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Ron Judd, an Olympics junkie and Seattle Times columnist who has covered Olympic sports since 1997, will use this space to serve up news and opinion on the Summer and Winter Games -- also inviting you to chime in on Planet Earth's biggest get-together.

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August 12, 2008 8:49 AM

While You Were Sleeping, Tuesday edition

Posted by Ron Judd

Good morning, Irrelevant West Coast. Here's what you've missed:

Basketball: The U.S. men's team downed Angola, 97-76 to go 2-0 in the Olympics. Next up: Greece, which stunned the U.S. at the World Championships in Japan two years ago. It might be payback time.

Women's soccer: The U.S. secured its spot in the quarterfinals by skunking New Zealand, 4-0, in Shenyang.

Men's volleyball: Still playing without the head coach, the U.S. improved to 2-0 by defeating Italy.

Marathon: The reigning women's champion, Mizuki Noguchi of Japan, announced she's withdrawing from Sunday's Beijing race because of a thigh muscle sprain and groin problem. Noguchi won the grueling marathon on one of the hottest days of the Athens Games -- conditions so tough that many competitors failed to finish, and many who did suffered from severe hydration.

Softball: The U.S. beat Venezuela 11-0 in a match called in the fifth inning because of the "mercy" rule. Jennie Finch and Monica Abbott combined for yet-another no-hitter. Makes you wonder if fans of the sport rallying to have it reinstated in the Olympics (this is scheduled to be its official swan song) might be better served placing some ringers on foreign squads. It's just not competitive outside the U.S. and Australia.

Trap Shooting: Glenn Eller of Texas won gold in men's double trap.

Tennis: Rafael Nadal, the Williams sisters and Roger Federer all advanced.

Everyone ready for some more beach volleyball?

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www.olympic.org: The official International Olympic Committtee site, with news releases, a searchable Olympic medals database and other archival information.
www.nbcolympics.com: Olympic news site from one of the Games' primary sponsors.
NBC Olympics columnist Alan Abrahamson's column/blog
Chicago Tribune Olympic sports writer Philip Hersh's blog
www.usolympicteam.com: U.S. Olympic Committee's athlete web site.
www.aroundtherings.com: Ed and Sheila Hula's Olympic News Service (subscription).
www.wcsn.com: News service with audio, video and text coverage of Olympic sports, during and between Olympics. Free, but charges for live video feed subscriptions.
www.beijing2008.com: Beijing Organizing Committee Web site.
www.vancouver2010.com: Vancouver Organizing Committee's 2010 Winter Games site.
www.london2012.com: London 2012 Summer Games site.
www.sochi2014.com: Sochi, Russia's 2014 Winter Games site.
www.chicago2016.org: Candidate city Chicago's summer 2016 bid committee site.
Olympic swimmer Tara Kirk's highly entertaining WCSN blog
Bellevue Olympian Scott Macartney's WCSN alpine ski-racing blog
Other WCSN Olympic athlete blogs.