LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — April Ross topped former partner Kerri Walsh Jennings in their first head-to-head matchup since winning the beach volleyball bronze medal together at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross win in Long Beach
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross rebounded from a third-place finish in the Olympics to win the Long Beach Grand Slam on Sunday.
The top-seeded Americans beat Spain's Liliana Fernandez and Elsa Baquerizo 21-16, 21-16 in the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball's regular-season finale.
Brazil's Evandro Goncalves and Pedro Solberg won the men's title, topping Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena 21-19, 17-21, 15-9.
Brazil knocks US men out of Olympic beach volleyball
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Beijing gold medalist Phil Dalhausser teamed up with Nick Lucena less than one year ago for a longshot run at the Olympics, it was more out of friendship — and a lack of alternatives — than anything else.
Dalhausser was coming off two straight seasons with injuries. Lucena had never been to the Olympics, struggling to find a partnership that worked.
American men advance to Olympic beach volleyball quarters
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena received their reward for cruising through pool play and the first round of the Olympic beach volleyball elimination stage: A quarterfinal matchup with the world champions on their home sand.
The U.S. men remained unbeaten at the Copacabana venue on Saturday night with a 21-14, 21-15 victory over Austria. That lined them up with Brazil's Alison and Bruno, who arrived in Rio as the No. 1 seed.
The Latest: Phelps insists gold medal No. 23 is his last
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):
Michael Phelps closed out the Rio Olympics in the only way imaginable.
Saturday's victory in the 4x100 medley relay gave the most decorated athlete in Olympic history his 23rd career gold medal.
If that was the end, and Phelps insists it is, what a way to go.
Phelps said that Saturday was how he wanted to finish his career.
US men go long for another Olympic beach volleyball victory
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — At some point, Phil Dalhausser just had to laugh.
After the Americans survived a couple of match points — and Italy fought off seven of their own — the final set of their final match in pool play at the beach volleyball tournament at Copacabana was tied 22-22.
His partner, Nick Lucena, smiled.
The Italians smiled, too, and then slapped hands with Lucena after he got a lucky roll on a winner off the top of...
New partners hooking up on the Brazilian beach
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Think of Olympic beach volleyball like the dance floor of a Rio nightclub: When the samba stops, it's time to start looking for a new partner.
Kerri Walsh Jennings is going for a fourth straight gold medal, but it would be her first with April Ross. Fellow American Phil Dalhausser, who won gold with Todd Rogers in Beijing, is playing with Nick Lucena now (after an unsuccessful dalliance with Sean Rosenthal).