Wednesday at the Games


Remember the spark snowboard cross put into the Winter Games in Turin? Maybe bicycle motorcross — BMX, to those in the know — will do the same.

American racers Mike Day and Kyle Bennett gave the crowd a great introduction to the sport, with Day winning the time trial and each of his three quarterfinal heats and Bennett advancing but also dislocating his left shoulder in a wreck on his final heat.

Top-ranked racer Donny Robinson also moved on, as did Jill Kintner, the lone American in the 16-racer women's field, who is competing despite a shredded knee ligament.

"You can't get much more rad than this," Robinson said.


Ben Askren has to be thinking, "I cut my hair for this?"

The bushy-haired former NCAA champion who promised a gold medal lost in freestyle's 74-kilogram round of 16, ending his Olympics after two matches. The gold ended up around the same neck it has been placed at the last two Olympics — Buvaysa Saytiev of Russia. The three straight golds in the sport ties a record.

"I lost — I don't know what to say, my dreams are crushed," said Askren, who cut the hair he'd been growing for two years because he feared having it pulled.

Doug Schwab, a former NCAA champion, lost in the 66-kg qualifications but made the bronze-medal bracket when the guy who beat him advanced. Schwab ended up losing again. Turkey's Ramazan Sahin won the bracket.

Also, the Court of Arbitration for Sport will investigate the Greco-Roman bout that so incensed Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian that he dropped his bronze medal in disgust and eventually had it stripped by the International Olympic Committee.

Olympic Utahns


Matt Brown went 1-for-4 with a hit, a walk and an RBI as the United States (5-2) downed Japan (4-3) in their round-robin tournament finale. Both teams had qualified for the semifinals, but Wednesday's game helped determine seeding, with the U.S. finishing third and set to meet defending Olympic champion Cuba (6-1) in Friday's semifinals, while Japan is fourth and faces tournament top seed Korea (7-0).

Ryan Radmanovich went 0-for-2 as a substitute designated hitter and Steve Green pitched four innings of one-hit ball as Canada (2-5) concluded its Beijing Olympics play with a 6-5 loss to Chinese Taipei (2-5) in the round-robin finale for both teams.

Men's basketball

Deron Williams scored 10 points — including a key 3-pointer just before halftime — and Carlos Boozer added four points as the United States remained unbeated with a 116-85 thrashing of Australia in Wednesday's quarterfinals. Australia's Andrew Bogutmanaged four points before first-half foul trouble and a severe ankle injury curtailed his participation. The U.S. moves on to Friday's semifinals to meet defending Olympic champion Argentina in a rematch of the 2004 Athens semifinals; Lithuania meets Spain in the other semifinal.

• Former Utah Jazz guard Raul Lopez didn't play in Spain's 51-38 quarterfinal victory over Croatia. Spain moves on to Friday's semifinals to meet Lithuania, while Croatia ends its Beijing Games run.

Men's volleyball

Ryan Millar tallied four kills and seven blocks and Rich Lambourne added a team-high seven digs as the United States rallied from a 2-1 deficit after three sets to oust Serbia in Wednesday's quarterfinals 20-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 15-12. The U.S. moves on to Friday's semifinals against Russia, with Brazil and Italy squaring off in the other semifinal.

Today at the Games


Now comes the tough part for China: The 10-meter platform, the one event the Chinese didn't win at the two previous Olympics.

They're off to a good start this time, with teenagers Chen Ruolin and Wang Xin leading the women's standings in preliminaries.

China already has six gold medals in diving and is looking for two more to make it a clean sweep.

Attempting to avoid a second straight shutout in the diving medals for the United States, Laura Wilkinson was fifth after completing the second-best dive of the opening round. She won this event in Sydney and the Americans have not won a medal in diving since.

Men's water polo

The U.S. squad knows who it will be playing in the semifinals: Serbia. The other semi will pit reigning European champs Montenegro against two-time defending Olympic gold medalist Hungary.

Serbia beat Spain to advance. Montenegro moved on by upsetting Croatia, which came in as the world's No. 1 team.

Tae kwon do

Mexico's Guillermo Perez has a gold medal. And Afghanistan now has a medal, period.

Perez won the men's under 58-kg division, beating Yulis Gabriel Mercedes of the Dominican Republic. A bronze went to Rohullah Nikpai, marking the first ever medal — in any sport — for Afghanistan.

In the women's under 49-kg class, reigning world champion Wu Jingyu of China took the gold.


Competition continues without any U.S. participants. In the flyweight semifinals, Andris Laffita Hernandez of Cuba will fight Georgy Balakshin of Russia, and Vincenzo Picardi of Italy will face Somjit Jongjohor of Thailand. In the middleweight class, Darren John Sutherland of Ireland will box James Degale of Britain.

Olympic Utahns

Women's volleyball

Logan Tom paced the Americans in their quarterfinal victory over Italy, and she did again early today as the United States won its semifinal match with Cuba, which downed the U.S. in pool play last week. The U.S. now moves on the gold-medal match against the winner of the Brazil-China semifinal later today.

Olympic TV


12 A.M.-10 A.M.

Canoeing: Semifinals (LIVE)

(Other coverage)

Freestyle Wrestling 84kg/96kg/120kg Competition; Women's Table Tennis Quarterfinals; Men's Table Tennis


3 A.M.-3 P.M.

Women's Handball Semifinals; Women's Volleyball Semifinal


10 A.M.-1 P.M.

Men's Swimming - Marathon; Gymnastics — Rhythmic Competition; Women's Water Polo Gold Medal Match; Equestrian — Individual Jumping Gold Medal Final; Softball Gold Medal Game Report


3 P.M.-6 P.M.

Freestyle Wrestling 84kg/96kg/120kg Gold Medal Finals


7 P.M.-11 A.M.

Men's Beach Volleyball: Gold Medal Match (LIVE)

(Other coverage)

Track & Field Gold Medal Finals: Men's 400-meter, Men's 110-meter Hurdles, Men's Triple Jump; Women's 200-meter, Women's Javelin Throw, Men's Decathlon Day 1; Women's Diving — Platform Gold Medal Final


10 P.M.-2 A.M.

Boxing: 51kg/57kg/64kg/75kg/91kg Semifinals (LIVE)

Baseball: Semifinal (LIVE)


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

Men's Volleyball: Semifinal (LIVE)

(Other coverage)

Men's Beach Volleyball Bronze Medal Match

(Early Friday coverage)


12 A.M.-10 A.M.

Men's Basketball: Semifinal, 6 a.m. (LIVE)


3 A.M.-3 P.M.

Men's Soccer: Bronze Medal Match, 5 a.m. (LIVE)