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Heavy Medal: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

Tickets Sold to See Empty Venues in Beijing

From Bloomberg: Beijing residents are lining up for a taste of the Olympics again, this time paying as much as 50 yuan ($7.30) for a peek inside empty sports venues. The Beijing government is allowing 250,000 visitors a day into...

By Amy Shipley  |  September 26, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Contador Keeps Reigns of Astana

rom the Associated Press MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Alberto Contador said the Astana cycling team made assurances that he'll remain its leader despite the arrival of seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong. Contador said he will quit Astana if...

By Amy Shipley  |  September 26, 2008; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Market Unrest Hurting London's 2012 Efforts

From the Associated Press: LONDON (AP) -- Global financial turmoil is hindering efforts by London 2012 organizers to raise money for key Olympic construction projects. That could lead to greater public financing of the Olympic Village and broadcast and press...

By Amy Shipley  |  September 25, 2008; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Zabriskie Wins World Championship Bronze

From USA Cycling Varese, Italy (September 25, 2008)-The United States added a second medal to its overall tally at the 2008 UCI Road World Championships when David Zabriskie (Salt Lake City, Utah) finished third in the elite men's time trial...

By Amy Shipley  |  September 25, 2008; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lance Armstrong Will Post Drug-Test Results

From the Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) -- Lance Armstrong is chasing an eighth Tour de France title and an elusive feat: persuading everyone he's clean. As Armstrong reunites with his close friend and Astana team director Johan Bruyneel, the...

By Amy Shipley  |  September 25, 2008; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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U.S. Cyclist Seeks World Gold Medal

from the Associated Press: VARESE, Italy (AP) -- American Levi Leipheimer is a hot favorite to take the gold in the cycling world championships time trial after winning both Spanish Vuelta time trials. In the absence of Olympic and reigning...

By Amy Shipley  |  September 25, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Neben Cycles to Gold (Update)

From the Associated Press: American cyclist Amber Neben rode to victory in the women's time trial at the world championships on Wednesday, using her disappointing Olympics as motivation to surprise a field that included Beijing gold medalist Kristin Armstrong. Neben...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 24, 2008; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Probe Into Ages of Chinese Gymnasts Expands

From the Associated Press: The investigation into the ages of China's gold-medal women's gymnastics team has been expanded to include members of the 2000 team that won a bronze in Sydney, the Associated Press has learned. International gymnastics officials are...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 24, 2008; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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6 Area Swimmers Named to U.S. Junior Team

Four members of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club -- the training home of Olympians Michael Phelps and Katie Hoff -- qualified for the U.S. national junior team, USA Swimming announced Wednesday, along with one swimmer from the FISH in Wakefield,...

By Amy Shipley  |  September 24, 2008; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kenya Runner Gets Two-Year Ban

From the Associated Press: Kenyan 400-meter runner Elizabeth Muthuka was banned for two years after testing positive for the steroid nandrolone. Athletics Kenya secretary-general David Okeyo said Wednesday that Muthuka returned a positive test in July after setting a Kenyan...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 24, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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London Toilets Can't Face Mecca

From the Associated Press: Olympic organizers issued detailed design rules for the 2012 London Games Wednesday, including a mandate that at least some toilets in the Olympic park do not face the holy Islamic city of Mecca. Members of the...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 24, 2008; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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France Wants 2018 Games

From the Associated Press: The French Olympic Committee agreed Wednesday to bid for the 2018 Winter Games. Grenoble, Nice and Annecy are among the expected contenders. City officials have until mid-October to declare interest, and the French committee will select...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 24, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gold Medalists Lead U.S. Team to Brazil

U.S. men's Olympic gold medalists Rich Lambourne and Scott Touzinsky will lead a mix of veterans and rookies at the NORCECA Americas' Cup Tournament today through Sunday in Cuiaba, Brazil. Along with Lambourne (Tustin, Calif.) at libero and Touzinsky (St....

By Amy Shipley  |  September 24, 2008; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Boxer Crews to Pan Ams

Area fighter Franchon Crews will compete in the 2008 Pan American Women's Boxing Championships Oct. 3-7 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Crews was born in Norfolk, grew up in Baltimore and now lives in Capitol Heights, Md., where...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 24, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Olympians Face Reality ... Shows

Two U.S. Olympians are competing on reality TV shows this fall. Maurice Greene -- who won gold medals in the 100 meters and 4x100 relay at the 2000 Olympics -- is competing on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars." He is...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 24, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Samuelson Going Strong

Joan Samuelson, who won gold in the marathon at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, set an American record for the W50 age group last Sunday at the USA 5km Championships in Providence, R.I. Samuelson, 51, won in 17 minutes...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 24, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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5 Russians Test Positive for EPO

From the Associated Press: Five Russian race walkers, including world record-holder Sergei Morozov, have been suspended for two years for doping. Morozov, Viktor Burayev, Vladimir Kanaikin, Igor Yerokhin and Alexei Voevodin were sanctioned by the national federation for testing positive...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 23, 2008; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jackson Wins 400 Hurdles

From the Associated Press: Olympic bronze medalist Bershawn Jackson won the men's 400-meter hurdles Tuesday at the Super Track and Field meet. Jackson, who won bronze for the United States last month in Beijing, got off to a slow start...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 23, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nike Sheds Swimsuits

From the Associated Press: Nike said Monday that it is leaving the elite swimwear market. The company will continue to provide swimwear for colleges and sell to traditional retail customers. But it said it will not compete against the likes...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 22, 2008; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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U.S. Dressage Horse Pops Test

From the Associated Press: The United States has been disqualified from its fourth-place finish in the Olympic team dressage event for a positive drug test. The International Equestrian Federation says rider Courtney King's horse Mythilus tested positive for a banned...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 22, 2008; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Famiglietti, Flanagan Win 5Ks

Anthony Famiglietti and Shalane Flanagan won their second consecutive titles at the USA 5km Championships Sunday in Providence, R.I. Famiglietti, of Knoxville, Tenn., hung back and took the lead from countryman Matt Tegenkamp with about 800 meters to go to...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 22, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Prosecutor Questions Greek Hurdler

From the Associated Press: Greek hurdler Fani Halkia appeared Monday before a prosecutor investigating the doping case that led to her expulsion from the Beijing Olympics, and insisted she did not intentionally use performance-enhancing drugs. Halkia, the 2004 Olympic 400-meter...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  September 22, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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