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Olympic Sports at 1 p.m. EDT Friday

Aug. 15, 2008, 1:26 p.m. (ET)

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With gold following him wherever he goes, Michael Phelps tries to make it 7-for-7 at the Beijing Games. He swims the 100-meter butterfly and will try to match Mark Spitz's gold-medal haul for an Olympics. His final is one of 29 gold medals at stake across the Olympics.

The high wattage at the pool shifts to the track later in the day. The glamour event of track and field couldn't get more glamorous - Tyson Gay, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell in the 100 meters.


BEIJING - Poor Ian Crocker. He desperately craves an Olympic gold medal, about the only thing missing from his swimming career. This might be his last chance to get it, too. Well, all he has to do is beat Michael Phelps - and become the villain of the Beijing Games. By National Writer Paul Newberry. Phelps' final starts 10:10 p.m. EDT Friday.

AP Photos. AP Audio. NBC Video.

Other swim finals: women's 200 backstroke, 10:03 p.m. EDT; women's 800 free, 10:16 p.m.; men's 50 free, 10:39 p.m.


BEIJING - Tyson Gay, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell have run the eight fastest 100-meter times in history. They compete in the semifinals and - they and a worldwide audience hope - the final later on Day 2 of track and field. The first two rounds of the women's 100 are also on the schedule, along with medals in the women's shot put and men's 20-kilometer walk. By Howard Fendrich. Women's 100 heats start at 10:50 p.m. EDT Friday; men's 100 semifinals start at 8:05 a.m. EDT Saturday; men's 100 final starts at 10:30 a.m. EDT Saturday.

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BEIJING - For a few moments, the curtain parted. Chinese gymnast Yang Yilin, her age much in dispute, began to speak after winning the bronze all-around. Her answers were brief, spoken without soul. She seemed a young, fragile girl largely cut off from family to train for Olympic glory. By Olympics Columnist John Leicester. MOVED.

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BEIJING - These two American gymnasts, Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson, are the best in the world. They share the spotlight and the glory, even a room at the village. But an Olympic gold medal is not to be shared. "We knew there would be only one champion," Liukin said. And Liukin was the one. By National Writer Nancy Armour. MOVED.

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BEIJING - Tomasz Majewski of Poland wins the men's shot put for the first track gold medal of the Beijing Olympics, and Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia captures the 10,000 meters in an Olympic record - the second fastest time for a woman at that distance. By National Writer Eddie Pells. MOVED.

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- Also:

- OLY--ATH-800. By John Pye. MOVED.

- OLY--ATH-Also Rans. By John Pye. MOVED.

- OLY--ATH-Heptathlon. MOVED.


BEIJING - James Blake loses in the Olympic tennis semifinals to Fernando Gonzalez, then accuses his opponent of not playing fair by failing to fess up on a disputed point two games before the finish. By Steven Wine. MOVED.

AP Photos. NBC Video.



BEIJING - The Beijing Olympics have belonged to an American who has become a household name from the Philippines to Peru, from Cairo to Caracas. With his sensational gold-medal and world-record haul, Michael Phelps now streak across the globe as a once-in-a-lifetime supernova. By Stephen Wilson. MOVED.

- With:

- DALLAS - OLY--SWM-Phelps Trading Card. By Paul J. Weber. MOVED.

- NEW YORK - OLY--TV-Phelps Olympics. MOVED.



BEIJING - A North Korean shooter is stripped of his two medals and expelled from the Olympics along with a Vietnamese gymnast after failing doping tests. They are the second and third athletes caught for doping in Beijing, where the IOC is conducting a record 4,500 drug tests. By Stephen Wilson. MOVED.



BEIJING - Smog? What smog? Pollution concerns evaporate under a picture-perfect canopy of blue skies and white clouds on the first day of the Olympics' signature track-and-field events. By Tini Tran. MOVED.

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BEIJING - Five foreign activists are deported after they scale a landmark building in Beijing to unfurl a "Free Tibet" banner over an Olympics billboard in the latest protest during the games. By Gillian Wong. MOVED.

