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U.S. breezes to 114-66 women's basketball victory over China | Olympic roundup
Taurasi leads U.S. rout of China
LONDON — Diana Taurasi had 22 points and the U.S. women matched their Olympic scoring record in a 114-66 rout of China.
The Americans' 38th consecutive victory in Olympic play gave them the top seed in the group for the quarterfinals. The U.S. will meet Canada on Tuesday.
Angel McCoughtry scored 16 as the women equaled the 114 points they scored against Spain in 1992, but fell well short of the women's Olympic mark of 128 points set by Brazil in 2004.
The band of All-Stars also set American Olympic records with 33 assists that led to another team milestone of 52 baskets.
The Storm's Sue Bird had six points, making both of her three-point attempts, four rebounds and three assists.
Track and field
Pistorius misses 400 final
Oscar Pistorius was last in his 400-meter semifinal a day after the double-amputee made his Olympic debut. The South African finished in 46.54 seconds, way slower than his career best of 45.07 and nearly two seconds slower than the winner of his heat, world champion Kirani James of Grenada.
James immediately walked over to Pistorius after the race and asked to trade name bibs, to keep as a souvenir. The pair shook hands and hugged.
"He's an inspiration for all of us. What he does ... takes a lot of courage, just a lot of confidence," James said. "He's very special to our sport."
The track and field champions included Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana (women's marathon), Kazakhstan's Olga Rypakova (women's triple jump), Hungary's Krisztian Pars (men's hammer throw) and Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi (men's 3,000-meter steeplechase).
U.S. rolls past Turkey
The undefeated U.S. women's team lost captain and three-time Olympian Lindsey Berg to a left ankle injury during a straight-set victory over Turkey.
The Americans breezed through the second set and took a 9-5 lead in the third before Berg limped off the court. She was replaced by Courtney Thompson, the former Kentlake High and Washington Husky standout.
Berg removed her shoe, and a trainer wrapped the ankle in ice.
Berg said she didn't think the injury was serious and she should be ready to play in Tuesday's quarterfinal.
Destinee Hooker scored 19 points in the 27-25, 25-16, 25-19 victory for the U.S., which had clinched the top seed in its pool.
Maroney settles for silver
McKayla Maroney was all set to add the vault title to her team gymnastics gold with the U.S. when she made a costly mistake. She appeared to land her second vault on the backs of her heels. Her feet slid out from under her, and she plopped on the mat, a look of shock crossing her face.
"I really didn't deserve to win a gold medal if I fall on my butt," Maroney said. "I was still happy with a silver, but it's still just sad."
Sandra Izbasa of Romania won the gold, and Russia's Maria Paseka took the bronze.
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