Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Olympic Games

  • SPOILER: NBC must really think everybody knows the results before showing a tape-delayed race, or else someone was asleep at the switch.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • But 24 years ago he was representing the Soviet Union, competing in the 1988 Olympic Games I remember four years waiting to compete. It was all became a dream come true for me, says Novikov. At 18, he became a gold medalist.
  • (NBCNews.com)
  • "The difference between us and the other teams in the Olympic Games is big—the level of basketball in Africa and basketball in the NBA and Europe," Ben Romdhane said.
  • (Sporting News)
  • After Phelps made an enormous splash at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, his mother also emerged as an icon of parental pride, rooting loudly for her son from the stands. Cameras will pan to her often before and after his meets. Even when U.
  • (ABC News)
  • (AP) Five thoughts to match the five Olympic rings for what transpired Tuesday in London. 4. OLYMPIC TEAMS JUST THROWING GAMES NOW, APPARENTLY.
  • (CBS Sports)
  • Chinese prodigy Ye Shiwen won her second gold of the Games, setting an Olympic record in the 200m individual medley, after stunning swimming pundits with her victory and world record in the 400 medley on Saturday.
  • (Reuters UK)
  • She had to prepare for this little thing called the Olympic Games. So while Hardy interviewed cake bakers - using a point and pick method, he joked (at least hed better be joking) - Nichols shot arrows.
  • (Houston Chronicle)
  • Like many fans, social media expert, Nathan Wright is more connected to the 2012 summer games than ever before. "2012 is really the first Olympic games where social media networks are mainstream," Nathan Wright, the Founder of Lava Row told Channel 13 News.
  • (NBCNews.com)
  • LONDON (AP) -- Heres a pleasant surprise for Londoners who feared the worst: So far the traffic is flowing just fine despite the extra pressure of the Olympic games.
  • (WHDH.com)

John Orozco

  • John Orozco knew from an early age he never quite fit in. Not at school, where his classmates would tease the soft-spoken Orozco for his shyness.
  • (FOX News)
  • New York (CNN)-- John Orozco won his first medal in gymnastics when he was 9. But he didnt hold onto that medal for long, giving it to another boy in the competition who was in tears after being teased for a bad performance.
  • (CNN)
  • July, 28, 2012: John Orozco of the United States of America competes in the pommel horse in the Artistic Gymnastics Mens Team qualification on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena in London, England.
  • (FOX News)
  • It just slipped from their fingers. The male U.S.
  • (FOX News)
  • John Orozcos Olympic journey hasnt gone quite as planned, but theres still time for him to redeem himself. The Bronx native was supposed to be one of the saviors of the mens gymnastics team.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • Just days ago the U.S. men's 2012 Olympic gymnastics team was sitting pretty. Now, after the crushing blow of a fifth place finish in the team finals, the athletes must step back, chalk up and begin anew.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • The U.S. mens gymnastics team faltered as a team in Mondays finals. But John Orozco thinks hes to blame. I feel personally responsible. I did five events and I botched two, he said after the fifth-place finish.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • LONDON — John Orozco knew from an early age he never quite fit in. Not at school, where his classmates would tease the soft-spoken Orozco for his shyness.
  • (Washington Post)
  • Cameras will pan to her often before and after his meets. Even when U.S. Olympic gymnast John Orozco sticks his landings perfectly, his mother Damaris gets so anxious she has to cover her eyes.
  • (ABC News)
  • Welcome to our Like An Olympian series. During the 2012 London Olympics, HuffPost Healthy Living will take a look at lifestyle and fitness lessons from competitors, coaches and former Olympians alike.
  • (Huffington Post)

Dana Vollmer

  • GRANBURY — The town of Granbury is known for quaint not for quick. But its speed in the water that has brought the town glory.
  • (WFAA)
  • The swimmer Dana Vollmer joined the London Olympics highlight reel when she set a record in the 100-meter butterfly on Sunday, becoming the first woman ever to finish the event in less than 56 seconds.
  • (New York Times Blogs)
  • Allison Schmitt and Dana Vollmer want fans to recognize there is more to the U.S. swim team than Missy Franklin. If there is a better way to do so than winning gold medals in record times, they likely arent interested.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • The second day of the London 2012 Olympics was filled with more teeth-clenching and heart-wrenching moments than last night's episode of True Blood. At this pace, we're going to be a ball of nerves by day 17. As anticipated, the U.S.
  • (Entertainment Weekly Online)
  • At 15, olympic swimmer Dana Vollmer, now 24, was diagnosed with long QT syndrome, a cardiac electrical disorder.
  • (Examiner)
  • 24 year old Dana Vollmer definitely made the USA team proud as she won her first individual gold medal during the 2012 Olympics this past weekend.
  • (Examiner)
  • Cathy Vollmer sits in the front row at the 2003 USA National Swimming Championships in Indianapolis. Shes nervous, as any mom with a daughter competing would be.
  • (Huffington Post)
  • LONDON -- Dana Vollmer put her hand to mouth once she cleared her goggles. The Cal graduate knew she had the gold medal. Soon she realized she also had a piece of history.
  • (Inside Bay Area)
  • Dana Vollmer of California Aquatics pocketed gold medal of the Women's 50m butterfly on third day of the 2012 NC Charlotte UltraSwim at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte on Saturday, May 12.
  • (Bettor.com)
  • Dana W Vollmer of California Aquatics clinched gold medal of the Women's 200m freestyle on second day of the 2012 Santa Clara International Grand Prix in California on Saturday, June 2.
  • (Santa Clara International Grand Prix - Bettor.com)

Ryan Lochte

  • LONDON — In three events, Ryan Lochte has won one gold medal and one silver medal. Is that good? Not in the eyes of the casual American sports fan, at least according to Lochtes mother.
  • (Los Angeles Times)
  • LONDON - Ryan Lochte has had one rollercoaster of a week. He started on the highest of highs, when he won the U.S.s first gold medal of the London Games in the mens 400-meter individual medley Saturday.
  • (USA Today)
  • You can call rapper/jeweler, Paul Wall, George Foreman because he's selling everybody grills—even recent Team USA gold medalist Ryan Lochte.
  • (MTV)
  • LONDON – Ryan Lochte said for months that this is his time. But maybe its Missys. Missy Franklin won gold in the womens 100-meter backstroke Monday immediately after Lochtes fourth place in the mens star-studded 200 freestyle.
  • (USA Today)
  • Ryan Lochte hasn't trademarked the word "Jeah" yet, according to an electronic search within the US Patent and Trademark Office, but he might want to do so soon.
  • (Forbes)
  • LONDON -- Ryan Lochte has turned in two straight disappointing performances after opening the games with a dominant win in the 400-meter individual medley.
  • (San Jose Mercury News)
  • This was supposed to be Ryan Lochte's Olympics. He was supposed to gracefully take over for Michael Phelps as the face of Team USA swimming. Let's just say that hasn't exactly happened thus far in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • 1. He has a few trademarks. Mention Ryan Lochte to any of his teammates and theyll tell you about jeah and his decked-out smile -- gold grillz -- on the winners block.
  • (omg! on Yahoo!)
  • Its been a busy week for your boyfriend US swimmer Ryan Lochte.
  • (Jezebel)
  • American Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte not only wowed the crowd with the precious metal around his neck, he also showed off his red, white and blue diamond-encrusted grill.
  • (Huffington Post)

Montenegro

  • PODGORICA (Reuters) - Montenegros president called a parliamentary election on Tuesday for October 14, some six months ahead of schedule, as the ruling coalition seeks a fresh mandate for talks on joining the European Union.
  • (Reuters)
  • PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — It was the only home Selija Hisenaj knew since she was forced out of war-torn Kosovo 13 years ago, and now its gone too.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • In the 16th century Montenegro developed a form of unique autonomy within the Ottoman Empire with Montenegrin clans being free from certain restrictions.
  • (Worldnews.com)
  • This is the sport in which we could all have been contenders if only we had seen the ad. It really is a remarkable story — a triumph of hope over zero expectation. Seven years ago we went touting for handball players.
  • (The Guardian)
  • Nick Delpopolo (l.) of the U.S.makes strong showing but fails to beat Mongolias Nyam Ochir Sainjargal. He vows to come back stronger in Rio de Janeiro. LONDON — He began life as Petra Perovic, living in a crib on a dirt floor in an orphanage in Montenegro.
  • (New York Daily News)
  • Why do usual bicep curls when you instead can do a combo lunge and curl? Multi-joint exercises—those that work more than one joint-muscle at a time—are in fashion.
  • (FOX News)
  • Ron and Vicki Beaubien, of Coronado, California, greet their son, Layne Beaubien after the United States won their Olympic Group B match against Montenegro 8-7. They watch the game in the Olympic water polo arena.
  • (Orange County Register)
  • Now they cant seem to win. Hungary lost to Montenegro 11-10 on Tuesday, two days after dropping its opener at the London Games to Serbia 14-10.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • DEAR FANs Are, watching the London Summer Olympics 2012 Handball Women's Team Handball Montenegro vs Brazil Event live streaming link. Handball Women's Team Handball Montenegro vs Brazil Live Stream Online Olympics HD Video HQD CBSTV Game.
  • (Salon)
  • The FINANCIAL -- Montenegros parliament on Thursday voted to shorten its mandate and dissolve itself to pave the way for early elections, so the government can go into EU entry talks with a new mandate.
  • (The FINANCIAL)