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- BEIJING - OLY--Olympic Rdp. By Jaime Aron. MOVED.

- BEIJING - OLY--Olympics-Glance. MOVED.

- UNDATED - OLY--TV Box. By Television Writer David Bauer. MOVED.


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BEIJING - Now Nastia Liukin is an Olympic champion, just like dad. And the father who once worried the life of a gymnast wasn't right for his daughter couldn't be any prouder. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. MOVED.

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BEIJING - As host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Canada has drawn up an ambitious medal-winning plan called "Own The Podium." That would be a welcome change for Canadian fans, whose summer athletes have avoided the podium altogether in a medal-less first week in Beijing. By National Writer David Crary. MOVED.

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BEIJING- In a game that wasn't supposed to be about politics - not at all, fans kept insisting - politics seemed to be everywhere. It was in the talk about flags, and in the vehemence of the cheering when China grabbed the lead from Taiwan at Beijing's Olympic baseball stadium. It was in chatter about how important it was to succeed in this particular game. It's hard to ignore history - even at the ballpark. By Tim Sullivan. MOVED.

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BEIJING - By many measures, the Olympics have not brought about change in China - from human rights to Tibet to its support for outcast governments. In some areas, though, the games are having an impact. Whether it will be a lasting one is unclear. By Henry Sanderson. MOVED.


BEIJING - Beijing Normal University has been around for more than 100 years in a city of 17 million people. Yet the Americans have taken over, setting up a base where 600 athletes can train and 400 support staffers reside for the Olympics. Even half a world away from home, life takes on a familiar feel. By Aaron Beard. MOVED.

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BEIJING - They are called "security volunteers," but to many Chinese they're known as the "granny squads" - groups of elderly, mainly women, vested with authority to keep order. Their patrols assume renewed purpose because of the government's desire that these Olympics pass with no security breaches. By Charles Hutzler. MOVED.

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BEIJING - The Beijing Games have been a hit so far, with fantastic venues, a dazzling opening ceremony and organization that's close to perfection. There's just one thing missing: the fun. By John Marshall. MOVED.


BEIJING - Like the hats the U.S. delegation wore during the opening ceremonies? Or the warmups Michael Phelps dons on the medal stand? Good luck getting one for yourself. To get USA gear at the Beijing Olympics is no easy feat. By Jenna Fryer. MOVED.

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- Also:

- OLY--Pin-Trading. MOVED.

- OLY--Daily Briefing. By Stephen Wade. MOVED.



BEIJING - West Coast television viewers eager to watch Michael Phelps' historic gold-medal haul better hide in a hole. The network won't budge night in its decision not to air it live on the West Coast. By Jenna Fryer. MOVED.

AP Photos.

- With:

- UNDATED - OLY--Lookahead-Glance. MOVED.

- BEIJING - OLY--Olympics-Glance. MOVED.

- BEIJING - OLY--Olympic Notebook. MOVED.



BEIJING - The unbeaten U.S. women's basketball team routs Spain 93-55, turning a tight game at the half into a rout following a third-quarter run led by Tina Thompson. The Americans clinch the top spot in their group and finish pool play against New Zealand. By Doug Feinberg. MOVED.

AP Photos.

- Also:

- OLY--BKW-Avoiding US. By Doug Feinberg. MOVED.

- Five other women's games: Czech Republic-New Zealand, Latvia-Australia, Russia-Brazil, China-Mali, South Korea-Belarus.


BEIJING - Carmelo Anthony drifted along the 3-point line, swishing shot after shot before practice. He used to do that in games, too. Now Anthony, the leading U.S. scorer the last two summers, is finding other ways to make an impact at the Olympics. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. MOVED.



BEIJING - With air quality often two to three times dirtier than what is considered safe in most Western countries, long-distance running in the Chinese capital can be a health hazard. A big test comes when female marathoners run from Tiananmen Square to the Bird's Nest. By John Pye. MOVED.



