London 2012: Alex Morgan, US Women's Soccer Recapture Olympic Gold

The Bay Area's olympians are doing big things at the 2012 London games.

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2012 Olympic Medal Count: California And Stanford Combine For 33 Medals

The 2012 London Olympics are in the books and former athletes from the University of California and Stanford combined to bring back plenty of hardware. Athletes from the two schools combined to win 33 medals, 23 of which were gold.

California athletes combined for 17 medals, the third most of any NCAA school. Dana Vollmer lead the way with three swimming gold medals. She won individual gold in the women's 100m fly, then captured relay gold on the women's 4x200m free and 4x100m medley relays.

Nathan Adrian also left London with three swimming medals, including gold in the men's 100m free and 4x100m medley relay. Adrian also won a silver medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay. In all, California athletes won 11 gold, one silver and five bronze medals.

Stanford finished in fourth place among NCAA schools with 16 total medals. Their 12 gold medals were actually one more than California. The Cardinal won five gold medals in women's water polo with Annika Dries, Melissa Seidemann, Jessica Steffens, Maggie Steffens and Brenda Villa all winning gold. No Stanford athlete won more than one medal, but instead 16 athletes combined to win 12 gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

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2012 Olympic Medal Count: United States Wins It All

The United States had nothing to worry about heading into the final day of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. They knew that, entering Sunday, they were assured of winning the most total medals and most gold medals, but that didn't stop them from picking up two more big wins.

The U.S. won a gold medal in wrestling on Sunday and of course, picked up their second straight gold medal in men's basketball behind the latest version of the Dream Team, as they bested Spain in the gold medal game. The United States finished with 104 total medals and 46 gold medals, while China finished with 87 total medals and 38 gold medals.

  1. United States, 104 (46 gold, 29 silver, 29 bronze)
  2. China, 87 (38, 27, 22)
  3. Russia, 82 (24, 25, 33)
  4. Great Britain, 65 (29, 17, 19)
  5. Germany, 44 (11, 19, 14)

You can check out SI's complete medal tracker here.

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2012 Olympics: Local Athletes Will Be Bringing Plenty Of Medals Back To The Bay Area

The 2012 Olympic Games in London is finally over. After 16 long, grueling days of competition between the best athletes in the entire world, the United States walked away as the winningest country, both in terms of total medals and in terms of gold medals. The Bay Area was well-represented and local athletes will be bringing more than their fair share of medals back to Northern California

One of the biggest medals in the XXX Olympiad was, of course, the gold won by the United States Women's National Team in women's soccer, as Team USA held on to defeat their old rivals Japan, who had upset them in the World Cup just one year earlier. Alex Morgan, from Cal, was the one who nailed the game-winning goal in the instant classic semifinal match against Canada in the 122nd minute. Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler and Kelley O'Hara from the USWNT are all Stanford women and Megan Rapinoe is a Redding native.

Bay Area swimmers all made big impressions as well. The U.S. women's water polo team won their first-ever gold medal in the event and a full five players are local, with five coming from Stanford and two from Cal. Cal's Nathan Adrian picked up two gold medals and a silver medal, while Dana Volmer -- also from Cal -- picked up three gold medals.

Stanford's Kerri Walsh-Jennings and her partner Misty May-Treanor picked up their third straight gold medal in women's beach volleyball in an all-United States final, putting the exclamation point on the complete U.S. domination of the event.

Here are some of the other medal winners from the Bay Area.

  • Natalie Coughlin, a Cal alumnus from Vallejo, captured her 12th medal in the women's 400 free relay.
  • Santa Clara's Haley Anderson won silver in the women's 10k Open Water.
  • Bay Area residents Erin Cafaro and Mary Whippie won gold in the women's rowing eights.
  • Stanford's Kristian Ipsen earned a bronze in the three meter synchronized springboard.
  • Scott Gault won bronze in the men's coxless four.
  • Jeneba Tarmoh, a San Jose native, was part of the relay pool in the gold medal-winning women's 4 x 100 meter relay, while Keshia Baker of Fairfield ran a prelim for the 4x100m

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Team USA Medal Count: Alex Morgan, Nathan Adrian Headline Bay Area Olympic Winners

There were so many Olympians from the Bay Area at the 2012 London Olympic games that it's hard to keep track of all of them. Perhaps the headliner is Cal's Alex Morgan, who had perhaps the biggest moment for Team USA in scoring the game-winning goal in extra time to beat Canada in the semifinal. The USWNT ended up beating Japan for the gold medal, and Morgan (along with Stanford teammates like Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler and Kelley O'Hara) won individual gold. Morgan's teammate Megan Rapinoe is originally from Redding.

The Bay Area also had dominance in the pool. Seven women's water polo players won gold for the United States, with five coming from Stanford--including breakout star Maggie Steffans--and two from Cal. The Bears dominated the pool, with Nathan Adrian winning the men's 100 meter freestyle and two more medals (one gold in the 4 x 100 meter medley, one silver in the 4 x 100 meter freestyle), and Dana Vollmer earning three Olympic golds.

Stanford's Kerri Walsh-Jennings won her third straight gold medal in women's beach volleyball along with her partner Misty May-Treanor, culminating the greatest dynasty in women's beach volleyball.

Here are some of the other big winners from the Bay Area.

  • Natalie Coughlin (from Vallejo, went to school at Cal) captured her 12th medal in the women's 400 free relay.
  • Santa Clara's Haley Anderson won silver in the women's 10k Open Water.
  • Bay Area locals Erin Cafaro and Mary Whippie won gold in the women's rowing eights.
  • Stanford's Kristian Ipsen earned a bronze in the three meter synchronized springboard.
  • Scott Gault won a bronze in the men's coxless four.
  • Jeneba Tarmoh (from San Jose) won a gold as part of the relay pool in the women's 4 x 100 meter relay.
  • Keshia Baker (from Fairfield) won a gold medal for the United States for running a prelim in the 4 x 400 meter relay.

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2012 Olympics, Final Medal Count: United States Finishes First With 104 Total Medals, 46 Gold

As there are no more events to look forward to aside from the closing ceremonies at the 2012 London Olympic games, the final medal count has left the United States of America once again atop the proverbial heap, finishing well ahead of all other countries at the games of the 30th Olympiad.

The U.S. of A finsihed with 104 total medals, adding two more gold medals to their tally on Sunday with victories in men's basketball and men's wrestling. That brings them to 46 gold medals, eight more than second place China who would finish the games with 87 total medals, 38 of them gold.

Here is how the final top-five shakes out:

  1. United States, 104 (46 gold, 29 silver, 29 bronze)
  2. China, 87 (38, 27, 22)
  3. Russia, 82 (24, 25, 33)
  4. Great Britain, 65 (29, 17, 19)
  5. Germany, 44 (11, 19, 14)

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Olympics Closing Ceremony 2012: TV Schedule, Watch Online, Live Updates And More

NBC's online coverage -- or lack thereof -- of the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games in London drew the ire of many fans and viewers. The kickoff spectacle was the only aspect of the Summer Games for which NBC did not offer live online streaming. They have remedied that for Sunday's closing ceremony and will be offering live online streaming of the gala in addition to the prime time television broadcast.

The official NBC Olympics website will be streaming the entire Closing Ceremony on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. PT. You can also feel free to stop by SB Nation, as we will be covering the event live, as it happens. The Closing Ceremony will also be televised as part of NBC's primetime coverage beginning at 7 p.m. in all time zones.

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Olympics 2012 Medal Count: United States Tries To Close Things Out In Style

Sunday brings with it the final day of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The United States will enter the final day of the two-week-plus-long event trying to pick up at least one more gold medal: their second straight in men's basketball. The U.S. has a commanding lead in the medal count, both in total medals and gold medals. They will finish in the top spot in both categories, ahead of second-place China.

What will the final totals be? We will all find out after Sunday.

Here is how the top five looks in the latest medal count:

  1. United States, 102 (44 gold, 29 silver, 29 bronze)
  2. China, 87 (38, 27, 22)
  3. Russia, 78 (21, 25, 32)
  4. Great Britain, 62 (28, 15, 19)
  5. Germany, 44 (11, 19, 14)

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Olympics 2012: TV Coverage, Event Schedule For Sunday

There's just one day of events left at the 2012 Summer Olympics. It seems like just over two weeks ago that all of this got started. The United States will enter the final day on Sunday with a commanding lead in the total medal count and in gold medals. They'll try to pick up one more as the day will be highlighted by the men's basketball gold medal match between Team USA and Spain.

Here's the full listing of today's events and how to watch them - as always events will be available for streaming live online on the NBC Olympics website. All times are Pacific. NBC will air the Closing Ceremony in tape delay in all time zones.

3 a.m. - 3 p.m. (NBCSN)

Men's Basketball: Bronze Medal Game (3 a.m.)
Men's Handball: Bronze Medal Match (4:45 a.m.), Gold Medal Match (7:45 a.m.)
Modern Pentathlon: Women's Fencing and Swimming (6 a.m.), Women's Riding and Combined (11:45 a.m.)
Men's Water Polo: Bronze Medal Match (6:30 a.m.)
Men's Volleyball: Bronze Medal Match (9:45 a.m.)

3 a.m. - 3 p.m. (NBC)

Track & Field: Men's Marathon (3 a.m.)
Men's Basketball: Gold Medal Game (7 a.m.)
Men's Water Polo: Gold Medal Match (9:30 a.m.)
Wrestling: Freestyle Finals (66 kg and 96 kg classes 11:45 a.m.)
Men's Volleyball: Gold Medal Match (1 p.m.)

4 - 8 a.m. (MSNBC)

Wrestling: Freestyle Qualifying (4 a.m.)
Cycling: Men's Mountain Bike Final (5:30 a.m.)

5:30 - 8 a.m. (CNBC)

Gold Medal Bouts (flyweight, lightweight, welterweight, light heavyweight and super heavyweight classes)

7 - 10:30 p.m. (NBC)

Closing Ceremony

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Olympics 2012 Medal Count: United States Will Wrap Up With Most Total Medals

Friday and Saturday were huge for the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. They benefited from massive wins in women's basketball, track and field, women's soccer and women's water polo, among other events, to take their first significant medal count lead of the Summer Games. They jumped out to such a big lead, in fact, that they have ensured they will finish with the most total medals of any country. They also hold the gold medal lead heading into the final day of competition on Sunday.

Here is how the top five looks in the latest medal count:

  1. United States, 102 (44 gold, 29 silver, 29 bronze)
  2. China, 87 (38, 27, 22)
  3. Russia, 78 (21, 25, 32)
  4. Great Britain, 62 (28, 15, 19)
  5. Germany, 44 (11, 19, 14)

For a complete tally of the medals won, use SI.com's Medal Tracker.

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Daily Recap - London 2012: Saturday's Events Feature 8 Medals Earned By Team USA

Another day of the 2012 London Olympics is in the books, and Saturday's events saw Team USA adding another eight medals to their already formidable total. The biggest event of the day was the women's basketball team, who picked up their fifth straight gold medal in a dominating performance against France. The women's volleyball team came close to adding another gold, but they came up short against Brazil and had to settle for silver.

The complete list of medals won by Americans on Saturday:

  • Silver, Women's High Jump, Brigetta Barrett
  • Gold, Women's 4x400m Relay
  • Silver, Men's 4x100m Relay
  • Gold, Women's Basketball
  • Bronze, Women's Cross-Country Mountain Bike, Georgia Gould
  • Gold, Diving, Men's 10m Platform, David Boudia
  • Silver, Women's Volleyball
  • Bronze, Men's 60kg Freestyle Wrestling, Scott Coleman
A complete listing of Saturday's results is available here. For an updated medal count, check out SI.com's medal tracker.

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London 2012 Olympics: Team USA Adds Another Gold In Women's 4x400m Relay Final

The United States can add another gold to the medal count after the women's 4x400m relay team beat out all competitors in Saturday's final. They finished with a time of 3:16.87, their best time from the season. Russia was behind them by nearl four seconds, finishing with a time of 3:20.23, and Jamaica takes home the bronze medal after finishing with a time of 3:20.95.

The United States track and field program has now collected 29 medals (nine gold, 13 silver and seven bronze), nearly a third of the total earned by Team USA. That total hit triple digits on Saturday, with American athletes earning their 100th medal. For an updated medal count, don't miss SI.com's medal tracker.

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2012 Olympics, Women's Volleyball Final: USA Loses To Brazil In Four Sets

Team USA had a chance to win a gold medal in the women's volleyball final on Saturday afternoon. After a very strong start to the day, Brazil rallied to win the final three sets and force the U.S. to settle for silver.

It was a tough loss for the United States, but a silver medal is hardly anything to be upset with. On this day, Brazil was simply the quicker and better team.

The U.S. won the first set easily by a score of 25-11. While they had the early advantage, Brazil promptly responded with a 25-17 second set victory. Brazil won the third set 25-20, and with all the momentum on their side, they closed out the fourth and final set with a 25-17 mark.

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Olympics 2012: Full TV Schedule For Saturday's Events

The 2012 Olympic Games in London are entering the home stretch. The final weekend will still see plenty of action, including the men's gold medal final in soccer between Brazil and Mexico.

NBC's primetime coverage will include the track & field finals, men's diving and women's volleyball. Every other event can be watched via an online stream at NBCOlympics.com.

Here is the complete television schedule of events for Saturday. All times are Pacific. Please keep in mind that all prime time NBC coverage will air on tape delay on the West Coast.

1 a.m. - 3 p.m. (NBCSN)

  • Men's 50KM Walk (1 a.m.)
  • Taekwondo: Qualifying (5 a.m.)
  • Men's Soccer: Gold Medal Match (7 a.m.)
  • Track & Field: Women's 20KM Walk (9 a.m.)
  • Women's Handball: Gold Medal Match (2:30 p.m.)

7 a.m. - 2 p.m. (MSNBC)

  • Modern Pentathlon: Men's Fencing and Swimming (7 a.m.), Men's Riding and Combined (10:45 a.m.)
  • Men's Field Hockey: Bronze Medal Match (7:30 a.m.), Gold Medal Match (12 p.m.)
  • Women's Basketball: Bronze Medal Game (9 a.m.)
  • Taekwondo: Qualifying (Men's +80 kg and Women's +67 kg 11:15 a.m.)

7 a.m. - 3 p.m. (NBC)

  • Canoe/Kayak: Gold Medal Finals (Men's kayak singles and doubles, canoe singles; Women's kayak singles. 7 a.m.)
  • Women's Volleyball: Bronze Medal Match (8 a.m.)
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics: Individual Gold Medal Final (10 a.m.)
  • Cycling: Women's Mountain Bike (11 a.m.), Mountain Bike and Medal Ceremony (11:45 a.m.)
  • Wrestling: Freestyle (60 kg, 84 kg, 120 kg classes 11:15 a.m.)
  • Feature: "Their Finest Hour" (12 p.m.)
  • Women's Basketball: Gold Medal Game (1 p.m.)

12:30 - 3 p.m. (CNBC)

  • Men's Boxing: Gold Medal Bouts (light flyweight, bantamweight, light welterweight, middleweight, and heavyweight classes)

8 p.m. - Midnight (NBC)

  • Track & Field: Gold Medal Finals (Men's 4x100m relay, 5000m, javelin; Women's 4x400m relay, 800m, high jump)
  • Men's Diving: Platform Gold Medal Final
  • Women's Volleyball: Gold Medal Final

12:30 - 1:30 a.m. (NBC)

  • Men's Wrestling: Freestyle Gold Medal Finals (60 kg, 84 kg and 120 kg classes)

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Olympics Medal Count: United States Leads China Before Final Weekend

The 2012 Olympics have just two days of competition remaining before the torch is passed to the country of Brazil. The United States has shifted from first and second place in the medal standings the past two weeks, but a big day on Friday has propelled them into the top spot for good.

Team USA has now won a total of 94 medals. 41 of them are gold, with 26 being silver and 27 bronze. There are still plenty of medals up for grabs on Saturday and Sunday, as well.

Here is a look at the current top-five in London.

United States - 94; 41 gold, 26 silver, 27 bronze
China - 81; 37 gold, 25 silver, 19 bronze
Russia - 63; 15 gold, 21 silver, 27 bronze
Great Britain - 57; 25 gold, 15 silver, 17 bronze
Germany - 42; 10 gold, 18 silver, 14 bronze

The full medal standings are here, courtesy of SI.

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2012 Olympics, Women's 4x100M Final: Americans Set New World Record, Win Gold Medal Handedly

The United States of America are looking to close out the 2012 London Olympics on a high note, which would include beating the dominant Jamaican runners in the women's 4x100 meter final at Olympic Stadium on Friday. And thanks to a world record time, they Americans did just that.

The team of Tianna Madison, Bianca Knight, Allyson Felix and anchor Carmelita Jeter led the United States to the gold medal, setting a new world record with a time of 40.82 seconds.

Jamaica would finish with the silver medal, finishing in a time of 41.41, while the team from the Ukraine would take home the bronze with a time of 42.04.

You can keep track of the United States, China, Great Britain and more by checking out SI's complete medal tracker here.

