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OLYMPICS, DAY 10
BEIJING - In any other city, at any other stadium, Olympic champion Liu Xiang might not have shown up at all. This, however, was the Bird's Nest, and a moment the hurdler's country of 1.3 billion had anticipated for years: But Liu's ailing hamstring and foot proved too much. He pulled up lame, and his Olympics ended after all of two full strides. By Howard Fendrich. MOVED.
AP Photos. NBC Video.
OLY--TRACK AND FIELD
BEIJING - Usain Bolt serves up a speedy reminder that track and field has plenty to offer. The Jamaican cruises to victory in his 200-meter heat; Yelena Isinbayeva breaks her own world record in the pole vault; and the U.S. sweeps the men's 400 hurdles. By National Writer Eddie Pells.
BEIJING - An Iraqi runner whose coach had to bribe militiamen so she could train. A Palestinian swimmer unable to use the Olympic-size pool nearest her home. A sprinter from Afghanistan who placed 85th and last in the women's 100 meters. No medals await these athletes from beleaguered nations, yet they savor their Olympic moments as fully as any champion. By National Writer David Crary. MOVED.
BEIJING - Judges? Mathematicians would have been more helpful. China's He Kexin edges all-around champion Nastia Liukin for uneven bars gold medal. The two gymnasts draw the same score on uneven bars Monday. A maddeningly complex tiebreaker is used because dual medals are no longer awarded in gymnastics. By National Writer Nancy Armour.
BEIJING - The U.S. basketball team completes an undefeated march through pool play with a 106-57 romp over Germany. Dwight Howard scores 22 points and LeBron James 16 for the Americans (5-0). Next up is Australia in the quarterfinals. By Andrew Bagnato.
BEIJING - The story line was in place even before they filled the pool inside the Water Cube. This was always going to be China's Olympics to win, and there wasn't a lot the United States or anybody else could do about it. Not even Michael Phelps could stop the gold from going to China. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg.
BEIJING - China mourned the exit of famed hurdler Liu Xiang, then went back to the business of winning gold medals without him. The country already has topped its total from Athens, and there should be plenty more to come. By Stephen Wade. MOVED.
BEIJING - Two bricklayers, a security guard and a cement buyer walked across the vast Olympic Green they had helped build, holding some of the games' hottest tickets in their deeply tanned hands. About 300,000 migrant workers helped build the Olympics venues. None was expected to watch them. But the four men had returned on a unique invitation. A year ago, a Chinese artist found them on their lunch break and asked them to pose for a portrait. He made a promise: If he could sell the painting for enough money, he'd get them tickets to watch the games and pay for all expenses. So on Monday they were on their way to watching history. By Cara Anna.
- BEIJING - OLY--Olympic Rdp. By Jaime Aron. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--Olympics-Glance. MOVED.
- UNDATED - OLY--TV Box. By David Bauer. MOVED.
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OLY--INSIDE THE RINGS
BEIJING - If you talk trash, carry a big stick to back up your words. Jenn Stuczynski has a bigger stick than most - she's a pole vaulter. But her boast of beating the seemingly unbeatable Yelena Isinbayeva falls short. Isinbayeva not only wins again, but tops her own world record. By John Leicester.
OLY--THE OLYMPIC CHOKE
BEIJING - Liu Xiang's Olympic moment was ruined by injury. Others simply fell to the pressure of the world's biggest stage. The list of disappointments is an ever-expanding collection of athletes who worked most of their lives to make it to the Olympics, only to falter when it mattered most. By Jenna Fryer. MOVED.
BEIJING - She came to the Olympics expected to grab every gold medal in sight. Three events in, Shawn Johnson still is looking for something more than silver. NBC will feature Johnson's quest for a gold when she competes for a balance beam title during Tuesday night's prime-time coverage. By Jenna Fryer. By Jenna Fryer. MOVED.
- UNDATED - OLY--Lookahead-Glance. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--Olympics-Glance. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--Olympic Notebook. MOVED.
BEIJING - Hey MJ, MP wants to meet you. And you, too, Tiger. Michael Phelps singled out retired basketball superstar Michael Jordan and golfer Tiger Woods as the two people he'd most like to hang with. And after his haul of gold in Beijing, snagging introductions shouldn't be a problem. By Beth Harris. MOVED.
