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SPORTS SECTION Friday, August 10, 2012


The Flint Journal

Major League Baseball: Tigers can’t hold lead, fall to Yankees in series finale. PAGE B2 STATE BRIEFS LIONS

Report: Delmas will be ready Injured Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas is expected to be back for the start of the regular season according to a Detroit Free Press report. On Wednesday, the team Louis announced Delmas Delmas had surgery on his left knee. After Wednesday’s practice, Lions coach Jim Schwartz labeled the recovery process week-to-week. Delmas had missed the majority of training camp because of the knee. He tried to return to last week, but left the field after working just a few snaps of seven-on-seven drills.


Don Kelly clears

Utility outfielder Don Kelly went unclaimed after the Detroit Tigers designated him for assignment last week. Kelly cleared Don Kelly waivers Thursday, and the Tigers outrighted his contract to Triple-A Toledo. Kelly, 31, has the option to accept the assignment or elect to become a free agent. He’s expected to accept it and join the Mud Hens, who are in the midst of an 11-game road trip. Kelly was removed from the 40-man roster last Friday when he was designated for assignment, clearing a spot on the active roster for outfielder Andy Dirks.


Trade talks ongoing

After failing to land a top defenseman through free agency, the Detroit Red Wings are looking to bolster their back end via trade. A team source confirmed the Red Wings are talking with the Calgary Flames about making a deal for veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who has been the subject of trade rumors for more than a month. Bouwmeester became expendable in Calgary when the Flames signed Dennis Wideman, and the Red Wings need help on defense after captain Nicklas Lidstrom retired and Brad Stuart was traded to San Jose before he could sign with the Sharks as a free agent.


Ads on uniforms?

It might not be long before the Detroit Pistons are human billboards. OK, maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration. But the Pistons and the rest of the teams in the NBA could be sporting advertisements on their uniforms by 2013-14 if owners approve a proposal allowing it. At July’s summer meetings, NBA owners tentatively agreed to allow ads on jerseys. The league will decide in September whether to approve the proposition. —


Gold medalist Claressa Shields, 17, of Flint, participates in the medals ceremony Thursday after winning the women’s middleweight gold-medal match against Russia’s Nadezda Torlopova at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.



LONDON — Claressa Shields ducked one punch, deftly leaned away from another, and stuck her tongue out at her Russian opponent. Just an American teenager having a little fun. After all, Nadezda Torlopova is almost twice Shields’ age and about half her speed. And Shields had to laugh at any boxer trying to get between her and a historic Olympic gold medal. The 17-year-old middleweight from Flint beat Torlopova 19-12 on Thursday, capping her rapid ascent through women’s boxing with a title in its Olympic debut. “This was something I wanted for a long time, even when boxing wasn’t going all right, even when my life wasn’t going all right,” said Shields, who found sanctuary in a boxing gym during a rough childhood. “All I wanted was a gold medal, and I kept working toward it, even when people were saying I couldn’t do it. I’m too young. I couldn’t do it. There were girls who were

“I don’t think anybody would feel bad about me representing them. I think I did a pretty good job.” — Claressa Shields, 17, of Flint

Claressa Shields, left, fights Russia’s Nadezda Torlopova in the gold-medal match Thursday in London.

going to beat me because of better experience, more experience. I proved them all wrong.” Shields did it in style — shuffle-stepping, brawling and even winning over a crowd that showed up to cheer Irish lightweight Katie Taylor and British flyweight Nicola Adams, who also won gold medals. Shields had her hand over her heart on the medal podium when she abruptly burst into laughter, her head snapping

back almost as if she had just been punched in the face. T h a t ’s a f e e l i n g h e r opponents in the first Olympic women’s boxing tournament know quite well. Only they’re not laughing. “I’m surprised I didn’t cry,” Shields said. “I was sweating, though.” Shields, Taylor and Adams triumphed in rapid succession on the final day of the London Games’ landmark tournament, claiming the first Olympic titles in a growing sport that

CB Bentley to start for Lions Rookie trying to ‘make the best of’ opportunity BY ANWAR S. RICHARDSON ARICHAR2@MLIVE.COM