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2012 Olympics Preview: Team USA And Argentina Meet In Semifinals

Friday's Olympic action in London is headlined by Team USA and Argentina's semifinal game in men's basketball. The two teams met earlier in the week on Monday, Team USA rolled to a 126-97 victory after a close first half. Six players are averaging double digits for Team USA; Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony both lead the team, averaging just over 17 points a game.

The game tips off at 1:00 p.m. PT and will be televised live on NBC Sports Network and online at NBCOlympics.com.

Other notable events taking place on Friday include medal matches in field hockey, open water swimming, and synchronized swimming in the morning. In the evening, medal events include action on the track with the women's 4x100m relay and the men's 4x400m relay finals.

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London 2012 Medal Count: USA Leads China Thanks To Alex Morgan, Maggie Steffans

The USA is in good shape to win the overall Olympic medal count as they've taken a ten medal lead going into this weekend. They won a bunch of golds on Thursday, with a big influence from Cal and Stanford athletes.

In women's soccer, the United States beat Japan 2-1 in the gold medal match at Wembley Stadium, With Alex Morgan setting up Carli Lloyd for one of her two goals. Four Stanford players in Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler, Kelley O'Hara, Christen Press also ended up winning gold for the USA.

In women's water polo, the USA dominated their gold medal match with Spain to win their first Olympic gold after coming up short the last few Olympics. This was largely in part due to a dominant effort by young Stanford attacker Maggie Steffans, who was the leading goal-scorer for the US team. The Bay Area also had players like Elsie Windes & Heather Petri of Cal and Jessica Steffans (Maggie's sister), Brenda Villa, Melissa Seidemann and Annika Dries of Stanford.

Here is the current medal count for the top countries.

  1. United States, 90 (39 gold, 25 silver, 26 bronze)
  2. China, 80 (37, 24, 19)
  3. Russia, 56 (12, 21, 23)
  4. Great Britain, 52 (25, 13, 14)
  5. Germany, 37 (10, 16, 11)

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2012 Olympics: Maggie Steffens Leads USA To Gold In Women's Water Polo

Since women's water polo became an event for the Olympics in 2000, the United States has always come up a little short. They've won two silver medals -- including a disappointing Silver back in 2008 in Beijing -- and one bronze. The team finally broke through on Thursday, defeating Spain to claim that elusive gold medal.

Led by 19-year-old phenom Maggie Steffens, who scored five goals and dished out an assists against a talent group of Spaniards, the U.S. won by a score of 8-5. Steffens scored four-straight goals at one point, just about guaranteeing a victory for Team USA.

Steffens is from Danville, California, which is about 30 miles east of Oakland. I'd say she did more than make the Bay Area proud today.

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USWNT vs. Japan Finals: Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd Lead United States To Gold Medal

The United States Women's National Team won their third-straight gold medal at the Olympics, defeating Japan by a score of 2-1. In what was truly a thrilling soccer match from start to finish, the U.S. took an early lead and held on late. With the devastating loss in last year's World Cup fresh in the mind of every player, the team came out focused and refused to lose.

Alex Morgan, who played her college ball with the Cal Golden Bears, delivered a beautiful pass to Carli Lloyd in the eighth minute to score the first goal. Morgan weaved in and out of the Japan back line, lobbing a ball across the box to an oncoming Lloyd. She connected to give the U.S. an early 1-0 lead.

Lloyd scored yet again for Team USA in the 54th minute. She handled the ball around midfield and brought it down nicely, striking it from just outside the box for the second goal.

Japan battled back and scored in the 63 minute amongst a wild scramble in the box. They had numerous scoring opportunities late, but U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo came up huge in the closing minutes to seal the 2-1 victory. Solo blocked 12 of the 13 shots she faced.

It was a great win for the USWNT, and one that meant a lot following the disappointment that transpired last summer at the World Cup.

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Olympics 2012: Usain Bolt Wins Gold Medal In Men's 200m Final

Usain Bolt won yet another event on Thursday, dashing to the finish line in the men's 200m final to claim a gold medal. Bolt crossed in a time of 19.32 seconds, just milliseconds behind the world record he set in 2009 of 19.19. He was one of three Jamaicans to medal in the race.

Yohan Blake, who has seemingly been the runner-up to Bolt in every race he does in London, took home the silver medal. He raced an impressive 19.44 seconds, staying close to the leaders until the very end. Weir Warren finished in third place with a time of 19.84 seconds, just barely edging out American runner Wallace Spearman and his time of 19.90.

You can find the full results here. NBC will also air the race on tape-delay this evening in case you missed it live.

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2012 Olympics, Women's Boxing Results: American Claressa Shields Wins Middleweight Gold

It was an historic day for United States boxing as middleweight Claressa Shields won the Olympic gold medal on Thursday at the 2012 London Games with a 19-12 victory over Russia's Nadezda Torlopova.

The 17-year-old Shields shuffled, danced and slugged her way past her 33-year-old opponent, showing off the free-spirited style and brute strength that made her unbeatable at the London Games.

The teenager and Flint, Michigan native won the American boxing team's only gold medal in London. The men's team brought home no medals for the first time, while flyweight Marlen Esparza won a bronze.

You can check out where the United States, China and host nation Great Britain all stand in the medal count with SI's complete medal tracker here.

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2012 Olympics, Women's Volleyball Results: U.S. Tops South Korea, Advances To Gold Medal Match

The unbeaten U.S. women's volleyball squad was looking to stay that way on Thursday at the 2012 London Olympic games as they took on South Korea in their semifinal matchup. And when it was all said and done, the United States of America will get a chance to win their first gold medal in the event in a 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 victory at Earls Court.

The top ranked U.S. of A will now compete in the Olympic final after their straight-set victory, taking on the winner of the other semifinal between Brazil and Japan. Destinee Hooker led the way for America, scoring 24 points.

The dominant U.S. team has dropped just two sets at the London Games.

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2012 Olympics, Women's 10K Open Water: Santa Clara's Haley Anderson Takes Silver Medal

Hungary's Eva Risztov was in top form on Thursday at the 2012 Olympic Games in London taking home the gold medal in the women's 10K open water swim, holding off Santa Clara native Haley Anderson for the victory at London's Hyde Park.

Risztov and Anderson found themselves in a sprint to the finish line in the race, though Risztov was in front most of the way of the 10-kilometer race. She led a pack of swimmers that broke away from the rest of the field late, including Anderson. But when the smoke cleared it was Risztov on top.

The winning time was 1 hour, 57 minutes, 38.2 seconds. Martina Grimaldi of Italy took home the bronze medal. World champion Keri-Anne Payne was fourth, just missing the podium.

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Team USA vs. Japan Preview: Alex Morgan The Difference-Maker?

Cal graduate Alex Morgan had been one of the rising stars going into the tournament, and she showed off her promise in the first game against France with two goals. Since then, she's settled back and let the other stars of the game score, particularly Megan Rapinoe and Abby Wambach. Morgan has actually acted as more of a distributor in those middle games, getting the ball down to Wambach on several occasions for crucial goals.

But her team still needed her to score, and score she did in the Olympic semifinal against Canada with a perfectly timed cross from Heather O'Reilly that landed right of the head of Morgan and directed right into the goal.

It's likely Morgan's prowess will be needed against Japan. She comes this time no longer as a scorer, but also as a passer, a playmaker, a distributor for others. Her ability to create might be the big difference between this year's game and last year's.

NBC Sports Network and NBC's Olympic Soccer Channel will be showing the game around 11:45 AM PT on their channels. NBCOlympics.com will be live-streaming the event.

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London 2012 Preview: US Women's Soccer & Water Polo Go For Gold

The United States have two teams going for gold tomorrow in the pool and on the field. Both of these teams are solid favorites, but the possibility of an upset in either event is not out of the question.

The USWNT soccer team will take on Japan in the gold medal match. Can Alex Morgan and the United States women's soccer team put it together (something they weren't able to do in the World Cup Final)? The team also features several Stanford players like Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler, Kelley O’Hara.

Additionally, the United States women's water polo team will try and go for gold against Spain in the final. It's a team that features plenty of Bay Area talents like Annika Dries, Melissa Seidemann, Jessica and Maggie Steffens of Stanford, plus Elsie Windes and Heather Petri of Cal.

Here's a schedule of events for Thursday's action. All times ET. All events are streamed on NBCOlympics.com.

8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

  • Women's Soccer: Bronze Medal Game (8 a.m.)
  • Synchronized Swimming: Team Qualifying (10 a.m.)
  • Women's Wrestling: Qualifying, Repechages, Gold Medal Finals (55 kg and 72 kg classes. 10:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m.)
  • Women's Basketball: Semifinal (Noon)
  • Women's Soccer: Gold Medal Match (2:30 p.m.)

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (MSNBC)

  • Equestrian: Individual Dressage Final (9 a.m.)
  • Men's Field Hockey: Semifinal (11 a.m.)
  • Women's Handball: Semifinal (Noon)
  • Taekwondo: Semifinals or Finals (1:30 p.m.)
  • Women's Volleyball: Semifinals (2:30 p.m.)
  • Women's Basketball: Semifinal (4 p.m.)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (NBC)

  • Women's Volleyball: Semifinal (10 a.m.)
  • Swimming: Women's 10KM Marathon (11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m.)
  • Track & Field: Qualifying Heats (Noon)
  • Canoe/Kayak: Sprint Discipline Finals (1 p.m.)
  • Women's Water Polo: Bronze Medal Match (1:30 p.m.), Gold Medal Match (3 p.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Bronze Medal Match (4 p.m.)

5 - 8 p.m. (CNBC)

  • Women's Boxing: Gold Medal Bouts (flyweight, lightweight and middleweight classes)

8 p.m. - Midnight (NBC)

  • Track & Field: Gold Medal Finals (decathlon, Men's triple jump, 200m, 800m)
  • Women's Diving: Platform Gold Medal Final
  • Men's Beach Volleyball: Gold Medal Final
  • Cycling: Men's BMX Quarterfinals

12:35 - 1:35 a.m. (NBC)

  • Rhythmic Gymnastics: Qualifying
  • Track & Field: Women's Javelin Gold Medal Final

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2012 Olympics Medal Count: United States Takes Lead On Medal-Filled Wednesday

The United States of America is closing in on the overall medal-count title (if such a thing exists) at the 2012 Olympic Games in London after a medal-filled Wednesday of action across the board, including a number of golds.

The good old U.S. of A added 8 medals to their count on Wednesday, including gold for Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor in women's beach volleyball, Brittany Reese in the women's long jump, Allyson Felix in the women's 200 meter, and Lashinda Demus claiming the silver medal in the 400 meter hurdles as well.

All-in-all the United States now has 81 medals, with 34 gold, 22 silver and 25 bronze. Behind them sits China with 77 total medals, consisting of 36 gold, 22 silver and 19 bronze. Russia is in a distant third with 52 medals, hosts Great Britain in fourth with 48 medals, and Germany rounding out the top five with 32 medals.

You can check out the complete count with SI's complete medal tracker here. Or you can watch SB Nation's 8-bit glory of a medal count video below.

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Kerri Walsh-Jennings & Misty May-Treanor Win Third Straight Beach Volleyball Women's Gold Medal Match

It's been a decade of dominance for Kerri Walsh-Jennings on the sand, as she and Misty May-Treanor have partnered as one of the greatest sports duos in American history. Walsh-Jennings and May-Treanor won gold in Athens without dropping a set, and replicated that feat in Beijing to nab their second gold medals.

Their path to London gold wasn't quite as easy, but they definitely made the most of their opportunities. They won Pool C by beating Australia 2-0, Czech Republic 2-0, and then Austria 2-1 (the only set they've ever dropped in their three years of Olympic gold medal running). In the playoffs, they beat Netherlands 2-0 in the Round of 16, Italy 2-0 in the quarterfinals, China 2-0 in the semifinals.

And in the finals, they took Olympic gold once again, besting Jennifer Kessy and April Ross in the final in straight sets 21-16, 21-16. With May-Treanor retiring after these games, it caps off an incredible partnership and one of the greatest combinations in Olympic history.

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Olympics Medal Count: Team USA Sits In Second Place Yet Again

We are now more than halfway done with the 2012 Olympics, and the United States remains in the hunt for the overall medal lead. The U.S. and China have gone back and forth atop the leaderboard in recent days, with China overtaking the lead on Saturday. Here is a look at the top-five standings.

China has won a total of 73 medals, good for the most of any nation. They also lead with 34 gold medals. In addition to the gold, China has secured 21 silver and 18 bronze medals.

Team USA is not far behind with 70 medals. They've won 30 gold, 19 silver and 21 bronze. Given that there are still medals to be awarded in basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball and many track & field events, you have to like America's chances moving forward.

Russia and Great Britain are tied for third place. Both countries have 48 medals, although Great Britain has won 22 gold medals while Russia has only won 10. Japan sits in a distant fifth place with 29 medals.

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2012 Olympics Preview: Event Schedule, TV Listings, Start Times And More

Team USA will have plenty of opportunities to bring home medals on Wednesday. Among the big events on London: men's basketball, track & field, and an all-American final in beach volleyball. Here is a schedule of events, the start times and TV listings for August 8.

The U.S. will take the court against Australia at 2:15 p.m. PST. It will be streamed live through NBC and will be televised on NBC Sports Network. This game figures to be a blowout similar to the one against Nigeria last week, but you just never know which team will show up.

For the first time in history, two teams from the U.S. will battle in the women's beach volleyball final. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings will take on April Ross and Jennifer Kessy. The winners will take home gold, the losers a silver medal for their efforts. Regardless of who wins, this will be one of the more entertaining events at the summer games. This match will begin at 1 p.m. and will be streamed live. It will air tape-delayed on NBC in primetime.

Four golds will be on the line in track & field. The events: women's long jump at 12:05 p.m. PST, women's 400m hurdles at 12:45, women's 200m final at 1 and the men's 110m hurdles at 1:10. They will also be streamed live and aired in primetime.

Here is a complete look at all of Wednesday's events from London.

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2012 Olympics Recap: Kerri Walsh Jennings Eyes Another Gold; Crazy End to Water Polo Match

Kerri Walsh Jennings has one more opportunity to add to her already glowing Olympic resume, it is just how much more glowing she wants to make it.

Both American pairs of Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor as well as youngsters April Ross and Jen Kessy advanced to the finals, setting the stage for the most grand send off of one the most decorated beach volleyball pair in Olympic history.

Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor made Olympic history in 2008 when they repeated as gold medal champions. No team has ever won the gold three times in a row, or medaled three times in a row for that matter.

"We want to seal the deal that we're the best team that's ever happened," Walsh Jennings said Tuesday night after they advanced to their third consecutive Olympic gold medal game with a 22-20, 22-20 victory over China. "Misty has changed my life. I just love her. I want to win tomorrow for us."

In something out of a Chris Webber documentary, the women's water polo team had to overcome a severe mental miscue on their coach's part to push past Australia. Coach Adam Krikorian called a timeout when the Australians had the ball with one second left to go. Because the U.S. didn't have possession, Australia was awarded a penalty shot and subsequently scored to send the game into overtime. Luckily for Coach Krikorian, he has 19-year old Maggie Steffens on his team to bail him out. The Stanford student scored with 1:24 left in the first overtime period en route to a 11-9 win. The water polo team will face Spain for the gold medal next.

The women's basketball team used brutal defense to destroy Canada 91-48. Led by Diana Taurasi's 15 points, the four time defending champions followed up their mauling of China with another convincing win - making it seem more and more likely that the true "Dream Team" is on the women's side.

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2012 London Olympics Medal Count: China Extends Lead Over U.S.

The U.S. had been doing a good job of keeping with China lately and it seemed like after they took home four medals in track and field events that Team America would be in good shape to take the lead.

Unfortunately, the Chinese machine also took home big wins in women's team table tennis, and men's and women's gymnastics, and six other medals to stretch their medal lead to three.

The host country moved into third place (albeit with a tie in total medals, but they are ahead because apparently Russia doesn't believe in gold), but still a ways back on the U.S.A.

The big American win came in the 1,500-meter where Leo Manzano took a silver - the first time any American has medaled in this event in 44 years. Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells took home the silver and bronze, respectively, for the women's 100-meter hurdles, and Erik Kynard brought back silver for the men's high jump.

The Top 5 Medal Hoarding Countries:

1. China - 73 (34 gold, 21 silver, 18 bronze)

2. USA USA USA! - 70 (30, 19, 21)

3. Great Britain - 48 (22, 13, 13)

4. Russia - 48 (10, 18, 20)

5. Japan - 29 (2, 13, 14)

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London Olympics 2012: Kerri Walsh Jennings, Misty May-Treanor Advance To Beach Volleyball Final

Team USA women's beach volleyball duo, Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor, defeated the no. 2 ranked team in the world in China's Xue Chen and Zhang Zi, 22-20, 22-20, to advance to their third consecutive Olympic gold medal game.

The win was especially sweet since Chen and Xi had defeated the American duo three consecutive times prior to the Olympics.

Walsh and May-Treanor are looking to capture their third straight Olympic gold medal. They are already the only duo to repeat as Olympic champions after securing their second gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Walsh Jennings is looking to send her teammate off with a bang. May-Treanor plans on retiring after the Olympic games but Walsh Jennings plans to continue playing.

