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THE OPENING CEREMONY:
BEIJING - Long-reclusive China commandeers the world stage, celebrating its first-time role as Olympic host with a stunning display of pageantry and pyrotechnics to open a Summer Games unrivaled for its mix of problems and promise. By National Writer David Crary.
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OLY--INSIDE THE RINGS
BEIJING - A column by John Leicester on the opening ceremony. By John Leicester. WILL MOVE.
- NEW YORK - OLY--Opening Ceremony-TV Review. By Television Writer David Bauder.
- LOS ANGELES - OLY--NBC-Ads. MOVED.
BEIJING - Speaking on China's turf the very day it hosted the opening of the Olympic Games, President Bush prodded the communist country to lessen repression and "let people say what they think." By Ben Feller. MOVED.
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- BEIJING - Beijing Reunion. By Mark S. Smith. MOVED.
- URUMQI, China - OLY--China-Olympics Threat. By William Foreman. MOVED.
- HONG KONG - OLY--Hong Kong-Protests. By Min Lee. MOVED.
- TOKYO - Japan-China-Bomb Threat - Japan-China Bob Threat. By Mari Yamaguchi. MOVED.
BEIJING - Led by Michael Phelps, those swimmers in high-tech suits are ready to jump into the pool at the futuristic Water Cube. Phelps begins his epic quest to break Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals in a single Olympics. The start comes during evening preliminaries, a format change from traditional morning finals. By Beth Harris. MOVED.
BEIJING - Bantamweight Gary Russell Jr. will miss the Olympics after collapsing while trying to make weight, leaving the American boxing team without one of its top medal hopes. By Greg Beacham. MOVED.
- OLY--BOX-Draw. By Greg Beacham. MOVED.
BEIJING - When U.S. athletes chose Sudanese-born Lopez Lomong as U.S. flagbearer, it was widely seen as a slap to China over Darfur. Lomong wants to sidestep political questions in Beijing. He says he hopes others by his story of survival. By Christopher Bodeen. MOVED.
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BEIJING - Between Yao Ming's return and President Bush's arrival, this might be the only Olympic basketball game in which the team wearing red, white and blue cedes the spotlight. The U.S. begins the tournament against host China, a game that figures to have a lopsided result but should feature an electric atmosphere. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. MOVED.
BEIJING - The US has plenty of scorers. But defense has been an issue in past international losses - especially against the pick-and-roll. As they prepare for Sunday's Olympics opener against China, the Americans say they're much improved defensively. By Andrew Bagnato. MOVED.
BEIJING - For one day, Katie Smith and the women's basketball team were treated like rock stars - fans chasing autographs,the paparazzi snapping photos. Does China love the women's game that much love? Nope. Just the benefits of traveling with Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and the men's team. By Doug Feinberg. MOVED.
- Lisa Leslie and Dwyane Wade diaries.
- OLY--BKO-Australia-Bogut. MOVED.
TRACK & FIELD:
OLY--ATH-MUNA MAKES IT
DALIAN, China - Anyone who saw the crumpled mess that used to be Muna Lee's SUV after a car slammed into her might be shocked to know that only two months later the American sprinter is still in position to be one of the stars of the Olympics. By National Writer Eddie Pells. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY-ATH--Felix Sanchez. MOVED.
BEIJING - At least two of the four American cyclists who arrived at Beijing's airport Wednesday wearing the masks - and then apologized to organizers for doing so - are still wearing them at times, citing precautionary reasons. By Tim Reynolds. MOVED.
BEIJING - Levi Leipheimer's pro team was banned from this year's Tour de France because of doping allegations, none involving him. So instead of vying for the yellow jersey he stayed in the United States, with his eye on an Olympic gold medal. By Tim Reynolds. MOVED.
- OLY--CYC-Men's Road Race. By Naomi Koppel. MOVED.
BEIJING - Jeannie Longo finds it nice and cool in hot and humid Beijing. The French cyclist has been training in Denver, where temperatures have topped 100 degrees. Now she awaits her seventh Olympics two months short of her 50th birthday. By Jean-Luc Courthial. MOVED.
BEIJING - The Americans cradled their gleaming gold medals on the podium. A step below, the Chinese were dreaming of the next time gymnastics' two powerhouses would meet. That showdown has arrived, and on the grandest of stages. By National Writer Nancy Armour. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--GYM-US Lineup. MOVED.
BEIJING - Wherever judges are involved, sports scandals could be close behind. Gymnasts and figure skaters know all about it. By Barry Wilner. MOVED.
AP Photos OLYGY320. AP Graphic.
BEIJING, China - With a sparkling engagement ring on her left hand, Natalie Coughlin is approaching the Beijing Olympics with a different mindset. She's got five medals in her collection, so everything else is just a bonus. By National Writer Paul Newberry. MOVED. AP Photos.
BEIJING - His braces freshly removed and lucky stuffed monkey in tow, Britain's 14-year-old diver Tom Daley is soaking in the Olympic experience with an eye toward the future. By Andrew Dampf. MOVED.
