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Heavy Medal: August 10, 2008 - August 16, 2008

Swim Flash: No. 8 for Phelps

Michael Phelps won his record eighth gold medal of these Olympics Sunday morning, swimming the third leg for the victorious 4x100 medley relay team. Phelps, Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen and Jason Lezak -- whose heroic anchor leg in the men's...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 10:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Walsh/May-Treanor to Semifinals

Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor moved into the semifinals in women's beach volleyball with a 21-18, 21-15 win over Larissa Franca and Ana Paula Conelly of Brazil Sunday morning at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground. The semifinals will be...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 10:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swim Flash: Aussies Win Women's Relay

The Australian women continued their dominance in the 4x100 medley relay Sunday, winning the gold medal in a world record 3 minutes 52.69 seconds. Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, Jessicah Schipper and Libby Trickett swam for Australia, which held the previous...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 10:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Swim Flash: Gold for Tunisia

Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia won his country's first swimming medal ever -- the gold in the men's 1,500 meters. It was also Tunisia's first medal in any sport at these Games. Grant Hackett of Australia, trying to become the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Romanian Wins Marathon

From the Associated Press: Constantina Tomescu-Dita has run away from the competition to win the women's marathon. The 38-year-old Romanian mother pulled away from the lead pack near the halfway mark Sunday and kept building her lead nearly to the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 10:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swim Flash: Torres Takes Silver

From the Associated Press: Britta Steffen of Germany has defeated 41-year-old American Dara Torres by 0.01 seconds to win the women's 50-meter freestyle at the Beijing Olympics. Steffen finished in 24.06 seconds Sunday morning, bettering the Olympic record of 24.13...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 10:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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U.S. Steamrolls Spain 119-82

Kobe Bryant sent a not-so-subtle message early in the United States' game against Spain, when he spotted forward Pau Gasol approaching to him to set a pick and delivered a forearm shiver that knocked Gasol on his backside. Bryant may...

By Michael Lee  |  August 16, 2008; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Jason Kidd Scores! U.S. Leads by 23 After 3

It took him more than 45 minutes, but Jason Kidd scored his first points - and took his first field goal attempt - of the Olympics when he made a fastbreak layup the U.S. a 24-point lead over Spain early...

By Michael Lee  |  August 16, 2008; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Track: Bolt Sets WR in 100

Usain Bolt of Jamaica eased up at the end of the 100 meters, even slapping his chest, and still set a world record of 9.69 seconds Saturday night at the Bird's Nest. Bolt, 21, looked at the track-side clock several...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (168)
 
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U.S. Leads Spain 61-45 At Halftime

If Spain was supposed to be the toughest challenger to the United States, then the Americans should start figuring out where to put their gold medals based on the first half. The U.S. leads 61-45 at halftime. LeBron James scored...

By Michael Lee  |  August 16, 2008; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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U.S. Heptathlete Claims Bronze

Hyleas Fountain won the first U.S. Olympic medal in the heptathlon Saturday since 1992 when she claimed the bronze. Fountain dropped from first place to third on the second and final day of competition as she struggled in the long...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 16, 2008; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Diving: Two Move to Springboard Final

Nancilea Foster and Christina Loukas advanced to Sunday's final in the women's 3m springboard competition Saturday evening at the National Aquatics Center. Foster was fourth with a score of 338.90, 59.65 points behind the leader, Guo Jingjing of China. Loukas...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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China Beats Germany, Advances to Quarterfinals

His country needed him. China needed him to play this summer, even though his left leg wasn't fully healed. And on Saturday, it needed him to play up to his enormous size to secure a trip to the medal round...

By Michael Lee  |  August 16, 2008; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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U.S. Heptathlete Loses Ground in Javelin

Hyleas Fountain, who lost her lead in the heptathlon Saturday morning, saw her gold-medal hopes wane when she fell farther behind Ukraine's Natalia Dobrynska in the javelin competition Saturday night. Dobrynska placed fifth and Fountain finished 24th, dropping her 145...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 16, 2008; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Beach Volleyball: 2nd U.S. Men's Pair Advances

Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal advanced to the quarterfinals in men's beach volleyball with a 26-24, 21-17 victory over Pablo Herrera and Raul Mesa of Spain Saturday evening at Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Omega President Has Faith in Machines

The president of Omega was just another agape Olympic viewer who couldn't tell with his own eyes whether Michael Phelps touched the wall first in the 100-meter butterfly. Stephen Urquhart was watching the race in a corporate entertainment suite full...

By Sally Jenkins  |  August 16, 2008; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Jamaicans Lead Women's 100

Jamaicans Kerron Stewart, Sherone Simpson and Shelly-Ann Fraser posted the fastest qualifying times in the second round of the women's 100 meters Saturday night, raising the possibility of a Jamaican sweep in the marquee event. Stewart won her heat in...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 16, 2008; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Soccer: Brazil, Belgium Advance

From the Associated Press: Striker Rafael Sobis and defender Marcelo scored a goal each in extra time Saturday in Shenyang to give Brazil a 2-0 win over 10-man Cameroon and a spot in the semifinals of the Olympic soccer tournament....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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(Update) Tennis: Williams Sisters Advance, Bryan Brothers Nab Bronze

From the Associated Press: Venus and Serena Williams have clinched at least a silver medal in doubles with a victory in the Olympic semifinals. The sisters beat another sibling pair, Ukraine's Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, on Saturday....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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(Update) Fencing: U.S. Women Get Silver

The American women's foil team of Erinn Smart, Hanna Thompson and Emily Cross claimed the silver medal at the Fencing Hall Saturday evening after falling to Russia in the gold medal match, 28-11. The medal is the first ever in...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Another American goes down

Luis Yanez, the light flyweight from Duncansville, Texas who was kicked off the U.S. Olympic team in July and then let back on just before the Games began, lost his second round fight 8-7 to Serdamba Purevdorj of Mongolia. Yanez...

By Les Carpenter  |  August 16, 2008; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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(Update) Fencing: Silver for Sabre

The U.S. men's sabre team of Keeith Smart, Jason Rogers and Tim Morehouse won the silver medal in competition held Sunday evening at the Fencing Hall. In the gold medal match, the Americans fell to France, 45-37, to conclude the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Track Stunner: Gay Out of 100 Final

American Tyson Gay struggled to finish fifth in his 100-meter semifinal heat Saturday, failing to advance to the night's highly anticipated final. Gay, the reigning world champion, could not muster the late speed he is known for, finishing in 10.05...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 16, 2008; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Boxing: Estrada Loses

American middleweight Shawn Estrada, who was fighting for his dying father back home near Los Angeles, lost his second round match 11-5 to England's James Degale. "I had a bad day, but this is the Olympics and there's no such...

