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>>NBC Scores Ratings Gold For Olympic Opening, Complaints Scuff Gleam

(Undated)  --  NBC is boasting record ratings for its exclusive broadcast of the Opening Ceremony and first day coverage of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games.  Despite complaints of the delayed broadcast in the U.S., the network drew 40-point-seven-million viewers to Friday's opening in London.  NBC also said its primetime coverage of the Olympics on Saturday, drew 28-point-seven-million viewers, two million more than the audience that tuned in for the first day of competition for the 1996 Atlanta Games.

>>Durant Leads Team USA Rout Over France

(London)  --  Kevin Durant netted a game-high 22 points as the United States men's basketball team cruised to a 98-71 win over France in a Preliminary Group A contest.  Kevin Love added 14 points and Kobe Bryant finished with 10 for Team USA, which improved to 1-and-0 in group play.  The U.S. plays its next game on Tuesday against Tunisia.  Tony Parker scored just 10 points after shooting 4-of-11 from the field for France.

>>France Downs Lochte, U.S. In 400 Freestyle Relay

(London)  --  Yannick Agnel chased down Ryan Lochte in the last 50 meters on Sunday night and France beat the U.S. to win gold in the 400 freestyle relay.  Nathan Adrian, Michael Phelps and Cullen Jones had given the Americans a lead of half a body length after 300 meters and Lochte was still hanging on at the last turn, but Agnel quickly gained to beat him to the wall by .45 seconds.  Russia won bronze and the favored Australian team placed fourth.

>>American Vollmer Sets World Record To Win 100m Fly

(London)  --  American Dana Vollmer won the women's 100-meter butterfly Sunday night with a new world record.  Vollmer, who had set Olympic and American records in the heats Saturday, touched in 55.98 seconds to beat the old world mark of 56.06 set by Swede Sarah Sjostrom in 2009.  It was Vollmer's second Olympic gold medal.  She won her first as part of the women's 800-meter freestyle relay team as a 16-year-old at the 2004 Athens Games.  China's Lu Ying won silver and Australia's Alicia Coutts took bronze.

>>U.S. Lead At Women's Gymnastics Qualifier

(London)  --  Behind a score of 181.863, the U.S. women's gymnastics team grabbed the overall lead through three subdivisions of Sunday's qualifications at the North Greenwich Arena.  That has the Americans 11.207 points ahead of Great Britain.  Aly Raisman finished up her day atop the all-around leaderboard with a score 60.391.  U.S. teammate Gabby Douglas appears headed to the final of the event on Tuesday.  Expected medal contender Jordyn Wieber will not qualify for the event.  Expected medal contenders China, Russia and Romania are set to compete later in the evening.

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