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COMING UP - DAY 10:
Nastia Liukin returns to work after winning the all-around title, competing in the uneven bars. Gold also will be awarded in the men's rings and men's vault on a day with 18 finals on the line across the Olympics.
At track and field, pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva can add to an overstuffed trophy case. The Russian is the Olympic and world champion and world record-holder. Other finals to watch at the Bird's Nest include the men's long jump and men's 400-meter hurdles.
BEIJING - All-around champion Nastia Liukin competes in uneven bars on the second day of the event finals. Men's rings and vault also will be held. By National Writer Nancy Armour. Liukin's uneven bars final starts 6:43 a.m. EDT Monday.
- Other gym finals: men's rings, 6 a.m. EDT Monday; men's vault, 7:29 a.m.
OLY--ATH-TRACK AND FIELD
BEIJING - Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva competes in an event that carries her personal stamp. Such is her confidence that during qualifying she waited until the bar went up to the automatic qualifying height, then cleared it with room to spare. By Howard Fendrich. Isinbayeva's final starts 7:20 a.m. EDT Monday.
- Other track finals: women's discus, 7 a.m. EDT Monday; men's long jump, 8:10 a.m.; men's 3,000 steeplechase, 9:10 a.m.; women's 800, 9:35 a.m.; men's 400 hurdles, 10 a.m.
BEIJING - He said all along that nothing is impossible. Well, Michael Phelps proved true to his word with a spellbinding performance that left him in the Olympic pantheon - eight gold medals in eight races, the last coming in the 400-meter medley. "Everything was accomplished," he says. "I will have the medals forever." By National Writer Paul Newberry.
AP Photos. AP Video. NBC Video.
BEIJING - The last one was a gimme because the U.S. has never lost this Olympic relay, and it seems Michael Phelps never loses. Just in case, though, Phelps had his personal closer, Jason Lezak, ready to pick up a save in a relay that would stamp Phelps as the most golden of all Olympians. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. MOVED.
OLY--BEING THE BEST
UNDATED - A Superman in a Speedo has redefined greatness, joining uber-overachievers from Sir Edmund Hillary to Chuck Yeager to Tiger Woods. Welcome to the fraternity, Michael Phelps. It's a journey accompanied by awe and wonder, humility and exaltation. By National Writer Pauline Arrillaga.
AP Photos NY551-560.
OLY--PHELPS-NO HOUSEHOLD NAME
BEIJING - Sorry, Michael Phelps, but it may take more than eight Olympic gold medals to make you a household name in China. In a walking survey of a traditional Beijing hutong, a neighborhood made up of narrow streets, Phelps still lacked name recognition hours after his record victory. By Stephen Wade. MOVED.
- CRAWFORD, Texas - OLY--Bush-Phelps. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--SWM-Mighty Michael's Medals. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--SWM-Phelps-Quotebox. MOVED.
BEIJING - Dara Torres was in mother mode, regaling her Australian and German rivals with tales of giving birth two years ago. Then the 41-year-old swimmer went out and picked up two more silver medals in her fifth Olympics. She missed gold in the 50 free by 0.01 seconds. By Beth Harris. MOVED.
AP Photos. AP Video. NBC Video.
OLY--TRACK AND FIELD
BEIJING - When it comes to these Olympic sprints, the Jamaicans jam. In a sweep that will trigger yet another celebration on the Caribbean island, Shelly-Ann Fraser won the gold and Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart finished in a dead heat for the silver in the women's 100 meters. By National Writer Eddie Pells. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--ATH-Women's Marathon. By Pat Graham. MOVED.
BEIJING - The American women are stockpiling more precious metal than a jeweler. The Chinese men have quite the stash, too, though they're only interested in gold. Two days after going 1-2 in the all-around, Shawn Johnson and Olympic champion Nastia Liukin added to their collection. By National Writer Nancy Armour.
BEIJING - Matt Emmons aimed at the target - his own, this time. Four years ago, he lost a gold medal by shooting at someone else's. This time, all he had to do was hit the target near the middle and he would be the champion. Then, somehow, Emmons' gun accidentally went, and the gold was gone again. By Noah Trister. MOVED.
BEIJING - On the day before he assumes the No. 1 ranking, Rafael Nadal wins the Olympic title. He defeats Fernando Gonzalez in straight sets for Spain's first Olympic gold in tennis. Elena Dementieva wins the women's gold, beating fellow Russian Dinara Safina. Venus and Serena Williams take the doubles gold. By Steven Wine. MOVED.
- OLY--TEN-Women's Doubles Gold. By Jocelyn Gecker. MOVED.
