|Aug 09||Olympic Sports at noon EDT Saturday|
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COMING UP - OLYMPICS, DAY 2:
Michael Phelps competes in his first final, one of 14 gold medals at stake across the Olympics.
BEIJING - The quest begins. Michael Phelps competes in the 400-meter individual medley in what he hopes will be the first of a haul of eight Olympic gold medals that breaks Mark Spitz's record. By National Writer Paul Newberry. Final starts 10 p.m. EDT Saturday.
NOTE: Men's 400 freestyle scheduled for 10:21 p.m. EDT; women's 400 IM at 10:39 p.m. EDT and women's 4x100 freestyle relay at 11:18 p.m. EDT.
BEIJING - Columnist Tim Dahlberg writes on Michael Phelps trying to land his first gold medal in Beijing. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg.
BEIJING - A Chinese man stabs the in-laws of the U.S. Olympic men's volleyball coach, killing one and injuring the other while they visited a tourist site. The assailant then kills himself by throwing himself from a 130-foot ancient tower. By Rohan Sullivan. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--China-Scalpers. By Henry Sanderson. MOVED.
BEIJING - The first gold medal of the 2008 Beijing Olympics goes to Katerina Emmons of the Czech Republic. It should look great in her Colorado Springs, Colo., trophy case. Emmons is the wife of American shooter Matt Emmons and the couple lives in the hometown of USA Shooting. By Jaime Aron. MOVED.
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OLY--HEAT VS POLLUTION
BEIJING - After all the worries about Beijing's pollution, in the end, withering heat and humidity took a greater toll on Olympic athletes. Belgian cyclist Maxime Montfort competed in a 152-mile road race and was sapped: "It's too hard, too hard, too hard." By Tini Tran.
OLY--SHO-WOMEN'S 10M AIR RIFLE
BEIJING - China is denied the first gold medal of the Olympics when Katerina Emmons of the Czech Republic wins the 10-meter air rifle. It is the first of 302 gold medals at the Beijing Games. By Noah Trister.
- OLY--SHO-Men's Air Pistol. MOVED.
BEIJING - The host country's first Olympic gold medal goes to Chen Xiexia, who is buoyed by a roaring crowd in 106-pound weightlifting. "I have been thinking of winning a medal," she says, "but never thought it would turn out to be the first gold medal for China." By Karl Ritter. MOVED.
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BEIJING - Mariel Zagunis wins the first U.S. gold medal of the Olympics, leading an American sweep in women's saber fencing. Zagunis, the 2004 saber champion, beats Sada Jacobson, who took the silver. Becca Ward wins the bronze. By Noah Trister. MOVED.
BEIJING - President Bush immerses himself in the Olympic spirit with mountain biking and a visit to the women's beach volleyball team. But he could not escape the world's troubles, getting updates on the Russia-Georgia crisis. By Paul Alexander. MOVED.
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BEIJING - Activists wrap themselves in Tibetan flags on Saturday and lay down in Tiananmen Square in a protest angrily rejected by Chinese onlookers who followed the group and shouted "Get out!" By Audra Ang. MOVED.
- HONG KONG - OLY--Hong Kong Protests. By Min Lee. MOVED.
BEIJING - A Greek sprinter is removed from the Olympics a few days before the games after testing positive for a steroid in his home country. Tassos Gousis is sent home from a pre-games training camp in Japan after being informed of the result. By Stephen Wilson. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--ATH-Doping-Usov. By John Pye. MOVED.
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OLY--INSIDE THE RINGS
BEIJING - To the Beijing Olympic slogan of "One World, One Dream" now add one killing. Twenty minutes after Chen Xiexia lifted twice her bodyweight to give China its first gold, China's closely watched first day as Olympic host turned from sweet to sour, from medals to murder. By John Leicester. MOVED.
BEIJING - Wondering why Yao Ming wasn't the one soaring over the Bird's Nest, bestowed with the honor of igniting the Olympic flame? Maybe China wanted to make sure he was ready for the opener against the Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and the U.S. team. Don't underestimate the importance of keeping the big guy in one piece. By Jaime Aron. MOVED.
- OLY--Lookahead-Glance. MOVED.
- OLY--Olympic Notebook. MOVED.
BEIJING - For a moment, it looked as if President Bush was going to dive into the sand for the ball while hitting it around with U.S. Olympian Misty May-Treanor at the beach volleyball venue. By Jimmy Golen. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--China-Laura Bush. By Cara Anna. MOVED.
BEIJING - Nobody has given the U.S. Olympic basketball team any gold medals yet. After all, Argentina won four years ago, and Michael Redd doesn't even think his American team deserves to be called the favorites. "We're not the champs," he says. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. MOVED.
BEIJING - Chris Bosh was a question mark when the U.S. selected its Olympic team. As the U.S. prepares to open play against China, Bosh is backing up center Dwight Howard. But he's a good fit for international basketball and his role is expected to grow. By Andrew Bagnato. MOVED.
