Todd Rogers

Brazil knocks US men out of Olympic beach volleyball

When Beijing gold medalist Phil Dalhausser teamed up with Nick Lucena less than one year ago for a longshot run at the Olympics, it was more out of friendship — and a lack of alternatives — than anything else.

Dalhausser was coming off two straight seasons with injuries. Lucena had never been to the Olympics, struggling to find a partnership that worked.

"We were playing with the house's money," Dalhausser said Monday after losing in three sets to Brazilian world champions Alison and Bruno in the quarterfinals on Copacabana beach.

"It's been a lot of fun," Dalhausser added. "I couldn't have done it without him. I wouldn't have...