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US women's field hockey tops India, could top pool

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They got off to a strong start by knocking off No. 2 Argentina and No. 3 Australia in their first two matches.

Katie Bam scored three goals to lead the USA team, which is well on its way to atoning for its last-place finish at the 2012 Games in London. Now, the Americans can focus on their showdown with Britain.

"Katie's a prolific goal scorer and has been for many years", USA coach Craig Parnham said. I thought we did a really good job and a professional job, of picking up another three points.

Because of goal differential, the United States would win the pool with a draw. Beating No. 10 Japan was a different type of challenge. "It's easy to step up and play the people that are ranked higher than you".

Through four games in Rio, the USA has now outscored its opponents 13-3.

With two minutes left before halftime, the U.S ran another tricky play on a penalty corner attempt that had Katie Reinprecht taking the shot - and scoring.

After a slow start offensively by both teams, Bam's fourth goal since the team arrived in Rio de Janeiro put the US on top with 1:12 to play in the first quarter.

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Japan fell to 0-2-1.

India will have to beat higher-ranked Argentina in their final pool fixture on August 13 for any chance of qualifying to the quarterfinals.

The Americans got three penalty corners in the final quarter and put the Indian defence under severe pressure but they could not add any more goal.

The Indian women's hockey team yet again produced a lacklustre performance as it was outplayed by United States of America 0-3 to slump to its third successive loss in the Rio Olympics.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The U.S. women's field hockey team took care of business.

United States' Lauren Crandall, right, fights for the ball with India's Namita Toppo during a women's field hockey match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.

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