- TOWSON, Md. - Phelps-Welcome Home. By Sarah Brumfield.
BEIJING - The Americans turned in another dominating performance at the Olympic pool. then again, it wasn't exactly a fair fight. The U.S. had Micael Phelps with eight gold medals - more than any other country. By National Writer Paul Newberry. MOVED.
AP Photos. NBC Video.
OLY--SWM-DU TOIT'S CHALLENGE
BEIJING - Natalie du Toit will take off her prosthetic left leg when she jumps in for the first open water race in Olympic history, surely swimming for everyone who's ever struggled with a disability. The 24-year-old South African lost half her left leg in a motorbike accident seven years ago. By National Writer Paul Newberry. MOVED.
- OLY--SWM-Synchro Duet. By Andrew Dampf. MOVED.
TRACK & FIELD:
BEIJING - Georgian hurdler David Ilariani calls home to his war-battered country every day, afraid to hear his wife's response to his simple question: How is everything going? Ilariani is trying to concentrate on the 110-meter hurdles at the Olympics, but he's becoming increasingly fearful. By Pat Graham. MOVED.
BEIJING - Tina Thompson has been the catalyst for the U.S. women's basketball team. She was the second-leading scorer for the Americans at the 2004 Athens Games, and now she's the top scorer in Beijing, the spark behind the team's devastating runs. By Doug Feinberg. MOVED.
AP Photos. AP Video. NBC Video.
- Five other men's games: Iran-Croatia, Australia-Lithuania, Greece-China, Angola-Spain, Argentina-Russia,
BEIJING - This isn't an Olympic softball tournament - it's a clinic. And the instructors are the same from four years ago. After a 9-0 win over China, all that stands between the U.S. and a gold medal are two victories. By Tom Withers. MOVED.
- Three other games: Netherlands-Taiwan, Canada-Japan, Venezuela-Australia.
BEIJING - The United States sure hasn't lacked drama so far during this Olympic baseball tournament. The Americans beat China 9-1 in a game featuring three ejections and run their record to 3-2. By Janie McCauley. MOVED.
- Three other games: Canada-Japan, Taiwan-South Korea, Netherlands-Cuba.
- OLY--BBI-US Team-Nix Recovers. By Janie McCauley. MOVED.
OLY--DIV-3-METER SPRINGBOARD PRELIMINARY
BEIJING - China's goal of a golden sweep of diving looks safe with He Chong on the springboard. His final dive in the preliminary round of the 3-meter competition is a study in grace and power. By Andrew Dampf. MOVED.
BEIJING - Angela Hucles scores a goal in each half to lead the United States to a 4-2 soccer victory over Japan and another Olympic soccer final against Brazil. Also scoring for the Americans are Lori Chalupny and Heather O'Reilly. By Tales Azzoni. MOVED.
- SHANGHAI - OLY--SOC-Brazil-Germany. By Soccer Writer Robert Millward. MOVED.
BEIJING - In a showdown of South American powers, Brazil plays Argentina in the semifinals of the men's soccer tournament. It will be Ronaldinho vs. Lionel Messi, with Argentina trying to defend its title and Brazil looking for its first Olympic gold medal in soccer. By Tales Azzoni. MOVED.
- SHANGHAI, China - SOC-Nigeria-Belgium. By Ryan Lucas. MOVED.
BEIJING - The undefeated U.S. men's volleyball team enters the final match of preliminary pool play against a Japanese team that already has been eliminated. By Anne M. Peterson.
- OLY--VOL-Bulgaria-Konstantinov. MOVED.
- Five other men's games: Bulgaria-Venezuela, Germany-Brazil, Poland-Russia, Egypt-Serbia, China-Italy.
BEIJING - Americans Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser reach the beach volleyball semifinals after beating Germany. The reigning world champions and gold-medal favorites will play Georgia, which scored a big upset over the Netherlands. By Jimmy Golen. MOVED.
BEIJING - Amateur boxing's top officials think it's long past time for female fighters to stand on the Olympic podium. They'll present a bid to the IOC this year to include women's boxing at the London Games. By Greg Beacham. MOVED.
- OLY--BOX-Round Ten. By Greg Beacham. MOVED.
