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Croatia tops U.S. in water polo

Updated: August 8, 2012, 8:53 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- The U.S. men's water polo team prepared for the Olympics like a champion. It won't be leaving London as one.

Croatia put an early end to the Americans' Olympic campaign on Wednesday with a sterling performance at both ends of the pool, slicing through the U.S. defense with pinpoint shooting and shutting down the American attack behind a strong outing from goalkeeper Josip Pavic.

The 8-2 quarterfinal loss was especially bitter for a veteran U.S. squad that spent seven months ...

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