OLY--THE WEATHER FACTOR
BEIJING - Halfway through the Olympics, organizers finally got what they wanted: blue skies and air pollution at the lowest level this month. For Chinese officials, it seems to vindicate their sweeping cleanup measures. Scientists say it has more to do with luck and weather patterns. By Tini Tran. MOVED.
BEIJING - Fani Halkia will not defend her Olympic title in the 400-meter hurdles after becoming the latest Greek athlete to fail a doping test. She tested positive for a steroid at a team training camp in Japan before coming to Beijing. She's the fourth athlete to test positive at the Olympics. MOVED.
- UNDATED - OLY--Drug Games List. MOVED.
THE TV COVERAGE
NEW YORK - Can't Michael Phelps stay? Please? No amount of begging by NBC will make it happen. The Olympics swim meet ends not long after Phelps captures his eighth gold medal, with another week of competition remaining. By Television Writer David Bauer. MOVED.
- UNDATED - OLY--TV Box. By David Bauer. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--Olympic Rdp. By Jaime Aron. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--Olympics-Glance. MOVED.
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OLY--INSIDE THE RINGS
BEIJING - The 10,000 meters has run through Haile Gebrselassie's life like a seam of gold in rocks. It was the distance he ran to school in Ethiopia. It is the distance over which he left the Olympics with indelible memories. After the Athens Games, Gebrselassie said he was done. But he had to come back for one more try. By Olympics Columnist John Leicester.
BEIJING - Mao Zedong has become the king of kitsch, his likeness appearing on everything from T-shirts to contemporary art. The Chinese government has told its people not to capitalize on the former leader's likeness, but the chairman is just too bankable. By John Marshall. MOVED.
AP audio slide show,
BEIJING - "Go China!" is no longer enough for the host country. Chinese fans are finding it a challenge to come up with other cheers for their athletes. They are trying - with mixed results - to copy the vocal efforts of visiting fans from other nations. By Chi-Chi Zhang. MOVED.
BEIJING - Jumping over mud puddles, jumping on trampolines. The Olympics move to the backyard, but with a warning: Don't try this at home. Hurdles, the long jump, discus, the steeplechase and trampoline will be featured on NBC's Monday night prime-time coverage. By Jenna Fryer. MOVED.
- UNDATED - OLY--Lookahead-Glance. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--Olympics-Glance. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--Olympic Notebook. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY-China-Medals.
BEIJING - Looming in the imposing shadow of Michael Phelps are his teammates, 16 swimmers without whose help in the relays he wouldn't have won a historic eight Olympic gold medals. Phelps especially needed Jason Lezak, who swam clutch anchor legs on the 400-meter freestyle and 400 medley relays. By Beth Harris. MOVED.
- OLY--SWM-Second-Best US Swimmer. By Jaime Aron. MOVED.
- OLY-SWM--Tunisian Upset. By Andrew Dampf. MOVED.
- UNDATED - OLY--SWM-Phelps-Bio Box. MOVED.
- UNDATED - OLY--SWM-Phelps-Spitz Comparison. MOVED.
- UNDATED - OLY--SWM-Phelps-How He Did It. MOVED.
BEIJING - Alicia Sacramone spent the last few days pulling herself together, trying to get over the devastation of making two huge mistakes in the team finals. She ends her Beijing Games disappointed yet again. Only this time, it had little to do with her. By National Writer Nancy Armour.
- OLY--GYM-Hypolito. By Dionisio Soldevila. MOVED.
- OLY-GYM--Old Oksana. By Jenna Fryer. MOVED.
- OLY--GYM-Pavlova's Zero. MOVED.
BEIJING - Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony picked up early fouls. Not that it mattered. The U.S. went to its bench and overwhelmed Spain, underlining the Americans' greatest strength: depth. It's proved to be the difference as the Americans have raced to a 4-0 record and clinched its group. By Andrew Bagnato. MOVED.
BEIJING - Another game, another rout. Tina Thompson scores 10 of her 15 points during a 21-0 run in the second quarter, and the U.S. women's basketball team beat New Zealand 96-60. The Americans have won their five games by an average of 43 points. By Doug Feinberg. MOVED.
- OLY--BKW-Russia-Australia. By Doug Feinberg. MOVED.
- Four other women's games: Spain-Mali, Latvia-South Korea, Brazil-Belarus, Czech Republic-China.
BEIJING - The U.S. Olympic softball team extends its winning streak to 20 with an 8-0 win over winless Netherlands, a drubbing that could have been even more one-sided if not for the international run-rule. Monica Abbott pitches five perfect innings for the Americans (6-0). By Tom Withers. MOVED.
- Three other games: Taiwan-China, Japan-Venezuela, Canada-Australia.
