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The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the stripping of the gymnastics all-around gold medal from Romanian Andreea Raducan. The 16-year-old Raducan lost the medal because she’d taken two cold pills that contained a banned drug.
Using a translator at a news conference, Raducan said she’s very disappointed by the result, adding that in her heart she’s convinced she did nothing wrong. She said the drug didn’t help her but, on the contrary, caused some dizziness.
In a game with more than its share of rough stuff and trash talk, the U.S. team made it to the Olympic semifinals by defeating Russia 85-70.
Carter, after missing two dunks and taking an elbow to the gut, looked like he was trying to restart the Cold War as he went after a Russian player as the teams left the court at halftime. No punches were thrown, but there was plenty of shoving and shouting as yet another American opponent showed no fear.
In an earlier game, five-time Olympian Andrew Gaze scored 13 of Australia’s last 15 points to lead the host country into the semifinals of the men’s basketball tournament with a 65-62 victory over Italy.
The 35-year-old guard is the second-leading scorer in Olympic history to Oscar Schmidt of Brazil. None of the 757 points have been any bigger than the ones down the stretch against Italy, as Australia’s hopes for a gold medal stayed alive despite losing a 10-point lead midway through the second half.
Australia will meet France, which beat Canada 68-63 in one Semifinal. Lithuania, which beat Yugoslavia 76-63, will meet the U.S. in the other.
Boxing Slick bantamweight Guillermo Rigondeaux snapped a five-bout losing streak for Cuban boxers and ended the Olympic gold medal hopes of American Clarence Vinson.
Rigondeaux, who will turn 20 Saturday when he boxes for the gold, used his lanky arms and powerful punches to get an 18-6 victory at 119 pounds.
Vinson, who attends Northern Michigan University and trains at U.S. Olympic Education Center there, will go home with a bronze medal, which he earned by winning three bouts, including one against world champion Olteanu George-Crinu of Romania.
The first boxer to reach the finals was Rafael Lozano of Spain, who is competing in his third Olympics and earned a bronze medal in 1996. The 4-foot-11 Lozano, a left-hander, scored effectively with left leads to the head and outpointed Kim Un-chol of North Korea at 106 pounds.
Lozano will box Brahim Asloum of France for a gold medal Saturday afternoon (Friday night ET). Asloum built a 7-2 lead after two rounds then held off Maikro Romero of Cuba for a 13-12 victory in a bout marked by toe-to-toe exchanges. Romero was an Olympic gold medalist at 112 pounds in 1996.
Martin Doktor of the Czech Republic, the reigning Olympic champion in the 500- and 1,000-meter men’s canoe events, was reinstated in the shorter event after an appeal. He was disqualified in Wednesday’s heats for drifting too close to the leader.
No Americans competed in today’s races.
China’s Fu Mingxia, 22, rallied on her next-to-last dive to claim the 3-meter springboard title, joining Americans Greg Louganis and Pat McCormick as the only divers with four gold medals.
Fu also became the first woman with five career medals.
After her Barcelona victory, Fu swept the springboard and platform events in Atlanta, then won silver in synchronized 3-meter Saturday.
American Jenny Keim concluded a bitter day by finishing eighth, while teammate Michelle Davison was last in the field of 12 finalists.
China swept the synchronized swimming events with Xiong Ni taking his second gold, teaming with Xiao Hailiang in the men’s 3-meter springboard. Li Na and Sang Xue won the women’s 10-meter platform.
Americans David Pichler and Troy Dumais were fourth, missing a bronze by less than two points. Laura Wilkinson and Jenny Keim finished fifth.
Germany won the team jumping event with Switzerland just behind them in second spot and Brazil taking the bronze after a dramatic jump-off against France.
Germany, with two riders backing up from the team which won the same event at Atlanta, had a best three-rider total of 15 penalties after the two rounds, ahead of Switzerland on 16. Brazil and France were tied on 24.
The winning German quartet was Ludger Beerbaum, Lars Nieberg, Marcus Ehning and Otto Becker.
Brazil’s Rodgrio Pessoa, the 1998 world equestrian games individual champion, managed a clear round in the last ride of the jump-off to give Brazil the bronze medal.
South Korea reached the men’s field hockey final for the first time, defeating Pakistan 1-0 when Song Seung-tae converted a penalty corner in the 56th minute took. South Korea will play for the gold against the winner of the second semifinal between defending champion the Netherlands and Australia.
One dropped club and Spain’s reign as Olympic champions was over, as the defending gold medalists failed to qualify for the finals of the rhythmic gymnastics team competition.
With eight of 10 teams advancing to Saturday’s finals, it was stunning defeat for the Spaniards, who captured the sport’s first ever team gold four years ago in Atlanta.
The first day of competition produced one other surprise, with Greece sitting on top the team rankings with a mark of 39.400 ahead of Russia on 39.366 and Belarus with 39.316.
Since 1975 Russia, Bulgaria and Belarus have won ever world championship team title, with the exception of a surprise victory by Spain in 1991.
Korean handballer Huh Soon-Young celebrated her birthday by guiding her team to an Olympic quarterfinal women’s handball victory.
Huh, who turned 25, scored twice in South Korea’s 35-24 defeat of Brazil.
In another quarterfinal, Hungary’s Tamasne Zsembery, celebrating her 33rd birthday, grabbed two goals in her team’s dramatic 28-27 defeat of Austria.
