The Latest: US trounces Venezuela 113-69 in men’s basketball




RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest from the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro (all times local):

9 p.m.

The U.S. Olympic men's basketball team surged after a slow start, beating Venezuela 113-69 on Monday night as Carmelo Anthony passed Michael Jordan for third place on the Americans' career scoring list.

The game was tied at 18 after one quarter but the Americans soon took control and powered their way to a second straight win to start the tournament.

Paul George scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler had 17 for the Americans. Anthony finished with 14, passing Jordan's total of 256 points late in the first half. Anthony now has 262 points and the four-time Olympian trails only LeBron James (273) and David Robinson (270).

The Americans play again Wednesday against Australia, which also is 2-0.

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8:50 p.m.

One destroyed racket — and one poor set — later, Serena Williams is safely into the third round of the Rio Olympics as she bids for a second consecutive singles gold medal.

The No. 1-seeded American struggled for quite a while Monday night before emerging with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory over France's Alize Cornet.

Williams started off by taking the first three games, but then dropped five of the following six. During that troublesome stretch, Williams reacted to losing two games in a row by mangling her equipment, slamming it against the back of her sideline chair.

Later, she was forced to erase a pair of set points for Cornet, who had won four of their previous seven matchups.

But Williams claimed the last three points of the tiebreaker, raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set and was on her way.

No tennis player ever has won two Olympic singles golds — let alone two in a row.

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8:45 p.m.

There's another Savon in the boxing tournament with the hope of fighting for Olympic gold.

Erislandy Savon, the nephew of three-time Olympic gold medalist Felix Savon, opened with a unanimous decision victory in a heavyweight bout.

Felix Savon won gold medals in 1992, 1996 and 2000, one of only three fighters to accomplish the feat. He's one of the all-time great Cuban amateur fighters.

Erislandy Savon said he was proud to represent his family and Cuba in the Olympics.

There's no gold around his neck yet, just in his mouth — he had gold-capped bottom teeth that weren't hit very much by British fighter Lawrence Okolie. Savon won 30-27 on the scorecards.

He had knocked out Okolie three months ago in the World Series of Boxing final. Okolie was proud he went from a tough defeat to a competitive bout against the same fighter in just six weeks.

"I faced those demons and I knew millions of people were going to watch that," he said.

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8:25 p.m.

The International Judo Federation says Kosovo's first Olympic judo champion, Majlinda Kelmendi, may be facing sanctions in France for failing to comply with a drug test in June.

During her training ahead of the Rio Games, Kelmendi apparently refused to comply when asked by the French anti-doping agency to provide an out-of-competition sample.

The IJF says in a statement that the procedure is being contested by Kelmendi and her coach but "looks questionable at the level of the IJF." In an email, judo's governing body said that if there were to be sanctions leveled against Kelmendi — who won her country's first ever Olympic medal on Sunday — they would only apply in France.

The Kosovo Olympic team could not immediately be reached for comment.

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7:35 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Australia has won the first gold medal for rugby sevens at the Olympics, beating archrival New Zealand 24-17 in the women's final Monday night.

The women's world series champions conceded an early try to Kayla McAlister but rallied with two tries before halftime and another two after the break to take a 24-5 lead.

Emma Tonegato's early equalizer for Australia was contentious after she appeared to fumble as she crashed over in the corner but referee Alhambra Nievas awarded it after checking with both assistant referees.

Evania Pelite scored in the corner on the stroke of halftime, moments after New Zealand star Portia Woodman was sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on.

Ellia Green and Charlotte Caslick scored for the Australians before New Zealand cut the margin with late tries from McAlister and Woodman.

Ghislaine Landry led Canada to the bronze medal, scoring two tries and landing four conversions in a 33-10 win over Britain.

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7:30 p.m.

Japan is off to its best start in women's basketball in 20 years after routing host Brazil 82-66 Monday night for a second straight victory.

