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Phelps Express gets slight breather

Wednesday, August 13, 2008, 7:50 AM
And on the fifth day, he rests ... Sort of. For the first time since the competition began in earnest at the Olympics, Micheal Phelps will not be swimming for a medal. Don't worry, you will still see him on NBC's prime-time coverage Wednesday night here in the States, with the 200 individual medlay... Read more

Shawn Johnson ready for her closeup

Tuesday, August 12, 2008, 12:39 AM
Shawn Johnson is ready for her closeup ... The next American darling of women's gymnastics will compete on all four apparatus in the team finals Wednesday morning (Tuesday night in prime time in the U.S.). The top eight teams from the qualifications on Sunday compete, although the scores do not... Read more

Dream Team 2k8 survives Chinese scare ... by 31

Sunday, August 10, 2008, 1:50 PM
It ended, for all intents, when Dwight Howard dunked and trimmed the three-point lead Yao Ming had given China to one point. That made it 3-2. With that, the possibility of a shutout vanished. Gone, too, were China's chances of beating Dream Team 2k8. More than 1 billion viewers worldwide (China... Read more

Mr. Olympics, Michael Phelps, delivers

Sunday, August 10, 2008, 12:00 AM
Visa, Speedo and PowerBar rejoiced as their workhorse, Michael Phelps, smashed his 2 1/2-week-old world record in winning the 400-meter individual medley. Phelps touched in 4:03.84, 1.41 seconds ahead of his mark at the Olympic Trials in Omaha on July 29, the first gold medal in his quest for a record... Read more

USA. USA.

Saturday, August 9, 2008, 3:18 PM
Ryan Zweng was on his way to an study group meeting at a cafe next to the Drum Tower but noticed a much larger than usual crowd milling about the square outside the north gate, most of them press types. He soon learned that Todd Bachman, 62, wife Barbara, also 62, and their Chinese tower guide had... Read more

Thunderous silence

Saturday, August 9, 2008, 2:49 PM
Less than 4 hours after the murder there were no police; no crime-scene tape; no securing of the area. None of the locals seemed to have been disturbed by the killing of an American a stone's throw from their homes and shops. It was as if nothing happened. But then, here, that's no surprise. There... Read more

Hungary? I'm starving!

Friday, August 8, 2008, 9:12 PM
It began, sadly, with a long wait. The local organizers failed to announce an interruption of bus services to and from the main press center (MPC), a logical interruption necessary to manage the athletes' passage from their Village to the stadium for Opening Cermonies. The interruption in bus service... Read more

First impressions

Friday, August 8, 2008, 3:30 PM
Where to start? Yes, it is as foggy, smoggy as advertised. It's a sunny Friday morning here, but the sun is a round yellow ball amid a sea of light gray. It's muggy but not intolerably so. We've had days like this in Philly. But not a summer's worth. I expected it to look different than when I accompanied... Read more

Tae Kwon Dos and Don'ts

Friday, August 8, 2008, 5:46 AM
Right after Sudanese immigrant and Team USA flag bearer Lopez Lomong relayed his heart-rending, significant narrative of a life torn by trials, punctuated by his overwhelmed and thankful gushing about being elected the flag bearer by his Olympic teammates, the Dream Team sauntered into their press... Read more

Leaves in the Temple

Thursday, August 7, 2008, 12:41 PM
The air might be a little dingy, but the Temple of Heaven was spotless. The attendant sweeping debris even picked up the rare fallen leaf. Clean, too, was the subway that got me there, not to mention the station. Unusual, waiting for a subway that doesn't smell like an overused American Standard product... 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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