By Les Carpenter  |  August 16, 2008; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wiggins Defends Cycling Gold; Phinney Is Seventh

Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins became the first cyclist to repeat as the Olympic men's individual pursuit gold medallist at Beijing's Laoshan Velodrome Saturday with a time of 4 minutes 16.77 seconds. American cycling phenom Taylor Phinney failed to advance...

By Liz Clarke  |  August 16, 2008; 6:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hancock Takes Gold in Skeet Shooting

Nineteen-year-old American Vincent Hancock won a shootout over Norway's Tore Brovold to earn the gold medal in the men's skeet competition at the Beijing Shooting Range. Hancock and Brovold, who share the world record in the event, were tied at...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 16, 2008; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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(Updated) Rowing: First U.S. Medal

Michelle Guerette surged from fifth over the final 1,000 meters to claim the silver medal in the women's single sculls at the Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park Saturday afternoon. Mired in fifth at the halfway point, Guerette found another gear and turned...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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(Updated) Wrestling: U.S.'s Chun Fifth

Clarissa Chun finished her Olympic wrestling tournament in fifth place in the women's 48 kg class after being defeated by 2004 Olympic gold medalist Irini Merleni of the Ukraine. Merleni recorded a victory by fall on Chun 1:06 into the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 5:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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(Update) Wrestling: Miller to Quarters

Two American wrestlers have earned spots in the bronze medal matches in their weight classes Sunday afternoon. Ali Bernard defeated Sweden's Jenny Fransson. 3-1, 3-0. in the repechage round of the women's 72 kg class in women's wrestling competition at...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 4:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Softball: Another U.S. Shutout

The U.S. softball team extended its Olympic winning streak to 19 with a 7-0 win over Chinese Taipei Saturday afternoon at the Fengtai Softball Field. Jessica Mendoza hit her third home run in two days to pace the U.S. attack,...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 2:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Water Polo: Men Beat Croatia

The U.S. men's water polo team scored a 7-5 victory over Croatia in Group B competition at the Yingdong Natatorium Saturday afternoon. Tony Azevedo led the American side, connecting on three of his six shots, while goalkeeper Merrill Moses stopped...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 2:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Baseball: U.S. Over Canada

Brian Barden went 2-4 with a home run to spark the U.S. baseball team to a come-from-behind, 5-4 win over Canada Saturday afternoon at Wukesong Baseball Field. Barden's home run came in the fourth inning, when the Americans plated two...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 2:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Sanderson's Medal Hopes Dashed in Rapid-Fire Pistol

For a lesson in grace in defeat, we present to you American Keith Sanderson, who entered today's final in the men's 25-meter rapid-fire pistol in first place -- following a Olympic-record performance of 583 points in the qualifying round --...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 16, 2008; 12:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Table Tennis Team Just Short

The U.S. women's table tennis team, including Gao Jun of Gaithersburg, lost to Korea, 3-0, in round two of the bronze play-off bracket. Korea advances to the bronze medal match while the U.S. is eliminated from team competition. It was...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 12:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Field Hockey Team Gets 1st Win

From the Associated Press: The United States women's field hockey team made it clear immediately on Saturday that it hadn't given up its dreams of earning an Olympic medal. Keli Smith, who played at the University of Maryland, scored in...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 16, 2008; 12:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Track: U.S. Women Cruise in 100 Heats

All three American entrants cruised through the first round of the women's 100 Saturday morning, Torri Edwards won her heat in 11.26 seconds; reigning Olympic silver medal winner Lauryn Williams eased up to finish second in 11.38; and Muna...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 15, 2008; 11:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Track: Fountain Falls to 2nd

American Hyleas Fountain, who led the heptathlon after four events with 4060 points, averted disaster in the long jump Saturday morning with a safe effort to earn a legal jump on her third attempt. Fountain had fouled on her first...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 15, 2008; 11:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Beach Pair to Quarters

Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers defeated Martin Laciga and Jan Schnider of Switzerland, 21-16, 21-23, 15-13, in the men's beach volleyball round of 16. The duo advances to the quarterfinals on Monday. The other U.S. team of Jake Gibb and...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 11:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swim Flash: Men's 50 Freestyle

Cesar Cielo Filho of Brazil won the men's 50-meter freestyle in 21.30 seconds, an Olympic record. Amaury Leveaux of France was second and countryman Alain Bernard took the bronze. World record holder Eamon Sullivan of Australia finished out of the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 10:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swim Flash: Evans' Record Falls

Rebecca Adlington of Britain broke Janet Evans' 19-year-old world record in the women's 800 meters, setting a new world mark of 8 minutes 14.10 seconds and winning the gold medal Saturday morning. Evans' record of 8:16.22 was set in 1989....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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(Updated) No. 7 for Phelps

From Barry Svrluga: There was no way, given how much ground Michael Phelps had to make up and how the pool was slipping away from him. He was involved in a 100-meter swimming race, this one in the butterfly stroke....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 10:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Swim Flash: Women's 200 Backstroke

From the Associated Press: Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe defended her Olympic title in the 200-meter backstroke, winning in a world-record time. She led all the way Saturday morning, touching in 2 minutes, 5.24 seconds, lowering the mark of 2:06.09 set...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 10:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Barbara Bachman Update

Statement released this morning by the U.S. Olympic Comittee: With her recovery progressing, Mrs. Barbara Bachman has departed Beijing via air ambulance and been transferred to a hospital in the United States. All three of her daughters, including Elisabeth McCutcheon,...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 9:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Team USA Is Down With Dr. Dre

Nike is the official sponsor of the U.S. men's basketball team, with 11 of the 12 players on the roster endorsing the sneaker brand (Dwight Howard is the lone Adidas guy). But the unofficial headphone sponsor is Dr. Dre. That's...

By Michael Lee  |  August 15, 2008; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tennis: Nadal Clinches a Medal

From the Associated Press: Rafael Nadal has clinched at least a silver medal by beating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in the Olympic semifinals. Nadal's opponent in the final Sunday will be Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, who beat James Blake...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 15, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hoff: Six Events "A Little More Than I Thought It Was Going To Be"

Katie Hoff of Towson, Md., the 19-year-old who came here hoping for as many as six swimming medals, declined to talk to the media following her surprising failure to qualify for the final of the 800-meter freestyle on Thursday night....

