Olympics Highlights: Day 14

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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.

Basketball

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.

Canoe/Kayak

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.

Diving

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.

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