Nadia Comaneci

  • LONDON (AP) -- Nadia Comaneci is hoping gymnastics reverts to the old style of scoring and again give competitors a chance at the perfect 10 that she made famous.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • LONDON -- Wearing seven-inch black stilettos, skinny jeans and a black figure-hugging T-shirt declaring Im Gold, Nadia Comaneci was still turning heads in London 36 years after producing the defining image of Olympic gymnastics.
  • (Calgary Herald)
  • One of my most abiding Olympic memories is of the Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci at the 1976 Montreal Games.
  • (huffingtonpost.co.uk)
  • London: Former Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci and ex-basketball star John Amaechi will carry take the Olympic flame as it begins a seven-day tour of London on Saturday.
  • (sports.ndtv.com)
  • Wieber was one of only four women in the completion to rack up more than 60 points on the day. Karolyi coached legend Nadia Comaneci to prominence in 1976 before training Mary Lou Retton, the first American to win an all-around gold in the Olympics.
  • (MLive.com)
  • Latynina has had 18 since 1964. The world might remember more the tiny dancers of the blossoming television age; Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton, Olga Korbut. But nobody, in her sport or any other, has owned more Olympic medals than she.
  • (USA Today)
  • Former Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci and ex-basketball star John Amaechi will carry the Olympic flame as it begins a seven-day tour of London on Saturday.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • LONDON: Olympics legend Nadia Comaneci held the 2012 torch aloft over London on Saturday as the flame began a seven-day tour of the host city that will culminate at the Games opening ceremony.
  • (Daily Times)
  • When a 14-year-old schoolgirl is told, Well done, full marks, the commendation is ordinarily contained within the four walls of a classroom. In the case of the Romanian Nadia Comaneci her excellence reverberated around the world.
  • (Daily Telegraph)

McKayla Maroney

  • Long Beach native, competing despite fractured toe, will be key in team final.
  • (Los Angeles Daily News)
  • LONDON (AP) -- McKayla Maroneys busted big toe wont keep her from vaulting for the U.S. in Sundays Olympic team qualification.
  • (CNN Sports Illustrated)
  • They should have just handed the Americans the women's gymnastics team the gold medal after McKayla Maroney nailed her vault during the first rotation of the team finals on Tuesday. Maroney's vault gave Team USA a 1.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • Long Beach's McKayla Maroney fractured her face a week before the Olympic Trials and broke her toe the week before the Olympics. But now, she and the American women are gold medalists, after a dominant effort in the team final.
  • (Gazette Newspapers)
  • McKayla Maroney will not have the chance to spotlight her full skill set at the London Games, but she is still more than just a one-trick pony. An injured big toe will prevent the 16-year-old from taking on a heavy workload in the Olympic Games.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • LONDON – United States gymnastic star McKayla Maroney is icing her right foot after participating in light conditioning work on Monday. McKayla Maroney is the favorite to win the womens vault competition in London.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • LONDON -- When American vault star McKayla Maroney, the hands-down favorite to win the Olympic title on vault at the Olympic Games, didnt practice for the second day in a row, tongues started wagging.
  • (Examiner)
  • A broken toe will not keep McKayla Maroney from performing the enormous Amanar vault which won her the vaulting world championship in 2011. She will compete on vault during Sundays preliminaries. Jordyn Wieber, the U.S.
  • (Quad-Cities Times)
  • Todays Londons Calling edition of The Sporting Muse: When you have a prep playground as vast as Long Beach, its pretty hard for a notable young athlete to slip under the sporting radar.
  • (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
  • U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney took the floor on Tuesday to tackle the event that can make or break Team USA in just a fraction of a second. Its the vault.
  • (NPR News)

Shawn Johnson

  • Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson is adding to her resume with a new gig going into the London Olympics. The West Des Moines native will serve as a special correspondent for NBC's TODAY.com.
  • (NBCNews.com)
  • If anyone knows what Jordyn Wieber, the reigning 2011 World Champion in gymnastics, might be feeling after failing to make the Olympic all-around final, it might be Shawn Johnson.
  • (iVillage.com)
  • One of the most aggravating aspects of the Olympics to me is when reporters treat silver medalists like losers – as if being the second best athlete in your field in THE ENTIRE WORLD is somehow something to hang your head about.
  • (patheos.com)
  • It's only been two months since wide-receiver-turned-hoofer Donald Driver claimed the coveted mirror ball trophy on "Dancing With the Stars," bringing a glittering end to the last season of the ballroom bash.
  • (NBCNews.com)
  • Douglas trains in West Des Moines at Chow's Gymnastics with Liang Chow, who coached Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson. SPOILER ALERT: If you don't want to know the results stop reading now.       The U.S.
  • (NBCNews.com)
  • If Shawn Johnson thought her life would settle down once she had officially retired from gymnastics, shes been sorely disappointed. Well, maybe disappointed isnt the word.
  • (Examiner)
  • In her story of trial and triumph, Johnson reflects on the lessons shes learned at key moments in her life as she shares prayers or verses that have helped her.
  • (Christian Post)

Jordyn Wieber

  • (CBS/AP) All Jordyn Wieber needed to bounce back from the biggest disappointment of her career was a little pep talk. Teammate McKayla Maroney was only too happy to provide one.
  • (CBS News)
  • LONDON – For reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber, there will be no chance to be the next Nadia or next Mary Lou. But today, in the team finals, she wrote a bigger story, perhaps a more lasting one, too.
  • (Detroit Free Press)
  • LONDON – They chanted as they streamed into the North Greenwich tube station, still buzzing from a gold-medal performance that will stand as one of the most dominant in Olympic gymnastics history.
  • (NJ.com)
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  • (Slate)
  • After losing a spot to go for the gold in the womens gymnastics all-around competition, Jordyn Wieber could have fallen apart. After all, shes 17.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • Most 17-year-old girls deal with passing the SATs, relationship drama and the occasional fight with their parents. Jordyn Wieber is dealing with the weight of American womens gymnastics on her shoulders. The teenager from DeWitt, Mich.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • This GIF guide on Jordyn Wiebers performance in the all-around is pretty amazing. Theres an awesome GIF toward the bottom on Aly Raismans floor work. She looks like she got bit by a radioactive spider.
  • (Atlantic Online)
  • Russia won the silver, Romania the bronze. Stu Woo has details on The News Hub. View Slideshow From left, Alexandra Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross celebrate the U.S. gymnastics teams gold-medal win.
  • (Wall Street Journal)
  • Jordan Wiebers hopes of becoming just the second gymnast to follow up a world title with an Olympic win the next year quickly dwindled on Sunday, but all is not lost.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • Such were the cries of outrage after yesterday's women's gymnastics qualifying rounds at the Olympics in London.
  • (patheos.com)

OJ Murdock

  • (CNN)-- NFL player O.J. Murdock apparently focused during his last hours on his glory days as a track and football star at the Tampa, Florida, high school where police say he killed himself.
  • (CNN)
  • The Tampa Police Department has confirmed to NFL.com and NFL Network that Tennessee Titans wide receiver Orenthal James Murdock, 25, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday morning. He died at 10:43 a.m. ET.
  • (NFL)
  • His family and friends in Tampa, Fla., are in a state of shock. Murdock left a suicide note which could contain some answers, but its unclear if the note will remain private.
  • (NFL)
  • Tampa police said that Murdock, 25, was found in his car Monday morning outside the high school at which he had been a stellar football player and a state champion sprinter. Although he was still alive at that point, he died at 10:43 a.m.
  • (Washington Post)
  • TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- O.J. Murdock was still recovering from an injury that sidelined him all of last season, so the Tennessee Titans werent overly concerned when the receiver said hed be a couple of days late reporting for training camp.
  • (CNN Sports Illustrated)
  • Whoever wrote that suicide is painless is a fool. Whenever someone takes his own life, it leaves wounds deep in the hearts of those left behind.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • O.J. Murdock committed suicide Monday morning in the parking lot of his high school. The Tennessee Titans wide receiver was scheduled to start training camp on Friday. He never made it. O.J. Murdock fatally shot himself Monday morning.
  • (Sheknows.com)
  • July 30 (Bloomberg) -- O.J. Murdock, a wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans who failed to report to training camp last week, died of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. He was 25.
  • (San Francisco Gate)
  • I have to confess I really didn't know much about O.J. Murdock, the Titans' wide-receiving prospect who committed suicide this morning in Florida, according to police reports.
  • (The Tennessean (blog))
  • OJ Murdock shot himself while sitting in his car on Monday, parked outside of Middleton High School in Tampa.   He was found in critical condition and taken to the hospital at 8:30 am, suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
  • (thyblackman.com)

Mens Gymnastics

  • LONDON – Chen Yibing couldnt quite help himself. He needed to gloat. A little at least.
  • (FOX News)
  • The Japanese mens gymnastics team looked poised to take silver. Until they didnt. Until they did.
  • (USA Today)
  • LONDON -- Their closest rivals were still on the floor competing when the Chinese whipped out five big gold stars and held them up in the shape of their flag.
  • (ESPN)
  • China has won the gold medal in the mens gymnastics team final for a second consecutive Games, posting a score of 275.997 Monday afternoon at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Japan finished second (271.
  • (FOX News)
  • LONDON — They mounted a small charge, but the mountain was too high, the gap too wide. This was not about winning team gold anymore. That hope was all but lost for the U.S.
  • (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
  • With events like vault, mens rings, and the womens uneven bars, artistic gymnastics can seem daunting. But on Tuesday, the US women made it all look so easy.
  • (The Christian Science Monitor)
  • There is no other way to say it. The U.S. men's gymnastics team arrived Monday at the Olympic team finals with a legitimate chance at gold and simply choked it away. Luckily for you, we are. Updated medal count. They fell three times.
  • (FOXSports.com)
  • "The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" may be the slogan for ABC's defunct Wide World of Sports, but rarely has it been as apt as on the third day of NBC's Olympic primetime coverage. The U.S.
  • (Entertainment Weekly Online)
  • LONDON -- In an electric arena, Great Britain has just won its first mens gymnastics team medal in 100 years.
  • (WXIA 11 Alive)
  • The finals for the individual rings event in mens artistic gymnastics will be held on August 6, but if Mondays team competition was any indication, it could be anyones game.
  • (The Christian Science Monitor)

NBC Olympics Live

  • 8:10 p.m. ET: OK, Ive come out of my barometric chamber, where Ive spent the day to avoid hearing London Olympic results until I can see things with my own eyes in NBCs sliced-and-diced primetime Olympic coverage. Im blogging all night.
  • (USA Today)
  • A blunder during one of Michael Phelps races Tuesday has confirmed that NBCs live stream of Olympic events is not actually live. A delay of at least a couple of seconds set up a spoiler in the outcome of Phelps 200-meter butterfly race.
  • (Los Angeles Times)
  • (CNN)-- Guy Adams, the Los Angeles-based journalist whose Twitter account was suspended after blasting NBC over its Olympics coverage the networks decision not to air many events live, including the opening ceremonies.
  • (CNN)
  • A Today exclusive - live from London. Tomorrow Despite the gaffes, the Olympics have been a ratings winner for NBC.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • Like it or not, NBC is doing what it said it would do and has always done: Hold back marquee Olympic action for prime-time TV. Whats different this time is you can watch everything live - via the Olympic world TV feed - on NBCOlympics.
  • (USA Today)
  • media website for tweeting the email address of an NBC executive in a critical post about NBCs decision not to show the Olympic opening ceremony live. The move caused some to criticize NBC for a heavy-handed attempt to punish a critic.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • NBCs Live Extra app was supposed to provide more choice for more people. I cant access it from the U.K., so I cant evaluate it.
  • (NPR News)
  • The digital age has given us the opportunity to see live streams old-fashioned Olympic experience on television, you can find Tuesdays (Day 4) prime-time schedule here.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)

Phelps

  • LONDON -- Ryan Lochte stepped up to the microphone before the assembled media looking relieved. Behind him, a relaxed Michael Phelps waited his turn.
  • (ESPN)
  • On Tuesday, Michael Phelps won his 19th Olympic medal, as we all knew he would, surpassing Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina as the most decorated Olympian of all-time. But it was not in the way we might have expected.
  • (The Christian Science Monitor)
  • LONDON — The race had been over for nearly an hour, the medal ceremony long finished. The four American swimmers smiled their telegenic grins and held their gold between their thumbs and forefingers for the cameras. But Michael Phelps wasn't done.
  • (Washington Post)
  • LONDON (AP) -- Chad le Clos has grown friendly with Michael Phelps over the past year and gleaned some pointers from the American standout. He was hoping the advice would help him win an Olympic medal.
  • (Associated Press)
  • So, Michael Phelps has become the most successful Olympian of all time. But moments earlier hed confessed to teammates that he was feeling vulnerable. Heres what he said shortly before the relay in which he was to swim the final leg.
  • (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
  • Michael Phelps won a silver medal today in the 200-meter butterfly to join a Russian gymnast as the most-decorated Olympians of all time.
  • (Baltimore Sun)
  • LONDON - Nineteen — say that again, nineteen — Olympic medals. All won by one man unlike any other. It simply defies belief. Imagine the space that much heavy metal takes up. Even more unimaginable is the effort it took to get them.
  • (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • LONDON — Five things to know about Tuesday, Day 4 of the London Olympics: -Swimmer Phelps collects two more medals to break record. -Raisman lifts U.S. women to gymnastics gold. -US men roll to 110-63 win over Tunisia in hoops.
  • (The State)

Tom Daley

  • British teenage diver Tom Daley has been targeted by abusive Twitter messages after one of the Olympic hosts poster boys missed out on a medal in his opening event at the London Games.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • A teenager arrested over a malicious tweet sent to Team GB diver Tom Daley has been issued with a warning.
  • (BBC News)
  • Tom Daley of Great Britain practices at the Aquatic Centre during previews ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Park on July 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) Welcome.
  • (Financial Times)
  • The arrest of a teenager by police investigating abuse of Olympic diving star Tom Daley on Twitter has led to calls for a new initiative educating the public about the ease with which a tweet can end with a jail sentence.
  • (The Guardian)
  • Tom Daley has said that he and team mate Peter Waterfield missed out on a medal due to one bad dive.
  • (ITV)
  • LONDON -- A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of posting malicious Twitter messages directed at British Olympic diver Tom Daley, U.K. police said Tuesday.
  • (Huffington Post)
  • Tom Daley just missing out on an Olympic medal in the synchronised platform diving attracted a peak audience of 7 million on Monday, while more than 5 million tuned in to to see the Team GB mens gymnastics team win bronze.
  • (The Guardian)
  • The homophobic abuse aimed at Tom Daley from the Twitter account of Port Talbot footballer Daniel Thomas was a prank after his phone was left unattended, according to the club.
  • (sportsmole.co.uk)
  • Tom Daley is a British synchronized diver, and Monday, he dealt with a disappointing finish in the synchronized dive, as he and his teammate, Pete Warfield, failed to medal.
  • (FOX News)

Hunter Pence

  • PHILADELPHIA — Hunter Pence hopes this sequel has a better ending. The Philadelphia Phillies traded the two-time All-Star right fielder to the San Francisco Giants for three players on Tuesday.
  • (Huffington Post)
  • Two former Philadelphia Phillies outfielders may separately decide who wins the National League West this season.
  • (LongIslandPress)
  • The Giants have officially acquired OF Hunter Pence from the Phillies for catching prospect Tommy Joseph, Nate Schierholtz and a lower-level minor-leaguer. (Kudos to KPIXs Dennis ODonnell for being on this many days ago.
  • (San Jose Mercury News)
  • Its the second time in two years Pence went from last place to first place right before the non-waiver trade deadline. Thank you Philadelphia for all your support and passion.
  • (ESPN)
  • The Philadelphia Phillies traded outfielders Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants, cutting a combined $19.9 million from the last-place team's annual payroll.
  • (Bloomberg)
  • (phillies.com)Another trading deadline, another moving day for Hunter Pence. One year after acquiring him from the Houston Astros, the Philadelphia Phillies are sending Pence to the San Francisco Giants.
  • (ca.sports.yahoo.com)
  • The Giants needed a power hitter. Welcome, Hunter Pence. The Giants needed a reliever. They still do, but theres still time to scan the waiver wire. Pence revitalizes a lineup that desperately needed some revitalizing.
  • (CBS Sports)
  • What he saw in the wake of the trades that sent Shane Victorino to the Dodgers and Hunter Pence to the Giants was a group that he can still win with.
  • (Burlington County Times)
  • Brian Sabean watched the Los Angeles Dodgers come into ATT Park and sweep his Giants. He watched the Dodgers add Hanley Ramirez and watched Pablo Sandoval strain his hamstring, and he felt the need to react.
  • (San Jose Mercury News)
  • It's a Phillies fire sale. Last-place Philadelphia has been the most active seller before Tuesday's trade deadline. A second-half turnaround is a mere pipedream for the Phillies, so the team unloaded two of its most productive outfielders.
  • (New York Daily News)

Missy Franklin

  • LONDON - OK, so maybe Missy Franklin wont win seven medals during these London Games. The 17-year-old phenom has plenty of time - and Olympics - in her future to work on that medal count.
  • (Courier-Journal)
  • AURORA, Colo. – After days of mourning the mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater, Coloradans are celebrating hometown native Missy Franklins triumphs at the London Olympic Games.
  • (FOX News)
  • NBC Sports has admitted it screwed up by inadvertently revealing Missy Franklins gold-medal victory in the 100-meter backstroke before the race even aired on the network, and promises that it will never happen again.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • Missy Franklin celebrates winning the womens 100 meter. OK, fess up time. I finally took my first Olympic break, and spent it attending a Kelly Clarkson concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
  • (VANITYFAIR)
  • Its wasnt just a figurative barroom debate. It was literally, yes, a barroom debate Monday evening.
  • (Denver Post)
  • Heres what happens when a 17-year-old American swimmer wins her first gold medal: high TV ratings.
  • (Los Angeles Times)
  • Through our television sets, laptops, tablets and smartphones, on the radio and in the newspapers, the XXX Summer Olympic Games are bringing us experiences so rare we might have thought them extinct.
  • (Newsday)
  • AURORA, Colo. — After days of mourning the mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater, Coloradans are celebrating hometown native Missy Franklin's triumphs at the London Olympic Games.
  • (Boston Herald)
  • Up first: Men's Synchronized Diving. Again, the Chinese are expected to take the Gold, because as the announcer kinda racistly explained there is an "endless supply of Chinese divers." That, and how they dominate this event.
  • (Houston Chronicle)

Ye Shiwen

  • LONDON – The doping suspicions surrounding Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen arent going away anytime soon — and thats a good and a bad thing. Its good because it means the 16-year-old is winning more and more medals in these Games.
  • (USA Today)
  • LONDON – On Monday, China's Ye Shiwen won gold in the women's 400-meter individual medley, breaking the world record by a second. She swam her final 50-meter freestyle in 28.93 seconds, which was faster than Ryan Lochte's final 50 meters (29.
  • (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • A Chinese swimmer whose sensational performance has raised eyebrows at the Olympics, has won her second gold medal. Ye Shiwen, 16, swam to victory in the womens 200m individual medley with a time of 2 minutes and 57.
  • (Sky.com)
  • LONDON -- As doping allegations raged about Chinese phenom Ye Shiwen, United States swimming officials scrambled Tuesday to distance themselves from the story. John Leonard, the Florida-based executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Assn.
  • (Los Angeles Times)
  • Drugs cheats at London 2012 will be caught but athletes who put in world record-breaking performances should be given the benefit of the doubt, the Olympics world body said today.
  • (ITV)
  • China has become embroiled in the first doping controversy of the London Games after one of the worlds most respected coaches described the swimming prodigy Ye Shiwens gold medal performance as unbelievable and disturbing.
  • (The Guardian)
  • Chinas Ye Swien wins gold in the womens 200m individual medley final during at the London Olympic Games.
  • (New York Daily News)
  • LONDON, July 31: China's teenage swimmer Ye Shiwen overcame doping allegations on Tuesday as she won gold in the women's 200m individual medley while American Michael Phelps equal an all-time Olympic medal record.
  • (DAWN Group)

Misty May Treanor

  • Getty ImagesLONDON — U.S. beach volleyball stars Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor have a psychological effect on their opponents.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • LONDON - Misty May-Treanor walked off the beach volleyball court at Horse Guards Parade holding a brightly colored cupcake — a gift from partner Kerri Walsh Jennings mother.
  • (Newsday)
  • This is how Treanor is following his wife, beach volleyball star Misty May-Treanor, as she tries to win her third consecutive Olympic gold medal in London.
  • (Chicago Tribune)
  • LONDON — The host city of the 2012 Summer Olympics isnt exactly synonymous with a tropical climate. My luggage was extremely heavy. I packed for cold weather, said U.S.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • Welcome To Watch live streaming All of Olympic sports London 2012 on your PC, Laptop Mobile TV. Watching all the games live,score bord, highlight and interviews live on your PC /laptop / Mobil TV.
  • (Salon)
  • LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) - After having her cake in Athens and icing it in Beijing, beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor wants to drizzle on the topping when she and Kerri Walsh launch their quest for an unprecedented third Olympic gold in London.
  • (Reuters)
  • One of the best volleyball players in the history of the United States has two weeks remaining in her playing career. May-Treanor said Wednesday afternoon in London that shell hang up the um bikini? Yeah, shell be doing that once these Games end.
  • (CBS Sports)
  • July 31, 2012: Kerri Walsh, right, and Misty May-Treanor, left, of US celebrate victory after their Beach Volleyball match against Czech Republic at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.AP2012 LONDON – She cant hold her children.
  • (FOX News)
  • LONDON (Reuters) - After having her cake in Athens and icing it in Beijing, beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor wants to drizzle on the topping when she and Kerri Walsh launch their quest for an unprecedented third Olympic gold in London.
  • (Reuters)

MLB Trade Rumors

  • Righthander Ryan Dempster, who seemingly was traded to the Atlanta Braves more than a week ago, remains the property of the Chicago Cubs as today's 4 p.m. ET nonwaiver trading deadline approaches.
  • (Sporting News)
  • When the Philadelphia Phillies signed lefthander Cole Hamels to an extension last week, they said the 2012 season was not a lost cause.
  • (Sporting News)
  • The New York Yankees boast the best record in the AL. According to the latest MLB rumors, they aren't satisfied with that record.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • The Boston Red Sox are looking for a hitter and reliever as the 2012 MLB trade deadline draws near, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Peter Gammons and CSNNE.
  • (Union-News & Sunday Republican)
  • The Boston Red Sox will not trade Josh Beckett and the 2012 MLB trade deadline is expected to pass quietly in New England, according to an ESPN Boston report early Tuesday morning.
  • (Union-News & Sunday Republican)
  • The MLB trade deadline is near and the news for the Kansas City Royals, at least so far, is the calm over the newswire at this point.
  • (SB Nation)
  • Early this morning FoxSports Ken Rosenthal reported that the Diamondbacks are looking to trade for an ace starting pitcher, possibly dangling outfielder Justin Upton for said ace.
  • (FakeTeams)
  • The Boston Red Sox are reportedly open to dealing catcher Kelly Shoppach because they believe 24-year old Ryan Lavarnway is ready for major league action.
  • (Union-News & Sunday Republican)
  • This is the big day. The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline arrives at 4 p.m. Tuesday. That means an avalanche of rumors, chatter and near-trades will gain momentum all day.
  • (Union-News & Sunday Republican)

Snoop Lion

  • The artist we once knew solely as Snoop Dogg announced Monday that hes ready to leave his Doggy ways behind him as he focuses on creating reggae music under the name Snoop Lion.
  • (CNN)
  • Snoop went to Jamaica a Dogg but returned a Lion after a religious and artistic awakening. Rastafarian priests bestowed the new moniker Snoop Lion upon the music icon when he visited Jamaica in search of a new path.
  • (New York Daily News)
  • In 1993, the debut single "What's My Name?" catapaulted rapper Snoop Dogg to fame. But if you ask him that question now, he'll have a different answer.
  • (Washington Post)
  • The Long Beach rapper Snoop Dogg has several iconic traits -- a laid-back and menacing flow, evocatively violent lyrics and a deep affection for cannabis sativa among them.
  • (Los Angeles Times)
  • Snoop Dogg wants you to know that hes tired of hip-hop, is Bob Marley reincarnated and is embracing reggae instead of the culture of guns he once rapped about. Also, hes got a new name: Snoop Lion.
  • (FOX News)
  • On Snoops 12th album Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) and Diplo spoke with Billboard about their reggae project Reincarnated, the first single of which, La La La, was released last week.
  • (411mania.com)
  • One of the most recognizable names in hip hop is no longer quite the same: After a revelatory experience in Jamaica, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.-- better known as Snoop Dogg-- decided to change his artist name to Snoop Lion.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Snoop Dogg conquered hip-hop with his canine-themed moniker and is now taking on the world of reggae with a new name, Snoop Lion, the performers representatives said on Tuesday.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • In you-cant-make-this-up news, today it was announced that famed West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg was changing his name to Snoop Lion and becoming a reggae artist because he is the reincarnation of Bob Marley.
  • (Hollywood.com)
  • On Friday, Snoop Dogg unleashed his alter-ego, Snoop Lion, in effort to introduce his upcoming album Reincarnated. La La La, the albums first single, is not a typical Snoop track though -- its reggae.
  • (Hollywood Reporter)

Monday, July 30, 2012

Chariots Of Fire

  • July 28, 2012 (LONDON) -- Shaken and stirred. James Bond and the queen teamed to give London a wild Olympic opening like no other.
  • (Abc Local Web)
  • Rowan Atkinson, who may be best known as the character Mr. Bean, was the talk of the 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony after he sneezed, texted, prodded, and daydreamed his way through playing Chariots of Fire.
  • (International Business Times)
  • Today, the Games of the 30th Olympiad of the modern era open in London; and to celebrate the occasion, the past two weeks, the re-release of Lord David Puttnam's 1981 masterpiece, Chariots of Fire, has been playing to enthusiastic houses all over Britain.
  • (Examiner)
  • Legendary Greek composer Vangelis and the cast of the West End stage production of Chariots of Fire celebrated the arrival of the Olympic torch in the West End yesterday, Thursday 26 July 2012.
  • (Broadway World)
  • Londoners crowded out of today's Olympics opening ceremony -- which was 10 times oversubscribed -- can head to Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square instead. They'll watch the action for free on giant video screens.
  • (Bloomberg)
  • If you enjoyed the 1981 movie, Chariots of Fire, you're going to love the stage version, recently opened in London—obviously with an eye for the summer Olympics.
  • (Counter Punch)
  • The story of Scottish athlete Eric Liddell - a devout Christian who refused to take part in an Olympic race because it took place on a Sunday - became famous after being told in the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire.
  • (BBC News)
  • Some of the very British elements of the Olympics Opening Ceremony may have left some viewers across the world bemused, but at least one character was instantly recognisable - bumbling funnyman Mr Bean.
  • (Daily Mail)
  • Appearance: Its a piece of music. It has no visual likeness. All right then. Sounds like? Athletes jogging along a beach in slow-motion.
  • (The Guardian)

NBC

  • More television viewers than ever are parking their eyeballs on NBCs coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games, but the network is getting hammered online for everything from advertising placement to delayed coverage of events to lame commentary.
  • (PC World)
  • Twitter has suspended the account of a Los Angeles-based reporter for a British newspaper who included the email address of the NBC Olympics president and asked his followers to write him to complain about the networks coverage.
  • (FOX News)
  • SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc and NBC Universals move to suppress a British reporters tweets related to the networks Olympics coverage may have backfired after the incident became fodder for Twitter chatter around the world on Monday.
  • (NBCNews.com)
  • LONDON (AP) — A Los Angeles-based reporter for a British newspaper said his Twitter account was suspended after he criticized NBCs coverage of the Olympics.
  • (Businessweek)
  • Usually, womens gymnastics and swimming - especially when U.S. swimmers are going for gold - are the biggest U.S. TV Olympic draws.
  • (USA Today)
  • Since the opening ceremonies, what was billed as the most connected Olympics in history has failed to connect with its audience in the United States.
  • (Examiner)
  • An NBC News White House producer was among two women shot in an incident in Northwest Washington D.C. early Saturday morning. NBC News says Shawna Thomas was grazed by a bullet in what appears to be a random shooting.
  • (Mediabistro.com)
  • Twitter Inc. blocked Independent newspaper journalist Guy Adams from the social-networking service after he posted the email address of an NBC Sports executive while complaining about Olympics coverage.
  • (Stamford Advocate)
  • Much of the Olympics opening ceremony brought back warm and fuzzy memories of my 2005 summer abroad in England.
  • (The Stir)

Ryan Lochte

  • LONDON – Ryan Lochte said for months that this is his time. But maybe its Missys. Missy Franklin won gold in the womens 100-meter backstroke Monday immediately after Lochtes fourth place in the mens star-studded 200 freestyle.
  • (USA Today)
  • LONDON — In the first three days of the Olympic swimming meet, the United States has set one world record. Dana Vollmer did that. Matt Grevers set an Olympic record. Missy Franklin set an American record. The two cover boys of the U.S.
  • (Orlando Sentinel)
  • (CBS/AP) LONDON - Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers both won gold for the U.S. in the 100-meter backstroke on Monday, but fellow swimmer Ryan Lochte wasnt as lucky.
  • (CBS News)
  • July 30, 2012 -- Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte credits a beer keg and a giant boat chain with helping him win the United States first gold medal of the London games.
  • (WebMD)
  • As we pointed out yesterday, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte brought something to the summer games that is usually sported in rap videos—a grill (an American flag grill, mind you).
  • (Entertainment Online)
  • American Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte not only wowed the crowd with the precious metal around his neck, he also showed off his red, white and blue diamond-encrusted grill.
  • (Huffington Post)
  • LONDON (AP) — Yannick Agnel dealt another crushing blow to Ryan Lochte and everyone else in the supposed Race of the Century at the London Olympics on Monday.
  • (nola.com)
  • Ryan Lochte was a big star well before he arrived at the London Olympics. And hes already made big news — good and not so good — in the first three days of competition. But here are 10 things you might not know about the swimming star.
  • (Indianapolis Star)
  • Phelps had finished fourth in his much-anticipated showdown with Ryan Lochte in the 400-meter individual medley, failing to win gold in his first Olympic final in eight years.
  • (ESPN)
  • Hong Kong (CNN)-- When Chinese teenager Ye Shiwen dives into the pool on Monday, all eyes will be firmly on the clock to see if she can repeat her world-beating -- Ryan Lochte-beating -- time in the last 50 meters.
  • (CNN)

Olympics

  • LONDON — In the first three days of the Olympic swimming meet, the United States has set one world record. Dana Vollmer did that. Matt Grevers set an Olympic record. Missy Franklin set an American record. The two cover boys of the U.S.
  • (Chicago Tribune)
  • Ryan Lochte took the gold Saturday in the 400-meter medley. When Nicole Tankovich tuned into NBC Sunday night and watched the U.S.
  • (Wall Street Journal)
  • LONDON -- The kid was barely out of the pool, droplets still falling from her outrageously pearly earrings and brightly painted nails, when she first considered what had just happened. Missy Franklin laughed and laughed.
  • (Los Angeles Times)
  • LONDON -- The U.S. womens volleyball team defeated Brazil 3-1 on Monday at the Olympics in an early-round rematch of the Beijing Games final won by the Brazilians.
  • (Abc Local Web)
  • LONDON — Michael Phelps has yet to win a gold medal, and Ryan Lochte's star is fading. So along comes Missy Franklin, yet to start her senior year in high school, to restore American swim hopes at the Olympics.
  • (Washington Times)
  • So far, WBAL has treated Olympics results as a TV or movie critic would "spoilers" in a preview.
  • (a study in on-demand expectations unfulfilled - Baltimore Sun)
  • LONDON -- As a top American swimming official described Chinese phenom Ye Shiwens performance as impossible, one of the U.S. swimmers scheduled to oppose her for a medal Tuesday stopped just short of calling for an investigation.
  • (Chicago Tribune)
  • LONDON — The U.S. women say they dont care about the final score. They just want to have least one more point than their opponent at the end of games in the womens Olympic basketball tournament.
  • (NJ.com)
  • Twitter has suspended the account of a Los Angeles-based reporter for a British newspaper who included the email address of the NBC Olympics president and asked his followers to write him to complain about the networks coverage.
  • (FOX News)

Missy Franklin

  • Missy Franklin didnt let a heavy heart slow her down. The 17-year-old swimmer, already a member of a bronze-winning relay team on Saturday, won the womens 100-meter backstroke today, making her first individual Olympic medal a gold one.
  • (Entertainment Online)
  • U.S. high school student Missy Franklin swam a U.S. record in the women's 100-meter backstroke to take gold from Emily Seebohm, an Australian who overcame swine flu last year to reach the Olympic Games in London.
  • (Bloomberg)
  • LONDON -- Missy Franklin stared out on the horde of reporters, suddenly sounding very much like a high school senior-to-be. I dont like being up here alone, she said nervously.
  • (ESPN)
  • LONDON – An hour after the medal ceremony, someone asked Missy Franklin where she was keeping her brand-new Olympic gold medal. Franklin flashed her signature smile and giggled.
  • (USA Today)
  • LONDON — Missy Franklin won a gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke final in her first bid for an individual medal at the Olympic Games, swimming 58.33 with an incredible finishing kick here Monday night.
  • (San Jose Mercury News)
  • China stretched their lead at the top of the Olympic medal table on Monday as American swimming sensation Missy Franklin lived up to the hype with her first gold of the Games.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • LONDON — It sure is a good thing these are the Summer Olympics, because otherwise, Missy Franklin might have had to skip a week or two of high school to be here.
  • (NJ.com)
  • LONDON -- The kid was barely out of the pool, droplets still falling from her outrageously pearly earrings and brightly painted nails, when she first considered what had just happened. Missy Franklin laughed and laughed.
  • (Los Angeles Times)

Alex Morgan

  • Alex Morgan may not get as many interviews as Abby Wambach or cause as much controversy as Hope Solo, but anyone who knows soccer knows Morgan is the real star of Team USA.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • Alex Morgan is quickly becoming the face of U.S. Womens Soccer with her electric performances on the field matched by a charismatic persona off it. That being said, the American striker would be advised to stick to scoring goals and avoid playing peek-a-boo.
  • (NESN.com)
  • GLASGOW, Scotland - Hope Solos first game back in an Olympic goal since 2008 began as horribly as she could have imagined. France scored back-to-back goals in the 12th and 14th minutes of the womens soccer preliminary match at Hampden Park.
  • (KSDK)
  • Alex Morgan wasn't even a starter last year when the U.S. women's soccer team made its run through the World Cup. But Morgan's star rose quickly after coming up clutch for the Americans, scoring the game-clinching goal against France.
  • (The Inquisitr)
  • GLASGOW, Scotland — Alex Morgans Olympic debut could not have been better.
  • (Denver Post)
  • Leading up to the Summer Olympics, the talk around the U.S. Womens Soccer team has been of gold. But Glasgow, Scotland, is where the U.S.s path to the podium stand began Wednesday. Maybe that was the problem.
  • (NESN.com)
  • READING I've been trying to read the classic books that while I was in school I didn't really pay attention to, like "The Great Gatsby" and "To Kill A Mockingbird.
  • (New York Times)
  • Eight women who represented the second-placed Team USA in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 are also playing in the Olympics: Amy LePeilbet, Alex Morgan, Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler, Kelley O'Hara, Lauren Cheney, Amy Rodriguez and Hope Solo.
  • (Pacific Takes)
  • Tobin Heath and Rachel Bueller put their arms over each other's shoulders and smiled for a camera-phone shot. Alex Morgan ripped open her standard-issue white Team USA jacket to reveal a red Manchester United jersey.
  • (New York Times)
  • Submitted by Team USA, Olympic soccer star Alex Morgan admits shes superstitious when it comes to her soccer game. She explains why No. 13 is her lucky number and she talks about her famous pink headband.
  • (ESPN)

Nastia Liukin

  • Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber can find comfort in 2008 gold medalist Nastia Liukins words and own story of disappointment.
  • (WonderWall)
  • Throughout her life, Nastia Liukin has set goals and achieved the majority of them. But when the Russian-American gymnast suffered a horrible fall at the Olympic trials on July 1st, she learned the most valuable lesson of her life. The video is jolting.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • TIGI® Haircare, the makers of Bed Head®, Catwalk®, Rockaholic™, S-factor™, TIGI® Cosmetics, Copyright Colour™ and TIGI® Hair Reborn™, is pleased to announce its newest spokesmodel, world-renowned gymnastic medalist, Nastia Liukin.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • Is your little one is practicing cartwheels, trying on leotards and dreaming of Olympic Gold? If so, gymnast Nastia Liukin has some advice for you. The five-time Olympic medalist is in London for the 2012 Summer Games as a spectator, fan and expert.
  • (People)
  • Just in time for the excitement in London this summer, five-time Olympic medalist and role model, Nastia Liukin, is teaming up with Fisher-Price, Inc., a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc.
  • (Yahoo Finance)
  • Only the hardened Olympic fans will have a true hold on the athletes delighting us with athletic brilliance over the next couple weeks. Most will be left to wonder what happened to former stars, much like Nastia Liukin.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • LONDON — The swimmer Dana Vollmer is an unabashed fan of the gymnasts Shannon Miller and Nastia Liukin, which makes sense.
  • (New York Times)
  • In 2008, few were betting on Nastia Liukin. Her American gymnastics teammate Shawn Johnson was the favorite to win the all-around gold at the Beijing Olympics.
  • (St. Petersburg Times)
  • Liukin was born on October 30, 1989, in Moscow, Russia SFSR, Soviet Union.
  • (Worldnews.com)

Misty May Treanor

  • Getty ImagesLONDON — U.S. beach volleyball stars Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor have a psychological effect on their opponents.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • LONDON (AP) — Misty May-Treanor walked off the beach volleyball court at Horse Guards Parade holding a brightly colored cupcake — a gift from partner Kerri Walsh Jennings mother.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • LONDON -- Misty May-Treanor walked off the beach volleyball court at Horse Guards Parade holding a brightly colored cupcake -- a gift from partner Kerri Walsh Jennings mother.
  • (NBCNews.com)
  • LONDON -- Misty May-Treanor walked off the beach volleyball court at Horse Guards Parade holding a brightly colored cupcake -- a gift from partner Kerri Walsh Jennings mother.
  • (ESPN)
  • Americans Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor, who are trying for a third consecutive beach volleyball gold medal, beat Australians Tasmin Hinchley and five-time Olympian Natalie Cook 21-18, 21-19 on Saturday night, a match that started at 11 p.
  • (ESPN)
  • LONDON (AP) - Two-time gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings earned their 16th consecutive Olympic victory Monday night, beating the Czech Republic in straight sets to improve to 2-0 in beach volleyball pool play in London.
  • (KSDK)
  • Two-time gold medalists Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings earned their 16th consecutive Olympic victory Monday night, beating the Czech Republic in straight sets to improve to 2-0 in beach volleyball pool play in London.
  • (FOXSports.com)
  • LONDON — The host city of the 2012 Summer Olympics isnt exactly synonymous with a tropical climate. My luggage was extremely heavy. I packed for cold weather, said U.S.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • One of the best volleyball players in the history of the United States has two weeks remaining in her playing career. May-Treanor said Wednesday afternoon in London that shell hang up the um bikini? Yeah, shell be doing that once these Games end.
  • (CBS Sports)

Hope Solo

  • MANCHESTER, England — Just keep Hope Solo away from the North Koreans. Relations between the United States and Pyongyang are bad enough without having Solo, the controversial goalkeeper, lashing out at any of their players or, heaven forbid, Kim Jong-un.
  • (New York Daily News)
  • An Olympic women's soccer tournament that suddenly has become all about U.S.
  • (Sporting News)
  • The Olympics are, if anything, a reminder that life isnt fair. Olympic sports include some of the most challenging and grueling competitions known to man, yet the payoffs are some of the worst.
  • (NESN.com)
  • After the U.S. women's soccer team beat Colombia 3-0 on Saturday, Team USA is one step closer to the victory many expect of them since their near miss at the World Cup last year.
  • (Musicwire)
  • Hope Solo met with the coach and captains of the U.S.
  • (FOXSports.com)
  • U.S. Womens Soccer coach Pia Sundhage is not the type to punish. Known for her laid-back demeanor and encouraging coaching style, Sundhage is more apt to help players find a way to drive themselves than to be the one to force them one way or another.
  • (YardBarker)
  • Hope Solo is just becoming the badass of Team USA. First she admits to almost going to jail after throwing a rager at her house. Then, right before the Olympics, she came clean and admitted to being wasted on the Today Show after the 2008 Games.
  • (YardBarker)
  • LONDON (USA TODAY) — U.S. soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo has had the most bizarre couple of weeks. She simply cannot stay out of the headlines.
  • (Argus Leader)
  • Hope Solo is not backing down. The American goalkeeper Monday stood by her controversial tweets that blasted former U.S. soccer star and current NBC Sports commentator Brandi Chastain.
  • (am New York)

Nbcolympics

  • Forget the opening ceremonies.  The Olympics officially have begun only when folks who know squat about the television business start pissing and/or moaning about the fact that many key events are shown via tape delay in prime time.
  • (NBC Sports)
  • If you were paying attention to Twitter today, you were probably met with two conflicting sides of the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.
  • (TechCrunch)
  • Tuesday: 2 a.m. prelims (live, nbcolympics.com), 11:30 a.m. semifinals (live, nbcolympics.com) Wednesday: 12:15 p.m. (live, nbcolympics.com) TV: NBC, tape, 9:30 a.m.; NBC, tape, 12:45 p.m. NBC Primetime, 8 p.m. Online: Go to pugetsoundblogs.
  • (Kitsap Sun)
  • Comcast Celebrates Live Streaming of the 2012 Olympic Games Through NBCOlympics.
  • (Bloomberg)
  • According to Rick Zuckerman of NBCOlympics.com, 2012 is Great Britains first Olympic appearance since 1960. The host nation hasnt even tried to qualify since 1972. Team GBs soccer résumé includes two gold medals between the 1908 and 1912 games.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • The Peacock network also has trumpeted the fact that all the major events packaged for prime-time TV are available earlier live on nbcolympics.com, where the Mens Gymnastics Team Final is in progress as this is being written.
  • (CNN)
  • One problem with 2012 Olympics coverage is that there's so much of it. If you're in the U.S., you can turn to NBCOlympics.com for full video coverage of the Summer Games, including clips, highlights, and full-length video of competitions as they happen.
  • (TechCrunch)
  • Heres the schedule of events. The entirety of the 2012 Olympics will be streamed online at NBCOlympics.com. Below will be the complete list of television times for whats happening this Mondaay. All times are Pacific.
  • (SB Nation)
  • For complete coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics, visit NBCOlympics.com. LONDON (AP) — Hardly dreamy, still dominant. Kevin Durant scored 22 points, LeBron James added eight assists and the U.S.
  • (csnchicago.com)
  • Martha Karolyi, the U.S. womens gymnastics team coordinator, told NBCOlympics.com. But the fact is the fact. She did her best and she was edged by her teammates. According to the St.
  • (Huffington Post)

Olympic Medal Count

  • China and the United States will trade the medal lead back and forth over the course of the 2012 London Olympics. Monday afternoons swimming events helped the Americans tie China for the lead, but a couple of disappointments prevented the U.
  • (FOX News)
  • With two days of competition behind us, the United States is currently in second place in the 2012 London Olympics medal count. As of this moment, Team USA trails China both in total medals (12-11) and gold medals (6-3).
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • Want to know the how various countries are doing in the London 2012 Olympics? I give the gold to Yahoo, with Google narrowly missing to earn silver and Bing getting bronze mainly by virtue of being third in a three search engine race.
  • (Searchengineland.com)
  • Only one country will reign supreme when the 2012 Summer Olympics comes to a conclusion. We are just about done with Day 3 of the Olympics and the competition is just heating up.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • The two countries were tied for some time today, at 13. Then China took the lead when their mens gymnastics team took the gold.
  • (The Christian Science Monitor)
  • Britain won the bronze, its first team medal since 1912. Olympic rookie Sam Mikulak format is that three of the five members compete and all three scores count.
  • (Chicago Tribune)
  • Light heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk earned the powerful Ukrainian teams first victory in London, forcing a standing-eight count for Belarus Mikhail The American women have never won an Olympic gold medal in volleyball.
  • (ksl.com)
  • The United States took the water on Monday to maintain a tie with China in the overall medal count at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Team USA picked up five medals in the pool as the games continued, bringing their overall medal count to 17 so far.
  • (SB Nation)
  • LONDON -- The U.S. added to its Olympic diving medal count Monday as Nick McCrory and David Boudia won bronze in the mens 10-meter synchronized platform event.
  • (Los Angeles Daily News)

Olympic Schedule

  • London, July 31 — Following is the schedule of events involving Indian athletes at the London Olympic Games Tuesday.
  • (india.nydailynews.com)
  • LONDON — Missy Franklin of the United States had 15 to 20 minutes between swims to get ready for the most important final of her 17-year-old life at the London Olympics on Monday night.
  • (Sun Sentinel)
  • LONDON - Swimmings biggest names slug it out in the mens 200 metres freestyle on Monday as the weather stayed cool but sunny and Londons transport system defied predictions of gridlock on the first regular working day of the Olympic Games.
  • (The Guardian)
  • The London 2012 Olympics definitely aren't going as scheduled in the pool. Team USA was supposed to dominate any and all swimming competition with Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Through three days, though, they've been an utter disappointment.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • Tuesday, July 31 marks day seven of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Olympic action will be broadcast on NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, NBC Specialty Basketball Channel, NBC Specialty Soccer Channel, and Telemundo.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • Danell Leyva will anchor the U.S. mens gymnastics team in Mondays Olympic team final. Leyva will compete in four of the six events and serve as the last man up for the U.S. on high bar, the teams final event. The U.S.
  • (Sporting News)
  • The Chinese men won their second straight Olympic title in gymnastics and third in four games after a dismal performance in qualifying. - A schedule backlog turned the tennis venue at Wimbledon into a parade of Grand Slam champions, and all won.
  • (Seattle Times)
  • The 2012 Summer Olympics in London features excellent men's and women's tennis tournaments taking place at the All England Club – the same venue that hosts the Wimbledon Championships.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • The swimming portion of the 2012 Olympics continues on Monday, as four more individual events all have finals set for Monday afternoon.
  • (FOX News)

Olympic Games

  • More television viewers than ever are parking their eyeballs on NBCs coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games, but the network is getting hammered online for everything from advertising placement to delayed coverage of events to lame commentary.
  • (PC World)
  • which stands for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games. The big ruckus around here Monday morning was over all the empty seats people are seeing as they watch events on TV.
  • (Chicago Tribune)
  • London, July 31 — Following is the schedule of events involving Indian athletes at the London Olympic Games Tuesday.
  • (india.nydailynews.com)
  • LONDON — The U.S. women say they dont care about the final score. They just want to have least one more point than their opponent at the end of games in the womens Olympic basketball tournament.
  • (NJ.com)
  • A double-Winter Games gold medalist and a global brand, American White liked the idea. One problem. Skateboarding, his summer sport of choice is not an Olympic sport. At least not yet.
  • (Reuters)
  • Download and install oue software and enjoy all the pleasures of the sporting world comfortably like you are at the stadium watching the match live HD TV London Olympic 2012. Archery Live Womens Team/Mens Team All Sports Here.
  • (Salon)
  • Its far too early in these London Games to start making declarations about what kind of Olympics this will be for the American team.
  • (USA Today)
  • Tune in to Riverside Public Utilities' (RPU) weekly radio program, the "Green Power Report" tonight, at 8:30 p.m.
  • (PRWeb)
  • LONDON — Two games into the womens Olympic soccer tournament, one trend has already become clear: Opponents have decided assault and battery may be the most effective way to slow the high-powered U.S. attack.
  • (Chicago Tribune)
  • LONDON – The sadness now behind her, Jordyn Wieber is looking to a future far different from the one she anticipated when she arrived for the Olympic Games.
  • (USA Today)

