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COMING UP - OLYMPICS, DAY 3:
Michael Phelps swims in the 400-meter freestyle relay, one of 13 gold medals at stake across the Olympics.
BEIJING - One down, seven to go for Michael Phelps. And of all the races, this seemed to be the most serious challenge to his quest to break Mark Spitz's record. Then again, Ryan Lochte was supposed to take a run at Phelps' gold, and he was left swimming in his wake. By National Writer Paul Newberry. Phelps' final, the 400-meter freestyle relay, starts 11:23 p.m. EDT Sunday.
Other swim medals: women's 100 butterfly, 10:21 p.m.; men's 100 breast, 10:27 p.m.; women's 400 free, 11:14 p.m.
BEIJING - With its NBA star power on full display, the U.S. Olympic basketball team plays its opening game before President Bush and perhaps a billion more viewers. It faces Yao Ming before a roaring Chinese crowd in what figures to be one of the most widely viewed sports events in history. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. Game started 10:15 a.m. EDT Sunday.
BEIJING - Michael Phelps isn't just living up to his ridiculously high expectations. He's exceeding them. He commands center stage until the Chinese men go after Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and the U.S. basketball team. But the buzz from the pool and basketball court is tempered by the stabbing of the U.S. men's volleyball coach's in-laws. By Jaime Aron. MOVED.
BEIJING - Columnist Tim Dahlberg writes from the U.S.-China basketball game. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg.
BEIJING - The players huddled, had a moment of silence, and then went to work, on a mission for their absent, grieving coach and his shattered family. As Hugh McCutcheon coped with a savage attack on his in-laws, his U.S. volleyball team won in their honor. By National Writer David Crary.
BEIJING - On a dismal first day of Olympic tennis, Ana Ivanovic produces the big surprise - and she didn't even play. The top-seeded Ivanovic withdraws because of a thumb injury. Only nine of 45 matches finish on a rainy day. James Blake wins, Serena Williams is interrupted and Roger Federer never gets on court. By Steven Wine.
BEIJING - Police tighten security and resume investigating the fatal stabbing of the father of a former Olympian, an attack that stuns the sports community and embarrasses Chinese authorities determined to hold the most successful Summer Games in history. By Beth Duff-Brown.
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BEIJING - President Bush presses his Olympic hosts to permit greater political and religious freedom, warning Chinese leaders they can expect to hear similar blunt talk from his successor. By Mark S. Smith.
AP Photos. AP Graphic BUSH ASIA.
- BEIJING - OLY--China-Protest. By Audra Ang. MOVED.
BEIJING - The IOC bars Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou from the Beijing Games, saying her role in a drug-testing cover-up four years ago in Athens was a "scandalous saga" that brought the Olympic movement into disrepute. By Stephen Wade. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--TEN--Withdrawal. MOVED.
- UNDATED - OLY--Olympics-Glance. MOVED.
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BEIJING - The U.S. men's gymnastics team came to the Olympics looking for a way to replace gold medalist Paul Hamm. The best bet was his twin Morgan. Then he got hurt. Now there are no more Hamms to choose from. A U.S. medal would've been tough with both Hamms healthy. Without either of them? The Americans will soon find out. By Jaime Aron.
- UNDATED - OLY--Lookahead-Glance. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--Olympic Notebook.
OLY--INSIDE THE RINGS
BEIJING - Call it the Beijing burden. In a country that puts a massive premium on gold medals, the added pressure of competing in their own Olympics is proving too much for some Chinese. The early jitters could puncture a hole in its hopes of finishing ahead of the United States on top of the medal table. By John Leicester.
BEIJING - China has swept the streets of Beijing clean of bootleg DVDs. But if you know how and where to ask, all the illegal stuff is still there - or will be back right after the Olympics ends. By Tim Sullivan.
AP Multimedia. MOVED.
TASTE OF CHINA
BEIJING - Lured by the bright lights, open-air dining room and seemingly content customers, two Westerners wandered into a Ghost Street restaurant, hoping to get their first real taste of authentic Chinese food. Instead they got a crash course, and a slimy one at that. By John Marshall. MOVED.
