Men's soccer

Promise Isaac and Victor Obinna scored to lead Nigeria over a short-handed United States team 2-1, earning a place in the quarterfinals and eliminating the Americans. The United States played a man short from the third minute when defender Michael Orozco was ejected for swinging his elbow into Solomon Okoronkwo's chest while the players wrestled for the ball. Also advancing to the quarterfinals were the Netherlands, Cameroon, Belgium and Ivory Coast.


Lisa Leslie set a U.S. Olympic record, going 7-for-7 from the field, as the U.S. women's basketball team continued its unblemished run through the Beijing Games with a 97-41 victory against Mali.

Leslie finished with 16 points as the U.S. won its 28th straight Olympic contest; the last loss was against the Unified Team in the semifinals of the 1992 Barcelona Games. The Americans have run over their first three opponents winning by an average of 47 points. They routed the Czech Republic, China, and now Mali.


Cat Osterman pitched a no-hitter as the U.S. team extended its Olympic winning streak to 16 straight with a 3-0 win over Australia. Osterman outdueled Australia's Tanya Harding, who has handed the U.S. program two of its four losses in the games since 1996. Osterman struck out 13, walked just two and dominated the Aussies in a rematch of the gold-medal game from 2004 in Athens.

The Americans, seeking their fourth straight gold, posted their 14th shutout during the winning streak.



Ryan Radmanovich played for Canada as an eighth-inning defensive replacement in center field, while pitcher Steve Green didn't see action in Canada's Olympics-opening 10-2 victory over China.

• First baseman Matt Brown went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and Kevin Jepsen pitched two-thirds of an inning to close out the eighth, but Korea (1-0) rallied against another American reliever for an 8-7 victory over the United States (0-1).

Men's cycling

Levi Leipheimer's late last-lap push moved the former Utah high school student from fifth place to the bronze medal in men's time trials with a time of one hour, three minutes and 21.11 seconds. Salt Lake City resident David Zabriskie finished 12th of the 39 competitors at 1:05:17.82.

Men's soccer

Reserve keeper Chris Seitz didn't see action again in the United States' third and final Olympic pool match as the U.S. (1-1-1) was eliminated from medal-round contention with a 2-1 loss to Nigeria (2-0-1). The Netherlands (1-0-2) leapfrogged the Americans for the second quarterfinal berth in their pool with a win over Japan (0-3-0).

Women's volleyball

Logan Tom was second-high for the United States (2-1) with 12 kills as the Americans rebounded from their previous loss to Cuba with a victory over Venezuela. But it took four sets — 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 25-18 — for the U.S., which next face host China (2-1) on Friday.


Kevin Jepsen, Matt Brown and the rest of the United States players look to rebound from their opening-day loss as the U.S. (0-1) meets The Netherlands (0-1).

• With Ryan Radmanovich and Steve Green on the roster, Canada (0-1) faces powerhouse Cuba (1-0).

Men's basketball

Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams weren't on the U.S. national team in 2006 — the year that the United States lost to Greece in the World Championship semifinal. That has been the only American loss since USA Basketball revamped its program after the 2004 Athens fiasco, making Thursday's pairing in Beijing of the United States (2-0) and Greece (1-1) all the more interesting.

• After falling to undefeated Croatia on Tuesday, the Andrei Kirilenko-led Russian team (1-1) has another tall order when taking on Lithuania (2-0).

• After surviving a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat China n overtime, Raul Lopez and Spain (2-0) now set their sights on Germany (1-1).

• One of these two winless teams will celebrate their first Beijing Olympic victory when Andrew Bogut's Australia (0-2) meets Iran (0-2).

Beach volleyball

Current leaders in their four-team pool as the only undefeated pair, the U.S. duo of Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal (2-0) finish preliminary play against Japan's Asahi-Shiratori team and look ahead to advancing into the medal-round quarterfinals.

Men's volleyball

Ryan Millar, Rich Lambourne and their American teammates face their toughest test in pool competition as the United States (2-0) takes on Bulgaria (2-0). In the latest world rankings, the U.S. is ranked No. 3 and Bulgaria No. 4.

• With Joel Silva playing libero, Venezuela (0-2) will look for its first Olympic victory by facing Italy (1-1).



12 A.M.-10 A.M.

Baseball - USA vs. Netherlands; Tennis; Beach Volleyball; Women's Field Hockey - USA vs. Germany; Women's Fencing - Team Sabre Competition and Gold Medal Final; Women's Archery - Individual Gold Medal Final


3 A.M.-3 P.M.

Men's Basketball: Argentina vs. Croatia (LIVE)

Men's Basketball: Russia vs. Lithuania (LIVE)

Men's Volleyball: China vs. Japan (LIVE)

(Other coverage)

Men's Volleyball - Brazil vs. Russia; Greco Roman Wrestling 84kg, 96kg, 120kg Competition & Gold Medal Finals; Beach Volleyball; Men's Handball - France vs. Croatia; Men's Water Polo - Hungary vs. Spain; Badminton; Table Tennis Team Competition


10 A.M.-1 P.M.

Swimming; Beach Volleyball; Rowing Semifinals; Canoeing Whitewater Gold Medal Final


3 P.M.-6 P.M.

Boxing - Elimination Bouts


7 P.M.-12 A.M.

Women's Gymnastics: Individual All-Around Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

Swimming: Gold Medal Finals: Men's 200-meter Backstroke, Men's 200-meter Individual Medley, Women's 200-meter Breaststroke, Women's 100-meter Freestyle and Men's 100-meter Butterfly semifinal (LIVE)

(Other coverage)

Beach Volleyball; Men's Volleyball - USA vs. Bulgaria


7 P.M.-9 P.M.

Tennis - Semifinals; Equestrian - Team Dressage Gold Medal Final


10 P.M.-2:30 A.M.

Softball: USA vs. Japan, 10 p.m. (LIVE)

Boxing: 57kg/60kg Competition (LIVE)

(Early Friday coverage)


12 A.M.-10 A.M.

Women's Basketball: USA vs. Spain, 6 a.m. (LIVE)


12:30 A.M.-1:30 A.M.

Swimming - Women's 200 Back Semifinal; Canoeing Whitewater Gold Medal Final