Spanish soccer team gets bounced
Newcastle, England • Spain was eliminated from the men's Olympic soccer tournament Sunday after another 1-0 loss. Honduras forward Jerry Bengtson scored the lone goal in the seventh minute, knocking a header past Spain goalkeeper David de Gea.
It was an intense match; Spain players picked up seven yellow cards and Honduras six.
"The team was tense from the beginning because they knew that they had to score to qualify for the next round," Spain's coach Luis Milla said. "And the early goal made it harder."
Spain's under-23 team was under pressure to match the senior side, which won the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championship.
Two U.S. men advanced to the quarterfinals of the sabre competition, but that's where their medal dreams stopped. Daryl Homer lost to Romania's Rares Dumitrescu, 15-13, and Tim Morehouse was beaten by Diego Occhiuzzi of Italy, 15-9. The other U.S. fencer, James Williams, was beaten early by Nikolay Kovalev of Russia. Hungary's Aron Szilagyi won the gold by beating Diego Occhiuzzi of Italy, 15-8. Kovalev won the bronze.
Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won the gold medal in the Olympic women's road race in a rain-drenched sprint. Britain's Elizabeth Armitstead took the silver, the home country's first medal of the London Games. Vos, the former world champion, made a daring move past Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya to emerge from the three-rider breakaway. She powered past a small group of fans waving the Dutch flag, then raised her arms in triumph as she crossed the finish line.
Zabelinskaya won the bronze medal after a frantic finish through a driving rain that was reminiscent of four years ago in Beijing, when Britain's Nicole Cook pulled away late to win the gold medal.
Om Yun Chol of North Korea lifted more than triple his weight to win gold in the men's 123-pound class. He set an Olympic record in the clean and jerk (370 pounds). Wu Jingbiao of China got the silver medal, and Valentin Hristov of Azerbaijan took home the bronze.
The U.S. women's team dropped its opening match of the tournament, 2-1, to Germany. Lauren Crandall scored the lone U.S. goal on a penalty corner. Their next match is Tuesday against Argentina, which beat South Africa, 7-1. In other matches, the Netherlands beat Belgium, 3-0; China stopped South Korea, 4-0; Britain beat Japan, 4-0; and New Zealand beat Australia, 1-0.
Britain, Ireland and the revitalized American team are all off to a perfect start in the tournament. Jose Ramirez and Errol Spence won their opening bouts Sunday night to improve the Americans to 4-0, while Freddie Evans and Josh Taylor rode the home crowd's raucous cheers to a 3-0 start for Britain. Welterweight Adam Nolan then added a win in the late session, pushing Ireland's record to 3-0.
Ramirez, a 19-year-old business major at Fresno State and a former Starbucks barista, pressed the action and fought out of trouble throughout a 21-20 win over France's Rachid Azzedine.
Spence persevered through questionable tactics by three-time Brazilian Olympian Myke Ribeiro de Carvalho for a 16-10 victory. The national champion welterweight has a tough second-round matchup against third-seeded Krishan Vikus of India.
Rain was the winner at Wimbledon as 32 matches were postponed and four suspended. But those matches scheduled on Centre Court, where there is a roof, were able to be completed. Among those winners were Maria Sharapova over Shahar Peer of Israel, 6-2, 6-0, and Julia Goerges of Germany, Britain's Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France. Novak Djokovic, playing on Court 1, beat Fabio Fognini of Italy in three sets.
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