S. Korea defeats U.S. in baseball

Beijing 2008

August 14, 2008

* Archery Vic Wunderle is the only U.S. archer still alive in the men's competition. * BaseballOn the opening night of play, the U.S. suffered a stinging defeat by South Korea, 8-7. The U.S. trailed 6-4 going into the ninth and was able to take a 7-6 lead but couldn't hold on.

* Basketball The U.S. women beat Mali, 97-41. Lisa Leslie led all scorers with 16 points. Four others scored more than 10 points. The U.S. on Friday plays Spain, which beat the Czech Republic. * Beach VolleyballThe U.S. continued to steamroll through competition as the men's team of Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers beat Martin Conde and Mariano Baracetti of Argentina in the morning, 21-12, 21-13. Then in the evening, the women's team of Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs beat Milagros Crespo and Imara Estevez of Cuba, 21-19, 13-21, 15-12.* BoxingIt was a good day for USA Boxing. In an early bout, heavyweight Deontay Wilder took a 10-4 decision from Abdeoaziz Touiobini of Algeria. He will next fight against Mohammed Arjaoui of Morocco. In the only other bout involving an American, light flyweight Luis Yanez beat Jose Kelvin de la Nieve of Spain, 12-9. Yanez next fights against Serdamba Purevdorj of Mongolia.

* Cycling It was quite a day for the U.S. in the road cycling individual time trials. Kristin Armstrong surprised when she won the gold, beating Emma Pooley of Great Britain by more than 24 seconds. Karin Thurig of Switzerland won the bronze. On the men's side, Levi Leipheimer of the U.S. won the bronze.

* Diving Once again, the U.S. just missed hitting the medals platform. Chris Colwill and Jevon Tarantino finished fourth in the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard competition; China won.

* Gymnastics The U.S. grabbed the silver behind a superior team from China. Romania got the bronze. The second-place team was made up of Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, Chellsie Memmel, Samantha Peszek, Alicia Sacramone and Bridget Sloan.

* Judo Ronda Rousey made a little history by winning the first U.S. medal since the sport became official in 1992. Rousey was awarded the bronze medal in the 70 kg division.

* Soccer Despite some respectable play, the U.S. men were eliminated from the tournament with a 2-1 loss to Nigeria. They left with a 1-1-1 record. In other games, the Netherlands beat Japan, 1-0, South Korea beat Honduras, 1-0, Argentina topped Serbia, 2-0, Belgium edged New Zealand, 1-0, Brazil beat China, 3-0, Ivory Coast defeated Australia, 1-0, and Cameroon and Italy played to a 0-0 tie.

* Softball After routing Venezuela, the U.S. team had to play a bit harder but was still the easy winner in a 3-0 win over Australia. Cat Osterman was the winning pitcher, becoming only the second U.S. pitcher to throw a complete-game no-hitter in the Olympics.

* Swimming Alain Bernard of France won the 100-meter freestyle, beating out world-record holder Eamon Sullivan of Australia. Bernard touched in 47.21 seconds, with Sullivan taking the silver in 47.32. American Jason Lezak and Cesar Cielo of Brazil tied for the bronze (47.67). ... Japan's Kosuke Kitajima swept the breaststroke events in his second straight Olympics, winning the 200 in 2:07.64. Kitajima became the first swimmer to claim the 100 and 200 gold medals at consecutive Games. ... Liu Zige gave China its first swimming gold medal of the Games, winning the women's 200 butterfly in a world record 2:04.18.

* Tennis It could be a Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal final. Both won easily. Federer must face the lone American, James Blake, today. The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, also appear to be on course for a meeting in the finals.

Orlando Sentinel and wire reports

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