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Published: Wednesday, 8/13/2008

Olympics roundup: U.S. rolls to victory against Angola

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Angola's Felizardo Ambrosio, center, is double-teamed by 
Carlos Boozer, left, and LeBron James of the United States. Angola's Felizardo Ambrosio, center, is double-teamed by Carlos Boozer, left, and LeBron James of the United States.
DUSAN VRANIC / AP Enlarge

BEIJING - LeBron James simply knocked aside overmatched Angola players like a schoolyard bully, going wherever he wanted on the basketball court.

Now come the teams that can push back.

Dwyane Wade scored 19 points, James dominated the game with his size and strength on both ends, and the U.S. men's Olympic team wrapped up the easy portion of its schedule with a 97-76 victory last night.

Tomorrow, the Americans (2-0) face Greece, the team that stunned them two years ago in the semifinals of the world championship. The Greeks are physical, and they should provide the first test of these games for the U.S.

Dwight Howard added 14 points and James finished with 12 for the Americans, who had another rough night from 3-point range but don't appear to be stoppable in the open court.

After Greece, the Americans face world champion Spain, which is also 2-0 after rallying to beat China in overtime behind 29 points from Pau Gasol.

The Americans are back to their old tricks on the softball diamond, beating Venezuela 11-0 for their 15th straight Olympic victory.

Jennie Finch was the pitching star, with the homers coming from Natasha Watley, Crystl Bustos and Caitlin Lowe, whose shot didn't leave the yard.

Serena won. Venus won. Then, they won together - three victories in one day for the Williams sisters.

Each swept their way into the third round in singles, then together knocked off a Czech duo in doubles.

In men's singles, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both advanced with ease, with Nadal dropping only three games total against Australian Lleyton Hewitt.

Rau'Shee Warren worked four years to become the first two-time American boxing Olympian in 30 years. Then, in his first match, he made the huge mistake of spending the last 35 seconds trying to protect a lead when he actually was behind and needed to go on the attack. He lost 9-8 and left the ring in tears.

Glenn Eller is a member of the U.S. Army. He's also the new double-trap champion, having set an Olympic record with his score.

South Korea's Jin Jong-oh edged North Korea's Kim Jong Su to win the men's 50-meter pistol event despite a poor final shot.

Teenagers Chen Ruolin and Wang Xin, who turned 16 on Monday, won the women's 10-meter synchronized platform title, making host China 3-for-3 in diving thus far with five events left.

Americans Mary Beth Dunnichay and Haley Ishimatsu, a pair of 15-year-olds, were fifth among eight teams.

Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor keep looking good in their bid for a second straight gold, improving to 2-0 with a straight sets victory over Cuba that virtually assures them of a spot in the medal round. It was their 103rd consecutive victory.

There were surprise winners of the first two Greco-Roman golds and both were Russians: 19-year-old Islam-Beka Albiev in the 60-kilogram division and 21-year-old Nazyr Mankiev in the 55-kg field.

Heather O'Reilly scored 40 seconds into the match, leading the U.S. past New Zealand 4-0 and into the quarterfinals. Better yet, they won their group, avoiding a match with title contender Brazil.

China's Liao Hui won the men's 69-kg category, making the hosts 5-for-5 in events they have participated in.

North Korea's Pak Hyon Suk won the women's 63-kg division.

American Gina Miles, riding McKinlaigh, won the individual silver medal in eventing. Gold went to German Hinrich Romeike, riding Marius.

Germany won the gold in team eventing in an exciting showdown with Australia that went down to the final two riders.

Jeffrey Powers had three goals, Tony Azevedo added two and the Americans barely escaped with a 12-11 victory against Italy in preliminary play.

The U.S. women again tied a highly ranked team, matching Japan at 1-1, but could use a victory to get into the next round.

China's Zhong Man won men's saber fencing, making him the second fencing winner ever from his country. American Keeth Smart lost in the round of eight.

The U.S. men's eight crew advanced to the final with a win in the second-chance race, keeping alive hopes of defending the Olympic title.

Three members from the 2004 team are back.

American favorite Anna Tunnicliffe, a former Perrysburg resident, topped the rankings in Laser Radial sailing after two opening races, while Australia maintained its lead in both the men's and women's 470 dinghy classes.



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