Four no-hit innings from the starter. An inside-the-park home run and two of the over-the-fence variety. A record number of runs ending things after five innings.
Yep, 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. Federer next faces Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, who beat him at the last Olympics.
"He has got a great game," Federer said. "Obviously I'm aware of the danger."
Americans Lindsay Davenport and Liezel Huber won their first-round doubles match, as did the No. 1-seeded men's duo, Mike and Bob Bryan of the United States.In women's singles, Jelena Jankovic moved atop the rankings and celebrated with a victory. James Blake, the lone remaining U.S. player in men's singles, also won, as did No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia.
• Andrei Kirilenko scored a team-high 18 points to lead four players in double figures, but Russia (1-1) dropped its first Group A basketball gameTuesday to undefeated Croatia (2-0), 85-78. Kirilenko's stats included two 3-pointers, a team-best six rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal. Russia next faces Australia (0-2) on Thursday.
• Raul Lopez started for Spain (2-0) in its 85-75 overtime victory over host China (0-2), playing five minutes and grabbing two defensive rebounds.
• Deron Williams scored seven points and dished out four assists and Carlos Boozer added two points and as many rebounds as the United States (2-0) overwhelmed winless Angola (0-2).• Andrew Bogut managed just seven points on 3-of-10 FG shooting as Australia (0-2) fell to Argentina (1-1) 85-68.
Beach volleyball• Seeded ninth overall in the competition and second in their four-duo group, Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal upset Group F favorite and sixth-seeded Julius Brink and Christophe Dieckmann of Germany, 21-15, 21-13 in pool play. With one pool match remaining and all other Group F opponents having at least one loss, the win all but assures the U.S. duo of a spot in the medal-round quarterfinals.
• Middle blocker Ryan Millar collected seven kills, three blocks and two assists and U.S. teammate Rich Lambourne tied for team-high honors with 10 digs as the United States (2-0) rallied from a first-set loss to down Italy (1-1) in four sets, 24-26, 25-22, 25-15, 25-21. Up next for the U.S. No. 3 in the latest world rankings is No. 4 Bulgaria.• Despite taking a 2-1 lead after three sets, Joel Silva's Venezuela team couldn't manage its first Olympics victory and lost to host China (1-1), 25-21, 21-25, 15-25, 25-21, 16-14. Silva played all five sets at libero for Venezuela (0-2).
Today at the Games
BadmintonHoward Bach and Bob Malaythong have gone where no American badminton tandem has ever gone the quarterfinals. Next up, though, is a second-seeded Chinese pair with a loud, loyal following.
RowingThe 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.
Field hockeyThe 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.
• Former Salt Lake minor leaguers Ryan Radmanovich and Steve Green begin play with Canada in the Olympic opener against China.• Current Bees players Keith Jepsen and Matt Brown are part of the U.S. roster as the Americans open against Korea.
Cycling• David Zabriskie and Levi Leipheimer are the only two U.S. representatives in the men's time trials event, which is two 24-kilometer laps around the Juyongguan and Badaling entrances to the Great Wall.
Soccer• Chris Seitz, who has yet to see Olympic action through two matches, and his U.S. team meet Nigeria in a battle of their pool's top two teams with identical 1-1-0 records in their preliminary finale. However, with its two draws, The Netherlands (0-0-2) could beat winless Japan and win the group.
Women's volleyball• Logan Tom and the U.S. team (1-1) look to rebound from their loss to Cuba by taking on winless Venezuela (0-2).
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