The Latest: US men survive another challenge, beat Serbia




RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):

9:25 p.m.

Kyrie Irving scored 15 points and the U.S. men's basketball team survived its second straight strong challenge in the Rio Games, edging Serbia 94-91.

The Americans won their 48th consecutive international tournament game, but it was anything but easy.

Serbia's Bogdan Bogdanovic missed a 3-pointer from the left wing with 2 seconds left that would have tied it, and Kevin Durant grabbed the rebound to keep the Americans unbeaten. They barely escaped against Australia on Wednesday.

Seeking their third straight gold medal, the Americans built an early 18-point lead on Friday but couldn't put away the Serbians, who lost by 29 to the U.S. in the 2014 Basketball World Cup final.

DeAndre Jordan scored 13 and Carmelo Anthony 12 for the U.S., which will close pool play on Sunday against France.

Nikola Jokic scored 25 and Miroslav Raduljica 18 before fouling out for Serbia.

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9:25 p.m.

Sophie Schmidt scored in the 56th minute and Canada advanced to the women's soccer semifinals at the Rio Games with a 1-0 upset France on Friday night.

The tenth-ranked Canadians, who won the bronze medal at the London Olympics, had not dropped a match in Brazil but faced a tough quarterfinal against No. 3 France.

Canada will play Germany on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.

Canada also defeated France in the bronze medal match in London.

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9:25 p.m.

The Netherlands has one team through to the quarterfinals in the men's bracket at the Copacabana beach volleyball venue.

Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst beat Mexico 21-18, 21-15 in the opening round of the knockout stage on Friday. Nummerdor is at his third Olympics, and he's never finished worse than fifth.

The other Dutch men's team will play on Saturday. If it beats Canada, there will be an all-Dutch matchup for a spot in the semifinals.

Italy is already going head-to-head later on Friday with the two men's teams meeting in the round of 16.

Nummerdor said: "It's not nice in the Olympics that you compete with your own country."

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9:20 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT-WORLD RECORD: Iran opened its account in Rio with a gold medal and a world record as Kianoush Rostami outmuscled his rivals to win the men's 85-kilogram weightlifting class.

Rostami knelt and kissed the platform before adopting a position of prayer after his lift of 217 kilograms in the clean and jerk, which when added to his 179 from the snatch gave him a winning total of 396 — one kilo above the world record he had set in May.

The silver went to China's Tian Tao on 395. Tian had a high-risk strategy of attempting 217 on his last lift after twice failing at 210, thus risking finishing last if he didn't make the lift.

Bronze went to Romania's Gabriel Sincraian on 390. Sincraian only returned last year from a two-year ban for doping.

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9:05 p.m.

Tirunesh Dibaba already clinched a track and field bronze in the 10,000 meters early Friday. Now it is time for younger sister Genzebe to step forward in the 1,500.

World champion Genzebe easily qualified for the semifinals of the 1,500 late Friday, distancing opposition with a kick a lap from home and coasting from then on.

But she was so relaxed that she swerved closely to the inside rail and had to take a corrective step to get back in line. It was her only problem toward a time of 4 minutes 10.61 seconds, more than 20 seconds off her world record.

The semifinal is Sunday and the final on Tuesday.

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8:05 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Russia won the men's team foil event Friday for its sixth fencing medal of the Rio Games.

Russia rallied from five points down to beat France 45-41, capturing its third gold medal in fencing so far. Hungary and the United States are second in the sport's medal count with three.

The Russians were trailing 35-30 when Artur Akhmatkhuzin scored 10 quick points to help clinch the bout.

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7:50 p.m.

Steve Johnson and Jack Sock have won the men's doubles bronze for the United States, the first medal of the Rio Olympics tennis competition.

Johnson and Sock beat the Canadian pair of Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 6-2, 6-4 on Friday night.

Sock and Pospisil won the Wimbledon doubles championship together in 2014.

Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez of Spain are facing Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau of Romania in the gold-medal match.

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7:35 p.m.

One of the United States' best medal contenders in BMX cycling plans to wear a brace around the left hand that he broke in the spring.

Connor Fields and the rest of his BMX teammates arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Friday for the Summer Olympics. They'll start practicing Monday, with seeding runs starting later in the week.

Fields broke a bone in the left hand while preparing for a race in April. He finally got back on the bike in June.

Fields says he has been fitted with a special brace while riding. He says the injury is not completely healed, though he's well enough to do everything he needs to do on the bike.

Fields was one of the top-ranked racers in the world before he got hurt. He's part of a deep U.S. squad full of medal hopefuls.

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7:30 p.m.

American diver Abby Johnston doesn't mind competing in the green-tinged water at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center.

Well, except for one little matter.

Johnston is worried about her hair. She says "if my hair turns green, I will send my hair-dye bill to the Olympics."

Johnston posted the sixth-best score in the preliminaries of 3-meter springboard Friday, sending her to the semifinals.

As for the water at the diving pool, it seems to be getting back to normal.

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6:50 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT-WORLD RECORD: The British pursuit squad of Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Owain Doull beat Australia in world-record time to win its third straight Olympic gold medal in the event.

