Pan American Games
A review of what happened Thursday at Rio de Janeiro:
Two Cuban boxers who defected during the games signed five-year contracts to fight for a cable television outlet in Germany. Guillermo Rigondeaux, a bantamweight who won gold at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, and Erislandy Lara, an amateur welterweight world champion, signed with Arena TV.
In women’s synchronized platform diving, Emilie Heymans and Marie-Eve Marleau of Canada took the top spot, and Americans Haley Ishimatsu (Seal Beach) and Mary Beth Dunnichay (Elwood, Ind.) were third.
Canada also won the men’s 3-meter springboard with Alexandre Despatie. Troy Dumais (Ventura), a two-time Olympian, got the bronze.
Brazil, using most of the players who will represent it in the Women’s World Cup in September, routed the Under-20 U.S. squad, 5-0, to win the gold medal. Player of the year Marta scored twice on penalty kicks in dominating the young Americans. A crowd of 67,778 saw the game.
Canada beat Mexico, 2-1, for the bronze.
The world champion U.S. softball team got a third no-hitter in as many games as Cat Osterman of Houston was perfect, striking out 14 in a 10-0 rout of Cuba. The game was shortened to five innings by the mercy rule.
Crsytl Bustos of Canyon Country and Lovie Jung of Riverside both had homers. Bustos drove in four runs in the game and Andrea Duran of Selma, Calif., had three RBIs.
Tony Azevedo of Santa Ana scored four goals as the Americans won the gold medal and qualified for the Beijing Olympics. They will join the U.S. women, who won the Pan Am gold earlier in the tournament, at the 2008 Games.
American women won four medals, two gold. At 72 kilograms, Kristie Marano (Albany, N.Y.) was the champion, and the 63-kilos winner was Sara McMann of Iowa City.
Carol Huynh of Canada won at 48 kilos, with Stephanie Murata (Minden, Nev.) taking bronze. Jackeline Renteria of Colombia got the win at 55 kilos, followed by silver medalist Marcie VanDusen (Lake Arrowhead).
Chile’s Diego Borquez won the karate 80-kilo gold medal. At 75 kilos, it was Gustavo Dionisio of the Dominican Republic. And the women’s 53-kilo winner was Cheili Gonzalez of Guatemala.
Jenny Nichols of Cheyenne, Wyo., won the gold medal in women’s archery with 107 points, beating Mexico’s Aida Roman, who had 103.
Americans continued to roll through the bowling event. Rhino Page of Clovis, Calif., who previously won the men’s team gold, captured the individual title. Former pro Tennelle Milligan of Orange captured the women’s event.
The United States had 187 medals (81 gold, 69 silver, 37 bronze) through Thursday. Next was Brazil with 117, 35 gold, the same number of gold as Cuba.
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