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August 21, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
It would've been understandable if Matt Emmons had a bad first Olympic experience. The way things had been going, he seemed destined for that. First, someone vandalized his good gun in April. Then, while preparing for the men's 50-meter prone rifle event, he caught a bad cold. Before Friday's final, his heart was beating so hard he didn't know whether he could calm himself, hold his rifle straight and shoot accurately. He did, though. He remained composed and focused.
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August 21, 2004 | Bill Dwyre;Grahame L. Jones;Helene Elliott;Lisa Dillman
Here, in capsule form, are the events that will be highlighted today in Athens: Men's Basketball The U.S. men's team will get a real taste of the best in international basketball when it faces Lithuania, unbeaten in the same group as the U.S. (2-1). Lithuania, which defeated Puerto Rico -- which crushed the U.S. -- has four players with more than 100 international games experience. The U.S.
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August 21, 2004 | Bill Plaschke
The gold medalist was telling stories, cracking jokes, selling swimming when a nervous publicity person suddenly appeared above his shoulder. Could he please leave the room? The dais belonged to another gold medalist. "Ohhh, Michael Phelps is next," said Gary Hall Jr., raising his eyebrows and his voice as he walked out the door. "Can't keep Michael Phelps waiting." OK, so somebody had to say it, the message finally and appropriately delivered Friday by America's big-mouthed sass.
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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 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
Honors abounded for the Americans on the final day of the Olympic swimming meet Saturday night. Two world records. An American record. And one final medal for Jenny Thompson, who took home silver as a member of the relay team finishing second behind Australia's world-record performance in the 400-meter medley. Natalie Coughlin and Amanda Beard gave Thompson a 1.68-second lead heading into the butterfly leg.
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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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