Even with the duo planning to go their separate ways, their legacy within beach volleyball is already secure and can only grow in respect with another gold medal.

Only one more match to go.

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London 2012 Olympics: Maggie Steffens Leads Team USA To Gold Medal Game

That would not have been good.

The USA women's water polo team had to bail out their coach, Adam Krikorian, to win 11-9 over Australia in an overtime game that should have never come to that point.

Krikorian called a timeout when the Australians had the ball with one second left but you are unable to call timeouts without possession of the ball in water polo. It led to the Australians tying the game on a penalty shot due to the error.

But 19-year-old phenom Maggie Steffens scored with 1:24 left in the first overtime and Kami Craig scored as well to give the Americans an 11-9 win.

Steffens, who attends Stanford, is one of the stars of the Olympics and led the Americans to a win over their heated rival in the Australians. Australia can only play for a bronze now as the Americans look to secure a gold medal in the event.

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Olympics 2012 Preview: Kerri Walsh-Jennings And Misty May-Treanor Aim For Gold Medal Match

The dream of a threepeat in the Olympics is alive and well for beach volleyball masters Kerri Walsh-Jennings and Misty May-Treanor. The Stanford grad Walsh-Jennings is looking to win her third and final gold with her partner May-Treanor, who will be retiring after this games. Walsh-Jennings isn't quite yet ready to hang it up (or has yet to make an announcement of any sort), but it's unlikely she'll reach the same heights she enjoyed without May-Treanor playing with her.

Other important events today include the women's 100 meter hurdles, more action from the diving pool, the final individual events in gymnastics, and action in women's water polo and women's volleyball for the United States. Below is the full schedule for Tuesday's events on the NBC family of networks; all events will also be streamed online live at NBCOlympics.com, although it might be hard to access replays for some events until they're happening.

The entire schedule is Pacific Time.

4 a.m. - 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

  • Men's Field Hockey: South Korea vs. Netherlands (4 a.m.)
  • Cycling: Track Events (5 a.m.)
  • Track & Field: Men's Triathlon (6:30 a.m.)
  • Canoeing: Sprint Canoeing Heats (8:30 a.m.)
  • Women's Basketball: Quarterfinals (9 a.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m.)
  • Equestrian: Team Dressage Final (10:45 a.m.)
  • Women's Handball: Quarterfinals (11:30 a.m., 1:45 p.m.)
  • Men's Soccer: Semifinal (Noon, 2:45 p.m.)

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (MSNBC)

  • Women's Volleyball: Quarterfinals (9 a.m., 10:30 a.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Men's and Women's Semifinal (Noon)
  • Women's Water Polo: Semifinal (2:40 p.m.)
  • Synchronized Swimming: Duet Gold Medal Final (4 p.m.)
  • Wrestling: Greco Roman Gold Medal Final (4:45 p.m.)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (NBC)

  • Qualifying Men's 100m hurdles, 200m; Women's 5000m (10 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m.)
  • Women's Water Polo: Semifinal (10:30 a.m.)
  • Cycling: Men's Kerlin, Second Round (11:30 a.m.), Women's Ominum Time Trial (Noon), Men's Kerlin Gold Medal Final (1 p.m.)
  • Men's Diving: 3M Springboard Semifinal (1:15 p.m.)
  • Women's Volleyball: Quarterfinal (2 p.m., 5:30 p.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Men's Semifinal (4 p.m.)

5 - 8 p.m. (CNBC)

  • Men's Boxing: Quarterfinal Bouts (flyweight and welterweight classes)

8 p.m. - Midnight (NBC)

  • Women's Gymnastics: Individual Event Gold Medal Finals (balance beam, floor exercise)
  • Men's Gymnastics: Individual Event Gold Medal Finals (parallel bars, high bar)
  • Track & Field: Gold Medal Finals (Women's 100m hurdles; Men's 1500m)
  • Beach Volleyball: Women's Semifinal

12:35 - 1:35 a.m. (NBC)

  • Men's Diving: Springboard Final
  • Track & Field: Men's Discuss Throw

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2012 London Olympics Medal Count: Grenada Wins First Medal In Country's History

The major story of the day was the amazing women's soccer match between the U.S. and Canada. On the medal front, even Alex Morgan's amazing 123rd minute header pales in comparison to the story that James Kirani will tell his grandchildren, as the young speedster won the men's 400-meter, bringing Grenada home its first medal in history.

The U.S. and China both added three medals to stay the same distance since yesterday. The U.S. diversified and added one medal of each color. Matt Emmons kept a high qualifying score to offset his somewhat disappointing final score for a total of 1271.3, good for a bronze in the 50-meter Air Rifle Three Positions. Michael Tinsley took home silver in the men's 400-meter hurdles. Jenn Suhr took home the women's pole vault.

Here are the top five countries so far:

1. China - 64 (31 gold, 19 silver, 14 bronze)

2. United States - 63 (29, 15, 19)

3. Russia - 41 (7, 17, 17)

4. Great Britain - 40 (18, 11, 11)

5. Japan - 29 (2, 12, 15)

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2012 London Olympics Recap: Rapinoe Scores Twice In Instant Classic Over Canada

Alex Morgan's late game heroics might be the thing everyone remembers from the U.S. women's soccer 4-3 victory over Canada, but without Rapinoe's two goals the tune would be very different.

The U.S. had to overcome three separate one-goal deficits before finally pushing a team they have not lost to 27 times in a row into extra periods. Rapinoe scored in the 54th and 70th minutes, and Abby Wambach scored on a penalty kick in the 80th minute. But the victory shot belonged to Morgan, who continued adding to her legacy, with a header in the 123rd minute during stoppage time.

With the victory the ladies will have a World Cup rematch against Japan, who beat France 2-1 earlier in the day.

Michelle Kasold of San Jose and the rest of the field hockey team had an Olympics to forget as the U.S. finished at the bottom of their pool after losing to South Africa 7-0. It was a surprising result as the Americans had won or lost all their previous matches by one goal and had only given up six altogether. South Africa ended up just barely above the U.S., needing to win by at least six points to leapfrog the Americans.

Peter Varellas and the water polo team lost to Hungary 11-6 in a rematch of the 2008 Olympics final - one that saw the U.S. lost 14-10. Both teams were already guaranteed spots in the elimination rounds, so the loss was a matter of seeding. The U.S. will face Group A winner Croatia.

Kevin Durant helped power the men's basketball team to a victory over Argentina to improve this incarnation of the Dream Team's record to 5-0. The men will face Australia (3-2) in the quarterfinals.

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2012 Olympics Basketball: Kevin Durant Powers Team U.S.A. Past Argentina 126-97

After barely pushing past Lithuania a couple nights earlier, Kevin Durant put Team U.S.A. on his slender shoulders and powered past Argentina as the U.S. Olympic basketball team ran out of their group as the top seed.

The U.S. was up by only one point at half as the team that prides itself on defense let Argentina shoot 56 percent from the field. Durant went into the crazed scoring mode that makes Kevin Durant so fun to watch, and scored 17 of his 28 points in the third quarter, complementing the team's 42 total points for the quarter as they ran away with the victory.

Durant finished 8 of 10 from the 3-point line and the team was 20-39 overall.

Despite the closeness of the game, it was still the high flying U.S. team for the most part, with Andre Iguodala slamming down a dunk so hard it ricocheted off his body right out of the hoop.

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Lebron James scored 20 points to pull within six points of Charles Barkley for third place on the U.S. career Olympic list.

Team U.S.A. (5-0) will play Australia (3-2) in a quarterfinal's game on Wednesday.

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USWNT Vs. Canada Results: Alex Morgan Header Sends USA To Rematch With Japan

The United States are headed back for another title game matchup with Japan. They have Alex Morgan to thank for that.

Canada took a 1-0 lead off a Christine Sinclair goal. Megan Rapinoe responded with a glorious curl on a corner kick that snuck right into the net to tie things up. Then Sinclair had another glorious goal in the box to make it 2-1 Canada, but Rapinoe responded with another monster goal from outside to make it 2-2. Sinclair competed the hat trick a few minutes later to get it up to 3-2, but then the USA got a handball in the penalty box and took advantage of a PK by Abby Wambach to tie things up and send the game into extra time.

Then it was Morgan. The United States women's national team striker continues to surge as one of the greatest young sporting stars, and she made the game winning goal in a see-saw affair against Canada.

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2012 London Olympics: Team USA Falls To Hungary In Men's Water Polo

A men's USA water polo team heavy with Bay Area connections fell to defending champion Hungary, 11-6, in the last game of the prelims. It was the second straight loss for the Americans who finish tied with Hungary in Group B with six points but would be in second place due to the tiebreaker.

The USA trailed 4-0 before finally getting on the board after Stanford grad Tony Azevedo successfully converted a penalty into a goal. John Mann, made it 5-2 late in quarter two. The USA never really threatened the Hungarians, even trailing 10-3 at one point.

Stanford grad Peter Varellas is also a member of Team USA.

Hungary's defense was the difference in the game as it stopped 18 of the Americans 24 shots on goal and won even with the Americans have five more possessions of the ball.

This was a matchup between the two countries with the most water polo medals in Olympic history as Hungary stands at 15, including nine gold medals, while the USA has 12 medals with only one gold.

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Olympics 2012 Medal Count: United States Trails Heading Into Monday

At the beginning of the day on Monday, the United States was a step ahead of China in both total medal count and in gold medals won. As the competition begins on Monday's Day 10, the U.S. has slipped behind in both tallies. They will be hoping that a full day of track and field, gymnastics and many more gold medal events will be favorable to the nation's athletes.

As Monday begins, China has 61 total medals and 30 gold medals. The United States, meanwhile, has 60 total medals and 28 gold. Host country Great Britain has made big strides as track and field has begun, sitting in third place in both total medals and gold medals.

Here are the top five medal totals by country as Monday's events begin.

  1. China: 61 (30 gold, 17 silver, 14 bronze)
  2. United States: 60 (28, 14, 18)
  3. Great Britain: 37 (16, 11, 10)
  4. Russia: 35 (4, 16, 15)
  5. Japan: 27 (2, 12, 13)

For a complete tally of the medals won, use SI.com's Medal Tracker.

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USA Vs. Canada: Watch USWNT Live; Online & TV Schedule

The United States women's national soccer team is looking for a return to the gold medal game and another chance for Olympic glory. They'll first have to get through a Canadian team that has played fairly well in these games. Canada managed to beat South Africa and draw with Sweden and fell to Japan in group play, but that was enough to advance to the quarterfinals, where they eliminated hosts Great Britain.

Alex Morgan has proven that she just doesn't need to score goals to be effective, and has been an ample distributor the rest of the way. Morgan has given off two assists to Abby Wambach on crucial goals to help the USA win their last two games against North Korea and New Zealand. As the games wear on and more attention is drawn to her, Morgan will have to prove she can help the USA score off the ball by passing it to others as well as striking it on target.

The USA takes on Canada at 11:45 AM on the NBC Sports Network, and it can also be seen on the NBC Soccer Olympic network that's been created for the purpose of these games. The soccer should be streamed on NBCOlympics.com.

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Olympics 2012: Preview & TV Schedule For Monday

The U.S. men's basketball team will help to kick off Day 10 of the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Monday. At 1 a.m. on the West Coast, Team USA will take on Russia as they look to get one step closer to another gold medal. The day will also feature more gold medal finals in indivudual gymnastics disciplines and of course, plenty of track and field.

NBC's primetime coverage will include gymnastics, track and field, beach volleyball and men's diving. All other events can be watched streamed live at NBCOlympics.com.

Here is Monday's full television schedule. Please be aware that all NBC coverage will be tape delayed on the West Coast. All times are Pacific.

1 a.m. - 5 p.m. (NBCSN)

  • Men's Basketball: Australia vs. Russia (1 a.m.), USA vs. Argentina (2:15 p.m.)
  • Women's Field Hockey: USA vs. South Africa (2:45 a.m.)
  • Men's Volleyball: Russia vs. Serbia (4:15 a.m.), Italy vs. Bulgaria (6:45 a.m.)
  • Women's Boxing: Quarterfinal Bouts (flyweight, lightweight and middleweight classes. 5:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m.)
  • Men's Shooting: 50m Three Positions Gold Medal Final (8:30 a.m.)
  • Women's Soccer: Semifinal (Noon, 11:45 a.m.)
  • Men's Weightlifting: 105 kg Gold Medal Final (1:45 p.m.)

6 a.m. - 2 p.m. (MSNBC)

  • Men's Water Polo: Romania vs. Serbia (6 a.m.)
  • Table Tennis: Women's Team Semifinal (7:30 a.m.), Men's Team Semifinal (9:15 a.m.)
  • Wrestling: Greco Roman Qualifying (8:15 a.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Quarterfinal (10 a.m.)
  • Men's Shooting: Trap Gold Medal Final (11 a.m.)
  • Men's Basketball: Spain vs. Brazil (12:30 p.m.)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (NBC)

  • Track & Field: Qualifying Women's 100m hurdles, 1500m; Men's 800m (10 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m.)
  • Men's Water Polo: USA vs. Hungary (10:30 a.m.)
  • Canoeing: Canoe Sprint Qualifying Heats (11:30 a.m., 1:45 p.m.)
  • Equestrian: Team Jumping Gold Medal Finals (Noon)
  • Synchronized Swimming: Duet Qualifying (12:45 p.m.), Duet Free Routines (3 p.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Men's Quarterfinal Match (2 p.m.)
  • Men's Volleyball: USA vs. Tunisia (3 p.m.)
  • Women's Cycling: Track Events (4:15 p.m.)

2 p.m - 5 p.m. (CNBC)

  • Men's Boxing: Quarterfinal Round (lightweight, middleweight, and super heavyweight classes)

8 p.m. - Midnight (NBC)

  • Women's Gymnastics: Individual Event Gold Medal Finals (Uneven Bars)
  • Men's Gymnastics: Individual Event Gold Medal Finals (still rings, vault)
  • Track & Field: Gold Medal Finals (Men's 400m, 400m hurdles; Women's Pole Vault)
  • Beach Volleyball: Quarterfinal
  • Men's Diving: Springboard Qualifying

12:35 - 1:35 a.m. (NBC)

  • Track & Field: Gold Medal Finals (Women's steeple chase, shotput)
  • Cycling: Women's Ominum Gold Medal Final

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2012 Olympic Mixed Doubles Tennis: Mike Bryan And Lisa Raymond Capture Bronze

Olympic tennis wrapped up action at Wimbledon today. Although the big story was Andy Murray capturing Olympic gold for Great Britain by beating Roger Federer on grass, the local story involved another medal for a Bryan brother. First it was together, as the Stanford twins Mike and Bob won the men's double event and captured gold.

This time, Mike teamed up with 39 year old Lisa Raymond in the mixed doubles bronze medal match. They enjoyed an excellent run to the semifinals, beating Sara Errani and Andreas Seppi of Italy 7-5, 6-3 in the first round and Juan Martin del Potro and Gisela Dulko of Argentina in the quarterfinals 6-2, 7-5. They finally did meet their match in the finals when they lost to Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus 6-3, 4-6, (7)-(10). However, they managed to get it together and win their final, beating Sabine Lisicki and Christopher Kas of Germany 6-3, 4-6, (10)-(4).

The Bryan brothers now have three of the five medals for Stanford at these Olympic games.

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2012 Olympics Medal Count: China, United States Sit Atop Leaderboard

Team USA and China have battled atop the overall medal leaderboard for years, and it looks like this go around in London will be no different. The two nations have been No. 1 and 2 throughout the first nine days of competition, with the United States holding a slight lead entering Sunday.

China has since overtaken the top spot on the leaderboard. After a somewhat disappointing day of events from Team USA and a couple of surprise finishes from the Chinese, they now hold a one-medal lead over the U.S.

Here is a look at the top of the leaderboard. The total number of medals won is listed first, followed by the number of gold, silver and bronze.

1. China: 61 (30 - 17 - 14)
2. United States: 60 (28 - 14 - 18)
3. Great Britain: 37 (16 - 11 - 10)
4. Russia: 35 (4 - 16 - 15)
5. Japan: 27 (2 - 12 - 13)
6. France: 25 (8 - 8 - 9)
7. Germany: 22 (5 - 10 - 7)

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2012 Olympics: Usain Bolt Wins 100m Final, Justin Gatlin Takes Bronze

Every four years as the Olympics begin, few events are more exciting than the 100m sprint in Track & Field. WIth the world's fastest runners on the same track and less than ten seconds determining a winner, it's always guaranteed to be a great and trilling race.

On Sunday afternoon, Usain Bolt of Jamaica proved once again he is the fastest man in the world. Bolt won the gold medal after finishing his 100 meters in 9.63 seconds, a new olympic record. He did not get off to a great start, but his long legs and cool composure allowed him to glide to victory.

Yohan Blake, who also hails from Jamaica, placed second after finishing in 9.75 seconds. American runner Justin Gatlin claimed a bronze medal after taking third in 9.79. Justin Gay and Ryan Bailey, who are both also from the United States, came in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

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2012 Olympics, Women's Diving, 3M Springboard Final: China's Wu Minxia Wins Gold, Stanford Grad Cassidy Krug Takes 7th

China continued their total domination of diving at the 2012 London Olympics on Sunday as Wu Minxia won the women's 3-meter springboard, claiming her first individual gold medal and record-tying sixth career medal at the Olympics.

