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US wins Beijing rematch against Brazil
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LONDON (AP) — Captain Clay Stanley scored 19 points as the U.S. men's volleyball team beat Brazil 3-1 on Thursday at the London Olympics, in a repeat of the Beijing Games final the Americans also won.

The 23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-17 victory extended the U.S. team's Olympic winning streak to 11 matches, dating back to the Beijing Games.

Earlier Thursday, Zbigniew Bartman scored 17 points for Poland as it defeated Argentina in straight sets to improve to 2-1. Captain Bartosz Kurek added 15 points in the 25-18, 25-20, 25-16 win over Argentina, which fell to 1-2 in pool play.

The victory delighted the mostly pro-Team Polska crowd, who sang, chanted and stomped throughout the match.

Poland, ranked No. 3 in the world by the sport's governing body, is considered among the favorites in London. The team has been on the upswing since hiring accomplished Italian coach Andrea Anastasi early last year and recently won the World League, beating top-ranked Brazil three times in the early round and again in the finals.

Russia easily defeated Tunisia in straight sets, 25-21, 25-15 25-23.

At an early match, basketball star Vlade Divac was on hand to cheer Serbia, which lost 3-2 to Germany. Georg Grozer scored a stunning 39 points in the 22-25, 27-29, 25-18, 25-20, 20-18 victory.

The Germans and Serbians are both 1-2 in the preliminary round.

Bulgaria, which upset Poland earlier in the competition, defeated Australia in straight sets. Todor Aleksiev had 16 points in the 25-23, 25-21, 25-22 victory.

Bulgaria is undefeated in the preliminary round, surprising because the team came to London in disarray.

After Bulgaria earned an Olympic berth at a qualification tournament in Sofia, the coach and a top player suddenly resigned to protest their country's leadership of the sport.

Coach Radostin Stoychev and spiker Matey Kaziyski have called for the resignation of Bulgarian federation chief Dancho Lazarov.

The fifth ranked U.S. team dropped the first set but rebounded to win the next two at London's Earls Court, where the Brazilian fans far outnumbered their U.S. counterparts.

On a roll, the team went up 17-10 in the fourth on Russell Holmes' block, despite Brazil finally inserting star Giba into the match. Reid Priddy spiked for match point.

Priddy finished with 17 points. Leandro Vissotto Neves led No. 1 Brazil with 15 points.