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 15, 2008; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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23 Bikini-Clad Chinese Enliven Olympics

News article from official Olympic information system: Beach volleyball sessions at Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground seems to be almost as much about the atmosphere as the athletes. And the atmosphere is thanks in no small part to a group...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 15, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Dibaba Golden in 10,000 Meters

From the Associated Press: Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia has won the 10,000 meters in an Olympic record 29 minutes, 54.66 seconds -- the second fastest time ever for a woman at that distance. The two-time 10,000 world champion sat just...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 15, 2008; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Volleyball: U.S. Women Beat China

From the Associated Press: The United States, playing under former Chinese player Jenny Lang Ping, defeated China 3-2 in women's volleyball Friday night as the Chinese president looked on. The 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 15-11 victory moved the United States...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 15, 2008; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Women's Basketball: Thompson Keys U.S. Run

From the Associated Press: After three straight blowouts, it took a half for the U.S. women's basketball team to get going and beat Spain. Tina Thompson scored nine of her 17 points during the decisive third quarter run and Lisa...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 15, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Federer Salvages Bid for Olympic Medal

From the Associated Press: A fired-up Roger Federer salvaged his bid for an Olympic medal Friday, joining Swiss teammate Stanislas Wawrinka to beat Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi of India 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. Federer carried the Swiss duo...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 15, 2008; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Soccer: U.S. Women Win in OT

Natasha Kai's diving header in the 101st minute sent the U.S. women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over China Canada in Shanghai and into the semifinals of the Olympic tournament. The U.S. opened the scoring when Angela Hucles of...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Boxing: Williams Loses

Raynell Williams lost a 9-7 decision to Khedafi Djelkhir of France in featherweight (57 kg) round of 16 action at the Workers' Gymnasium Friday night....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Crocker: Whew

Ian Crocker was clearly relieved after helping, not hurting, the American chance for a medal in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay. "I wasn't going to push it," Crocker said. As mentioned a couple of posts ago, Crocker was the reason...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 15, 2008; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Fencing: France Wins Epee Gold

From the Associated Press: France has won the team gold medal in men's epee fencing, easily defeating Poland in the title bout. The French trio of Jerome Jeannet, Fabrice Jeannet and Ulrich Robeiri won 45-29 Friday in the gold medal...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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U.S., With Solid Crocker, Advances in Men's Medley

The American men qualified first for the final of the 4x100-meter medley relay. Think that was a foregone conclusion? Ask Ian Crocker, whose false start at world championships last year cost the U.S. team a chance to advance -- and...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 15, 2008; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Weightlifting: Another Chinese Gold

From the Associated Press: Lu Yong won China's eight weightlifting gold medal, tying the world record set moments earlier by the silver medalist but grabbing the title because of a lower body weight. The electrifying duel between Lu and double...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Aussies Qualify First, U.S. Third

The Australian team of Emily Seebohm, Tarnee White, Felicity Galvez and Shayne Reese posted the fastest time in the preliminary heats of the women's 4x100-meter medley relay, taking the top spot prior to Sunday's final. THe Australians' time of 3...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 15, 2008; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Gay 2nd in 2nd Round of 100

Tyson Gay did not look dominant in the second round of the 100 meters tonight, but he easily advanced to the semifinals with a second-place finish in his heat in 10.09 seconds. Gay, who sustained a slightly strained left hamstring...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 15, 2008; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Jensen Advances, Vanderkaay Out

American Larsen Jensen, the silver medalist in the 1,500-meter freestyle in Athens, qualified eighth in the preliminary heats of that event tonight, sneaking into the final. Countryman Peter Vanderkaay, who won the event at U.S. trials, failed to qualify for...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 15, 2008; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Three Americans Advance in 1,500

World champion Bernard Lagat and Olympic rookies Lopez Lomong and Leonel Manzano advanced in the first round of the men's 1,500 meters Friday night at National Stadium. Lagat said he might have been too relaxed; he needed a late sprint...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 15, 2008; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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(Update) Baseball: Cuba Beats U.S.; Nix Hurt

Cuba's baseball team had to work overtime to earn a 5-4 victory over the United States in 11 innings Friday afternoon at the Wukesong Baseball Main Field. Jayson Nix hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Soccer: U.S. Women Resume

The Olympic women's football quarterfinal between the United States and Canada has resumed after a delay of one hour, 40 minutes caused by a thunderstorm. The United States had a 1-0 at the delay, but Canada scored after play resumed...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Shooting: Turner Get Bronze

U.S. shooter Jason Turner was awarded a bronze medal in the 10-meter air pistol after Kim Jong Su from North Korea was disqualified for a positive drug test. Turner was fourth in the competition before Kim's doping positive. From Saginaw,...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gymnastics: Liukin, Johnson Talk

All-around gymnastics champion Nastia Liukin was in a lingering state of disbelief on Friday night, after mathematically edging out her USA teammate Shawn Johnson for the gold medal. "I'm still in shock and not quite sure what we're celebrating about,...

By Sally Jenkins  |  August 15, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Blake Blasts Gonzalez Over Disputed Point

James Blake, who minutes earlier lost his semifinal match to Chile's Fernando Gonzalez, just spent most of his news conference ripping Gonzalez for what Blake saw as poor sportsmanship, stemming from disputed point in the pivotal third set of their...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 15, 2008; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Water Polo: U.S. Women to Semis

The U.S. women's water polo team has won Group A by virtue of Italy's 10-9 defeat of China. Both the United States and Italy ended in a tie with two wins and a tie. The tie breaker went then to...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Torres Back in Pool, Advances

Dara Torres, the 41-year-old American swimming in her fifth Olympics, began her quest for a medal in her only individual event by posting the third-fastest time tonight in preliminary heats of the women's 50-meter freestyle. Torres trailed only 16-year-old Australian...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 15, 2008; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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(Update) Rowing: Quad Sculls to Finals

The U.S. men's quad scull -- including Sam Stitt of McLean and Jamie Schroeder, who trains at the Potomac Boat Club -- advanced to the final Friday at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park. The crew, which also includes Matt Hughes...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 7:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Blake Loses to Gonzalez

One day after securing perhaps the biggest win of his career, American James Blake lost to Chile's Fernando Gonzalez in the semifinals of men's tennis, 4-6, 7-5, 11-9, ending his gold medal hopes. The match turned when Gonzalez broke Blake's...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 15, 2008; 7:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
 
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Soccer: U.S. Ahead, Delayed

Angela Hucles of Virginia Beach, Va., has given the U.S. women's soccer team a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute of their quarterfinal round match against Canada. Play has been delayed in Shanghai due to weather conditions. Hucles was able...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 6:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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(Update) Archery: Wunderle Out

U.S. archer Vic Wunderle lost to top seed Juan Rene Serrano of Mexico in the quarterfinals of men's archery at the Beijing Olympic Green Archery Field. Wunderle qualified for the quarterfinals by upsetting No. 8 seed Im Dong-Hyun of Korea,...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 5:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Blake Advances to 3rd Set