Wu led all but one round of the five-dive final round, totaling 414.00 points to tie fellow Chinese diver Guo Jingjing with six career medals. Wu and synchronized partner He Zi also won the 3-meter synchronized title in London this year.

He Zi took silver with a total score 379.20, China's sixth diving medal of these games, including their fifth gold after.

Laura Sanchez Soto of Mexico earned the bronze at 362.40. Stanford graduate Cassidy Krug finished seventh.

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U.S. Olympic Medal Count 2012: America Remains On Top Heading Into Sunday

The second weekend of the 2012 Olympic Games is heating up, with track and field finally underway in earnest and the pool swimming events at an end. The United States are leading in both total medal count and gold medals, edging China by just one in both categories.

Great Britain has moved into third place with a strong showing in track and field on Saturday. They'll try to keep impressing and giving their countrymen a reason to cheer as the track and field events continue over the next few days.

Here are the total medal leaders at the end of Saturday's events:

1. United States - 54 (26, 13, 15)
2. China - 53 (25, 16, 12)
3. Great Britain - 29 (14, 7, 8)
4. Russia - 28 (3, 15, 10)
5. Japan - 24 (2, 10, 12)

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Olympics 2012: Full TV Schedule & Streaming Information For Sunday

There will be plenty of highlights on Sunday, but one of the earliest will be the men's tennis singles gold medal match, which will pit Roger Federer against Andy Murray. That match will start at 6 a.m. for those of us on the West Coast and will air live on NBC. The big rematch of this year's Wimbledon finals will also take place on those same grass courts and will feature Federer going for his career golden slam, while Murray tries to claim the gold in front of his home country.

NBC will air a number of events live throughout the morning and afternoon, but as usual, highlights from the big events will be double-tape-delayed on the West Coast.

NBC's primetime coverage will include the men's 100m dash, gymnastics finals, diving and beach volleyball. All other events for Sunday can be streamed live online at NBCOlympics.com. Here is the full television schedule for Sunday (all times are Pacific):

1 a.m. - 4 p.m. (NBCSN)

  • Badminton: Men's Singles Bronze Medal Match (1 a.m.), Men's Doubles Bronze Medal Match (3:30 a.m.) Men's Doubles Final (12 p.m.)
  • Cycling: Track Events (2 a.m.)
  • Tennis: Mixed Doubles Final (7 a.m.), Women's Doubles Final (9:15 a.m.)
  • Women's Volleyball: China vs. South Korea (5:30 a.m.), Italy vs. Russia (1:15 p.m.)
  • Synchronized Swimming: Duet Qualifying (7 a.m.)
  • Men's Shooting: Pistol Gold Medal Final (8:50 a.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Women's Quarterfinal (11 a.m.)
  • Women's Weightlifting: Super Heavyweight Class (12:30 p.m.)
  • Women's Volleyball: Brazil vs. Serbia (2 p.m.)

3 a.m. - 3 p.m. (NBC)

  • Track & Field: Women's Marathon (3 a.m.)
  • Tennis: Men's Singles Gold Medal Match (6 a.m.)
  • Women's Basketball: USA vs. China (8:30 a.m.)
  • Equestrian: Team Jumping Gold Medal Final (10:30 a.m.)
  • Women's Water Polo Quarterfinal: USA vs. TBD (11 a.m.)
  • Women's Volleyball: USA vs. Turkey (12 p.m.)
  • Women's Cycling: Track Gold Medal Final (1:30 p.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Quarterfinal (2 p.m.)

4 a.m. - 3 p.m. (MSNBC)

  • Tennis: Men's Singles Bronze Medal Match (4 a.m.)
  • Table Tennis: Men's Team Quarterfinals (6 a.m.)
  • Women's Water Polo: Quarterfinals (6:45 a.m., 8 a.m., 12:30 p.m.)
  • Wrestling: Greco Roman Qualifying (9:15 a.m.), Greco Roman Gold Medal Final (1:20 p.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Women's Quarterfinal (10 a.m.)
  • Men's Field Hockey: Great Britain vs. Australia (11 a.m.)
  • Women's Handball: Denmark vs. France (2:15 p.m.)

5:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. (CNBC)

  • Women's Boxing: Elimination Bouts (flyweight, lightweight, and middleweight classes)

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (CNBC)

  • Men's Boxing: Quarterfinal Round (bantamweight and heavyweight classes)

7 p.m. - Midnight (NBC)

  • Women's Gymnastics: Individual Event Gold Medal Finals (Vault)
  • Men's Gymnastics: Individual Event Gold Medal Finals (floor exercise, pommel horse)
  • Track & Field: Gold Medal Finals (Men's 100m dash; Women's 400m, triple jump)
  • Women's Diving: Springboard Gold Medal Final
  • Beach Volleyball: Quarterfinal

12:35 - 1:35 a.m. (NBC)

  • Track & Field: Gold Medal Finals (Men's hammer throw, steeple chase), Qualifying (high jump)
  • Badminton: Men's Singles Gold Medal Final

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Olympics 2012 Medal Count: United States Stays Ahead Of China

Saturday at the 2012 Olympic Games in London was a very packed day of gold medal events and another solid day for the United States, which retains a slim lead over China in the overall medal count. At the end of competition on Saturday, the U.S. leads one again in both total medals and gold medals.

America currently holds 54 total medals and 26 gold medals. China is just a step behind in both columns, as they have 53 total medals and 25 gold.

Also making significant strides was host country Great Britain, who jumped into third place on Saturday with 29 total medals, leapfrogging Russia.

Here are the total medal leaders at the end of Saturday's events:

1. United States - 54 (26, 13, 15)
2. China - 53 (25, 16, 12)
3. Great Britain - 29 (14, 7, 8)
4. Russia - 28 (3, 15, 10)
5. Japan - 24 (2, 10, 12)

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London 2012 Saturday Recap: Team USA Adds 5 Gold Medals In Day 7 Action

Day 8 of the 2012 London Olympic Games saw Team USA have a chance at earning many of the day's 25 gold medals, including chances for local athletes. Berkeley resident Nathan Adrian made the most of his chances, picking up a gold medal in the men's 4x100m medley relay swimming event. Scott Gaul of Piedmont came up short of the gold as part of the men's four rowing squad, but they did manage the bronze medal, a respectable result for the young group.

A gold medal went to Serena Williams with a win over Maria Sharapova in women's singles tennis action, and Mike and Bob Bryan collected a gold of their own in men's doubles tennis. Team USA's swimmers continued to be some of the most successful athletes, with the women's 4x100m medley relay team picking up a gold to go with that of the men's team.

Team USA men's basketball took on a driven Lithuanian team, and they were almost caught sleeping. LeBron James stepped in with a clutch fourth quarter drive that secured the game for the U.S., and they moved to 4-0 in preliminary play. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings competed in women's beach volleyball, picking up a win over the Netherlands.

A full list of the medals won by Team USA on Saturday:

  • Women's 100m - Carmelita Jeter, Silver
  • Men's long jump - Will Claye, Bronze
  • Men's 10,000m - Galen Rupp, Silver
  • Women's team pursuit cycling - Silver
  • Women's team epee fencing - Bronze
  • Men's four rowing - Bronze
  • Women's 50m rifle 3 positions shooting - Jamie Lynn Gray, Gold
  • Women's 4x100m medley relay swim - Gold
  • Men's 4x100m medley relay swim - Gold
  • Women's singles tennis - Serena Williams, Gold
  • Men's doubles tennis - Mike & Bob Bryan, Gold

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London 2012 Olympics: Young Team USA Squad Takes Bronze In Men's 4 Rowing Event

Team USA picked up the bronze medal in the men's four rowing event, a good result for a young squad without an international medal to their credit. Great Britain took the gold with a crew that has 14 international medals, including three gold medals from the 2008 Beijing games, and Australia took the silver medal. Scott Gault of Piedmont, California was on the squad, joined by Charlie Cole, Henrik Rummel and Glenn Ochai.

It was the third medal for the U.S. rowing program, and it took everything they had for the four men to hold up with the world class athletes around them. As Gault told the press:

“The guys behind me laid down a powerful rhythm and I just went with it,” he said. “We pounded down the course, didn’t give a stroke up, and stayed focused. I just know the last two hundred and fifty meters, I laid everything on that oar, just everything I possibly could. And right before the end, I had absolutely nothing left,” he said.

It was Gault's only event in the London Games, and the last of the rowing events. All four athletes are free to appreciate the rest of the games as spectators.

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2012 London Olympics: Michael Phelps Finishes With Gold As Team USA Wins Men's 4x100m Medley Relay

Team USA won the gold medal in the men's 4x100m medley relay, capping Michael Phelps' career with yet another gold. The decorated athlete amassed 22 medals in his career, 18 of them gold. Berkley, CA resident Nathan Adrian was also on the squad, collecting his third medal of the 2012 Games. He won a gold medal in the 100m freestyle and a silver in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay. Brendan Hansen and Matt Grevers were the other two men contributing in the event.

The Americans finished in 3:29.35, nearly two seconds ahead of Japan, who had a time of 3:31.26. Australia rounds out the podium with a time of 3:31.58.

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2012 Olympic Swimming: Team USA Wins Gold In Women's 4x100m IM

The United States won yet another gold medal in swimming on Saturday, setting a world record in the women's 4x100m IM. Team USA has been dominant in the pool thus far in London, and they turned to their top swimmers for today's event.

Missy Franklin started for the U.S. and got her team out to an early lead over Australia. Rebecca Soni raced second and held onto the lead. Dana Vollmer, an alum of the University of California-Berkley, really put some distance between Team USA and the rest of the field. Allison Schmitt served as the anchor and swam very well in the freestyle portion, touching the wall to set a new world record of 3:52.05.

Australia took home the silver medal after placing second in 3:54.02. Japan won bronze in 3:54. 24.

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2012 Olympics: Ranomi Kromowidjojo Wins 50m Freestyle, Jessica Hardy Doesn't Medal

The women's 50m freestyle final took place on Saturday afternoon in London. Jessica Hardy, a University of California alum and Long Beach native, was the lone representative from the United States. She entered as one of the bigger underdogs in what was a very tough field.

Hardy finished in seventh place. She did not get a great push at the start and trailed throughout most of the race, finishing in 24.62 seconds.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo has been one of the most dominant swimmers in London this past week and added yet another medal to her collection. She took home gold after racing in 24.05 seconds, an Olympic record. Aliaksandra Herasimenia placed second and took home silver, while Marleen Veldhuis won bronze.

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2012 Olympics Basketball: Team USA Defeats Lithuania, 99-94

Every four years it seems like Team USA basketball gets an unexpected wakeup call against a smaller, lesser known nation. That country just happened to be Lithuania on Saturday, a scrappy and hard-nosed squad that led the U.S. for most of the first half and even had the score tied late in the third quarter.

Despite their efforts, LeBron James was simply too much to handle in the fourth as the United States rallied to win by a score of 99-94.

James led the way with 20 points, 13 of which came in the final quarter. Carmelo Anthony tied James for the team lead in scoring with 20 of his own. Kevin Durant hit four three-pointers on his way to 16 points, while Deron Williams added 12.

Linas Kleiza led Lithuania with 25 points and was a force on both ends of the court all day. Martynas Pocius added14 points on six-of-13 shooting, while Darius Songaila had 11.

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Olympics 2012 Medal Count: United States Looks To Add To Their Lead On Saturday

As the 2012 Olympic Games in London roll into their second weekend, the United States is exactly where they want to be: at the top of the charts in the medal count.

At the beginning of Saturday's competition, the U.S. holds an edge in both total medals and gold medals, with 43 and 21, respectively. China is just a stop behind on both fronts, currently holding 42 total medals and 20 gold medals.

Meanwhile, the past couple of days have been terrific for Great Britain as they have shot up the charts with wins in canoeing and cycling.

Here are the top five countries heading into Saturday:

1. United States - 43 (21, 10, 12)
2. China - 42 (20, 13, 9)
3. Russia - 23 (3, 12, 8)
4. Great Britain - 22 (8, 6, 8)
5. Japan - 21 (2, 8, 11)

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Olympics 2012: Preview, Start Times, Event Schedule And More

Team USA won a total of 43 medals in the first week of competition in London, and Saturday will mark the start of week two. A great showing in gymnastics, swimming and other events have propelled the US to the top of the medal leaderboard, slightly edging China for the No. 1 spot.

Here is the schedule for the main events on Saturday.

Team USA basketball will take on Lithuania in a game they will be the heavy favorites once again. Lithuania will provide a bigger challenge than Nigeria -- a team the US beat by 80+ on Thursday -- but that has not stopped the oddsmakers from anointing Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and co. as 34.5-point favorites.

There are four gold medals up for grabs in swimming. At 11:30 a.m. PST, the women's 50m freestyle will begin. This race will be followed by the men's 1500m freestyle at 11:36. After a brief delay the women's 4x100m IM is scheduled to start at 12:06 p.m. The final race of the day is the men's 4x100m IM, and that's set for 12:27.

Track & Field events began on Friday, and Saturday will feature competition throughout the day. The main events will be the men's long jump and 10,000m final. The female athletes who qualified yesterday will compete for medals in the discus throw and 100m dash.

Here is the complete schedule for today's events.

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2012 Olympics, Medal Count Update: Team USA Leads China On Leaderboard

The United States holds a slight lead atop the medal leaderboard following seven days of action in London. China was overall leader up until Thursday, but Team USA has since rallied and now leads with 43 medals. They also lead with 21 gold medals, along with their 10 silver and 12 bronze.

China sits in second place with 42 medals. They've won 20 gold, 13 silver and nine bronze. Russia moved into third place with 23 medals following strong showing in Gymnastics. Host country Great Britain is in fourth with 22 medals, and Japan has dropped to fifth with 21.

Saturday will be yet another busy day of action at the Olympics. Track and Field events will highlight the schedule.

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2012 Olympics, Women's Volleyball Results: United States Clinches Top Spot In Pool B With Win Against Serbia

The top-ranked United States women's volleybal team has won all of their matches thus far at the 2012 Olympic games in London, and continued that trend Friday with their 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 victory over Serbia to clinch the top spot in Pool B.

Destinee Hooker scored 19 points for the Red, White and Blue, while former Stanford star Logan Tom added 12 points for the United States, five in the first set alone. This is Tom's fourth Olympic games.

The U.S. has never won an Olympic gold medal in volleyball, though has set themselves up nicely by clinching their Pool's top spot. They will wrap up their first round action against Turkey on Sunday.

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2012 Olympics, Men's Butterfly 100M Final: Michael Phelps Wins Olympic Record 17th Gold Medal

Michael Phelps continues to prove why he is the most decorated Olympian to ever grace the games after winning his Olympic record 17th gold medal on Friday in the 100M butterfly, his final individual race of the 2012 London Games.

Compared to his other victories in 100M butterfly in the Olympics, this was by far his most dominant. Phelps' time of 51.21 is about two seconds slower than his own WR time, but his margin of victory was .23 seconds over silver medalist Chad le Clos of South Africa, and Russia's Evengy Korotyshkin who both finished in 51.44 second.

Phelps margin of victory was just .01 seconds in 2008 in Beijing, and .04 in the 2004 Athens games.

Win another gold, that puts the United States that much more in front in the total medal count. You can check out SI's complete medal tracker here.

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2012 Olympics, Women's Soccer Scores: Abby Wambach, USWNT Takes Out New Zealand 2-0

As the U.S. women's national soccer team continues to charge through their competition, their latest victim came in the form of the New Zealand national team, dominating the Kiwi's by the score of 2-0 at the 2012 Olympic games in London.

32-year-old striker Abby Wambach slid into a pass in the 27th minute to net her fourth goal of these Olympic games, while Sydney Leroux added another in the 87th minute of the match to keep the two-time defending Olympic champions undefeated.

Wambach extended her U.S. record with her eighth career Olympic goal, a record that stands despite the fact she missed the 2008 Beijing Games with a broken leg.

The USWNT will play the winner of the Britain-Canada match in Manchester on Monday.

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2012 Olympics, Badminton Mixed Doubles Medal Event: Top-Ranked Chinese Team Takes Home The Gold

It was the final day of action in the mixed doubles badminton event at the 2012 Olympic games in London, and when it was all said and done it was the top-ranked Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei beat of China taking out the No. 2 ranked squad of Xu Chen and Ma Jin 21-11, 21-17 in an all-Chinese final of badminton mixed doubles at the London Olympics on Friday.

Zhao will have a chance at winning another gold medal in women's doubles event on Saturday.

Earlier in the day Joachim Fischer and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark won the bronze medal, using their great starts in both games to push them 21-12, 21-12 victory over Tontowi Ahmad and Lilyana Natsir of Indonesia at Wembley Stadium.

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2012 Olympics, Men's Tennis Results: Stanford's Mike & Bob Bryan Guaranteed At Least A Silver Medal

Stanford alumni Mike and Bob Bryan are assured of at least a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics games after the top-seeded pair defeated Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet of France 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals of the men's doubles at the All England Club on Friday.