BEIJING - The U.S. loses 5-4 in 11 innings to defending champion Cuba to drop to 1-2, leaving the Americans at considerable risk. The Cubans go to 3-0 in a game featuring international baseball's new extra-innings rule. By Janie McCauley. MOVED.

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- Three other games: Taiwan-China, South Korea-Canada, Netherlands-Japan.



BEIJING - Britta Steffen almost quit after the last Olympics. But she took a year off to sort out some personal problems. The move paid off. She won Germany's first swimming medal of the Beijing Games, setting an Olympic record. By Andrew Dampf. MOVED.

AP Photos. NBC Video.



BEIJING - Somehow, the U.S. softball team finds a way to win. Five outs from having their Olympic winning streak snapped, the Americans rally for eight runs to beat Canada 8-1. Earlier, the U.S. routs Japan 7-0. By Tom Withers. MOVED.

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- Three other games: China-Canada, Australia-Taiwan, Venezuela-Netherlands.



SHANGHAI, China - Natasha Kai heads in an overtime goal to give the United States a 2-1 victory over Canada in a storm-delayed game that took more than four hours to complete and secured the Americans a spot in the Olympic women's soccer semifinals.

SHANGHAI, China - By Soccer Writer Robert Millward.

AP Photos.

- Three other women's games: Brazil-Norway, Sweden-Germany, China-Japan


SHANGHAI, China - The Ronaldinho-Lionel Messi Olympic showdown should be only one game away. The only letdown is that, if it happens, it will be in the semifinal rather than the final of the men's soccer competition. Soccer Writer Robert Millward. MOVED.

- Also:

- SHENYANG, China - OLY--SOC-Brave Cameroon. By Tales Azzoni. MOVED.

- QINHUANGDAO, China - OLY--SOC-Ivory Coast. By Ryan Lucas. MOVED.



BEIJING - Defending champions Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor reach the quarterfinals of Olympic beach volleyball by defeating a Belgian team. The 105th consecutive victory for the Americans comes on Walsh's 39th birthday. By Jimmy Golen. MOVED.

AP Photos. AP Video. NBC Video.

- Also:

- OLY--VOL-The Sandman. By Jimmy Golen. MOVED.



BEIJING - The United States, playing under former Chinese player Jenny Lang Ping, defeats China 3-2 before a crowd that includes Chinese President Hu Jintao. The Americans are assured a spot in the quarterfinals. By Anne M. Peterson. MOVED,

AP Photos.


BEIJING - Lloy Ball has made three previous trips to the Olympics. This time, he's letting himself take it all in. The team's oldest player is having a blast in what he expects will be his final medal try, particularly with the Americans' surprisingly strong start to the Beijing Games. By Aaron Beard. MOVED.

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BEIJING - The executive supervising the Olympic boxing competition sees no serious problems with the judging in Beijing despite widespread complaints from athletes and coaches, particularly those who have fought Chinese boxers. By Greg Beacham. MOVED.

- Also:

- OLY--BOX-Round Seven. By Greg Beacham.



BEIJING - Guo Jingjing keeps China on its path toward a sweep of all eight diving gold medals, leading after the women's 3-meter springboard preliminaries. Guo is in position to claim her second consecutive Olympic 3-meter individual title. By Beth Harris. MOVED.

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BEIJING - Soon after American BMX medal hopeful Donny Robinson arrived in Beijing, he walked past track star Tyson Gay in the athletes' village. That's when the magnitude of the Olympics hit Robinson. By Tim Reynolds. MOVED.

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- Also:

- OLY--CYC-Phinney's Olympic Debut. By Tim Reynolds. MOVED.

- OLY--CYC-Men's Team Sprint. MOVED.

- OLY--CYC-Track Cycling-Saturday Preview. By Naomi Koppel. MOVED.



BEIJING - With his team already eliminated, Russian water polo coach Alexander Kleymenov starts his young players against the United States. They are clearly overmatched, allowing the first six goals in a 12-7 loss. By Mark Long. MOVED.

