The flap over whether all-around gymnastics winner Andreea Raducan of Romania gets her gold medal back will last at least another day.
Raducan was stripped of her medal because she took over-the-counter medicine containing a banned stimulant. Romanian officials said the penalty was unfair because the 16-year-old was only trying to cure a cold and took the drug on doctor’s orders.
After a 4½-hour hearing today, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said it would rule on Raducan’s case by Thursday.
A ragtag bunch of minor leaguers led by Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda beat mighty Cuba 4-0 for the gold medal.
Ben Sheets, Milwaukee’s first-round draft pick last year, allowed just three hits.
Mike Neill hit a first-inning homer as the Americans scored early instead of late. Ernie Young — at the center of Saturday’s bench-clearing dust-up — more than got even with a bases-loaded single.
Catcher Pat Borders also had an RBI double as an exquisite payback.
In the bronze medal game, Lee Seung-yuop doubled home a pair of runs with two outs in the eighth inning to give South Korea a 3-1 victory over Japan.
Lisa Leslie, the 6-foot-5 center from the Los Angeles Sparks, hit three jump shots from 15 feet and beyond early in the second half to help the United States beat Slovakia 58-43 and move into the semifinals of the Olympic tournament.The Americans meet South Korea next.
South Korea, which advanced with a 68-59 victory over France, gave the United States fits in the first game of the preliminary round.
In the other quarterfinals, Brazil edged Russia 68-67, and Australia routed Poland 76-48.
Featherweight Rocky Juarez powered past a 1996 Olympic champion and into the Olympic boxing semifinals.
Juarez, a 1999 world champion, landed 23 scoring blows in the final two rounds and stopped Somluck Kamsing of Thailand on the 15-point rule (31-16) with eight seconds remaining in the 125-pound bout.
Ricardo Williams Jr. assured himself of at least a bronze medal Wednesday, fighting his way into the 139-pound Olympic boxing semifinals with a 17-12 win over Russia’s Alexandre Leonov.
He became the second American boxer to reach the semifinals, where he will face big punching Cuban Diogenes Luna on Friday for the right to fight for Olympic gold.
Williams joined Juarez and 119-pound teammate Clarence Vinson in the semifinals.
Martin Doktor of the Czech Republic, the 1996 champion in both the canoe 500- and 1,000-meter events, was disqualified from the men’s C-1 500 for drifting too close to a competitor. The rule is designed to prevent boats from riding in another’s wake.
Doktor was thrown out after Germany filed a protest accusing him of getting within 5 meters of German Andreas Dittmer, who won the heat. The competition committee agreed.
Lance Armstrong, the two-time Tour de France champion, finished 13th in the road race, beaten by his longtime cycling rival and fellow Tour winner Jan Ullrich of Germany.
Ullrich, who won the Tour in 1997 and finished second three times, won by nine seconds over Alexander Vinokourov of Kazakstan, who won the silver and bronze medal winner Andreas Kloeden of Germany.
Ullrich pulled away from the pack midway through the 12th of 14 laps and never got caught in the 148-mile event.
Armstrong, of Austin, Texas, crossed the line in a pack 1:29 behind Ullrich. George Hincapie of Greenville, S.C., was eighth, 1:26 behind the winner.
Jenny Keim of Miami and Michelle Davison of Columbia, S.C., trying to give the United States its first Olympic medal in women’s springboard diving since 1988, qualified for the final.
Defending champion Fu Mingxia of China was seeded first after the semifinals with 585.57 points in her bid to become the third diver to win four gold medals.
Guo Jingjing of China was seeded second with 583.89. Russia’s Yulia Pakhalina was the No. 3 seed with 552.51. Keim was the eighth seed with Davison 11th.
For the third straight Olympics, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States finished 1-2-3 in team dressage.
Germany, which topped the field with 5,638, won its seventh gold medal since 1964.
Christine Traurig of Carlsbad, Calif., aboard Etienne scored 1,745 on the last combination of the day to secure the bronze for the United States.
India, the eight-time gold medalist, was forced out of the men’s competition at the Olympics after it drew 1-1 with Poland.
Despite being a power for years until cricket took over as a major sport, India’s hockey players still live in dormitories and sleep on the floor during tournaments at home.
Today’s sailing races were postponed. Storms kept the boats in port in the early morning, then the wind died away when the weather calmed.
Competition continues on Thursday.
