Today's events

Baseball: Coach Ron Fraser gave the U.S. players a 40-minute pep talk in advance of the semifinal against Cuba, which hasn't lost an international tournament since 1987. A U.S. win would be bigger than the U.S. hockey gold medal in 1980, he told them. Much bigger.

Basketball: The U.S. men's basketball team opens medal-round play against Puerto Rico. Coach Chuck Daly has been worried about how the superstars look on defense in the first five games, but not enough to call a timeout. He said he thought about it, but didn't think it would do any good.

Diving: Americans Scott Donie and Matt Scoggin are in the finals of the men's platform. But a pair of divers from China, which has dominated the sport at these Games, led the preliminaries.

Boxing: Tim Austin (112 pounds) and super-heavyweight Larry Donald will box in quarterfinals. Raul Marquez (156) and Montell Griffin (178) also will try to advance.


Track and field: Americans won three medals -- a gold, silver and bronze -- in an atmosphere charged with the emotions of triumph, tragedy and drug charges.

Diving: The Chinese women swept the diving events for the second straight Olympics when Gao Min defended her springboard title. The American women were shut out in the event for the first time at any Olympics.

Water polo: Blessed with a fortunate draw, the U.S. water polo team wore down its third undermanned opponent, beating France, 11-7. Next up, however, is the co-favorite Unified Team tomorrow.

Boxing: Chris Byrd and Oscar de la Hoya won, but heavyweight Danell Nicholson ran into Felix Savon of Cuba, the world champion. And, ouch, that hurt.

Tennis: With the U.S. tennis team in tatters, Mary Joe Fernandez and Jennifer Capriati wore American flag patches and sewed up medals -- bronze at least.

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