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Cuba pummels Netherlands to remain undefeated

Cuba became the first baseball team to go 3-0 in the Olympics, defeating the Netherlands 18-2 Tuesday behind Omar Luis' three-hitter.

The game went only 6{ innings because of the international "mercy" rule. The United States, at 2-0, is the only other unbeaten team in the tournament.

Cuba has 45 runs in its three games.

Orestes Kindelan hit his fourth homer. Juan Manrique had three hits, including a homer, and four RBI.

In other action, Nicaragua defeated South Korea 2-1, and Australia beat Japan 9-6.

U.S. opens with 3-0 record

JONESBORO, Ga. _ The U.S. women posted a 3-0 record in the first day of competition.

Holly McPeak and Nancy Reno, seeded second in the 18-team bracket, went on to a 15-4 victory.

Winning by an identical score were Gail Castro and Deb Richardson, who played Debora Schoon-Kadjik and Lisette Van de Ven of the Netherlands.

The third U.S. duo, Hanley and Barbra Fontana Harris, used some overpowering serves to pull away to a 15-8 win over Norway's Merita Bernsten and Ragni Hestad.

U.S. falls into second

CONYERS, Ga. _ The United States fell into second place in cross-country endurance, part of the three-day event.

The Americans may have lost their shot at the gold when Jill Henneberg crashed into the bridge between two ponds at fence 13 on Nirvana II and retired from the course.

The United States has 244.6 penalty points to 183.6 for Australia, and America's chances to overtake the Australians are slight.

U.S. women lose first game

ATLANTA _ A goal wiped out by an official's call helped hand the U.S. women's team its first loss, a setback in its quest for the first American hockey medal in 12 years.

The Americans apparently tied the game 1-1 with Britain when Barb Marois made a penalty corner goal with about seven minutes left to play. But the goal was nullified when an official ruled that the ball never came to a complete stop before the shot was taken, and the British held on for a 1-0 victory.

In other women's games, Australia beat Germany 1-0, Argentina beat Spain 1-0 and South Korea beat the Netherlands 3-1. In men's action, Britain and the Netherlands played to a 2-2 tie, as did South Africa and Malaysia.

Japanese, French win

ATLANTA _ Japan won one and lost one in gold medal matches.

Yuko Emoto gained the women's gold while Toshihiko Koga, with three world championships and the 1992 Olympic winner, got a men's silver in the half-middleweight division. France's Djamel Bouras beat Koga with a disputed judge's decision in the men's final that left the Japanese fighter stunned.

Emoto, a newcomer to the Olympics, beat 1993 world champion Gella Van de Caveye of Belgium in the women's final. Along the way Emoto beat France's Catherine Fleury-Vachon, the 1992 gold medalist in the class.

Jason Morris of Scotia, N.Y., beat Ukraine's Karen Balayan in the opening men's match but lost to Turkey's Irakli Uzanade in the second. Morris was the silver medalist in the division in 1992.

17-year-old takes gold

ATLANTA _ Kim Rhode will remember this summer as the one in which she lost her braces, learned to drive and won an Olympic gold medal.

The 17-year-old from El Monte, Calif., overcame the jitters to capture the first Olympic gold medal ever awarded in women's double trap. The event was added to the games this year.

She finished with 141 points, two better than silver medalist Susanne Kiermayer of Germany and bronze medalist Deserie Huddleston of Australia.

China's Wang Yifu, who collapsed after a blunder cost him the gold Saturday, was out of medals and on oxygen again when he returned to the shooting range in the 50-meter free pistol event. Boris Kokorev claimed Russia's third shooting gold.

Agassi, Seles advance

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. _ Andre Agassi, wearing long sleeves and a USA bicycle cap, made a successful Olympic debut by beating Swede Jonas Bjorkman 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5).

Top-seeded Monica Seles, a native Yugoslavian who became a U.S. citizen two years ago, also won her Olympic opener, beating Li Chen 6-0, 6-4.

Third-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, the bronze medalist in 1992, won the final three games to beat Dominique Van Roost 6-1, 7-5. Defending men's gold medalist Marc Rosset swept Hicham Arazi 6-2, 6-3.

China wins second medal

ATLANTA _ Zhan Xugang, the 1995 world champion, provided China with its second weightlifting gold medal of the Games, prevailing at 154{ pounds with three world records. Zhan, 22, lifted 358 pounds in the snatch and 429} pounds in the clean-and-jerk for a total of 788 pounds.

Kim Myong-Nam, 27, of North Korea, who won the silver medal with 760{ pounds, had held the records in all three categories. Attila Feri of Hungary won the bronze medal with a total of 755 pounds.

Tim McRae of Daytona Beach set three American records, but finished 14th out of 28 competitors.

Three U.S. groups hold 2nd

SAVANNAH, Ga. _ Defending Star Class champions Mark Reynolds and Hal Haenel were among three groups of Americans to hold second in their classes.

Courtney Becker-Dey of The Dalles, Ore., was second in the Europe class and Californians Jeff Madrigali, Jim Barton and Kent Massey were second in Soling.

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