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Updated: Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 6:47 AM
USA women headed for gold medal showdown tomorrow
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|Cal grad Alex Morgan scored in the second overtime period to lift the U.S. women's soccer team to a dramatic 4-3 victory over Canada in the semifinals of the 2012 London Olympic Games on Monday.
The victory sets up a rematch of the 2011 World Cup final between the Americans and Japan on Thursday at 11:45 a.m. (PT).
Defending World Cup champion Japan defeated France, 2-1, in the other semifinal.
Megan Rapinoe scored twice and Olympic veteran Abby Wambach converted a penalty kick in the 80th minute to set up overtime.
In the 123rd minute, the match on the verge of going into a shootout, Morgan headed a cross from Heather O'Reilly into the back of the net to give the U.S. its first lead of the match.
Christine Sinclair, who scored all three goals, gave the Canadians the early advantage, scoring in the 22nd minute.
Stanford grad Kelley O'Hara, the left outside back, continued her streak of playing every minute of every match, one of three U.S. players to do so.
She was forced to step off the field in overtime after a collision forced her to receive treatment.
O'Hara sparked several attacks up the left flank, and Cardinal grad Rachel Buehler, who was replaced in the second overtime shortly after landing awkwardly in another collision, was a stalwart in central defense.
Canada's coach accused the U.S. of "illegal tactics" on Sunday, yet it was Canada which was called for two quick fouls in the first minute and were called for six fouls in the first 35 minutes.
Through the first half, Canada was called for eight fouls to the U.S. five. Overall, the U.S. was called for 20 fouls to Canada's 19.
The Americans outshot the Canadians 18-9, though both countries got seven shots on goal.
Men's water polo
Stanford grads Tony Azevedo, Peter Hudnut and Layne Beaubien each scored a goal for the U.S. Olympic team but the Americans fell to Hungary, 11-6, Monday in the final game of the qualification round.
The U.S., which has lost two straight, still advance into Wednesday's quarterfinal match and will take on Croatia.
Track and field
Stanford grad Jillian Camarena-Williams finished eighth in her group of the women shot put qualification round at the summer Olympics on Monday and will not advance to the finals.
Camarena-Williams' best effort was 59-7 3/4, off her personal best by over six feet, and just under her 59-8 1/2 from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where she finished 12th overall.
American Michelle Carter, who finished 15th in Beijing, recorded a throw of 60-2 1/4 to advance to the finals. The San Jose native has the shot put in her blood.
Her father and coach, Michael Carter, won the silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games in the shot put and then enjoyed an all-pro career with the San Francisco 49ers.
In the finals, Carter had the best Olympic showing by a U.S. women's shot putter in 16 years, placing sixth Monday night.
She opened her competition with a throw of 62-6 and was in seventh after three rounds. She improved to 63-8 3/4 in round 4 to move up to fifth, but could not improve on that mark and finished sixth for the highest finish by a U.S. woman since Connie Price-Smith was fifth in 1996.
Team USA's Maria Koroleva, a Stanford junior, and Mary Killman have advanced to the duet final at the Aquatics Centre in London's Olympic Park.
The U.S. duet, making their Olympic debut, scored 88.270 points to place 11th in the free routine on Monday, and they are in 10th place in the overall standings at 176.170. The pair tallied 44.200 points for technical merit and 44.070 for artistic impression.
--Palo Alto Online Sports
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