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Friday, August 8
Friday: Canadians extend diving sweep

Associated Press

Mexico moved into the semifinals with a 6-0 victory over Guatemala. Salvador Rodriguez went eight innings for the victory. Nicaragua did the same with a 5-2 win over Panama. It was the first game in which the Nicaraguans allowed a run.

The U.S. women beat Brazil 75-69 in overtime to qualify for the final, against Cuba, which beat Canada 58-49. Stanford's Nicole Powell scored seven of her 17 points in overtime as the Americans overcame a big height disadvantage.

A point was added to the Americans' total at the end of the first period. Brazil's coaches approached the scoring table after the period but were satisfied with the explanation.

Play-by-play sheets compiled by USA Basketball and media members showed the Americans getting one more point than they scored.

David Fischer (Venice, Calif.) and Brad Torsone (Redondo Beach, Calif.) upset the third-seeded Canadian pair 21-17, 21-17, to advance to the semifinals. They will face Cuba in the next round Saturday.

Third-seeded Nancy Gougeon and Wanda Guenette of Canada eliminated Michelle Morse and Liz Pagano of the United States. Morse (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Pagano (San Diego) fell 21-14, 21-17.

Canada's Alexandre Despatie won his third gold by teaming with Philippe Comtois in the platform event. Mexico was second and the U.S. duo of Mark Ruiz and Kyle Prandi got the bronze. Despatie won the 3-meter synchro with Comtois and the springboard individual competition.

Emilie Heymans didn't win her third gold, falling to countrywoman Blythe Hartley in the 3-meter springboard event. But Heymans did earn a silver.

Canada has won every diving event thus far.

Three U.S. riders were in the top 10 after the first round, two in medals contention going into Sunday's final session.

Jan Ebeling (Moorpark, Calif.), riding Feleciano, and Pierre St. Jacques (Boscawen, N.H.), on Lucky Tiger, were fifth and sixth, respectively. Carol Lavell (Loxahatchee, Fla.), riding Much Ado, was 10th.

Leslie Reid of Canada, riding Mark, was the leader.

Seeking its third straight sweep in the Pan Ams, the United States advanced all singles players and each team in doubles into the semifinals.

Jack Huczek (Rochester, Mich.) romped over Jose Cueva of Ecuador 15-0, 15-2, then over Francisco Gomez of Colombia 15-2, 15-1. He will face countryman Rocky Carson (Mission Viejo, Calif.) in the semifinals. Carson got a bye when Chile's Pablo Fajre pulled out of singles to concentrate on his doubles match. Carson then defeated Brian Istace of Canada 15-12, 15-7.

The men's doubles team of Ruben Gonzalez (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Mike Guidry (Carrollton, Texas) got past Fajre and Sebastian Roessler of Chile 15-7, 15-9.

Defending champion Cheryl Gudinas (Lisle, Ill.) put herself in position to repeat by downing Claudine Garcia of the Dominican Republic 15-4, 15-6. Laura Fenton also advanced with a win over Carola Loma of Bolivia 15-7, 15-6.

U.S. rowers won a silver medal and three bronzes on the first day of finals.

The women's double sculls tandem of Katie Madigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Catherine Humblet (Cambridge, Mass.) finished second to Canada's Stacey Norwood and Marilyn Taylor.

In lightweight women's single sculls, Melissa Rice (Virginia Beach, Va.) got bronze behind Cuba's Ismaray Marrero and Canada's Gen Meredith.

Men's singles sculler Andrew Liverman (Oakton, Va.) also won a bronze medal as Cuba's Yoennis Hernandez won the gold and Argentina's Santiago Fernandez finished second.

Women's singles sculler Cindy Bishop (Atlanta) took bronze, as well. Cuba's Maria Gonzalez won and Canada's Fiona Milne got the silver medal.

Tim Healy (Newport, R.I.), with crew Nick Judson (Nantucket, Mass.), Gordon Borges (Newport, R.I.) and Davenport Crocker (Cohasset, Mass.) moved ahead of Brazil atop the standings in the J/24 class.

Lanee Butler (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), in the Mistral women's competition, came closer to claiming a gold medal by posting two victories to built an 11-point lead on the fleet.

Elsewhere, all U.S. sailors maintained their positions.

In the Mistral men's division, Peter Wells (Newport Beach, Calif.), stood fifth. So did Laser Radial sailor Sally Barkow (Pine Lake, Wis.).

Snipe sailors Henry Filter (Stevensville, Md.) and Lisa Griffith (San Diego) were sixth. Sunfish sailor Jeff Linton (Tampa, Fla.) was seventh. Laser sailor Ben Richardson (Gloucester, Mass.) was fifth, as were Hobie 16 sailors Paul and Mary Ann Hess (Napa, Calif.)