The James Blake (U.S.)-Fernando Gonzalez (Chile) men's semifinal tennis match is heading to a third set at the Olympic Green Tennis Centre, after Gonzalez broke Blake's serve in the 11th game of the second set, then served to close out...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 15, 2008; 5:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Whitewater Canoe/Kayak Wraps Up

From the Associated Press: Elena Kaliska of Slovakia has won the gold medal in women's single kayak slalom by nearly 15 seconds, successfully defending her top finish at Athens. American Heather Corrie finished eighth after penalties hurt her scores on...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 5:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Blake Up a Set Over Gonzalez

In the first semifinal in men's tennis, American James Blake just took the first set over Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, 6-4, breaking Gonzalez in the 10th game of a set that didn't feature so much as a single break point...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 15, 2008; 5:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Softball: U.S. Smacks Canada

The U.S. softball team completed its rain-suspended game against Canada this afternoon with an 8-1 victory at the Fengtai Softball Field. In a continuation of a game suspended Thursday afternoon due to weather, Cat Osterman (2-0) picked up the win,...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 4:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Water Polo: U.S. Dunks Russia

Natalie Golda scored three goals to spark the offense and give the U.S. women's water polo team a 12-7 victory over Russia in Group A competition at the Yingdong Natatorium. The Americans jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 3:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Equestrian: Brentina Checks out

After receiving the lowest score of her career in team dressage competition yesterday, all of Brentina's connections were concerned there might be something physically wrong with the 17-year-old Hanoverian mare. "She's fitter and sounder than ever," said her rider of...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 3:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fountain Leads Heptathlon

U.S. heptathlete Hyleas Fountain took an early lead in the heptathlon after winning each of the first two events contested Friday morning, posting the fastest time in the 100-meter hurdles, 12.78 for 1,158 points before hitting a personal best of...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 15, 2008; 3:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Softball: Shutout for U.S. Team

The U.S. softball team played long ball Friday, hitting an Olympic record four home runs on the way to a 7-0 victory over Japan in five innings. Jessica Mendoza started the fireworks with a two-run shot in the first inning,...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 2:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Fencing: Foil Team Scores Upset

The American women's foil team of Erinn Smart, Hanna Thompson and Emily Cross continued its upset streak, knocking off the No. 3-seed Hungary in the semifinals, 35-33, and will move to tonight's gold-medal match at 7:30 p.m. against top-ranked and...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 2:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Liukin, Johnson Win Gold, Silver

U.S. gymnasts Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson won gold and silver in the women's individual all-around Friday at Beijing's National Indoor Stadium, fending off spirited performances by China's best tumblers, who ages remain a source of controversy. The competition came...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 1:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Weightlifting: Farris Sets U.S. Record

With final Olympic numbers that total 362 kg, Kendrick Farris awaits determination of his final placing at 85 kg in weightlifting Friday. Farris posted American records in total weight and in clean and jerk with 202 kg. He lifted 160...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 1:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Gym Flash: Liukin, Johnson 1-2

Teammates Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson won the gold and silver medals in the women's all-around this afternoon. Yang Yilin of China won the bronze. Liukin had a final score of 63.325, Johnson 62.725 and Yang 62.650. Johnson was third...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 12:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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(Update) Shooter Emmons Wins Silver

Matt Emmons won the silver medal in the men's 50m prone rifle competition at the Beijing Shooting Range Hall Friday morning. Entering the 10-shot final round trailing Artur Ayvazian of the Ukraine by two points, Emmons was able to cut...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 15, 2008; 12:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Shooter, Gymnast Fail Drug Tests

From the Associated Press: A two-time North Korean medalist in shooting and a Vietnamese gymnast have failed doping tests at the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee says both athletes have been kicked out of the games after testing positive for...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 14, 2008; 11:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Beach Volleyball: Branagh/Youngs Advance

The U.S. beach volleyball team of Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs won their round of 16 match Friday against Tamara Larrea and Dalixia Fernandez of Cuba, 21-15, 21-13, at the Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball Ground. The Americans advanced to the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 14, 2008; 11:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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U.S. Women Falter in 800

In a disappointing showing, no Americans made it out of the first round of the 800 meters, with second-time Olympian Nicole Teter pulling up with an apparent injury in her heat and Alice Schmidt and three-time Olympian Hazel Clark-Riley failing...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 14, 2008; 11:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Table Tennis: Gao Advances

Gao Jun and her teammates are two wins from the bronze medal in table tennis after a 3-1 defeat of Romania this morning at the Peking University Gymnasium. The Americans found themselves in an early hole when Elizabeta Samara defeated...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 14, 2008; 11:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swim Flash: German Wins 100 Free

Britta Steffen of Germany won the gold medal in the women's 100-meter freestyle in an Olympic record 53.12 seconds in the final race of the morning at the Water Cube. World record holder Libby Trickett of Australia took the silver...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 14, 2008; 10:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Shooting: Emmons into Final

Matt Emmons scored a 597 and advanced to the finals of the men's 50m prone rifle competition at the Beijing Shooting Range Hall Friday morning. He was two points behind the Ukraine's Artur Ayvazian. The other U.S. entry, Michael Anti,...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 14, 2008; 10:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stars, Americans Advance in Men's 100

World-record holder Usain Bolt, former world-record holder Asafa Powell and world champion Tyson Gay easily advanced in the first round of the men's 100, winning their heats in relatively slow times on a hot morning at the National Stadium. Bolt...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 14, 2008; 10:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swim Flash: No. 6 for Phelps

Michael Phelps won his sixth gold medal of this Olympics, capturing gold in the men's 200 individual medley in a world record time of 1:54.23. Laszlo Cseh of Hungary won the silver and Ryan Lochte the bronze....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 14, 2008; 10:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Swim Flash: Lochte, Peirsol 1-2

American Ryan Lochte won the men's 200 backstroke in a world record 1 minute 53.94 seconds, upsetting defending champion and teammate Aaron Peirsol. Lochte and Peirsol had shared the world mark of 1:54.32 for more than a month. Arkady Vyatchanin...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 14, 2008; 10:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swim Flash: American Soni Upsets Jones for Gold

Rebecca Soni of New Jersey just pulled a stunner in the women's 200-meter breaststroke, winning gold in a world-record time of 2 minutes, 20.22 seconds and stunning the favored Australian, Leisel Jones. Soni trailed after 100 meters by two tenths...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 14, 2008; 10:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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One American In, The Other Out In 50 Free

Ben Wildman-Tobriner was the eighth and final qualifier into the final of the men's 50-meter freestyle, a race that will include Brazilian Cesar Cielo Filho, who set the Olympic record in the first semifinal, finishing in 21.34 seconds. Australian Eamon...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 14, 2008; 10:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Beach Volleyball: Walsh, May-Treanor Pass Test

From the Associated Press: Athens gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor overcame five set points in the first set to beat Belgium 24-22, 21-10 on Friday and advance to the quarterfinals of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament. It was...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 14, 2008; 9:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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U.S. Shotputters Make Final

U.S. shotputting stars Reese Hoffa, the reigning world champion, and Adam Nelson, the reigning Olympic silver medal winner, easily advanced to Friday night's final, hitting the automatic qualifying mark with their first throws. Hoffa managed 66 feet, 11.5 inches and...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 14, 2008; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Williams Sisters Follow Federer in Defeat

Venus and Serena Williams joined top-seed Roger Federer in bowing out of the Beijing Games Thursday--a day that saw a rash of upsets. First Federer fell to American James Blake in straight sets, 4-6, 6-7 (2). Then Serena Williams...