TIANJIN, China - A goal, a shutout and a victory are doing wonders for American confidence. After a 1-0 win over Japan in their Olympic opener, the U.S. men await their next test - group favorite Netherlands on Sunday. By Brian Trusdell. MOVED.
QINHUANGDAO, China - The U.S. women's football team finds itself in an unfamiliar position: last place. The Americans dropped their opener against Norway, and now need a win against Japan or their Olympic title defense could soon be over. By Ryan Lucas. MOVED.
- SHANGHAI, China - OLY--SOC--Extra Time. By Soccer Writer Robert Millward. MOVED.
- TIANJIN, China - OLY-SOC--Damaged Dutch. By Rian Trusdell. MOVED.
- SHENYANG, China - OLY--SOC-Brazil-Ronaldinho's Return. By Tales Azzoni. MOVED.
- SHENYANG, China - OLY-SOC--Field Complaints. By Tales Azzoni. MOVED.
BEIJING - The Beijing Olympics can trace its beginnings to the "pingpong diplomacy" matches of 1971 when China signaled its desire to rejoin the international community by hosting some friendly table tennis matches with the American team. By Anita Chang. MOVED.
OLY--TAE-THE FIGHTING LOPEZES
BEIJING - For about as long as she can remember, Diana Lopez has been fighting with her three brothers. Now the Lopez family - Diana and her older brothers Mark and Steven, with eldest sibling Jean as their coach - are the first trio from the same family to represent the U.S. at the Olympics since 1904. By Eric Talmadge. MOVED.
OLY--VOL-LAST MINUTE SUB
BEIJING - Two-time Olympian Ana Paula devoted the last two years to qualifying for the Beijing Games in beach volleyball. When she failed, she planned a vacation in Los Angeles. Then came an injury to another player, and Ana Paula was on her way from Brazil to China. By Jimmy Golen. MOVED.
OLY--ROW--PRETTY GOOD GOODALE
BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China - Anna Goodale's great, great grandfather was Charles Dana Gibson, a famed illustrator noted for his creation of the "Gibson Girl." Her cousin plays guitar for Guns N' Roses (no, it's not Slash). Goodale even had an aunt swim the English Channel. Now it's time for this rower to put her mark on the family tree. By Dan Gelston. MOVED.
OLY--SAI-MURRAY THE ROOKIE
BEIJING - He's sailed in two America's Cups and won numerous world titles on the water. Now Australia's Iain Murray can add the Olympics to his resume. This is a much different Murray from the one who lost the America's Cup to Dennis Conner 21 years ago. By Dennis Passa. MOVED.
OLY--SAI-GUNNING FOR AINSLIE
QINGDAO, China - Olympic triple medalist Ben Ainslie of Britain is such a sailing superpower that some Finn class rivals have even formed international alliances in hopes of restoring a balance of power. By Doug Mellgren. MOVED.
BEIJING - China's Lin Dan and girlfriend Xie Xingfang will be at center stage in the Olympic badminton tournament. Gold medals for the two would an inspirational boost for the host nation in a sport it hopes to dominate. By Jim Armstrong. MOVED.
- HONG KONG - The wind and rain that buffeted the Olympic equestrian venue this week has dampened everyone except the horses.
"Conditions in the rain are horse-friendly," said Michael Etherington-Smith, who designed the cross-country course obstacles. "The typhoon coming in Wednesday has cleared the air. We've been lucky with it, better Wednesday than Sunday" when the stands will hold a sold-out crowd of 18,000. MOVED.
BEIJING - The unique relationship of Venus and Serena Williams has long played out on the world stage. In Beijing they're teammates, doubles partners and potential opponents in the singles final. By Steven Wine. MOVED.
- OLY--TEN--Davenport Withdraws. MOVED.
- OLY--TEN--Schuettler. By John Pye. MOVED.
BEIJING - U.S. weightlifter Casey Burgener has a team uniform and a bed at the Olympic village. He won't be able to use them. The Californian is not on the final start list for the super heavyweight competition, a slot that the U.S. weightlifting federation feels was wrongly taken from the team. By Karl Ritter. MOVED.
A SOLITARY MAN
BEIJING - Carrying the blue-and-yellow colors of his country, Itte Detenamo is a solitary athlete, a one-man delegation surrounded by thousands. Only he isn't alone. With Detenamo every step are the 10,000 people of the tiny island nation Nauru. By John Marshall. WILL MOVE.
- BEIJING - OLY--Lookahead. By Jaime Aron. MOVED.
- UNDATED - OLY--Notebook. MOVED.
- KATMANDU, Nepal - Nepal-Tibetan Protest. By Binaj Gurubacharya. MOVED.
- NEW DELHI - India-China-Tibet. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--Lula-Rio. By Stephen Wilson. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--Australian Complaints. By Dennis Passa. MOVED.
- LAS VEGAS - OLY--Circus Olympians. By Oskar Garcia. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--FHK-Azerbaijan Appeal. MOVED.
- KINGSTON, Jamaica - OLY--Jamaica-Homegrown Sprinters. By Howard Campbell. MOVED.
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- NEW: U.S. President George W. Bush prodded China to lessen repression and 'let people say what they think.' His challenge was issued as he dedicated a new U.S.embassy in Beijing. Filename: 0807dv-bush-embassy.
