Thursday's Roundup

Kayla Harrison of the United States celebrates after winning her match against Gemma Gibbons of Great Britain for the gold medal in the women's 78-kg judo competition Thursday at London.
Kayla Harrison of the United States celebrates after winning her match against Gemma Gibbons of Great Britain for the gold medal in the women's 78-kg judo competition Thursday at London. Ng Han Guan/AP Photo

MEN'S BASKETBALL: The U.S. team returned to the court and put together a dominant performance in a 156-73 win against Nigeria Thursday.

Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points to set the American Olympic mark for points in a game - in less than three quarters. He made 10 of 12 3-point attempts.

The U.S. also set the Olympic record for points in a game and points in a half (78). The Americans bettered the U.S. records as well for 3-pointers (26), field goals (59) and field-goal percentage (71).

Kobe Bryant scored 16 points - 14 in the first quarter - for the Americans, who scored 49 points in the first and didn't let up after scoring 78 in the first 20 minutes.

Ike Diogu scored 27 for Nigeria (1-2).

JUDO: Kayla Harrison tried to keep it together. Once the national anthem started, so did the tears.

Harrison defeated Britain's Gemma Gibbons to win the United States' first judo gold medal in Olympic history, taking the 78-kilogram title.

The 22-year-old Middletown, Ohio, native who lives in suburban Boston went to the medal podium determined not to cry. After one note of "The Star-Spangled Banner," she succumbed.

"I'm just so honored to be America's first gold medalist, and so happy to realize my dream," she said.

Tagir Khaibulaev of Russia won the men's 100-kg gold, beating Beijing champion Tuvshinbayar Naidan of Mongolia with a match-ending ippon throw.

TENNIS: Roger Federer is still rolling in his pursuit of his first Olympic singles medal.

Federer beat American John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (5) and will play No. 8-seeded Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals.

Serena Williams, another reigning Wimbledon champion who is seeking her first Olympic singles medal, advanced by beating former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-0, 6-3. Williams' opponent in the semifinals today will be top-seeded Victoria Azarenka, who beat Angelique Kerber 6-4, 7-5.

Russians Maria Sharapova and Maria Kirilenko will meet in the other women's semi.

Novak Djokovic also advanced on the men's side and next plays Britain's Andy Murray.

VOLLEYBALL: Captain Clay Stanley scored 19 points and the U.S. men's team defeated Brazil 3-1 in a preliminary-round rematch of the Beijing final.

The 23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-17 victory extends the United States' Olympic winning streak to 11 matches.

Leandro Vissotto Neves had 15 points for No. 1 Brazil.

Poland, Russia, Bulgaria and Italy each won in straight sets. Former NBA center Vlade Divac was on hand to cheer Serbia, which fell 3-2 to Germany.

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: All four American teams - two in the men's tournament and two in the women's - finished the round-robin atop their pools, with defending gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser beating the Czech Republic in the finale.

Defending world champions Emanuel and Alison of Brazil struggled through an extended first set to beat Italy and win their group. The Brazilians beat Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo 26-24, 21-18.

Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross finished 3-0 with a 21-19, 19-21, 19-17 victory over Spain. Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor finished their pool play with a No. 1 seed on Wednesday, as did Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal.

WATER POLO: Tony Azevedo scored four goals and the U.S. men's team beat Britain 13-7 to remain undefeated at the London Games.

The Americans are on top of Group B with six points, one ahead of gold medal-favorite Serbia, with two preliminary stage matches to go.

Serbia played to an 11-11 draw with Montenegro. The Serbs face the U.S. on Saturday.

BOXING: U.S. boxers are dropping out of the Olympic tournament at a rapid rate.

The American skid reached seven straight bouts with narrow defeats for lightweight Jose Ramirez and middleweight Terrell Gausha. Only welterweight Errol Spence and flyweight Rau'shee Warren - who hasn't fought yet - are still alive.

Ramirez started slowly and never caught up in a 15-11 loss to Uzbekistan's Fazliddin Gaibnazarov, while Gausha was locked in a tight one with Beijing bronze medalist Vijender Singh of India before dropping a 16-15 decision.

Ukraine's Vasyl Lomachenko opened his second Olympics in the same dominant style that made him the best boxer in Beijing, overwhelming Dominican lightweight Wellington Arias in a 15-3 victory.

ROWING: The United States defended its title in the women's eight, maintaining its six-year dominance of the high-profile event.

The Americans won in a time of 6 minutes, 10.59 seconds. Canada finished a half-length behind in second and the Netherlands took the bronze.

The U.S. hasn't lost a competitive race in the eight since winning the world title in 2006.

New Zealand picked up its first gold of the London Games when Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan won the double sculls final at Dorney Lake. Italy and Slovenia grabbed the next two spots on the podium.

SAILING: British star Ben Ainslie finally stuck his stern in front of Denmark's Jonas Hoegh-Christensen to boost his bid for sailing history.

Ainslie got his first victory at the London Olympics in Race 7 in the Finn class in strong winds and big seas on the English Channel. He followed it up by passing Hoegh-Christensen just before the finish in Race 8 to take third.

Ainslie sliced Hoegh-Christensen's lead from 10 points to three with two races to go before the medals race.

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