By Liz Clarke  |  August 14, 2008; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
 
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Dressage Falls Short

The U.S. dressage team finished fourth in team competition Thursday night in Hong Kong, missing a medal by a little more than one point. Germany took the gold, followed by the Netherlands and the United States Denmark. Here are the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 14, 2008; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Wrestler Wins Bronze

Adam Wheeler defeated Han Tae-Young of Korea, 3-1, 4-1, to win the bronze medal in the 96kg Greco-Roman wrestling category. Wheeler's bronze is the first Greco-Roman wrestling medal for the United States in the 2008 Beijing Games....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 14, 2008; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Women's 800 Free: A Breakdown

Women's 800 Free: A Breakdown So, to review, neither Katie Hoff nor Kate Ziegler qualified for the final in the women's 800-meter freestyle during preliminary heats tonight at the Water Cube. Let's look at some reasons why this is so...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 14, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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U.S. Welterweight Advances

From Les Carpenter: Andrey Balanov never really seemed to have a chance. The Russian welterweight came at Demetrius Andrade with what appeared to be just one weapon: a left uppercut that he tried to throw repeatedly at the last great...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 14, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Basketball: U.S. Gets Payback vs. Greece

Note: Dan Steinberg also blogged about the game on the Beijing Sports Smog. There were no more exhibitions, no more Chinas or Angolas on the schedule. Training camp officially came to an end for Team USA on Thursday as it...

By Michael Lee  |  August 14, 2008; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Blake Ousts Federer in Straight Sets

American James Blake earned his first career victory over world No. 1 Roger Federer at the Beijing Olympics Thursday. With the 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory, the eighth-seeded Blake advances to the semifinals of the singles competition. Both players are...

By Liz Clarke  |  August 14, 2008; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Phelps, Crocker Advance in 100 Butterfly

Michael Phelps did not have a final today, but he did swim twice -- this morning in the semifinals of the 200-meter individual medley and tonight in the preliminary heats of the 100-meter butterfly. Phelps was second-fastest in both events....

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 14, 2008; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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First Gold for Mongolia

From the Associated Press: Mongolia has won its first Olympic gold medal ever with Tuvshinbayar Naidan's victory over Kazakhstan's Askhat Zhitkeyev in men's 100-kilogram judo. Naidan, who upset Athen's Olympic champion Keiji Suzuki of Japan in his opening bout, scored...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 14, 2008; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Women's 800 Without American For First Time Ever

In a perfect world for USA Swimming, Kate Ziegler and Katie Hoff would have lined up next to each other - one in Lane 4, the other in Lane 5 - in the final of the 800-meter freestyle. One would...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 14, 2008; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Swim Stunner: Hoff, Ziegler Out Of 800 Final

Katie Hoff and Kate Ziegler, who both entered the Olympics as favorites for medals in the 800-meter freestyle, each failed to qualify for the finals of the event tonight. Swimming in separate heats, Hoff of Towson, Md., and Ziegler, of...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 14, 2008; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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(Update) Sabre Team Takes Bronze

The U.S. sabre team earned a bronze medal by defeating France, 45-38, at the Fencing Hall and Convention Center. The U.S. trio of Sada Jacobson, Mariel Zagunis and Becca Ward were favored to win the gold medal after sweeping the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 14, 2008; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Leveaux Sets 50 Free Mark, Americans Advance

Amaury Leveaux of France posted the fastest time and set a new Olympic record in the preliminary heats of the men's 50-meter freestyle tonight at the Water Cube. Leveaux won his heat in 21.46 seconds, one hundredth of a second...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 14, 2008; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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(Updated) Weather Delays Today

It's pouring rain in Beijing. Softball was postponed with the U.S. team trailing Canada, 1-0, in the fourth inning. Play will resume Friday after the United States-Japan game, which begins at noon. The U.S. baseball game vs. the Netherlands has...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 14, 2008; 6:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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(Update) Lorig Out in Quarters

American archer Khatuna Lorig, a native of the war-torn Republic of Georgia, upset Ana Maria Rendon of Columbia Colombia, 107-95, Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals, where she lost to the world's No. 1 ranked archer, Korea's Yun Ok-Hee. Lorig...

By Les Carpenter  |  August 14, 2008; 6:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Yao Leads China To Victory

Yao Ming had his first dominant performance, and China pulled out its first Olympic win on Thursday, defeating Angola 85-68. With his team desperately needing a win to have any chance of advancing into the quarterfinals, the 7-foot-6 Yao used...

By Michael Lee  |  August 14, 2008; 5:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rhode Wins Silver

Kimbery Rhode won the silver medal in women's skeet shooting Thursday. Rhode was fifth in this event at the 2004 Games in Athens. She is a three-time Olympic medal winner (two golds, one bronze) in double trap, which is not...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 14, 2008; 5:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Olympic Baseball = Fiasco

So here's how the U.S. baseball team's game against the Netherlands ended today: With the Dutch team at bat in the ninth inning, with the bases loaded and nobody out, trailing 7-0. The skies opened up, the game was stopped...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 14, 2008; 5:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Stephen Strasburg = Super Stud

Team USA's baseball game against the Netherlands is in a rain delay as the eighth inning was about to get underway. But it was an auspicious Olympic debut for Stephen Strasburg, the collegiate right-hander who could be the No. 1...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 14, 2008; 2:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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First Loss for Men's Water Polo

The U.S. men's water polo team lost to Serbia, 4-2, their first loss in Group B play. Peter Varellas scored two goals in the loss. Next up for Team USA is a match with Croatia on Saturday....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 14, 2008; 2:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Beyerle Fifth in 3-Position Final

Jamie Beyerle finished fifth in the women's 50m rifle 3 position final. Du Li of China captured gold with a 690.3 score and Katerina Emmons, wife of U.S. shooter Matt Emmons, took silver for the Czech Republic. In skeet shooting,...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 14, 2008; 2:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Field Hockey Team Falls

Germany defeated the U.S. women's field hockey team, 4-2, at Olympic Green Hockey Stadium on Thursday. The U.S. record falls to 0-2-1 with two games remaining in pool play. Germany is atop the standings undefeated at 3-0. Tiffany-Lynne Snow and...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 14, 2008; 2:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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U.S. Gymnasts Ninth, 12th in All-Around

Note: Liz Clarke's full story is now posted here ... Chinese gymnast Yang Wei crushed the competition to win gold in the men's individual all-around with 94.575 points Thursday. It was the third triumph in as many days for China's...