ALLEN PARK — It did not take long for Detroit Lions rookie cornerback Bill Bentley to impress this coaching staff. ON AIR Bentley will start at right � Detroit Lions c o r n e r b a c k vs. Cleveland for the Detroit Browns, 7:30 Lions, while tonight on Fox John Wendling will start at safety in place of Louis Delmas, during tonight’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. It is unknown how many snaps each player will receive, but this could be a sign of things to come for Bentley. Detroit lost cornerback

Eric Wright to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency, but made Bentley its third-round draft pick this offseason. Bentley was behind Aaron Berry on Detroit’s depth chart before the cornerback was released after his second arrest this offseason. Over the past week, Bentley has taken reps with Detroit’s first team. Bentley originally played in nickel packages, but recently emerged into a starter, a position he will fight to keep starting today. “I try not to let too much get to my head,” Bentley said. “I try to stay humble and stay blessed about everything. It’s a great opportunity. Thank God for the position and go out and try to make the best of it.” Detroit cornerback Alphonso Smith was listed ahead of Bentley when the depth chart was released a few days ago, but Lions coach Jim Schwartz downplayed those rankings.

Bentley is battling against Smith and Jacob Lacey to start this season, and he said his goal is to show coaches he can handle playing in the NFL this preseason. “I’m looking to play the whole game,” Bentley said. “I’m just feeling out the position. I’m going to solidify the position (tonight).” Bentley, who played at Louisiana-Lafayette, returned two interceptions for touchdowns in 2011, which was his senior year. He also earned All Sun-Belt Conference honors two times during his collegiate career. During the NFL scouting combine, Bentley ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds. “Bentley is progressing well,” Lions defensive backs coach Tim Walton said. “He competes every day, so that overcomes some of the things he’s learning — a little technique loss — by being a competitor.”

was banned in Britain until 1996. The five-day event was one of London’s biggest hits. And even amid the sea of Irish fans cheering Taylor’s every move, Shields was one of the breakout stars of the games. An ugly Olympics for the U.S. team ended with a performance worthy of Cassius Clay, Joe Frazier, Oscar De La Hoya and every American Olympic champion that came before Shields. Shields found her purpose with coach Jason Crutchfield at Berston Field House in Flint after her father — who spent seven years of Claressa’s childhood in prison — infused her with a passion for boxing. Shields has turned into a polished athlete with a wild streak in the ring. Even the 33-year-old Torlopova had to applaud the ascent of her

division’s new ruler. “She’s young, after all, and she’s quicker,” Torlopova said. “It happens that speed overcame experience. ... You have to know how to lose. She’s a worthy opponent. Good job.” Shields capped her rise through the amateur ranks in the past two years with three strong performances in the London ring, providing USA Boxing with a much-needed boost. Shields won the 12-member American team’s only gold medal in London, and flyweight Marlen Esparza took a bronze, but the winningest nation in Olympic boxing history got no medals from its men’s team for the first time. “I don’t think anybody would feel bad about me representing them,” Shields said. “I think I did a pretty good job.”



United States’ Carli Lloyd, center facing, celebrates her goal with teammates Megan Rapinoe, center, Kelley O’Harawith, right, and Alex Morgan on Thursday during the women’s soccer gold-medal match against Japan in London. The United States won 2-1. More on B3.


B2 FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2012



Gall’s Olympic run ends

Tigers’ bullpen falters


GRAND BLANC — Grand Blanc native Geena Gall made significant strides in her track and field career the past several months, including posting a personal best time in June at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials to earn a spot on Team USA in London. Her Olympic run came to an end Thursday in the semifinals of the women’s 800 meters at Olympic Stadium. Competing in her first Olympics, Gall finished eighth in her heat (2 minutes, 05.76 seconds) and well outside of the final eight runners who advanced to Saturday’s final heat. Gall reached the semifinals by claiming the sixth and final non-automatic qualifying spot in Wednesday’s preliminary heats. Gall entered Thursday’s race knowing she likely would have to post the best time of her life to advance, given that 12 runners in the field had recorded better PR times in the 800. She had the 18th best overall time from the preliminary heats. Gall also reportedly was receiving treatment for a calf injury in London. There was a bandage on her calf during the race Thursday.

