1. With all due respect to Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and the other stars of this Olympics, the most riveting event of London 2012 may have been Monday's women's soccer semifinal between the United States and Canada. In a physical, back-and-forth battle at venerable Old Trafford stadium, the U.S. needed three comebacks, a favorable call and a last-minute goal to escape with a 4-3 win. Alex Morgan's header in the 123rd minute won it for the U.S. after Abby Wambach tied it on a penalty kick late in regulation.
2. The last gold medal awarded Monday turned out to be the U.S.'s only gold of the day. Jenn Suhr, America's best female pole vaulter, added her first Olympic gold to a resume that already included six USA Outdoor titles and an Olympic silver medal in Beijing. She vaulted 15 feet, 7 inches, edging Cuba's Yarisley Silva on misses. World-record-holder and two-time defending gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia took bronze after failing to clear 15-7.
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3. In what could turn out to be a semifinal preview, USA Basketball broke open a tight game at halftime and rolled to a 126-97 victory over Argentina. The U.S. would meet Argentina again if it defeats Australia in the quarterfinals and Argentina beats Brazil. One storyline heading into that matchup would surely be the cheap shot Carmelo Anthony took from Argentina's Facundo Campazzo as the Knicks forward hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter. Referees missed the sequence, but the U.S. players and coaches did not.
4. Kirani James made sure Grenada's first-ever medal of any color was a memorable one. The reigning world champ in the 400 meters outclassed the field in Monday night's final, winning in a speedy 43.94 seconds. The United States had won seven consecutive gold medals in the 400 meters and swept the medals at the last two Olympics, but no American qualified for the final in London.
5. Although the United States has two teams in the women's beach volleyball semifinals, the Americans will not medal on the men's side. The last remaining U.S. pair, Jacob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, lost in three sets to Latvia's Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins on Monday night. Defending gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser lost in the first round of knockout play two days earlier.
Since "Tebowing" has been out of style for a few months, perhaps Usain Bolt may provide a replacement. This is the Fab Five of the U.S. women's gymnastics team attempting to emulate the world's fastest man's signature victory pose with varying degrees of success. Jordyn Wieber? A-plus. Gabby Douglas? B-minus. (via @McKaylaMaroney)
"Even if she would have punched me, I totally would have understood." — U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones on getting the brushoff after trying to console Jamaica's Brigitte Foster-Hylton following the first round of qualifying in the 100 hurdles. Foster-Hylton had the second-fastest time in the world this year but clipped the fifth hurdle and failed to qualify for the semifinals. (Associated Press)
Monday's Gold Medal Moments for Team USA: Jenn Suhr, women's pole vault
U.S. Olympians with best chance at gold on Tuesday: Aly Raisman, women's floor exercise; Jesse Williams, men's high jump; Dawn Harper, women's 100-meter hurdles
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