By Liz Clarke  |  August 14, 2008; 1:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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U.S. Wrestlers Shut Out of Gold/Silver

As Steve Fraser, the U.S. head coach put it, "Not the best day for our Greco program." In the span of about 30 minutes, Brad Vering (84 kg division), Dremiel Byers (120 kg) and Adam Wheeler (96 kg) all lost...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 14, 2008; 1:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rowers in Traffic Accident

Two people were killed when the small van they were riding in sideswiped a bus carrying two Croatian rowers, one coach and several team officials Wednesday, Beijing organizers said Thursday morning. The Croatian rowers--identified by the Associated Press as Mario...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 14, 2008; 12:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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U.S. Beach Volleyballers Move On

The women's beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh stormed through pool play undefeated with a straight sets victory over Norway's Nila Haakedal and Ingrid Toerlen. They move the round of 16 on Friday....

By Les Carpenter  |  August 14, 2008; 12:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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US fencers march on

The U.S. women's sabre trio of Becca Ward, Sada Jacobson and Mariel Zagunis moved into the quarterfinals with a 45-8 victory over South Africa. The three women swept the individual competition over the weekend....

By Les Carpenter  |  August 14, 2008; 12:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Spain Getting Flack For Photo

Spain's Olympic basketball team is still apologizing for taking a controversial photo in which all 15 players use their fingers to pull the skin behind their eyes and appear more Asian. After Spain defeated Germany 72-59 on Thursday morning, Spanish...

By Michael Lee  |  August 14, 2008; 12:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Very Portable Toilets at Opening Ceremonies

U.S. distance runner Matt Tegenkamp blogged about how U.S. runners handled the problem of, uh, having to go during the Opening Ceremonies four years ago at the 2004 Summer Games. Enjoy this excerpt, and see the link to Tegenkamp's blog...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 14, 2008; 12:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tough Loss for AU's Brad Vering

Brad Vering, one of the Americans' top medal hopes in wrestling, just lost to Armenia's Denis Forov in his second match of the day in the 84 kg division, and his hopes of advancing appear grim at this point. Vering,...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 13, 2008; 11:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Men's Basketball: Spain Downs Germany

From the Associated Press: Pau Gasol scored 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. Gasol, of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, scored 13...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 13, 2008; 11:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swim Flash: Australia Smashes World Record

From the Associated Press: Stephanie Rice has led Australia to a gold medal in the women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the Beijing Olympics, smashing the world record by nearly 6 seconds. Rice, Bronte Barratt, Kylie Palmer and Linda Mackenzie touched...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 13, 2008; 11:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swim Flash: Phelps Stays on Track

From the Associated Press: Michael Phelps has advanced to the 200-meter individual medley final at the Beijing Olympics, setting himself up to win his sixth gold medal. The American won his semifinal heat Thursday morning in 1 minute, 57.70 seconds....

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 13, 2008; 11:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swim Flash: Lezak Gets First Individual Medal

From staff and Associated Press reports: Alain Bernard of France has won the 100-meter freestyle at the Beijing Olympics, beating out world record-holder Eamon Sullivan of Australia. Bernard touched in 47.21 seconds Thursday morning, with Sullivan taking the silver in...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 13, 2008; 10:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Swim Flash: China Finishes 1-2 in 200 Butterfly

From the Associated Press: Liu Zige has given China its first swimming gold medal of the Beijing Olympics, winning the women's 200-meter butterfly in a world record with her teammate Jiao Liuyang taking the silver. Liu touched in 2 minutes,...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 13, 2008; 10:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swim Flash: Americans Win Top Spots in Semifinal

Aaron Peirsol and Ryan Lochte take the top two spots in the men's 200-meter backstroke, each winning their own semifinal heat. Peirsol finishes in 1:55.26. Lochte finishes in 1:55.40....

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 13, 2008; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swim Flash: Pang Disqualified; Trickett Advances

From staff and AP reports: Pang Jiaying of China has been disqualified after winning her semifinal heat of the women's Olympic 100-meter freestyle. Pang touched first in 53.49 seconds Thursday, but she was disqualified for flinching slightly at the start...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 13, 2008; 10:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kitajima Wins Second Gold

Japanese start Kosuke Kitajima will be able to return home after all. After vowing that he would not do so if he didn't win both his individual events here, he took gold in the 200-meter breaststroke this morning in a...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 13, 2008; 10:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Beach Volleyball: U.S. Pair Still Perfect

From the Associated Press: Americans Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor wrapped up the beach volleyball round-robin with a perfect record on Thursday, beating Norway in straight sets to head into the medal round with a 3-0 record. May-Treanor and Walsh,...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 13, 2008; 10:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swim Flash: Kitajima Wins 200 Breaststroke

From the Associated Press: Kosuke Kitajima of Japan has won the 200-meter breaststroke, becoming the first swimmer to sweep the breaststroke events at consecutive Olympics. He won the 200 Thursday in 2 minutes, 7.64 seconds, lowering the Olympic record time...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 13, 2008; 10:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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"Operation Clean Air" Helps U.S. Team

High-tech air filtration systems that are said to be 100 times more efficient than commercial air purifiers were installed before the Summer Games in the rooms of U.S. athletes at the Olympic Village to ensure they could breathe clean air...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 13, 2008; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Redemption Doesn't Come In Threes

The so-called Redeem Team has won its first two games by a combined 52 points, but the performances against China and Angola would've been more dominant if the Americans could've only figured out a way to solve that tricky international...

By Michael Lee  |  August 13, 2008; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Leslie Perfect in U.S. Rout of Mali

Mali went on an early 8-0 run to take a one-point lead, forcing the United States to call a timeout. There weren't many concerns from then on, as Lisa Leslie was 7 for 7 from the field, setting a U.S....

