U.S. women top China in water polo

Andy Murray assured Britain of at least a silver medal when he beat Novak Djokovic of Serbia.
Andy Murray assured Britain of at least a silver medal when he beat Novak Djokovic of Serbia. (ELISE AMENDOLA / AP)
Posted: August 04, 2012

LONDON - Maggie Steffens scored three goals and the U.S. women's water polo team beat China, 7-6, in its final preliminary-stage game to remain undefeated at the London Olympics.

The U.S. finished the preliminary round even with Spain at the top of Group A with five points. But Spain earned the top spot because of the tiebreaker, making the Americans the group's second-seeded team for the knockout stage.

The U.S. will play 2012 European champion Italy in Sunday's quarterfinals.

Volleyball. Destinee Hooker scored 19 points and the U.S. women's volleyball team clinched the top spot in its pool with a preliminary-round victory over Serbia in straight sets.

The top-ranked United States has won all four of its matches in London, dropping just two sets. The team, which has never won Olympic gold in volleyball, is among the favorites to medal in London.

Beach volleyball. Defending beach volleyball gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser of the United States were knocked out by Italy.

Rogers and Dalhausser lost the first set, 21-17, and fell behind Paolo Nicolai and Danielle Lupo, 12-7, in the second. The Americans tied it 19-19 but lost the final two points and were eliminated when Rogers' spike was blocked back into him by the 6-foot-8-inch Nicolai.

Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross beat Switzerland's Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr.  

Shooting. Shooter Leuris Pupo of Cuba won the first major championship of his career by earning the gold medal in 25-meter rapid-fire pistol.

Alexei Klimov of Russia set a world record in qualification but was eliminated in the final after six of the eight series under the new competition format for 25-meter rapid-fire pistol.

Sergei Martynov of Belarus set a world record in the men's 50-meter rifle prone and won the gold medal.

Tennis. Mike and Bob Bryan are assured of at least a silver medal at the Olympics. The top-seeded American pair defeated Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet of France, 6-4, 6-4, in the semifinals of the men's doubles.

Top seeds Lisa Raymond of Wayne and Liezel Huber lost in the semifinals of the women's doubles. The American pair were defeated by Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic, 6-1, 7-6 (2).

Huber and Raymond still have a chance at the bronze medal.

Andy Murray of Britain clinched at least a silver medal and advanced to the Olympic final by beating No. 2-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia, 7-5, 7-5.

With the win, the No. 3-seeded Murray earned a rematch Sunday against No. 1 Roger Federer, who outlasted Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17.

Djokovic will play del Potro on Sunday for the bronze.

Serena Williams clinched at least a silver medal and earned a berth in the final when she beat No. 1-seeded Victoria Azarenka, 6-1, 6-2. On Saturday, Williams will face first-time Olympian Maria Sharapova, who beat Russian teammate Maria Kirilenko, 6-2, 6-3, in the semifinals.

Rowing. British rower Katherine Grainger captured gold in her fourth attempt, winning the women's double sculls with Anna Watkins at Dorney Lake.

Germany won gold in the men's quadruple sculls. The crew of Karl Schulze, Phillipp Wende, Lauritz Schoof, and Tim Grohmann led from start to finish to win in 5 minutes, 42.48 seconds.

Croatia was a length behind in second place and Australia took the bronze.

Judo. The first Saudi Arabian woman to compete in the Olympics was easily defeated by a Puerto Rican opponent in a judo bout that lasted only 82 seconds.

Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani lost the one-sided match to Melissa Mojica, a powerful 187-pounder (85-kilos) who is the 24th-ranked judo fighter in the world.

Boxing. The U.S. men's boxing team is done in London.

All nine men from the most successful team in Olympic boxing history have been eliminated after losses by flyweight Rau'shee Warren and welterweight Errol Spence. Although three women are still alive, the American men will head home from London with their worst Olympic showing ever.

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