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London 2012 Olympics: Events to Watch on Friday's Schedule

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst IAugust 10, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Kobe Bryant #10 of United States handles the ball during the Men's Basketball quaterfinal game against Australia on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Day 14 of the 2012 London Olympics kicks off Friday, and it's a somewhat tame schedule. Men's basketball, boxing, track and field and water polo highlight Friday's action. 

Here's a run down of the biggest events from Friday:

Men's Semifinal Basketball

Russia vs. Spain (Noon, ET)

Spain already has two blemishes on its Olympic record, including a loss to Russia. Russia's only loss came to Australia before the the quarterfinals. A trip to the gold medal game is on the line Friday, with Team USA likely earning their spot later on in the day.

Argentina vs. Team USA (4:00 p.m. ET)

Team USA had one nail-biter against Lithuania, but the Americans responded by beating up Argentina to the tune of 126-97. The Argentines still have NBA talent in Mano Ginobili, Carlos Delfino, Luis Scola and Andres Nocioni. This should be Argentina's last Olympic run with that core too, so expect a gritty contest in the semifinal.

Men's Boxing

A string of 10 gold medals will be handed out in men's boxing, with matches beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET. Men's bantam, fly, middle and heavy weights will compete. 

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Track and Field

Men's Pole Vault (2:00 p.m. ET)

14 Olympians will compete for the medal stand Friday. Brad Walker of the United States is the lone American, and he has a chance to medal. His personal best of 6.04 is the second highest among the finalists (Steve Hooker, Australia, 6.06).

Women's 4x100 Relay (3:40 p.m. ET)

Qualifying begins at 3:20 p.m. ET. The American team of Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, Carmelita Jeter and Marshevet Hooker won the 2011 World Championships in this race and are expected to compete for gold Friday. The Russian and Jamaican teams are also medal contenders. 

Men's 4x400 Relay (4:20 p.m. ET)

The Americans qualified with a time of 2:58.87, but they'll be without two of their top runners in the final. Jeremy Wariner tore his hamstring and won't run. He'll join LaShawn Merritt in sweats Friday. Manteo Mitchell, Joshua Mance, Tony McQuay and Bryshon Nellum are the four runners for the final, and they'll face stiff competition from the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago and Great Britain. 

Men's Water Polo

USA vs. Spain (9:20 a.m. ET)

After starting the Olympics with three straight wins, the Americans lost their final three, including a quarterfinal matchup with Croatia. Now, all that's left is a potential fifth place finish. For those who have enjoyed the water polo portion of the Olympics, this could be the last opportunity to watch the Americans in action. 

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