Water polo: USA women open title defense with blowout of Spain

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The Unites States’ women’s water polo team began its gold defense in fine fashion, thrashing Spain 11-4 on Tuesday in Rio.

Maggie Steffens, Courtney Mathewson and Kiley Neushul each scored twice, while goalkeeper Ashleigh Johnson recorded four steals and KK Clark added three in the win.

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Maica Garcia Godoy led Spain with a pair of goals.

Next up for the U.S. is a Thursday date with China, who fell to Hungary 13-11 at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center. The Yanks finish group play on Saturday against Hungary.