- OLY--BKO-Novitzky. By Christopher Bodeen. MOVED.
- OLY--BKO-Wade Olympic Diary. By Dwyane Wade. MOVED.
OLY--BKW-US TAKES BACKSEAT
BEIJING - The popular U.S. women's team can't count on cheering fans for their next game. The opponent is China. That will be a turnaround from their opener - a 97-57 rout of the Czech Republic in which the Americans were the crowd favorite, led by President Bush and the U.S. men's team. By Doug Feinberg.
- OLY--BKW-Mali-New Zealand. By Doug Feinberg. MOVED.
BEIJING - As a hazy nighttime gloom descends on the Olympic city, a remarkable building comes to life, its giant bubbles glowing in various shades of blue. Welcome to the Water Cube. By National Writer Paul Newberry.
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QINHUANGDAO, China - The U.S. women's soccer team puts its Olympic title defense back on track, beating Japan 1-0 behind Carli Lloyd's first-half goal. By Ryan Lucas. MOVED.
- SHANGHAI, China - SOC--Women's Roundup. By Soccer Writer Robert Millward. MOVED.
- QINHUANGDAO, China - OLY--SOC-Italy-Rossi. By Ryan Lucas. MOVED.
- SHENYANG, China - OLY-SOC--Brazil-Uniform Dispute. By Tales Azzoni. MOVED.
- SHENYANG, China - OLY--SOC-Concerned Brazil. By Tales Azzoni. MOVED.
BEIJING - This almost isn't fair. The Chinese make enough little mistakes to drive a gymnastics coach to the chalk barrel. Yet, China not only tops the standings in men's qualifying, but does so by a ridiculous margin. By National Writer Nancy Armour. MOVED.
- OLY--GYM--Maras Falls. MOVED.
- OLY--GYM-France-Vericel Out. MOVED.
- OLY--GYM-Canada-O'Neill. MOVED.
- OLY--GYM-Dragulescu. MOVED.
BEIJING - Thrown into the Olympic fray after an ankle injury sidelined Morgan Hamm, Sasha Artemev is superb in the qualifying round. He puts up the second-highest score in the first rotation on pommel horse, the spot where the Americans need him most, and was third overall. By National Writer Nancy Armour. MOVED.
- OLY--GYM-Gymnastics Changes. By Barry Wilner. MOVED.
- OLY--GYM-Underage Chinese. MOVED.
TRACK & FIELD:
OLY-ATH--ROBLES, LIU AND WHO?
DALIAN, China - For decades, Americans dominated men's hurdles. Then along came Liu Xiang of China. He and Dayron Robles of Cuba are the favorites in the 110 hurdles, raising a question that rarely needs to be asked in this event: What about the Americans? By National Writer Eddie Pells. MOVED.
- OLY--ATH-Track Camp. By Eddie Pells. MOVED.
- OLY--ATH-Lagat Arrives. By Eddie Pells.
OLY--CYC-MEN'S ROAD RACE
BEIJING - After six hours of racing in the heat, six cyclists were coming out of a centuries-old tunnel, ready for a finish at the Great Wall. Spain's Samuel Sanchez was the gold medalist, and the Americans were left to lament a lost opportunity. By Tim Reynolds. MOVED.
- OLY--CYC-US-Zabriskie. MOVED.
OLY--CYC-US WOMEN'S ROAD
BEIJING - The first Olympic women's cycling race was 24 years ago, when Connie Carpenter threw herself past Rebecca Twigg at the finish line for a gold-silver American finish in Los Angeles. The U.S. hasn't made another trip to the medal stand in that event since. By Tim Reynolds. MOVED.
- JUYONGGUAN, China - OLY--CYC-Women's Road Race. By Naomi Koppel. MOVED.
- JUYONGGUAN, China - OLY--CYC-Cancellara-Riding Alone. By Naomi Koppel. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--CYC-Phinney's Return. By Tim Reynolds. MOVED.
BEIJING - A dazed but happy Jill Craybas is the latest addition to the U.S. women's tennis team. The 34-year-old first-time Olympian replaces injured Lindsay Davenport, and scrambled to make it to Beijing. By Steven Wine. MOVED.
- OLY--TEN-Jankovic. MOVED.
BEIJING - Russia's Matvey Korobov and Cuba's Emilio Correa take the first steps toward a tantalizing middleweight showdown, winning opening bouts on the first day of boxing. Shawn Estrada gets the U.S. team off to a good start with a victory. By Greg Beacham. MOVED.
BEIJING - Gary Russell Jr. still can't believe his four years of Olympic dreams ended without a punch. A day after Russell collapsed and fell unconscious in a failed attempt to make weight, the U.S. bantamweight tells the AP he plans to turn pro. By Greg Beacham. MOVED.
- OLY--BOX-Boxer Injured. MOVED.