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  August 13, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Table Tennis: Gao Advances

Gao Jun of Gaithersburg and partner Crystal Huang defeated the Netherlands, 3-1, to keep their bronze medal hopes. Next up for the U.S. team is a match with Nigeria at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Peking University Gymnasium. A win will...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Georgia Beats Russia in Beach Volleyball ... Sort Of

One of the stories of the day in Beijing is, no doubt, the meeting between Russia and Georgia in women's beach volleyball. Irresistible story, what with the two countries clashing in and around South Ossetia in recent days. So, with...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  August 13, 2008; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Dwyane Wade Doesn't Eat His Vegetables

You likely won't find any U.S. men's basketball players at Beijing restaurants trying some of the local cuisine. They might be able to fly above the rim, but they aren't too adventurous when it comes to food. Before practice on...

By Michael Lee  |  August 13, 2008; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Tennis: Blake to Quarters

James Blake defeated Gilles Simon of France, 6-4 6-2, to advance in the men's singles action at the Olympic Green Tennis Center. He now moves to the quarterfinals, where he will face the tournament's No. 1 seed, Switzerland's Roger Federer....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Ugly Loss for U.S. Baseball

Oh, my. Not a good start for Manager Davey Johnson and his band of ballplayers. After the U.S. came back with three runs in the top of the ninth, closer Kevin Jepsen gave up a pair of runs in the...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 13, 2008; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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... And We Go To the Ninth

It's the last chance for the U.S. baseball team, which trails, 6-4, entering the ninth. Souh Korea has brought in their apparent closer, a hard-throwing right-hander named Kijoo Han. His first two pitches clocked in at 93 mph. UPDATE: Mike...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 13, 2008; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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(Updated) Boxing: Wilder, Yanez Win

Light flyweight Luis Yanez, who was kicked off the U.S. team then reinstated, won his opening bout Wednesday at the Workers' Gymnasium, defeating Jose Kelvin de la Nieve of Spain 12-9. His next opponent will be Serdamba Purevdorj of Mongolia,...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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U.S. Women's Relay Advances

The American women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay team won its heat -- the final event of the night -- in 7 minutes, 52.43 seconds. France set the Olympic record in the previous heat, 7:50.37. The U.S. team consisted of Caroline Burkle,...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 13, 2008; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Phelps Moves On, Lochte Fastest

Michael Phelps was back in the pool tonight, fresh off his double-gold performance this morning, qualifying for the semifinals of the 200-meter individual medley by winning his heat in 1 minute, 58.65 seconds, the sixth-fastest time in heats. Ryan Lochte,...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 13, 2008; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Seventh-Inning Stretch = Weak

The seventh-inning stretch here at Wukesong Baseball Field 2 was horrendous -- an off-key singer leading an ambivalent crowd, only a small portion of which stood up and sang along. Maybe we needed Wilbon here to get it going. Meantime,...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 13, 2008; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Memmel: Ankle is Broken

From the Associated Press: Turns out Chellsie Memmel's ankle injury was worse than anyone realized. Memmel said after the U.S. women won the silver medal in team gymnastics that she'd been competing with a broken bone in her right ankle....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Beard's Done; Soni Sets Olympic Record

Amanda Beard, the 2004 gold medalist in the 200-meter breaststroke, failed to advance to the semifinals of the event, likely ending an Olympic career that began when she was a 14-year-old at the 1996 Atlanta Games - an event in...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 13, 2008; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bullpen A, or Bullpen B?

Davey Johnson, the manager of the U.S. baseball team, has said he will use a two-tiered bullpen system, which he calls Bullpen A and Bullpen B. Not sure which one was just deployed here, as the grizzled skipper emerged from...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 13, 2008; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wrestling: French Drought Ends

From the Associated Press: Steeve Guenot, a railway worker with little government athletic subsidy, won France's first Olympic wrestling gold medal in 84 years Wednesday by taking the Greco-Roman 66-kilogram weight. Guenot defeated Kanatbek Begaliev 3-0, 3-1 in the best-of-three...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tennis: Venus Into Quarterfinals

Venus Williams scored a 6-3, 6-2 win over Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in women's singles play Wednesday evening at the Olympic Green Tennis Center. With the victory she advances to the quarterfinals, where she will face Li Na of China....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Archery: Wunderle Moves On

U.S. archer Vic Wunderle is among the final 16 competitors in the men's individual round after winning two elimination matches at the Beijing Olympic Green Archery Field on Wednesday. Wunderle beat Eduardo Velez of Mexico 106-102 in the first round...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Slalom: One In, One Out

Heather Corrie has advanced to the semifinal round of the women's single kayak whitewater slalom competition being held at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park. Her combined scored of 211.31 from her two runs down the course included a pair of...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 7:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Judo: Rousey Wins Bronze

Masae Ueno won Japan's third gold on the judo mats Wednesday, defending her 2004 Olympic gold with a match-ending throw less than one minute into her final with Cuba's Anaysi Hernandez in the women's 70-kilogram class. Winning bronze were Ronda...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 7:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lochte, Peirsol Fastest in 200 Back

Americans Ryan Lochte and Aaron Peirsol, who share the world record in the 200-meter backstroke, were the top two qualifiers into the semifinals in tonight's preliminary heats in the event. Lochte, who set the world mark of 1 minute, 54.32...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 13, 2008; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Was China Playing Games(manship)?

Martha Karolyi, U.S. women's gymnastics team coordinator, made a thinly veiled allegation of gamesmanship on the part of China officials after the United States' silver-medal finish at the Beijing Olympics. The Chinese women won gold in the highly anticipated clash....

By Liz Clarke  |  August 13, 2008; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Familiar Faces in U.S.-South Korea Baseball

Coaching third base for the U.S. team is Rick Eckstein, whose regular job is hitting coach for the Washington Nationals' Class AAA team, the Columbus Clippers. Eckstein is also the brother of Toronto Blue Jays shortstop David Eckstein, the 2006...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 13, 2008; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sailing: 6-for-10

The U.S. fleet put on a show of strength Wednesday in the sailing competition at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center, winning a remarkable six of the 10 races competed. In the 49er class, Tim Wadlow and Chris Rast won all...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Coughlin, Seeking Fourth Medal, Moves On

American Natalie Coughlin, who already has three medals at these Olympics, posted the fourth-fastest time in the preliminary heats of the 100-meter freestyle tonight, a swim of 53.82 seconds that easily puts her in Thursday's semifinals. Finland's Hanna-Maria Seppala was...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 13, 2008; 7:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Update: U.S. Men's Soccer Loses

Needing a tie or victory to ensure advancement to the quarterfinals, the U.S. men's Olympic soccer team lost to Nigeria, 2-1, late in Wednesday's final group match. Victor Obinna scored with a right-foot shot that hit the right corner of...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 13, 2008; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Another Run For South Korea

South Korea just pushed its lead over the U.S. to 3-1 over at Wukesong Baseball Field 2 (or "Terrain 2 De Baseball De Wukesong," as it is written out on the official lineup sheet for the vast armies of French...

