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Roundup: Spain advances to men’s basketball semifinals

Detroit News wire services
Spain's Pau Gasol (4) scores against Argentina during a men's basketball game Monday at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The Spanish men avoided elimination with a 92-73 victory over Argentina, climbing out of a 0-2 hole to start the Olympics and advance to the quarterfinals.

The two-time defending silver medalists are the No. 2 seed in Group B and face Group A No. 3 France.

With Spain’s win, Brazil was eliminated.

Argentina already had a quarterfinal berth in hand. Its seed won’t be determined until after the last game of pool play, Lithuania vs. Croatia.

Beach volleyball

Jennings’ birthday gift: A date in beach semifinals

NBA stars came out to cheer for her. The crowd at the Copacabana beach volleyball venue sang “Happy Birthday.”

And Kerri Walsh Jennings advanced to today’s semifinals.

All in all, a pretty good first 40 minutes as a 38-year-old.

“It’s a unique experience, and I loved it,” the three-time gold medalist said after she and April Ross beat Australia, 21-14, 21-16, late Sunday night to move two wins from her fourth Olympic title.

The Americans play Brazil’s Agatha and Barbara — the defending world champions — today.

... Brazilian world champions Alison and Bruno and a stiff Copacabana wind knocked Americans Nick Lucena and 2008 gold medalist Phil Dalhausser out of the men’s quarterfinals, 21-14, 12-21, 15-9.


Egyptian athlete sent home forunsportmanlike conduct

Olympic officials say Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby has been reprimanded and sent home after refusing to shake his Israeli opponent’s hand after a match last week.

El Shehaby received a “severe reprimand” for his behavior following his first-round heavyweight bout loss to Or Sasson.

When Sasson extended his hand, El Shehaby backed away, shaking his head. The referee called the 34-year-old El Shehaby back to the mat and obliged to him to bow; he gave a quick nod and was loudly booed as he exited.

The IOC says the Egyptian’s conduct “was contrary to the rules of fair play and against the spirit of friendship embodied in the Olympic values.”


American men step up, move into the quarterfinals

Tyler Sander lept high for timely blocks. He went low for a save at floor level to keep a winning point going. Then, he squatted way down to send another tough ball back over the net.

At last, the Americans are playing the very brand of volleyball they knew they had in them to make a run at the Olympics.

They reached the quarterfinals after that slow start, victors in their third straight match to conclude pool play by dominating Mexico, 25-23, 25-11, 25-19.

“We all had to pick it up,” Sander said.


Italian wins omnium, Cavendish finally gets his medal

Italy’s Elia Viviani held off Britain’s Mark Cavendish and Denmark’s Norman Lasse, the reigning champion, to win the gold medal in the multi-discipline omnium.

Cavendish earned the Olympic medal that long has eluded him. He missed out at the 2008 Beijing Games in the Madison and in the road race at the London Games four years ago.

The race was briefly neutralized with 99 of the 160 laps left when Cavendish cut down the track and into Park Sang-hoon. The Korean rider was strapped to a backboard and left on a stretcher.


Cuban wrestler joins elite group of three-time champs

Cuban heavyweight Mijain Lopez bested Turkish rival Riza Kayaalp — this time with a performance that put him in the company of legendary Russian Alexander Karelin.

Lopez throttled Kayaalp, 6-0, to capture his third Greco-Roman Olympic gold medal.

Lopez joined Karelin and Sweden’s Carl Westergren as the only wrestlers with three Olympic titles in the classic discipline.

Medal musings

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro clinched a second successive gold dressage medal, setting an Olympic record during the process.

To the sound of samba music, the British rider posted a score of 93.857 percent and bettered the record she set in London four years ago, also on Valegro.

Podium points

German Olympic officials said canoe slalom coach Stefan Henze has died from injuries sustained during a car crash last week. Henze underwent emergency surgery after the taxi accident last Friday.

.... Olympic Broadcasting Service officials said seven people suffered minor injuries when a television camera it operates plummeted about 30 feet in the Olympic park. They said two guide ropes broke and sent the camera crashing down.