William Johnson II (Woodville, Miss.), won a gold medal and an Olympic berth for the United States in the 10-meter running target event, leading throughout. He finished with 671.5 points. Armando Ayala (Columbus, Ga.) won the bronze.

Sandra Uptagrafft (Longmont, Colo.) beat Cuban Margarita Tarradell in a shootoff for the gold medal and Olympic spot in the 25-meter pistol. It was her first significant international victory. She blew a big lead to finish tied with Tarradell and barely won the shootoff by three-tenths of a point.

Doug Middleton (Blue Springs, Mo.) threw a one-hitter and struck out 13 as the U.S. men scored both runs in the first inning to beat Argentina 2-0.

The women routed Puerto Rico 11-0 in five innings. Keira Goerl (Moreno Valley, Calif.) threw a two-hitter and struck out six, while Crystl Bustos (Canyon Country, Calif.:, Tairia Mims (Tucson, Ariz.) and Lovieanne Jung (Fountain Valley, Calif.) homered.

Jun Chang, Gaithersburg, Md., and Jasna Reed, Chicago, defeated Tawny Banh, San Gabriel, Calif., and Lily Yip, Warren, N.J., 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10, 11-7 in the women's final. The men's doubles gold medal went to Hugo Hoyama and Thiago Montero, Brazil.

Alex Kim (Potomac, Md.) advanced to the men's semifinals with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over J. Garcia of the Dominican Republic. But Alex Bogomolov (Miami) lost to Jose De Armas of Venezuela 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, and Jeff Morrison (Hungtinton, W. Va.) fell to Fernando Meligeni of Brazil 6-3, 6-4. Former world No. 1 Marcelo Rios of Chile also made the semifinals.

Carly Gullickson, the 16-year-old from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., who was the youngest American ever to play tennis in the Pan Ams, was eliminated by Milagros Sequera of Venezuela 6-3, 6-4. But Ashley Cargill (Atlanta) advances to the semifinals with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 victory over Uruguay's Lucia Magliarini.

High school sensation Allyson Felix of Los Angeles got a bronze medal in the women's 200 dash behind Roxana Diaz of Cuba and Cydonie Mothersille of Cayman Islands.

Tiffany Lott of Pleasant Grove, Utah, whose son turns 2 during the games, won the heptathlon, the grueling two-day, seven-event competition once dominated by Jackie Joyner-Kersee. She finished with 6,064 points, just shy of the 6,105 she needed to qualify for the world championships in France.

In the men's pole vault, Toby Stevenson of Chula Vista, Calif., took the gold after a jump-off with Russ Buller of West Lake, La., who took the silver. Stevenson won at 17-10}.

Kenny Brokenburr, a veteran of the track scene at age 34, won the men's 200 meters. Mitchell Potter, a student at Minnesota, won the 400, holding off the late threat of Cuba's Yerman Lopez.

Yuliana Perez won silver in the women's triple jump with a leap of 45 feet, 10} inches.

After a series of unhappy stays at foster homes, Perez was sent at age 5 to Cuba to be raised by her fraternal grandmother. She became a promising athlete, but when she refused to renounce her U.S. citizenship, she was booted from the Cuban team and from her high school.

She eventually arranged to leave Cuba, and came to Tucson, Ariz., where she was born.

German Sanchez of Mexico claimed gold in the 50-kilometer walk, trailed by Mario Santos of Brazil and Julio Martinez of Guatemala. Phillip Dunn (Chula Vista, Calif.) was fifth.

World champion Ana Guevara of Mexico easily won the women's 400. But Anier Garcia of Cuba surprisingly failed to reach the final in the 110 hurdles and may miss the upcoming world championships with a hamstring injury.

Canada's Jason Tunks won the men's discus with a throw of 209 feet.

A 13-2 romp past Argentina gave the American men a 7-0 record heading into the semifinals. The gold medalist earns a berth at the Athens Olympics.

Tony Azevedo of Long Beach, Calif., had five goals.

The United States medaled in all seven weight divisions, taking four gold, a silver and a bronze.

The champions were Stephen Abas (Fresno, Calif.), Joe Williams (Coralville, Iowa), Daniel Cormier (Stillwater, Okla.) and Kerry McCoy (Bethlehem, Pa.). Silver went to Jamill Kelly (Stillwater). The bronze winners were Cael Sanderson (Ames, Iowa) and Eric Guerrero (Stillwater). Sanderson lost a controversial overtime bout in the opening round to Yoel Romero of Cuba, who also beat him in February.

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