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Men's volleyball team improves, but still no medal

10:53 am | August 29, 2004 | In the clash with the Russian team, the Americans had numerous chances in the first two sets but lost all the critical points.

Volleyball team has medal incentive

11:14 am | August 28, 2004 | The U.S. men's volleyball team still has a goal to achieve as it plays Russia on Sunday - a medal, something that has eluded them since the 1992 Olympics, when it came away with a bronze.

Men's volleyball will play for bronze

5:45 pm | August 27, 2004 | The U.S. men's volleyball team knew going in against Brazil it had to play near flawlessly to win - instead, as Clay Stanley put it, Team USA came up with its ``B'' game in getting swept 25-16, 25-17, 25-23 Friday by No. 1 ranked Brazil.

Surging men's volleyball team chasing gold

11:43 am | August 26, 2004 | Three-time Olympian Lloy Ball has never been in this situation before with his United States men's volleyball team - on the threshold of a possible medal.

U.S. men edge Greece in volleyball marathon

5:18 pm | August 25, 2004 | Team USA survived a match-for-the-ages, beating host Greece, 25-20, 22-25, 25-27, 25-23, 17-15 in front of 9,300 screaming fans to advance to the men's volleyball semifinals.

Amidst the glitz and sand, U.S. stars shine brightest

10:13 pm | August 24, 2004 | As in Atlanta and Sydney, beach volleyball finally became the place to be at the Olympics on Tuesday night, with a packed house, celebrities and a party atmosphere, Misty May and Kerri Walsh put an exclamation point on their total domination of the sport.

Brazilians too tough for American women’s volleyball squad

7:14 pm | August 24, 2004 | The U.S. women’s volleyball team fought to the bitter end, but couldn’t pull off a victory against Brazil Tuesday night.

U.S. to play Greece in men's volleyball

11:27 am | August 24, 2004 | Clay Stanley isn't worried about any home court advantage when the U.S. men's volleyball team faces Greece on Wednesday at Peace and Friendship Stadium.

All-American semifinal has beach teams set for battle

10:33 pm | August 22, 2004 | Well, the third time was the charm, as three-time beach volleyball Olympian Holly McPeak finally got out of the quarterfinals -- and now, she'll find out if the 14th time is the charm.

U.S. men's beach volleyball team loses

12:32 pm | August 22, 2004 | Stein Metzger and Dax Holdren, the last American men left in beach volleyball, lost in the quarterfinals Sunday ending a run of gold medals in the event for the U.S.

Metzger advances in men's beach volleyball

3:56 pm | August 20, 2004 | Even though Stein Metzger struggled with the sun, lack of energy and his own play, his teammate's effort was good enough Friday to advance them to the quarterfinals in men's beach volleyball.

Men's beach volleyball team not giving up

12:03 am | August 20, 2004 | The Americans have suffered some setbacks but are still in the medal hunt.

Women go 2-0; leisurely beach pace a test

8:33 pm | August 17, 2004 | On a typical weekend AVP pro beach volleyball tournament, Kerri Walsh and Misty May would finish their second match about four hours into the first day; here at the Olympics, they won their second match on the fourth “day” of the leisurely competition.

U.S. duo defeated in beach volleyball

3:49 pm | August 17, 2004 | History repeated itself for Stein Metzger and Dax Holdren Tuesday, as Norway's Iver Horrem and Bjorn Maaseide came back from a one-set deficit Tuesday to beat the USA's duo, 14-21, 21-16, 16-14, at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre.

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.

Men’s volleyball takes positives out of loss to Italy

7:39 pm | August 15, 2004 | Despite having lost to Italy on Sunday, Clay Stanley says the match proved that he and his U.S. men's volleyball teammates "can play with any team."

Metzger, Holdren hold off Australians

7:21 pm | August 15, 2004 | Stein Metzger had several reasons to draw what he termed "extreme satisfaction" from his Olympic beach volleyball debut, not all having to do with victory: In a match that was as close and competitive as possible, Metzger and part-ner Dax Holdren slipped past Australia's Andrew Schacht and Joshua Slack 22-24, 24-22 and 15-13.

China tops U.S. in women's volleyball

6:54 pm | August 14, 2004 | The Chinese stamped themselves as strong gold-medal contenders Saturday by beating the top-ranked Team USA women's volleyball team in four games: 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 25-18.

Net supremacy at the beach

10:27 pm | August 12, 2004 | Beach vollyeball teammates Kerri Walsh and Misty May should provide some of the more exciting action during the Athens Olympics.



11:32 pm | August 29, 2004

Jamaican bobsledders race to find sponsors

11:30 pm | August 29, 2004

NBC Universal's gamble on Olympics pays off

9:32 pm | August 29, 2004

Young Chinese team exerts its strength

7:39 pm | August 29, 2004

Boxer ends drought, earns gold for USA

7:22 pm | August 29, 2004

Security issues fade as Games roll smoothly to close

6:59 pm | August 29, 2004

USA surpasses its medals goal

6:43 pm | August 29, 2004

South Korean gymnast appeals to arbitrator

2:30 pm | August 29, 2004

Athens games heralded as success

1:39 pm | August 29, 2004

Deposed USOC chief feels pride from a distance

12:47 pm | August 29, 2004

Medal try slips away from wrestler Williams



Phelps' big win: Taking the challenge

BOB KRAVITZ | The Indianapolis Star

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

Phelps, men’s hoops team prove that defeat is relative

MIKE LOPRESTI | Gannett News Service

U.S. basketball supremacy is ancient history


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