Tight contest for U.S. men
LONDON (AP) -- The U.S. men's basketball team survived its first test of the Olympics today, beating Lithuania 99-94 after trailing in the fourth quarter. Two nights after beating Nigeria by 83 points and scoring an Olympic-record 156 points, the Americans didn't take the lead for good until Chris Paul's 3-pointer with 5:38 remaining.
LeBron James took over late, scoring nine of his 20 points in the final four minutes to help the Americans remain unbeaten and avoid their first loss in the Olympics since losing to Argentina in the 2004 semifinals. Carmelo Anthony also scored 20 and Kevin Durant had 16.
Gold for Serena
WIMBLEDON (AP) -- Serena Williams has won her first gold medal in women's singles tennis. She dominated Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) in the gold medal match, winning 6-0, 6-1. After wrapping up the top prize, Williams jumped up and down on the court as fans waived American flags from their seats.
Williams, who has won her last eight matches against Sharapova, has now won the Golden Slam, comprising all four major tournaments in tennis and the singles gold in the Olympics.
Top-seed Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) bounced back from a semifinal drubbing against Williams to win the bronze medal. She earned the first tennis medal ever for Belarus by beating Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6-3, 6-4.
The men's doubles gold medal match is also being played today with the Bryan brothers, Mike and Bob, going for the gold against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh) and Michael Llodra (loh-DRAH').
Gray of the U.S. gets gold
LONDON (AP) -- Jamie Lynn Gray won the gold medal in women's 50-meter three-position rifle shooting, setting two Olympic records along the way. The American's final score was 691.9 points, topping the previous total Olympic mark of 690.3 set by China's Du Li at the 2008 Beijing Games. This is the second Olympics for Gray, who was fourth in air rifle and fifth in three-position rifle in 2008. She also set the Olympic record earlier in the day in qualifying.
TRACK AND FIELD
LONDON (AP) -- Defending Olympic champion Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt of Jamaica has begun his quest for another gold by winning his heat in the 100 meters. His time was 10.09 seconds. Bolt dominated the Beijing Games four years ago, winning golds in world-record times in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay, something no man had ever done at an Olympics. At the 2009 world championships, he lowered his 100 mark to 9.58, which still stands.
Defending champion LaShawn Merritt of the U.S., who has been bothered by an injured left hamstring, pulled up in the backstretch of his 400-meter preliminary heat. Merritt got off to a bad start, fell behind early and stopped running after about 200 meters. The gold medal favorite, who hurt himself in a tuneup race, limped slowly off the track.
Oscar Pistorius of South Africa became the first amputee to compete on the track at an Olympics, finishing second in his 400-meter heat today to advance to the next round. Pistorius, a double-amputee who runs on carbon-fiber blades, circled the oval in 45.44 seconds, good enough for a berth in the semifinals Sunday night. Because of the blades he wears Pistorius is known as "Blade Runner."
Bronze for U.S.
WINDSOR, England (AP) -- Britain successfully defended its Olympic rowing title in the men's four by beating rival Australia to get the gold. The U.S. team finished third to secure the bronze medal.
U.S. advances to final
LONDON (AP) -- The U.S. women's pursuit cycling team will face Britain in the gold medal race. The Americans will have their hands full as the British team lowered its own world record today while qualifying for the final.
LONDON (AP) -- Among the remaining events today, Michael Phelps wraps up his final Olympics with the 400-meter medley relay. Medals will also be won in the women's 4X100 meter Medley relay, the men's 1500 meter freestyle and the men's 50 meter free.
In track and field the women's 100 meter final is coming up along while in men's volleyball the U.S. is playing Russia and Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings meet a team from the Netherlands in women's beach volleyball.
Two more athletes sent packing
LONDON (AP) -- The IOC says it has found two more athletes guilty of doping. The athletes are a Russian cyclist and Colombian track and field athlete.