Yankees 4, Tigers 3 Next game: Detroit (Max Scherzer 10-6, 4.72) at Texas Rangers (Scott Feldman 6-6, 4.52), 8 tonight TV: FSD



Geena Gall, left, of the United States, competes during a women’s 800-meter semifinal Thursday at Olympic Stadium during the London Games. The Grand Blanc native did not qualify for the final.

Gall’s achievements bring pride, excitement to Grand Blanc Support for runner pours in from community BY ROSS MAGHIELSE RMAGHIEL@MLIVE.COM

GRAND BLANC — Once the initial and inevitable feeling of disappointment fades, Geena Gall will realize how her run to the 2012 London Olympics captivated her hometown of Grand Blanc. Gall’s family has all the proof she will need. “We’re going to show her everything,” said Jerry Gall, Geena’s father. “We’ve got all the TV stuff taped, all the articles, all the pictures and footage of people going crazy for her at 5 in the morning. The amount of support she received over the past couple weeks from the Grand Blanc community and all of Genesee County was incredible. “It’s hard to describe the feeling of seeing all that love from a community pouring out for your daughter. June (Geena’s mother) and I can’t wait to show her.” Gall, running with her calf bandaged, bowed out in the semifinals of the 800-meter race Thursday afternoon at Olympic Stadium in London. She had received treatment for her calf injury leading up the race and the soreness caught up to her as she dropped from second place in her heat after the first lap to the back of the pack, finishing with a time of 2 minutes, 05.76 seconds. “That was the toughest part. It’s just too bad she wasn’t totally healthy,” Jerry Gall said. “She went all out, though, and that’s what she told us she was going to do. We talked to her before the race and she just said ‘Dad, I’m just going to go for it.’ I’m so proud of her because she gave it everything she could and represented her country so well. It was an emotional time, but it was also such a fun ride.” Andy Taylor, who coached Gall in high school and still is the track and field coach at Grand Blanc, said athletes in his program already looked up to Gall before the Olympics, but that having a runner on a national stage is a coaching and motivational tool he often uses. “I remember when Gabby Anzalone was a freshman on our high school team, she said that she wanted to be better than Geena Gall. I kind of chuckled and told her she’s


Benoit gives up back-to-back homers in loss to Yankees DETROIT — Joe Girardi got mad. Then, the New York Yankees got even. Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez hit solo home runs on consecutive pitches in the eighth inning that put New York ahead after Girardi was ejected, and the Yankees held off the Detroit Tigers 4-3 Thursday to split a four-game series. “I’m extremely happy for what our guys accomplished,” Girardi said, still stewing after the victory. “That doesn’t mean I’m not going to get perturbed when I get a letter.” Girardi was tossed in the fifth during a demonstrative argument in which he slammed his hat on the infield and threw his arms in the air over and over, repeating a move third base umpire Tim Welke acknowledged making on a fair-or-foul call. “It’s good that he’s sticking up for us,” Yankees catcher Chris Stewart said. “It fired us up, obviously.” The Yankees won a one-run game for the first time since July 13, ending an eight-game losing streak in one-run games that was their longest since 1944. “It’s just nice to get a win — period,” Stewart said. “We’ve been scuffling lately and things haven’t been going our way. It almost seemed like it was going to happen again.” Rafael Soriano escaped a first-and-third, no-out jam in the ninth for his 27th save in 29 chances. Alex Avila led off the ninth with a double and pinchrunner Gerald Laird advanced to third on Omar Infante’s single. Soriano got Ramon Santiago on a soft lineout, retired Quintin Berry on a popup and got Andy


Yankees manager Joe Girardi, front, tosses his cap after being thrown out of the game by third base umpire Tim Welke, rear, after arguing a call in the fifth inning.

Dirks on a flyball. “We let a golden opportunity get away there in the ninth,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. Clay Rapada (3-0) got the final two outs with one on in the seventh inning. Joaquin Benoit (1-3) retired the first batter in the top of the eighth before Teixeira and Chavez connected, the eighth time the Yankees hit consecutive homers this season. Teixeira hit a no-doubt line drive to right for his 21st homer. Chavez went to the opposite field, clearing the left-field wall with his ninth homer in 35 games after hitting just three in his first 42 games this year. Benoit has given up nine hits — seven for homers — in 10 games since the All-Star break. “He hasn’t been keeping the ball in the ballpark very well,” Leyland said. New York led early, and late, for a second consecutive

