U.S. hoops back on top, beats Spain for gold medal
BEIJING — Arm-in-arm, they climbed onto the middle of the medals platform, the spot that for so long was U.S. private property.
Some players flashed their Olympic medals to the crowd. One pretended to take a bite, just to make sure it was real.
Yep, it was gold — the color the Americans always used to win but hadn't since 2000.
Culminating a three-year mission to end years of embarrassment, the U.S. team survived a huge challenge from Spain, winning 118-107 in the gold-medal game Sunday.
Order was restored in international basketball.
"Much respect to Spain, but the U.S. is back on top again," LeBron James said at a press conference attended by the entire team.
But not by that much anymore.
Brooks sees action as US. water polo team gets silver
BEIJING — By the time Brandon Brooks swam to the goal in the second half, the United States already was sinking under the full attack of the Hungarian water polo empire.
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