SWIMMING: This is the morning some folks in Plant City and Brandon may not go to work.
Brooke Bennett swims in the 800-meter freestyle relay preliminary today. It's difficult to say how much of the morning broadcast will be devoted to swimming's longest event, but given the notoriety Bennett and fellow American Janet Evans have received, the 800 should get plenty of attention. The final will be Thursday.
Also, the University of Florida's Allison Wagner returns to competition tonight in the 200 individual medley after winning a silver medal in the 400 IM Saturday.
BOXING: Orlando light heavyweight Antonio Tarver, the United States' best hope for a gold medal, has his first fight today against Dmitri Vybornov of Russia. The fight will be seen on tape during NBC's late-night broadcast.
Tarver, a southpaw, is the only U.S. boxer to win the Pan American Games, U.S. championship and world championship in the same year.
VOLLEYBALL: American Elaine Young came off the bench to spark a victory for the U.S. women Monday night, but the United States cannot afford to falter in tonight's game against China.
The match could very well determine who wins the pool, and the Americans have beaten the Chinese only once in five attempts.
BASKETBALL: The Dream Team returns to action tonight against a few familiar faces. Lithuania, with NBA players Sarunas Marciulonis and Arvydas Sabonis, challenges the Americans but it may not be much of a challenge. Argentina stunned Lithuania on Monday with a 65-61 victory.
CYCLING: Viewers could get (their) first look at Bostisaurus today. Kent Bostick, 41, is competing in his first Olympics after cycling for more than 20 years. In 1984, he was an Olympic alternate and teammates began to call him Bostisaurus. Twelve years later, Bostick still is going strong. Cycling also will stage the men's 1K time-trials finals and the preliminaries for the women's sprint, which features 35-year-old American Connie Paraskevin-Young.
CENTENNIAL MOMENT: 1984 gold-medal swimmer Pablo Morales will be profiled tonight.
_ ERNEST HOOPER