Olympics Highlights: Day 10

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Latvian rower Andris Reinholds has been kicked out of the Olympics after testing positive for the banned steroid nandrolone. He’s the fifth athlete sent home after a positive drug test.

Gymnastics’ governing body has reprimanded officials who didn’t notice the vault was almost two inches shorter than it should have been during the women’s all-around competition.

The shortened vault resulted in a series of falls and crashes.

“It is very unfortunate that this situation occurred during the Olympic Games and FIG regrets the duress that the situation placed on some gymnasts,” the International Gymnastics Federation said in a statement.

The federation didn't release details of the officials’ punishment.

Baseball

Showing the type of offense missing all tournament, the United States completed its Olympic preliminaries with a 12-1 victory over host Australia. The game ended after seven innings to due the 10- run mercy rule.

A day after taking its only loss against Cuba, the United States (6-1) headed into the medal round on an upbeat note. Brent Abernathy had four hits as the Americans played their most complete game of the tournament.

It was a bitter finish for Australia (2-4), which had hopes of contending for a medal with former major league All-Star Dave Nilsson behind the plate. Rather than play in the majors this year, Nilsson passed up millions of dollars and played in Japan so he would be eligible for the Olympics.

In other baseball action, Orestes Kindelan hit a three-run homer as Cuba clinched the top seed for medal-round play by beating Japan 6-2.

Basketball

The United States and Australia closed out the preliminary round of the women’s Olympic basketball tournament with wins to stay on course for a gold medal clash.

The Americans cruised past Poland 76-57 to run their Group B record to 5-0 and extend their Olympic winning streak to 14 consecutive games in a bid for a fourth gold in the last five Olympics. The advance to the quarterfinals.

Australia, which also finished the preliminary round at 5-0 after teenage sensation Lauren Jackson lifted her squad to a 69-62 victory over France, is looking to blur that golden image.

The 19-year-old Jackson had 17 points and 12 rebounds to inflict the first loss of the tournament on France (4-1).

Slovakia kept alive its hopes of reaching the quarterfinals with a 68-32 smashing of Senegal. Russia, already guaranteed a quarterfinal berth, crushed New Zealand 92-54. And South Korea topped Cuba 69-to-56.

Beach Volleyball

Americans Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana, penalized a point for wasting time late in their semifinal against Portugal’s Luis Maia and Joao Brenha, went on a five-point run that gave the U.S. team a 15-12 victory and a place in the gold medal match.

Blanton and Fonoimoana will play for the gold against Brazil’s Ze Marco de Melo and Ricardo Santos.

Boxing

With his father and older brother cheering him on, Jose Navarro scored half of his 12 points in the fourth round for a 12-9 decision over Hicham Mesbahi of Morocco at 112 pounds.

Ricardo Williams also won, stopping Olusegon Ajose of Nigeria on the 15-point rule (21-6) in the fourth round at 139 pounds to give the United States seven boxers in the quarterfinals. So far, eight Cubans have reached the quarters.

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