Courier shot down like a (red) clay pigeon

BARCELONA, Spain -- Jim Courier's game unraveled against big-serving Marc Rosset of Switzerland, and the top-ranked American lost, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1, in the third round of the Olympics.

Courier fell with a thud on red clay, his best surface. Trouble began in the opening game when he received a warning from the chair umpire for cursing while disputing a ruling.

Rosset, ranked 44th, came into the match with an 11-11 recorthis year on clay. He advanced into the quarterfinals of a tournament for the first time since February.

"I'm a little dumbfounded," U.S. coach Tom Gorman said.

Courier's loss leaves No. 3 Pete Sampras as the top remaining seed in the men's tournament.

In women's play, top seed Steffi Graf moved a step closer to her second gold medal by beating Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria, 6-3, 6-4. No. 2 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario rallied to beat Barbara Rittner of Germany, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, and No. 3 Jennifer Capriati eliminated Yayuk Basuki of Indonesia, 6-3, 6-4.


California duo wins gold in Star class

BARCELONA, Spain -- Americans Mark Reynolds of San Diego and Hal Haenel of Los Angeles didn't take any chances this time in winning a gold medal in the Star class Olympic yachting.

They clinched it even before the last race, a sharp contrast to the 1988 Olympics, when a broken mast on the final day cost them a chance for a gold.

Heading into the final day of yachting, U.S. boats led in four other classes and were second in three others.

In the Soling division, Kevin Mahaney of Bangor, Maine, Jim Brady of Annapolis and Doug Kern of Aus tin, Texas, led following the fleet races. The top six teams enter round-robin play to determine the gold medalist.


Two Americans qualify for springboard finals

BARCELONA, Spain -- Julie Ovenhouse rallied from 23rd to fifth on her final two dives, and Karen LaFace moved up eight places in one dive as both Americans qualified for the women's Olympic springboard final.

Ovenhouse of Howell, Mich., finished fifth with 291.480 points. LaFace of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., placed 11th with 279.060. The top 12 scorers advance to the final.

Irina Lachko of the Unified Team finished first with 334.890 points.


U.S. downs Australia in group opener, 8-4

BARCELONA, Spain -- Doing his best impression of Brooks Robinson afloat, 35-year-old Craig Wilson proved why he still is considered the best water polo goalie in the world.

Wilson allowed only two even-handed goals, one of which caromed off his back, as the United States opened Group A play with an 8-4 rout of Australia at the Bernat Picornell pool.

The United States, originally scheduled to play Yugoslavia today in the most eagerly awaited match of the Olympics, instead will play Czechoslovakia. The Czechoslovakians replaced the Yugoslav team, which was banned by the International Olympic Committee.


Americans denied medal-round berths

BARCELONA, Spain -- U.S. table tennis players failed to advance into the medal round of singles competition despite several victories in the final day of round-robin pool play.

Sean O'Neil of McLean, Va., defeated Santiago Roque of Cuba in the final round of his pool, 21-8, 21-15. Only players who post the best records in each of the 16 brackets advanced into the second round.


U.S. team eliminated from medal contention

BARCELONA, Spain -- Germany beat the United States, 32-16, in women's handball, eliminating the Americans from medal contention.

The United States is 0-2 and can finish no better than fifth in its pool. Leora Jones of Mount Olive, N.C., led U.S. scorers with seven goals.


South Korean women set four world marks

BARCELONA, Spain -- Cho Youn-Jeong led South Korean women archers by setting three of the team's four world records in the qualifying round.

All three U.S. women archers qualified for today's elimination rounds in the 70-, 60-, 50-, and 30-meter distances.

Denise Parker of South Jordan, Utah, finished fifth, Jennifer O'Donnell of Farmington, Mich., was 20th and Sherry Block of Colorado Springs, Colo., was 29th.

In men's archery, two of the three U.S. team members qualified for tomorrow's elimination round. Defending gold medalist Jay Barrs of Mesa, Ariz., finished 12th and Butch Johnson of Woodstock, Conn., was 30th.


Unified Team woman wins second gold

MOLLET DEL VALLES, Spain -- Marina Logvinenko of the Unified Team won her second gold medal when she finished first in women's air pistol.

Connie Petracek of Nashville, Tenn., was 24th and Libby Callahan of Upper Marlboro, Md., was 37th.

Rusty Hill of Sun City, Calif., 21, fell six points short of making the men's final round and finished in a two-way tie for 11th.


Germany cleans up with six-medal day

BANYOLES, Spain -- Thomas Lange won his second consecutive gold in the men's single sculls, as Germany collected six medals in Olympic rowing.

Lange was one of two Germans to win gold in the seven events on Lake Banyoles. Canada also won two golds. The United States won a silver and a bronze.

Lange, a 28-year-old medical student, is a three-time world champion in single sculls and two-time world champion in double sculls.

Canada won the gold in the women's coxless fours in 6:30.85. The U.S. won the silver with Shelagh Donohoe of Lowell, Mass.; Cindy Eckert of Brookfield, Wis.; Amy Fuller of Westlake, Calif., .. and Carol Feeney of Oak Park, Ill.

Marnie Elizabeth McBean and Kathleen Heddle of Canada won the gold in the women's coxless pairs. Anne Seaton of Manhattan, Kan., and Stephanie Maxwell-Pierson of Somerville, N.J., took the bronze medal in 7:08.11.


Swiss rider barred for banned medicine

BARCELONA, Spain -- A Swiss cyclist was barred from the Olympics after taking medicine containing a banned substance. "Due to an illness, Jacques Jolidon got advice from his Swiss doctor and consequently took medicine that is on the doping list," the Swiss Olympic Committee said in a statement.

Swiss officials said Jolidon had not consulted with team doctorbefore taking the medicine. They did not say what type of drug was involved.


Kakhiachvili ties world, Olympic marks

BARCELONA, Spain -- Kakhi Kakhiachvili of the Unified Team equaled world and Olympic records in his final attempt in the 198-pound weightlifting class to win the gold medal.

Kakhiachvili lifted 518 pounds in the clean and jerk to tie the world mark held by Anatoly Khrapaty of the former Soviet Union, who set it four years ago.