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    Team USA clobbers French five in opener

    Jul 29, 2012
    Team USA, as expected, is off to a hot start in the Olympic Games. london2012.com

    KEVIN DURANT scored 22 points and hauled down nine rebounds as Team USA clobbered France 98-71 at the start of basketball competitions on Sunday in the London Olympics.

    Kevin Love came up with 14 points, Kobe Bryant had 10 and LeBron James chipped in with nine at the Olympic Park Basketball Arena.

    Ali Traore led the French with 12 points, Tony Parker had 10 and Boris Diaw added nine.

    At Old Trafford, Brazil fell behind early but quickly bounced back to beat Belarus 3-1, with Neymar hitting one goal and setting up two in their Group C match.

    Brazilian-born naturalized Belarusian Renan Bardini Bressan scored in the eighth minute but Alexandre Pato headed in a Neymar cross in the 15th minute to even things.

    Neymar scored in the 65th minute and set up Oscar’s goal in stoppage time.

    Mexico downed Gabon 2-0, while Egypt and New Zealand drew 1-1.

    Wu Minxia and He Zi made it six gold medals for China in the 2012 London Games by winning the women’s synchronized 3-meter springboard diving.

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    The Chinese duo scored 346.20, while Kelci Bryant and Abigail Johnston of the US settled for silver after scoring 321.90 and Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Emilie Heymans took the bronze with 316.80.

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    Guo, 28, scored 488.1 points while France's Celine Goberville won the shoot-off with Ukraine's Olena Kostevych after both scored 486.6.

    Marianne Vos of the Netherlands ruled the women’s road race in a close sprint finish in the rain as Elizabeth Armitstead settled for the silver and delivered the host country’s first medal of the Games.

    Vos and Armitstead were clocked three hours, 35 minutes and 29 seconds while Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia was two seconds off and won the bronze.

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