Michael Phelps golden in final race, Serena Williams tops Sharapova
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LONDON (AP) Michael Phelps ended his swimming career with another gold medal, helping the U.S. win the medley relay at the London Olympics. It was his fourth of the Games, to go along with two silver.
Phelps left the sport with a record 18 golds and 22 medals overall.
Other notes from London:
- Earlier in the pool, the U.S. set a world record while winning the women's medley relay. Missy Franklin, 17, swam the leadoff backstroke leg, Rebecca Soni the breaststroke, Dana Vollmer competed in butterfly and Allison Schmitt had the anchor leg in freestyle.
- Oscar Pistorius of South Africa became the first amputee to compete on the track at an Olympics, finishing second in his 400-meter heat to advance. Pistorius is a double-amputee who runs on carbon-fiber blades.
- Galen Rupp of the U.S. won a silver medal in the men's 10,000 meters. Somali-born training partner Mo Farah took gold for Great Britain.
- The U.S. men's basketball team survived its first true test of the 2012 Olympics, coming from behind in the fourth quarter to defeat Lithuania 99-94 in preliminary round play. LeBron James took over late, scoring nine of his 20 points in the final four minutes to help the Americans remain unbeaten.
- In tennis, Serena Williams dominated Russia's Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 at Wimbledon to win her first Olympic singles gold medal. She joins Steffi Graf as the only women with career Grand Slams and Olympic gold -- the so-called 'Golden Slam.'
- Two-time gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor beat the Netherlands in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament.