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US wins in basketball on wet day at the Olympics

 United States players, from right, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, James Harden (12), Kobe Bryant (10) and Kevin Durant gather for a men's team bask...
 Zara Phillips from Great Britain arrives to competes with her horse High Kingdom in the equestrian eventing dressage phase during the equestrian even...

London Olympics Basketball Men

United States players, from right, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, James Harden (12), Kobe Bryant (10) and Kevin Durant gather for a men's team bask...

London Olympics Equestrian

Zara Phillips from Great Britain arrives to competes with her horse High Kingdom in the equestrian eventing dressage phase during the equestrian even...

With all the rain at the London Olympics on Sunday, it was just as well that Kobe Bryant and the star-packed American basketball team played indoors.
On a day when host country Britain claimed its first medal of the games _ a silver by cyclist Lizzie Armitstead in the rain-slickened road race _ Kevin Durant scored 22 points and Bryant added 10 as the Americans beat France 98-71 in their tournament opener. First Lady Michelle Obama was cheering in the stands.
LeBron James, who had eight assists for the Americans, said the effort was far from perfect.
"We had too many turnovers, too many fouls and we had a couple of defensive rebounds we could have come up with," James said. "But overall, we played a pretty good game for as close to 40 minutes as possible."
San Antonio guard Tony Parker, who scored 10 points for France, said the U.S. team is "going to be very, very tough to beat."
After a week of sunshine, heavy rain on the second day of competition affected the start of tennis on the lawn courts at Wimbledon and gave horses problems in the dressage portion of the three-day event.
Tickets were offered to local school children and soldiers who stepped in to guard the games after it emerged that blocks of prime seats were being left empty at Olympic venues that are reportedly sold out.
Organizing chief Sebastian Coe, responding to the criticism, said the troops and students would fill the gaps.
In the 140-kilometer race held in mostly pelting rain, Armitstead took silver behind first-place Marianne Vos of the Netherlands.
Marianne Vos, a former world champion, made a daring move past Russia's Olga Zabelinskaya to emerge from a three-rider breakaway on the straight near Buckingham Palace.
"It is the most special thing I have ever experienced," Armitstead said of cheering local fans who braved the terrible weather along the route. "It was crazy, so inspiring."
The joy of Britain's first medal was tempered by news from the country's athletics federation that its top marathoner, Paula Radcliffe, has pulled out of the Aug. 5 race due to a foot injury.
The inclement weather didn't bother the swimmers at the indoor Aquatics Centre. American Ryan Lochte had the second-fastest time in qualifying for the 200-meter freestyle, the morning after his stunning win in a 400-meter individual medley final that will be famous for the fact Michael Phelps missed a medal.
"I didn't get to bed until like 2 a.m. so I'm a little tired, but it was a prelims swim, so I'm not too worried about it," said Lochte, who went out with family and friends to celebrate his victory. Phelps won an unprecedented eight golds at the Beijing Olympics, but now can't win any more than six in London.
While the weather was bad, there were other problems: a female gymnast from Uzbekistan was provisionally suspended after failing a doping test, the second case of the games. The IOC says Luiza Galiulina tested positive for the diuretic furosemide on Wednesday. It came a day after the IOC expelled Albanian weightlifter Hysen Pulaku from the games after he tested positive for the banned steroid stanozolol on July 23.
St. Kitts & Nevis sprinter Tameka Williams was sent home by her team for a potential drug violation. Williams had been using a substance which was "clearly outside the medical code," St. Kitts Olympic committee vice president Dennis Knight told The Associated Press.
Knight said Williams had not tested positive, but the team acted after consulting with the World Anti-Doping Agency "to find out about the product," which was not disclosed.
Hundreds of fans wanting to see New Zealand, Brazil, Belarus and Egypt were stranded in London or forced to sit on the train floor Sunday as service operators supplied only two morning London-to-Manchester services in time for the noon kickoff of the New Zealand-Egypt match in Manchester, 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of London.
At Wimbledon in southwest London, the new retractable roof came in handy. Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Venus Williams were scheduled to play.
Maria Sharapova won her Olympic debut, beating Shahar Peer of Israel 6-2, 6-0 on the protected Centre Court. Some 22 matches on other courts were postponed.
In the first of 14 gold medals on offer Sunday, shooter Guo Wenjun defended her women's 10-meter air pistol title, giving China its second gold at the range.
Kimberly Rhode won the gold medal in women's skeet, making her the first American to win an individual-sport medal in five consecutive Olympics.
An Kae Um won North Korea's first gold medal of the games in the women's judo 52-kilogram category. The 20-year-old An defeated Acosta Bermoy of Cuba in the final in a match that went into overtime.
Elsewhere, the 3-meter synchronized springboard was won by Chinese divers He Zi and Wu Minxia.
At the Olympic equestrian complex, Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, had a few royal fans in the stands as she made her equestrian debut.
Phillips' grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, as well as her mother, Princess Anne, were in the VIP seats at Greenwich Park as Phillips rode her horse, High Kingdom, through the paces of a standard dressage test to demonstrate the horse's obedience.
She scored 48.10 penalty points despite a mistake toward the beginning of her canter in the first "flying change."
In an important water polo preliminary, Serbia beat three-time defending champion Hungary 14-10 in a match between bitter pool rivals and medal favorites.