-- _ Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time by winning his 19th medal – a gold – as the United States romped to a dominating win in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Phelps now has 15 golds, two silvers and two bronzes over three Olympics, moving ahead of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who got her haul in 1956, 1960 and 1964.

_ The team of Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber lived up to all the hype, winning the first U.S. Olympic title in women's gymnastics since 1996.

_ American Allison Schmitt won the 200 freestyle with a dominating performance that left everyone else, including teammate Missy Franklin, battling for the other medals. It was her first career gold medal, to go along with a silver in the 400 free and a bronze in the 4x100 free relay. The 17-year-old Franklin was denied her third medal in London, one night after her gutsy victory in the 100 backstroke earned her a tweet-out from pop star Justin Bieber.

_ Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love scored 16 points apiece to lead the U.S. basketball team to a 110-63 victory against Tunisia and help the Americans improve to 2-0 in the tournament.

_ Chinese teen swimming sensation Ye Shiwen now has two gold medals – but all anybody wants to talk about is whether she's doping. She shattered the world record in the 400 individual medley, then broke her own Olympic record to take the 200 IM title. The head of the American Swimming Coaches Association was among those openly questioning Ye's legitimacy, but Olympic organizers resolutely defended her, and she replied "Absolutely not" when asked if she had ever doped.

_ Abby Wambach scored to lead the U.S. women to a 1-0 win over North Korea in soccer – a victory that gave the Americans first place in its group.

_ Beijing gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser of the United States improved to 2-0 in the preliminary round of the beach volleyball tournament by beating Spain in three sets. The win against the only other unbeaten team in their pool virtually assures the Americans of a trip to the knockout round.

MEDALS

_ With golds in swimming, synchronized platform diving and fencing, China built its Olympics-leading total to 13, with the United States second with nine golds. Both countries are tied with 23 medals overall.

NOT THEIR FINEST HOUR

_ Water polo power Hungary, which has won three straight Olympic gold medals, lost to Montenegro 11-10, two days after dropping its opener in London to Serbia. The Hungarians next face Romania and Britain before closing out the preliminary stage against the United States.

ROYAL TREATMENT

_ The queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips added to the family silver, helping team Britain to a second-place finish behind Germany in equestrian eventing. And her mother, Princess Anne, presented the medal.

CULTURAL COMPROMISE

_ Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani, a female judo fighter from Saudi Arabia, will be allowed to compete Friday wearing a form of headscarf. A compromise was reached after several days of IOC-brokered talks between the International Judo Federation and the Saudi Olympic Committee.

WEDNESDAY'S SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

_Swimming: gold medal finals in men's 200-meter breaststroke, men's 100-meter freestyle, women's 200-meter butterfly, women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay.

_Men's gymnastics: all-around gold medal final.

_Women's beach volleyball: May-Treanor/Walsh (U.S.) vs. D. Schwaiger/S. Schwaiger (Austria).

_Men's diving: synchronized springboard gold medal final.

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  • Perfect Form

    Chinese gymnast Sui Lu performs on the balance beam during the Artistic Gymnastics women's team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Racers Start

    Swimmers start in the second semifinal of the men's 100-meter freestyle at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

  • Clearing A Jump

    Australia's Christopher Burton and his horse HP Leilani, clear a jump in the equestrian eventing individual show jumping at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Eye On The Ball

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Ning Ding of China plays a forehand during the Women's Singles Table Tennis quarter-final match against Ai Fukuhara of Japan on on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 31, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

  • Defending The Ball

    Peter Biros, right, of Hungary defends against Mladan Janovic of Montenegro during a preliminary men's water polo match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Head In Hand

    South Korea's Shin A-lam reacts after a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against Germany's Britta Heidemann at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Stroke, Stroke, Stroke

    Great Britain's, from left, Chris Bartley, Richard Chambers, Rob Williams and Peter Chambers stroke during a lightweight men's rowing four in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

  • Take Aim And Fire

    China's Xing Yu shoots during an elimination round of the individual archery competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • It's All The Wrist

    Malaysia's Khairul Anuar Mohamad shoots during an elimination round of the individual archery competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Awaiting An Appeal

    South Korea's Shin A-lam waits for an appeal to an officials' decision after a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against Germany's Britta Heidemann at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Point To Bulgaria

    Bulgaria's Teodor Todorov (14) scores a point over Poland's Marcin Mozdzonek (18) during a men's volleyball preliminary match at the 2012 Summer Olympics Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Eyes To The Sky

    United Arab Emirates' Saeed Almaktoum shoots during the second day of qualifiers for the men's skeet event at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

  • Row, Row, Row

    Germany's Marie-Louise Draeger strokes during a women's rowing single sculls quarterfinal in Eton Dorney, near Windsor, England, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

  • Winning Behavior

    Argentina's Emmanuel Lucenti reacts after defeating France's Alain Schmitt during the men's 81-kg judo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Fencing Advance

    Radu Daraban of Romania, left, and Valerio Aspromonte of Italy compete during his men's individual foil fencing match against Mohamed Samandi of Tunisia at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Making The Jump

    Tiana Coudray of the USA and her horse Ringwood Magister compete in the show-jumping phase of the equestrian eventing competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at Greenwich Park in London. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Slam Dunk

    Spain's Serge Ibaka slams a dunk over Australia's Mark Worthington during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Winning Reaction

    Poland's Pawel Zagumny (5) reacts after a point against Bulgaria during a men's volleyball preliminary match at the 2012 Summer Olympics Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Judo Injury

    Avtandil Tchrikishvili of Georgia gets his face taped after getting injured by Travis Stevens of the United States during the men's 81-kg judo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Missing The Shot

    Russia's Victor Khryapa, left, and China's Chen Jianghua contend for possession during a men's preliminary basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London (AP Photo/Mark Ralston, Pool)

  • Georgia Tackels U.S.

