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Germany puts U.S. away early at worlds

Updated: March 26, 2007, 12:42 PM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Germany beat the United States 6-3 Monday in a fight-marred men's water polo game, ending the Americans' chances of winning a medal at the world championships.

Germany outscored the Americans 4-2 in the opening quarter then relied on the goalkeeping of Alexander Tchigir to advance to the quarterfinals against 2004 Olympic champions Hungary.

Andreas Schlotterbeck was involved in a fight with U.S. player Jesse Smith during the third quarter.

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