U.S. Women Claim

Soccer Championship

* It took overtime, but the United States women's soccer team won the gold medal yesterday, defeating Brazil, 2-1. The win was a return to glory for the Americans, who won gold in 1996 in Atlanta and got silver in Sydney in 2000.

The team was anchored by the "Fab Five" -- Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy, Joy Fawcett and Kristine Lilly. Hamm, Foudy and Fawcett have said they will retire from the national team, making this game a final victory lap for the athletes who helped popularize women's soccer.

Germany defeated Sweden for the bronze medal.

* Men's basketball: The U.S. team might be coming together at just the right time. The group, which includes Allen Iverson, Tim Duncan and Stephon Marbury, put together its best game of the Games, beating Spain, 102-94, yesterday.

Spain, which hadn't lost during the Olympics, is out of medal contention. The United States, which has lost two games so far, needs to win its next two games to bring home the gold.

* Men's 200 meters: American sprinters finished 1, 2, 3. Shawn Crawford won the gold, while Bernard Williams and Justin Gatlin took silver and bronze.

From left, Julie Foudy, Joy Fawcett, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Brandi Chastain celebrate.