Aug. 19, 2008, 12:36 p.m. (ET)

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BEIJING - Clear some more space in that pile of pretty Olympic medals boxes. Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin are bringing home more loot, including a gorgeous gold of Johnson's very own. Johnson beat her friend and teammate on the balance beam, the last women's gymnastics event at the Beijing Games. "I finished off the Olympic Games with, to me, the most perfect ending ever," Johnson said, beaming as she tugged at the ribbon around her neck. "To finally get the gold medal ... on my very last routine meant the world to me." And it means the Americans will be strutting home with more jewelry than Mr. T. By National Writer Nancy Armour.

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BEIJING - Sanya Richards kept watching the Bird's Nest video board, hands on hips, disbelief in her eyes. LoLo Jones followed the same routine. Both came to the Olympics as gold-medal favorites in their events, and both blew big leads in their finals Tuesday. Instead, victories on this night went to athletes who barely made it to the Summer Games. By Howard Fendrich.

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BEIJING - Who would win a match-up between the 1992 Dream Team and the 2008 Redeem Team? NBA commissioner David Stern won't answer that question, but he readily admits both squads have helped the NBA as it tries to cash in on the global market. By Andy Bagnato. MOVED.

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BEIJING - The gold isn't in question anymore. It never really was. And that shouldn't surprise anyone who has watched this team roll over its first five Olympic opponents, including the reigning world champions from Spain and the Greek team that beat them two years ago in the world championship. From his home in Louisiana, Karl Malone couldn't help but notice, too. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. MOVED.

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BEIJING - Liu Xiang, China's great hope for track glory at the Beijing Games, said he was sorry for his dramatic withdrawal from the Olympics but that he had no choice because pain from a foot injury became unbearable. "There's so many people concerned about me and who support me," a downcast, disconsolate Liu told China Central Television in an interview aired Tuesday. "I feel very sorry. But there's really nothing I could do." By Rohan Sullivan. MOVED.


BEIJING - Here I am in Beijing, a city where suddenly everyone is a sports fan. It seemed like the perfect time to make another try at athletic understanding. My assignment: See as many sports as possible in a day - field hockey, soccer, team handball, basketball, synchronized swimming, weightlifting, cycling, diving and table tennis. It was a daylong lesson in athleticism, in how stereotypes are broken and how sometimes they are proven true, in finding real drama in places I never thought I'd stumble onto it. By Tim Sullivan. MOVED.

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BEIJING - All that martial arts student Cheng Jianghua saw during his first visit to his country's capital were the army barracks he was staying in and the sports stadium where he performed for the Olympics opening ceremony. As the finale approaches Sunday, revelations of the intense preparation put in by the nearly 15,000 cast and crew involved in the games' spectacular Aug. 8 opening suggest no effort will be spared in staging the closing ceremony. By Gillian Wong. MOVED.

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- BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China - OLY--CAN-Canoe-Kayak-Record. MOVED.

- ROCHESTER, Minn. - OLY--China-American Killed. MOVED.


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BEIJING - Fans of the Chicago Cubs and England's underachieving football team know this feeling all too well: losing hurts. But it is a new lesson for Chinese sports fans, and that makes the catastrophe that befell star Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang even harder to bear. To Chinese, Liu is much more than just a sporting icon. He was - until injury ruined his Olympics - living proof that once-weak China is now capable of beating the West at its own games. "My victory has proved that athletes with yellow skin can run as fast as those with black and white skins," Liu had said four years ago after winning China's first ever sprint gold. By John Leicester. MOVED.

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BEIJING - Everywhere he goes these days in Beijing, human rights campaigner Liu Anjun has company. Beijing's normally watchful security has geared up to be extra vigilant during the Olympics, using sophisticated networks of surveillance cameras, neighborhood watch groups and police to keep tabs on everyone in the city. By Charles Hutzler. MOVED.


BEIJING - Tucked along an alley behind the massive neon signs in the Wangfujing shopping district is the Dong Hua Men Market, one of the thousands of night markets that dot China's countryside. Despite being a touristy knockoff of the real deal, Dong Hua Men has enough of the old-style ambiance to give visitors a sense of what these night markets are like. By John Marshall. MOVED.

