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Deposed USOC chief feels pride from a distance

1:39 pm | August 29, 2004 | Lloyd Ward, the former CEO of Newton, Iowa-based Maytag, left the USOC after facing conflict-of-interest allegations that spawned the most public dispute in the organization's history.

Medal try slips away from wrestler Williams

12:47 pm | August 29, 2004 | A split-second, edge-of-mat decision became the difference between Joe Williams stepping on the mat for a shot at an Olympic medal and leaving Athens empty-handed.

Williams advances to wrestling quarterfinals

8:57 pm | August 28, 2004 | U.S. 163-pound wrestler Joe Williams advanced to a quarterfinal match on Sunday against Kazakhstan's Gennadiy Laliyev.

Sanderson achieves wrestling gold-medal

5:53 pm | August 28, 2004 | Former Iowa State star Cael Sanderson lived up to the steep Olympic expectations launched after his 159-0 NCAA career, beating Korea's Eui Jae Moon 3-1 on Saturday for an Olympic gold medal in freestyle wrestling.

Clausen 32nd in 50k racewalk

1:30 pm | August 27, 2004 | In his third, and possibly last Olympics, Curt Clausen, 36, of Stevens Point, Wis., finished 32nd in Friday's 50-kilometer racewalk.

Gold medal is payday for Mitts family

7:25 pm | August 26, 2004 | Cincinnati’s Heather Mitts didn’t get a chance to play in the gold-medal soccer match between the United States and Brazil, but from her family’s perspective, she is the star on the team.

Sanderson, Williams seek wrestling medals

2:25 pm | August 26, 2004 | Cael Sanderson and Joe Williams each could end up with a medal as the Olympics enters its final weekend, but when the sport is freestyle wrestling - not track and field, swimming or gymnastics - there's often more toil than attention.

Richmond comes up short in long jump

7:24 pm | August 25, 2004 | Although Rose Richmond didn't reach her goal of qualifying for the Olympic finals in the long jump, she says this first experience will benefit her as she plans to make her next trip to the Summer Games in 2008.

Controversy mars wrestler's elimination

9:15 am | August 25, 2004 | A videotape review of a call that could have tied Garrett Lowney's overtime Greco-Roman wrestling match with Hungary's Lajos Virag Wednesday instead awarded points to his opponent and ended Lowney's Olympic career.

Split matches keep Hall from advancing

6:19 pm | August 24, 2004 | A much-debated international wrestling rule called “the clinch” led to the end of Dennis Hall’s lifetime quest for Olympic gold.

Hall willingly pays price for shot at Olympic glory

7:06 pm | August 23, 2004 | Dennis Hall has already beaten a major opponent — weight-cutting — heading into his Greco-Roman opener Tuesday at 121 agonizing-to-reach pounds.

Vargas' medal quest goes unfulfilled

5:54 pm | August 22, 2004 | Beads of perspiration that trickled down Devin Vargas' flushed, puffy cheeks mixed with tears Sunday night, a vivid indication that his dream of an Olympic boxing medal had gone unfulfilled.

Women's sculls finale disappointing

2:35 pm | August 22, 2004 | It wasn't the storybook ending that the U.S. rowers had hoped for in the 2004 Olympics as the women's quadruple sculls finished sixth in Sunday's finals.

No worries on mat for Lowney

12:07 pm | August 22, 2004 | A blow to a disc in Garrett Lowney's spine during a match seemed to spell the end of his wrestling career, but when the Greco-Roman competition begins Tuesday, Lowney will be on the mat.

Tucker, Ruckman take seventh in rowing doubles

1:56 pm | August 21, 2004 | The boat of Steve Tucker of Mooresville, Ind., and Greg Ruckman of Cincinnati, Ohio, beat five other pairs to win the B final in lightweight men's double sculls Saturday and gave the U.S. a seventh-place overall finish.

Parsons finishes sixth in kayak finals

1:40 pm | August 20, 2004 | Seconds after crossing the finish line sixth at the men's single kayak slalom finals of the 2004 Summer Olympics, U.S. kayaker Scott Parsons pumped his fist in the air and gave his boat three good pats.

Nunn fades to 26th in 20K walk

10:53 am | August 20, 2004 | John Nunn set a hot early pace and was the number one U.S. competitor past the halfway post of the Olympic 20-kilometer racewalk Friday on the roads outside Olympic Stadium, but the heat of the racing tempo and the morning sun took its toll and he finished 26th.