OLY--DIV-WOMEN'S 3-METER SPRINGBOARD
BEIJING - Guo Jingjing of China wins a gold medal on 3-meter springboard diving, becoming the most decorated female diver with her sixth career medal. By Beth Harris. MOVED.
BEIJING - The U.S. women's soccer team seems to still be finding its way. The loss of Abby Wambach just before the Olympics, may explain an opening loss to Norway and the need for a late goal to beat Canada in the quarterfinals. Next up is Japan in the semifinals. By Brian Trusdell. MOVED.
SHANGHAI, China - Cristiane, Marta and Daniela have combined for seven goals in Brazil's charge toward what it hopes is a first Olympic title in women's soccer. In the semifinals, the Brazilians face a German team that hasn't yielded a goal in 10 straight games in major competitions. By Soccer Writer Robert Millward. MOVED.
- OLY--SOC-Nigeria. By Ryan Lucas. MOVED.
BEIJING - Volleyball star Taismary Aguero is playing in her third Olympics, and playing through grief. She defected from Cuba in 2001 while in a tournament in Switzerland and sought asylum in Italy. Aguero tried to get back to Cuba before the Olympics to visit her dying mother. She could not make it in time. By Anne M. Peterson. MOVED.
- OLY--VOL-Poland-US. MOVED.
- OLY--VOL-Italy-Brazil. MOVED.
BEIJING - In a sport where partnerships dissolve quickly, Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor have been together seven years. Now the defending Olympic champs are on their way to the beach volleyball semifinals after beating Brazil for their 106th consecutive victory. By Jimmy Golen. MOVED.
BC-OLY--VOL-Beach Volleyball-Americans Out. By Jimmy Golen. MOVED.
BEIJING - These Olympics were the chance for Russia's assembly line of amateur boxing champions to edge past a rebuilding Cuban team as the sport's dominant power. Instead, an astonishing eight Russians have been beaten before the medal bouts. By Greg Beacham. MOVED.
- OLY--BOX-Round Nine. By Greg Beacham.
OLY--CYC-HAMMER LOOKS AHEAD
BEIJING - Sarah Hammer came to Beijing with hopes of taking home Olympic cycling gold in the individual pursuit, only to get knocked out before the medal round. Now Hammer is turning her attention to the points race, her last remaining chance for a medal in Beijing. By Tim Reynolds. MOVED.
- OLY--CYC-US Sprinters. By Tim Reynolds. MOVED.
- OLY--CYC-Track Cycling Roundup. By Naomi Koppel. MOVED.
- OLY--CYC-BMX Preview. By Naomi Koppel. MOVED.
- OLY--CYC-Romero's Gold. By Naomi Koppel. MOVED.
BEIJING - Erzsebet Valkai sat on the edge of the pool, tears rolling down her cheeks. Her first missed penalty shot in three years with the Italian team came at the worst possible time. Her misplay helped the Netherlands upset the defending Olympic gold medalists in the quarterfinals of women's water polo. By Mark Long. MOVED.
BEIJING - Basketball and beach volleyball at the Beijing Olympics might need cheerleaders to help fire up the crowd. When it comes to China's national sport of table tennis, all that's needed are flag-waving, chanting home fans who quickly can turn the gym into a deafening dome. By Anita Chang. MOVED.
- OLY--TTN-Team Table Tennis. By Anita Chang. MOVED.
BEIJING - Winning world championships isn't enough for the Russian freestyle wrestling team, one of the toughest lineups to crack in sports. Winning Olympic gold medals won't always preserve one's job, either. By Alan Robinson. MOVED.
- OLY--WRE-Women's 63 kg. By Alan Robinson. MOVED.
- OLY--WRE-Women's 72 kg. By Alan Robinson. MOVED.
OLY--WEI-WEIGHTS OF PAIN
BEIJING - Michaela Breeze's tormented face as she braved a back injury to lift more than 220 pounds was a study in pain. Janos Baranyai's cries after his elbow popped out of socket was pure horror. Olympic weightlifting is a lot more than doping scandals. It offers drama and agony of Herculean proportions. By Karl Ritter. MOVED.
AP Photos. NBC Video.
- OLY--WEI-Men's 94 kg. By Karl Ritter. MOVED.
BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China - They stood on the medal dock singing the national anthem, thousands of Chinese belting out the words with them. The women's quadruple sculls crew won China's first rowing gold medal and just about the entire stadium wanted to celebrate. By Dan Gelston. MOVED.
AP Photos. NBC Video.
QINGDAO, China - Britain wins two sailing gold medals in strong wind and heavy rain. The Brits open with a victory in Yngling, and Ben Ainslie, in Finn class, follows with his third straight Olympic sailing gold. Denmark appeared to win the 49er division, but a protest is lodged about its boat. By Doug Mellgren. MOVED.
