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Sunday, August 17, 2008

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United States' Michael Phelps celebrates after winning his 8th gold medal after the men's  4x100-meter medley relay final during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Phelps wins 8th gold medal; breaks tie with Spitz

AP - 2 hours, 52 minutes ago

BEIJING - Michael Phelps locked arms with his three teammates, as though they were in a football huddle calling a play, then hugged each one of them. It took a team to make him the grandest of Olympic champions. And one last big push from Phelps himself.

  • Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser celebrates winning the gold in the women's 100-meter final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium  at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek )
    Jamaicans jam and sweep in Olympic women's 100 AP - 18 minutes ago

    BEIJING - When it comes to Olympic sprints, nobody does it better than the Jamaicans. Yeah, mon.

  • Dinara Safina of Russia reacts during her Gold medal singles tennis match against compatriot Elena Dementieva at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
    Nadal wins gold medal in Olympic tennis AP - 1 hour, 23 minutes ago

    BEIJING - As Rafael Nadal stood in front of the medal podium, his nation's flag draped across his back like a cape, he looked a little like a Spanish Superman.

  • US women's hoops finishes pool play unbeaten AP - 1 hour, 1 minute ago

    BEIJING - Another game, another rout.

  • Romanian upsets Johnson, Liukin on floor AP - Sun Aug 17, 9:04 AM ET

    BEIJING - Romania's Sandra Izbasa grabbed the gold medal on floor away from world champion Shawn Johnson at the Beijing Olympics on Sunday night.

  • U.S. runs Olympic win streak to 20 AP - Sun Aug 17, 8:51 AM ET

    BEIJING - Monica Abbott pitched five perfect innings, Crystl Bustos, Jessica Mendoza and Tairia Flowers homered and the U.S. Olympic softball team extended its winning streak to 20 with an 8-0 win over the Netherlands.

  • Branagh, Youngs lose to China in beach volleyball AP - Sun Aug 17, 8:47 AM ET

    BEIJING - Xue Chen and Zhang Xi of China have knocked Elaine Youngs and Nicole Branagh out of the Olympic beach volleyball quarterfinals, improving to 5-0 against the U.S. pair and eliminating the chances of an all-American final.

  • Bush praises swimmer Phelps' Olympic performance AP - 2 hours, 2 minutes ago

    CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush praised Olympic champion Michael Phelps on Sunday for his performance in the swimming pool and outside it.

  • US protest of women's 100 final rejected AP - 1 hour, 12 minutes ago

    BEIJING - The U.S. track and field team's protest of the women's 100-meter final at the Olympics was rejected Sunday night.

  • Germany's Britta Steffen celebrates after winning the gold in the women's 50-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions in the National Aquatics Center at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
    Germany's Steffen beats Torres for 50 free gold AP - Sun Aug 17, 5:53 AM ET

    BEIJING - 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.

  • Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser celebrates winning the women's 100m final at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.(AFP/Olivier Morin)
    Jamaica sweep aside US in 100 metres AFP - 6 minutes ago

    BEIJING (AFP) - Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser led a Jamaican clean-sweep in the Olympic women's 100 metres final here on Sunday to continue the Caribbean island's dream track and field campaign.

  • Paula Radcliffe of Britain runs during the women's marathon of the athletics competition of the Beijing 2008 Olmypic Games in the National Stadium August 17, 2008. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)
    Phelps gets eight, Jamaica sprint queens rule Reuters - 9 minutes ago

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Michael Phelps held his arms aloft on Sunday after surpassing Mark Spitz as the most successful swimmer and Olympian of all time, relief written on his face after he won an unprecedented eighth gold at one Games.

  • China gold medal team (R) and U.S. silver medal team attend the ceremony on the podium after the women's team artistic gymnastics final at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 13, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Blake
    China poised to end U.S. dominance of medal table Reuters - 53 minutes ago

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China has emerged from the core weekend of the Beijing Olympics with a huge lead in the medals table and it appears nothing can stop the host country from winning the most golds at a Games for the first time.

  • Oksana Chusovitina of Germany performs on the bars during a practice session of the artistic gymnastics event of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 7, 2008. Chusovitina, the oldest female gymnast at the Beijing Olympics, stormed to a silver medal on the vault Sunday against rivals who were not even born when she began competing internationally.(AFP/File/Nogi Kazuhiro)
    Games' oldest female gymnast wins silver AFP - 53 minutes ago

    BEIJING (AFP) - The oldest female gymnast at the Beijing Olympics stormed to a silver medal on the vault Sunday against rivals who were not even born when she began competing internationally.

  • Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele, wrapped in his national flag, celebrates winning the men's 10,000m final at the National stadium as part of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Bekele of Ethiopia defended his 10,000m title medal, producing a devastating burst of speed on the last lap to see off any pretenders.(AFP/File/William West)
    Imperious Bekele defends 10,000m gold in style AFP - 1 hour, 1 minute ago

    BEIJING (AFP) - Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia defended his 10,000m title medal at the Olympics on Sunday, producing a devastating burst of speed on the last lap to see off any pretenders.

  • Sunday highlights at the Beijing Games AP - 1 hour, 5 minutes ago

    Michael Phelps and three teammates won the 400-meter medley relay for Phelps' eighth gold medal, eclipsing Mark Spitz's seven-gold performance at the 1972 Munich Games. Of his five individual races and three relays, Phelps set world records in seven and an Olympic record in the eighth.

