U.S. locks up medal in beach volleyball

BEIJING (AP) — Americans Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser will play for the gold medal in beach volleyball.

The reigning world champions beat Georgia 21-11, 21-13 in the semifinal Wednesday in one of the quickest matches of the Olympics. The U.S. pair will play on Friday against the winner of the other final-four game, an all-Brazil matchup.

Renato Gomes and Jorge Terceiro are native Brazilians who obtained Georgian passports to avoid a quota that limits each country to two entries in the 24-team field.

Americans Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor will play in the women's final Thursday against China.

Brits rule cycling

This wasn't Olympic cycling. It was the British Open.

With Victoria Pendleton winning the women's track sprint and Chris Hoy taking the men's version, the Brits won seven events and 12 medals in cycling, with Hoy claiming three golds.

They were favored to also win the men's madison, but Argentina took it.

The Americans? Not a single medal in the five-day competition. Just like in Athens. It ended with Michael Friedman and Bobby Lea 16th in the Madison, and Jennie Reed seventh in the women's sprint 5th-8th placement race.

China still on diving gold medal rush

China is up to 6-for-6 in its bid for all eight golds.

He Chong easily won the men's 3-meter springboard, getting 11 perfect marks of 10.0 in the six-round final. This is the fourth consecutive Olympics China has won this event.

American Troy Dumais was sixth for the third straight Olympics. Teammate Chris Colwill was 12th and last.

U.S. women in semis

Not that there was much doubt, but the U.S. women are headed back to the Final Four of this tournament.

Sylvia Fowles had 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Americans on their latest rout, a 104-60 victory over South Korea. The Americans have made the medal round in every Olympics they've entered and have won 31 straight games since losing in the 1992 semifinals.

The Americans will play Becky Hammon and Russia in the semifinals Thursday night. Russia rallied to beat Spain 84-65 Tuesday night. China plays Australia in the other semifinal.

The Aussies advanced with a 79-46 victory over the Czech Republic. China moved on with a 77-62 victory over Belarus. It's the first time the Chinese are in the medal round since taking silver in 1992.



Kevin Jepsen pitched a scoreless ninth inning and first baseman Matt Brown went 1-for-4 at the plate as the United States (4-2) clinched a spot in Friday's medal-round semifinals with a 4-2 victory over Chinese Taipei (1-5). Wednesday's preliminary-round finale between the U.S. and Japan will decide third and fourth place, with the loser meeting top-seeded Korea in the semis and the loser taking on defending Olympic champion Cuba.

Ryan Radmanovich went 1-for-4 in the 5-1 victory by Canada (2-4) over The Netherlands (1-5). Pitcher Steve Green did not see action. Despite the win, victories by both Japan and the United States eliminated Canada from Friday's semifinals.

Women's volleyball

Logan Tom led the United States with a team-high points on 14 kills, three blocks and two assists as the U.S. rallied from a 2-1 deficit en route to a five-set victory over Italy, 20-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-18, 15-6. With the win, the Americans earn a rematch with Cuba in Thursday's semifinals, while Italy exits the Olympics in a tie for fifth place.



Kevin Jepsen, Matt Brown and the United States (4-2) will face Japan (4-2) in a preliminary-pool finale to decide third and fourth place in the round-robin standings. Both teams advance to Friday's semifinals, the loser to meet top-seeded Korea and the winner taking on defending Olympic champion Cuba.

Ryan Radmanovich, Steve Green and Canada (2-4) will play for pride in their Beijing Olympics finale against Chinese Taipei (1-5), since both teams failed to make Friday's semifinals.

Men's basketball

Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer and the United States follow up their 5-0 run through Group B by opening the quarterfinals against Andrew Bogut and Australia, which finished Group A play with three straight convincing victories. The winner moves on to Friday's semifinals to face the winner of the Argentina-Greece quarterfinal game; the loser is eliminated from Olympic competition.

• After suffering their sole pool loss to the United States, Raul Lopez and Spain open the quarterfinals against up-and-down Croatia. The winner advances to the semifinals to face the China-Lithuania winner, while quarterfinal losers are done in Beijing.

Men's volleyball

Ryan Millar, Rich Lambourne and the United States open medal-round play as the undefeated top-seed from Group A, facing Group B's fourth-place Serbia in the Americans' first cross-over game. The winner moves on to the semifinals against the winner of the Russia-Bulgaria quarterfinal, while the loser is done with Olympic competition.



12 A.M.-10 P.M

Men's Basketball Quarterfinal: USA vs. Australia, 6 a.m. (LIVE)

Canoeing: Semifinals (LIVE)

(Other coverage)

Women's Swimming - Marathon Gold Medal Final; Men's Water Polo


3 A.M.-3 P.M

Men's Volleyball; Baseball - USA vs. Japan; Freestyle Wrestling 66kg, 74kg Gold Medal Finals; Table Tennis; Men's Handball Quarterfinal


10 A.M.-1 P.M

Men's Volleyball Quarterfinal (LIVE)

(Other coverage)

Women's Diving - Platform Competition


3 P.M.-6 P.M

Boxing: 51kg/75kg Quarterfinals


7 P.M.-11 P.M

Women's Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Match (LIVE)

Women's Diving: Platform Semifinal (LIVE)

Cycling: BMX Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

(Other coverage)

Track & Field - Gold Medal Finals: Men's 200-meter, Women's 400-meter Hurdles; Gymnastics Gala Exhibition


10 P.M.-12 A.M

Women's Track & Field - 20k Walk


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

Women's Volleyball: Semifinal (LIVE)

(Other coverage)

Women's Track & Field - Hammer Throw Gold Medal Final; Women's Beach Volleyball Bronze Medal Match

(Early Thursday coverage)


12 A.M.-10 A.M.

Softball: Gold Medal Game, 3 a.m. (LIVE)

Women's Soccer Gold Medal Match: USA vs. Brazil, 7 a.m. (LIVE)


3 A.M.-3 P.M.

Women's Water Polo: Bronze Medal Match, 3 a.m. (LIVE)

Women's Soccer Bronze Medal Match: Germany vs. Japan, 4 a.m. (LIVE)

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