shawn Crawford and two teammates capped a big night for Americans at the track, sweeping the 200-meter medals despite a rowdy crowd that booed loudest when the U.S. sprinters were announced before the race.

In a race missing disgraced Greek hero and defending Olympic champion Kostas Kenteris, Crawford ran a personal-best 19.79 seconds. That was just good enough to edge Bernard Williams, who tied his personal best of 20.01 seconds for silver. Justin Gatlin, the 100 champion, won bronze in 20.03.

Dwight Phillips led a 1-2 American finish in the men's long jump, with NCAA champion John Moffitt taking the silver.

The start of the 200 was delayed for four minutes because spectators were booing, whistling in derision and chanting Kenteris' name and "Hellas, Hellas" — the Greek word for Greece. The whistles were loudest when the three U.S. sprinters were announced.

Felix Sanchez gave the Dominican Republic its first Olympic gold medal when he won the men's 400-meter hurdles in 47.63 seconds.

Marion Jones helped the U.S. 400-meter relay team to a time of 41.67, matching the mark it set earlier this month that is best in the world this year.


The U.S. diving team is staring at its first medals shutout in 92 years after Rachelle Kunkel finished ninth in the 3-meter springboard, far behind a 1-2 finish by the powerful Chinese.

Guo Jingjing easily won her country's fifth diving gold of the Athens Games, while teammate Wu Minxia edged out Russia's Yulia Pakhalina for the silver.

Women's Water Polo

Melania Grego's lob goal with 2:04 remaining in the second overtime gave Italy a come-from-behind victory over Greece for the Olympic water polo gold medal.

With the game tied 7-7 at the end of regulation, Greece went ahead 9-7 on goals by Kyriaki Liosi — her fifth — and Aikaterini Oikonomopoulou.

But Grego and Tania di Mario scored to pull Italy even with nine seconds remaining in the first extra period.

Ellen Estes scored three times for the United States, which won the bronze. The Australians edged the United States for gold four years ago.

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Upset with marks given to American Mary Sanders in qualifying, the U.S. team filed an inquiry with the International Gymnastics Federation seeking a review of her hoop routine.

Sanders finished 18th out of 24 gymnasts in the first of two qualifying rounds. The top 10 gymnasts after Friday's second round advance. Sanders received a technical score — the measure of difficulty — of 4.6 in hoop.

The 4.6 was lower than anyone in the field except for competitors from Australia, South Africa and Cape Verde. The technical score is one of three elements judged in a rhythmic routine. The others are artistic value and execution. Sanders' marks in the other two elements were more in line with the other competitors.

Synchronized Swimming

Russia, Japan and the United States were 1-2-3 after the Olympic team technical event, the same places they finished in the duet competition a day earlier.

Russia was first with 49.667 points and Japan second with 49.167.

The Americans were third with 48.584, giving them a chance for their first team medal since they claimed the first Olympic gold in team competition in 1996.

Men's Triathlon

Hamish Carter pulled away from Bevan Docherty on the final lap of the triathlon, giving New Zealand a 1-2 finish in the endurance race. Sven Riederer of Switzerland got the bronze after fading from the leaders down the stretch.

Carter, Docherty and Riederer ran together for most of the final leg of the swim-cycle-run event. During the last three kilometers, the two New Zealanders pulled away, turning it into a two-man race.

Hunter Kemper, the top American, finished ninth.