AP Photos. AP Video.

- Also:

- OLY--WPO-Valkai Sisters. By Mark Long. MOVED.



BEIJING - This was supposed to be the Olympics where the U.S. Greco-Roman team - not just Rulon Gardner - wrestled with the big boys. After three days in Beijing filled with early exits and discouraging losses, the U.S. Greco medal output was a single bronze, the same as in Athens. By Alan Robinson. MOVED.

- Also:

- BEIJING - OLY--WRE-IOC-Medal Protest. MOVED.



BEIJING - Cao Lei captures China's seventh weightlifting gold medal and smashes three Olympic records in the process. Cao wins the 75-kilogram division. Chinese women enter four of the seven weight categories - the maximum allowed - and win all four. By Karl Ritter. MOVED.

AP Photos.

- Also:

- OLY--WEI-Men's 85 kg. By Karl Ritter. MOVED.



BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China - In the canoe or covered kayak, Slovakia makes a slalom sweep. Twins Pavol and Peter Hochschorner win their third straight gold medal in three straight Olympics in double canoe slalom. And they get some help in adding to the country's medal haul. By Dan Gelston. MOVED.

AP Photos.

- Also:

- OLY--OLY--ROW-Rowing Rdp. MOVED.



QINGDAO, China - British sailing star Ben Ainslie is assured his fourth Olympic medal when he stretches his overall Finn class lead over American Zach Railey going into the medal race. Even if he were disqualified, his point total would assure him at least a silver. By Doug Mellgren. MOVED.



BEIJING - Matt and Katerina Emmons are hugging and smooching after yet another medal. Matt won the silver in the 50-meter prone rifle. That makes three medals in all this year for the husband and wife - Katy won gold and silver in her two rifle events. By Noah Trister.

AP Photos.

- Also:

- OLY--SHO-Men's 50m Prone Rifle. MOVED.

- OLY--SHO-Men's Skeet. MOVED.



BEIJING - China's Tong Wen wins the women's heavyweight title and denies Japan a golden double on the final day of the Olympic judo. Satoshi Ishii, making his Olympic debut, takes the men's over 100-kg division to bring Japan's total for the games to four - half what it got in Athens. By Eric Talmadge. MOVED.

AP Photos.

- Also:

- OLY--JUD-Australia-Player Discharged. MOVED.



HONG KONG-Germany has won three Olympic equestrian gold medals in Beijing so far, going a long way toward erasing the bad memories of their riders forfeiting three golds in 2004. By Margaret Freeman. MOVED.

- Also:

- OLY--EQU-Show Jumping Qualifier. MOVED.


- BEIJING - OLY--FEN-Men's Team Epee. MOVED.

- BEIJING - OLY--ARC-Men's Individual Archery. By Cliff Brunt. MOVED.

- BEIJING - OLY--TTN-Team Table Tennis. By Anita Chang. MOVED.

- BEIJING - OLY--BAD-Roundup. By Jim Armstrong. MOVED.

- BEIJING - OLY--FHK-Men's Field Hockey. By Cliff Brunt. MOVED.

- BEIJING - OLY--HNB-Women's Handball. MOVED.




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- NEW: U.S. women secure the top seed of Group B in basketball.

- NEW: Men's Team Epee - bronze and gold-medal matches.

- NEW: Weightlifting: Men's 85kg final.

- NEW: Baseball: Canada vs. South Korea.

- NEW: Phelps wins 200m IM for sixth gold medal.

- NEW: Swimmer Ryan Lochte on Beijing Olympics.


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SWIMMING - NEW: Michael Phelps won his sixth gold medal in the Olympics; U.S. men's basketball team routs Greece; White Sox hit four consecutive homers in win over Royals; Rays closer Troy Percival sprains right knee. Filename: sportsminute.

- NEW: Swimming fans in Baltimore have gathered at the club where Olympic champion Michael Phelps began his trek that has led him stardom. Filename: 0814dv-michael-phelps-fans.

