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United States defeat Spain to win gold in men’s basketball

The United States ‘redeem team’ have certainly redeemed themselves at the Beijing Olympics, not losing a single game and defeating Spain 118-107 in the final to win the gold medal.
The bronze medal was won by Argentina, who defeated Lithuania 87-75.

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The United States have defeated Australia 92-65 to win its fourth consecutive gold medal in women’s basketball. It is the third Olympics the U.S. played Australia in the final.
Russia defeated China 94-81 to win the bronze medal.

Kobe Bryant is extremely popular in China. Demetrius Andrade who lost his quarterfinal fight in the welter-weight division in boxing is relatively unknown, but he has been getting mobbed by Chinese thinking he is the famous basketball star.

The Spanish media is fighting back over accusations that the advertisement of Spanish basketballers pulling back their eyes was racist.
The Chinese Embassy in Spain that China considers the ad “neither racist nor offensive.” According to the embassy statement, “Ultimately there are very good relations between the Chinese government and the Spanish, and between the two [...]

The US plays Angola tonight in the men’s basketball for the Beijing Olympics. Angola shouldn’t give them too much trouble.
The game starts at 8:00PM Beijing time, which is 4:00PM in New York.
In other matches today Greece defeated Germany 87-64. Croatia defeated Russia 85-78 and Lithuania beat Iran 99-67.
In a nail biter of a finish [...]

Just after the United States beat China last night in the men’s basketball, tonight it was the women’s turn. The U.S. team had an easy victory over China 108-63.
“Tina was hot, hot, hot!” said U.S. centre Lisa Leslie, a three-times gold medalist. “Tonight was Tina’s night. But the crowd was cheering so hard every [...]

Kobe Bryant said the atmosphere at the game versus China was more exciting than the NBA finals.
“It was a different kind of energy,” he told reporters after the Americans’ 101-70 victory on Sunday.
“I am fortunate enough to have played in four NBA finals and numerous big games but it was just different. You felt like [...]