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2008-08-14 06:00:06

By Mike Dodd BEIJING -- The man who saved Michael Phelps' chance for eight gold medals finally got a piece of individual hardware for himself this morning (Wednesday night ET). Jason Lezak, the three-time Olympian whose record-breaking anchor leg in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay Monday brought the USA back from a seemingly insurmountable deficit, won a bronze in the 100 freestyle. Frenchman Alain Bernard won the close race for gold over Australian Eamon Sullivan in a time of 47.21...

2008-08-12 12:00:06

By ROBERT JONES AMERICAN Michael Phelps today equalled the record for the most Olympic gold medals in history by claiming his third at the 2008 Games. The 23-year-old, who won six gold medals in Athens, set a world record in the men's 200 metres freestyle with a time of one minute 42.96 seconds to win his ninth Olympic title, equalling the record jointly held by Mark Spitz, athletes Carl Lewis and Paavo Nurmi as well as gymnast Larissa Latynina. In his bid for eight gold medals in...

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2008-08-12 09:15:00

Michael Phelps etched his name with Mark Spitz and Carl Lewis among the winningest Olympians ever late Monday night . With three gold medals and three world records, he has no equal in China. In winning the 200-meter freestyle, Phelps ran his career Olympic total to nine golds and avenged his only individual loss in Athens four years ago, when a 19-year-old Phelps took on the 200 free just so he could compete with Ian Thorpe and Pieter van den Hoogenband. He touched third that night in what...

2008-08-12 06:00:05

By Vicki Michaelis and Mike Dodd BEIJING -- This time, Michael Phelps made it look easy. Phelps continued his run toward a record eight Olympic gold medals this morning (Monday night ET) with a never-in-doubt victory in the 200-meter freestyle, the only individual event he didn't win in the 2004 Olympics. Phelps was ahead by nearly half a second at the first turn and ended up lowering his world record, winning in 1 minute, 42.96 seconds. Silver medalist Park Tae Hwan of South Korea...

2008-08-11 12:01:13

A U.S. swimmer diagnosed with testicular cancer has put off surgery until after he's had a chance to compete in his first and last Olympics. Eric Shanteau of Lilburn, Ga., was diagnosed with cancer in June just one week before he left for the U.S. swim trials, CNN reported Monday. The Auburn University graduate has the ninth fastest time in the 200 meter breaststroke but is confident he can surprise people beginning with the preliminaries which start Tuesday night in Beijing. "I can't...

2008-08-11 12:05:00

Australia's golden girl Trickett gets her first gold BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Australia's golden girl Libby Trickett snatched her first individual Olympic gold in Monday's women's 100-meter backstroke. With a solid start, reigning world champion Trickett led all the way to the finish and win the gold in 56.73. U.S. swimmer Christine Magnuson won silver in 57.10 seconds. Her teammate, Australia's "Madam Butterfly" Jessicah Schipper settled for a bronze. Chinese swimmer Zhou Yafei ranked...

2008-08-06 03:00:16

By Kate Ericsson Special to SWoCo Swimming with the grace of a dancer and the speed of a sprinter, Khalil Fonder, a rising third-grader at W.E. Cundiff, is making waves in the swimming world locally and nationally. Khalil has been swimming for Forest Hills Swim Club in the summer and year-round at the Gator Aquatic Center for the past four years. He holds Gator team records in 50 fly, 50 back and 100 fly, and has a national USA swimming record for 50 fly, ranking eighth in the country in...

2008-08-05 09:00:38

China's "big fish" stay away from Water Cube BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- China's swimming squad, which has been hiding from media over the months, finally made its first appearance at the Water Cube on Monday. But still, no big fish. "Today's training is a test for our relay teams," head coach Zhang Yadong said, explaining why those big names, like Wu Peng and Qi Hui, were missing out on the training. Zhang said the Chinese swimmers have been training at a downtown state training...

2008-07-15 15:00:34

By THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Disney and Scott Rudin are developing "Synchronicity," a comedy that pokes fun at the world of synchronized swimming. The project will center on male synchronized swimmers and follow in the steps or strokes of sports comedies from the likes of Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller. Rudin has had a recent string of dramatic hits, but the producer also is known for comedies, producing 2003's "School of Rock," which starred Jack Black. The fictional sport of male...

2008-07-15 06:00:15

By Howard Cohen, The Miami Herald Jul. 15--Like many Americans, I became addicted to NBC's recent telecast of the Olympic Swimming Trials. Who could resist Michael Phelps' and Katie Hoff's winning sweep of five races apiece? Or, especially, Parkland resident Dara Torres' inspiring double victories in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle races? Torres lands on her fifth Olympic team at the age of 41. Finally, W. Hodding Carter's Off the Deep End (Algonquin; $21.95), about his quest to make the...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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