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Highlights from NBC's Olympic coverage

Posted: Saturday August 28, 2004 2:00AM; Updated: Saturday August 28, 2004 3:34AM
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(AP) -- A look at NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics from Athens:

HIGHLIGHT: The U.S. soccer team's thrilling 2-1 gold medal win over Brazil in overtime and, to a lesser extent, the men's basketball team's hard-fought win over Spain. NBC, to its credit, telecast both games live and in full (basketball on USA). The soccer game was uninterrupted by commercials to avoid the risk of missing a goal.

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LOWLIGHT: Unfortunately for NBC, the soccer match was in the afternoon, U.S. eastern time, and the basketball game in the morning. That left huge chunks of NBC's prime-time Thursday devoted to preliminary races on the track and, at the pool, dive after dive after zzzzzzzzzzzzz ...

GOOD FARE: Put that taxi driver on the payroll! Most of track analyst Lewis Johnson's understanding of the Greek crowd's demonstration before the men's 200-meter sprint seemed to come from a cabbie, who tipped him off that Thursday was a hot ticket because people were angry over Greek sprinter Kostas Kenteris' withdrawal from the games after missing a drug test. At the same time, partner Tom Hammond was too quick to dismiss the crowd's view.

QUOTES: "As a group, you need to work on the anthem. That was not what Francis Scott Key intended." -- Bob Costas, to five U.S. soccer players, after watching tape of their medal ceremony attempt at "The Star Spangled Banner."

"You should see us karaoke." -- Brandi Chastain, to Costas.

WHEN TO WATCH SATURDAY (TIMES EDT, SUBJECT TO CHANGE): NBC (noon to 6 p.m.), men's gold medal basketball game, women's volleyball gold medal game, wrestling, canoeing finals; NBC (8 p.m. to midnight), gold medal finals in men's javelin, women's high jump and various relay races, men's platform diving finals, freestyle wrestling finals, canoeing final; NBC (12:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.), men's mountain biking; CNBC (3 a.m to 5 a.m.), men's soccer gold medal game, men's basketball bronze medal game, women's basketball bronze medal game, rhythmic group gymnastics final, women's volleyball bronze medal match, freestyle wrestling, men's and women's handball bronze medal games, sailing and taekwondo finals; USA (9 a.m. to noon), women's basketball gold medal game; MSNBC (noon to 5 p.m.), boxing finals, replay of soccer gold medal game; Telemundo (2:30 a.m. to 6 a.m., noon to 8 p.m., 1:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.), men's gold medal soccer, boxing finals, men's basketball gold medal game.

Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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