Wiggins also became the most decorated Olympian in British history with his fifth gold medal and eighth overall. He was tied with retired track cyclist Chris Hoy, who also won seven medals.

Britain broke its own world record in the semifinals before topping it again in the finals, stopping the clock in 3 minutes, 50.265 seconds. That beat the Australian team of Alexander Edmondson, Jack Bobridge, Michael Hepburn and Sam Welsford, who finished in 3:51.008 to take silver.

Denmark beat New Zealand to earn bronze.

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MEDAL ALERT: Dorian van Rijsselberghe of the Netherlands has clinched the men's windsurfing gold medal and Clint Dempsey of Britain has clinched the silver, the same order of finish as in the London Games in 2012.

Van Rijsselberghe and Dempsey still have to sail the medals race on Sunday. The two congratulated each other after crossing the finish line on the Atlantic Ocean on Friday after the 12th race. The Dutchman had finishes of first, first and sixth — his lowest of the series — to finish with 23 points. Dempsey, who led the first two days of the regatta, went 5-7-8 to finish for 44 points.

The bronze medal will be up for grabs on Sunday.

It's a carbon copy repeat of London 2012 when van Rijsselberghe took gold ahead of the Briton.

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6:50 p.m.

Australian Open champ Angelique Kerber will play for the Olympic singles gold medal after yet another big win in 2016.

The second-seeded German beat American Madison Keys 6-3, 7-5 in the semifinals Friday, saving all 10 break points she faced. Kerber will play Puerto Rico's Monica Puig for gold Saturday.

The 28-year-old Kerber made her first major final in January, stunning Serena Williams for the title in Melbourne. She got to another Grand Slam title match at Wimbledon, losing there to Williams.

But with Williams upset in the third round in Rio de Janeiro, Kerber has looked comfortable in the role of favorite. She has yet to drop a set through five rounds.

The seventh-seeded Keys will face two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova for the bronze medal Saturday.

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6:50 p.m.

Looking to bounce back from the disappointment of missing out on a synchronized diving medal, Jennifer Abel of Canada led the way in the preliminaries of the women's 3-meter springboard.

Abel topped the favored Chinese on Friday with a five-round score of 373.00 points. He Zi was right behind at 367.05, followed by teammate and reigning world champion Shi Tingmao at 357.55.

The top 18 advanced to Saturday's semifinals, where the field will be culled to 12 divers for the final.

The Chinese are hoping to rebound from a bronze medal in the men's springboard synchronized event, which cost the diving powerhouse a chance to sweep all eight events. They have won women's 3-meter springboard at seven straight Olympics, one short of the eight consecutive titles won by the United States from 1920-56.

A morning practice session was called off so officials would work to clean the green-tinged water. The color appeared closer to normal during the competition thought it was still a bit murky.

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6:40 p.m.

A Brazilian swimmer has filed a police report after receiving hateful messages on social media.

Rio de Janeiro police are investigating Facebook users who wrote offensive messages on a photo shared by swimmer Joanna Maranhao after she failed to qualify for the 200-meter individual medley final.

Maranhao went to the police station on Friday and said the comments wishing she was raped were hurtful. The 29-year-old swimmer initially expressed her anger in a post-race interview on Tuesday after the 200-meter butterfly.

Discriminatory posts are investigated by special internet crime units in Brazil and users can be punished for defamation, slander or injury.

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6:40 p.m.

Melanie Behringer scored a 76th-minute winner as Germany defeated China 1-0 to reach the semifinals of the women's Olympic soccer tournament on Friday.

Behringer scored with a superb long-range shot when China was already a player down because of a second yellow card shown to Wang Shanshan in the 57th.

China had a chance to tie late but Wang Shuang missed an 84th-minute penalty kick, sending her shot into the post and keeping alive Germany's hopes of winning the gold medal for the first time.

A two-time World Cup champion, Germany won the Olympic bronze three times.

It will now play either Canada of France, which play later Friday.

China won the silver medal in 1996.

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6:30 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Gong Jinjie and Zhong Tianshi have won the gold medal in the women's team sprint at the Rio Olympics, beating the Russian team of Daria Shmeleva and Anastasia Voinova in the finals.

China broke its own world record in the semifinals, beating Spain with a time of 31.928 seconds, before knocking off the Russians to improve on the silver it won at the London Games.

Gong teamed with Guo Shuang in that effort four years ago.

The German team of Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel, the reigning Olympic champions, beat the Australian pair of Anna Meares and Stephanie Morton to claim bronze.

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6:30 p.m.

Flamengo, Botafogo and Vasco da Gama are three of the most famous soccer clubs in Rio de Janeiro — and all of Brazil. But their rivalry began in a different sport: rowing.

All three started as rowing clubs and that legacy remains a key part of their identity.

Flamengo's official name is Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, or Flamengo regatta club. The original crest had an anchor and two oars and is still used by the Flamengo rowing team. The club's official song, chanted by fans at soccer games, makes several references to rowing.

Flamengo's sports complex sits just next to the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon where the Olympic regatta is taking place.

