From The Associated Press:
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — No gold for Hope Solo, but plenty of bitterness. And a big scare for the U.S. men’s basketball team.
The United States women’s soccer team was eliminated by Sweden in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals Friday, a startling loss for the four-time Olympic champions.
The U.S. goalkeeper criticized the Swedes for the way they played in beating the Americans 4-3 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw – a result that means the world’s top-ranked team will miss out on an Olympic gold-medal match in women’s soccer for the first time.
Solo was angered by Sweden’s defensive style and branded the team a “bunch of cowards.”
“The best team did not win today,” she said. “I strongly and firmly believe that.”
Said Sweden coach Pia Sundhage: “It’s OK to be a coward if you win.” Sundhage once coached Solo when the Swede was in charge of the U.S. national team.
Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving & Co. survived their second straight strong challenge at the Rio de Janeiro Games, fending off Serbia 94-91 when Bogdan Bogdanovic missed a 3-pointer from the left wing with 2 seconds left that would have tied it.
Kevin Durant grabbed the rebound to keep the Americans unbeaten 48 hours after they barely escaped against Australia.
Seeking their third straight gold medal, the Americans built an early 18-point lead but couldn’t put away the Serbs, who lost by 29 to the U.S. in the 2014 Basketball World Cup final.
Even as another round of rain made for a steamy day once the skies cleared in Rio, South America’s first Olympics lingered under clouds of grief, doping and disrespect.
-Brazil’s government declared a day …