BEIJING - Samantha Peszek's ankle popped and the gym fell silent, tears filling the gymnasts' eyes. The U.S. gymnastics team was already short-handed because of Chellsie Memmel's ankle injury. Now this group, bonded by struggle and success, will be tested like never before. By National Writer Nancy Armour.
AP Photos. MOVED.
BEIJING - Sure, the world titles are nice, as are all those compliments from the competition. And there's no denying it's a rush to be treated like gymnastics' equivalent of rock stars. What the Chinese men really want, though, is Olympic gold. By National Writer Nancy Armour. MOVED.
- OLY--GYM-Karolyi-Ages. By Barry Wilner. MOVED.
- OLY--SWM-Rice's Record. By Andrew Dampf. MOVED.
- OLY--GYM-Romania's Task. MOVED.
- OLY--GYM-Tweddle Struggles. MOVED.
BEIJING - Winning Olympic medals never gets old for Dara Torres. The self-described "old lady" of the U.S. team anchors the American women to a silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle relay at age 41, earning her 10th career Olympic medal and first since 2000. By Beth Harris. MOVED.
- OLY--SWM-Swimming-Anthem Glitch. MOVED.
- OLY--SWM-Hungarian Medleys. By Andrew Dampf. MOVED.
- OLY--SWM-Park's Gold. MOVED.
BEIJING - Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia of China win the first diving gold medal of the Beijing Games, putting the host country on a path toward a possible sweep of the eight medals. By Beth Harris. MOVED.
BEIJING - Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor didn't need any time at all to get used to the Olympics. The defending beach volleyball gold medalists easily won their opener against a Japanese team. By Jimmy Golen. MOVED.
TRACK & FIELD:
OLY-ATH-DIVING TO CHINA
DALIAN, China - Medal or no medal, Christian Smith will always have a reminder of his journey to Beijing - a skinned shoulder from the Olympic trials. He wound up bloody and bruised, unable to practice for a week. He also earned the third and final spot in the Olympic men's 800. By National Writer Eddie Pells. MOVED.
BEIJING - Terrence Trammell has heard all the fuss about Liu Xiang and Dayron Robles, their world-record times in the men's 110-meter hurdles and their standings as the favorites to win a gold medal. The two-time silver medalist is fine with everyone looking the other way. By Aaron Beard. MOVED.
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- OLY--ATH-US-Gay's Workout. By Aaron Beard. MOVED.
BEIJING - Kara Lawson appears to be the answer the US women's team has been trying to find since Dawn Staley retired four years ago after the 2004 Olympics. The team has been on a national search trying to find a backup point guard with the ability to lead and the temperament to follow when needed. Lawson fits the bill and could be a vital link to the team's success. By Doug Feinberg. MOVED.
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- Three men's games: Spain-Greece, Lithuania-Argentina, Australia-Croatia. MOVED.
BEIJING - Somoa's Farani Tavui staggered around the ring before falling flat on his back with arms spread. After 18 months of sweeping reforms, the last thing amateur boxing needed on its Olympic opener was a reminder of the sport's dangers in the form of an unconscious fighter strapped to a stretcher. By Greg Beacham. MOVED.
- OLY--BOX-Round Two. By Greg Beacham. MOVED.
- OLY--BOX-Boxer Injured. MOVED.
OLY--CYC-WOMEN'S ROAD RACE
BEIJING - Doomed by a downpour at the Great Wall, the U.S. women cyclists saw their medal hopes in the road race slip away on a course offering as much traction in some areas as a skating rink. This is the sixth straight Olympics they came up short. By Tim Reynolds. MOVED.
TIANJIN, China - The United States ties the Netherlands 2-2, with Gerald Sibon scoring in overtime for the Dutch. The Americans are tied for the Group B lead with Nigeria with four points each, two better than the Netherlands. By Brian Trusdell. MOVED.
