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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Skies and pools both darkened Wednesday as the sun-splashed Olympics in Rio de Janeiro gave way to gray clouds and murky green waters. James Reimer Jersey .The Rio Games were drenched in rain and continued questions about why the diving well and water polo pools look so much like neglected aquariums.The first American male basketball player to appear in four Olympics, Carmelo Anthony passed LeBron James as the most prolific scorer to ever wear a USA jersey. The U.S. mens basketball team needed every one of his 31 points as they got their first good test in fending off Australia 98-88.Katie Ledeckys strong final leg helped the U.S. women win the 4x200 freestyle relay over silver medalist Australia.Brazil finally found its scoring touch in the mens soccer tournament at the Olympics, the host country advancing to the quarterfinals by beating Denmark 4-0 and avoiding an embarrassing elimination in front of the home fans. Brazil plays Colombia in Sao Paulo on Saturday.The third day of the mens water polo tournament began in green-tinged water, though not nearly as dark as the neighboring diving pool at the aquatics center. It was crystal blue the day before.Water quality has been a major issue surrounding the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but in the ocean and lagoons, not pools.A decrease in the alkaline level in the diving well Tuesday afternoon led to the green color, organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said. He added that the pool for water polo and synchronized swimming is being affected in the same way but we expect the color to be back to blue very shortly.Rio organizers insisted the athletes werent at risk in the green pools.They were on the waters and slippery roadways, though.Strong winds rattled palm trees along the coast and whipped up waves on the scenic lagoon where rowing was postponed for a full day for the second time this week. With winds too blustery, rowers packed up their oars for the day as cyclists hit slick roads on skinny time-trial bikes unsuited to harsh weather conditions.Under dark skies, the cyclists faced lashing rain and wind on the time-trial course along Rios southern coast. The conditions might have cost Ellen van Dijk of the Netherlands a medal. She slid off the road and got tangled in weeds before finishing fourth.American Kristin Armstrong won the race.With the cooler weather, away went the bare skin and out came the full leggings and long-sleeve shirts in beach volleyball as temperatures dipped into the lower 60s after sunset, the coldest night yet.Other highlights from Day 5 at the Rio Games:SWIMMING SHOCKER : Kazakhstan has its first Olympic swimming medal, and its golden. Dmitriy Balandin pulled off a stunning upset in the mens 200-meter breaststroke, winning from the eighth lane to put his central Asian country on the swimming medal stand for the first time. Yosuhiro Koseki of Japan went out fast and was more than a second under world-record pace at the final turn but faded to fifth. Josh Prenot of the United States claimed silver and Anton Chupkov of Russia landed the bronze.EBNER ELIMINATED : Nate Ebner, the safety for the New England Patriots who took a break from training camp to fulfill his Olympic dream, sprinted from almost halfway to score a try in the right corner against Fiji to make it 24-19, piling the pressure on Madison Hughes. But the U.S. captain and goal kicker missed the conversion from out wide, leaving the margin at five. Less than that and the Americans would have advanced.ROWING AT RISK : Twenty-two races, including the first two medal races, were postponed in the regatta but international rowing federation director Matt Smith said theres still room on the schedule without having to resort to drastic measures -- even if competition is also called off Thursday.LIFES A BEACH : The American beach volleyball team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson were eliminated from the Olympics on a tiebreaker. Thats the first U.S mens team to fail to advance out of pool play since the 2004 Athens Games. On the womens side, April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings defeated Switzerland and boisterously celebrated after the match. But the Americans lost a set -- something that has happened only once to Walsh Jennings in the last three Olympics.---AP Summer Games website: AP Sports Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: Cheap NHL Jerseys . -- Ohio States Urban Meyer has never had any issue acclimating to the biggest stages in college football. Florida Panthers Gear . Giroud, who wasnt in the starting lineup for two matches after allegations about his private life and a decline in form, scored twice in the first half. Tomas Rosickys chip made it 3-0 before half time at Emirates Stadium, while defender Laurent Koscielny scored an unmarked header in the second half. http:///...ett-panthers-jersey/ . