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Year Of The Woman At The London Games? For Americans, It's True

The U.S. women's soccer team won gold Thursday, in a victory that also kept the American women far ahead of the men in the number of medals won at the London Games: 100 to 59.

August 10, 2012 Every nation that sent a delegation to the London Games sent at least one female athlete — a first for the Olympics. This year's Team USA has more female than male athletes — and the women have won nearly twice as many medals as the men: 100 total medals, by my count, to 59 for the men.

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Boxing Maths and Aftermaths: Why Similar Scores Are A Mean System

Shiming Zou of China is declared the winner over Paddy Barnes of Ireland during their men's light flyweight boxing semifinal in London. The match was scored a 15-15 tie; Zou won on the number of punches landed.

August 10, 2012 Olympic boxing seems to know that its scoring is weird, its fan base eroding, and its status as an Olympic sport is coming into question. They can address some of those problems by using stronger math to decide who wins close bouts.

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Let's Catch Up: Taekwondo Setback, And A Spice Girls Sighting

Great Britain's Stuart Bithell leaps off the boat while teammate Luke Patience sails on as they win silver in the men's sailing 470 two-person dinghy medal race in Weymouth, England.

August 10, 2012 The final weekend of the Summer Olympics is about to begin. In the medal count, the U.S. has jumped out to a 90-80 lead over China, with 39 golds to China's 37. And Russia has overtaken Great Britain, with 57 to the host nation's 54 medals.

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Coming Up: Friday's Olympic Best Bets

August 10, 2012 Track and field will hold eight of today's 17 medal events, as the Summer Olympics moves into its final weekend. The U.S. men's basketball team plays to get into the gold medal game, and the day's highlights also include an intriguing men's soccer bronze-medal match between South Korea and Japan.

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Thursday, August 09, 2012

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Photos Of Day 13 From The Olympics

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold in the men's 200-meter final at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

August 9, 2012 Photos Of Day 13 From The Olympics

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Women's Olympic Soccer Final: U.S. Beats Japan 2-1, To Win Gold

American Carli Lloyd heads in a goal in the first half to put the U.S. up 1-0 against Japan in the Olympic gold medal match.

August 9, 2012 The U.S. women's soccer team has won their third consecutive gold medal in the Olympics. They defeated Japan at London's Wembley Stadium, in a game that set a new attendance record of more than 80,000 spectators.

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The Day In Photos: Summer Olympics 2012

Carmelita Jeter of the U.S. points at the time board as she crosses the finish line to win the women's 4x100 meter relay at the Olympic Stadium on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The U.S. set a new world record by finishing the race in 40.82 seconds.

August 9, 2012 Daily photo galleries from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Ashton Eaton Of The United States Wins Gold In Decathlon

Ashton Eaton of the United States smiles after competing in the Men's Decathlon Pole Vault  in London.

August 9, 2012 After two days and ten events, Eaton can now call himself the world's greatest athlete.

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Teenager Claressa Shields Wins Historic Gold Medal In Women's Boxing

U.S. boxer Claressa Shields (left) lands a punch on Nadezda Torlopova of Russia during the women's boxing middleweight final at the ExCel Arena in London. Shields, 17, won the first-ever gold medal in the event.

August 9, 2012 She's still in high school, but boxer Claressa Shields is also an Olympic gold medalist, as she won her middleweight bout Thursday. She defeated Russia's Nadezda Torlopova by a score of 19-12, overcoming the Russian with both speed and power.

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We See The Body Olympic: How Athletes Evolve Within Their Sports

The bodies and strategies of Olympic athletes have changed over time, as these photos of high jumpers from the 1908 and 2012 Games show.

August 9, 2012 Why do the best weightlifters have short arms? What's the biggest physical challenge that marathon runners face? What kind of advantages do athletes from West Africa — and from Asia — enjoy? The Olympics bring a fresh chance to look at those questions, and see how athletes' bodies are changing.

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Let's Catch Up: Canada Wins Bronze; Lopez Plays Waiting Game

Canada's Diana Matheson controls the ball, an instant before she struck the game-winning goal against France in the women's soccer bronze medal match Thursday.

August 9, 2012 It's Day 13 of the London Games, and the overall medal tally stands at 82 for the United States, 77 for China, and 48 for Great Britain. Here's a roundup of the news that caught our eye this morning

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