The Japanese didn't qualify in 2008 or 2012 and won only once in 2004. Now they are a win from matching their three victories in Atlanta when Japan went 3-5 and finished seventh.

Japan led 47-33 at halftime. The Japanese built that lead to as much as 27 in the third before Brazil went on a 12-4 run to get within 66-47, giving the home fans a reason to roar and stomp their feet. Mika Kurihara ended the run with her 3 with 1:15 left in the quarter.

Brazil never got closer than 16 the rest of the way, though fans stuck around and cheered to the final seconds.

Ramu Tokashiki, who plays for the WNBA's Seattle Storm, led Japan with 23.

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7:20 p.m.

Beach volleyball has been one of the top tickets at the Olympics, but the venue at Copacabana beach has been sprinkled liberally with empty seats.

With four matches per session, fans are apparently coming to see their favorite team and then leaving. Never was that more clear than Monday, following Brazil's three-set loss to Austria. With fans streaming out of the 12,000-seat venue, the public address announcer invited those staying behind to move down to better seats.

Another problem has been the late matches. Saturday's match featuring defending champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and her partner April Ross began at 12:34 a.m. Sunday morning. The times are set to draw maximum viewership in the United States, but the empty white seats look bad on TV.

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6:50 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: The Japanese men's gymnastics team is back on top at the Olympics.

Led by defending Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura, Japan topped Russia for gold in the men's team final on Monday afternoon. It's Japan's seventh Olympic title and first since 2004. The victory fills in on the one hole on Uchimura's resume. The six-time world champion has said for years an Olympic gold for his homeland is the only medal that matters to him.

Uchimura finished Japan's golden run with a supremely elegant set on floor exercise. He was visibly spent following his dismount, bending over and gasping for breath after saluting the crowd.

Russia edged two-time defending Olympic champion China for silver. Great Britain took fourth.

The U.S. team, which was second in qualifying, struggled early on floor exercise and a late rally wasn't enough as the Americans finished fifth.

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6:45 p.m.

Russia's Yana Egorian scored the final two points to stun teammate Sofya Velikaya 15-14 on Monday and win the gold medal in women's sabre fencing, the first such meeting between two Russians in 20 years.

Egorian's winning last touch left Velikaya, a two-time world champion, with back-to-back silver medals in the Olympics.

Ukraine's Olga Kharlan took bronze.

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6:30 p.m.

Ana Paula Rodrigues just can't stop scoring.

The star center-back for Brazil's women's handball team scored 12 goals in the opening win Saturday over Olympic champion Norway — something no women's player had done at the Olympics since 2004 — and added eight more Monday as Brazil doubled up Romania 26-13.

The Brazilians are top of Group A with two wins after a game in which Romania was made to look nothing like the team which won bronze at last year's world championship. After Brazil wrapped up the win, Rodrigues danced in front of the crowd at the Future Arena.

Earlier Monday, Norway bounced back from the opening loss to Brazil in a 27-24 win over Spain but struggled with discipline, giving up seven power-plays.

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6 p.m.

China is 2-for-2 in Olympic diving, winning the men's 10-meter synchronized platform title.

Chen Aisen and Lin Yue dominated the event Monday, totaling 496.98 points.

Americans David Boudia and Steele Johnson earned silver with 457.11. Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow of Britain took bronze with 445.45, rallying from fifth place after the fourth of six rounds.

The Chinese have won 10-meter synchro in every Olympics since 2004 in Athens. Chen won gold in Beijing at age 17, but wasn't selected for the event four years ago in London.

China won its first diving gold of these games a day earlier in women's 3-meter synchro.

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6 p.m.

Americans Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson have lost to Austria 21-18, 21-18 in their second match of the Rio Olympics. Gibb is a two-time Olympian, finishing fifth at the last two Summer Games. The Americans fell to 1-1 in Rio with one match left in beach volleyball pool play.