Taekwondo American Kay Poe, who made the Olympic team thanks to the kindness of her best friend, lost her first-round flyweight match in taekwondo and is out of medal contention.
Poe entered the Olympic trials in May ranked No. 1 in the world in the flyweight class. But she dislocated a kneecap in the semifinals, and couldn’t compete in the final against her best friend, Esther Kim.
Kim, who would have been an underdog if Poe had been healthy, decided to give up her chance to make the team by forfeiting the match to Poe, sending Poe to the Olympics.
Lauren Burns of Australia won the Olympic women’s 49kg class gold medal in taekwondo. Urbia Melendez of Cuba took the silver. Shu-Ju Chi of Taiwan won the bronze medal.
Juan Moreno of Miami, in his third Olympics, lost his first-round match in the men’s 58-kilogram division.
Track and Field
Marion Jones resumed her quest for five gold medals by advancing to the semifinals of the 200 and qualifying for the long jump final.
Jones captured gold in the 100 meters last weekend but since has been engulfed in controversy surrounding husband C.J. Hunter’s positive drug tests. She won her first-round heat in the 200 in 22.75 seconds.
Nils Schumann of Germany won the men’s 800, Angelo Taylor of the United States took the men’s 400 hurdles and Ellina Zvereva of Belarus took the women’s discus.
Chris Huffins of Indianapolis led the decathlon at the end of the first day with world recordholder Tomas Dvorek of the Czech Republic in seventh place.
Two winners from the 1996 Olympics, Gail Devers of the United States and Nourredine Morceli, faltered. Devers pulled up in her hurdles semifinal with a slight hamstring tear. Morceli was bumped and bounced out of the men’s 1,500 semifinals.
World record-holder and world champion Mihaela Melinte of Romania was escorted away by officials when she tried to compete in the women’s hammer throw, two days after Romanian officials were informed she had failed a pre-games drug test. This is the first Olympics for the women hammer throwers.
Venus Williams beat 18-year-old Elena Dementieva 6-2, 6-4 to win an Olympic gold medal, extending Williams’ winning streak to 32 matches.
Williams became only the second player to win Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Olympics in the same year. Steffi Graf did it in 1988.
Monica Seles won the bronze medal on Tuesday.
Williams will try for her second gold when she and sister Serena play in the doubles final against Kristie Boogert and Miriam Oremans of the Netherlands.
Sebastien Lareau and Daniel Nestor of Canada won the Olympic gold medal in double’s tennis, defeating Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde of Australia in four sets.
Arnaud Di Pasquale won the men’s bronze medal, France’s first in that sport since 1924. Spaniards Alex Corretja and Albert Costa won the bronze in men’s doubles.
Russia had a a dramatic 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 15-13 victory over Cuba when Angel Dennis netted a serve on the match point to give Russia a spot in the men’s semifinals.
Russia will play the Brazil-Argentina winner in Friday’s first semifinal.
In another quarterfinal, tournament favorite Italy dropped a set to Australia before recovering to win 25-14, 22-25, 25-19, 25-15. Italy will play the winner between the defending Olympic champion Netherlands and Yugoslavia.
The U.S. men’s water polo team ended its opening round at the Sydney Games with a 9-3 victory over Greece to gain the quarterfinals as Group B’s fourth and final team.
The United States needed some momentum to bring against Russia in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Aleksandar Sapic ripped a short shot past Hungary’s Zoltan Kosz as time ran out, lifting Yugoslavia to a 10-9 victory in Olympic men’s water polo.
Yugoslavia, 4-0-1, clinched a share of the Group B title. Hungary, 3-2-0, will take third in the pool. Both teams already had qualified for Friday’s quarterfinals.
Rulon Gardner, of Afton, Wyo., ended Alexander Karelin’s string of three Olympic gold medals and 13-year unbeaten streak by winning the Olympic super heavyweight wrestling gold medal 1-0 today.
Karelin is universally considered the greatest Greco-Roman wrestler of all time, a man who had never lost in international competition, who had not been scored upon in 10 years.
Armen Nazarian of Bulgaria pinned Kim In-sub of South Korea to win the in 127¾ pounds; Filiberto Azcuy of Cuba beat Katsuhiko Nagata of Japan 11-0 to capture 152 pounds and Hamza Yerlikaya of Turkey defeated Sandor Istvan Bardosi of Hungary in 187¼ pounds.