victory after dropping the first two games in Detroit. Girardi wasn’t in the dugout at the end of the latest win. He became upset after Dirks hit a go-ahead double down the line because Welke put his hands up to indicate it was a foul ball, then signaled it was fair, and left fielder Raul Ibanez struggled to field the ball. “I started to put my hands up in the air — I was a little quick — then I saw the ball hit the chalk line, and I pointed fair about three times,” Welke said. “I don’t think it had any impact. I’ve watched the replay, and I don’t think there was any impact on the outfielder. I don’t think Ibanez ever even saw me. We got the call right.” Said Ibanez: “I was surprised that he called it fair. It was called foul.” Girardi had to be separated from Welke more than once by second base umpire Bob Davidson during the long confrontation. “Joe thought it was a protestable situation, but it was a judgment call,” Welke said. “He wanted to play the game under protest, and that was most of the discussion.” As he walked off, Girardi gestured that Berry should go back to first base and Dirks should bat again. Girardi insisted he wasn’t playing to the crowd. “That’s not my personality,” he said. “I was just still very perturbed.” Girardi has been ejected three times this season, all against Detroit. Doug Fister allowed two runs on eight hits in 61/3 innings.


Leshoure looks to return next week Running back nursing hamstring injury RYAN GARZA | MLIVE.COM

June Gall, center, celebrates Wednesday with family and friends at McDonald’s after her daughter, Geena Gall, qualified for the 800-meter semifinals during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Geena Gall did not qualify for the final, posting a time of 2 minutes, 05.76 seconds Thursday during the semifinals.

“It’s hard to describe the feeling of seeing all that love from a community pouring out for your daughter. June (Geena’s mother) and I can’t wait to show her.” — Jerry Gall, father of Olympian Geena Gall

got a lot of work to do, and now she’s at the University of Wisconsin and is doing very well,” Taylor said. “Whenever you have an athlete go that far and compete on an Olympic level like Geena did, it’s going to create a lot of excitement. It’s just a tremendous source of pride for Grand Blanc and especially the track program.” Drake Gauthier can attest to that. Gauthier, a 16-yearold sophomore-to-be at Grand Blanc, is a world class runner in his own right, recently winning two national championships en route to owning the fastest 800-meter time by any freshman in the country. “I watched her (preliminary) race in the Olympics and it really hits you,” Gauthier said. “It’s cool seeing someone from the same place doing that, because it kind of gives that feeling of who’s to say I can’t be there someday, too? Plus, I’m friends with her on Facebook, which is pretty cool.” At age 25, another trip to the Olympics in 2016 is not out of the question for Gall, who runs full time professionally with the Oregon Elite Track Club

based out of Eugene, Ore. “I think she’s just starting to hit her prime, really, and she’s got a great chance at the next one,” Jerry Gall said. “By the time she’s 29, she could be one of the favorites, and I know that’s something she’s going to work like crazy for because that’s just the way she is.” For now, though, the plan is to rest, relax and enjoy what took place. Gall will return to Grand Blanc after the Olympics to spend time with her family. “She’ll be back next week and she might stay for a month,” Jerry Gall said. “We’re going to go on a little vacation probably and we’ll have a few family parties, maybe a barbecue or two just to thank family and friends for all their support. I’m sure she’ll be back up at the high school talking to the track kids for a little bit, too. But mostly, we’re just looking to kind of wind down. “They say everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame, and boy did we just have ours. It was just such a thrill for all of us, and I’m so glad the community got behind her the way it did.”


ALLEN PARK — Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure spent most of Thursday’s practice working with a trainer near the practice field. If all goes well for Leshoure, he will be back on the practice field next week. Leshoure has missed most of training camp because of a hamstring injury, but said he plans to resume practicing sometime next week. “Hopefully,” Leshoure said. “I’m starting to run now. You never know how these days go, but I hope to get back on the field next week.” Running back Mikel Kevin Smith Leshoure has been taking first-team repetitions, but Leshoure is expected to receive playing time after he returns from a league-mandated two-game suspension. Leshoure tore his Achilles tendon last year in training camp and was placed on injured reserve. He has yet to see game action with the Lions. Despite his lack of NFL experience, Leshoure said he is not rushing back to play in next week’s preseason game. “I’m definitely ready to get out there, but I know injuries are part of the game,” Leshoure said. “It’s all about taking your time and healing right.”