The Bryans play the winner of the other semifinal between David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez of Spain and Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.

The pair have 11 Grand Slam titles, but are hungry for that gold medal.

Meanwhile in singles action, Wimbledon champ Roger Federer outlasted Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 7-6, 19-17 to advance to the men's singles gold-medal match. That match that lasted an exhausting 4 hours, 25 minutes.

Federer will face the winner between Britain's Andy Murray and Serbia's Novak Djokovic. Federer has never won an Olympic gold medal in singles action.

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2012 Olympics, Rowing Men's Pair Results: Stanford's Silas Stafford Finishes Second In Consolation Race

The United States were looking to advance in the men's rowing pair competition on riday at the 2012 London Olympic games, though unfortunately Stanford grad Silas Stafford and teammate Tom Peszek finished second in the final B of the men's rowing at the Olympic regatta.

The American pair crossed the finish line in 6 minutes, 53.30 seconds in the non-medal race at Dorney Lake. Cal alumni Scott Frandsen and Canadian teammate David Calder were sixth in final A of the same event, where the team from New Zealand eventually took home the gold medal. Frandsen and Calder would finish in a time of 6:30.49.

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Phelps Vs. Cavic Rematch: Chad Le Clos Plays Spoiler In 100 Meter Butterfly

One of the most anticipated swimming races going into these Olympic games was the 100 meter butterfly for multiple reasons. It's been an event Michael Phelps has dominated throughout his Olympic career, winning it in 2004 and 2008 in Olympic record time. Phelps is trying to win the event for the third straight time. He barely won it last time though, as Milorad Cavic gave him a real tough go throughout the race. Although Cavic seemed to touch the wall first, it was Phelps who hit it more forcefully to register the faster time and Olympic gold.

In London, Cavic hasn't been quite as fast in his 100 fly heats though, starting off fast both times before fading to top five finishes each time. Cavic might have trouble medalling while Phelps probably won't have that much of a trouble getting onto the stand; he's had a top time in each heat. The rematch might not quite have the same sizzle as last time.

The swimmer who could knock Phelps from his threepeat is the same swimmer who thwarted his 200 meter butterfly threepeat, and that would be Chad Le Clos of South Africa. Le Clos was the fastest time in both the heats and the semifinals, and he probably has a very good chance at winning this one tonight.

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London 2012 Results: Anthony Ervin Makes 50 Meter Free Final With Third Fastest Semifinal

There were a couple of swimmers with Bay Area connections that were swimming in the pool on Thursday night. One of them was Cal's Anthony Ervin, who is 12 years removed from winning gold in Sydney at the men's 50 meter freestyle. Ervin isn't a favorite to win this event (César Cielo of Brazil is the current record holder and has been near the top of every heat), but he's proven in his first two heats that he is a definite threat to medal and might even sneak up and score a big upset.

Ervin finished with the fourth fastest time in the 50 free heat with a time of 21.83 seconds, which was only 0.06 seconds behind the fastest time in the heats. He improved upon that mark in the semifinals by two-tenths of a second and moving up to 21.62, where he finished third overall behind Cielo and Cullen Jones of the United States. Expect Ervin to be one of the big contenders for a medal tomorrow night.

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Olympics Medal Count: USA Overtakes Lead From China On Thursday

The United States now holds a lead in the overall medal count following day six of action. Team USA has trailed China throughout the opening week of the 2012 Olympics, but they had a huge day on Thursday to propel them to the top of the leaderboard.

The US now has 37 total medals. 18 of them are gold, nine are silver and 10 are bronze. China is in second place with 34 medals; 18 of them are gold, 11 are silver and five are bronze. It looks like these two countries will battle atop the leaderboard for days to come.

Japan is a distant third place with 19 medals, 11 of which are bronze. Germany and Russia are currently tied in fourth place with 17 total medals.

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Olympics 2012, Men's Water Polo Results: Stanford's Tony Avezedo Paces United States Past Britain 13-7

The Bay Area is well represented in both men's and women's water polo at the 2012 Olympic games in London. Luckily for the men, they came through big time on Thursday against Britain.

Team captain and Stanford graduate Tony Azevedo netted four goals, three in the first quarter alone, pacing the U.S. men's water polo team past Great Britain by the score of 13-7.

Moraga native and Stanford graduate Peter Varella scored a goal, as did Cal grad John Mann. Ryan Bailey added another three goals for the Americans, who were in control the entire match, owning a 7-0 lead at one point.

With the victory the U.S. remained undefeated, sitting atop of Group B with six points. They remain one point ahead of Serbia, the gold medal-favorites.

As for Great Britain, who qualified as the host nation, they currently own four Olympic water polo titles. Unfortunately the last once came 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium.

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2012 Olympics Swimming: Ranomi Kromowidjojo Wins Women's 100m Freestyle, Jessica Hardy Finishes 8th

Team USA had two representatives in the Women's 100m Freestyle Final on Thursday. Missy Franklin, who has taken over the Olympics with her contagious smile and charm, was one of them. University of California alum Jessica Hardy was the other American. They were part of a very tough field for one of the more entertaining races in London.

Unfortunately for the US, neither swimmer placed for a medal. Franklin appeared to run out of energy late, dropping her to fifth place in 53.64 seconds. Hardy completed her 100 meters in 54.02, which put her in last place and a little more than one second behind the winner.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands won gold in 53 seconds even. Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus took home silver in 53.38, and Yi Tang of China got bronze in 53.44.

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Michael Phelps Bests Ryan Lochte In 200M IM, Wins First Individual Gold In London

The stage was set for Americans Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte to go head to head in the 200M IM at the aquatic center at the 2012 London Olympic games. But with a rested Phelps on the blocks while Lochte was still wet from the 200M backstroke final only minutes before, it was Phelps who claimed the gold medal, beating Lochte by .63 seconds.

Phelps finished in 1:54.27, while Lochte's 1:54.90 was good enough for another silver. Laszio Cseh of Hungary would claim the bronze medal, finishing well behind the frontrunners with a time of 1:56.22.

This marks Phelps' 16th career gold medal, 20th medal overall, but is his first individual gold of the London games. Phelps is also the first Olympian to ever have a three-peat in the 200M IM, winning in Sydney in 2000, Beijing in 2008, and now in London in 2012.

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2012 Olympics, 200M Backstroke Final: Tyler Clary Takes Gold Medal As Ryan Lochte Settles For Bronze

California native Tyler Clary was looking for glory in the 200M backstroke final on Thursday at the 2012 Olympic games in London, trying to keep fellow American Ryan Lochte taking home the gold. And thanks to a spectacular performace Clary did just that, claiming the gold medal as Lochte would have to settle for the bronze.

Clary was on fire in the water, beating out the field with a time of 1:53:41. Japan's Ryosuke Irie would end up with the silver medal after a time of 1:53:78. Lochte's bronze-medal time was 1:53:94.

Lochte won this event during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing with the same exact time he swam today.

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2012 Olympics, Women's 200M Breaststroke Final: Rebecca Soni Sets WR, Claims Gold Medal

American swimmer Rebecca Soni set a new world record in the 200 meter breaststroke on Wednesday in the semi-final race, and broke it once again on Thursday in the final as she claimed the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic games in London.

Soni finished the race in 2 minutes, 19.59 seconds to improve on her own mark from the semis by 0.41 seconds. It marked the sixth world record set in the pool at the London games thus far.

Satomi Suzuki of Japan finished in 2:20.72 to take the silver medal, while Iuliia Efimova of Russia finished in 2:20.92 for bronze.

Soni was also favored to win the 100 breast, but eventually took the silver behind15-year-old winner Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania.

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2012 Olympics, Women's Gymnastics All-Around Results: Gabby Douglas Claims Gold Medal

After the 'fab five' made history by taking the women's gymnastics team competition earlier this week, Americans Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman were looking for individual glory in the all-around competition. But when it was all said and done, it was Gabby Douglas taking home the gold, earning her second Olympic gold medal of the 2012 London Summer Games.

Douglas scored 15.500 or higher in her first three rotations of the day on Thursday, making a big splash with an impressive15.966 score on her vault. Douglas had the lead with 47.199 points entering the fourth and final rotation, performing the most important floor exercise of her life to claim the title.

Russia's Victoria Komova would claim the silver medal with 46.873 points, followed by teammate Aliya Mustafina with 44.966 to take home the bronze. Both put the pressure on Douglas with impressive floor routines as well, but Douglas fended them off for the gold.

Aly Raisman was in fifth place heading into the final rotation after shaky performances on the parallel bars and balance beam. Her score of 15.133 on the floor exercise brought her oh so close to claiming a medal, though Komova and Mustafina edged her out of a trip to the podium.

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2012 Olympics, Women's Judo Results: Kayla Harrison Wins America's First Olympic Gold Medal In Judo

The United States have been dominate in many Olympic disciplines over the years, though had never won a gold in any jodo event in the history of the Olympic games. But American Kayla Harrison changed all of that on Thursday, earning the United States its first judo gold medal in Olympic history, taking home the 78-kilogram title at the 2012 London Games.

Harrison topped Great Britain's Gemma Gibbons in a final bout, getting the upper hand early while throwing Gibbons twice.

Harrison's medal is the U.S.' second in judo this week after teammate Marti Malloy of San Jose, CA won a bronze in the women's 57-kilogram division.

Audrey Tcheumeo of France and Mayra Aguiar of Brazil each took home a bronze medal.

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2012 Olympics, Tennis Results: Serena Williams Tops Caroline Wozniacki, Stanford's Bryan Brothers Advance

Serena Williams continues to make it look easy as she seeks her first singles Olympic medal of her career at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, taking out former No. 1 player in the world Caroline Wozniacki by the score of 6-0, 6-3 in their quarterfinal match.

Serena has been playing like a woman possed at the All England Club, sweeping the first seven games against the No. 8-seed Wozniacki. All in all Williams has lost just 13 games through her first four rounds of play. She's also won 11 consecutive matches at the All England Club this summer, including her fifth Wimbledon title.

Serena will face her toughest test yet against Victoria Azarenka on Friday in their semifinal match.

Over in the men's doubles tournament, Stanford graduates and No. 1 seeded team of Bob and Mike Bryan have advanced to the semifinals after a 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (12-10) win over Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel Thursday afternoon on Court 2 of Wimbledon.

They will face the winners of the match between Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic and France's Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet. The Bryans won a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

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Olympic Rowing Results: Women's Eight Team USA Boat Claims Gold

The United States women's eight boat continues a sustained pattern of dominance in their event. Four years after taking gold in this event in China and beginning a long stretch of victory over the entire world, Team USA went back-to-back in London by beating out Canada by about a second and a half with a time of 6:10.59 in their event. It was a wire-to-wire victory for the United States, who were never seriously threatened through the race.

Two of the US rowers have Bay Area and Northern California connections. Erin Cafaro is originally from Modesto and attended school at the University of California. This is the Cal grad's second straight gold medal in the event, as she won gold in the women's eight in Beijing. Also a returning athlete in this event is Elle Logan (also a Beijing gold medla winner), who originates from Boothbay Harbor, Maine and was schooled and trained at Stanford.

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Olympic Swimming Results: Michael Phelps Bests Milorad Cavic Again In 100 Meter Butterfly Heat

Deja vu all over again.

Just like four years ago in the Beijing final, Michael Phelps and Milorad Cavic were slated up against each other in the London heat (lesser stakes, but still). Phelps was in lane four, Cavic was in lane five, and both seemed ready to go for the much anticipated rematch.

At least Cavic was at the beginning. Phelps proved he had something to give too though.

Cavic got off to a smoking start in the 100 meter butterfly and was in front of the field for almost the entire race. Meanwhile, Michael Phelps at points seemed to be in danger of not even making the cut, as he was in last place at the 50 meter split. However, Phelps ended up turning it on in the last 50 like he always does in the 100 fly, and he began working his way up on the rest of the field and take control of his event. Phelps past Cavic with a few meters left and went from last to first in 50 meters in his heat, finishing with a time of 51.72, Cavic 51.90 seconds.

However, Phelps and Cavic might not have to worry about each other in terms of primary contenders. It was 200 meter butterfly winner Chad le Clos who had the top heat time, with Phelps second and Cavic fifth.

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Olympic Swimming Preview: Milorad Cavic Renews Rivalry With Michael Phelps

The most famous individual swimming race of the 2008 Beijing Olympics came in the 100 meter butterfly, when former Cal swimmer Milorad Cavic of Serbia challenged the bid by Michael Phelps of the United States for eight gold medals in eight events. It looked like Caivc was going to dethrone Phelps in this event as he led down the stretch, but Phelps closed and closed, then just out-touched Phelps at the wall to win in dramatic fashion.

Cavic is back, and so is Phelps. Both of them will be the favorites in this event, although Phelps probably has a decent edge over his Serbian counterpart. Cavic will also be swimming in the 50 meter freestyle heats, so he'll be doing double duty. Phelps also has the 200 IM final and his highly anticipated duel with Ryan Lochte, so don't expect any world records to be dropping tomorrow.

Here's the Olympic schedule for Thursday's events (ET, although the NBC events will be televised on both coasts at the same times). All events will be streamed live online at NBCOlympics.com.

4 a.m. - 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

  • Men's Basketball: France vs. Lithuania (4 a.m.), Brazil vs. Russia (11:30 a.m.)
  • Women's Field Hockey: USA vs. Australia (5:45 a.m.), China vs. Netherlands (8:45 a.m.)
  • Men's Volleyball: Serbia vs. Germany (7:15 a.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Qualifying (10:30 a.m.)
  • Men's Table Tennis: Semifinals (1:30 p.m.)
  • Women's Archery: Individual Gold Medal Final (2:20 p.m.)
  • Men's Boxing: Round of 16 Bouts (Lightweight and Middleweight Classes, 3 p.m.)
  • Men's Shooting: Double Trap Gold Medal Final (4:45 p.m.)
  • Men's Basketball: USA vs. Nigeria (5:15 p.m.)

7 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Bravo)

  • Singles Quarterfinals, Mixed Doubles Quarterfinals, Doubles Semifinals

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (MSNBC)

  • Men's Water Polo: Montenegro vs. Serbia (9 a.m.), Romania vs. Hungary (10:30 a.m.)
  • Men's Volleyball: Poland vs. Argentina (11:45 a.m.)
  • Equestrian: Dressage Qualifying (1:30 p.m.)
  • Men's Handball: Serbia vs. Denmark (2:30 p.m.), Sweden vs. Iceland (5 p.m.)
  • Badminton: Semifinals (4 p.m.)
  • Women's Judo: 78 kg Gold Medal Final (4:30 p.m.)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (NBC)

  • Swimming: Qualifying (10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m.)
  • Canoeing: Whitewater, Men's C-2 Gold Medal Final (10:15 a.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Qualifying (11:30 a.m.)
  • Cycling: Track Gold Medal Finals (12:45 p.m.)
  • Men's Water Polo: USA vs. Great Britain (1:20 p.m.)
  • Rowing: Gold Medal Finals (2:20 p.m.)
  • Men's Volleyball: USA vs. Brazil (3 p.m.)

5 - 8 p.m. (CNBC)

  • Boxing: Round of 16 Bouts (lightweight and middleweight classes)

8 p.m. - Midnight (NBC)

  • Swimming: Gold Medal Finals (Women's 200m breaststroke, 100m freestyle; Men's 200m backstroke, 200m individual medley)
  • Beach Volleyball: Qualifying
  • Women's Rowing: Eights Gold Medal Final

12:35 - 1:35 a.m. (NBC)

  • Women's Canoeing: Whitewater, K-1 Gold Medal Final
  • Table Tennis: Men's Singles Gold Medal Final

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2012 Olympics, Day 5 Daily Recap: Nathan Adrian, Danell Leyva, Dana Vollmer Highlight American Action

It was an exciting and medal-filled day 5 at the 2012 London Olympic games, with a number of American olympians taking home medals and dominating their respective events along the way.

Cal's Nathan Adrian captured gold in the men's 100M freestyle by just .01 seconds over Australia's James Magnussen.The 23-year-old finished in 47.52 seconds, becoming the first American man to win the 100 free since Matt Biondi in 1988.

Gymnast Danell Leyva rallied back to earn himself the bronze in the men's gymnastics all-around.The 20-year-old Florida native had a miscue on his dismount on the pommel horse, but used superb showings on the parallel bars and high bar to get himself on the podium. Teammate John Orozco's all-around medal dreams were shattered when he fell off the pommel horse. He finished eighth.

Cal alumni and budding Olympic star Allison Schmitt led the United States to a gold medal in the 4x200M freestyle Along with the rest of the American team, Alyssa Anderson, of Granite Bay, CA and Missy Franklin, set a new Olympic-record by finishing in 7 minutes, 42.92 seconds.

The No. 1 seeded Women's indoor volleyball extended their undefeated streak after taking out the No. 3 seeded Chinese with a 26-24, 25-16, 31-29 victory at Earls Court. to improve to 3-0 in the tournament. Foluke Akinradewo, the 4-time All-American out of Stanford, had a nice game with eight kills and two blocks, while Destinee Hooker had 17 kills during the match.

