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BEIJING -- I'm at the Water Cube and getting ready for Michael Phelps and the U.S. to swim in the 4x100 medley relay, the final race in Phelps' quest to win eight gold medals in a single Olympics. The Americans have never lost this event since it debuted in the Olympics in 1960. The only time they didn't win it was in 1980, when the U.S. boycotted the Moscow Games.Since I …

BEIJING -- As of noon here (midnight in the U.S.), Jenn Stuczynski had yet to attempt her first qualifying Olympic vault. The bar just went up to 4.50 meters is (14 feet, 9 inches). The automatic qualifying height is 4.60, about 15-1. It'll be interesting to see if Stuczynski passes all the way to 4.60. Yelena Isinbayeva, the favorite and world record-holder, hasn't made h…

BEIJING -- Barbara Bachman, who was critically injured in a stabbing attack that killed her husband at Beijing's historic Drum Tower a week ago, has departed China via air ambulance and been transferred to a hospital in the United States, according to a news release from the USOC press office.All three of Bachman's daughters have also returned to the U.S., including Elisab…

BEIJING -- Whenever I'm following Tiger Woods around in a major, some clever soul from the gallery is bound to tell me, "Hey, there's other people playing, you know."Well, there are other women in the pole vault besides Fredonia's Jenn Stuczynski and Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia, you know. It's just that they're the only two that anyone talks about. There's a gene…

BEIJING -- I'm back at the National Stadium for the first time since the Opening Ceremonies, awaiting the start of the women's pole vault. Jenn Stuczynski drew the 14th spot out of 18 competitors in the B group. Defending champion Yelena Isinbayeva is 16th in the A group. I guess this is a good time to admit I'm not an expert when it comes to the logistics of this event. T…

BEIJING -- Steve Coppola has one major complaint about the Olympics. The quirky Internet situation is making it difficult for him to run his fantasy NASCAR team. "I can't make it through the great firewall and check my fantasy reports,' Coppola told me Friday afternoon by cell phone. "I've had trouble setting my lineup.' Coppola, a Buffalo native and a product o…

BEIJING -- Caity Lever has a father, Don Lever, and an uncle, Rick Ley, who played and coached in the NHL. But the Williamsville South grad isn't the only member of the Canadian softball team who comes from an athletic family. Lauren Bay Regula, who beat China, 1-0, this morning, is the sister of recent Red Sox acquisition Jason Bay. Regula, a lefty, said she was concerne…

BEIJING -- I figured that would get your attention. Climbed up into the stands during the Japan-USA softball game, hoping someone might know if Don Lever was around. His daughter, Caity, plays for Canada. Sure enough, the first Canadian I found, sitting up behind the plate, was Karen Lever, Don's wife. Don and Karen made the trip from the U.S. to see Caity, a Williamsvill…

BEIJING -- I walked out of the hotel this morning and what to my wondering eye did appear? A bright blue sky. There were some wisps of white clouds, but a clear blue sky, just like back home. It's the first time I've seen it in the 10 days I've been in China. Apparently, yesterday's incessant rains drove the ubiquitous gray haze away and sent it off toward Mongolia.This is…

BEIJING -- Wow! I hope all the hoop junkies back home found a way to include the first half of that USA-Greece game into their breakfast plans. That second quarter, in which the Americans scored 31 points, was as stunning a period of basketball as I've ever seen. What would you expect from a team that can put Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul and Chris Bos…

BEIJING -- I'm out at the Olympic basketball venue, getting ready to check out the U.S. "Redeem Team' vs. Greece. This should be a real interesting test of the Americans, and whether they've sufficiently reinvented the national team to compete with the European-style squads that have given them nightmares over the last several years.Greece knocked the U.S. out of the …

BEIJING -- After two days at the Aquatic Center, I was eager to get away from swimming and seek out one of my favorite Olympic activities: Seeing a sport I'd never watched in person for the first time. So I hopped on a bus for Beijing University of Technology, site of the badminton competition.I'm currently waiting for the biggest badminton match in American history. Howar…

BEIJING -- Talk about pressure. Michael Phelps just won his fourth gold medal of the Olympics, winning the 200-meter butterfly in 1:52.03. That's four world records in the four events he's won. The gold medal was his 10th, breaking the record for most gold medals in an Olympic career.The thing is, Phelps will swim again in half an hour, when the U.S. competes in the 4x200 …

BEIJING -- There is no love lost between the world's two best woman pole vaulters, world champion Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia and Jenn Stuczynski of the USA and little Fredonia, N.Y. Isinbayeva, who is as cocky as she is talented, doesn't care for some of Stuczynski's comments about being the new girl on the block and a rising challenger. Isinbayeva said recently that no o…

BEIJING -- On Monday, I went to the Forbidden City to get a little Chinese culture. So I missed the men's 400-meter freestyle relay, which turned into one of the most unforgettable events in Olympic history. It was clear by Monday night that Jason Lezak's heroic finish on prime-time TV and Phelps' quest for eight golds had captivated sports fans in Buffalo and around the n…