to training camp Sunday, but that doesn’t mean he is ready to go for the team’s preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns tonight. “Am I going to try to fight hard to play in a preseason game? I don’t think I’m ready,” Avril said. “If I’m not ready, there’s no point in going out there. I haven’t practiced in pads yet, so I don’t know if that would be a good idea.” Avril compared playing tonight to giving the car keys to a child on his or her 16th birthday. “You might not make it too far. You might not make it out of the neighborhood,” he said. As part of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, players can’t practice in pads until they have practiced two days without them. Thursday

marked the first day Avril could have practiced in pads, but, as expected, the team wasn’t wearing them the day before a game. Avril’s conditioning and work ethic haven’t been a question since his return. As he ran sprints after practice, coach Jim Schwartz expressed confidence the veteran defensive end would be ready to go if he was needed. “He’s in very good shape,” Schwartz said. “You can see what he’s doing now. He’s a professional. He just had a good practice and he’s going out and getting his body ready. If he needs to, he’d be available.” The Lions don’t need Avril to play tonight. They just need him to be ready when the team opens the regular season against the St. Louis Rams.

Avril in no rush

Lions defensive end Cliff Avril has been working with the first team since signing his franchise tender and reporting



FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2012 B3


The ‘nightmare’ is over


Medal count

proved otherwise,” Wambach said. “This is what the Olympics is all about, two great teams that faced off against each other (Thursday), that have mutual love and respect for each other.”





United States 38 25 26



37 24 19



12 21 23



25 13 14



10 16 11


5 13 14





6 13 10




9 12




South Korea 12





































New Zealand









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SCORES Thursday


United States 86, Australia 73 France 81, Russia 64



United States 2, Japan 1


Canada 1, France 0



Brazil 3, Japan 0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-18) United States 3, South Korea 0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-22)



United States 8, Spain 5


Australia 13, Hungary 11, OT



GOLD—Usain Bolt, Jamaica. SILVER—Yohan Blake, Jamaica. BRONZE—Warren Weir, Jamaica.

MEN — 800

GOLD—David Lekuta Rudisha, Kenya. SILVER—Nijel Amos, Botswana. BRONZE—Timothy Kitum, Kenya.


GOLD—Christian Taylor, Fayetteville, Ga. SILVER—Will Claye, Phoenix. BRONZE—Fabrizio Donato, Italy.


GOLD—Ashton Eaton, Bend, Ore. SILVER—Trey Hardee, Birmingham, Ala. BRONZE—Leonel Suarez, Cuba.


GOLD—Barbora Spotakova, Czech Republic. SILVER—Christina Obergfoll, Germany. BRONZE—Linda Stahl, Germany.


GOLD—Germany (Julius Brink, Jonas Reckermann). SILVER—Brazil (Alison Cerutti, Emanuel Rego). BRONZE—Latvia 2 (Martins Plavins, Janis Smedins).

WEMBLEY, England — Abby Wambach didn’t put on her “Greatness Has Been Found” T-shirt right away. She instead strayed from her teammates and knelt alone at midfield — and cried into a U.S. flag. Yes, greatness has been found. And payback has been achieved. The Americans again are on top of the women’s soccer world. They won their third straight Olympic gold medal Thursday, beating Japan 2-1 in a rematch of last year’s World Cup final and avenging the most painful loss in their history. “They snatched our dream last summer,” U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe said. “And this kind of feels like the nightmare turned back around.” Carli Lloyd scored early in both halves, Hope Solo made a spectacular late save as the Japanese pushed frantically for a tying goal and the entire roster found the redemption it had sought since that penalty kick shootout loss in Germany last year. “I just kept pounding my chest, going, ‘Guys, this is only about heart. We’re all tired, every player on the field. Twenty-two players on the field are tired,’ ” Wambach said. “It’s about who wants it more, right here, right now. And (Thursday) we proved that we did.”

