Roundup: Brazil shocks Spain in men's basketball

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Brazil's Augusto Lima, left, and Marquinhos Vieira, right, celebrate their win over Spain in a men's basketball game.

Brazilians get party started after upset of Spanish men

There was a Brazilian celebration in men’s basketball when Marcus Marquinhos’ offensive rebound tip-in with 5.5 seconds left gave the host a 66-65 victory over Spain.

The Spanish team — silver medalists in 2008 and 2012 — fell to 0-2.

Brazil led most of the game, but Spain rallied in the fourth quarter. But Pau Gasol missed two free throws with 23 seconds remaining that left the door open for Brazil.


Green, not gold, is the color of the day at diving venue

Sure, China won its third consecutive gold medal (Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia in women’s 10-meter synchronized platform), but the buzz was about the color of the water in the diving pool.

It was a murky green, in stark contrast to the pool’s previous day’s color and also that of the clear blue water in the second pool at the venue.

British diver Tom Daley tweeted a photo of the two pools next to each other and captioned it, “Ermmm…what happened?!”

A statement from organizers says water tests were conducted and there is no risk to athletes.

Beach volleyball

Top-ranked Brazilians enjoy a romp over U.S. on beach

The U.S. beach volleyball team of Brooke Sweat and Lauren Fendrick lost 21-16, 21-13, to the defending world champions — Brazil’s Larissa Franca and Talita Antnes — and fell to 0-2.

The Americans need to win their last match, against Russia on Thursday, to guarantee themselves one more sand day.

“There’s moments of greatness there,” Fendrick said. “We’ve got to capture that and have that connection more often.”


Layoff no problem for Nadal as he continues to roll

Rafael Nadal’s first tennis tournament in 2½ months is going exactly to plan.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist from Spain is into the third round after beating Italy’s Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 6-3.

Nadal had been sidelined since May when he withdrew from the French Open because of an injured tendon sheath in his left wrist. He has lost nine games through two matches in Brazil,

Medal musings

China’s Deng Wei set the world record — and won gold — in the women’s 63-kilogram division. She lifted 147 kilograms in the clean and jerk and 115 in the snatch for a world-record total of 262.

... South Korean Sangyoung Park stormed back to score the final five points and win gold in men’s epee in a matchup of the youngest and oldest fencers in the field. Park, 20, defeated 44-year-old Hungarian Geza Imre, 15-14.

... Russia’s Khasan Khalmurzaev remained unbeaten this year in the men’s 81-kilogram judo division, winning gold by dropping American Travis Stevens in the final.

Slovenia’s Tina Trstenjak, the top seed in the women’s judo 63-kilogram division, won gold, following in the footsteps of fellow Slovenian and London Games champion Urska Zolnir, now on her coaching team.

... France’s Denis Gargaud Chanut paddled his way to gold at the Rio Olympics, ending a two-man stranglehold in men’s canoe slalom that dated to the 1992 Barcelona Games.

Slovakia’s Michal Martikan and France’s Tony Estanguet had won every gold in the event since 1996.

... Germany’s Michael Jung and Sam FBW are Olympic champions again, winning the eventing gold — their second straight Olympic title in the discipline. Jung is the third eventer to win back-to-back Olympic titles.

Podium points

Kenyan police arrested track and field manager Michael Rotich, and are seeking orders from a court to hold him in custody for an extra week to complete investigations.

Rotich was sent home from Rio after he was caught in a sting offering reporters from a London newspaper posing as coaches advance warning of doping tests in return for a 10,000-pound ($13,000) bribe.

... Australian women’s pursuit team member Melissa Hoskins was released from a Rio hospital and remained at the athlete’s village to rest her sore hip after a harrowing crash at the Olympic velodrome on Monday. She still hopes to compete when qualifying begins Thursday.