Today's events

Basketball: Two games away from a gold medal, the Dream Team faces the Bad Dream Team -- Lithuania, featuring four starters from the Soviet team that beat the Americans in the semifinals in 1988.

Boxing: It has been a shabby Olympics for U.S. boxers, but three made it to today's semifinals: flyweight Tim Austin, lightweight Oscar de la Hoya and middleweight Chris Byrd. Three is not many when compared with the nine medals Cuba will win.

Gymnastics: Rhythmic gymnastics, with its balls, hoops, clubs, ribbons and such, begins today, featuring Tamara Levinson of Silver Spring.

Wrestling: Bruce Baumgartner, the first American to win wrestling medals in three Olympics, goes for the gold.

Water polo: The Americans (3-1) suffered an 8-5 loss to the Unified Team (4-0) and must tie or beat Germany in their last preliminary game today to advance to Saturday's semifinals.

Volleyball: The U.S. women's volleyball players have been saying they can beat any team in the world. Now they must prove it. They play Cuba in a semifinal.


Basketball: The U.S. women, baffled by a 2-3 zone and hitting just 36 percent of their shots, were upset, 79-73, by the Unified Team. Favored to win the country's third straight gold medal in the sport, the women's team will play for the bronze tomorrow against China, an upset winner over Cuba.

Track and field: Dave (Johnson) had a Dan (O'Brien) kind of day, but he can still win the gold when the decathlon finishes today. Quincy Watts was electric in winning the men's 400 meters. Johnny Gray was the winner of the 800-meter bronze, caught in the homestretch by a pair of Kenyans. Carl Lewis and Mike Powell showed up and long-jumped just a little, saving their best for today's final.

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