Record turnout

In front of 80,203 fans at Wembley Stadium, a record for a women’s soccer game at the Olympics, the teams put on a back-and-forth, don’t-turn-your-head soccer showcase, proving again that these are the two premier teams in the world. Women’s soccer still is in its formative stages in Britain, but the match proved more than worthy for the hallowed grounds of the beautiful game. Back home, America was paying attention — just as it was last year and despite all the other Olympic events. Even President Barack Obama,

Fourth Olympic crown


United States’ Abby Wambach celebrates after winning the women’s soccer gold-medal match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Thursday in London.

while visiting the U.S. Olympic Committee’s training center in Colorado Springs, Colo., offered a “special shout-out” to the women’s team for its victory. At the final whistle, Solo found herself enveloped in a group-hug celebration that unleashed a year of bottled-up frustration. Many of the players paraded with the flag and put on the celebratory T-shirts. Wambach, the outspoken co-captain who missed the Beijing Games with a broken leg, always was the player most impassioned about the


mission to get the Americans back atop the podium. She spoke of “nightmares” from the Japan defeat, and now they’ve been replaced by tears of happiness. The loudest of cheers erupted when she received her gold medal, and she was the only one to get a hug from American IOC member Angela Ruggiero, who draped the medal around Wambach’s neck. “I’m so proud of us, the resilience of this team from never giving up, for always believing in ourselves even when the scoreline and time

The U.S. team has won four of the five Olympic titles since women’s soccer was introduced at the 1996 Atlanta Games, taking second place at the 2000 Games in Sydney. Settling for silver, the Japanese players huddled together in defeat, with coach Norio Sasaki trying to encourage them. Karina Maruyama was inconsolable. Aya Miyama bowed her head and Asuna Tanaka wiped away tears. But they were all smiles when they re-emerged for the medal ceremony, bouncing their way to the podium. Lloyd also scored the winning goal in the gold-medal match against Brazil in Beijing four years ago. On Thursday, she found the net in the eighth and 54th minutes, making it four goals in the tournament for the midfielder who lost her long-held starting job weeks before the Olympics. She got back on the field when Shannon Boxx injured her hamstring in the opener against France and started every game since. “I think I just come up big in big moments. That’s what I’ve trained for,” Lloyd said. “I worked my butt off day-in and day-out. I don’t think there’s anybody that works harder than I do. I was on a mission this Olympics to prove everybody wrong, and that’s what I did. To show everybody that I belong on the field.” Yuki Ogimi answered in the 63rd minute, and Mana Iwabuchi nearly had the equalizer in the 83rd — stripping the ball from captain Christie Rampone and swooping in on Solo — only to be thwarted when the goalie flung her entire body to the left to push the shot away. Canada won the bronze earlier Thursday, beating France 1-0 at Coventry.




Bolt leads Jamaican sweep of 200 meters

GOLD—Nicola Adams, Britain. SILVER—Ren Cancan, China. BRONZE—Marlen Esparza, Houston. BRONZE—Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte, India. GOLD—Katie Taylor, Ireland. SILVER—Sofya Ochigava, Russia. BRONZE—Mavzuna Chorieva, Tajikistan. BRONZE—Adriana Araujo, Brazil.


GOLD—Claressa Shields, Flint, Mich. SILVER—Nadezda Torlopova, Russia. BRONZE—Marina Volnova, Kazakhstan. BRONZE—Li Jinzi, China.



GOLD—Australia (Tate Smith, Dave Smith, Murray Stewart, Jacob Clear). SILVER—Hungary (Zoltan Kammerer, David Toth, Tamas Kulifai, Daniel Pauman). BRONZE—Czech Republic (Daniel Havel, Lukas Trefil, Josef Dostal, Jan Sterba).


GOLD—Germany (Peter Kretschmer, Kurt Kuschela). SILVER—Belarus (Andrei Bahdanovich, Aliaksandr Bahdanovich). BRONZE—Russia (Alexey Korovashkov, Ilya Pervukhin).


GOLD—Danuta Kozak, Hungary. SILVER—Inna Osypenko-Radomska, Ukraine. BRONZE—Bridgitte Hartley, South Africa.


GOLD—Germany (Franziska Weber, Tina Dietze). SILVER—Hungary (Katalin Kovacs, Natasa DouchevJanics). BRONZE—Poland (Karolina Naja, Beata Mikolajczyk).



