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Gay Watch at the Olympics: U.S. women crush Turkey in basketball

(Editor’s note: Gay Watch at the Olympics is a regular feature keeping track of the nearly two dozen LGBT athletes at London 2012. But here is a spoiler alert! In the U.S., NBC is tape-delaying much of the London 2012 Olympics on its various stations, yet live-streaming on the Internet. Some of the results listed below may not have yet been broadcast in your area.)

The powerful U.S. women’s basketball team on Wednesday won its 35th consecutive game in Olympic competition, which is why the Americans are the heavy favorites to win a fifth consecutive gold medal.

The United States remained unbeaten in Group A play, running away from Turkey 89-58 at the Basketball Arena in Olympic Park in London. Next up for the Americans are the Czech Republic on Aug. 3 and China on Aug. 5.

Seimone Augustus, a lesbian, was benched as a starter for the second consecutive game. Augustus scored nine points in four-of-eight shooting. She also had one rebound and one assist.

After three games in Group A, the United States and China are 3-0, Turkey is 2-1, the Czech Republic is 1-2, and Croatia and Angola are 0-3.

Checking on other LGBT athletes

In women’s beach volleyball, lesbian Natalie Cook and her Australian teammate T. Hinchley lost 2-1 today to the Czech Republic team of Kolocova and Slukova. The Aussies finish in last place in Pool C with three points after three matches in the preliminary round ...

In women’s handball, Brazil overpowered Great Britian 30-17 to move to 3-0 in Group A play. Mayssa Pessoa, a lesbian, is Brazil’s goalkeeper. Brazil plays Russia on Aug. 3 and Angola on Aug. 5 to conclude group play.

(Editor’s note: Ken Williams, Editor in Chief of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, is a former sports writer who has watched every single Olympic Games since he was a kid. He has covered a Super Bowl for Scripps-Howard News, and has attended several World Series games, soccer and baseball playoff games, and even a World Cup soccer match. Williams will be keeping an eye on the LGBT Olympians at the London 2012 Olympics in his ongoing column, Gay Watch at the Olympics.)