The United States has claimed a pair of silver medals in sailing.
J.J. Isler of San Diego and crewmember Pease Glaser of Long Beach, Calif., took the women’s 470 silver. Paul Foerster of Rockwall, Texas, and crewman Bob Merrick claimed the men’s 470 silver by winning the final fleet race. Australians took gold in both races.
Star skipper Mark Reynolds of San Diego improved to sixth after winning the seventh fleet race. Laser skipper John Myrdal of Kailua, Hawaii, had finishes of one-two and is eighth after nine races. Finn skipper Russ Silvesrtri of Tiburon, Calif., fell to ninth after seven races. And Courtenay Becker Dey of Oregon is 16th in the Europe class.
Norway won the women’s Olympic soccer title when they beat the reigning Olympic and world champion United States 3-2 with a dramatic golden goal winner.
Substitute Dagny Mellgren scored the decisive goal after 102 minutes of a pulsating match which saw the U.S. force extra time with an equalizer 20 seconds from the end.
Mellgren’s winner bounced off American defender Joy Fawcett.
American goalkeeper Siri Mulinix, at fault for Norway’s second goal, was slow to get down to Mellgren’s shot which slid under her arm and into the net to give Norway its first gold medal of the games.
Germany won its first Olympic soccer medal by shutting out Brazil 2-0 for the bronze medal earlier in the day.
The defending Olympic champion Americans struggled to fifth place in team synchronized swimming, while world champion Russia led after the technical routine.
Russia, unbeaten at the Olympic qualifying tournament and dominant in international meets for several years, picked up one perfect 10 and seven 9.9s from the 10-judge panel for 34.580 points out of a possible 35.
The technical routine accounts for 35 percent of the total score, the rest to be determined in Friday’s final.
Vietnam won its first Olympic medal after 48 years of games participation when Tran Hieu Ngan captured a silver in the women’s taekwondo competition.
Tran lost 2-0 in the final to Jung Jae-eun of South Korea, the world’s great taekwondo power, in the 57-kilogram (126-pound) division. That gave Jung the gold and Tran the silver.
Vietnam made its Olympic debut in 1952 and had taken part in 10 games before Sydney. The country’s national committee was restructured in 1976 following the Vietnam War, which left the country shattered and impoverished.
Serena and Venus Williams brought home the gold medal. They beat Kristie Boogert and Miriam Oremans of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-1 in a 50-minute women’s doubles tennis final.
Yevgeny Kafelnikov beat Tommy Haas in the final to win the men’s singles gold medal.The match lasted more than 3½ hours to before the Russian beat the unseeded German 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
American sprinter Marion Jones won her second gold medal of the Sydney Olympics in her chase for five, finishing first in the women’s 200 final. Her time of 21.84 seconds put her over four-tenths of a second ahead of the rest of the field, the event’s biggest winning margin at an Olympics in 40 years.
Next up for Jones is the long jump final Friday.
In the men’s 200, Konstantinos Kenteris became the first Greek man to win an Olympic medal in a running event since 1896. He took the gold, silver went to Darren Campbell of Britain, and Ato Boldon of Trinidad and Tobago took the bronze. Other than the 1980 Moscow Games that the U.S. boycotted, it’s the first time since 1928 that Americans have been shut out of the medals in the men’s 200.
American Chris Huffins finished third in the decathlon, taking the bronze medal behind gold-medal winner Erki Nool of Estonia.
Two Americans have qualified for the women’s 1,500, Suzy Favor Hamilton and Marlan Runyan, who is legally blind. Also, all three Americans in the women’s high jump, Karol Damon, Erin Aldrich and Amy Acuff, failed to advance to the final.
Ivan Pedroso of Cuba snatched gold in the men’s long jump while Yanina Korolchik of Belarus won the women’s shot.
Australian Jane Saville was on her way to a gold medal when she was disqualified in the closing seconds of the women’s 20-kilometer walk. China’s Wang Liping, way behind Saville, won the gold medal. Michelle Rohl of Black River Falls, Wis., was the top American, finishing 17th.
Cuba, which fought Brazil during a semifinal victory in the last Olympics, rallied to beat the Brazilians again 27-29, 25-19, 21-25, 25-19, 15-9 in another semifinal.
Cuba will try for an unprecedented third consecutive gold medal Saturday (Friday night ET) against Russia, which beat the United States 25-15, 23-25, 25-15, 26-28, 15-8.
Brazil and the U.S. will compete for bronze.
China ended a disappointing Olympics with a small consolation prize, taking fifth place in women’s volleyball by defeating Germany 25-19, 25-19, 22-25, 25-18.
Germany, which stunned Italy in the final match of group play to reach the next round, took sixth to improve on its eighth-place showing in Atlanta.
Croatia finished seventh in its first Olympic women’s volleyball tournament by defeating South Korea 25-18, 24-26, 25-22, 25-21.
Texan Brandon Slay eliminated an Olympic champion at 167 and a-half pounds in freestyle wrestling, the third major upset of a Russian by an American wrestler at the Olympics. Slay’s in the quarterfinals.
Also advancing was two-time NCAA champion Sammie Henson, who moved into the 119-pound quarterfinals.
Cary Kolat, a top U.S. medal hope, was eliminated at 139 pounds.
Melvin Douglas lost his two matches at 214 pounds and also was eliminated.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.