OLYMPIC GAMES ROUNDUP:
THURSDAY ROUNDUP: Kitajima, Liu star for Asia at the Water Cube at Beijing Olympics
BEIJING - Kosuke Kitajima and Liu Zige give Asia a pair of gold medals in the Olympic pool, with Kitajima stamping himself as the breaststroker of the decade. The Japanese swimmer sweeps the breaststroke events in his second straight Olympics, and Liu sets a world record for the host country in the 200-meter butterfly. BC-AS-OLY--THURSDAY ROUNDUP. Has moved. By Dennis Passa.
SWIMMING: Kitajima doubles up again in breaststroke at Beijing Olympics
BEIJING - Kosuke Kitajima of Japan sweeps the breaststroke events in his second straight Olympics and Liu Zige sets a world record for the host country at the Water Cube. Australia sets the 18th world swimming record of the Beijing Games in the women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay, obliterating the previous mark by nearly six seconds to upset the Americans. BC-AS-OLY-SWM--SWIMMING. Has moved. By Paul Newberry.
-BC-AS-OLY-SWM--KITAJIMA'S CROWN. BEIJING - Kosuke Kitajima is content not to race against Michael Phelps. He doesn't want to have to beat the greatest Olympian in history. Has moved.
HOOGIE'S GOODBYE: Two-time champion Van den Hoogenband retires after finishing 5th in 100 free
BEIJING - Pieter van den Hoogenband announced his retirement Thursday after Alain Bernard took away his chance at an unprecedented third straight victory in swimming's signature race, the 100-meter freestyle. BC-AS-OLY-SWM--HOOGIE'S GOODBYE. Has moved. By Andrew Dampf.
WEIGHTLIFTING: Weightlifting boss blasts anti-doping chief for comments on sport's future
BEIJING - The International Weightlifting Federation has criticized the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency for suggesting that weightlifting could be dropped from future Olympics if it doesn't crack down on doping. BC-AS-OLY-WEI--DOPING. Has moved.
TRACK CYCLING: First day of Olympic track cycling should see gold for France in men's team sprint
BEIJING - If the Olympic track cycling competition turns out to be a British rout, it probably won't be on Friday. The first day of competition is likely to belong to France. The French men's sprint team broke the world record twice during the world championships in March, and have four riders equally capable of holding their own in the three-rider event. The team sprint is the first of 10 events at the Laoshan Velodrome. BC-AS-OLY-CYC--TRACK CYCLING. Has moved. By Naomi Koppel.
MEN'S GYMNASTICS: After eight years of disappointments, Yang finally gets his Olympic gold
BEIJING - Yang Wei of China wins the all-around gold medal in men's gymnastics, finally getting the Olympic title that has eluded him for eight years. The two-time defending world champion finishes with 94.575 points, nearly three points ahead of Kohei Uchimura of Japan. Benoit Caranobe of France win the bronze. BC-AS-OLY-GYM--MEN'S ALL-AROUND. Has moved. By Nancy Armour.
-BC-AS-OLY-GYM--FRANCE'S MEDAL. BEIJING - Caranobe a surprise bronze medalist, gives France first all-around medal since Antwerp Games.
BRAZIL: Brazil prepares to face nemesis of 2000 Olympics
SHENYANG, China - Brazil prepares to face Cameroon in the quarterfinals, the team which eliminated Ronaldinho and his teammates at the same stage of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. BC-AS-OLY-SOC--BRAZIL. By 1200GMT. By Tales Azzoni.
FAMILIAR RIVAL: Germany faces old rival Sweden trying to reach third straight semifinal
SHENYANG, China - Germany faces old rival Sweden Friday looking to reach its third consecutive Olympic semifinal in women's football. The quarterfinal matchup against Sweden in Shenyang will be a rematch of the 2003 World Cup final, when Germany won 2-1 to clinch the first of its two consecutive world titles. Germany also beat Sweden 1-0 in the bronze-medal match in the Athens Games four years ago. BC-AS-OLY-SOC--GERMANY-FAMILIAR RIVAL. Has moved. By Tales Azzoni.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Spain downs Germany 72-59 in Olympics basketball
BEIJING - Pau Gasol scores 13 points to help lead world champion Spain to a 72-59 victory over Dirk Nowitzki and Germany in Olympic basketball men's Group B play. BC-AS-OLY-BKO--MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP. Has moved.