  • Kenenisa Bekele (L) celebrates finishing first in the men's 10,000m final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 17, 2008. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters)
    Bekele retains 10,000 title Reuters - 1 hour, 31 minutes ago

    BEIJING (Reuters) - World record holder Kenenisa Bekele secured what he hopes will be the first leg of the long-distance double when he retained his Olympic 10,000 meters title with a devastating last lap on Sunday.

  • Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica celebrates winning the women's 100m final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 17, 2008. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)
    Fraser leads Jamaican 100m sweep Reuters - 1 hour, 45 minutes ago

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Shelly-Ann Fraser surged to Jamaica's first Olympic women's 100 meters gold medal on Sunday and led compatriots Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart to the event's first national podium sweep.

  • Bekele successfully defends 10,000-meter title AP - 1 hour, 48 minutes ago

    BEIJING - Kenenisa Bekele has successfully defended his Olympic 10,000 meters title in a games record, leading teammate Sileshi Sihine again in an Ethiopian 1-2 finish.

  • Romania's gymnast Sandra Izbasa, right, is kissed by her coach during the apparatus finals at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008.  Izbasa won the gold medal. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
    Johnson has gold snatched away by Romania's Izbasa AP - 2 hours, 11 minutes ago

    BEIJING - Once more, the gold medal was within Shawn Johnson's reach. Again, it was snatched away.

  • US swimmer Michael Phelps competes during the men's 4 x 100m medley relay swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Phelps cemented his place in Olympics history, capping a sensational week by becoming the first athlete ever to win eight gold medals in one Games.(AFP/Pedro Ugarte)
    Phelps eight confirms legendary Olympic status AFP - 2 hours, 11 minutes ago

    BEIJING (AFP) - Michael Phelps cemented his place in Olympics history Sunday, capping a sensational week by becoming the first athlete ever to win eight gold medals in one Games.

  • Mbango Etone wins again for Cameroon AP - 2 hours, 12 minutes ago

    BEIJING - Francoise Mbango Etone of Cameroon has successfully defended her Olympic triple jump title, setting a games record of 15.39 meters.

  • US President George W. Bush smiles after meeting Michael Phelps during the Beijing Olympic Games on August 10. The White House has said that Bush telephoned Phelps and told the US Olympics swimming sensation "if you can handle eight gold medals, you can handle anything".(AFP/File/Mandel Ngan)
    Bush congratulates Phelps: 'America is proud' AFP - 2 hours, 13 minutes ago

    CRAWFORD, Texas (AFP) - US President George W. Bush on Sunday telephoned Michael Phelps and told the US Olympics swimming sensation "if you can handle eight gold medals, you can handle anything," the White House said.

  • Demetrius Andrade of the U.S. reacts after losing the men's welterweight (69kg) quarter-final boxing match against Kim Jungjoo of Korea at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 17, 2008. (Lee Jae-Won/Reuters)
    Andrade blames judges after U.S. flop Reuters - 2 hours, 19 minutes ago

    BEIJING (Reuters) - World welterweight champion Demetrius Andrade blamed the judges after sealing the U.S. team's worst ever Olympic boxing performance on Sunday.

  • Brown hails British gold rush in Beijing AFP - 2 hours, 27 minutes ago

    LONDON (AFP) - Prime Minister Gordon Brown sent a message of congratulations Sunday to Britain's "superb" Olympic team, which has enjoyed a surprise gold rush in Beijing over the last two days.

  • Fraser leads Jamaican sweep in women's 100 AP - 2 hours, 29 minutes ago

    BEIJING - Shelly-Ann Fraser completed a gold-medal Jamaican sweep of the 100-meter dashes at the Olympics on Sunday, winning the women's race in 10.78 seconds. Teammates Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart tied for second.

  • China's Xiao Qin competes in the men's pommel horse final of the artistic gymnastics event of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. China equalled its greatest haul of Olympic gold medals when gymnast Xiao Qin won the host country its 32nd title at the Beijing Games, matching its tally from Athens four years ago.(AFP/Lluis Gene)
    China posts greatest Olympic gold haul ever AFP - 2 hours, 41 minutes ago

    BEIJING (AFP) - China on Sunday ensured its home Olympics will go down as its greatest ever after the hosts' eclipsed their previous best tally of 32 gold medals at Athens in 2004, ending the day with 35.

  • Keeth Smart of the U.S. (R) celebrates his victory against Stanislav Pozdnyakov of Russia during their men's team sabre fencing semifinals at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 17, 2008. (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)
    Smart cheats death, leads U.S. to saber silver Reuters - Sun Aug 17, 10:05 AM ET

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Keeth Smart beat back a rare blood disease that nearly killed him four months ago then inspired the U.S. men's saber team to an unexpected silver medal at the Olympics on Sunday.

  • China is 5-for-5 in diving with Guo's gold medal AP - Sun Aug 17, 9:55 AM ET

    BEIJING - Guo Jingjing has won a gold medal on 3-meter springboard diving at the Beijing Olympics, becoming the most decorated female diver with her sixth career medal.

  • China's Lin Dan wins gold in men's badminton AP - Sun Aug 17, 9:51 AM ET

    BEIJING - China's Lin Dan has won the gold medal in men's singles at the Olympic badminton tournament, defeating Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei in straight sets.

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