Daily Briefing, Aug. 23
Nothing ends like an Olympics, especially for those on the ground. For 16 days and nights you are in the middle of a never-ending seductive prism. Then it stops, suddenly and spectacularly. Today marks the final day of events in Beijing. Eleven gold medals will be handed out, including a marquee event for Americans: The gold medal game (2:30 a.m. ET) in men's basketball between the U.S. against Spain. "The game won't at all resemble the pool play game with Spain, which the U.S. won in a rout," said
Additional highlights (all times Eastern):
• The U.S. is assured of its first men's volleyball medal after a 16-year drought. But what color will it be? The gold medal match (12:00 a.m.) pits the Americans against Brazil, a charged climax to an emotional Games for the U.S. team. The team's coach,
• Argentina and Lithuania play for the bronze medal in men's basketball at 12:00 a.m.
• Taekwondo will award six medals including the men's light fly, men's bantam, men's light, men's welter, men's light heavy and men's super heavy. The first bout is scheduled for 1:30 a.m. Sunday at Worker's Gymnasium.
• The U.S. men play Hungary for the gold medal in water polo at 3:40 a.m. It's the first time the U.S. has advanced to the gold medal game since 1988. The bronze medal game -- Serbia against Montenegro -- will precede that game at 2:20 a.m. The Hungarians are a win away from becoming the first country to win three consecutive water polo gold medals since Great Britain (1908, 1912 and 1920).
• France and Iceland will play in the men's team handball final (3:45 a.m.).
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• Clip and Save: The Vancouver Games begin Feb. 12, 2010.
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