Summer Olympics, Day 8: Complete Coverage From Saturday

Everything from Day 8 at the 2012 Summer Olympics, including TV schedule, results as Saturday unfolds and all the latest from London.

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Mo Farah Wins 10,000m, American Galen Rupp Grabs Silver

Great Britain's unbelievable Saturday night on the track continued with Mo Farah's gold medal in the men's 10,000m. Galen Rupp won the silver, earning America's first medal in the event since 1964.


Men's Long Jump Final: Greg Rutherford Wins Gold For Great Britain

The United States did not ascend to the top of the podium in the men's long jump on Saturday. Host country Great Britain welcomed another gold medal to their total on Saturday.


Great Britain's Jessica Ennis Wins Heptathlon Gold

Jessica Ennis gave Great Britain its best moment of the Summer Olympics thus far, winning heptathlon Saturday night in London.


Michael Phelps, Team USA Win Gold In 4x100m Medley Relay

Led by Michael Phelps -- in his final swim ever -- the United States rallied for a win in the men's 4x100m medley relay Saturday night, giving Phelps his 18th career gold medal.


Women's 4x100m Medley Relay: United States Sets One Last World Record In Swimming

The U.S. women's swim team picked up yet another win on Saturday. They set a new world record in the 4x100m medley relay to take home the gold.


Men's 1500m Freestyle Final: Sun Yang Sets New World Record For China

Sun Yang smashed his own world record in the men's 1500m freestyle on Saturday. The Chinese swimmer took home the gold in a race that was never in doubt.


2012 Summer Olympics: Ranomi Kromowidjojo Wins Gold In Women's 50m Freestyle Final, Sets Olympic Record

Netherlands Ranomi Kromowidjojo won gold in the women's 50m freestyle in the 2012 Summer Olympics.


Weekend What To Watch At The Olympics: Men's 100m Is Must-See Viewing

What To Watch on Days 8 and 9 at the Summer Olympics, including Michael Phelps' final swim ever, the fastest woman in the world, walking (!) and the absolute must-see event of London, the men's 100 meters.


Bryan Brothers Win Men's Doubles Gold

Mike and Bob Bryan finally have their gold medal. The brothers captured the gold for the United States in the men's doubles final at the 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday.


Team USA Vs. Lithuania Final Score: LeBron James Saves Americans In 99-94 Win

With less than six minutes remaining, Team USA was in jeopardy of a shocking loss to Lithuania in the fourth game of the preliminary round of the 2012 Olympic basketball tournament. Then, LeBron James took over. The Miami Heat star scored nine points down the stretch, and the Americans held on for a 99-94 win that was competitive throughout.

Team USA took a six-point lead after three quarters, but Lithuania responded with a 9-2 run to take a two-point advantage on a three-pointer by Linas Kleiza with seven minutes remaining in the game. Lithuania maintained that advantage for a couple minutes, but Chris Paul hit a critical three-pointer with 5:39 remaining to allow Team USA to regain the lead. Then, James took over, hitting a three-pointer and dunking on the fast break to push Team USA's lead back to six points with three and a half minutes remaining.

Team USA finally polished off Lithuania a minute later. James missed a three-pointer, but Paul grabbed the rebound and passed to Deron Williams in midair for an open three-pointer. Then, after a Lithuania turnover, James drove past Darius Songaila and hit a lefty layup to give Team USA a nine-point lead with 2:10 remaining.

James finished with 20 points in the game. Carmelo Anthony added 20 points for Team USA, and Kevin Durant added 16. Linas Kleiza led all scorers with 25 points for Lithuania, while former Duke reserve Martynas Pocius added 14.

Team USA moves to 4-0 and regained control of Group A. Lithuania falls to 1-3, but they should still make the quarterfinals with a win over lowly Tunisia on Monday.

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Serena Williams Dominates Maria Sharapova To Win Olympic Gold

Serena Williams won the gold medal in women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Saturday, absolutely dismantling Maria Sharapova in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1. And really, it wasn't even that close.

Serena took the first game with three aces, broke Sharapova in the second, and then never looked back, winning the first set, 6-0. Sharapova did not hold serve and win her first game until the second set, when she made it 3-1, roughly 45 minutes into the match. The final took a total of just 63 minutes.