BEIJING - Romania's Alina Dumitru wins the first gold medal in the Olympic judo competition. South Korea's Choi Min-ho, a bronze medalist in Athens, throws all his opponents to win the men's 60-kilogram division. By Eric Talmadge. MOVED.
OLY--ROW-IRAQ'S SECOND CHANCE
BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China - All they wanted was a chance to call themselves Olympians. Haidar Nozad and Hussein Jebur almost didn't get the chance when the IOC suspended Iraq. They got a reprieve and are representing their country in double sculls. By Dan Gelston. MOVED.
- OLY--ROW-Rowing Heats. By Dan Gelston. MOVED.
OLY--WRE-ASKREN'S CURLS COMING OFF
BEIJING - Wrestler Ben Askren made his Olympic sacrifice - he cut his hair. He sometimes strung his mop of kinky curls into braids. But in Beijing, he's all business. Strategy trumps style. By Jaime Aron. MOVED.
QINGDAO, China - Olympic rookie Zach Railey of the United States ends in an unfamiliar position: ahead of 'The Man' in Finn class racing, the seemingly invincible Ben Ainslie of Britain. By Doug Mellgren. MOVED.
BEIJING - Americans Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, the defending beach volleyball world champions and the overwhelming favorites to win the gold medal, lose their opening match to a Latvian team seeded 23rd in the 24-team field. By Jimmy Golen. MOVED.
- OLY--VOL-US-Japan. By Anne M. Peterson.
HONG KONG - Australia leads in the early rounds followed by U.S. and Germany. Australia's Lucinda Fredericks holds first place individually. By Margaret Freeman. MOVED.
OLY--BEIJING SILK MARKET
BEIJING - Avoiding eye contact and mumbling were enough to get through the first floor unscathed. Then came the grievous error of glancing at a T-shirt. There are deals to be had at Beijing's famous Silk Street Market, but you have to work for it. By John Marshall. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--Georgia-Olympics. By Brian Friedman. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--Internet Blocked. By Stephen Wade. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--ARC-Archery. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--BAD--Roundup. By Jim Armstrong. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY-SHO--Trap-Day 1 Qualifying. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--HBW-Women's Handball. MOVED.
MULTIMEDIA AND VIDEO
- Ni Howdy! AP's Warren Levinson, who is covering his 8th Olympic games, is blogging daily about the sights and sounds of the host city. Filename: BC-OLY--Levinson-Weblog.
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- NEW: Michael Phelps opened his quest to win eight gold medals by qualifying 1.44 seconds faster than his rivals with an Olympic-record time in the 400-meter individual medley preliminaries Saturday night. Filename: 0809dv-oly-swimming.
SWIMMING PREVIEW: MEL STEWART
- NEW: Mel Stewart, gold-medalist in the 1992 games in Barcelona, previews four swimmers to watch. Filename: 0809dv-oly-swimming-plus.
- NEW: The U.S. women's softball team is hopeful their sport will return in 2016 after being dropped from the Olympic games in 2012. Filename: 0809dv-oly-softball.
FIRST PERSON: JENNIE FINCH
- NEW: Jennie Finch is hoping that softball makes a return to the Olympics and looks back at her 2004 victory. Filename: 0809dv-oly-finch-plus.
AMERICAN TOURIST KILLED
- NEW: Beijing authorities say a Chinese man attacked two American tourists on the opening day of the Olympic Games, killing one of them before committing suicide. Filename: 0809dvs-china-american-killed.
- NEW: U.S. Olympic softball player Laura Berg and USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel react to the news that the relative of a coach for the men's volleyball team was killed by a knife-wielding Chinese man in Beijing. Filename: 0809dvs-usoc-american-killed.
- NEW: The International Olympic Committee says it believes nations should observe a truce from fighting during the games. Filename: 0809dv-oly-ioc.
DAY 1 IN BEIJING
- NEW: With the opening ceremonies over, the competition has begun in Beijing. Filename: 0809dv-oly-firstday.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY
- NEW: The day's top Olympic photos from The Associated Press. Filename: 0809dv-oly-photos.
- UPDATED: Here's the latest from Beijing. Filename: olympic-minute.
AP podcasts are available in mp3 format and through major podcast providers.
AP OLYMPIC BEAT (Updated twice daily)
- NEW: The AP's Dave Lubeski hosts a midday update on the U.S. men's gymnastics team, trouble for U.S. cyclists and the first medals in this year's Olympics as competition gets underway.
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.
GOT TWO MINUTES?
- NEW: A time-lapse photo sequence from the opening ceremonies. Filename: oly-fea-open-two.
OFF THE WALL: SILK STREET MARKET
- NEW: AP writer John Marshall visits the famous Silk Street Market in the first in a series of audio-visual reports from around Beijing. Filename: oly-fea-off-the-wall.
DAY 1 IN THE POOL
- NEW: A gallery of Day One action at the Water Cube. It will be updated daily. Filename: oly-swm-swimming.
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.
- A audio slideshow with images from the Opening ceremony. 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.
- 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.