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RIO DE JANEIRO -- For the fourth successive Olympiad, Team USA has beaten Spain in the knockout portion of the mens basketball tournament, booking a spot in the gold-medal game with a 82-76 victory in Friday afternoons semifinal.Heres our at-the-buzzer analysis from press row at the Carioca Arena 1:How it happened: Triple digits.Wilt Chamberlains stratosphere.One hundred points.That was the offensive target whispered within Team USAs ranks on the eve of this much-anticipated showdown with those familiar, stubborn foils from Spain.The coaching staff was privately convinced that the Americans had to at hit least 100, as they did in the gold-medal games in both Beijing and London, to ensure victory and seal an opportunity to send Mike Krzyzewski off with one more gold in his swan song on the Team USA bench.You can thus imagine how giddy Krzyzewski and his staff were that this group found another way -- several other ways, actually -- to get past the reigning European champions with Spain controlling tempo and keeping the score way down in the usual tense circumstances.DeAndre Jordan started opposite Pau Gasol and had the impact game of his life, proving an undeniable force inside with 16 rebounds, four blocks and numerous changed shots while logging 27 crucial minutes of a 40-minute game because of DeMarcus Cousins foul trouble. Klay Thompson had the hot hand offensively with a team-high 22 points. And Kyle Lowry chipped in with very solid backcourt play off the bench (nine points in 15 minutes) to help the offense when it sputtered.?And Team USA needed it all of it.The tournaments heavy favorites never led by more than 15 points and, truth be told, rode their 20 offensive boards and a 52-41 overall rebounding advantage -- with Jordan as the clear spark -- as much anything to finally put the Spaniards away.?Playing on a strained right calf, Gasol led Spain with 23 points and eight rebounds of his own but simply didnt have enough help to counter the Americans size and athleticism with brother Marc stuck at home as he continues his recovery from foot surgery.?Juan Carlos Navarro, at 36, had a handful of turn-back-the-clock moments at Gasols side, but Team USAs safe passage to Sundays championship game was essentially sealed with 2:16 to go, when one of the newest Philadelphia 76ers -- Sergio Rodriguez -- had a layup nullified for pushing off on Jordan when a 3-point play could have cut Spains deficit to six.Given the stakes as well as the level of the competition, Team USA got off to what surely ranks as its best start of the tournament, seizing a 26-17 lead by the end of the first quarter.The problem:?Kevin Durant?picked up his second foul with 15.3 ticks left in the period, with his third soon to follow on one of the six first-half techs dished?out by this painfully whistle-happy FIBA officiating crew.That the lead was still six points at intermission, at 45-39, was mostly down to Thompsons first-half brilliance (17 points) and the teams 13 offensive boards, creating extra scoring chances against Spains stingy D.Were dealing with talent vs. experience, Team USAs Paul George said coming in. Thats what this tournament is coming down to.Yet thats what made the victory so satisfying for Krzyzewski & Co. Amid all that reliance on its talent, Team USA unearthed some well-timed resourcefulness to go with it to trump Spains copious continuity and chemistry.The streak: Make it 75 wins in a row and counting for Krzyzewski. That includes 23 consecutive victories in Olympic play, 19 in FIBA World Cup tournaments, 10 in Olympic qualifiers and another 23 in exhibition games. The Americans previously tasted defeat in the semifinals of the 2006 FIBA World Championship against Greece, then launched this streak on Sept. 2, 2006, with a 96-81 victory over Argentina in the bronze-medal game in Japan.Play of the game: We have to glue two plays together here, with Kyrie Irving and Jordan heavily involved in both, to properly capture the moment.Irvings lob attempt to Jordan started the bizarre sequence. The pass was too high even for Jordans reach, but the most athletic big man in the tournament managed to bat the pass against the backboard in a fashion that Irving could corral an offensive rebound and score for a 59-50 lead.After a stop, Irving went into one of his inimitable dribbling routines along the left wing, spinning poor Sergio Llull into total confusion before skipping along the baseline and finding Thompson with a pass in the opposite corner.Thompson missed an off-balance 3, but Jordan emphatically slammed the ball home with a one-handed righty follow for a 61-50 lead, Team USAs biggest to that point.(Honorable mention:?Carmelo Anthonys?flying rejection of a Ricky Rubio drive early in the second half was a play out of Jordans locker far more than Melos.)Numbers game: Team USA is now 12-0 against Spain in the Olympics, its most wins against any one nation.Durant needed only seven points to become the second-leading scoring is U.S. Olympic history behind Anthony and was thus a lock to get there, having scored in double digits in all 14 of his previous games in the Olympics.But he was slowed by foul trouble after a fast start and had to settle for 14 points on 6-for-13 shooting, though that meant Durant was still able to give the USA Basketball scoring leaderboard yet another good shuffle:If the Americans win Sundays gold-medal game, theyll stretch the programs current winning streak to a record 76 games including exhibitions, besting the 75 wins in a row Team USA record starting with the Dream Team in 1992 until a loss to Argentina in the 2002 FIBA World Championship in Indianapolis.Whats next: For the 16th time in its 18 appearances in the mens Olympic basketball tournament, Team USA is in the title game.The Americans will play Serbia in a rematch of the 2014 FIBA