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Donohue makes her run in Beijing

Thursday, August 21, 2008, 8:13 AM
Erin Donohue's Olympic journey came to a disappointing end tonight when she finished eighth in her semifinal of the women's 1,500 meters. Donohue, from Haddonfield, N.J., posted a time of 4:16.05. The winner, Iryna Lishchynska, of Ukraine, finished in 4:13.16 in the slowest of the semifinals. Donohue... Read more

Poetry in reflection

Wednesday, August 20, 2008, 11:20 PM
A ditty from Distinguished Inquirer Phil Sheridan on his Olympic experience to date: Jaques Rogge called it fogge, But it looks and breathes like smogge. The IOC is up its tree But at least we aren't eating dogge. Read more

Bolt golden again; controversy in his wake

Wednesday, August 20, 2008, 1:45 PM
Once you blow away the world, simply running wondrously isn’t enough. The question becomes: When will you blow us away again? Usain Bolt yesterday nipped two-hundredths off Michael Johnson’s 19.32 mark in the 200 meters set at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, a mark once thought unassailable... Read more

Women of dominance

Tuesday, August 19, 2008, 5:58 PM
The U.S. women's basketball team, women's softball team and the beach volleyball duo of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are all only their way to gold medals. The question is, will anyone put up much of a fight? Consider: Basketball After their 104-60 win over South Korea in the quarterfinals,... Read more

Nastia gets nasty

Monday, August 18, 2008, 4:46 PM
So, Nastia Liukin missed out on a gold medal Monday. She and her father immediately blamed the low scores of an Australian judge, then blamed Aussie judges in general for other low scores Liukin has received over the past few competitions. Then they puched a kangaroo, trapped a koala, ripped Paul... Read more

Fish stories and Jersey in action

Sunday, August 17, 2008, 3:06 PM
So here’s the question, as you try to sample a culture unfamiliar to you: If you had the chance to go to a Chinese bath where little tiny fish chew on your naked body as a means of exfoliating, would you? Or, if you knew of a restaurant that specialized in the fried genitalia of various animals... Read more

Liukin's father delighted at situation

Sunday, August 17, 2008, 11:58 AM
Valeri Liukin has straddled the line between elite coach and everyday father of Nastia Liukin, who won the all-around gold on Friday. Valeri Liukin won four medals in 1988 for the former Soviet Union, including two golds. Nastia took bronze today on floor, and has a silver from team competition Wednesday... Read more

Great Wall, Baby! Great Day, Baby!

Sunday, August 17, 2008, 6:50 AM
Some days, the job is fun. Saturday morning: Wake up, scramble to the Water Cube, see fading, fatigued Michael Phelps lose Gold No. 7 in the 100 butterfly to Serbia's Miloslav Cavic ... no no, he won it, by a fingernail, tying Mark Spitz's single-Games record for golds ... then have the Serbs protest... Read more

U.S. escapes upset bid in softball

Friday, August 15, 2008, 4:42 AM
It was all set: All Canada had to do was hold on to a lead in the completion of a rain-suspended preliminary game to hand Team USA its first loss in Olympic softball since 2000. Smoked meat for everyone! But they blew it. Faster than you could say, "Je me souviens," the Canadians... Read more

No Wallet, no yuan, no problem

Thursday, August 14, 2008, 3:33 AM
So there I was, walking from the swimming venue to the Media Press Center, Ipod in ears, feeling very much like a music video as I walked the streets of Beijing. ``I used to rule the world,’’ crooned the Coldplay song. Back in the MPC, reaching for the phone card that accesses the internet... Read more
About this blog

SAM DONNELLON's career began in Biddeford, Me., in 1981, and has included stops in Wilkes-Barre, Norfolk, and New York, where he worked as a national writer for the short-lived but highly acclaimed National Sports Daily. He has received state and national awards at each stop and since joining the Daily News in 1992 has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press Managing Editors of Pennsylvania and the Keystone Awards. He and his wife have raised three fine children, none of whom are even the least bit impressed with the above. Sam is veteran of Olympics coverage for the Daily News, including the Games in Sydney and Turin, among others.

MARCUS HAYES grew up on a small farm outside of Hermon, NY., a small town near the Canadian border about the size of Reading Terminal Market. In high school he played three varsity sports and aspired to be faster, or more skilled, or taller. Having failed in those aspirations and seeking a warmer climate, Marcus attended Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and eventually graduated with a degree in Magazine Writing. He also earned a degree in English from the College of Arts and Sciences. To date he has written for no magazines. His English is spotty at best. Upon graduation in 1990, with Jim Boeheim's talent-leaden SU basketball teams having won no titles, Marcus spent 4½ years working for the now-absorbed Syracuse Herald-Journal covering high school sports, local small college sports and non-revenue sports at SU. Marcus joined the Daily News as a feature story writer in 1995. Among other assignments he has covered the Eagles and Phillies beats for most of his tenure. Still, the paper soldiers on.

Sam Donnellon and Marcus Hayes
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