While you were sleeping


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BEIJING — The last big prime-time event Saturday night was swimming. Now that you’re awake on Sunday morning, the swimmers have already come and gone from the Blue Cube again.

To refresh your memory from Saturday night: Michael Phelps set a world record; Dara Torres and Natalie Coughlin were members of a silver-medal winning relay team; and Katie Hoff finished a disappointing third in one of her best events.


Early Sunday morning (L.A. time), the U.S. men’s 400 meter freestyle relay team set a world record in the semifinals (even without a resting Phelps, who will swim in the final to be televised Sunday night in the U.S.); Phelps and Coughlin easily qualified for the semis in two more events; and Hoff bounced back with an Olympic record in qualifying for the semis of the 400-meter freestyle.


(All times PDT)

12:05 a.m.—The U.S. men’s volleyball team, starting play a little more than 24 hours after Coach Hugh McCutcheon’s father-in-law was killed in an attack by a knife-wielding assailant at a popular tourist attraction here, won an emotional five-set match over Venezuela, 25-18, 25-18, 22-25, 21-25, 15-10. McCutcheon was at the hospital with his mother-in-law, who also was injured in the attack. As of the last report, she is in serious but stable condition. The U.S. team was coached by assistant Ron Larsen.

12:13 a.m.—A 2 ½-hour-rain delay enabled James Blake to watch Phelps on television. He said that inspired him in a 6-3, 7-6 (3) victory over Australia’s Chris Guccione. Still, Blake had to overcome a set point in the second set. Serena Williams was chased off the court by rain while leading Bulgaria’s Olga Govortsova, 2-1, in the second set. Williams won the first set, 6-3. Roger Federer’s match was postponed by rain. It’s still raining, so they might not be able to play today.

12:52 a.m.—The U.S. women’s gymnastics team suffered another injury, Samantha Peszek of Indianapolis injuring her ankle in warm-ups before the qualifying round in the team competition. The United States finished second in its group and easily advanced to Wednesday’s final. But the Chinese emerged as the favorites after winning their group despite an uncharacteristic fall from the uneven bars by He Kexin.

2:52 a.m. Tony Azevedo scored five goals and goalkeeper Merrill Moses of Rancho Palos Verdes had 11 saves in an 8-4 victory over China for the U.S. men’s water polo team.

3:45 a.m.--Manu Ginobili, despite an injured ankle, scored 19 points, but defending champion Argentina lost in its opener, 79-75, to Lithuania.


4:13 a.m.--Ronaldinho scored two second-half goals as Brazil beat New Zealand, 5-0, to advance to the quarterfinals of the men’s soccer tournament. A couple of minutes earlier, Argentina also advanced with a surprisingly difficult 1-0 victory over Australia.

5:20 a.m.--You can’t say Javier Molina of Commerce didn’t touch Bulgaria’s Boris Georgiev in a light- welterweight opener. He did. Once. Georgiev scored a well-deserved 14-1 decision, sending Molina home. Georgiev was a bronze medalist in 2004.

7 a.m.--Wake up, smell the green tea.

Now playing: The U.S. men’s basketball team vs. Yao Ming and China.

-- Randy Harvey