PANDA TWINS - NEW: China has announced that on the second day of the Beijing games, a pair of giant panda twins was born. Officials say the hope the baby pandas bring luck to Chinese athletes. Filename: 0815dvs-panda-twins.

CINDY CRAWFORD - NEW: Supermodel Cindy Crawford takes a break and enjoys the Olympic Games in Beijing. Filename: 0815e-crawford.

PHOTOS OF THE DAY - NEW: The day's top Olympic photos from The Associated Press. Filename: 0814dv-oly-photos.

OLYMPIC MINUTE - UPDATED: Here's the latest from Beijing. Filename: olympic-minute.

TIBETAN PROTESTORS - NEW: Several Washington D.C. based Tibetan activists who were arrested in Beijing and deported from China after Free Tibet protests arrived back home Thursday morning. Filename: 0814dv-tibet-protestors.


INSIDE THE RINGS - NEW: By Olympics Columnist John Leicester. Filename: OLY--INSIDE THE RINGS.

TIM DAHLBERG - NEW: AP Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. Filename: OLY--Tim Dahlberg-081508.

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: OLY--Levinson-Weblog.

BACK & FORTH - AP reporter Anita Chang is covering table tennis during the Beijing games and blogging about the rapid-fire action at Peking University Gymnasium. Filename: OLY--TTN-Chang-Weblog.


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AP OLYMPIC BEAT (Updated twice daily) http://podcast.ap.org/podcasts/AP-Olympic-Beat.xml?SITE=AP&TYPE=podcast&NAME


- NEW: The Thursday wrapup with the AP's Jack Briggs in Beijing. We hear from AP writer Paul Newberry on covering Michael Phelps plus a preview with the AP's Raf Cassert of the men's 100 meters in track and news on everything else from a busy day.

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.


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MICHAEL PHELPS - NEW: An interactive tracing Phelp's career with photos and audio. Filename: oly-swm-phelps.

A MORNING STROLL INTO BEIJING'S PAST - NEW: To the sound of a musician getting in an early morning practice session, a trip through the red doors of dongsi alleyways takes the visitor back in time. Built hundreds of years ago, the walled compounds with narrow alleys and courtyards have evolved over the years and continue to be thriving places for the residents to live, and in many cases, work. Filename: oly-fea-dongsi-stroll.

GYMNASTICS - UPDATED: A photo gallery highlights the day's gymnastics action. Filename: oly-gym-gymnastics.

SWIMMING - UPDATED: A photo gallery spotlights the latest events at the Water Cube. Filename: oly-swm-swimming.

POLLUTION PICTURES - A gallery of photos taken from a fixed point in Beijing showing one year ago compared to today. Filename: oly-airpic.

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.

AP POLL - Most Americans think staging the Olympics in China was a good decision, according to a poll released Wednesday. Filename: wdc/olympicpoll-2008.

OFF THE WALL: EXPLORING HUTONGS - AP writer John Marshall explores hutongs in his latest audio-visual report. Filename: oly-fea-off-the-wall04.

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.

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.


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- Athletics: oly-trackandfield.

- Baseball & softball: oly-baseball-softball.

- Basketball: oly-basketball.

- Boxing: oly-boxing.

- Cycling: oly-cycling.

- Diving: oly-diving.

- Equestrian: oly-equestrian.

- Fencing: oly-fencing.

- Field Hockey: oly-field-hockey.

- Gymnastics: oly-gymnastics.

- Handball: oly-handball.

- Judo: oly-judo.

- Kayak & Canoe: oly-paddling.

- Modern Pentathlon: oly-pentathlon.

- Racket sports: oly-racket-sports.

- Sailing: oly-sailing.

- Swimming: oly-swimming.

- Taekwondo: oly-taekwondo.

- Triathlon: oly-triathlon.

- Soccer: oly-soccer.

- Shooting: oly-shooting.

- Volleyball: oly-volleyball.

- Water Polo: oly-waterpolo.

- Wrestling: oly-wrestling.