Two years ago, the U.S. may have overlooked Greece. Not this time.
As soon as the Americans finished drubbing Angola 97-76 yesterday, they were relishing a shot at the last team to defeat them in a major international competition.
"We want to get them back," U.S. forward Chris Bosh said. "That's the great thing about competition. You beat us and we'll come back around. The team that loses never forgets."
Greece stunned the U.S. in the semifinals of the 2006 world championship in Japan, sending ripples through the international basketball community. The rematch comes tomorrow, when the U.S. (2-0) meets Greece (1-1) in Olympic pool play.
Against Angola, Dwyane Wade led the U.S. with 19 points, followed by Dwight Howard with 14 and LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony with 12 apiece.
Women's soccer pastes New Zealand
Heather O'Reilly scored 40 seconds into the match, leading the U.S. past New Zealand 4-0 and into the women's soccer quarterfinals. Better yet, they won their group, avoiding a match with title contender Brazil. ... Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor keep looking good in their bid for a second straight gold, improving to 2-0 with a straight sets victory over Cuba that virtually assures them of a spot in the medal round. It was their 103rd consecutive beach volleyball victory. ... Wearing the initials TB on one shoe and BB on another, the U.S. men's volleyball team paid tribute to their coach's in-laws in their four-set victory over Italy. The letters were for Todd and Barbara Bachman, the in-laws of coach Hugh McCutcheon. Todd was killed and Barbara seriously wounded in a knife attack at a tourist site Saturday. McCutcheon has left the team to be with his wife, 2004 U.S. Olympian Elisabeth Bachman McCutcheon.
Gymnasts settle for silver