After Serena delayed the start a couple of times for what the NBC announcers speculated was either "nerves" or "bathroom breaks" (perhaps both?), the 2012 Wimbledon champion came out and wrecked shop against Sharapova, the tournament's No. 3 seed, and the No. 3 ranked women's player in the world. The domination was hardly anything new for Serena -- she lost just 17 games in her six matches during the Olympics, and including the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, Williams was a perfect 13-0 at the All England Club this summer.

Earlier in the day, Belarus' Victoria Azarenka won the bronze medal, defeating Russia's Maria Kirilenko, 6-3, 6-4.

For Serena, who had already completed the career grand slam, it's her first gold medal, making her just the second women's player to accomplish the career Golden Slam (Steffi Graf being the other). Serena will team up with sister Venus later Saturday afternoon in the women's doubles semifinals

After match point, Serena let out a scream and then -- on the grass court of Wimbledon, mind you -- celebrated with a perfect crip-walk.


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Oscar Pistorius Qualifies For 400m Semifinals

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, the first athlete to compete in both the Paralympic and Olympic Games, qualified for the 400m semifinals in London on Saturday. Pistorius posted the second fastest time in the first heat of the day to move on to the semis. He crossed the line in 45:44, just behind the Dominican Republic's Luguelin Santos, who posted a time of 45:04. It was best time of the year for Pistorius, and the fourth fastest of his career.

Pistorius had been working towards his Olympic debut for years, finally earning entry this summer to provide one of the best stories of the Games. He spoke about his first appearance, and the nervousness coming out of the tunnel for the first time, via Joe Battaglia of NBC:

"I've been thinking about this day for the last six years...To finally be on the track, on this stage is amazing. I'm almost speechless."

Pistorius then spoke about his run, marking the Dominican and coming in with the second-fastest time:

"I set up on the starting blocks, came out of the blocks fine," he said. "On the back straight I found a very good rhythm and felt very relaxed. Santos was on my outside and he was my marker during the race. I just keyed on him and we started accelerating quite quickly very early on the second corner.


(Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

The South African cruised across the line, indicating that he was pleased with his rhythm and happy with the time. Luguelin looked over his shoulder down the final stretch but the duo had locked up the one-two finish in the heat. An animated gif of the finish:


Pistorius will now run in the semifinals on Sunday. The men's 400m semis will begin at 3:40 p.m. ET with Pistorius scheduled to run in the second heat. The finals are set for 4:30 p.m. ET on Monday.

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Usain Bolt Runs 10.09 In 100m Heat, Team USA's Ryan Bailey Qualifies In 9.88

Athletics enters day two at the Summer Olympics on Saturday, with five medals decided in the evening session, but early on, all eyes were on the track for the round one heats of the men's 100 meters, one of marquee events of the entire Games.

With Olympic Stadium in a full roar, Jamaica's Usain Bolt won his heat in 10.09 seconds, a slow time for him, but he stumbled out of the blocks and then completely shut it down over the final 30 meters. It should be noted Bolt ran a 10.20 in the first round at Beijing. Fellow countrymen, and a couple of Bolt's biggest rivals for gold, Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake, both won their heats, too, finishing in 10.04 seconds and 10.00 seconds, respectively. All three qualified for the semifinals (Sunday, 2:45 p.m. ET).

Team USA is also sending three of its fastest runners to the semifinals: Justin Gatlin (9.97 seconds), Tyson Gay (10.08) and Ryan Bailey (9.88). Bailey's time set a new Olympic heat record for the U.S., breaking Gatlin's mark in the process, which had been established just eight minutes earlier.

The finals of the men's 100m is Sunday at 4:50 p.m. ET.


Team USA Vs. Lithuania: Time, TV Coverage And More

The United States men's basketball team is set to face off against Lithuania on Saturday morning on NBCSN.


Men's Olympic Basketball Schedule: Top Teams Square Off As Group Play Winds Down

Group play of the men's Olympic basketball tournament Saturday. Notable games include the United States vs. Lithuania and Spain vs. Russia.


2012 London Olympics Track & Field: Schedule, TV Coverage, Live Streaming For Saturday

Five medals are at stake in track and field on Saturday at the London 2012 Olympics.


2012 Olympics Basketball, Spain Vs. Russia: Time, TV Coverage, Online Stream And More

Spain and Russia, who are tied for the Group B lead after three games, will play each other in one of the most notable games of Saturday's Olympic basketball schedule.

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