U.S. survives hoops scare
The U.S. men's basketball team was pushed — and then some.
Two days after running and gunning to a record-shattering 83-point win, the United States needed a strong finish from LeBron James to eke out a 99-94 victory over Lithuania.
The Americans trailed 84-82 with 5:50 to play, but James scored nine of his 20 points in the final four minutes to help the U.S. remain unbeaten.
"You want to get tested. The best teams want to be tested. We love the competition," James said. "I think we've got some of the greatest competitors in our league, in this world, so you want to have a game where you feel like you were tested, and we had that today."
Carmelo Anthony also had 20 points for the U.S. (4-0), which looked nearly invincible in thrashing Nigeria 156-73 on Thursday night and breaking several records.
Linas Kleiza scored 25 for Lithuania, which shot 58 percent and outrebounded the U.S. 42-37.
American Serena Williams became only the second woman to achieve a Golden Slam, routing Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 in the most lopsided women's final in Olympic history.
The victory completed a remarkable run of domination by the No. 4-seeded Williams, who lost only 17 games in six matches en route to her first singles gold medal. She went 13-0 this summer at the All England Club, where she won her fifth Wimbledon title a month ago.
Top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan also won Olympic gold for the U.S., beating Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the men's doubles final.
Two-time gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor beat the Netherlands in straight sets to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.
The Americans topped Marleen van Iersel and Sanne Keizer 21-13, 21-12.
Reigning world champions Emanuel and Alison edged Germany 21-16, 21-14 to advance to the men's quarters. The Brazilians, the top-seeded team at the London Games, eliminated Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik.
Nicola Spirig of Switzerland won the gold medal in a photo finish with a Swedish challenger at the Olympic triathlon. The end of the race was so close that both women celebrated after crossing the line.
Spirig held off Lisa Norden to claim gold in 1 hour, 59.48 seconds. The runners were given the same time, and Spirig was declared the winner after a few minutes of uncertainty.
The U.S. men's team blew a two-set lead and lost to Russia in five, snapping an 11-match winning streak in Olympic play.
Maxim Mikhaylov scored 27 points for No. 2 Russia in the 27-29, 19-25, 26-24, 25-16, 15-8 victory. Sergey Tetyukhin spiked for match point.
Second-seeded light welterweight Tom Stalker beat India's Manoj Kumar 20-16 for the 10th British win in 11 fights in London, moving six boxers to the brink of medal qualification.
Although Stalker and Kumar appeared to be evenly matched, Kumar and his coaching staff criticized the judges and the tournament after the fifth loss for a seven-man team that arrived in London hoping to add to its single Olympic boxing medal.
China's Wu Mingxia cruised into the 3-meter springboard final after qualifying in the top spot during the Olympic semifinals.
Wu, who is seeking her record-tying sixth Olympic diving medal, totaled 394.400 points in the five rounds, giving her a lead of 32.30 points over second-place Tania Cagnotto of Italy, who had 362.100.
American Jamie Lynn Gray won the gold medal in women's 50-meter three-position rifle shooting, setting two Olympic records along the way.
Gray clinched gold on her final shot with a 10.8 — just 0.1 off a perfect score.
Vanja Udovicic scored three goals and Serbia beat the United States 11-6 in the men's tournament.
It was the first loss of the London Games for the Americans, who will face three-time defending champion Hungary in their last group game.
South Korea topped host Britain 5-4 in a penalty shootout to advance to the semifinals of the men's tournament.
Ki Sung-yueng hit the winning penalty after Daniel Sturridge missed Britain's fifth spot kick. The game was tied at 1 after regulation and extra time.
Britain is dominating the Olympic cycling slate.
The women's pursuit team won in a time of 3 minutes, 14.051 seconds to lower the world record they set earlier in the day.
The U.S. grabbed the silver medal, and Canada beat Australia for the bronze.
Triumphs for Britain in men's four and the lightweight women's double sculls sparked more scenes of jubilation at Dorney Lake and took the host country's tally of golds to four, one more then New Zealand.
Britain finished with nine medals — four golds, two silvers and three bronzes — to surpass the country's record total of eight from the 1908 Olympics. Those games were also held in London.
New Zealand beat the United States 3-2 in the women's tournament, preventing the Americans from advancing to the medal round.
The Netherlands sealed a place in the semifinals with a 3-2 win over South Korea. China beat Britain 2-1 to stay in the running for the semis, Australia blanked South Africa 1-0 and Belgium drew 1-1 with Japan. Argentina also won, topping Germany 3-1.
The women's doubles tournament concluded with Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei defeating Japan's Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa 21-10, 25-23 in the final.
In women's singles, Li Xuerui beat Wang Yihan 21-15, 21-23, 21-17 in an all-Chinese final.