Bay Area native Kara Kohler and her US women's rowing team earned themselves a bronze medal in the women's quadruple sculls at Dorney Lake outside of London. The Ukraine won its first-ever gold medal in rowing in the event.

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2012 Olympics, Women's Volleyball Results: United States Tops China To Remain Undefeated

During the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China was dead-set to dominate as many events as humanly possible. The United States women's volleyball team fell just short with the silver in 2008, but now as the No. 1 seed at the 2012 Olympic games in London, they're hungrier than ever for their first gold medal.

The No. 3 seeded Chinese team stood in their way, but the Americans took care of business with a 26-24, 25-16, 31-29, victory on Wednesday at Earls Court to improve to 3-0 in the tournament.

Destinee Hooker had an impressive 17 kills during the match, though reserve Megan Hodge was on fire, finishing with 18 kills. Hodge ended the match with after the U.S. couldn't close on the five previous match points.

Foluke Akinradewo, the 4-time All-American out of Stanford, had a nice game as well with eight kills and two blocks.

The US has now beaten the No. 3 and No. 2 seeds in China and Brazil, claiming Group B while clinching a spot in the quarterfinals in the process. The Americans are back in action Friday against Serbia before finishing pool play Sunday against Turkey.

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Olympic Medal Count: Team USA Up To 12 Gold Medals Thanks To Nathan Adrian, Dana Vollmer

The United States and China are caught in a death grip for first place in the overall medal count. Right now China is threatening to run away with the gold medal count. However they could very well be caught up by the United States thanks to their great success in swimming.

Nathan Adrian and Dana Vollmer did their part, as they both were part of swimming finals that saw the United States win gold in the final overall count. Adrian won gold in the men's 100 meter freestyle, Vollmer was part of the relay team in the women's 4 x 200 unit that won gold. The USA figures to use their prowess in the pool to try and catch up with China before they run away with the overall totals in both formats.

SI's complete medal count tracker gives us these results:

  1. China, 30 (17 gold, 9 silver, 4 bronze)
  2. United States, 29 (12, 8, 9)
  3. Japan, 17 (2, 4, 11)
  4. France, 13 (5, 3, 5)
  5. Germany, 13 (3, 8, 2)

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Team USA, Dana Vollmer, Allison Schmitt Capture 4 x 200 Meter Freestyle Relay Gold

Dana Vollmer has her second gold medal. She won her first individual gold in world record time. Now she was part of the 800 meter freestyle relay team that beat out Australia to win gold.

Missy Franklin led off for the United States and put the USA in a good position early, but faded down the stretch and fell into third place going into Vollmer's leg. Vollmer performed very well to put the United States back in front for a long part of their relay, but Australia just overtook them at the end to finish second after Vollmer's leg. Shannon Vreeland was the third leg of that race and kept the USA just behind Australia going into the final leg of the race. However, the fourth leg of the race belonged to Allison Schmitt, the 200 meter freestyle gold medalist, and she scorched Alicia Coutts of Australia.

This concludes Vollmer's Olympics, as she leaves with two gold medals in two events. Cal now has totalled seven swimming medals from their athletes in six events, with three of them being Olympic gold.

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Olympic Swimming Results: Nathan Adrian Wins 100 Meter Freestyle Gold In Thrilling Finish

Nathan Adrian was America's best chance for an Olympic medal in the men's 100 meter freestyle, and he didn't disappoint. Adrian posted some of the faster times in the heats and semifinals, and then he ran an excellent race in the final. Adrian was third at the turn, and then he and James Magnussen just gained a little separation from the rest of the field. Although it looked like Magnussen was going to end up pulling this one out, it was Adrian who just out-touched him at the wall for Olympic individual gold.

This is Adrian's second medal of these Olympics; he already won a silver as part of the men's 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay for the United States along with Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Cullen Jones.

This is Cal's third individual medal at these games. Dana Vollmer has already won the 100 meter butterfly gold, Caitlin Leverenz captured the bronze in the 200 meter individual medley.

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2012 Olympics, Men's 200m Breaststroke Final: San Jose's Scott Weltz Places Fifth

San Jose's Scott Weltz, who has been called by some as this year's 'accidental olympian,' made his presence known on Wednesday after he placed fifth in the men's 200-meter breaststroke at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Hungary's Daniel Gyurta took home gold, setting a new world record with a time of 2 minutes, 7.28 seconds. Michael Jamieson of Great Britain took the silver and Ryo Tateishi of Japan the bronze, but Weltz's fifth place finish is impressive in it's own right.

The 25-year old Welz qualified for the Summer Olympics by dropping significant time off his breaststroke in qualifying, but unfortunately proved not enough for a medal in London.

Weltz, a Bellarmine Prep graduate and UC Davis graduate, has never competed in an international meet until these Olympics. In fact, he never made the final of a senior national meet until this June. He finished 38th at the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials in the 200-meter breaststroke.

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2012 Olympics Table Tennis, Women's Singles Gold Medal Match: Li Xiaoxia Upsets Ding Ning In Finals

It was an all-Chinese final in table tennis at the 2012 London Olympic games as Li Xiaoxia upset No. 1 seed Ding Ning to win the women's table tennis tournament, taking out her fellow countrywoman by the tune of four games to one Wednesday.

Li, the No. 2 seed, lost only the third game of the match en route to an 11-8, 14-12, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4 victory. The match took a total of 51 minutes. Xiaoxia takes home the gold medal, while Ning will have to settle for the silver.

The Chinese table tennis team arrived here almost destined to win multiple medals. China has captured all but four of the 24 previous Olympic gold medals in table tennis since it debuted at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

China remains the frontrunner in the medal count. You can check out SI's complete medal tracker here.

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2012 Olympics, Women's Quadruple Sculls Final: USA Takes Bronze, Ukraine Wins First Ever Gold Medal In Rowing

Bay Area native Kara Kohler and her US women's rowing team were looking for a gold medal on Wednesday in the final of the women's quadruple sculls at the 2012 London Olympic games, but unfortunately would have to settle for a bronze as the Ukraine won its first-ever gold medal in rowing at Dorney Lake outside of London.

The Ukrainian crew of Kateryna Tarasenko, Nataliya Dovgodko, Anastasia Kozhenkova and Yana Dementieva crossed the finish line in 6 minutes, 35.93 seconds, edging the silver-medalist German team by 2.16 seconds. The United States team earned their bronze in a time of 6:40.63.

The US team was neck and neck with the Germans until the last 500 meters when they started to tail off. Germany failed to win gold in the event for only the second time since the quadruple sculls were added to the Olympics back in 1988.

With the win Ukraine won it's second gold medal of the London Games, taking the country's overall medal haul to four. It was only their third rowing medal in their history.

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2012 Olympics, Men's Synchronized Diving 3M Springboard: Stanford's Kristian Ipsen Wins Bronze

It was one heck of a showdown in the men's synchronized diving 3 meter springboard, but when it was all said and done the US diving team earned themselves another medal as Stanford's Kristian Ipsen and partner Troy Dumais earned Olympic bronze medals on Wednesday.

China completed its goal of sweeping all four synchronized diving events at the London Games as the heavily favored Qin Kai and Luo Yutong led all six rounds, totaling 477.00 points. It was Qin's second straight Olympic title, having won the event four years ago in Beijing with a different partner.

Ilya Zakharov and Evgeny Kuznetsov of Russia took the silver at 459.63. They were followed by the 19-year old Ipsen, and 32-year old Dumais, who is competing in his fourth Olympics. Their combined score was 446.70.

The bronze is the second medal this week for the U.S. diving program that had struggled in recent Olympics. They hadn't earned a medal since the 2000 games in Sydney until this week. That brings the total to 26 medals for the USA, only one behind China. Check out SI's medal tracker here.

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2012 Olympics Online Stream: How To Watch Day Five's Events

Team USA has gotten off to a great start in London, winning 23 medals through four days of action. Day five of the 2012 Olympics promises to be a very exciting and busy one.

NBC is streaming every event live. If you are unable to be in front of a television or do not want to wait for the tape-delayed showing in primetime, the stream linked below will grant access to every competition.

You can watch all of Wednesday's events through this stream here.

Following four days of competition, the United States and China are tied atop the leaderboard with 23 medals. The US is second in gold medals with nine thus far. For a complete tally of the medals won, use SI.com's Medal Tracker.

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2012 Olympics Preview: Swimming, Men's Gymnastics Highlights Wednesday's Action

The 2012 Olympics has been a very successful one for the United States thus far. They currently sit near the top of the medal leaderboard, having the second-most gold medals of any nation other than China. Wednesday should be another great day of competition in London, with swimming, diving, soccer and beach volleyball headlining the schedule.

Here are the start times for each event, as well as what channel you can find them on. As always, NBC will a few events on tape-delay in primetime.

1 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

  • Men's Field Hockey: Spain vs. Austria (1:00 a.m.)
  • Women's Handball: Norway vs. South Korea (2:00 a.m.)
  • Table Tennis (3:00 a.m.)
  • Badminton (4:00 a.m.)
  • Cycling (4:30 a.m.)
  • Men's Soccer: Brazil vs. New Zealand (6:30 a.m.), Mexico vs. Switzerland (9:00 a.m.), Great Britain vs. Uruguay (11:45 a.m.)
  • Women's Water Polo: Hungary vs. China (8:00 a.m.)
  • Boxing (10:45 a.m.)
  • Archery (11:15 a.m.)
  • Women's Beach Volleyball (12:00 p.m.)

4:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Bravo)

  • Men's Singles (3rd Round), Women's Singles (3rd Round), Men's Doubles (2nd Round), Women's Doubles (Quarterfinals), Women's Doubles (2nd Round), Mixed Doubles (1st Round)

6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (MSNBC)

  • Fencing (6:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m.)
  • Boxing (8:15 a.m.)
  • Men's Soccer: Japan vs. Honduras (9:00 a.m.), Senegal vs. United Arab Emirates
  • Women's Handball: Spain vs. Denmark (1:30 p.m.)
  • Women's Beach Volleyball (2:00 p.m.)
  • Table Tennis (4:00 p.m.)

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (NBC)

  • Cycling (9:00 a.m.)
  • Swimming (10:05 a.m., 11:30 a.m.)
  • Men's Beach Volleyball (10:30 a.m.)
  • Women's Water Polo: USA vs. Spain (12:20 p.m.)
  • Canoeing (1:30 p.m.)
  • Women's Volleyball: USA vs. China (2:00 p.m.)
  • Rowing (3:45 p.m.)

12:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CNBC)

  • Boxing (12:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.)

8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. (NBC)

  • Swimming and Diving finals
  • Men's overall gymnastics
  • Beach volleyball
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2012 London Olympics: Michael Phelps Wins Record 19th Medal of His Career

Swimming once again was front and center at the Olympics stage, and no story will probably approach the enormity of Michael Phelps winning his 18th and 19th medals - making him the most decorated Olympian in history.

Elsewhere taking laps, Cal student Caitlin Leverenz took home the bronze medal in the 200-meter individual medley for the first medal of her Olympic career.

Allison Schmitt set an Olympic Record in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:53.61.

Everyone's favorite Cal product Alex Morgan had the assist in a 1-0 win over North Korea. Morgan threaded a ball to Abby Wambauch who became the first non-British woman to score a goal on the historic grounds of Old Trafford. The U.S. women's soccer team is looking strong in the search for yet another gold medal as they easily won their group, scoring eight goals in the three games.

The women's gymnastic team also won the gold medal quite handedly - beating Russia by close to five full points. The U.S. women's team has been the top ranked team in the previous two Olympics but failed to reach the top step on the podium. This is the first goal for the ladies since 1996.

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Olympic Medal Count: Phelps Helps Keep U.S. Tied With China

The swimmers are keeping the U.S. afloat against the mighty China medal machine as they picked up four more medals to keep pace with China. Both countries now sit at 23 total medals.

The women's gymnastic team lived up to the lofty expectations put on them, taking home a gold medal. Vincent Hancock took home a gold medal in the skeet event to push the U.S.'s total to six for the day, and up their total gold medal count to nine. That still pales in comparison to China, who have 13 gold medals - as many medals as third place Japan does total.

The swimmers are leading the pack as Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Allison Schmitt all have three medals each. Phelps meanwhile became the most decorated Olympian in history with his 19th medal won today.

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Olympic Swimming Results: Caitlin Leverenz Earns Bronze In 200 Meter IM

Caitlin Leverenz has moved all the way from one of the greatest NCAA individual medley swimmers to Olympic medalist in London. Leverenz medalled in her specialty event, the 200 IM. Leverenz won the event thanks to an excellent breaststroke that brought her in the lead for a short period. Shiwen Ye of China and Alica Coutts of Australia ended up passing her in the freestyle. Ye finished with gold, Coutts silver, Leverenz bronze. It is fairly consistent with Leverenz's results throughout the 200 IM, as she finished third in the semifinals and third in the heats.

Leverenz was a top high school recruit coming into Cal. She has the current American record in the 200 yard IM at 1:57.77. Leverenz was named the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year this past season and she now joins Dana Vollmer, Jessica Hardy, Natalie Coughliin and Nathan Adrian among the Cal swimming group with medals in London.

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Swimming Results: Nathan Adrian Cruises Into 100 Meter Freestyle Semifinals With Fastest Heat Time

Nathan Adrian did not have a particularly strong Olympic trials, but he is putting up his best races early on in the 2012 Olympic games. He swam a great opening leg of the 4 x 100 meter relay to give the United States a lead that should've been enough for them to win.

He went into his signature event in the 100 meter as a bit of an underdog, but he proved he belonged just as much as anyone else. Adrian led at the turn, then vaulted toward the finish and ended up with the fastest overall time at 48.19 seconds. Adrian figures to be involved in a tight race with names like Gideon Louw of South Africa, Sebastiaan Verschuren of the Netherlands and James Magnussen of Australia, but he's in good shape after his first race.

Cullen Jones of the United States also put up a strong swim, particularly in his 50 split. Jones finished 4th in the prelims. Graeme Moore of South Africa and Dominik Meichtry of Switzerland did not qualify for the semifinals with their opening time.

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Olympic Swimming Preview: Michael Phelps Aims For All-Time Medal Record

The highlight of Tuesday's action for the United States swimming will be Michael Phelps going for medals in two more events in the 200 meter butterfly and the 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay. There aren't guarantees that Phelps will win either event, but a victory in both would give him the all-time record in medals with 19, passing Larisa Latynina who has 18.

There are two Bay Area swimmers from Cal who have a great shot at medalling in their respective events. Nathan Adrian of Cal gets started as one of the many favorites who can win the 100 meter freestyle for men, and should breeze through the heats to get to the semifinal. There is some uncertainty as to whether they'll be able to make the final. Caitlin Leverenz will be participating in the women's 200 meter IM final and should have a decent shot at medalling.

Here is the schedule of events for NBC. All times ET, so adjust accordingly (except for NBC; those will be the time the telecasts start).

4 a.m. - 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

  • Men's Basketball: China vs. Russia (4 a.m.), France vs. Argentina (3 p.m.) , USA vs. Tunisia (5:15 p.m.)
  • Equestrian: Eventing Team Jumping Final (6 a.m.), Eventing Individual Jumping Finals (9:15 a.m.)
  • Men's Water Polo: Hungary vs. Montenegro (8:15 a.m.)
  • Women's Soccer: USA vs. North Korea (12:15 p.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Qualifying (2 p.m.)
  • Men's Shooting: Skeet Gold Medal Final (4:45 p.m.)

7 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Bravo)

  • Tennis: Second Round Singles and Doubles Quarterfinals

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (MSNBC)

  • Women's Table Tennis: Quarterfinal (9 a.m.)
  • Women's Soccer: Canada vs. Sweden (9:30 a.m.), France vs. Columbia (12:15 p.m.), Great Britain vs. Brazil (3:30 p.m.)
  • Badminton: Qualifying (11:15 a.m.)
  • Women's Field Hockey: USA vs. Argentina (2 p.m.)
  • Women's Table Tennis: Semifinal (4:30 p.m.)
  • Men's Archery: Individual Elimination Round (5 p.m.)
  • Weightlifting: Men's 69 kg, Women's 63 kg Classes (5:30 p.m.)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (NBC)

  • Men's Canoeing: Whitewater, C-1 Gold Medal Final (10 a.m.)
  • Swimming: Qualifying (10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.)
  • Rowing: Quarterfinals, semifinals, and repechages (11:15 a.m., 2 p.m.)
  • Men's Volleyball: USA vs. Germany (11:45 a.m.)
  • Men's Water Polo: USA vs. Romania (2:30 p.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Qualifying (4 p.m.)

5 - 8 p.m. (CNBC)

  • Boxing: Elimination Bouts (light flyweight and light welterweight classes)

8 p.m. - Midnight (NBC)

  • Women's Gymnastics: Team Gold Medal Final
  • Swimming: Gold Medal Finals (Men's 200m butterfly, 4x200m freestyle relay; Women's 200m freestyle, 200m individual medley)
  • Women's Diving: Platform Synchronized Gold Medal Final

12:30 - 1:35 a.m. (NBC)

  • Swimming: Semifinals (Women's 200m butterfly, Men's 200m breaststroke)
  • Beach Volleyball: USA vs. TBD

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Olympic Medal Count: U.S. Wins Six Today; Ties China At 17 Medals

Bolstered by its strong swimming team, the U.S. took home six medals today to catch up with China at 17 overall medals.