Seven other men's games: Argentina-Australia, Ivory Coast-Serbia, Nigeria-Japan, New Zealand-Brazil, China-Belgium, Cameroon-Honduras, South Korea-Italy.
- SHENYANG, China - OLY-SOC--Brazil-Ronaldinho. By Tales Azzoni. MOVED.
- SHENYANG, China - OLY--SOC--Germany-Perfect Defense. By Tales Azzoni. MOVED.
- SHENYANG, China - OLY-SOC--Brazil-Women. By Tales Azzoni. MOVED.
BEIJING - She's been fired by Donald Trump and dined at the White House. Jennie Finch could as easily walk down a runway as whip a windmill pitch past a batter. Finch is everyone's dream. Don't be fooled, though. There's a view of Finch no opponent wants to see - 43 feet away clutching a softball. By Tom Withers. MOVED.
BEIJING - The International Weightlifting Federation has accused U.S. weightlifting officials of misleading the public in the case of Casey Burgener, an American super heavyweight who was left off the Olympic team. By Karl Ritter. MOVED.
- OLY--WEI-Women's 53kg. By Karl Ritter. MOVED.
- OLY--WEI-Men's 56kg. By Karl Ritter. MOVED.
- OLY--WEI-US-Roach. By Karl Ritter. MOVED.
- NEW DELHI - OLY--WEI-India-Doping. By Sandeep Nakai. MOVED.
OLY--WRE-BUSINESSMAN ON THE MAT
BEIJING - Countless athletes talk of taking care of business at the Olympics. Greco-Roman wrestler T.C. Dantzler really does. He spends several hours online each day in Beijing running a software business with 29 employees that may go public in a few years. By Alan Robinson. MOVED.
BEIJING - Natalia Partyka is 19 years old and was born with a right arm that ends just below the elbow. She is part of the Polish team at the Beijing Games, and the first table tennis player to compete in both the Olympics and the Paralympics. By Anita Chang. MOVED.
BEIJING - Hungary's bid for a third consecutive gold medal in men's water polo gets off to a shaky start - a 10-10 tie with Montenegro. The United States defeats China 8-4. By Mark Long. MOVED.
QINGDAO, China - Zach Railey of the United States unexpectedly finds himself in first place overall in Finn class sailing. He is just ahead of British sailing star and undisputed favorite Ben Ainslie, a triple Olympic medalist. By Doug Mellgren. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--SHO-Women's Air Pistol. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--SHO-Men's Trap. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--ARC-Archery. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--FEN-Men's Epee. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--JUD-Half-Lightweight-Women. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY-JUD--Half-Lightweight-Men. MOVED.
- BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China - OLY--ROW-Rowing Heats. By Dan Gelston. MOVED.
- HONG KONG - OLY-EQU-Eventing Dressage. By Margaret Freeman. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--FHK-Women's Field Hockey. By Cliff Brunt. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--HNB-Men's Handball. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--BAD-Badminton Rdp. By Jim Armstrong. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--Georgia-Olympics. By Brian Friedman. MOVED.
- KUQA, China - China-Explosions. By William Foreman. MOVED.
- TAIPEI, Taiwan - OLY--Taiwan-China. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--Madrid 2016. By Paul Logothetis. MOVED.
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- NEW: Stromotion - Men's gymnastics qualification.
- NEW: Michael Phelps takes gold and breaks his own world record in the 400m IM.
- NEW: Watch the complete feed of the men's high bar from the first subdivision of prelims.
- NEW: Relive the men's 56kg Group B weightlifting session from Beijing.
- NEW: China v. Spain - Watch dark horse contenders China take on Spain in the women's field hockey match.
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BASKETBALL - NEW: A wrap-up of men's basketball action. Filename: 0810dv-oly-basketball.
GYMNASTICS - NEW: China issued the challenge, and the short-handed U.S. women couldn't answer on Sunday. Now on to the showdown in the gymnastics team final at the Beijing Olympics, where every element truly counts. Filename: 0810dv-oly-gymnastics.
