More offensive fireworks were on display at the basketball venue - this time courtesy of the U.S. women. The Americans tied their Olympic scoring mark in a 114-66 rout of China on Sunday and set couple of other U.S. records along the way. Just days after the U.S. men shattered the Olympic records for points in a game, the women put on their own show. Diana Taurasi scored 22 as the women matched the 114 points they scored against Spain in 1992. The U.S. also set American Olympic records with 33 assists that led to another team milestone of 52 baskets.
As the American goalkeeper batted yet another Italian shot away, the chants of her name rang out in a packed Olympic water polo arena: "Armstrong! Armstrong!" Betsey Armstrong racked up 13 saves and Melissa Seidemann scored three goals at the other end of the pool to power the U.S. past Italy 9-6 and into the women's water polo semis. The U.S. will face Australia on Tuesday.
Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor beat Italy in straight sets in the quarterfinals to remain on track for a third consecutive Olympic gold medal. The Americans earned a berth in Tuesday's semifinals against Beijing bronze medalists Xue Chen and Zhang Xi. The Chinese team has beaten the two-time defending Olympic champions the last three times they've met. The No. 2 U.S. team of Jennifer Kessy and April Ross also advanced, beating the Czech Republic 25-23, 21-18. They play reigning world champions Juliana and Larissa of Brazil.
Set 'em up, knock 'em down
The number of sets the U.S. women's volleyball team dropped in going undefeated in its five preliminary pool-play matches. The American women, who have never won a gold in volleyball, will face the Dominican Republic in a quarterfinal Tuesday.
Former 100-meter world champion Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis was missing for several days before he was expelled by his team, an official said Sunday. Dennis Knight, vice president of the country's committee, said Collins left the athletes village Wednesday to meet his wife and after that was not in touch in time to be confirmed Friday for the 100 heats. Collins has said he was punished for spending time with his wife, who helped coach him. He said he found the village stressful and needed peace and quiet.
Core workout not her style
China's Zhou Lulu won a record-smashing super-heavyweight battle against Tatiana Kashirina of Russia on Sunday with a total of 333 kilograms - more than any other woman had totaled before in the two Olympic lifts. But growing up, her size sometimes worked against her. "My family owns an orchard where they grow apples. I tried to go there and work for a while and help them out, but when I entered the orchard I was too big," the 24-year-old said. "Every time I turned around I would knock something over or hit one of the trees so all the apples would come tumbling down and I would step on them."
When push comes to shove
"Some of the (U.S.) blocking tactics, which are highly illegal, we'll keep an eye on them in the game."
- Canada women's soccer coach John Herdman said of the Americans' physical play on set pieces. His team will try to end a 26-match winless streak against the U.S. in today's semifinal.