The U.S. won two golds, two silvers and two bronzes with four of those medals coming from swimming events. They also took home a bronze in judo, and a bronze in synchronized diving.

The U.S. entered today's competition at second overall to China. China still has the gold medal advantage with nine compared to our five, and is sitting strongly tied for first place with 17. Japan is in third place with 11 overall. Italy and France round out the top five medalling countries with eight and seven, respectively.

China took home four more gold medals today in fencing, diving, weightlifting and gymnastics.

There are more swimming events tomorrow up for medals, so the U.S. figures to add to its burgeoning trophy case a bit.

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2012 Summer Olympics Medal Count: United States Second In Gold Medals, Total Medals

Two full days of gold medal competition are in the books at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. At the end of Sunday's medal events, China was still in the lead in both gold medals and total medals, but the United States are close behind in both categories. China and the U.S. are beginning to separate themselves from the pack and early on, this is threatening to become a two-horse race.

China will begin competition on Monday with 12 total medals and six gold medals. The United States is second in total medals with 11 and second in gold medals with three. Italy and Korea are sitting in third place with six total medals each and France is fifth with five.

Eight of the United States' total medals are in swimming, which is perhaps to be expected, including two of the gold medals. The third U.S. gold came in shooting. Of China's six golds, two each are in swimming and shooting, one is in diving and one is in weightlifting.

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Olympics 2012: Events, TV Schedule, Streaming For Sunday

The 2012 London Olympics are well underway, and we're starting to get into the meat of the competition. What Bay Area athletes will be in action that have a possibility to make some noise?

Caitlin Leverenz of Cal takes to the pool for her second individual event, the 200 individual medley. The US women's water polo team gets underway (featuring several Cal and Stanford players) will be taking on Hungary.

The big highlights of the day involve Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin taking to the pool for two events where they will have their hands full to win. Lochte will face off with Sun Yang of China in the 200 freestyle, and Franklin battles Emily Seebohm of Australia in the 100 meter backstroke.

The entirety of the 2012 Olympics will be streamed online at NBCOlympics.com. Below will be the complete list of television times for what's happening this Mondaay. All times are Pacific. Please note that all events aired on NBC proper are on tape delay and will air at the assigned hour in all time zones.

4 a.m. - 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

  • Men's Field Hockey: South Korea vs. New Zealand (4 a.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Qualifying (5 a.m.)
  • Badminton: USA vs. TBD (6 a.m.)
  • Women's Volleyball: Serbia vs. South Korea (6:30 a.m.), Italy vs. Japan (3 p.m.)
  • Equestrian: Eventing Cross Country (8:15 a.m.)
  • Men's Archery: Individual Elimination Round (12:45 p.m.)
  • Men's Boxing: Elimination bouts - flyweight and light heavyweight classes (1:15 p.m.)
  • Men's Shooting: 10m Air Rifle Final (4:30 p.m.)
  • Women's Basketball: USA vs. Angola (5:15 p.m.)

7 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Bravo)

  • Tennis: Singles Second Round

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (MSNBC)

  • Women's Water Polo: Spain vs. China (9 a.m.), Italy vs. Australia (11:15 a.m.)
  • Badminton: USA vs. TBD (10:15 a.m.), USA vs. Japan (3:45 p.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Qualifying (10:30 a.m., 5 p.m.)
  • Women's Basketball: Russia vs. Brazil (11:45 a.m.)
  • Table Tennis: USA vs. TBD (1:30 p.m.)
  • Men's Field Hockey: Great Britain vs. Argentina (2 p.m.)
  • Weightlifting: Men's 62 kg Gold Medal Final (3:30 p.m.), Women's 58 kg Gold Medal Final (3:45 p.m.)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (NBC)

  • Swimming: Qualifying (10 a.m., 1:45 p.m.)
  • Rowing: Qualifying (10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.)
  • Canoe/Kayak: Canoe/whitewater Qualifying (11 a.m.)
  • Women's Volleyball: USA vs. Brazil (11:30 a.m.)
  • Women's Water Polo: USA vs. Hungary (2:30 p.m.)
  • Beach Volleyball: Qualifying (4 p.m.)

5 - 8 p.m. (CNBC)

  • Men's Boxing: Elimination bouts (flyweight and light heavyweight classes)

8 p.m. - Midnight (NBC)

  • Swimming: Gold Medal Finals (Men's 200m freestyle, 100 m backstroke; Women's 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke)
  • Men's Gymnastics: Team Gold Medal Final
  • Men's Diving: Platform Synchronized Gold Medal Final

12:35 - 1:35 a.m. (NBC)

  • Swimming (Women's 200m individual medley semifinals)
  • Canoe/Kayak: Whitewater qualifying

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London 2012 Recap: Dana Vollmer Gets Gold, Nathan Adrian Silver

The Bay Area got at least two more medalists when two Cal swimmers medalled on Day Two of the London Olympics.

One was Dana Vollmer, who earned a gold in her signature event the 100 meter butterfly at a blistering world record pace. Vollmer set the first world record for the United States women's swimming team by netting a sub-56 second time, and should become one of the instant stars for the USA coming out of these Olympics for her performance. It's a sweet redemption for Vollmer after coming up short in 2004 when she was the favorite, and she has come back strong to become an Olympic champion.

The other was Nathan Adrian, who took a silver after leading off the United States in the men's 4 x 100 meter freestyle. Adrian started off great to put the United States ahead of the pack early, but the USA faded late and eventually conceded the gold to France in what was almost a role reversal of the now famous 2008 relay.

Another notable result was the exit of young upstart Ariel Hsing, who battled her way to the third round of action after scoring a pretty impressive upset in the second round on Ni Xia Lian. She fell in the third, but not after giving the third-ranked Li Xiaoxia a big fight. At 16 years old, her Olympic future is plenty bright.

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Olympic Table Tennis: Ariel Hsing Battles Hard, Falls To Third-Ranked Li Xiaoxia

Ariel Hsing has been one of the better stories -- if not the story -- of the 2012 London Olympics. Just 16 years old and ranked 114th in the world, Hsing, an American from the Bay Area, kept winning and was placed up against the world's 3rd-best player on Sunday evening. Despite the crowd heavily in support of Hsing (even Bill Gates was cheering her on!), she eventually fell to Li Xiaoxia in six sets.

In the best-of-seven match, Xiaoxia and Hsing split the first four sets. Despite a great comeback attempt late in the fifth set, Xiaoxia battled back to win and go up 3-2. She then won the sixth set to clinch a victory.

It was a tough loss for Hsing, but she has an incredibly bright future in table tennis. Look for her to come back better than ever when the 2016 Olympics begin.

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2012 Olympics Swimming: Team USA Loses To France In Men's 4x100

Team USA Swimming won one of the more memorable races in Olympics history back in 2008 as Michael Phelps was part of a late comeback in the men's 4x100 freestyle. With all eyes on the US this afternoon, they ended up losing late to France.

California Golden Bears alum Nathan Adrian helped get the United States out to a lead of about half a second. Michael Phelps also swam well, recovering nicely from his poor showing at the 400m IM on Saturday. Ryan Lochte served as the anchor for the team, and he was handed a solid lead as he dove in for the final 100 meters.

Lochte appeared to run out of energy late, being overtaken by the French team in the closing meters. It was a disappointing silver medal for Team USA, but a strong showing nonetheless.

The race will be shown on tape-delay later this evening on NBC.

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Olympic Swimming Results: Dana Vollmer Wins 100 Meter Butterfly, Sets World Record

Dana Vollmer was the wire-to-wire winner at the 100 meter butterfly. She won her original heat in Olympic record time, cruised through the semifinal, then helped the United States win their first individual gold in women's swimming when she broke the world record in tonight's final at the London Aquatics Centre. Vollmer's time of 55.98 seconds broke the old record of 56.06 seconds by Sarah Sjöström of Sweden.

Vollmer finished with the first sub-56 second time in women's 100 meter butterfly history. The former Golden Bear gives Cal their first gold medal of these Olympics, and their third medal in swimming, joining Jessica Hardy and Natalie Coughlin who won bronze in their relay.

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London 2012 Olympics: Ariel Hsing Advances To Third Round In Table Tennis

American teen Ariel Hsing upset Luxembourg's Ni Xia Lian on Sunday to advance to the third round in Women's Singles Table Tennis.

The 16-year-old took down the former world champion in six sets, winning the match 4-2. Hsing will face China's Li Xiaxia, the tournament's No. 2 seed at 1:00 p.m. PT on Sunday.

I won't be destroyed if I lose to the world number two. I think this has been a huge part of my table tennis career and a wonderful experience. I don't think I will ever be nervous for another tournament again (Via: Reuters)

Hsing will need to pull off another upset against Xiaxia, the Chinese are traditionally the top athletes in Table Tennis. As China's national sport, the team has claimed 15 of the last 16 golds in the sports on both the men's and women's sides.

Hsing won her first round match on Saturday. against Mexico's Silva Yadira, shutting her out in four straight sets.

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2012 Olympics Medal Count: Jessica Hardy, Natalie Coughlin Help U.S. Move Into Second Place

Sunday will kick off the second day of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Entering the day's events, the United States is in a tie with Italy for second place in the total medals tally.

Heading into Sunday's events, China currently leads all countries with four total medals and four gold medals. The United States and Italy are tied with five total medals.

Brazil, Korea and Japan each have three medals and Japan is the only one of those three countries without a gold medal. No other country has more than one medal.

Bay Area swimmers Jessica Hardy and Natalie Coughlin were both members of the women's team that captured the bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay, one of the four U.S. medals in swimming (the fifth was a silver medal in archery). Hardy and Coughlin both attended Cal Berkeley and Coughlin is a Bay Area native, having been born in Vallejo.

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Olympics 2012: Events, TV Schedule, Streaming For Sunday

The 2012 Olympics in London are only beginning to heat up. Sunday will mark the second full day of medal competition and will feature a score more Bay Area athletes hoping to bring some hardware home to Northern California.

The highlights of the day will include the first U.S. men's basketball game of the Summer Games, as Team USA takes on France at 6:30 a.m. PT. Gymnastics and swimming will, of course, dominate the national television coverage and the prime time viewing hours. Michael Phelps will attempt to rebound from not medaling in his first event on Saturday, while Ryan Lochte will be trying to establish himself as the new face of American swimming.

Live coverage of every event can be streamed online at NBCOlympics.com. Below is the complete list of television times for Sunday. All times are Pacific. Please note that all events aired on NBC proper are on tape delay and will air at the assigned hour in all time zones.

1 a.m. - 4 p.m. (NBCSN)

Women's Field Hockey: New Zealand vs. Australia (1 a.m.), USA vs. Germany (1:15 p.m)
Beach Volleyball: Qualifying (2 a.m., 5 a.m., 12 p.m.)
Men's Basketball: Brazil vs. Australia (3 a.m.), USA vs. France (6:30 a.m.), Spain vs. China (8:30 a.m.)
Badminton: USA vs. TBD (6 a.m.)
Women's Shooting: Skeet Gold Medal Final (10:30 a.m.)
Women's Weightlifting: Gold Medal Final (10:45 a.m.)
Equestrian: Event Dressage (11:15 a.m.)
Women's Archery: Team Gold Medal Final (12:45 p.m.)

4 a.m. - 2 p.m. (MSNBC)

Men's Volleyball: Russia vs. Germany (4 a.m.)
Men's Handball: Croatia vs. South Korea (5:15 a.m.)
Table Tennis: USA vs. TBD (6 a.m.)
Badminton: USA vs. TBD (6:30 a.m.)
Men's Soccer: Brazil vs. Belarus (7 a.m.), Senegal vs. Uruguay (8:30 a.m.), Great Britain vs. UAE (11:45 a.m.)
Men's Water Polo: Hungary vs. Serbia (11 a.m.)
Men's Volleyball: Italy vs. Poland (1:30 p.m.)

4 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Bravo)

Tennis: First round

7 a.m. - 6 p.m. (NBC)

Women's Cycling: Road Race (7 a.m.)
Swimming: Qualifying (11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.)
Men's Volleyball: USA vs. Serbia (11:45 a.m.)
Women's Gymnastics: Team Competition (2 p.m.)
Men's Water Polo: USA vs. Montenegro (2:40 p.m.)
Beach Volleyball: Qualifying (4 p.m.)

7 p.m. - Midnight (NBC)

Women's Gymnastics: Team Competition
Swimming: Gold Medal Finals (Men's 100m breaststroke, 4x100m freestyle relay; Women's 100m butterfly, 400m freestyle)
Women's Diving: Springboard synchronized gold medal final

12:35 - 1:35 a.m. (NBC)

Women's Gymnastics: Team Competition
Canoeing: Whitewater qualifying heats

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Watch Olympic Swimming 2012 Live Streaming Online

For those of you who don't want to wait around for the NBC swimming tape-delays that are dispersed all throughout their increasingly corpulent broadcasts, there's another possibility.

If you have a cable or satellite provider that allows you to access CNBC or MSNBC with your current package, you should be able to watch the swimming events live as they unfold. For example, the swimming events will be live online as part of the prelim package early in the morning in the West Coast and the semifinals/finals package midway through the day around lunch time. You can watch the prelims via this link, the semis and finals via this one.

Here's a schedule of tomorrow's events, all times Pacific.

Prelim heats

2:00 AM: Women's 100 m backstroke prelims

2:20 AM: Men's 200 m freestyle prelims

2:43 AM: Women's 100 m breaststroke prelims

3:03 AM: Men's 100 m backstroke prelims

3:23 AM: Women's 400 m freestyle prelims

3:56 AM: Men's 4 x 100 m freestyle prelims

Semifinals/finals

11:30 AM: Women's 100 m butterfly finals

11:37 AM: Men's 200 m freestyle semifinals

11:50 AM: Women's 100 m breaststroke semifinals

12:11 PM: Men's 100 m breaststroke finals

12:18 PM: Women's 400 m freestyle finals

12:28 PM: Men's 100 m backstroke semifinals

12:49 PM: Women's 100 m backstroke semifinals

1:00 PM: Men's 4 x 100 meter freestyle finals

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Olympics 2012: San Jose's Ariel Hsing Hopes To Bring Home Table Tennis Gold

The Bay Area has plenty of representatives in London competing in the 2012 Olympic Games. One of those representatives is 16-year-old Ariel Hsing, who is in the thick of things in the women's table tennis event.

According to the Mercury News, Hsing was victorious in her first Olympics match. She will face 49-year-old Ni Xia Lian of Luxembourg on Sunday in the second round. Hsing fared better than 16-year-old Palo Alto women's table tennis player Lily Zhang, who was knocked out in the first round.

Gary Mihoces from USA Today reports that Hsing is not only a world-class table tennis player, she also has a couple of powerful and famous friends: Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. She met both of the billionaires several years ago, when she was a child table tennis prodigy. Buffett, at least, is very much tracking Hsing's progress in the Olympics.

"I never dreamed she was going to make it to 2012. I couldn't be more proud of her," Buffett told Reuters.

Hsing needs all the support she can get, as she will face a very difficult journey the rest of the way if she hopes to make it all the way to a gold medal.

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2012 London Olympics Recap: Team USA Collects 5 Medals On Day 1

Saturday was a full day of action at the 2012 London Olympics, and after Day 1 of the Games the United States currently sits in third in the medal count. China leads things with six medals, four gold and two bronze, followed by Italy with two gold, two silver and one bronze. Team USA has collected one gold, two silver and two bronze.

One of the biggest stories on the day was Ryan Lochte's performance in the Men's 400m Individual Medley event. Lochte dominated the field, including rival Michael Phelps, on the way to picking up the gold medal, currently the only one won by an American. Phelps finished fourth, failing to win a medal in an event for the first time since the 2000 Sydney games. It breaks a streak of 16 medals in 16 events, 14 gold and two bronze. Phelps will have a chance to redeem himself when the two men face off again in the 200m Individual Medley.

The Men's Archery team came incredibly close to winning Team USA's second gold, losing to Italy in the Gold Medal match by a single point. Jacob Wukie, Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski had to settle for the Silver Medal. The other Silver Medal for Team USA went to Elizabeth Beisel, who won the Women's 400m Individual Medley event. Former Cal Golden Bear Natalie Coughlin raced a strong leg in one of the qualifying heats for the Women's 4x100 Freestyle Relay, qualifying her for the Bronze Medal won by the final lineup of Missy Franklin, Lia Neal, Allison Schmitt and another former Golden Bear, Jessica Hardy. It was Coughlin's 12th Olympic Medal, tying a record held by Jenny Thompson for the most Olympic medals won by an American female. The other Bronze Medal of the day went to Peter Vanderkaay in the Men's 400m Freestyle swimming event.

It was quite the day for Golden Bears, as Dana Vollmer advanced to the finals of the Women's 100m Butterfly event and set an Olympic record in her heat. Not all of them did as well, though: Caitlin Leverenz came in sixth in the Women's 400m Individual Medley.

