U.S. men fall to 0-2 in basketball with a loss to Panama

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - International inexperience didn't hurt the U.S. women's basketball team, which went through the Pan American Games undefeated and won the gold medal against a veteran Brazil squad.

The story has been much different for the men, who are 0-2.

The Americans, all college players, including several stars such as Georgetown's Roy Hibbert and Michigan State's Drew Neitzel, looked tentative as they lost to Panaman, 75-67, last night, a night after falling to Uruguay, 81-72, in a physical game Wednesday.

"We've still got a lot of things to work on," said Indiana's D. J. White, who had 12 points and eight rebounds.

"We just have to go out there and play; play together and do what coach [Jay Wright] says. So, I don't think us being together only for 2 weeks is an excuse. It's basketball and we just have to go out there and play better."

Hibbert led the Americans with 19 points and nine rebounds, and Drew Neitzel added 15 points.

A night after going only 3-for-21 from three-point range, the Americans shot 8-for-23 from beyond the arc. Overall, the United States shot 26-for-70 (37.1 percent).

Panama shot 29-for-57 (50.9 percent) overall.

The Americans play tournament favorite Argentina tonight.

In other events:

* Brazil defeated the United States, 5-0, to capture gold in women's soccer. Tournament high scorer Marta, the FIFA player of the year, and striker Cristiane each scored two goals. Daniela Alves added another to lead Brazil to its second consecutive gold medal at the hemisphere-wide games.

* The U.S. men qualified for the Beijing Olympics by taking the water-polo championship by beating the Brazilians, 9-2. Team captain Tony Azevedo led the romp, scoring four goals. The victory meant both U.S. water polo squads made it to the 2008 Olympics. The world champion women won the gold earlier in the Pan Ams.

* American Jenny Nichols won the gold medal in women's archery with 107 points, beating Mexico's Aida Roman, who had 103.

* Americans continued to roll through the bowling event. Rhino Page captured the individual title. Former pro Tennelle Milligan captured the women's event.

* American women won two golds in wrestling: Kristie Marano at 72 kilograms and Sara McMann at 63 kilos.

* The world champion U.S. softball team got a third no-hitter in as many games as Cat Osterman of Houston was perfect, fanning 14 in a 10-0 rout of Cuba.

* The U.S. men's tennis doubles team of Travis Helgeson and Todd Paul advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over eighth-seeded Gustavo Ramirez and Juan Carlos Ramirez, of Paraguay.

* All three individual U.S. boats advanced to the finals in canoe-kayak. *