    Travis Stevens of the United States competes with Avtandil Tchrikishvili of Georgia, top, during the men's 81-kg judo competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

  • Taking The Shot

    China's Sun Yue drives to the basket against Russia's Andrey Kirilenko during a men's preliminary basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London (AP Photo/Mark Ralston, Pool)

  • Doubles Celebration

    Rytter Juhl, foreground, and Christinna Pedersen, center, celebrate after beating China's Zhao Yunlei, right, and Tian Qing, at a women's doubles badminton match of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

  • Powered Hands

    Great Britain's Gareth Evans reacts following a lift during the men's 69-kg, group B, weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Perfect Layup

    Spain's Pau Gasol lays up a shot as he breaks past Australia's Aron Baynes at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Battling For Possession

    Japan's Yukari Yamamoto, right, and The Netherlands Naomi van As battle for ball possession during the women's preliminary match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. The Netherlands won 3-2. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Airtime

    South Korea's Lee Yong-dae, left, and Ha Jung-eun play against Jwala Gutta and Diju V, of India, in a mixed doubles badminton match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

  • Underwater

    China's Jiao Liuyang, center, competes in a women's 200-meter butterfly swimming heat at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Singapore Serving Japan

    Kasumi Ishikawa of Japan competes against Yuegu Wang of Singapore (serving) during the women's singles table tennis competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

  • Digging For The Ball

    Jefferson Bellaguarda of Switzerland digs out a shot during a beach volleyball match against Brazil at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • Composed Face

    Christine Girard of Canada competes during the women's 63-kg, group A, weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Screams Of Victory

    Sideris Tasiadis of Germany reacts after winning the silver medal in the final of the C-1 men's canoe slalom at Lee Valley Whitewater Center, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Waltham Cross near London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Leaning Into It

    Great Britain's Bryony Shaw competes during the rs:x women race at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Weymouth and Portland, England. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Must Be Heavy

    Maiya Maneza of Kazakhstan competes during the women's 63-kg, group A, weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Strained Face

    Luz Mercedes Acosta Valdez of Mexico competes during the women's 63-kg, group A, weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Hands To The Sky

    Christine Girard of Canada reacts while competing in the women's 63-kg weightlifting competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

  • On The Return

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns to Andy Roddick of the United States at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Fist Pump

    Iran's Mehdi Toloutibandpi reacts after defeating Spain's Jonathan Alonso Flete in a light welterweight 64-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Victory Pose

    Iran's Mehdi Toloutibandpi reacts after defeating Spain's Jonathan Alonso Flete in a light welterweight 64-kg preliminary boxing match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London.. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Taking A Bow

    Japanese players cheer spectators at the end of the women's group F soccer match between Japan and South Africa, at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales, at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

  • Pointed Toes

    Mexico's Paola Espinosa Sanchez, front, and Alejandra Orozco Loza compete during the Women's Synchronized 10 Meter Platform Diving final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Point!

    Italy's Michal Lasko (7) reacts after a point against Argentina during a men's volleyball preliminary match at the 2012 Summer Olympics Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Good Match

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia, right, embraces Andy Roddick of the United States at the net after defeating him at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Firm Congrats

    Michal Martikan of Slovakia, right, congratulates Tony Estanguet of France, left, for winning the men's C-1 canoe slalom final at the Lee Valley White Water Center at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Waltham Cross, near London. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

  • Catching The Wind

    Israel's Zofia Noceti Klepacka competes during the rs:x women race at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Weymouth and Portland, England. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Germany Gets The Gold

    Germany's Michael Jung, left, receives a medal from Princess Anne, right, after Germany won the gold in the team equestrian eventing competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at Greenwich Park in London. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

  • French Pride

    Tony Estanguet of France celebrates after winning the gold medal in the final of the C-1 men's canoe slalom at Lee Valley Whitewater Center, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Waltham Cross near London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Mid-Dive Pose

    Canada's Meaghan Benfeito, front, and Roseline Filion compete during the Women's Synchronized 10 Meter Platform Diving final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Free Falling

    Silver medalists Alejandra Orozco Loza, left, and Paola Espinosa Sanchez, right, from Mexico compete during the Women's Synchronized 10 Meter Platform Diving final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Victory!

    Valerio Aspromonte of Italy, reacts against Sebastian Bachmann of Germany during men's individual foil fencing at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • A Shrug Of The Shoulders

    Andy Roddick of the United States gestures to his team during his loss against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)