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August 21, 2004 | From Associated Press
Greek weightlifter Leonidas Sampanis, a 137-pound bronze medalist at the Athens Games, tested positive for drugs in an initial sample -- another drug-related scandal for the host nation. The International Olympic Committee told Greek officials Friday that an athlete had tested positive. Sampanis' testosterone levels reportedly were abnormally high. "There is, at this time, a positive sample," Greek weightlifting Coach Christos Iakovou told an Athens television station.
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August 17, 2004 | Mike Penner
The record of that 1972 dolphin, Mark Spitz, is safe for another four years. So who's popping champagne corks now? Speedo has to be happy. Michael Phelps' swimsuit sponsor dangled a $1-million bonus in front of the kid with a wink and a nudge, knowing that was one check it would never have to write.
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August 27, 2004 | Helene Elliott;Dave Morgan;Grahame L. Jones;Steve Springer
Here, in capsule form, are the events that will be highlighted today in Athens: Track and Field Finals will be held in the men's 50-kilometer race walk, men's pole vault, women's long jump, women's javelin throw, men's 110-meter hurdles, women's 10,000 and women's 400-meter relay. A new champion will be crowned in the men's pole vault, because Sydney gold medalist Nick Hysong didn't make it out of the U.S. trials. The same is true for the women's long jump.
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August 27, 2004 | Bill Plaschke
From adored to abhorred, from Magic to cursed, from the darlings of Barcelona to the scourge of all Spain, the U.S. men's basketball team continued its popularity freefall Thursday with a bounce of outright nastiness. They won a game, but lost more friends, and at this rate may be seeking entry into the gold-medal protection program. "We don't have any relief," said Stephon Marbury, shaking his head, his eyes awfully wide for someone who plays in New York.
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August 27, 2004 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
At last, Hamish Carter of New Zealand became Lord of the Five Rings. It was a long journey for an impressionable boy who sat in front of the TV set, watching countryman John Walker win the 1,500-meter run at the 1976 Olympics. Thursday morning, though, Carter mounted the top step on the podium here, wiping away the disappointment of a 26th-place finish in the Olympic triathlon in 2000 at Sydney.
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August 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
France was awarded the gold medal in the three-day equestrian team event at the Athens Games and Britain's Leslie Law got the individual gold after three countries won an appeal against a decision that gave both victories to Germany. The ruling Saturday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport drops Germany to fourth in the team event. Britain gets silver and the United States the bronze.
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August 22, 2004 | Bill Plaschke
The Olympics' strongest man raised one bandaged hand and halted a medal ceremony Saturday, in mid-wreath, amid screeching and sparks. The Olympics' strongest man won the bronze, but the cheering for him was so loud and prolonged it was nearly five minutes before officials tried to award the silver or gold. The recording played one anthem, but the fans then sang his anthem.
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August 23, 2004 | Mike Penner
The gods must be going crazy, watching the mortals mess with their Games. Four days after they tossed the shotput at hallowed Olympia, an event so moving even cynical scribes walked away calling it "chilling" and "inspiring" and even "spiritual," the Russian who won the women's gold medal there tested positive for stanozolol, also known as "the Ben Johnson steroid."
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August 11, 2004 | Bill Plaschke
An Olympic flame arrived here Tuesday, three days ahead of schedule, yet timeless in its glow. It arrived not in a torch, but on the sleeves of U.S. softball players. It will be maintained not in a caldron, but their coach. His name is Mike Candrea, and he will try to lead his team to a gold medal less than a month after his wife, Sue, collapsed at their feet and died. He faced a group of reporters for the first time Tuesday and wept. "It's a daily struggle," he said.
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August 26, 2004 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Marion Jones began her Olympics here Wednesday, the 13th day of the Games, and got two pieces of good news: She easily advanced to the long jump final and she was chosen to run in the semifinals of the women's 400-meter relay today. Jones, who didn't qualify for the U.S. team in the 100 and withdrew from the 200 trials, will run the second relay leg.
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