VOLLEYBALL - NEW: The American men's volleyball team won it's first match Sunday, just one day after their coach's inlays were stabbed at a Beijing tourist attraction. Filename: 0810dv-oly-volleyball.
SWIMMING - NEW: Michael Phelps got one of his toughest races out of the way, and it couldn't have been any easier. With President Bush cheering him on, Phelps dominated his first event of the Beijing Olympics on Sunday morning, crushing his own world record. Filename: 0810dv-oly-swimming-phelps.
FIRST PERSON: MEL STEWART - NEW: Former Olympic gold medalist Mel Stewart gives his take on the first medal day in swimming. Filename: 0810dv-oly-swimming-plus.
BUSH CHEERS ON ATHLETES - NEW: President Bush spent Sunday attending church in Beijing, cheering on U.S. athletes and meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao. Filename: 0810dvs-bush.
POLLUTION - NEW: Rain delayed some competition on Sunday in Beijing as thunderstorms ripped through the city. Filename: 0810dv-oly-pollution.
AMERICAN TOURIST KILLED IN BEIJING - NEW: Police tightened security Sunday as they investigated the fatal stabbing of the father of a former U.S. Olympian, an attack that stunned the athletic community and embarrassed Chinese authorities. Filename: 0810dv-china-murder.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY - NEW: The day's top Olympic photos from The Associated Press. Filename: 0810dv-oly-photos.
OLYMPIC MINUTE - UPDATED: Here's the latest from Beijing. Filename: olympic-minute.
- NEW: 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. In the latest installment, he practices the ancient art of haggling at a busy Beijing flea market, but finds peace on the subway. Filename: BC-OLY--Levinson-Weblog.
AP podcasts are available in mp3 format and through major podcast providers.
AP OLYMPIC BEAT (Updated twice daily) http://podcast.ap.org/podcasts/AP-Olympic-Beat.xml?SITE=AP&TYPE=podcast&NAME
- NEW: The AP's Dave Lubeski hosts a midday update on Michael Phelps' first gold, in a world-record time, and other news from the early Sunday competition from Beijing.
AP CHINA BEAT http://podcast.ap.org/podcasts/AP-China-Beat.xml?SITE=AP&TYPE=podcast&NAME=C
- 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.
GYMNASTICS - NEW: A photo gallery highlights the day's gymnastics action. It will be updated daily. Filename: oly-gym-gymnastics.
SWIMMING - UPDATED: A photo gallery spotlights the latest events at the Water Cube. It will be updated daily. Filename: oly-swm-swimming.
OFF THE WALL: DINING OUT - NEW: AP writer John Marshall goes out for dinner in Beijing and finds the cuisine more exotic than pizza at home in the second in a series of audio-visual reports. Filename: oly-fea-off-the-wall02.
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.
GOT TWO MINUTES? - A time-lapse photo sequence from the opening ceremonies. Filename: oly-fea-open-two.
OPENING CEREMONY - A audio slideshow with images from the Opening ceremony. Filename: oly-fea-opening.
OLYMPIC PIN COLLECTOR - An audio slideshow about an Olympic pin collector from Missouri. Filename: pin-collector.
BOXING TWINS - An audio slideshow on Puerto Rican Olympic boxers. Filename: oly-box-twins.
HAMM BROTHERS - A photo gallery of the Hamm brothers careers. Morgan Hamm withdrew from the games due to an aggravated chronic injury, two days before competition began. Filename: oly-gym-hamm.
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.
NUTRITION - Take a peek inside the fridge of U.S. Olympic weightlifting team member Carissa Gump. Filename: oly-fridge.
OLYMPIC BODIES - 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.
SOCCER ACADEMY - An audio slideshow on the Three Highs soccer academy in Beijing. Filename: oly-cost-of-gold.
VENUE TOUR - An interactive tour of Olympic venues. Filename: oly-08-venues.
TORCH RELAY - 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.
PARALYMPIC SAILOR - An interactive with audio from Paralympic sailor John Ruf. Filename: oly-para-sailor.
SPORT EXPLAINERS The following interactive sport explainers are available:
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.