LONDON (AP) - With a surge of medals in track and field, the United States has sprinted ahead of China and is poised to finish atop the medals table at the London Olympics - maybe with the most golds ever collected by the Americans on foreign soil.
- With Justin Gatlin running the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay, the U.S. broke a 20-year-old national record in its preliminary round, finishing in 37.38 seconds - a hundredth of a second faster than Jamaica competing without Usain Bolt. The record, set in 1992 with Carl Lewis running the anchor leg, was 37.40. In Saturday's final, Bolt will run the anchor leg, while Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and 100 and 200 runner-up Yohan Blake will run in the first three spots, as they did in the preliminaries.
LONDON (AP) - LeBron James turned away from his teammates gathered in the center circle and waved to the fans as if to say: "See you Sunday."
LONDON (AP) - The United States won its first gold medal in women's water polo, getting five goals from Maggie Steffens and a sterling performance from goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong to cruise to an 8-5 win over Spain on Thursday.
WEMBLEY, England (AP) - The game was nearly as grand as the stage, in doubt until the last seconds and so important that the winning country's commander in chief was following it back home. Across town, Usain Bolt was doing in London what he did in Beijing, but for 80,203 people at Wembley Stadium and the two best women's soccer teams in the world, this was their Olympic moment.
- Christian Taylor won the triple jump gold medal, overtaking U.S. teammate Will Claye with his fourth jump in the final. Taylor, the world champion, earned the Olympic title with a best jump of 17.81 meters.
LONDON (AP) - Time for those swirling ribbons and shiny balls, the nose clips and sparkly caps. The Michael Phelps-Ryan Lochte show is long over. So is all-around gymnastics.
LONDON (AP) - Four-time defending champion United States stifled Australia's offense and shut down its towering center Liz Cambage in the second half for a 86-73 win, advancing to the final of the women's Olympic basketball tournament.
LONDON (AP) - When the stakes are the biggest, the spotlight most bright, Usain Bolt is as good as gold.
WEMBLEY, England (AP) - Abby Wambach didn't put on her "Greatness Has Been Found" T-shirt right away. She instead strayed from her teammates and knelt alone at midfield - and cried into a U.S. flag.
LONDON (AP) - Instead of one victory lap, Ashton Eaton got four.
LONDON (AP) - Ten mesmerizing minutes can't make the U.S. men's basketball team forget the last 10 years.
- Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third consecutive Olympic beach volleyball gold medal, beating April Ross and Jennifer Kessy in an all-American final. The Athens, Beijing and now London gold medalists have never lost a match at the Olympics. They won in straight sets, 21-16, 21-16. It was the Olympic farewell for May-Treanor.
LONDON (AP) - Katie Taylor's biggest rival believes the Irish lightweight boxer gets much more help than she needs from referees, judges and even the highest levels of the amateur sport.
LONDON (AP) - Misty May-Treanor danced on the sand and then off it, leaving Horse Guards Parade with Kerri Walsh Jennings and a third gold medal.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Novak Djokovic opened the defense of his Dubai Championships title with a straight sets victory over Denis Istomin, while second-seeded Juan Martin del Potro had to retire from his first-round match on Tuesday.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - By the busload, the world's athletes and visitors rolled toward Sochi's airport and took off for home Monday, fresh from a Winter Games experience that many Russians pronounced a smashing success and that the Olympic movement's chief enthusiastically labeled a victory for the region and the host nation. "Yes! We did it!" one Olympic volunteer exulted as she darted into the night.
LONDON (AP) - For athletes and spectators at Sochi, it's time to pack up. But for the host cities, the real challenge begins with the end of the Olympics. How do they continue to use the expensive stadiums after the party's over? What happens to the athletes' villages? What is the legacy of the games? Here's a look at what some past Summer and Winter Games sites around the world look like post-Olympics.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Sidney Crosby skated in alone on Henrik Lundqvist, faking Sweden's goalie to the ice with a textbook-quality deke and sliding a perfect backhand into the net.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Flushed with pride after its athletes' spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated Sunday night with a visually stunning finale that handed off a smooth but politically charged Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - For the rematch, Canada skipped the overtime and shelved the theatrics.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - The Olympic men's figure skating gold medalist is 19 years old. The women's champion is 17.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - The puck skittered the length of the ice on its way toward the empty Canadian net before clanging off the post and stopping in front of the crease.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - It was a day of firsts.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - For hockey fans, it should be a fantastic Friday.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) - Vic loves Alena. Alena loves Vic.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Anxiety and energy. Conviction and courage.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) - Bode Miller's Sochi Olympics are over, one race earlier than he had hoped.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - A Russian hockey team with immense expectations lost its shot at an Olympic title Wednesday at a Winter Games tempered by violence both in the host city and in nearby Ukraine.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Phil Kessel is the first American in more than a decade to score a hat trick in an Olympic hockey tournament.