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Azevedo scores four in US victory

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Jeff Powers of the US fires a shot at British goalkeeper Ed Scott.
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LONDON (AP)

Captain Tony Azevedo scored four goals - three in the opening quarter - and the U.S. men's water polo team beat Britain 13-7 on Thursday to remain undefeated at the London Olympics.

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The win puts the U.S. on top of Group B with six points, one ahead of gold medal-favorite Serbia with two preliminary-stage matches to go.

The Americans, runners-up four years ago in Beijing, seized control early, jumping out to a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter and cruising from there against an outclassed British team that only qualified for the tournament as the host nation.

''We definitely wanted to start this game off stronger because we saw their two previous games when they came out on fire in the first quarter, and once a team gets going and the crowd gets behind them, they start throwing up shots and everything starts going in,'' Azevedo said. ''We wanted to play strong defense and make sure we got a lead at the beginning.''

Azevedo took care of that, firing two shots from distance past Britain goalkeeper Ed Scott and then converting a penalty to make it 3-0 just four minutes into the game. After pushing the lead to 7-0, the U.S. let up a bit.

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The American captain got plenty of help, with fellow four-time Olympian Ryan Bailey scoring three goals and Shea Buckner adding two more.

''Tonight we kind of settled in and kind of let off the gas a little bit after going up,'' coach Terry Schroeder said. ''But I think we're real happy. We're 3-0 for sure, so it puts us in a good place in our bracket and sets up a good match with Serbia here in two days.''

After Serbia, the U.S. wraps up the group stage against three-time defending champion Hungary on Monday.

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