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BEIJING - Although the United States has breezed its way to four-straight podiums since beach volleyball was added to the games in 1996, playing against the local favorites to earn a second Olympic gold medal won't be easy. The American duo, which has won 107 straight matches, will play top-seeded Tian Jia and Wang Jie of China. And Misty May-Treanor is pretty sure she and Kerri Walsh will be playing in front of a hostile crowd. By Jenna Fryer. MOVED.

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- BEIJING - OLY--Olympic Notebook. MOVED.



BEIJING- The seven sports vying for a spot at the 2016 Olympics are using the Beijing Games to promote their cause. The International Olympic Committee will decide in October 2009 whether golf, rugby, baseball, softball, roller sports, squash or karate will be included in 2016. Two spots will be up for grabs to bring the total to 28 sports. Baseball and softball are being played in Beijing but were dropped from the program for the 2012 London Olympics, which will have 26 sports. By Paul Logothetis. MOVED.


BEIJING - One athlete disliked his coach's strategy so much he called him "a jerk." Another accused his opponent of being unsportsmanlike by failing to own up to a scoring error. And a third threw such a tantrum after receiving a bronze medal that the International Olympic Committee took it away. So much for the Olympic motto of "swifter, higher, stronger." So far, athletes are adding "gripe, fuss, complain" to the list at the Beijing Games. By Aaron Beard. MOVED.

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BEIJING - Usain Bolt keeps coming up with new stuff at the Olympics - whether it's in his prerace mugging for the cameras, his in-race toying with opponents or his postrace clowning around with the guys he just beat. And Bolt says the best is yet to come in the 200-meter final. By Howard Fendrich.

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- OLY--ATH-Harper's Triumph. By Pat Graham.

- OLY--ATH-Lost Pole. By Tales Azzoni. MOVED.

- OLY--ATH-Baldini. MOVED.

- OLY--ATH-Sprinter-Hajib. MOVED.

- OLY--ATH-Greece-Halkia-Doping. MOVED.

- OLY--ATH-No Liu. By Chris Bodeen. MOVED.



BEIJING - Two years after U.S. coach Kevin Jackson called Henry Cejudo the future of wrestling, the future became the present in a dazzling four-match flurry, making the 21-year-old the youngest American to win an Olympic wrestling gold medal. By Alan Robinson. MOVED.

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- OLY--WRE-Men's 60 Kg-Zadick. By Alan Robinson. MOVED.


OLY--VOL-Beach Volleyball

BEIJING - The Chinese women had won two of 13 Olympic beach volleyball matches before the 2008 Games. The men never even qualified until Beijing. Now the host country has clinched its first beach volleyball medal, with top-seeded Tian Jia and Wang Jie winning an all-China semifinal to advance to the championship against Americans Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor. By Jimmy Golen. MOVED.

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BEIJING - Sylvia Fowles and the U.S. women's basketball team were too big for South Korea to handle, and the Americans advanced to the medal round for the sixth consecutive Olympics. The Americans will play Becky Hammon and Russia in the semifinals Thursday night. By Doug Feinberg. MOVED.

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- OLY--BKW-China-Belarus. MOVED.

- OLY--BKW-Australia-Czech Republic. MOVED.

- OLY--BKW-Russia-Spain, 10:15 p.m.

- OLY--BKW-Australia-Maher. By Doug Feinberg. MOVED.



BEIJING - The reminder from Mike Krzyzewski sat next to Carlos Boozer. "Take Nothing For Granted. (We are 0-0)" the sign read. Pool play was easy for the U.S. Olympic basketball team, but the players are well aware things can change in a hurry in the medal round, where one bad performance can ruin more than a week of good ones. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. MOVED.

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BEIJING - Argentina beat Brazil for the first time in three years - 3-0 - to advance to the gold-medal game, where it will try to become the first nation to win consecutive Olympic titles in 40 years. The game against Nigeria will be a rematch of the 1996 final in Atlanta, when the Africans won 3-2 for their first and only title. By Tales Azzoni. MOVED.

