Leading Off: 'Dream Team'? It was nearly a nightmare

08/06/2012 12:00 AM

08/06/2012 8:36 AM

See what LeBron James said after the U.S. men's basketball team nearly lost to Lithuania on Saturday?

"You want to be tested," James said.

By Lithuania?

After knocking off its first three foes by an average of 52.3 points, James and company barely got past Lithuania 99-94.

And Lithuania shouldn't be confused with Argentina, today's opponent (2:15 p.m.), or Spain, considered the second-best team at these Olympics.

Argentina has three NBA players – the Spurs' Manu Ginobili, the Suns' Luis Scola and free agent Carlos Delfino – so figure it will be gunning to take down the United States in today's final pool-play game.

Which U.S. team will show up? And what was all that silliness about this year's team being better than the 1992 Dream Team?

Tonight's prime time

Ch. 3, 8 p.m.-midnight

Track and field: Finals in men's 400 meters and 400-meter hurdles and women's pole vault

Gymnastics: Finals in men's rings and vault, women's uneven bars

Beach volleyball: Men's quarterfinals

Diving: Men's springboard final

Cycling: Track final

For more TV listings, see Page C2; for a detailed schedule of events and complete TV listings, go to sacbee.com/olympics.

Locals watch

Jamie Nieto, Sacramento, track and field: The high jumper finished fifth in his group with a leap of 7 feet, 5 inches in qualifying Sunday to advance to Tuesday's 11 a.m. final.

Becky Holliday, Penryn, track and field: The pole vaulter competes in the final today at 11 a.m.

Megan Rapinoe, Redding, soccer: The U.S. wo- men play Canada in a semi- final today at 11:45 a.m.

Kim Conley, Sacramento, track and field: Qualifying in the 5,000 meters begins Tuesday at 2:55 a.m.

Medal leaders

Team G S B T

China 30 17 14 61

United States 28 14 18 60

Britain 16 11 10 37

Russia 4 16 15 35

Japan 2 12 13 27

See Scoreboard on Page C7 for complete medal standings.

Today's poll

Who has been the biggest U.S. star of the Summer Olympics so far?

Gabby Douglas

Missy Franklin

Michael Phelps

Amy Wambach

Other

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Weekend poll results

Should U.S. athletes continue to pay taxes on their Olympics bonuses?

Yes: 43%

No: 57%

Total votes: 298

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