DRESSAGE: Germany favored in team dressage competition
HONG KONG - Germany is favored to add to its gold medal collection in equestrian when it competes in the final of the team dressage competition. BC-AS-OLY-EQU-TEAM DRESSAGE. By 1700GMT. By Margaret Freeman.
JUDO: Japan has disastrous day, out of range for judo golds
BEIJING - Japan crashes out of the gold-medal contention in judo after a disastrous preliminary round, with Athens Olympic champion Keiji Suzuki and 2007 world silver medalist Sae Nakazawa both losing their first fights. BC-AS-OLY-JUD--ROUNDUP. Has moved. By Eric Talmadge
SAILING: Light winds postpone Olympic sailing start
QINGDAO, China - Racing in the Finn and Yngling Olympic sailing classes are canceled due to lack of winds and poor visibility, while organizers hold off for as long as possible in deciding whether any of the remaining races could go ahead in five other classes. BC-AS-OLY-SAI--SAILING. Moved.
ROUNDUP: Malaysia's gold medal hope Lee moves on to semifinals in badminton
BEIJING - Lee Chong Wei keeps Malaysia's best hope for an Olympic gold medal alive with a straight-sets win over Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the quarterfinals of men's singles at the Olympic badminton tournament. BC-AS-OLY-BAD--ROUNDUP. Has moved. By Jim Armstrong.
TEAM SABER: Top-seeded U.S. saber team eliminated in semis
BEIJING - The Ukrainian women's saber team shocks the top-seeded U.S. in the semifinals, eliminating an American team that featured all three individual medalists. BC-AS-OLY-FEN--WOMEN'S TEAM SABER.
BEACH ROUNDUP: After round-robin, almost everyone plays on in Olympic beach volleyball
BEIJING - Americans Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor, who won the gold medal in Athens, beat Nila Ann Hakedal and Ingrid Torlen of Norway 21-12, 21-15 to improve to 3-0. BC-AS-OLY-VOL--BEACH ROUNDUP. Has moved. By Jimmy Golen. AP Photos
TEAM TABLE TENNIS: China beats Australia 3-0 in team table tennis, though No. 4 Wang Liqin struggles
BEIJING - The top-ranked Chinese men defeat Australia 3-0 in the team table tennis competition, but another session of unsteady play by No. 4 Wang Liqin reveals a potential weak spot. BC-AS-OLY-TTN--TEAM TABLE TENNIS. Has moved By Anita Chang. AP Photos OLY734, OLY762.
WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY: Germany beats U.S. 4-2 in women's field hockey
BEIJING - Germany scores three second-half goals to beat the United States 4-2 in Olympic women's field hockey. BC-AS-OLY--FHK-WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY. By Cliff Brunt.
WOMEN'S 50M RIFLE: China's Du rebounds from earlier loss, grabs gold in 50-meter, 3-position rifle
BEIJING - China's Du Li wins the gold medal in the women's 50-meter, three-position rifle. Du led by one point entering the finals and shot a 101.3 to win the event with an Olympic record 690.3 points. Silver medalist Katerina Emmons finished with 687.7 points. BC-AS-OLY-SHO--WOMEN'S 50M 3-POSITION RIFLE. Has moved. By Kristie Rieken.
WATER POLO: Mustached medalists? Croatia wins again, stakes claim as gold-medal favorite in water polo
BEIJING - The Croatian men's water polo team powers its way to a 13-5 win over Germany, continuing an undefeated run at the Beijing Olympics that has focused attention on the players' newly grown facial hair. The Croatian men decided two months ago to grow mustaches while preparing for Beijing, following the lead of goalkeepers Josip Pavic and Frano Vican. And there's no way the Croats, ranked No. 1 in the world, are going to shave now. BC-AS-OLY-WPO--WATER POLO. Has moved. By Mark Long.