Athens gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor are in the beach volleyball semifinals, beating Brazilians Ana Paula and Larissa 21-18, 21-15 early today for their 106th consecutive victory.
A victory by Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs later today would give the United States half of the final four.
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After raising doubt with a loss to Serbia, they showed strong defense in knocking off world No. 1 Croatia 7-5. The Croats came in having won three games by a total of 15 goals.
"They've got to know now that if they play like that, they can win this thing," U.S. coach Terry Schroeder said.
The Americans must knock off Germany to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
• Four current or former Salt Lake minor leaguers were on the two team rosters, but only Matt Brown saw action, with the U.S. third baseman going 0-for 3 with a walk as the United States (2-2) edged Canada (1-3) 5-4. U.S. pitcher Kevin Jepsen and Canadians Ryan Radmanovich and Steve Green didn't play.
• Deron Williams scored 11 points and Carlos Boozer added five as the United States (4-0) overwhelmed Spain (3-1), with eight Americans scoring in double figures in the 119-82 late-night victory.
• Andrew Bogut shared team-high honors with 22 points as Australia (2-2) won its second straight game and qualified for the medal-round quarterfinals with a 95-80 victory over Russia (1-3). Andrei Kirilenko struggled for Russia, shooting just 1-of-10 en route to six points, adding six rebounds, five assists, three steals and a blocked shot.
• Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal advanced to Monday night's quarterfinals, with the American side downing Spain's Herrera-Mesa duo 26-24, 21-17.
Track and field
• U.S. distance runner Josh McAdams finished eighth in his 3,000-meter steeplechase heat with a time of 8:33.26, failing to advance to Monday night's finals.
• Representing Sweden, Utah native Niklas Arrhenius battled an injured finger on his throwing hand, finishing 14th in a field of 18 in the second qualifying round of the men's discus with a three-toss best of 58.22 meters.
• With head coach Hugh McCutcheon back on the sidelines, the United States (4-0) clinched a spot in the medal-round quarterfinals with a three-set sweep of China (2-2), 25-22, 25-12, 25-18. Ryan Millar had seven kills and two blocks, while Rich Lambourne contributed nine digs.
• With libero Joel Silva, Venezuela (1-3) won its first Olympics victory and kept its slim medal-round hopes alive, downing Japan (0-4) 25-23, 25-21, 25-23. To reach the quarterfinals, Venezuela must beat Bulgaria (2-3) in Monday's pool finale.