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- OLY--SOC-Messi vs. Ronaldinho. MOVED.


BEIJING - The disappointing opening loss to Norway is a distant memory for the U.S. women's Olympic football team. The defending champions have more than rebounded from that defeat - the team's first in the entire year - by winning four consecutive matches and securing a berth in its fourth-straight Olympic final. By Tales Azzoni. MOVED.


BEIJING - Angela Hucles, called up to the U.S. women's soccer team when striker Abby Wambach broke her leg, is getting a second chance with Pia Sundhage, and she's making the most of it. She's the top American goal scorer entering Thursday's Olympic gold-medal women's soccer game against Brazil. By Steve Wade. MOVED.

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- SHANGHAI, China - OLY--SOC-Nigeria-Belgium. By Robert Millward. AP Photos. MOVED.

- SHANGHAI, China - OLY--SOC-Nigeria. MOVED.



BEIJING - Just as they did four years ago in Greece, the American softball players are setting a new standard in their sport. Their mission was simple: to leave a lasting, five-ringed stamp on the games before the curtain falls on softball until 2016 at the earliest. And Crystl Bustos, the slugger of the team, may leave her cleats on the dirt infield, a way of saying goodbye to the Olympics and a game that has allowed her to see the world. By Tom Withers. MOVED.

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BEIJING - India came agonizingly close to its first boxing medal when Akhil Kumar beat a Russian world champion, but lost his next bout. Two more fighters - both from the same village as Akhil - still have a chance to make history for a nation with 1.1 billion people and confoundingly little Olympic success. By Greg Beacham. MOVED.

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- OLY--BOX-Round Eleven. By Greg Beacham. AP Photos.

- OLY--BOX-Fight Bite. MOVED.



BEIJING - Britain has eight golds, one short of the number it won in all sports combined at the Athens games. And only one British rider will return home from the Beijing Games without a medal. Credit the phrase "London Games" - the driving force behind sport in Britain today. By Naomi Koppel. MOVED.

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BEIJING - For $242, Australian BMX racer Jamie Hildebrandt became Kamakazi, previously just a nickname, a nod to his penchant for making wild jumps and his less-than-stellar success rate for landing safely on two wheels. Now, if things go according to his plan, these words will ring out over the Laoshan BMX venue Thursday afternoon: "Gold medalist and Olympic champion, from Australia, Kamakazi!" By Tim Reynolds. MOVED.

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- OLY--CYC-US Track Cycling. By Tim Reynolds. MOVED.

- OLY--CYC-Track Cycling Roundup. By Naomi Koppel. MOVED.

- OLY--CYC-Hoy's Triple Glory. By Naomi Koppel. MOVED.



BEIJING - He Chong has easily won the gold medal on men's 3-meter springboard, making China 6-for-6 in Olympic diving - two events away from matching swimmer Michael Phelps' golden haul. He earned 11 perfect marks of 10.0 in the six-round final Tuesday night, totaling 572.90 points and giving China its fourth consecutive Olympic title in the event. By Beth Harris. MOVED.

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BEIJING - Sheila Taormina's path to becoming the first woman in Olympic history to compete in three sports was paved with hardships that brought her to the brink of emotional and financial ruin. Friday, she'll make what she swears is her final Olympic appearance - in modern pentathlon. By Kristie Rieken. MOVED.

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OLY--SAI-Medal Race

QINGDAO, China - American Anna Tunnicliffe came from behind to win gold in the final for the women's Laser Radial class Tuesday, while Paul Goodison took Britain's third sailing gold of the 2008 Games in the men's Laser by protecting his overall lead with a back-of-the-fleet battle against his only real challenger. By Doug Mellgren. MOVED.

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- BC-OLY-SAI-49ers. MOVED.



BEIJING - In the final few yards, Jan Frodeno sprinted away from favorite Javier Gomez, 2004 silver medalist Bevan Docherty and 2000 gold medalist Simon Whitfield. As Whitfield frantically pushed to the front, Frodeno passed him, the men's triathlon gold medal his. By Noah Trister. MOVED.

