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    RIO DE JANEIRO -- Gone was the all-offense, all-action play that turned the last two gold-medal games into classics. Martinas Rankin Jersey .To get by Spain again, the U.S. Olympic mens basketball team would have to win ugly, so unusual its practically un-American.It was just a real different game today, coach Mike Krzyzewski said.Same result, though.The U.S. advanced to its third straight gold-medal game win an 82-76 victory Friday, another tight matchup between the teams that met in the last two championship games.Klay Thompson scored 22 points for the Americans, who will play Serbia on Sunday for their third consecutive Olympic title. Serbia beat Australia 87-61 in the second semifinal.This is where we wanted to be, Kevin Durant said. We talked about it all summer and to be here for the final game, to win the gold, for all the marbles, we like our chances.The Americans pulled away to win 118-107 in 2008 and held on for a 107-100 victory in London, but the defenses made their mark in this one. The U.S. was just good enough again against Spain, with bodies falling more than shots and several technical fouls keeping the teams from finding an offensive flow.It certainly wasnt pretty, but Olympic gold never loses its luster.Its an amazing feeling now, center DeAndre Jordan said. We really want to accomplish this.It was the lowest-scoring game for the Americans in the Olympics since the 2004 semifinals, when they managed 81 in a loss to Argentina.But Jordan made his presence felt in the middle with 16 rebounds and four blocked shots to go with his nine points.Durant added 14 points on the day he moved past LeBron James into second place on the U.S. Olympic career scoring list. Kyrie Irving had 13 for the U.S.Pau Gasol scored 23 points for Spain, which made it tough on the Americans for the third straight Olympics, but again had to settle for coming close against the worlds No. 1 team.I think the key of the game was their defense, Spain coach Sergio Scariolo said. Their athleticism, their size, they made our offense get difficult during most of the possessions.Gasol said after he believed Spain missed its best chance to beat the U.S.They are not playing as well as other times theyve played, but they are still a very talented team individually, Gasol said. I just (feel) like if we had been a little sharper with our shots, if we would have moved the ball a little better, if we would have boxed out more, and make it a two- or three-possession game, then youre talking about a whole different story.Spain shot just 39 percent and couldnt get any consistent option other than Gasol, who played with a wrap covering his sore right calf.It was the kind of defense the Americans thought they could play but hadnt much in the tournament. Serbia and France both surpassed 90 points against them and Australia scored 88, as the team with 10 Olympic newcomers took longer than hoped in grasping international offenses.This time they contained a team that was as explosive as themselves over the last four games, as Spain had averaged 97.3 points and won by more than 25 per game after dropping its first two in Brazil.The Americans finally built a comfortable lead when they opened the fourth quarter with six straight points to go ahead 72-57. But Spain was able to keep the gap from getting any bigger and chipped away at it in the final minutes, the margin ending up smaller than in the previous matchups.Spain came to the Olympics an aging team without one of its top players, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, who couldnt make it back from a broken right foot sustained during the season. But the Spanish, as they had in the previous two Olympics, found their stride just in time to run into the Americans.Thompson scored 17 in the first half, including a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left that made it 45-39 at the break.Both teams were called for multiple technical fouls in the tense first half. One of them, on Durant, gave him a third foul, as technicals also count as personal fouls in international play. Nikola Mirotic then picked up a personal and technical on the same play later in the period, sending him to the bench with four after he led Spain with 23 points in its quarterfinal rout of France.The Americans were far off their usual offensive play, shooting only 42 percent for the game and complaining about a wet ball in the first half. But they grabbed 21 offensive rebounds in their 24 straight Olympic victory.Now they need one more to stay on top.You want to get there, two-time gold medalist Carmelo Anthony said. 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NEW YORK -- A day after right-hander Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes departed a game with injuries, both New York Mets players were scratched from Tuesdays All-Star Game.Chicago Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler also had to withdraw on Saturday due to a hamstring injury.They will be replaced by San Diego Padres left-hander Drew Pomeranz, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marté and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce.Marcell Ozuna and Carlos Gonzalez now will start for the National League in the outfield. Cespedes and Fowler originally had been selected as starters via fan balloting. Syndergaard and Fowler -- both first-time All-Stars -- plan to attend the festivities in San Diego. Cespedes does not plan to travel to the event.Syndergaard might have been NL manager Terry Collins selection to start on the mound, but an issue that arose during Fridays game against the Washington Nationals takes that decision off the table.Syndergaards fastball dipped to 91 mph in the fifth inning and he was pulled midway through an at-bat by Jayson Werth. The Mets labeled Syndergaards issue arm fatigue and insisted it is unrelated to a previously diagnosed elbow problem.Syndergaard is taking anti-inflammatory medication to combat a bone spur in his pitching elbow. The spur is small enough that team officials say it will not need to be surgically removed this offseason.Cespedes departed Fridays game in the third inning with a strained right quadriceps. He indicated that he had a similar issue in spring training in 2015 with the Detroit Tigers and missed only four or five days. The hope is that Cespedes will be available when the Mets open the second half onn Friday in Philadelphia, but it is not clear yet whether Cespedes can avoid a trip to the disabled list. Chiefs Super Bowl Jerseys. Fowler has a lingering hamstring issue. He has been out since June 18, when he slowed up as he approached first base. His first rehab game was Friday night for Class A South Bend. Fowler felt he would not be ready to participate in San Diego. He and the Cubs hope he can be ready for the start of the second half when the Cubs host the Texas Rangers on Friday.Pomeranz becomes the second representative for the host Padres, joining first baseman Wil Myers. Its his first All-Star selection, though he already has 102.0 IP. His previous career-high was 96.2 in 2012. His 2.47 ERA is fifth in MLB -- the best of any qualified pitcher not named an All-Star. Pomeranz is 8-7 in 17 starts. He already has set single-season career records for wins, innings and strikeouts.Marté is a first-time selection. He has career-highs in batting average (.316) with 19 doubles, four triples, six homers, 32 RBIs and 27 steals.Bruce also was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012. He is hitting .265 with 19 doubles, six triples, 18 homers and 62 RBIs. He has a .539 slug percentage.?In the American League, injured Boston Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel will be replaced by Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez. Sanchez is 9-1 with a 2.94 ERA this season.Kimbrel will undergo surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee and is expected to miss three to six weeks, the Red Sox announced Saturday.ESPNs Jesse Rogers contributed to this story. ' ' '