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. The sport moved a step closer to returning to South Florida on Wednesday, when Beckham confirmed he has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami. LOS ANGELES -- Even after Blake Treinen gave up the Los Angeles Dodgers tiebreaking run in the eighth inning of Game 4, the Washington reliever wasnt discouraged by his performance or the Nationals painful loss.Win or lose, Treinen and the Nationals recognize the stellar quality of baseball being played in this NL Division Series.I didnt make a bad pitch, Treinen said of the down-and-in slider that Chase Utley smacked for a single to drive in the go-ahead run. He just made a really good swing. We got a groundball. It just wasnt where we wanted it. Tip your cap.Two division champions with reputations as postseason underachievers have been largely outstanding in this series. Although the Nationals lost 6-5 on Tuesday in their first shot to clinch, they claim theyre actually looking forward to the grand finale.The emotion here is so high, said Max Scherzer, who will start Game 5 on Thursday at Nationals Park. This is such a competitive series, and both sides are playing extremely well. Every little thing matters. Everything can go to one pitch, one play, one call. Thats why the postseason is the best. Everything matters.The Nationals will have their ace on the mound when they try again to win a playoff series for the first time since the team relocated to Washington before the 2005 season. The franchise has won one postseason series -- the Montreal Expos beat Philadelphia in 1981.Washington nearly got it done on the West Coast, but the Nationals realized they didnt lose Game 4 as much as the Dodgers won it.Los Angeles got to inexperienced Nats starter Joe Ross for four early runs, but Washington pounded out a thrilling rally to tie it against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers vaunted bullpen in the seventh.Kershaw battled Bryce Harper through a memorable eight-pitch at-bat, walking the Washington star on his 110th and final pitch to load the bases.Man, thats what baseball is all about right there, Washington manager Dusty Baker said. A matter of will. And Kershaw was on empty there. We knew it. They knew it. Everybody knew it. That was some battle.Baker turned over the seventh to Treinen, who gave up one run in 12 September appearances. A consummate groundball pitcher, Treinen got grounders from Andre Ethier and Utley -- but they both found holes .Utley then made a nifty defensive play at second base when Harper grounded out against Dodgers closer Kenley Janseen to end it. Vincent Trocheck Jersey. You still lost, so its not fun to look back and go, `Oh, what a competitive game, said Harper, who went 0 for 3 with two walks.GAME 5 HISTORYThe Nationals played a decisive fifth game at home in the 2012 Division Series against St. Louis, and it didnt go so well.Washington led by six runs early and 7-5 going into the ninth, only to lose 9-7 to the Cardinals. The Nationals were one strike from finishing it off, but became the first team to lose after leading by more than four runs in a winner-take-all playoff game.Harper, who homered in that game as a rookie, shrugged off the memory.You never dread another day of playing baseball, he said. You dont want to have another offseason, so weve got a great guy going, and were excited to get back to our fans. ... Hopefully were slammed and jam-packed, and everybody is wearing their red.ROSS ROUSTEDThe Nationals chose the 23-year-old Ross to make his postseason debut in Game 4, hoping he wouldnt be adversely affected by 11 days off and three months without much game action. He made just three appearances in September after missing 66 games with right shoulder problems.Ross wasnt terrible, but he struggled with control -- and the Dodgers hit with appropriate desperation. Adrian Gonzalez delivered a two-run homer in the first inning after Ross hit Justin Turner with a pitch to keep the inning going.Los Angeles got a leadoff double in the third from Kershaw, but the ace was nearly stranded before Turner delivered a two-out RBI single . Ross then fell apart, walking consecutive batters and hitting Joc Pederson with his final pitch to force in Los Angeles fourth run.Ross gave up four runs, three hits and two walks.I felt good out there, but I just didnt really execute in the third inning, Ross said. Hopefully, I get another chance to get out there.UP NEXTScherzer, the Nats 20-game winner and Cy Young Award contender, is expected to face Dodgers lefty Rich Hill on Thursday. Scherzers tendency to give up homers was the biggest flaw in his stellar regular season, and he served up gopher balls to Corey Seager and Justin Turner while taking the loss in Game 1. This is the biggest start of my career, Scherzer said. Biggest start of my life. 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