In previous matches, the Austrian team of Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst beat Brazil's Alison and Bruno in three sets 23-21, 16-21, 15-13. The Qatari men beat Spain in three sets, Brazil's Agatha and Barbara beat Argentina in straight sets, and the Swiss women beat Australia in three sets.

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Japan's Shohei Ono has won the judo gold medal in the men's 73-kilogram division, defeating Azerbaijan's Rustam Orujov.

Ono is a two-time world champion and threw Orujov twice during their tightly contested final, including a match-ending ippon throw that finished the fight with more than one minute left on the clock.

It is Japan's first judo gold of the Rio Olympics after taking four bronze medals in the first two days of the competition.

Ono is a protege of 1984 Olympic champion Shinji Hosokawa and often favors a very traditional yet rarely seen style of judo, where he throws opponents from an upright standing position.

The two bronze medals were won by Belgium's Dirk Van Tichelt and Georgia's Lasha Shavdatuashvili, who was the Olympic champion in the 66-kilogram category before moving up a weight division.

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6 p.m.

Sukanya Srisurat and Pimsiri Sirikaew gave Thailand its first gold and silver medals in an Olympic event by going 1-2 on Monday in the women's 58-kilogram class at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Srisurat gave Thailand its second gold medal in women's weightlifting of the games. Sopita Tanasan opened the games with a gold in the women's 48-kilogram on Saturday, and Sinphet Kruaithong of Thailand became the first Thai male to win an Olympic weightlifting medal when he won bronze Sunday in the 53-kilogram.

Thailand has now won 11 medals in women's weightlifting.

In taking silver, Sirikaew became the third lifter to take multiple medals in the 58-kg. She also won silver in London four years ago.

Kuo Hsing-Chun of Taiwan won bronze — giving Taiwan its first Olympic medal in this class.

Srisurat set an Olympic record of 110-kilograms in the snatch on her way to the win. She lifted 130 kilos in clean and jerk for a total score of 240 kilograms.

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6 p.m.

Russia's biggest track and field star can't add to her two Olympic gold medals, but Yelena Isinbayeva is still heading to Rio.

After her latest attempt to overturn Russia's track and field doping ban was denied by a Swiss court Monday, the pole vaulter says she's given up on competing and is switching her attention to a bid to get elected to the International Olympic Committee.

Isinbayeva says on Instagram her "last hope to perform at the Olympic Games has disappeared" following the Swiss ruling, but she plans to travel to Rio anyway on Sunday to stand as an athletes' representative on the IOC.

If Isinbayeva fails to be elected by Olympic athletes, Russia would lose one of its three IOC spots, since current athletes' representative Alexander Popov's term ends in Rio.

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5:40 p.m

Australian rider Melissa Hoskins was taken from the Rio Olympics velodrome on a stretcher after her pursuit team crashed hard while doing a training effort at race speed.

The team of Hoskins, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker, Amy Cure and Annette Edmondson were at the end of the back straight when the crash occurred. Edmondson stayed on her bike as the other three riders fell hard onto the banked wooden track.

Cycling Australia spokeswoman Gennie Sheer tells The Associated Press that Hoskins was put in a back brace as a precaution and taken to a Rio de Janeiro hospital for further examination.

Ankudinoff, Baker and Cure walked off the track and were being treated for bruises and burns.

The team pursuit competition begins with qualifying on Thursday.

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5:40 p.m.

No elevator ride for Juan Martin del Potro this time, understandably. Just another victory in Olympic tennis.

A day after getting stuck for 40 minutes in an athletes' village elevator before upsetting No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Rio de Janeiro Games tournament's first round, del Potro was back on court Monday and produced a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory over Portugal's Joao Sousa with the help of 16 forehand winners.

That match started 15½ hours after del Potro finished beating Djokovic in straight sets Sunday night. Earlier that day, the 6-foot-6 Argentine found himself trapped while trying to get from one floor to another — until getting rescued by countrymen competing in handball in Brazil.

Asked if he took an elevator before facing Sousa, del Potro replied with a laugh: "Not today."

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