GOLD—Chen Ruolin, China. SILVER—Brittany Broben, Australia. BRONZE—Pandelela Rinong Pamg, Malaysia.



GOLD—Charlotte Dujardin, Britain. SILVER—Adelinde Cornelissen, Netherlands. BRONZE—Laura Bechtolsheimer, Britain.


GOLD—United States SILVER—Japan BRONZE—Canada



GOLD—Eva Risztov, Hungary. SILVER—Haley Anderson, Granite Bay, Calif. BRONZE—Martina Grimaldi, Italy.


GOLD—Servet Tazegul, Turkey. SILVER—Mohammad Bagheri Motamed, Iran. BRONZE—Rohullah Nikpah, Afghanistan. BRONZE—Terrence Jennings, Alexandria, Va.


GOLD—Jade Jones, Britain. SILVER—Hou Yuzhuo, China. BRONZE—Tseng Li-Cheng, Taiwan. BRONZE—Marlene Harnois, France.

WATER POLO GOLD—United States SILVER—Spain BRONZE—Australia


Men’s basketball semifinals, Men’s track and field 4x100 relay


as of Aug. 9 COUNTRY




GOLD—Saori Yoshida, Japan. SILVER—Tonya Lynn Verbeek, Canada. BRONZE—Yuliya Ratkevich, Azerbaijan. BRONZE—Jackeline Renteria Castillo, Colombia.


GOLD—Natalia Vorobieva, Russia. SILVER—Stanka Zlateva Hristova, Bulgaria. BRONZE—Maider Unda, Spain. BRONZE—Guzel Manyurova, Kazakhstan.

WATER POLO Maggie Steffens scored five times and the U.S. women’s water polo team beat Spain 8-5 to take the Olympic tournament for the first time.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL The American squad beat South Korea in straight sets and will go for its first indoor women’s gold when it faces Brazil on Saturday in a rematch of the 2008 final.

TV SCHEDULE TODAY NBC 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Men’s Water Polo Semifinals; Rhythmic Gymnastics Qualifying; Synchronized Swimming Team Gold Medal Final; Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medal Finals; Men’s Swimming Marathon; Canoeing Sprint. 8 p.m.-Midnight — Track and Field Gold Medal Finals: Men’s 4x400M Relay, Men’s Pole Vault, Women’s 4x100 Relay and Women’s 1,500; Men’s Diving Platform Qualifying Round; Cycling BMX Gold Medal Finals. 12:35 a.m.-1:35 a.m. — Track and Field Gold Medal Finals.

NBC SPORTS NETWORK 8 a.m.-8 p.m. — Men’s Basketball Semifinals; Men’s Boxing Semifinals; Freestyle Wrestling Qualifying; Women’s Field Hockey Gold Medal Final and Bronze Medal game.

MSNBC 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Men’s Soccer Bronze Medal game; Men’s Volleyball Semifinal; Men’s Water Polo Semifinal; Freestyle Wrestling Repechages; Men’s Handball Semifinal.

CNBC 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Men’s Boxing Semifinals.

NBC OLYMPIC BASKETBALL CHANNEL Noon-Midnight — Men’s Basketball Semifinals.

NBC OLYMPIC SOCCER CHANNEL 2:45 p.m.-2:45 a.m. — Men’s Bronze Medal and Women’s Gold Medal Final Encore.

TELEMUNDO 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Rhythmic Gymnastics Qualifying Round; Men’s Boxing Semifinals; Men’s Volleyball Semifinals; Synchronized Swimming Team Gold Medal Final; Men’s Basketball Semifinals; Men’s Soccer Bronze Medal game. Midnight-2:30 a.m. — Track and Field Gold Medal Finals, Men’s Diving Platform Qualifying Round.



Usain Bolt greeted the excited crowd with a royal wave when he was introduced Thursday night. Turns out the sprint king also was waving goodbye to his competition. Bolt blew away the field in the 200-meter final, easing up as he crossed the finish line in 19.32 seconds to become the only man with two Olympic titles in the event. With camera flashes dotting the seats throughout Olympic Stadium, Bolt repeated the 100-200 double he produced at the Beijing Games, leading a Jamaican sweep. Training partner and pal Yohan Blake was second in 19.44, and fellow Jamaican Warren Weir got the bronze in 19.84, nearly a half-second behind the champion. “I’ve done something that no one has done before, which is defend my double title. Backto-back for me,” Bolt said. “I would say I’m the greatest.” The 6-foot-5 Bolt celebrated with a couple push-ups and also grabbed a camera from someone in the photographers’ well and trained it at the group who were clicking away.