BEIJING - Before flying to China last week, three-time world BMX champion Kyle Bennett was home, watching Michael Phelps leave an indelible mark on Olympic history. And when Bennett would see Phelps starring in those medal ceremonies, he couldn't help but daydream. By Tim Reynolds. MOVED.
AP Video. NBC Video.
- OLY--CYC-Track Cycling-Roundup. By Naomi Koppel. MOVED.
- OLY--CYC-Marianne's Moment. By Naomi Koppel. MOVED.
BEIJING - Captain Tony Azevedo climbed out of the pool and congratulated his teammates after a victory over Germany that sent the U.S. to the semifinals. The Americans are guaranteed of finishing at least fourth, which would match the program's best showing since 1988. By Mark Long. MOVED.
- OLY--WPO-Balkan Bounty. By Mark Long.
BEIJING - Roger Federer collapsed on his back in jubilation, a scene familiar at Wimbledon or the U.S. Open. But this was after a doubles semifinal - at the Olympics. Twenty years after its reinstatement as a medal event, tennis has taken a firm foothold at the games. By Steven Wine.
OLY--TTN-TEAM TABLE TENNIS
BEIJING - China overpowers Germany to win the gold medal in men's team table tennis. It's China's second table tennis gold in as many days. Germany has never beaten China in their 18 meetings. By Anita Chang. MOVED.
BEIJING - Steve Mocco is one of the best NCAA wrestlers in history but a guy who repeatedly has finished second during his post-college career. Now he goes to the mat on the final day of Olympic wrestling, and he'll have a very large family from New Jersey with him in Beijing. By Alan Robinson. MOVED.
BEIJING - Four years older and 88 pounds bulkier, Germany's Matthias Steiner enters his second Olympics craving the adrenaline rush of competing for the heaviest title in weightlifting. He has overcome great adversity placing seventh in Athens, where he was competing for Austria. By Karl Ritter. MOVED.
- OLY--WEI-Men's 105kg. By Karl Ritter. MOVED.
OLY--TAE-READY TO RUMBLE
BEIJING - Steven Lopez has won the taekwondo world championships four times and hasn't lost a match since 2002. He has won both Olympics in which he's competed and is going for a third crown. He also wants to see his brother and sister win in their Olympic debuts. By Eric Talmadge. MOVED.
BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China - Hungary's flatwater canoers and kayakers honor Gyorgy Kolonics, a canoeing gold medalist at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics who died last month after collapsing in his canoe while training for the Beijing Games. By Dan Gelston. MOVED.
AP Photos. AP Video. NBC Video.
QINGDAO, China - Denmark's Jonas Warrer and Martin Kirketerp Ibsen are awarded the gold medal in the 49er skiff class after a jury rejects a protest brought on by a broken mast and a borrowed Croatian boat used to battle rough Yellow Sea waters that capsized the whole fleet. By Doug Mellgren. MOVED.
AP Photos. NBC Video.
- OLY--SAI-Medal Races. By Doug Mellgren. MOVED.
BEIJING - With the finish line a few yards away, Emma Snowsill had time to grab a flag, slow down and wave. She was all alone in front, and Australia was finally going to win Olympic gold in triathlon. By Noah Trister. MOVED.
HONG KONG - The United States wins its second straight Olympic gold medal in equestrian team jumping. Canada's Ian Millar, riding in his ninth Olympics, forces a jump-off. The team silver is Millar's first Olympic medal. By Margaret Freeman. MOVED.
BEIJING - The average pentathlete can train up to a decade before developing skills worthy of the Olympics. Margaux Isaksen is anything but average. The 16-year-old from Arkansas took up the sport three years ago at the urging of a fencing coach. By Kristie Rieken. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--FHK-Women's Field Hockey. By Cliff Brunt. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--HNB-Men's Team Handball. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--Greece-Organized Doping. By Elena Becatoros. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--ATH-Doping-Yordanova. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--China-Protests. MOVED.
- BEIJING - China-Bibles Confiscated. By Gillian Wong. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--CYC-UCI-Tour de France. MOVED.
MULTIMEDIA AND VIDEO
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- NEW: China's Liu Xiang lines up for the 110m hurdles, but leaves with Achilles injury after false start.
- NEW: Watch the women's floor routines from event finals as they aired on NBC.
- NEW: Watch a replay of the Olympic women's marathon final.
