London (AP/WBEN) -- Here's an update on the latest activities at the 30th Summer Olympiad in London -- as of 11am EST Saturday morning:
Phelps barely makes final
LONDON (AP) - Two-time defending Olympic champion Michael Phelps won his 400-meter individual medley heat and squeaked into tonight's final by seven-hundredths of a second.
American teammate Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) advanced in third. Lochte was the bronze medalist in Beijing and has won the 400 IM at the last two world championships.
Dana Vollmer had the fastest qualifying time in the 100 butterfly, setting American and Olympic records, to lead 16 women into the evening semifinals.
And Natalie Coughlin (KAWG'-lihn) helped the U.S. 4X100-meter freestyle relay team to a spot in this evening's final. She's hunting a 12th Olympic medal that would tie Dara Torres and Jenny Thompson as the most-decorated U.S. female Olympians.
Defending champs will take the court today
LONDON (AP) - The U.S. women's basketball team opens Olympic play today, against a team they just pounded by more than 50 points. The Americans begin their quest for a fifth straight gold medal against Croatia, a team they beat 109-55 a week ago in Istanbul.
U.S. looking to go 2-0 in group play
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) - The U.S. women's soccer team plays Colombia in its second game of the Olympic tournament today in Glasgow. The Americans beat France 4-2 in Thursday's opener in Scotland.
Defending champs in action on the sand
LONDON (AP) - The U.S. pair of Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor are the feature match today in the beach volleyball grandstand. The Americans are two-time defending champions.
LONDON (AP) - McKayla Maroney's busted big toe won't keep her from vaulting for the U.S. gymnastics team in Sunday's Olympic qualification.
The 16-year-old aggravated a previous injury to her right big toe during practice last week.
The reigning world champion in the event will anchor the heavy gold medal favorites as they begin their quest for their first Olympic title since the 1996 Atlanta Games.
China strikes it rich
LONDON (AP) - With the opening ceremony out of the way, competition is heating up today at the London Olympics. Top-ranked Yi Siling of China captured the first gold medal of the Games, winning the women's 10-meter air rifle.