BARCELONA, Spain -- Jim Courier's game unraveled against big-serving MarcRosset of Switzerland, and the top-ranked American lost, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1, in thethird round of the Olympics.
Courier fell with a thud on red clay, his best surface. Trouble began inthe opening game when he received a warning from the chair umpire for cursingwhile disputing a ruling.
Rosset, ranked 44th, came into the match with an 11-11 recorthis year onclay. He advanced into the quarterfinals of a tournament for the first timesince February.
"I'm a little dumbfounded," U.S. coach Tom Gorman said.
Courier's loss leaves No. 3 Pete Sampras as the top remaining seed in themen's tournament.
In women's play, top seed Steffi Graf moved a step closer to her secondgold medal by beating Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria, 6-3, 6-4. No. 2 ArantxaSanchez Vicario rallied to beat Barbara Rittner of Germany, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, andNo. 3 Jennifer Capriati eliminated Yayuk Basuki of Indonesia, 6-3, 6-4.
California duo wins gold in Star class
BARCELONA, Spain -- Americans Mark Reynolds of San Diego and Hal Haenel ofLos Angeles didn't take any chances this time in winning a gold medal in theStar class Olympic yachting.
They clinched it even before the last race, a sharp contrast to the 1988Olympics, when a broken mast on the final day cost them a chance for a gold.
Heading into the final day of yachting, U.S. boats led in four otherclasses and were second in three others.
In the Soling division, Kevin Mahaney of Bangor, Maine, Jim Brady ofAnnapolis and Doug Kern of Austin, Texas, led following the fleet races. The top six teams enter round-robinplay to determine the gold medalist.
Two Americans qualify for springboard finals
BARCELONA, Spain -- Julie Ovenhouse rallied from 23rd to fifth on herfinal two dives, and Karen LaFace moved up eight places in one dive as bothAmericans qualified for the women's Olympic springboard final.
Ovenhouse of Howell, Mich., finished fifth with 291.480 points. LaFace ofFort Lauderdale, Fla., placed 11th with 279.060. The top 12 scorers advance tothe final.
Irina Lachko of the Unified Team finished first with 334.890 points.
U.S. downs Australia in group opener, 8-4
BARCELONA, Spain -- Doing his best impression of Brooks Robinson afloat,35-year-old Craig Wilson proved why he still is considered the best water pologoalie in the world.
Wilson allowed only two even-handed goals, one of which caromed off hisback, as the United States opened Group A play with an 8-4 rout of Australiaat the Bernat Picornell pool.
The United States, originally scheduled to play Yugoslavia today in themost eagerly awaited match of the Olympics, instead will play Czechoslovakia.The Czechoslovakians replaced the Yugoslav team, which was banned by theInternational Olympic Committee.
Americans denied medal-round berths
BARCELONA, Spain -- U.S. table tennis players failed to advance into themedal round of singles competition despite several victories in the final dayof round-robin pool play.
Sean O'Neil of McLean, Va., defeated Santiago Roque of Cuba in the finalround of his pool, 21-8, 21-15. Only players who post the best records in eachof the 16 bracketsadvanced into the second round.
U.S. team eliminated from medal contention
BARCELONA, Spain -- Germany beat the United States, 32-16, in women'shandball, eliminating the Americans from medal contention.
The United States is 0-2 and can finish no better than fifth in its pool.Leora Jones of Mount Olive, N.C., led U.S. scorers with seven goals.
South Korean women set four world marks
BARCELONA, Spain -- Cho Youn-Jeong led South Korean women archers bysetting three of the team's four world records in the qualifying round.
All three U.S. women archers qualified for today's elimination rounds inthe 70-, 60-, 50-, and 30-meter distances.
Denise Parker of South Jordan, Utah, finished fifth, Jennifer O'Donnell ofFarmington, Mich., was 20th and Sherry Block of Colorado Springs, Colo., was29th.
In men's archery, two of the three U.S. team members qualified fortomorrow's elimination round. Defending gold medalist Jay Barrs of Mesa,Ariz., finished 12th and Butch Johnson of Woodstock, Conn., was 30th.
Unified Team woman wins second gold
MOLLET DEL VALLES, Spain -- Marina Logvinenko of the Unified Team won hersecond gold medal when she finished first in women's air pistol.
Connie Petracek of Nashville, Tenn., was 24th and Libby Callahan of UpperMarlboro, Md., was 37th.
Rusty Hill of Sun City, Calif., 21, fell six points short of making themen's final round and finished in a two-way tie for 11th.
Germany cleans up with six-medal day
BANYOLES, Spain -- Thomas Lange won his second consecutive gold in themen's single sculls, as Germany collected six medals in Olympic rowing.
Lange was one of two Germans to win gold in the seven events on LakeBanyoles. Canada also won two golds. The United States won a silver and abronze.
Lange, a 28-year-old medical student, is a three-time world champion insingle sculls and two-time world champion in double sculls.
Canada won the gold in the women's coxless fours in 6:30.85. The U.S. wonthe silver with Shelagh Donohoe of Lowell, Mass.; Cindy Eckert of Brookfield,Wis.; Amy Fuller of Westlake, Calif., .. and Carol Feeney of Oak Park, Ill.
Marnie Elizabeth McBean and Kathleen Heddle of Canada won the gold in thewomen's coxless pairs. Anne Seaton of Manhattan, Kan., and StephanieMaxwell-Pierson of Somerville, N.J., took the bronze medal in 7:08.11.
Swiss rider barred for banned medicine
BARCELONA, Spain -- A Swiss cyclist was barred from the Olympics aftertaking medicine containing a banned substance. "Due to an illness, Jacques Jolidon got advice from his Swiss doctor andconsequently took medicine that is on the doping list," the Swiss OlympicCommittee said in a statement.
Swiss officials said Jolidon had not consulted with team doctorbeforetaking the medicine. They did not say what type of drug was involved.
Kakhiachvili ties world, Olympic marks
BARCELONA, Spain -- Kakhi Kakhiachvili of the Unified Team equaled worldand Olympic records in his final attempt in the 198-pound weightlifting classto win the gold medal.
Kakhiachvili lifted 518 pounds in the clean and jerk to tie the world markheld by Anatoly Khrapaty of the former Soviet Union, who set it four yearsago.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun