Leading Off: Come on, guys, let's just play basketball

08/08/2012 12:00 AM

08/08/2012 4:39 PM

After the U.S. men's basketball team dispatches Australia today (2:15 p.m., NBCSN, 1320) and Argentina beats Brazil, they'll play in Friday's semifinals.

It will be a rematch of Monday's 126-97 blowout in which tempers flared and Carmelo Anthony was hit in the groin in what he called a "cheap shot."

Argentina's Facundo Campazzo apologized to Kobe Bryant but not to Anthony, Campazzo said, because Chris Paul hadn't apologized for punching him earlier.

That's not exactly the spirit of the Olympics. Let's hope everyone behaves Friday.

Tonight's prime time

Ch. 3, 8 p.m.-midnight

Track and field: Finals in men's 110 hurdles, women's 200 meters, 400 hurdles and long jump

Diving: Women's platform final

Beach volleyball: Women's championship

Locals watch

Jamie Nieto, Sacramento, track and field: The high jumper finished sixth in Tuesday's final, clearing 7 feet, 6 inches.

Kim Conley, Sacramento, track and field: The 5,000-meter runner had a personal best of 15 minutes, 14.48 seconds Tuesday but finished 12th in her qualifying heat and failed to advance to Friday's final.

Haley Anderson, Granite Bay, swimming: The 10K open-water race begins at 4 a.m Thursday.

Medal leaders

Team	G	S	B	T	

China 34 21 18 73

U.S. 30 19 21 70

Britain 22 13 13 48

Russia 10 18 20 48

Today's poll

How much of Olympics are you watching daily?

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Tuesday's results

Which team will win the women's gold-medal soccer game?

United States: 86%

Japan: 14%

Total votes: 154

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