The U.S. men’s basketball team plays Argentina today in a game that will be televised live at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Network, for the chance to play for a gold medal Saturday. Also, Usain Bolt is back on the track, this time with his Jamaican teammates, sprinting for gold in the 400 relay, looking to add to his 100 and 200 titles.

NBC 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Women’s Basketball Gold Medal Final; Rhythmic Gymnastics Gold Medal Final; Women’s Cycling Mountain Bike Gold Medal Final; Women’s Volleyball Bronze Medal game; Freestyle Wrestling Semifinals; Canoeing Sprint Gold Medal Finals. 8 p.m.-Midnight — Track and Field Gold Medal Finals: Men’s 4x100 Relay, Men’s 5,000, Men’s Javelin, Women’s 4x400 Relay, Women’s 800 and Women’s High Jump; Men’s Diving Platform Gold Medal Final; Women’s Volleyball Gold Medal Final. 12:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. — Freestyle Wrestling Gold Medal Finals. AP

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt poses after his win in the men’s 200 meters at the Summer Olympics in London on Thursday.

ATHLETICS American men took the top two spots in the decathlon (Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee) and triple jump (Christian Taylor and Will Claye), raising the U.S. track and field total to 24 medals with three days to go. The other big winner Thursday night was Kenya’s David Ashton Rudisha, who set Eaton a world record while winning the 800 meters in 1:40.91.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL The U.S. team faced its first challenge of the Olympics, and found a way to advance. Trailing early in the second half, coach Geno Auriemma turned to his Olympic rookies and the group — led by Tina Charles and Lindsay Whalen — pressured Australia into turnovers

and bad shots. That led to a pivotal scoring run in the third quarter of an 86-73 victory. The Americans, seeking a fifth straight gold medal, next play France in a matchup of unbeaten teams. It will be the first time the two teams have played in the Olympics.

CYCLING — BMX Defending champion Maris Strombergs, of Latvia, eased into the semifinals after escaping an avalanche of crashes at the London Velopark.

SWIMMING Eva Risztov, of Hungary, led most of the way in a grueling open water marathon at Hyde Park, holding off a desperate bid to chase her down by American Haley Anderson. The big crowd was hoping for a gold medal from world champion Kerianne Payne, but the British swimmer finished fourth. Risztov beat Anderson by four-tenths of a second after nearly two hours of racing

around The Serpentine. Martina Grimaldi, of Italy, got the bronze in the 10-kilometer race.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL Germany’s Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann beat reigning world champions Alison and Emanuel, of Brazil, 23-21, 16-21, 16-14 in the men’s final. It was the first gold medal for a European team in a sport that has been dominated by the Brazilians and Americans.

DIVING Chen Ruolin, of China, won the women’s 10-meter platform gold, easily defending her title from Beijing.

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING Russia led the technical routine of the team event — as expected. Russia has won this event at the past three Olympics. Medals will be handed out after today’s free routines, with both scores added together.

NBC SPORTS NETWORK 4 a.m.-6 p.m. — Men’s Soccer Gold Medal Final; Track and Field: Men’s 50K Walk and Women’s 20K Walk; Women’s Handball Gold Medal Final and Bronze Medal game; Taekwondo Gold Medal Finals.

MSNBC 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Women’s Basketball Bronze Medal game; Men’s Field Hockey Gold Medal Final and Bronze Medal game; Men’s Modern Pentathlon; Taekwondo Qualifying Match.

CNBC 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. — Men’s Boxing Gold Medal Finals.

TELEMUNDO 9 a.m.-6 p.m. — Men’s Soccer Gold Medal Final; Rhythmic Gymnastics Gold Medal Final; Track and Field Gold Medal Finals; Women’s Volleyball Bronze Medal game; Men’s Boxing Gold Medal Finals. Midnight-2:30 a.m. — Track and Field Gold Medal Finals; Men’s Diving Platform Gold Medal Final; Women’s Volleyball Gold Medal Final.

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