- OLY-SAI-Quirky Qingdao. By Doug Mellgren. MOVED.
BEIJING - This time, Keeth Smart lands the deciding touches, and the U.S. gains its first medal in men's fencing since 1984. The outcome caps a heartwarming tale of perseverance for Smart. By Noah Trister. MOVED.
BEIJING - Lin Dan of China overpowered Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei To win the gold medal in men's singles in Olympic badminton. Lin was seeded first in Athens four years ago but lost in the first round. He didn't lose a single game in his five matches in Beijing and kept his notorious temper in check. By Jim Armstrong. MOVED.
OLY--EQU-TEAM SHOW JUMPING
HONG KONG - Germany already has won three equestrian gold medals and hopes to add another with the starts of team show jumping. By Margaret Freeman.
- BEIJING - OLY--FHK-Men's Field Hockey. MOVED.
- BEIJING - OLY--HNB-Women's Handball. MOVED.
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- NEW: Michael Phelps completes his quest for Olympic history as U.S. wins the men's 4x100m medley relay.
- NEW: Michael Phelps' coach Bob Bowman talks about the eight gold medals.
- NEW: Dara Torres, 41, anchors U.S. medley relay to a silver, her second of the day.
- NEW: Biggest boxing hits of Day 8 competition.
- NEW: Men's team saber competition.
- NEW: Women's water polo quarterfinal - China vs. Australia.
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SWIMMING - NEW: Michael Phelps won his record eighth gold medal Sunday at the Beijing Olympics as a member of the victorious U.S. 400-meter medley relay team, breaking a tie with Mark Spitz for most golds in a single games. Filename: 0817dv-swm-swimming.
- NEW: Swimmer Michael Phelps says he's looking forward to returning to Baltimore and relaxing. Filename: 0817dv-oly-phelps-fp.
- NEW: Fellow U.S. swimmers talk about their teammate, Michael Phelps, setting the record for most gold medals in an Olympics. Filename: 0817dv-swimming-reax.
- NEW: Michael Phelps has plenty of fans in his hometown of Baltimore, and many watched his history-making swim Saturday night at the city's ESPN Zone. Filename: 0817dv-phelps-fans-reax.
- NEW: Former Olympians Gary Hall Jr. and Mel Stewart talk about action at the Water Cube. Filename: 0817dv-oly-swimming-plus.
- NEW: The U.S. women's swim team talk about their performance in Beijing. Filename: 0817dv-oly-swimming-women.
TENNIS - NEW: Serena and Venus Williams have one the gold medal in women's doubles tennis. It's their second Olympic gold medal, they won doubles in 2000 as well. Filename: 0817dv-oly-tennis.
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.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY - The day's top Olympic photos from The Associated Press. Filename: 0817dv-oly-photos.
OLYMPIC MINUTE - UPDATED: Here's the latest from Beijing. Filename: olympic-minute.
AP COLUMNISTS & BLOGS
INSIDE THE RINGS - NEW: By Olympics Columnist John Leicester. Filename: OLY--INSIDE THE RINGS.
TIM DAHLBERG - NEW: AP Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. Filename: OLY--BOX-Tim Dahlberg-081708.
NI HOWDY! - NEW: 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.
PODCASTS 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 Sunday midday update with the AP's Dave Lubeski features Michael Phelps' news conference after taking his record eighth gold medal and news on the U.S. women's basketball team, tennis, and track.
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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SWIMMING - NEW: The Great Haul of China - An interactive showing Phelps' margin of victory in his eight gold-medal swims. Filename: oly-swm-margins.
- UPDATED: An interactive tracing Michael Phelps' career with photos and audio. Filename: oly-swm-phelps.
- UPDATED: A photo gallery spotlights the latest events at the Water Cube. Filename: oly-swm-swimming.
TRACK & FIELD - UPDATED: A photo gallery highlighting the most recent events at the Bird's Nest. Filename: oly-fea-trackfield.
MEN'S BASKETBALL - UPDATED: A photo gallery of the U.S. men's basketball. Filename: oly-fea-mensbball.
GYMNASTICS - UPDATED: A photo gallery highlights the day's gymnastics action. Filename: oly-gym-gymnastics.
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 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 - NEW: AP reporter John Marshall goes to a flea market and finds Mao stuff of every description. Filename: oly-fea-off-the-wall06.
OFF THE WALL: GALLERY HOPPING - NEW: AP reporter John Marshall visits a collection of art galleries in a former secret military factory. Filename: oly-fea-off-the-wall05.
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.
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.