- The final leg of the Olympic torch relay is under way in Beijing. The flame will be taken to the Olympic stadium for the games' opening ceremony later today. Filename: 0807dv-oly-torch-relay.
- A Chinese Islamic faction that has threatened to attack the Olympics released a new video warning Muslims to stay away from the Beijing games and avoid buses, trains, planes and buildings used by Chinese. Filename: 0807dv-olympic-threat.
- As he prepared to take a week-long vacation in Hawaii, presidential candidate Barack Obama discussed his economic plans and said people should take a break from politics to enjoy the Olympics. Filename: 0807dv-obama-plane.
DAY IN PHOTOS
- Photo Editor Jim Collins discusses Thursdays top Olympic photos from the Associated Press. Filename: 0807dv-oly-photos.
- The U.S. Women's gymnastics team spoke to the media Thursday for the first time since arriving in Beijing. Filename: 0807dv-oly-gymnastics.
- The American swimmers are adjusting to life in Beijing and to the Olympic village. Filename: 0807dv-oly-swimming.
AP podcasts are available in mp3 format and through major podcast providers.
AP OLYMPIC BEAT (Updated daily)
EDITOR'S NOTE: The podcast will be updated with a report from the Opening ceremony.
- The AP's Jack Briggs hosts reports on U.S. gymnast Morgan Hamm pulling out of the Olympics, the U.S. men's basketball, baseball and swimming teams and the naming of a flag bearer for the U.S. team for Opening Ceremonies.
- The AP's Jack Briggs hosts reports on U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, looking to top Mark Spitz' record for golds, and injured U.S. gymnast Paul Hamm.
AP CHINA BEAT
- The AP's Brian Horton hosts a conversation with AP reporter Tini Tran, who has spent the last six months in Beijing studying the region's pollution and environmental concerns.
Summer Games Plus subscribers will find the multimedia referenced below at ftpnews.stats.com. Customers needing access to this FTP should contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupportap.org or 877-836-9477 or their STATS LLC account manager.
- UPCOMING: A photo gallery with images from the Opening ceremony will be posted after its close. Filename: oly-fea-opening.
- A photo gallery of the Hamm brothers careers. Morgan Hamm withdrew from the games Thursday due to an aggravated chronic injury, two days before competition begins. Filename: oly-gym-hamm.
OLYMPIC PIN COLLECTOR
- An audio slideshow about an Olympic pin collector from Missouri. Filename: pin-collector.
MEASURING BEIJING'S AIR
- UPDATED: An interactive on pollution in Beijing is updated DAILY throughout the Games. It includes pollution readings on the Olympic Green, taken by The Associated Press and updated daily; Historical data on air pollution in China and other key world cities; Pollution readings across China; An animated explainer on the different methods the Chinese have used to try to decrease air pollution. Filename: oly-fea-pollution.
- An audio slideshow on Puerto Rican Olympic boxers. Filename: oly-box-twins.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN OLYMPIAN
An audio slideshow on six U.S. Olympians explaining what being part of the team means to them. Filename: oly-fea-feelings.
WEEKLY CHINA GALLERY
- UPDATED: A weekly gallery of images from China. Filename: chinaweekly.
- Take a peek inside the fridge of U.S. Olympic weightlifting team member Carissa Gump. Filename: oly-fridge.
- Janet Schmidt and Jeff Sygmanin of the Kismayer Fitness Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center break down six body types that are ideal for Olympic athletes. Filename: oly-bodies.
TABLE TENNIS SCHOOL
- An audio slideshow on a table tennis school for Chinese athletes. Filename: oly-ping-pong.
- An audio slideshow on the Three Highs soccer academy in Beijing. Filename: oly-cost-of-gold.
- An interactive tour of Olympic venues. Filename: oly-08-venues.
- An interactive map tracking the international torch relay. Filename: oly-torch-int.
LONG ROAD TO BEIJING
- An interactive on transporting equipment to the games. Filename: oly-longroad.
- An interactive with audio from Paralympic sailor John Ruf. Filename: oly-para-sailor.
The following interactive sport explainers are available:
- Athletics: oly-trackandfield.
- Basketball: oly-basketball.
- Cycling: oly-cycling.
- Equestrian: oly-equestrian.
- Fencing: oly-fencing.
- Gymnastics: oly-gymnastics.
- Modern Pentathlon: oly-pentathlon.
- Swimming: oly-swimming.
- Diving: oly-diving.
- Wrestling: oly-wrestling.
- Judo: oly-judo.
- Boxing: oly-boxing.
- Taekwondo: oly-taekwondo.
- Volleyball: oly-volleyball.
- Triathlon: oly-triathlon.
- Sailing: oly-sailing.
- Kayak & Canoe: oly-paddling.
- Racket sports: oly-racket-sports.
- Water Polo: oly-waterpolo.
- Soccer: oly-soccer.
- Shooting: oly-shooting.
- Handball: oly-handball.
- Field Hockey: oly-field-hockey.
- Baseball & softball: oly-baseball-softball.