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BEIJING - The U.S. women's volleyball team beats Italy in five sets to advance to the semifinal round against Cuba, undefeated at the Beijing Games. By Anne Peterson. MOVED.

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- OLY--VOL-Volleyball Rdp. By Annie Peterson.



BEIJING - Competing in her third Olympics, U.S. women's water polo captain Brenda Villa scored the game-winner Tuesday against Australia, leading the team to the gold-medal match against the Netherlands. By Mark Long. MOVED.

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- OLY--WPO-US-Wenger. MOVED.


OLY--WEI-Men's Over-105 kg

BEIJING - Matthias Steiner of Germany won a battle of giants to claim Olympic gold in weightlifting's heaviest division and the right to call himself the world's strongest man. He heaved a total of 461 kilogram (1,016.3 pounds) in the men's super heavyweight category, clinching the win with a clean and jerk of 258 kg (568.8 pounds). By Karl Ritter. MOVED.

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- OLY--WEI-Nauru Strongman. By Karl Ritter. MOVED.



- BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China - Four years after he was nearly paralyzed, American kayaker Rami Zur has two chances to medal at the Beijing Games. Zur reached the semifinals of his kayak single (K-1) events at the Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park and qualified for the 500-meter race. By Dan Gelston. MOVED.

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- BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China - OLY--CAN-Canoe-Kayak Rdp. By Dan Gelston. MOVED.



BEIJING - Finally, for the first time during the Beijing Olympics, the U.S. baseball team played a game devoid of controversy, craziness, incident or injury. By Janie McCauley. MOVED.

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- OLY--BBI-Cuba-South Korea. By Janie McCauley. MOVED.

- OLY--BBI-China-US Injuries. By Janie McCauley. MOVED.

- Two other games: Canada-Netherlands; China-Japan.


OLY--EQU-Dressage Individual

HONG KONG - Anky van Grunsven of the Netherlands successfully defended her 2004 Olympic title, earning the victory on Salinero. Werth and van Grunsven have swapped the top spot on the podium for a decade. Werth won gold and van Grunsven silver in 1996, and they reversed those positions in 2000. By Margaret Freeman. MOVED.

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- BEIJING - OLY--China-Clean Water. MOVED.

- BEIJING - OLY--TTN-Table Tennis Roundup. MOVED.

- BEIJING - OLY--SWM-Synchronized Swimming. MOVED.

- BEIJING - OLY--GYM-Men's Trampoline. MOVED.

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

- BEIJING - OLY--FHK-Men's Field Hockey Rdp.



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TRACK & FIELD - NEW: After a slow start the US track and field team had a better day Monday when they picked up two golds, two silvers and a bronze. Filename: 0819dv-oly-track-reax. - NEW: A recap of recent events at the Bird's Nest. Filename: 0819dv-oly-track. - Three-time Olympic gold medalist Gail Devers talks about the injury that forced Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang to drop out of the Beijing Games. Filename: 0818dv-oly-track-plus.

GYMNASTICS - NEW: Olympic gold medalist Bart Conner analyzes the latest gymnastics action. Filename: 0819dv-oly-gym-plus.

SWIMMING - 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.

BASKETBALL - NEW: A preview of Team USA's next game. Filename: 0819dv-oly-basketball-preview. - NEW: An interview with NBA commissioner David Stern. Filename: 0819dv-oly-david-stern.

SOCCER - NEW: A look at women's soccer action. Filename: 0819dv-oly-womens-soccer.

PHOTOS OF THE DAY - NEW: The day's top Olympic photos from The Associated Press. Filename: 0819dv-oly-photos.

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


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

TIM DAHLBERG - By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. Filename: OLY-Tim Dahlberg-081908.

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 - 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.


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- NEW: The Tuesday midday update with the AP's Dave Lubeski bringing you news of a U.S. medal in sailing, a finals berth for a U.S. women's beach volleyball duo and a look at the U.S. men's basketball team.


- 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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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.

SWIMMING - 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.

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

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: SCORPIAN SNACK - AP reporter John Marshall snacks on a fried scorpion. Filename: oly-fea-off-the-wall07.

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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- 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.