These days rowing doesn't have the same stature in Rio as it did in the club's beginnings when big crowds would follow the regattas against Botafogo and Vasco da Gama on the lagoon.

Flamengo's rowing director Edson Figueiredo says nowadays only about 100 people turn up to watch state championship races against the local rivals.

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6:15 p.m.

The U.S. fencing team won bronze Friday in men's foil, its first medal in the event in 84 years.

The Americans, led by top-ranked Alexander Massialas and Gerek Meinhardt, throttled Italy 45-31 for its third medal in fencing so far at the Rio Games.

Massialas and Daryl Homer won silver medals in their respective individual events.

Massialas and Meinhardt dominated the Italians with a three-match stretch in which they outscored their opponents 20-1. The win was especially sweet for Massialas, whose poor performance in the semifinals kept his team from fighting for a gold medal.

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6:15 p.m.

A Brazilian cyclist has been suspended after failing a doping test before the Olympics.

The international cycling federation, UCI, says Kleber Ramos tested positive for CERA, a version of the blood-boosting drug EPO, on July 31.

The test came a week before Ramos competed in the Olympic road race on Aug. 6. He did not finish

The 30-year-old Ramos was on a UCI list of provisionally suspended athletes with analysis of the backup "B'' sample still pending.

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6 p.m.

WORLD RECORD: China has shattered its own world record in the women's team sprint at the Olympic velodrome, its time of 31.928 seconds pushing it into a gold-medal match with Russia.

The team of Gong Jinjie and Zhong Tianshi broke their Olympic record set at the London Games in the first round. Then they lowered the mark of 32.034 from last year's world championships.

China is the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the event.

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6 p.m.

France's Teddy Riner has successfully defended his Olympic judo title in the men's heavyweight division at the Rio Olympics.

In an uneventful final against Japan's world number two Hisayoshi Harasawa on Friday, Riner won on penalties. He had only one versus the two that Harasawa compiled.

Riner hasn't lost a match since 2010 and never looked in danger on Friday.

It is France's second judo gold medal of the Rio Olympics — and of Friday. Earlier on the same tatami mat, France's Emilie Andeol triumphed over defending Olympic judo champion Idalys Ortiz of Cuba.

The men's bronze medals were won by Brazil's Rafael Silva and Israel's Or Sasson.

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5:45 p.m.

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo didn't shy away from what she thought of the Swedish team that eliminated the Americans from the Olympics in a penalty shootout.

Following Friday's loss, Solo said she thinks the U.S. team "played a bunch of cowards. The best team did not win today, I strongly and firmly believe that."

Solo was criticizing Sweden's style of play, which was defensive throughout the match.

In response, Sweden coach Pia Sundhage said: "It's OK to be a coward if you win."

Until Friday's loss, the reigning World Cup champions and four-time Olympic champions had not dropped a match this year.

Sundhage coached the U.S. team for five years and led the squad to gold medals in both Beijing and London.

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5:40 p.m.

WORLD RECORD: Bradley Wiggins became Britain's most decorated Olympian when he led his pursuit team past New Zealand in record time in the semifinals of the Rio Olympics.

Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Owain Doull stopped the clock in 3 minutes, 50.570 seconds, wiping out the mark of 3:51.659 they set at the London Games. They assured themselves of no worse than a silver medal but will face Australia later Friday night for gold.

It will be the eighth medal overall for Wiggins. The former Tour de France winner was tied with retired British track cyclist Chris Hoy, who has seven Olympic medals.

He is teaming with Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Owain Doull in the team pursuit.

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5:40 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: As soon as the final arrow struck the board, Ku Bonchan pumped his fist, doubled over and came up looking to the sky.

The Korean then gave his chest a double tap knowing the gold was officially his after a 7-3 defeat of Frenchman Jean-Charles Valladont in the men's individual archery Friday.

Ku had to outlast American Brady Ellison in a shootout in the semifinal just to advance, but then rolled through Valladont with all 10s and nines — except for the final eight that clinched the gold.

Valladont defeated Netherlands' Sjef van den Berg 7-3 to reach the gold medal round before taking silver.

Ellison rallied from a poor final arrow in the shootout against Ku to defeat van den Berg 6-2. He had to immediately put away the disappointment of the loss because the bronze medal round began moments later. Ellison has two team silver medals, but this was his first as an individual.

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5:25 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: France's fifth-ranked Emilie Andeol has beaten defending Olympic judo champion Idalys Ortiz in the women's over-78 kilogram division, in a lengthy final that went into overtime.

It is France's first judo gold of the Rio Games.

Neither fighter managed to score within the prescribed four-minute fight time, forcing the bout into a "golden score" period. After about three minutes, Andeol managed to trip Ortiz onto her back and then proceeded to hold her down to the mat for 20 seconds, earning an immediate victory.

Andeol jumped over the barriers into the crowd afterward, hugging supporters waving the French flag.

The country will have another shot later this afternoon when top-ranked Teddy Riner fights in the men's heavyweight final.

The bronze medals were won by Japan's Kanae Yamabe and current judo world heavyweight champion Song Yu of China.

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