Update on the latest from the Olympics

Talk of the town

BEIJING (AP) -- Michael Phelps has reached a milestone at the Olympics never before reached in the history of the games. With his latest two gold medals, his career total reached 11. That's two more than any other athlete has ever won.

Phelps now has five gold in Beijing along with five world records. His latest came in the 200-meter butterfly and the 800 freestyle relay. In the fly his world record mark was 1:53.03. He was the lead leg of the relay race with Ryan Lochkte, Rickey Berens and Pedter Vanderkaay. They broke the 7-minute mark with a time of 6:58.56.

Phelps cruised to the win in the butterfly even though a goggle malfunction made it difficult for him to see.

A bronze was the best mark for the women swimmers. In the 200 individual medley, Natalie Coughlin finished third while Australia's Stephanie Rice took the gold. American Katie Hoff was fourth.

Shanteau finished

BEIJING (AP) -- U.S. swimmer Eric Shanteau can now begin treatment for his testicular cancer. He put off the surgery to he could compete in Beijing.

Today he failed to qualify for the final in the 200 breaststroke and is through competing.

U.S. women falter

BEIJING (AP) -- They were the world champions and favored for gold in Beijing, but it's silver for the U.S. women's gymnastics team.

Team captain Alicia Sacramone landed flat on her back in her second pass in the final rotation. Two other team members committed costly errors and it opened the door for the Chinese team to win its first-ever team gymnastics gold.

Romania won the bronze.

Gold on wheels

BEIJING (AP) -- Kristin Armstrong won gold for the U.S. in the women's road cycling individual time trial. She left little doubt who was dominant in this event. She finished more than 24 seconds faster than silver medalist Emma Pooley of Great Britain.

Levi Leipheimer won a bronze for the U.S. in the men's individual time trial.

U.S. men eliminated

BEIJING (AP) -- The U.S. men's soccer team came up short in more ways than one. Nigeria defeated the Americans 2-1 to eliminate them from the tournament. The U.S. team played with 10 men from the third minute when defender Michael Orozco was ejected.

The U.S. was outsted when the Netherlands beat Japan.

U.S. still holds them hitless

BEIJING (AP) -- The American women in softball have pulled off a pretty amazing feat in their first two games of the Olympic tournament. They've yet to allow their opponents so much as a hit.

In their second win of the games Cat Osterman tossed just the second Olympic complete game no-hitter by an American. She struck out 12 in a 3-0 win over Australia. Lori Harrigan was the only other U.S. pitcher to toss a complete game no hitter.

The Americans won their opening game on a combined no-hitter by Jennie Finch and Monica Abbott.

The U.S. will face Canada tomorrow.

U.S. back on the court

BEIJING (AP)-- The U.S. women basketballers continued their streak with a 97-41 rout of Mali. Lisa Leslie set a U.S. Olympic record going 7-for-7 from the field. The Americans won their 28th straight Olympic contest. Their last loss was against the Unified Team in the semifinals of the 1992 Barcelona Games.

U.S. women win BEIJING (AP) -- The U.S. women's volleyball team beat Venezuela by the scores of 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 25-18. The American team is now 2-1. They play China on Friday.

U.S. victories

BEIJING (AP) -- American Deontay Wilder won his first-round match in heavyweight boxing competition. Luis Yanez also stepped into the ring for the first time at the Games and stepped out a winner.

Americans win on court

BEIJING (AP) -- Venus Williams has advanced to the quarterfinals in the singles play in Olympic tennis. She beat Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-3, 6-2.

James Blake was a winner in men's play with 6-4, 6-2 win over Gilles Simon. He's in the quarterfinals and will next face top seed Roger Federer.

Rafael Nadal had to fight back in a pivotal service game to beat Russia's Igor Andreev 6-4, 6-2.

U.S. is still on top

BEIJING (AP) -- The United States remains at the top of the medal board with 29 medals overall while China has 27.


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