LONDON — Coach Geno Auriemma is looking for little ways to improve an already dominant U.S. women’s basketball team.
His focus for Friday’s game was rebounding.
Tina Charles and her teammates got the message, then pulled down a team-record 62 rebounds in an 88-61 win over the Czech Republic on Friday night.
“Coach definitely put an emphasis of getting on the offensive boards,” said Charles, who grabbed 15 rebounds and had 16 points. “We got to keep doing that.”
Angel McCoughtry finished with 11 boards, Lindsay Whalen nine and Maya Moore eight for the Americans (4-0).
TENNIS: Roger Federer leaned on the net, exhausted but exhilarated after winning the final set 19-17 to earn his first Olympic singles medal.
Federer played for four hours, 26 minutes to beat Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17. It was the longest three-set men’s match of the Open era.
“I definitely got a sense that it was something special,” the top-seeded Federer said. “The deeper we went into the match, the more I thought, ‘Wow, this is so cool to be part of a match like this.’”
With the comeback victory, the four-time Olympian is assured at least a silver. On Sunday he’ll play in the final against No. 3 Andy Murray, of Britain, who beat No. 2 Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, 7-5, 7-5.
Serena Williams also clinched her first Olympic singles medal, beating No. 1-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-2. Today, the No. 4-seeded Williams will face first-time Olympian Maria Sharapova, who beat Russian teammate Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-3.
SOCCER: Abby Wambach slid onto a pass in the 27th minute to knock home her fourth goal of the tournament and then celebrated with a cartwheel in the United States’ 2-0 win over New Zealand in the quarterfinals.
Sydney Leroux added an insurance goal in the 87th minute for the two-time defending Olympic champion Americans.
TRACK AND FIELD: Expectations that the London Olympics track meet would be filled with good times were quickly confirmed on Day 1, with seven sprinters running women’s 100-meter heats in 11 seconds or better Friday night, led by the 10.83 turned in by world champion Carmelita Jeter, of the U.S.
She was joined in today’s semifinals by Americans Allyson Felix and Tianna Madison.
Defending Olympic gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, of Jamaica, won her heat in 11 flat.
BOXING: A few hours after the U.S. men’s team thought it was done, amateur boxing’s governing body decided Errol Spence deserved to fight on.
AIBA overturned Spence’s loss to Indian welterweight Krishan Vikas late Friday night, five hours after the defense-minded Vikas had apparently clutched and grabbed his way to a 13-11 victory.
Spence advanced into the quarterfinals to face Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy on Tuesday. If he wins, the American men’s team will avoid leaving the Olympics with no medals for the first time ever.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Defending beach volleyball gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, of the United States, were knocked out of the Olympics by Italy. The Americans were among the favorites to win another gold medal.
Earlier on Friday, Americans Jennifer Kessy and April Ross beat Switzerland’s Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr to advance to the quarterfinals.
VOLLEYBALL: Destinee Hooker scored 19 points and the U.S. women’s team clinched the top spot in its pool with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-16 victory over Serbia.
EQUESTRIAN: Charlotte Dujardin’s record score riding Valegro helped Britain take a slender lead over Germany after the two-day first round of the dressage competition.
Rafalca, co-owned by the wife of U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and ridden by Jan Ebeling, scored 70.243 percent to place 30th out of 50 riders.