Roger Federer and the Williams sisters also know what it's like to be the unquestioned best in the world. However, none will be going home with a singles title. Federer was knocked out by American James Blake, Serena Williams by Russia's Elena Dementieva and Venus Williams by Li Na of China. Blake, had won only a single set in his previous eight matches with Federer, knocked him out 6-4, 7-6 (2). Serena Williams overcame two match points, but ultimately lost to Dementieva 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Li beat Venus Williams 7-5, 7-5.


China's Yang Wei added the individual gold to the team title, and the Americans weren't able to add anything to their bronze collection. Jonathan Horton finished ninth and Sasha Artemev was 12th. Yang won by nearly three points over Kohei Uchimura of Japan. Benoit Caranobe of France won the bronze.


Remember Rulon Gardner's glorious victory in Sydney? Good, because there won't be one like it this time. Adam Wheeler unexpectedly won bronze at 96 kilograms, but that was it as Dremiel Byers and Brad Vering, Americans' top Greco-Roman wrestlers, were bounced.

Golds went to Cuba's Mijain Lopez in the 120-kilogram division, Aslanbek Khushtov in 96 kg and Italy's Andrea Minguzzi in 84 kg.

Track under way

But as American Tyson Gay embarks on one of the most anticipated 100-meter races in two decades with preliminary rounds today, he believes he is up to the challenge of stopping the Jamaican train of Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt. Also, Americans Adam Nelson, Reese Hoffa and Christian Cantwell are vying for a medal sweep of men's shotput.

Softball test

The U.S. women's softball team, seemingly on another roll to an Olympic gold medal, may run into its toughest test yet today against Japan. Japan, coming off a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics, gave the Americans their toughest battle in Athens with a 3-0 victory in eight innings and has defeated the American team twice since then. Both the USA and Japan had tough victories against Australia in recent days.



• Matt Brown hit a solo home run in the second inning, with the first baseman going 2-for-2 with two walks in the United States' 8-0 victory over The Netherlands (0-2). Pitcher Kevin Jepsen didn't play for the U.S. (1-1)

• Ryan Radmanovich went hitless in his one at-bat as a substitute designated hitter, and Steve Green struck out two and walked two while pitching the eighth inning for Canada (1-1) in a 7-6 loss to Cuba (2-0).

Men's basketball

• Deron Williams logged five points, three assists and two rebounds and Carlos Boozer added four points and an assist as the United States (3-0) clobbered Greece (1-2) 92-69. The win avenged Greece's upset of the U.S. in the semifinals of the 2006 World Championships semifinals.

• Andrei Kirilenko scored 17 points — but only shot 3-of-9 from the floor and 10-of-19 from the line — and added six rebounds, six steals, six assists and three blocks. However, Russia (1-2) fell to Lithuania (3-0) by a 86-79 score.

A couple of Beijing Olympic firsts in this game — Andrew Bogut broke into double figures with 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, while Australia (1-2) picked up a much-needed victory by whipping Iran (0-3), 106-68.

• Raul Lopez once again started but finished with only five-plus minutes of court time and three points as Spain (3-0) downed Germany (1-2), 72-59.

Beach volleyball

Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal finished Group F play with a perfect 3-0 mark and advanced to a Round of 16 match Saturday. But they had to go the three-set distance in downing the Japanese side of Katsuhiro Shiratori and Kentaro Asahi 21-15, 19-21, 18-16 for the win.

Men's volleyball

Middle blocker Ryan Millar logged 14 kills and a pair of blocks and libero Rich Lambourne added a half-dozen digs as the United States (3-0) rallied from a first-set loss to hand Bulgaria (2-1) its first Olympics defeat.

• Joel Silva and Venezuela (0-3) suffered their first three-set loss in Beijing, falling to Italy (2-1) 25-21, 25-20, 25-21.


Matt Brown, Kevin Jepsen and the United States (1-1) will face perennial powerhouse Cuba (2-0).

Ryan Radmanovich, Steve Green and Canada (1-1) take on Korea (1-0), which wasn't able to finish its Thursday game because of rain.

Track and field

Lindsey Anderson gets her first crack at Beijing Games competition in National Stadium as the women's 3,000-steeplechase makes its Olympic debut with three qualification heats. The top finishers advance to Sunday night's finals.

Women's volleyball

Logan Tom and her American teammates will face a packed Capital Gymnasium house as the United States (2-1) meets host China (2-1) in a key group match. The U.S. is coached by former Chinese volleyball star Jenny Lang Ping, who led China to a gold medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Games and then coached her national team to a silver at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Lang will try to reverse her fortunes by taking an American team to her native China soil in hopes of medaling.




Women's Soccer Quarterfinal (LIVE)

(Other coverage)

Baseball - USA vs. Cuba; Tennis Semifinals; Beach Volleyball; Men's Archery - Individual Gold Medal Final; Cycling Track Events Competition


3 A.M.-3 P.M.

Women's Volleyball: USA vs. China (LIVE)

(Other coverage)

Women's Soccer Quarterfinals; Beach Volleyball; Women's Badminton - Doubles Gold Medal Final; Women's Handball - France vs. Norway; Men's Weightlifting 85kg Gold Medal Final; Women's Table Tennis - Team Semifinal; Women's Water Polo - Netherlands vs. Australia and Hungary vs. Greece


10 A.M.-1 P.M.

Swimming; Track & Field; Beach Volleyball; Women's Water Polo - USA vs. Russia


3-6 P.M.

Boxing: 57kg/60kg Competition


7 P.M.-11 A.M.

Swimming: Gold Medal Finals: Men's 100-meter Butterfly, Men's 50-meter Freestyle, Women's 200-meter Backstroke, Women's 800-meter Freestyle and Women's 50-meter Freestyle semifinal (LIVE)


7-9 P.M.

Equestrian - Jumping Competition; Tennis Semifinal


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

Softball: USA vs. Taiwan (LIVE)

Boxing: 51kg/75kg Competition (LIVE)


11:30 P.M.-1 A.M.

Women's Track & Field - 10,000-meter Gold Medal Final; Women's Diving - Springboard Competition

(Early Saturday coverage)



Women's Tennis: Singles Gold Medal Final, 2 a.m. (LIVE)


3 A.M.-3 P.M.

Men's Soccer Quarterfinals, 4 a.m. (LIVE)