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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…

BEIJING -- The qualifying races for the U.S. men's rowing eight were postponed Sunday due to the rain. It rained pretty much all day here Sunday and there are still some light showers this morning. It actually seemed to clear some of the haze from the sky. I think I see some blue up there today. I spoke with Buffalo's Steven Coppola by email (via a phone, apparently). Ste…

BEIJING -- I just arrived at Capital Indoor Stadium to check out the U.S. men's volleyball squad, which is playing its Olympic opener against Venezuela just 24 hours after learning that the father-in-law of their head coach, Hugh McCutcheon, had been stabbed to death at the Drum Tower in Beijing. Todd Bachman died of stab wounds suffered in the attack shortly after noon h…

BEIJING -- Within a few minutes of my arrival at the Main Press Center today, I ran into Bruce Wawrzyniak, a Kenmore native (and proud Medaille College graduate) who used to work in media relations for the Buffalo Sabres. Wawrzyniak is now director of communications for the International Softball Federation, and has a lot of lobbying to do here at the Games.Softball is bei…

BEIJING -- At 9:10 p.m. in Beijing, perfectly on schedule, the athletes began to march into the National Stadium in the ritual parade of nations. It's always been my favorite part of the Opening Ceremonies. As usual, Greece was the first country to come in, since the first Games were held there. But the order of nations isn't being conducted in the usual fashion. They're …

BEIJING -- We're half an hour into the Ceremonies, and the Chinese are putting on a stunning array of artistic performances that honor their history, art and contributions to the world.  It's going by so fast, it's hard to take it all in and appreciate fully. The colors are simply amazing. The precision and choreography are staggering. Of course, they had years to get…

BEIJING -- We're just over 10 minutes to the Opening Ceremonies on the big clock overlooking the vast infield of the National Stadium, or Bird's Next. A big roar just went up from the crowd of 91,000 plus. The Chinese have waited years for their big moment and the sense of anticipation and national pride are overwhelming. The fans are clapping in unison to the Military Ban…

EIJING -- Lopez Lomong, the Sudanese native and former "Lost Boy" who was chosen to carry the U.S. flag in tonight's Opening Ceremonies, met with the media in the Main Press Center this morning. Lomong, who will compete in the 1,500 meters, spent the first 20 minutes speaking non-stop about his life, as reporters in a packed conference room sat mesmerized by his …

BEIJING -- All right, so how much do you really care about the Summer Olympics? NBC is offering more coverage than any person could possibly consume. I'll be here for the entire time, covering the events and blogging about the culture in China. But does the coverage reflect the interest of the American sporting public?I'm just wondering what you people think. Our blogs ten…

BEIJING -- Boy, they weren't kidding about the security over here. The city is swarming with security personnel of all stripes, and that doesn't include the hundreds of thousands of civilians who are happily serving as spies for the government. There were at least eight uniformed security types at the door to the hotel when I boarded the shuttle bus for the Main Press Cent…

BEIJING -- Woke up at 9 a.m. in Beijing here Thursday and went to the window to check out the situation overhead. Not surprisingly, it's a hellish haze. Looking out over the city from the 17th floor of the hotel, you can see barely a couple of hundred yards. They say it has been pretty bad here the last week or so. I can only hope this is the worst example of the famously …

I can certainly understand the public's disgust with Jason Peters for holding out of camp with three years remaining on his contract. Even in a sport where contracts aren't guaranteed, fans like to point out that a contract is a contract -- as if it were that simple. It's not. Still, it's hard to understand why the situation had to reach this point. You'd think the Bills w…

As a lifelong follower of the Red Sox, I say good riddance. The Red Sox will miss his bat to some degree, but I think it's a great move getting Jason Bay in this deal. Bay is no Manny, but he's a professional hitter and is actually having a better year than Manny. Bay is having something of a renaissance at the plate this year and will certainly help. And he's a far better…