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Grieving U.S. opens its Olympics by holding off Venezuela

Updated: August 10, 2008, 10:45 AM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- A United States' men's volleyball team still reeling from the stabbing death of the coach's father-in-law opened Olympic play Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Venezuela.

Coach Hugh McCutcheon was not on hand as his team won 25-18, 25-18, 22-25, 21-25, 15-10, a day after Todd Bachman was fatally stabbed at the 13th-century Drum Tower, a popular Beijing tourist site. McCutcheon's mother-in-law, Barbara Bachman, was also stabbed and remained hospitalized Sunday in critical condition.

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