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London Olympics End with US Leading in All Medal Categories

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Day 16 of the London Summer Olympics proved to be a fitting conclusion to the Games for Team USA, which finished the way it started by winning a couple of medals.

The U.S. men’s basketball team defeated Spain, 107-100, for the gold, but the game was much closer than that, with the Americans only holding a one-point lead over their opponent at the end of the half and the conclusion of the third period.

The other medal Sunday for the U.S. was a gold for Jake Varner in the Wrestling Men’s Freestyle 96k.

So after 16 days of competition, Team USA topped all nations in total medals with 104, and its athletes are taking home 46 golds, 29 silvers and 29 bronzes, the most in each of those categories as well.

China was second in overall medals with 87 and second place in gold medals at 38.  Russia finished third with 82 total medals.

Commenting on the U.S. accomplishment, Scott Blackmun, chief executive of the U.S. Olympic Committee, said, “We had very, very high expectations coming into the Games, and I think our expectations have been exceeded both on the field of play and off.”

The 104 total was the most the U.S. has won in an Olympics held on foreign soil.

U.S. swimmers dominated by winning 31 total medals, including 16 gold.  Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, won six overall and four gold to bring his record-breaking total to 22 medals.  Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte and Allison Schmitt each won five medals.

Track and field was right behind with 29 medals, as Allyson Felix won three gold medals and Carmelita Jeter won gold, silver and bronze.  There were also 18 instances of national-best performances by individuals and relays.

Other highlights included the American men’s and women’s basketball teams winning their gold medal games, and U.S. women’s beach volleyball teams taking gold and silver.

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Olympic Weightlifter Drops 423-Pound Barbell on His Neck

YURI CORTEZ/AFP/GettyImages(LONDON) -- German weightlifter Matthias Steiner lost his balance and dropped a 423-pound barbell on his neck during the 105-kilogram, super-heavyweight weightlifting finals Tuesday.

Video shows Steiner, Germany’s defending super-heavyweight champion, crumbling under the weight of the barbell in his second lift of the snatch portion of the competition.

Paramedics rushed to Steiner, bringing a banner to shield him for public view.

Steiner appeared to be fine, however, and walked away from the incident waving to the crowd. He was taken to the hospital for X-rays.

He withdrew from the competition in the 230-pound weight category.

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US Men's Basketball Coach Denies Running Up Score

Mike Hewitt/Getty Images(LONDON) -- After the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team crushed Nigeria by more than doubling its score, the Americans found themselves playing defense against accusations that their record-setting 156-73 rout was unsportsmanlike.

Coach Mike Kryzewski denied that the Americans intended to embarrass their opponents. Instead, he said that the Nigerians could reasonably have been offended had his team had not played their hardest.

"You have to take a shot every 24 seconds, and the shots we took happened to be hit," Kryzewski told reporters after the game.

On top of scoring more points than any other Olympic team in a single game, the NBA players eclipsed the 79-point record of the largest margin of victory in an Olympic game, set in a game between Cuba and the undefeated 1992 Dream Team led by Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.

The Americans scored a record 78 points in the first half, and broke the 100-point mark with five minutes left in the third quarter.

Carmelo Anthony made 10 three-pointers en route to surpassing Stephon Marbury's 31-point scoring record by six. The team nailed 29 three-pointers, another record.

"On the one side, it's terrible to get whooped like that," Nigerian Koko Archibong told reporters. "But on the other side, it was something impressive to be a part of, impressive to witness in person."

The performance shocked even Kryzewski, who later mused, "I hope we saved some [three-pointers] for the other games."

The United States will face off against the Lithuanian team on Saturday and play its final group game against Argentina on Monday.

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