World Cup final in Spain after the Serbs, as the underdogs in Vegas, drubbed Australia, reversing a 15-point loss to the Aussies in group play in an 87-61 rout.The Aussies, of course, were the first team here in Rio to expose the United States vulnerabilities in a 98-88 defeat on Aug. 10. And now theyll have to beat Spain in Sunday mornings third-place game to win the first mens basketball medal in the countrys history after reaching the semifinals three times previously (1988, 1996 and 2000) and losing the bronze-medal game each time.The Aussies are trying to win their first Olympic? medal in basketball, having reached the semifinals three times previously (1988, 1996 and 2000) and losing the bronze-medal game each time.I will say this is the best chance we have of medaling, Australian legend Andrew Gaze told ESPN.com, stopping short of calling this the Boomers strongest-ever squad. Gaze made five trips to the Olympics, three of them after NBA pros were granted eligibility to participate starting with the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Chicago Cubs Gear . Miikka Kiprusoff had just announced his retirement after a decade-long run in Calgary and it would be up to Berra and Ramo to fill the void. Cubs Jerseys 2020 .com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward James Neal on injured reserve Tuesday. https://www.cheapcubs.com/ . Neymar curled home a free kick from just outside the area to put the 2014 World Cup host ahead in the 44th minute. Three minutes after the break, a simple through pass from Paulinho freed Oscar and the Chelsea star rounded goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong to extend Brazils lead. Chicago Cubs Store . But what about the officials? Every sport has officials and they also have stories about hard work and sacrifice but their accomplishments are seldom recognized by anyone outside their inner circle. Custom Chicago Cubs Jerseys . 10 VCU 85-67 on Thursday night at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Seminoles (4-0) have scored at least 80 points in each of their games. RIO DE JANEIRO -- French gymnast Samir Ait Said landed awkwardly on a vault, and a sickening snap echoed throughout the arena. A split second later, he was clutching his contorted left leg, his tibia fractured and his Olympics over.Said was trying to fly over the vault and complete two backflips in a pike at mens qualifying Saturday. The injury highlighted the dangers of a sport that steps into the worlds spotlight every four years and led some to question if the current scoring system is making gymnasts push themselves too far.Said was attempting his second vault when he crumpled. He used one hand to hold his leg just below the knee and put the other one to his head as he grimaced in pain in the moments just after the fall. Medical personnel rushed to help him, placing him on a stretcher and carrying him off the podium to loud applause from the crowd.It is catastrophic ... our mental state is very bad but we each have a target and we have to carry on for ourselves, teammate Cyril Tommasone said.The International Gymnastics Federation moved away from the 10.0 scoring system a decade ago, favoring a new format that splits each gymnasts score into two parts. The first score is based on the difficulty of skills a gymnast completes. The second score is based on how well they execute them.Many gymnasts try to pack as many skills into their routine as they can to pile up points. German gymnast Fabian Hambuechen, a four-time Olympian and two-time medalist on high bar, wonders if the sport has become almost too dangerous, with gymnasts attempting skills they havent yet mastered, a stark contrast from the old system that put an emphasis on perfection instead of daring.Its a pity that gymnastics developed like that, Hambuechen said. Its always more, more difficulty, more risk, higher. Everyone wants new records and stuff so its getting dangerous. Thats what really is annoying. I dont like the system anymore. So I hope that itt will change after Rio again.ddddddddddddHe misses the days before the difficulty score was implemented and thinks returning to the old scale would make things safer for the athletes.Im one of the guys who still loves the 10.0, he said. That was a simple system. It was like everyone had the chance to get the high score of 10.0 with different ways. Now everyone knows if you want to have a high D score you have to do these skills and these skills are sometimes too dangerous for some people.French team leader Corrine Moustard-Callon didnt have many details on Saids injury, but lamented the terrible way his Olympics ended after years of hard work.He made a technical mistake, Moustard-Callon said. He is in the hospital with a doctor now. We will give more news when we have it. We dont know what happened, except that it was his tibia. We will do more exams to see if it is just the bone.Saids injury wasnt the only one that ended Olympic hopes. Germanys Andreas Toba tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the floor exercise.I cried like a little kid, Toba said. The injury on my knee is big, but the emotional injury is way bigger.Toba competed in the pommel horse after the injury, a gutsy move that impressed his teammates and the crowd.That was amazing, Hambuechen said. Its an honor to have someone like him on the team.Many of the gymnasts who were competing in the same division were jarred by Saids injury, but none were particularly surprised. While the dangers of contact sports like football are constantly talked about, people sometimes dont think about the risks gymnasts take when propelling their bodies through the air.Everybody knows gymnastics is the hardest sport in the world, American gymnast Danell Leyva said. And if you dont know it, you dont know about gymnastics. ' ' '

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