Tunisia slowed down the dazzling U.S. men’s basketball team in the first half before the Olympic champions found supersonic mode to record a 110-63 win on Tuesday that ended the second batch of games in Group A.
The Africans led 15-12 with less than three minutes to go in the first quarter when American coach Mike Krzyzewski sent a fresh crew of Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams and Andre Iguodala on to the court.
The new lineup then reeled off the last nine points of the quarter to turn the deficit into a 21-15 advantage. Read More
Needing to surpass 10.234 points with her final floor routine, Aly Raisman could have fallen over, skidded out of bounds or both, and still scooped gold for United States’s newest gymnastics heroes — the Fierce Five.
As it was, she soared high in her tumbles, stuck her landings with a thud and flashed a smile as wide as the nearby Thames River as she finished with a flourish to cap a jaw-dropping night for the Americans. Read More
Four years after he climbed to the top of Olympic achievement, Michael Phelps took the last step he needed to reach the absolute peak.
The greatest swimmer of all time became the most-decorated Olympian of all time when he won a record 19th Olympic medal at the London Games on Tuesday. Read More
The United States women’s soccer team clinched the top spot in Group G after Abby Wambach’s 25th minute goal gave it a 1-0 win over North Korea and a perfect record in three group-play matches.
The three-time gold medal winners finished with the maximum nine points, having also beaten France and Colombia, and will play New Zealand in Friday’s quarterfinals at 6:30 a.m. Read More
Facebook shares slid 6.2 percent Tuesday to another record low, $21.71, diving for the third straight day since lackluster results showed decelerating user growth and revived doubts about its ability to sustain its rich valuation.
A sobering report from Bernstein Research, combined with online chatter about the potential proliferation of automated Facebook accounts and a looming sell-off of employee shares next month, all conspired to rock the stock, analysts say. Read More
A California law firm representing a stockholder has filed a class-action lawsuit against Zynga accusing the game publisher of failing to disclose a rapid decline in users and revenue.
The San Francisco-based gaming giant behind “FarmVille” and other Facebook games stunned Wall Street last week by reporting quarterly results well below expectations and slashing its 2012 revenue forecast. Its stock plummeted 42 percent to a record low and analysts cut their recommendations on the stock. Read More
The Philadelphia Phillies traded right fielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, parting with two of their starting outfielders in a span of about two hours to signal the start of a rebuilding phase for the five-time defending National League East champions.The Phillies announced the trade Tuesday. Read More
The Oakland A's won Monday night -- well, really Tuesday morning, after midnight -- but struck out a franchise-record 21 times during the 4-3, 15-inning victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.The day before in Baltimore, the A's racked up 14 strikeouts, so the whiffs are coming fast and furious, with some pretty notable numbers getting put up.On Monday, Josh Reddick and Brandon Inge both struck out four times, Kurt Suzuki three times. Reddick and Inge both struck out twice on Sunday, too. Read More
Scott Hairston's name was floating in rumors as the days melted away before the trading deadline. But as the days turned to hours, the New York Mets were certainly thrilled to still have the veteran outfielder.
Hairston hit two homers, a game-tying shot in the eighth and a go-ahead blast in the 10th, to lift the Mets to a knock-down, drag-out 8-7, 10-inning victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night at AT&T Park. Read More
If Olympic success comes as naturally to Missy Franklin as exuberance and enthusiasm, then she has a swimming future so golden one almost needs sunglasses to contemplate it.
The 17-year-old American’s first gold of the London Games on Monday, the 100-meter backstroke, may have been widely predicted, but the taste of victory still exceeded all her expectations.
The teenager, competing in a record seven events in her first Olympics, overhauled Australia’s Emily Seebohm in the final few strokes to get her hand on the wall first in a time of 58.33 seconds. Read More
Danville native Maggie Steffens made the most of her Olympic debut on Monday as the 19-year-old scored seven goals in a 14-13 win over Hungary on the opening day of the women’s water polo tournament.
Steffens’s talent and poise in front of goal stood out on a day that otherwise contained few surprises, with the favored U.S. and Australian squads, the 2008 Beijing Games silver and bronze medalists respectively, securing wins. Read More
U.S. gymnast John Orozco endured successive disasters as the United States slumped to finish fifth in Monday’s men’s team final, two days after raising hopes of gold by qualifying in first place.
Orozco, the fourth best all-round gymnast in Saturday’s qualifying, faltered twice on the pommel horse, briefly sitting down, and then fell on his vault.
He was taken aside by his coach for a pep talk after the pommel, and looked tearful following the vault, but recovered to complete strong routines in the parallel bars and horizontal bar. Read More
When former Cal standout Dana Vollmer stepped on to the Olympic podium on Sunday to be presented with a gold medal for winning the women’s 100-meter butterfly, it was the end of a long and difficult journey, but one that she hopes will continue.
A child prodigy, Vollmer was earmarked for greatness even before she reached her teens, and the forecasters looked to have got it exactly right when she won a gold medal in a relay at the 2004 Athens Olympics as a 16-year-old. Read More
The United States outclassed 2008 champions China in women’s gymnastics qualifying at the Olympics on Sunday, but their top name Jordyn Wieber suffered the shock of failing to get through to the all-around final.
Wieber had been the favorite for the individual crown coming into the games after taking the world gold in Tokyo last year, but will now have to be content with trying to win a team medal and the floor title. Read More
Wei-Yin Chen may be a rookie with the Baltimore Orioles, but he continues to pitch like a talented veteran.Chen struck out 12 in just 5²⁄³ innings, and the Orioles got homers from Matt Wieters and Omar Quintanilla in a 6-1 victory over the A’s on Sunday afternoon.
Chen (9-6) set a record for strikeouts by a Taiwanese-born pitcher, breaking the mark of 10 that Chien-Ming Wang set on June 17, 2007, when pitching with the Yankees. Read More