- NEW: Matt Emmons faults again in his last shot, dropping out of medal contention.
- NEW: Team USA Show jumping - Round 1.
- NEW: Rewind - Day 4 of track cycling.
- NEW: U.S. women's key points in beach volleyball.
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- NEW: The United States men's basketball team crushed Germany in Beijing on Monday to advance. Filename: 0818dv-oly-basketball.
- NEW: Spend some time with U.S. women's basketball player Lisa Leslie and her daughter Lauren in a Beijing park. She talks about the team's winning Olympic ways and juggling basketball with raising a child. Filename: 0818dv-oly-leslie-fp.
TRACK & FIELD
- NEW: A wrapup of the day's athletic event's at the Bird's Nest. Filename: 0817dv-oly-track.
- NEW: Former Olympian Gail Devers on Beijing's track and field events. Filename: 0817dv-oly-track-plus.
- NEW: They were the most anticipated events of the Beijing Olympics. Now, as the lights go down on the swimming competition, take a look back at a history-making week with AP reporter Jason Bronis. Filename: 0818dv-oly-swimming.
- NEW: Michael Phelps' Olympic performance was measured in gold. When he returns home to Baltimore, his value as a pitchman could be measured in tens of millions of dollars. Filename: 0818dv-oly-phelps-marketing.
- NEW: The top-ranked U.S. men's beach volleyball team of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser hope to cap a successful summer with a gold medal in Beijing. Filename: 0818dv-oly-volleyball.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY
- NEW: The day's top Olympic photos from The Associated Press. Filename: 0818dv-oly-photos.
- UPDATED: Here's the latest from Beijing. Filename: olympic-minute.
AP COLUMNISTS & BLOGS
INSIDE THE RINGS
- NEW: BEIJING - If you talk trash, carry a big stick to back up your words. Jenn Stuczynski has a bigger stick than most - she's a pole vaulter. But her boast of beating the seemingly unbeatable Yelena Isinbayeva falls short. Isinbayeva breaks her own world record, and Stuczynsk is second. By Olympics Columnist John Leicester. Filename: OLY--INSIDE THE RINGS.
- NEW: BEIJING - The story line was in place even before they filled the pool inside the Water Cube. This was always going to be China's Olympics to win, and there wasn't a lot the United States or anybody else could do about it. Not even Michael Phelps could stop the gold from going to China. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. Filename: OLY-Tim Dahlberg-081808.
- NEW: AP's Warren Levinson, who is covering his eighth Olympics, is blogging daily about the sights and sounds of the host city. Filename: OLY--Levinson-Weblog.
BACK & FORTH
- NEW: 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.
AP podcasts are available in mp3 format and through major podcast providers.
AP OLYMPIC BEAT (Updated twice daily)
- NEW: The Monday midday update with the AP's Dave Lubeski who takes a look at the dominating U.S. women's softball team. And, the AP's Jack Briggs talks with AP columnist Tim Dahlberg about how the games are going.
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.
TRACK & FIELD
- UPDATED: A photo gallery highlighting the most recent events at the Bird's Nest. Filename: oly-fea-trackfield.
- UPDATED: A photo gallery of the U.S. men's basketball. Filename: oly-fea-mensbball.
- UPDATED: A photo gallery highlights the day's gymnastics action. Filename: oly-gym-gymnastics.
- The Great Haul of China - An interactive showing Phelps' margin of victory in his eight gold-medal swims. Filename: oly-swm-margins.
- An interactive tracing Michael Phelps' career with photos and audio. Filename: oly-swm-phelps.
- A photo gallery spotlights the latest events at the Water Cube. 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 gallery of photos taken from a fixed point in Beijing showing one year ago compared to today. Filename: oly-airpic.
- Most Americans think staging the Olympics in China was a good decision despite China's human rights abuses, Beijing's smog and threats of attacks by militants, according to a poll released Wednesday. Interactive poll results are available: Filename: wdc/olympicpoll-2008.
OFF THE WALL: MAO FOR SALE
- AP reporter John Marshall goes to a flea market and finds Mao stuff of every description. Filename: oly-fea-off-the-wall06.
GOT TWO MINUTES?
- A time-lapse photo sequence from the opening ceremonies. Filename: oly-fea-open-two.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.