The US Women's Soccer team was in action, picking up a 3-0 win over Columbia with Megan Rapinoe, from the Sacramento area, scoring one of the goals. The Women's Basketball team showcased their skill with an 81-56 victory over Croatia. In Beach Volleyball, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings advanced over Australia on the Women's side, and Jake Gibbs and Sean Rosenthal beat South Africa on the Men's side. The US Women's Volleyball team was in action against Korea, and they picked up a 3-1 win.

A complete listing of Saturday's events can be found here. For a complete tally of the medals won, use SI.com's Medal Tracker.

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London 2012 Olympics: Italians Take Gold, Silver And Bronze Medals In Women's Fencing Individual Foil

The Italians swept the podium in the Women's Fencing Individual Foil event on Saturday, securing all three medals. Elisa Di Francisca took Gold, Arianna Errigo took Silver, and Valentina Vezzali rounded things out with the Bronze medal. Lee Kiefer was the most successful American in the event, making it to the quarter finals before losing to Errigo.

Kiefer is only 18, and shows skill well beyond her age. She sees her early success as a road to bigger things, as she told NBC Olympics:

“I got third at the World Championships last season and that gave me more confidence that I’ve got a better chance of doing this. I’m not at my full potential and I know there’s stuff I can still work on, so it’s good to have that potential for the next quad.”

Kiefer will go on to compete in the Women's Team Foil event, taking place Thursday Aug. 2.

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London Olympics 2012: Alexandr Vinokurov Takes Gold, BMC's Taylor Phinney Just Misses Bronze

The 2012 Men's Road Race cycling event is in the books, and it was a heartbreaker for Taylor Phinney, a member of Santa Rosa-based BMC Racing Team. Phinney finished fourth, just missing the podium. Alexandr Vinokurov of Kazakhstan takes home the Gold Medal, Rigoberto Uran of Columba took Silver, and Alexander Kristoff of Norway earns the Bronze.

The finish of the race saw a pack of leaders make it to the final kilometers ahead of the main peloton, but Vinokurov ruined the chance of a bunch sprint when he jumped out in front with less than 1km to go. Uran was able to go with him, and Vinokurov separated from Uran when the Columbian glanced over his shoulder. That left the remaining leaders to fight it out for Bronze, and Phinney was unable to come out ahead in that sprint. Thankfully for him it was not his only shot at Olympic Glory. He competes in the Men's Individual Time Trial event on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

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2012 London Olympics: Team USA Earns Bronze In Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay

Team USA finished third in the Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay event, losing out to Australia, who takes home the gold, and the Netherlands, who took Silver. Former California Golden Bear Natalie Coughlin will earn a Bronze Medal, having participated in a terrific heat in the qualifying rounds. It is her 12th medal, tying her with Jenny Thompson for the most Olympic medals won by a woman record.

Fellow Golden Bear Jessica Hardy will also take home a Bronze, she was the second leg in the final heat. Missy Franklin was the first leg of the relay, and Team USA was ahead after Hardy and Franklin. Lia Neal and Allison Schmitt finished things up, and the US athletes were unable to match a finishing effort by Australia and The Netherlands. The relay was Coughlin's only event, but Hardy will continue on to compete in the Women's 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle and 4x100m Medley Relay.

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Watch Olympic Swimming Live Stream: Dana Vollmer, Jessica Hardy, Caitlin Leverenz In Action

The 2012 Olympics kick into their highest gear as we get into the first of the many swimming finals at this games, and there will be multiple events featuring California Golden Bears. The swimming starts at 11:30 AM PT, 2:30 PM ET with the 400 IM final with Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, but there will be plenty of finals involving Bay Area swimmers

  • Dana Vollmer of Cal is the favorite in the women's 100 meter butterfly and has the top time going into the semis. The event takes place at 11:40 AM PT.
  • Caitlin Leverenz of Cal will be in lane 8 in the women's 400 IM final after going eighth overall in her heat.
  • Natalie Coughlin's Olympics are over after a brilliant heat, but fellow Golden Bear Jessica Hardy will be one of the legs of the 4 x 100 meter relay final. The event takes place at 12:50 PM PT.

You can watch the events live on NBCOlympics.com (or replayed) if you have MSNBC or CNBC on your cable/satellite provider. Click here for the link to the stream. NBC will show the events tape-delayed in primetime.

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2012 Olympics Results: Team USA Defeats Colombia 3-0, Megan Rapinoe Scores

Team USA Soccer got off to a very strong start on Saturday, defeating Colombia by a score of 3-0 to remain undefeated in Olympic play. The game got a bit chippy at times, with US forward Abby Wambach even taking a sucker punch to the face midway through the match.

Despite Colombia's unsportsmanlike effort, Wambach, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and goalie Hope Solo had very few problems containing the undersized opposition.

Rapinoe, who is from the Sacramento area, scored the first goal of the match for Team USA just 33 minutes in. Colombia's defense managed to hold off numerous scoring attacks from the US, but their back line finally gave in late in the match. Wambach scored a goal at the 74 minute mark, and she was followed by Carli Lloyd just three minutes later to seal the deal.

Solo was seldom tested on Saturday afternoon. The Colombian team got only two shots on goal, with most of their chances sailing wide left or right.

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London 2012 Results: Natalie Coughlin Could Swim 400 Meter Free Relay After Fastest Split In Heat

Most of the United States has yet to watch any pat of the 2012 Olympics, but perhaps one of the most decorated Olympians of all time will get one more chance to swim a final to get that 12th medal directly.

Natalie Coughlin participated in the one event she was expected to participate in, the 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay. Although she was only expected to swim int he prelims, Coughlin surprised everyone by swimming the fastest split of all the U.S. swimmers with a 53.9 second 100 meter cut that could put her in competition to be one of the final swimmers in tonight's final heat. USA will have a tough choice among Amanda Weir, Allison Schmitt and Coughlin to put in the finals with Jessica Hardy and Missy Franklin.

The United States finished second overall in the heats behind Australia (click here for the overall results from NBCOlympics.com). Regardless of whether Coughlin is selected for the final team or not, if the United States wins a medal, Coughlin will win that 12th medal that would equal her with the well-decorated Jenny Thompson.

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Olympics 2012 Results: Dana Vollmer Sets 100 Meter Butterfly Olympic Record In Heat

Dana Vollmer was considered the favorite to win the 100 meter butterfly going into the 2012 Olympics. She's off to a good start after winning her heat and finishing with the top time.

The Cal star was in the final heat in the 100 meter butterfly, and she made her mark early on by setting the pace from the start. Vollmer led at the turn and then posted a 56.25 time, a new Olympic and American record. It's the fourth best time in history and the best ever time posted in the 'post-swimsuit' era. Vollmer seems to have established herself at the prohibitive favorite going into the semifinals tonight.

Among all other Cal swimmers, Sara Isakovic from Slovenia finished with a time of 59.86 seconds, and Hannah Wilson from Hong Kong managed a 59.59 seconds. Neither Golden Bear made the semifinals. Lu Ying of China finished second, Alicia Coutts of Australia finished third, Sarah Sjostrom fourth. The semifinals are slated for tonight, the finals Sunday night.

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2012 Olympics: Day One Preview, Start Times, Event Schedule And More

The 2012 Olympics got off to a great start on Friday night following a beautiful Opening Ceremony. On Saturday, athletes from all over the world will begin displaying their talents in many events. A total of 12 gold medals will be up for grabs, including four in swimming. Here is a preview of what is to come at day one.

You can find a complete schedule of the day's events here.

All of the start times are in Pacific Standard Time. If you're on the east coast, simply add three hours to the start time. London is eight hours ahead of the west coast.

Archery: One gold medal is up for grabs in archery. The Men's Team Round of 16 is set to begin at 1 a.m. That's a 4 a.m. start on the east coast, a 9 a.m. start in London. The Men's Team Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Bronze Medal and Gold Medal Match will run from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Cycling: A gold medal is up for grabs in cycling. The Men's Road Race will begin at 2 a.m. and run through 8 a.m.

Fencing: One gold medal will be awarded on Saturday in fencing. Everything is set to begin at 2:30 a.m. The Women's Individual Matches will narrow down the field from 64 to the quarterfinals section. Following a break, the Semifinals, Bronze Medal Match and Gold Medal Match will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

Judo: Two gold medals will be awarded on Saturday. The Men's 60kg and Women's 48kg matches will begin at 1:30 a.m. It will be a busy day, with the Gold Medal Matches expected to begin around 8 a.m.

Shooting: This will be the first event of the 2012 Olympics. The Women's 10M Air Rifle qualifying will begin at 12:15 a.m, and the finals will begin at 3. The Men's 10M Air Pistol qualifying is set for 4 a.m., with the finals set for 7:30. Two gold medals will be awarded.

Swimming: Swimming is always one of the more entertaining events at the Olympics. Heats and qualifications will run from 2 a.m. until about 4:30. The finals and quarterfinals will start around 11. Four gold medals will be given out to the winners of the Men's 400m IM (11:30 a.m.), Men's 400m freestyle (11:49), Women's 400m IM (12:09 p.m.), and Women's 4x100m freestyle (12:40).

Weightlifting: One gold medal is up for grabs in weightlifting. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., Group A will compete in the Women's 48kg/106lbs portion.

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Olympics Opening Ceremony: Independent Athletes Provide Feel-Good Moment

The Parade of Nations and the lighting of the Olympic Flame capped off the opening ceremony in London on Friday night, as tradition dictates.

Following an at-times-surreal pageant directed by Danny Boyle, the athletes who will truly comprise the Summer Games were introduced to the crowd at the Olympic Stadium in London and the billions watching around the globe.

Of course, there were plenty of opportunities to discuss the best- and worst-dressed in the extra-long procession. Perhaps one of the most questionable sartorial decisions was that of the Czech Republic opting for galoshes.

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The highlight of the procession was almost certainly the entrance of the independent Olympic athletes. These athletes from South Sudan and Netherlands Antilles entered under the Olympic flag and looked among the happiest to be there. See for yourself:

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Following the Parade of Nations and the lighting of the flame, Sir Paul McCartney led the 60,000 fans in attendance in a rousing singalong of "Hey Jude."

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Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony: Started Weird, Got Weirder

Friday night brought with it the opening ceremony to the 2012 Olympics in London. The production was directed by Danny Boyle and was extremely odd, as all good Olympics opening ceremonies tend to be.

The celebration began with a long look at England's pastoral and industrial era, represented through costuming, music, dance and extremely elaborate set pieces. The celebration then shifted to truly fantastical as the Queen and James Bond appeared to skydive out of a helicopter.

Following that, some hospital children celebrated going to bed and then were tortured by nightmarish visions of literary villains, including a massive inflatable representation of Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter novels. Luckily, a swarm of Marry Poppins impersonators arrived to ward off the baddies and restore order.

There was then a medley of classic and contemporary British love songs that told the story of two modern characters falling in love.

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London 2012 Opening Ceremony: TV Coverage, No Streaming, No Live Updates And More

The 2012 Summer Olympics get underway tonight with the Opening Ceremony. Unfortunately, you're out of luck if you want to watch this event live. Here are the details for watching tomorrow's Opening Ceremony

TV coverage: The broadcast on the West Coast begins at 7:30 PM PT on NBC. Bob Costas and Matt Lauer will anchor the proceedings with Meredith Vieira as a correspondent.

Streaming: None. At least no legal ways I know about. NBC's tape-delayed coverage of the games (which will be tape-delayed from the East Coast) will be the only way fans in the Bay Area will enjoy this fanfare.

Live updates: There will be no live updates of the event as it's happening for you, unless you want the whole thing spoiled for your tape-delayed viewing pleasure. The "The Isles of Wonder" opening ceremony commences Friday night in London at 9 p.m. local time, which means it's happening at 1 p.m. PT. You'll have to wait until the TV broadcast.

The good news is that there will be a tape-delay of the tape-delay of the tape-delay later on in the night if you miss the evening show!

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Olympics Opening Ceremony 2012: TV Schedule, Online Stream, Start Time And More

A preview of the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

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USA Table Tennis: Lily Zhang, Ariel Hsing Represent The Women

Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang are the two representatives for the United States women's table tennis team, with both hailing from the South Bay.

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USA Volleyball: Stanford's Foluke Akinradewo Looking For Gold

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USA Rowing: Erin Cafaro Highlights Crew Athletes From Bay Area

Erin Cafaro, Mary Whipple and Zach Vlahos are some of the major rowing athletes participating in the London Summer Olympics.

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USA Track & Field - Jeneba Tarmoh Moves Past 100 Meter Debacle, Gets Ready For Relay

Jeneba Tarmoh is one of the Bay Area track stars competing in the London Olympics. Michelle Carter, Jillian Camarena-Williams, Keshia Baker, Jessie Williams, Kibwe Johnson, Shannon Rowbury and Alysia Montano are also participating.

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USA Vs. France, 2012 Olympics: Alex Morgan Leads Charge As US Wins 4-2

As the 2012 Olympic Games got underway with the start of women's soccer on Wednesday, the United States were looking to earn an early win to get on the right track. And thanks largely in part to former California Golden Bear Alex Morgan's two goals, the U.S. women's soccer team battled back from an early hole for a 4-2 victory in their first round match.

The United States were stunned early by two quick goals by France, leaving them in a 2-0 hole after just 14 minutes of play. Wambach would get America on the board in the 19th minute, followed by Morgan in the 32nd and Lloyd in the 56th.

Morgan scored again in the 66th minute to seal the French's fate. Despite the fact that the opening ceremonies are still two days away, Soccer is one of only two games that starts early so it can play a full tournament.

The United States play Colombia on Saturday.

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USA Fencing Preview: 5 Fencers To Watch In London

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2012 London Olympics: Women's Soccer TV Times, How To Watch Online

Even though the opening ceremonies are still a few days away, the 2012 London Olympics gets underway with the start of women's soccer on Wednesday. There are a number of matches going on, and a number of different ways that you can enjoy them.

Great Britian and New Zeland get things started, while Japan and Canada get it on afterward. The United States women's soccer team will take on France at 9 a.m. PT on NBC Sports Network, while Cameroon Brazil at 10:45. Sweeden takes on South Africa at 11:09, while Columbia and North Korea lock horns at 11:45.

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Women's Group G: Colombia vs. North Korea

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USA Field Hockey: Michelle Kasold Finally Gets Her Shot At The Olympics

Michelle Kasold is a veteran of the US National team even though this will be her first time playing in the Olympics, after narrowly missing out on being on the team that went to Beijing.

The 25-year-old striker has been involved with the US National team since 2006 and after graduating from Wake Forest in 2009, Kasold is now one of three Wake Forest alums on the Olympic team.

The US National Team is in Group B with Argentina, Australia, Germany, New Zealand and South Africa. The qualifying round is from July 29 to Aug. 6.

Kasold is riding some momentum as she was a part of the Pan-American team that made history after winning the Pan-Am title in Guadalajara, Mexico. Prior to that, Kasold was a three-time NFHCA first team All-American at Wake Forest and joined the women's national team after her freshman season. She currently plays for the Tar Devils field hockey club.

The San Jose native started playing field hockey in 1998.

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USA Synchronized Diving: Kristian Ipsen Looks To Medal In First Olympics

Diver Kristian Ipsen will be competing in his first Olympics at the tender age of 19. The Clayton, Ca. native and Stanford University student will team up with Troy Dumais as the dominant duo compete in synchronised diving.

Ipsen is quite accomplished for a 19-year-old. He has 20 national titles, 1 world championship silver medal, 1 world cup silver and another junior world title to his name.

Ipsen's youth has always been the story. At age 8, he became the youngest diver to final on all three boards at the Junior National Championships.

Along with Dumais, the two are looked at as a distinct possibility to bring home a medal for the U.S.

Ipsen and Dumais will compete on Aug. 1 in the 3m Sychronised Springboard Final with seven other teams. The event consists of six rounds of dives.

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USA Beach Volleyball: Kerri Walsh-Jennings Goes For Threepeat With Misty May-Treanor

Could the beach volleyball duo of Kerri Walsh-Jennings and Misty May-Treanor earn their third straight Olympic gold medal in London?

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USA Swimming: Caitlin Leverenz, Nathan Adrian, Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer, Natalie Coughlin Main Cal Swimmers

Nathan Adrian, Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer and Caitlin Leverenz are the main Cal swimmers for the United States national team.

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USA Women's Soccer: Megan Rapinoe Seeks to Help USA Win 4th Gold

Megan Rapinoe looks to help the USA Women's Soccer Team bring home their fourth gold medal.

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USA Water Polo: Bay Area Players Will Try To Help Bring Home The Gold

The men's and women's water polo teams captured silver in 2008. They'll be going for the top prize this year.

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Team USA Badminton Preview: San Francisco Native Howard Bach Goes For Badminton Gold

San Francisco native Howard Bach will be making his third run at Olympic Gold, representing Team USA in Men's Doubles Badminton.

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2012 Olympics Preview: Guide To Bay Area Athletes Competing In The Summer Games

The Bay Area will be sending a whopping 39 athletes to the 2012 Olympic Games. Find out who you'll be cheering for in London beginning on July 27.

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