Iowa hammer thrower bows out with a smile

10:24 am | August 20, 2004 | Iowa hammer thrower Alfred Kruger had a bad day in his Olympic debut Friday, though you wouldn't know it from the smile on his face.

Rower Pat Todd and team knocked out in semifinals

10:42 am | August 19, 2004 | The top three finishers -- Italy, Australia and Canada -- go into the final.

Double sculls rowers knocked out in semis

10:29 am | August 19, 2004 | Defending Olympic champ Poland, Greece and Denmark out-rowed the United States.

Iowa cyclist edged for bronze

2:20 pm | August 18, 2004 | As the Swiss coaches exploded into celebration behind her, American cyclist Christine Thorburn flashed a half-hearted smile - she knew the Olympic bronze medal in the women's cycling time trial had been lifted from her neck on Wednesday - by the last rider on the course.

Wisconsin kayaker wins Olympic silver

11:57 am | August 18, 2004 | After placing fifth in the preliminary competition for women's single kayak slalom Tuesday, 26-year-old Rebecca Giddens, a native of Green Bay, Wis., returned Wednesday and won the silver medal.

Vargas cruises into boxing quarterfinals

11:10 am | August 18, 2004 | Devin Vargas, who survived boxing's grueling Olympic qualifying process to become the American heavyweight,dominated Morocco's Rachid El Haddak Wednesday in their first-round Olympic bout and advanced to the quarterfinals.

LeBron James racks up gold with ad deals

10:10 pm | August 17, 2004 | NBA Rookie of the Year LeBron James is raking in the gold, despite the struggles of the U.S. Olympic team he's playing on.

Tucker, Ruckman row through to semis

3:41 pm | August 17, 2004 | Steve Tucker, of Mooresville, Ind., and teammate Greg Ruckman of Cincinnati advanced to the semifinal in lightweight men's double sculls Tuesday, part of a perfect five-for-five day for U.S. crews in the day's second-chance races under much calmer conditions than earlier in the week.

Kayaker advances to semifinals

12:41 pm | August 17, 2004 | American slalom kayaker Rebecca Giddens made maneuvering her boat through raging waters and strategically-placed gates look easy Tuesday at the Women's K-1 slalom whitewater competition, placing fifth and advancing to Wednesday's semifinals.

Indiana volleyballer hopes time is right for U.S. victory

7:04 pm | August 16, 2004 | Phil Eatherton, the tallest player ever to play college volleyball at Ball State, laughs at his quirky past, which includes being a contestant on The Price is Right, a massive McDonald’s Happy Meal toy collection and a family television that never moved from one channel.

Wrestlers here to work, not gawk

3:50 pm | August 16, 2004 | U.S. wrestlers are saving their Kodak moments for the medal stand.

Technical problems help push Parker to 8th

1:47 pm | August 16, 2004 | The American shooter and 1996 Xavier University graduate had technical problems with his $2,000 rifle, which led to a mental letdown and an eighth-place finish.

First Olympics has table-tennis player hungry for more

9:17 am | August 16, 2004 | The ride ended for Mark Hazinski with Monday's 4-1 loss to China.

Greeks revel in first softball victory

4:53 pm | August 15, 2004 | The Greek softball team changed roles Sunday from Olympic hosts to celebrants as it upset Canada 2-0 at Helliniko Stadium to win its first-ever international softball game.

Inconsistent archer no match for winds

4:27 pm | August 15, 2004 | Consistency was gone with the gusts breezing through the site of the Olympic archery competition as the knockout phase of the women's tournament began Sunday, claiming Stephanie Arnold of Portland, Ind., as one of the 32 first round KO's.

Women second in quadruple sculls heat

12:42 pm | August 15, 2004 | Kelly Salchow of Cincinnati helped her crew finish second behind Germany in Sunday's heat of the women's quadruple sculls.

Rower second in double sculls heat

12:17 pm | August 15, 2004 | Steve Tucker of Mooresville, Ind., finished second in his heat in the lightweight double sculls Sunday at the Olympic Regatta.

Gymnastics judge ready to monitor the mats

7:09 pm | August 12, 2004 | Jackie Fie has been part of 11 Olympics.

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Americans have forgotten how to play as a team

DAN BICKLEY | The Arizona Republic

Bade guns for gold, but comes up short

IAN O'CONNOR | The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News

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