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SYDNEY 2000 / SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

Today In Australia

September 17, 2000

Sydney is 18 hours ahead of Pacific Daylight Time, meaning it will be midday in Australia when The Times goes to press daily. The Times, with a staff of 16 in Sydney, will be uniquely positioned to report on many events on a same-day basis--and often ahead of those events appearing on television. NBC, which owns U.S. broadcast rights, has decided to show all events on tape delay over its network and cable affiliates. Live coverage on the Canadian Broadcast Co. (CBC) is available only on the old, large C-band satellite-dish systems.

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Event Sydney Time L.A. Time PDT Time on TV U.S. women's soc. 5:30 p.m. Sun. 11:30 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. MSNBC Women's gym. 8 p.m. Sun. 2 a.m. Sun. 7 p.m.-midnight Sun. NBC U.S. men's bkb. 9:30 p.m. Sun. 3:30 a.m. Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. NBC Swimming 7 p.m. Sun. 1 a.m. Sun. 7 p.m.-midnight Sun. NBC

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On TV

NBC

* 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Men's basketball, U.S. vs. China; swimming; men's beach volleyball; whitewater canoeing; cycling, track finals; rowing

* 7 p.m.-midnight: Men's and women's swimming finals; women's gymnastics; men's triathlon; men's weightlifting final

* 12:30 a.m.-2 a.m.: men's indoor volleyball, U.S. vs. Argentina

MSNBC

* 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Women's soccer, U.S. vs. China; softball, U.S. vs. Canada; baseball, U.S. vs. Japan; women's archery; equestrian, team dressage

CNBC

* 4-9 p.m.: Boxing; women's water polo, U.S. vs. Canada; men's basketball, Russia vs. Yugoslavia; women's weightlifting final; sailing

For complete coverage of the Sydney Olympics, including audio commentary from Times columnist Bill Plaschke, photo galleries and up-to-the-minute stories and results, go to http://www.latimes.com/olympics.

Among the stories that will be available this morning, live from Sydney:

* Men's basketball, United States vs. China

* Women's soccer, United States vs. China

* Randy Harvey column off U.S.-China soccer game

STARS

Ian Thorpe, Australia: A day after setting two world records, he set an Olympic record in prelims for the 200 freestyle.

Simon Whitfield, Canada: He won the gold medal in the triathlon despite a fall during the bike race.

Lori Harrigan, U.S.: She pitched the first solo no-hitter in Olympic history in a 6-0 victory over Canada.

MEDALS

A total of 14 gold medals were to be awarded Sunday after 13 were given out Saturday in the first full day of competition.

WEATHER

Sunny, with expected high of 75 degrees and 50% humidity.

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