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Brazilian woes repeat in title-match loss to Mexico

LONDON – The Brazilian Olympic curse continues. The five-time World Cup champion again leaves the Olympics without a gold medal in men’s soccer after Mexico stunned the South American favorites …


Dahlberg: Games belonged to joyful Bolt

LONDON – There wasn’t any need to shush his doubters this time, because by now Usain Bolt doesn’t have any. No reason to celebrate early, either, when there was a …


American women run away in 4x400 relay at London

LONDON – By the time Allyson Felix was done with her part, her third gold medal of the Olympics was all but hanging around her neck. Staking the U.S. team …


Bahamas snaps U.S. winning streak in men’s 4x400

LONDON – The day after Manteo Mitchell finished out his preliminary lap in the 4x400-meter relay on a broken leg, the banged-up U.S. team made sure he would get something …


American women shatter world record in 4X100 relay

LONDON – Carmelita Jeter glanced at the clock as she sprinted toward the finish line at Olympic Stadium and then pointed her baton at it, as if to say, “Look …


Burroughs gives U.S. men’s wrestling breakthrough gold

LONDON – A year ago, Jordan Burroughs changed his Twitter handle to @alliseeisgold. On Thursday, Burroughs promised to tweet a picture of himself holding the Olympic gold medal. He delivered …


Bird had her eyes on France all along

LONDON – Obviously, Sue Bird can’t join the British populace who are allowed to wager on these Olympic Games. But if the three-time Olympian were so inclined her women’s tournament …


Brad Walker no-heights in Olympic pole vault finals

LONDON – At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Spokane’s Brad Walker finished last after not registering a single vault in qualifying. Four years later in London, he made it through qualifying, …


Uceny doesn’t finish Olympic 1,500 after falling

LONDON – One moment Morgan Uceny was in the middle of the pack, getting ready to make her move in the 1,500 meters. The next, she was down and pounding …


U.S. men trample Argentina, set up gold-medal game with Spain

LONDON – The rematch is here, but not the same cast of characters. Spain does not have Ricky Rubio but does have a healthy Jose Calderon and Marc Gasol.


Olympic report

Basketball The U.S. women’s team faced its first challenge of the Olympics, and found a way to advance. Trailing early in the second half, coach Geno Auriemma turned to his …


Olympics, Usain Bolt, track and field

LONDON – These are Usain Bolt’s Olympic Games. Everyone else here is simply running, jumping, swimming, cycling and rowing in his happy wake. Relaxed enough to drape a comforting arm …


Dahlberg: Women’s soccer reaches peak in London

WEMBLEY, England – The game was nearly as grand as the stage, in doubt until the last seconds and so important that the winning country’s commander in chief was following …


Team USA plays Argentina in men’s basketball semifinal

LONDON – Oh, great. You guys again. The shot heard ’round the arena took place when the U.S. played Argentina earlier this week, a confusing and appalling scene when Carmelo …


Solid semifinal pits U.S. women against Australia

LONDON – When the U.S. and Australia meet in women’s basketball at the Olympics it’s usually for the gold medal. The top two teams in the world have met in …


Bryant leads U.S. men past Australia in quarterfinal

LONDON – As the shot fell through the net, Kobe Bryant held up three fingers on each hand. It was his third straight 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, enough for …


U-Hi grad Walker qualifies for pole vault final

LONDON – It seemed like it might be the Beijing Olympic nightmare all over again for Spokane’s Brad Walker. Competing in qualifying Wednesday of the men’s pole vault at the …


Felix leads big day in U.S. track and field

LONDON – In the biggest competition of her life, long jumper Brittney Reese cost herself a precious attempt. “I messed myself all up,” Reese said. “I was too busy cheering …


U.S. women ready for big soccer rematch

LONDON – The U.S. women’s soccer team has won more than 80 percent of its games since Abby Wambach was added to the roster a dozen years ago. But it’s …


Spokane Olympian Walker makes pole vault final

LONDON – It seemed like it might be the Beijing Olympic nightmare all over again for Spokane’s Brad Walker.


Leicester: Liu’s hobble to finish will be remembered

LONDON – Seven steps, five more than in Beijing. But the outcome was identical: Liu Xiang’s Olympics were over, yet again, before they really began. The magic ingredient that makes …


Raisman earns gold, bronze for U.S. gymnastics

LONDON – Two Olympic gold medals are just fine with Gabby Douglas. Same for Aly Raisman, though that bronze was pretty sweet, too. While the all-around champion failed to add …


Twitter acknowledges Olympic mistake

Twitter is acknowledging a mistake in how it handled a tweet by a journalist that included the email of the NBC Olympics president. Alex Macgillivray, general counsel for the social …


Algerian who bowed out of 800 wins 1,500

LONDON – First they told him to leave. Then they invited him back. Next they’ll give him the gold. Kicked out of the London Olympics for presumably not trying hard …


Durant learns to keep shooting for U.S. men’s team

LONDON – The skinny kid needed a talking to, not a lecture. It was time for a chat to remind him why the U.S. team needed him to be more …


All-U.S. final set for women’s beach volleyball

LONDON – With or without gold, Misty May-Treanor plans to walk away from beach volleyball for good after the Olympics. A third straight championship would make the farewell perfect. May-Treanor …


Fresh new face

MANCHESTER, England - Amid the chaos at the bottom of a mound of joy that formed after Alex Morgan’s goal in the 123rd minute gave the U.S. women’s soccer team …


Flying Squirrel finale

LONDON – Gabby Douglas is back for her grand finale. Already a two-time gold medalist, the American teen nicknamed the Flying Squirrel has a chance for one more title before …


Team USA’s super fans

LONDON – Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant are the faces of Team USA. They have popped up everywhere. Bryant was spotted on Centre Court at Wimbledon, watching Roger Federer in …


USA sprinters fall short of medal wishes

LONDON – Tyson Gay was so choked up, he couldn’t speak. Justin Gatlin was so happy he struggled to find the right words. Once again, Gay walked away empty-handed from …