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 13, 2008; 6:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Phelps's Press Conference

So the press conference with Michael Phelps occurred at 1 p.m. locally - 1 a.m. back in Washington - which, coincidentally or not, was when I had to file my updated story for that ink-and-paper edition. Therefore, the remarks in...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 13, 2008; 6:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Update: Rousey Close to Medal

Ronda Rousey defeated 2007 world medalist Anette Mesvaros of Hungary in the repechage of the 70 kg judo competition at the Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium. She will play in the bronze medal match starting at approximately 6:30. Her...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 6:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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U.S. Baseball Losing to South Korea

Team USA pitcher Brandon Knight just surrendered a towering home run to South Korea's designated hitter, a burly guy named Lee Daeho, to put the U.S. behind, 2-1, after two innings in the Olympics opener for both teams. The U.S....

By Dave Sheinin  |  August 13, 2008; 6:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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U.S. 400 Runner Hasn't Watched Games

Kobe Bryant he is not. While NBA star Bryant rubs elbows with fellow Olympians and shows up at various venues, U.S. quarter-miler Jeremy Wariner, the reigning Olympic champion in the 400 meters, admitted frankly Wednesday that he hasn't been influenced...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 13, 2008; 6:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rowing: Two Boats Advance

Twin brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss took second in their semifinal to advance to the final in the men's pair in rowing competition at the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park Wednesday afternoon. The two saved the best for last, covering the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 5:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Soccer Flash: U.S. Down 1-0

At the half the U.S. men's soccer team trails Nigeria, 1-0, at the Beijing Workers Stadium. The Americans have been playing a man down since Michael Orozco (Orange, Calif.) was sent off in the third minute. The Americans need at...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Leipheimer Wins Bronze

Levi Leipheimer won the bronze medal in the road cycling individual time trial Wednesday afternoon. Lurking in fourth or fifth place most of his ride, he posted the second-fastest final split with a 12:51.97 to surge from fifth to third...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 5:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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IOC Defends Rejection of Girl Singer

An International Olympic Committee official on Wednesday defended the last-minute decision to pull a 7-year-old singer out of the Opening Ceremonies last Friday in favor of a cuter 9-year-old, who lip-synched a song sung by the girl deemed not cute...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 13, 2008; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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Update: Rousey Still Alive

Ronda Rousey won her repechage match in the 70 kg division against Rachida Ouerdane of Algeria, who she first threw and then pinned for 25 seconds to end the match in less than two minutes. Rousey will face 20-year-old world...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 5:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Judo: Rousey to Quarters

Ronda Rousey continued her Olympic success with a second round win over Katarzyna Pilocik of Poland. Rousey armbarred Pilocik to win the match and advance to the quarterfinals against Edith Bosch of the Netherlands. Rousey is attempting to become the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 3:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Volleyball: U.S. Women 2-1

The U.S. women's volleyball team scored a 25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 25-18 victory over Venezuela in pool play at the Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium Wednesday afternoon. The American side is now 2-1, with China slated as the next opponent. That...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 3:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Softball: Osterman Throws No-Hitter

Cat Osterman recorded only the second complete game no-hitter by an American in Olympic softball history to spark the United States to a 3-0 victory over Australia at the Fengtai Softball Field Wednesday afternoon. Osterman struck out 12 and surrendered...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 2:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Archery: Ellison Out

U.S. archer Brady Ellison was eliminated in the round of 16 of the men's individual elimination round on Wednesday afternoon at the Beijing Olympic Green Archery Field. The No. 15 seed, Ellison had advanced through the first round with a...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 2:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FBI Joins Beijing Stabbing Probe

The director of security for the Beijing Olympic organizing committee said Wednesday the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and American Embassy were invited to directly participate in the investigation into the stabbing of two family members of the U.S. Olympic...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 13, 2008; 1:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Cycling: Armstrong Wins Gold

From the Associated Press: Kristin Armstrong of the United States has won the gold medal in the women's time trial, making her just the second American women's cyclist ever to become an Olympic champion. Armstrong finished the 14.6-mile course in...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 1:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Gym Flash: U.S. Women 2nd

From Liz Clarke: China's women's gymnastics team completed a gold-medal sweep for the host nation in the team competition Wednesday, taking top honors at the Beijing Olympics with a score of 188.900. The United States, which settled for silver with...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 12:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Gao Jun Loses Opener

Gao June of Gaithersburg lost her opening match of the table tennis tournament, failling 3-1 to Wang Yue Gu of Singapore at Peking University Gymnasium. Gao and Crystal Huang also lost to Wang and Li Jia Wei, 3-0, in doubles....

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 12:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Gym Flash: U.S. Trails China

Entering the fourth and final rotation, the U.S. women's gymnastics team is second in the team all-around. Their 142.100 is one point behind China. Both teams will conclude the competition on the floor exercise. Romania is third with a 136.250...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 13, 2008; 12:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Swim Flash: Phelps Wins No. 5

The U.S. men's 4x200 freestyle relay team coasted to an easy gold medal, giving first leg Michael Phelps his fifth gold medal of the Games and second of the morning. The American team of Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens and...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 12, 2008; 11:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Swim Flash: Women's 200 IM

Stephanie Rice of Australia won the gold medal in the women's 200 individual medal in world record time of 2 minutes 8.45 seconds. Rice broke her own mark of 2:08.92, set earlier this year. Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe) was second and...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 12, 2008; 10:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Japanese Marathon Star Out

Deena Kastor's chances of repeating as an Olympic medal winner in the Olympic marathon might have been helped with Tuesday's announcement that Japan's Mizuke Noguchi, the reigning Olympic marathon champion, withdrew from the event with a left thigh injury. Japan's...

By Amy Shipley  |  August 12, 2008; 10:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swim Flash: Phelps Wins No. 4

Michael Phelps won his fourth gold medal of the Games Wednesday morning, setting a world record in the men's 200-meter butterfly final. Phelps won in one minute 52.03 seconds, beating his own world mark of 1:52.09, set in Melbourne in...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 12, 2008; 10:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Pellegrini Sets WR in 200 Freestyle; Hoff Fourth

Italy's Federica Pellegrini won the gold medal in the women's 200-meter freestyle, setting a world record in 1 minute, 54.82 seconds. She broke the mark she set only two days ago in heats. Sara Isakovic of Slovakia was second to...

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 12, 2008; 10:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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