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U.S. men sluggish, fail to find rhythm

Updated: August 29, 2004, 11:02 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- After charging over to complain about a call, Lloy Ball gave the padding around the referee's chair a hard, two-handed shove. When his spike attempt was blocked at the net, Kevin Barnett picked up the bouncing ball and chucked it about 50 yards into the seats behind the court.

Signs of the U.S. team's frustration were everywhere Sunday as it was swept by powerful Russia in the bronze-medal volleyball match.

Alexey Kuleshov scored 16 points to lead the Russians ...

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