John Orozco

  • John Orozco of the Bronx cant stick vault, causing U.S. team rough landing. The Americans finish disappointing fifth, with Orozco hoping to redeem himself in all-around.
  • (New York Daily News)
  • From the Bronx to London, John Orozcos journey to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team will be a source of strength during his quest for gold. Before he set out to conquer the world, John Orozco took on a mountain.
  • (CNN Sports Illustrated)
  • July, 28, 2012: John Orozco of the United States of America competes in the pommel horse in the Artistic Gymnastics Mens Team qualification on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena in London, England.
  • (FOX News)
  • John Orozco had arguably the toughest task on the team as the only athlete competing in five out of six events. At 19, he has been challenging Leyva for alpha dog status.
  • (ESPN)
  • New York (CNN)-- John Orozco won his first medal in gymnastics when he was 9. But he didnt hold onto that medal for long, giving it to another boy in the competition who was in tears after being teased for a bad performance.
  • (CNN)
  • The U.S. mens gymnastics team faltered as a team in Mondays finals. But John Orozco thinks hes to blame. I feel personally responsible. I did five events and I botched two, he said after the fifth-place finish.
  • (Associated Press)
  • American gymnast John Orozco is the image of the Olympic ideal. Kind, cheerful, talented, and bound in so much pure muscle that he could punch a hole through the springboard, Orozco is a young man made to be on a Wheaties box.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • The team finals for mens gymnastics at the 2012 Summer Olympics were filled with drama after a nail-biter of a finish. China dominated the day and earned the gold, much like they did in Beijing in 2008.
  • (Zap2it.com)
  • Go to NBCOlympics.com for updates on all the sports, athletes and more. Trending topic: John Orozco John Orozco is an American Olympic gymnast from the Bronx with an inspiring story.
  • (Abington Mariner)
  • Today they struggled in a couple of apparatuses and thats what got us. Mikulak and John Orozco, who had a particularly horrific day, said they were indeed unraveled by their emotions.
  • (NBCNews.com)

Ryan Lochte

  • LONDON – Ryan Lochte said for months that this is his time. But maybe its Missys. Missy Franklin won gold in the womens 100-meter backstroke Monday immediately after Lochtes fourth place in the mens star-studded 200 freestyle.
  • (USA Today)
  • Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte earned Team USAs first gold medal at Saturdays mens individual 400 meter individual medley, but hes got some other bling that hes just as proud of: His American flag-themed grill.
  • (WonderWall)
  • (CBS/AP) LONDON - Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers both won gold for the U.S. in the 100-meter backstroke on Monday, but fellow swimmer Ryan Lochte wasnt as lucky.
  • (CBS News)
  • July 30, 2012 -- Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte credits a beer keg and a giant boat chain with helping him win the United States first gold medal of the London games.
  • (WebMD)
  • LONDON — In the first three days of the Olympic swimming meet, the United States has set one world record. Dana Vollmer did that. Matt Grevers set an Olympic record. Missy Franklin set an American record. The two cover boys of the U.S.
  • (Orlando Sentinel)
  • As we pointed out yesterday, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte brought something to the summer games that is usually sported in rap videos—a grill (an American flag grill, mind you).
  • (Entertainment Online)
  • LONDON (AP) — Yannick Agnel dealt another crushing blow to Ryan Lochte and everyone else in the supposed Race of the Century at the London Olympics on Monday.
  • (nola.com)
  • Ryan Lochte was a big star well before he arrived at the London Olympics. And hes already made big news — good and not so good — in the first three days of competition. But here are 10 things you might not know about the swimming star.
  • (Indianapolis Star)
  • Phelps had finished fourth in his much-anticipated showdown with Ryan Lochte in the 400-meter individual medley, failing to win gold in his first Olympic final in eight years.
  • (ESPN)
  • Hong Kong (CNN)-- When Chinese teenager Ye Shiwen dives into the pool on Monday, all eyes will be firmly on the clock to see if she can repeat her world-beating -- Ryan Lochte-beating -- time in the last 50 meters.
  • (CNN)

Montenegro

  • PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — It was the only home Selija Hisenaj knew since she was forced out of war-torn Kosovo 13 years ago, and now its gone too.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • LONDON — After a silver-medal performance in the Beijing Olympics water polo tournament, which U.S.
  • (22 WSBT)
  • In the 16th century Montenegro developed a form of unique autonomy within the Ottoman Empire with Montenegrin clans being free from certain restrictions.
  • (Worldnews.com)
  • DEAR FANs Are, watching the London Summer Olympics 2012 Handball Women's Team Handball Montenegro vs Brazil Event live streaming link. Handball Women's Team Handball Montenegro vs Brazil Live Stream Online Olympics HD Video HQD CBSTV Game.
  • (Salon)
  • The equipment includes 50 base transceiver stations (BTS) for installation in Croatia, 25 BTS for installation in Montenegro, and associated core network equipment for installation in the network operations centers to be established in each country.
  • (Marketwatch)
  • Why do usual bicep curls when you instead can do a combo lunge and curl? Multi-joint exercises—those that work more than one joint-muscle at a time—are in fashion.
  • (FOX News)
  • Ron and Vicki Beaubien, of Coronado, California, greet their son, Layne Beaubien after the United States won their Olympic Group B match against Montenegro 8-7. They watch the game in the Olympic water polo arena.
  • (Orange County Register)
  • Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad, a feminist rewriting of Homers Odyssey, is to open Saturday as the highlight of an annual arts festival in Montenegro.
  • (CBC)
  • "Imagine the thighs melting downward into the blankets," says a yoga instructor. "Think like if you were pinching a pen to fully contract the muscles around the scapula," says a trainer.
  • (FOX News)
  • PODGORICA, July 19 (Reuters) - Montenegro has secured a loan from Credit Suisse Group AG of 100 million euros ($122.65 million), about a third of its total planned borrowing for 2012, it said on Thursday.
  • (Reuters UK)

Dana Vollmer

  • LONDON -- Dana Vollmer won a gold medal at the Olympics and set a world record, too. Not bad for someone who didnt even qualify four years ago.
  • (ESPN)
  • Cathy Vollmer sits in the front row at the 2003 USA National Swimming Championships in Indianapolis. Shes nervous, as any mom with a daughter competing would be.
  • (Huffington Post)
  • LONDON — So much for all those dire predictions of records set during the high-tech bodysuit era standing for decades. They're quickly falling at the Olympic Aquatics Centre.
  • (NorthJersey.com)
  • LONDON — Four years ago, Dana Vollmer did not even qualify for the Beijing Olympics. Last night, she not only won a gold medal in the women's 100-meter butterfly, but she set a world record doing it, winning her first individual gold in 55.
  • (New York Post)
  • Why were there so many empty seats during the first day of the Olympic games? Does that mean the Games are a failure?
 Apparently, many of the empty seats you saw are right up front—VIP positions, essentially.
  • (Entertainment Online)
  • Another night of the summer games in London for the 2012 Olympics are underway, and already, there were many things that stood out.
  • (Entertainment Online)
  • LONDON — There was serious drama Sunday at the Aquatic Center, but it sure wasn't what was expected. First, U.S.
  • (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • The second day of the London 2012 Olympics was filled with more teeth-clenching and heart-wrenching moments than last night's episode of True Blood. At this pace, we're going to be a ball of nerves by day 17. As anticipated, the U.S.
  • (Entertainment Weekly Online)
  • ELLEN Gandy was eighth as the United States Dana Vollmer won the Olympic 100 metres butterfly title in a new world record of 55.98 seconds in London.
  • (campaignseries.co.uk)
  • LONDON — Dana Vollmer finished a blistering final 50 meters of the 100 butterfly Sunday, smacked the wall, ditched her goggles and squinted at the clock. It took a moment to find it, then to sink in. She'd done it: 55.98 seconds. A world record.
  • (Dallas Morning News)

Nadia Comaneci

  • LONDON (AP) -- Nadia Comaneci is hoping gymnastics reverts to the old style of scoring and again give competitors a chance at the perfect 10 that she made famous.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • LONDON -- Wearing seven-inch black stilettos, skinny jeans and a black figure-hugging T-shirt declaring Im Gold, Nadia Comaneci was still turning heads in London 36 years after producing the defining image of Olympic gymnastics.
  • (Calgary Herald)
  • Latynina has had 18 since 1964. The world might remember more the tiny dancers of the blossoming television age; Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton, Olga Korbut. But nobody, in her sport or any other, has owned more Olympic medals than she.
  • (USA Today)
  • London: Former Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci and ex-basketball star John Amaechi will carry take the Olympic flame as it begins a seven-day tour of London on Saturday.
  • (sports.ndtv.com)
  • Wieber was one of only four women in the completion to rack up more than 60 points on the day. Karoyli coached legend Nadia Comaneci to prominence in 1976 before training Mary Lou Retton, the first American to win an all-around gold in the Olympics.
  • (MLive.com)
  • Back in 1976 when Nadia Comaneci made the perfect 10s they no longer offer in the world of womens Olympic gymnastics, I remember being shocked by the revelation that Romanian girls left home and made the team their family at an early age.
  • (The Christian Science Monitor)
  • Former Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci and ex-basketball star John Amaechi will carry the Olympic flame as it begins a seven-day tour of London on Saturday.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • Even now, she is not exactly all sugar and spice. Latynina once called Olga Korbut a prima donna. Ask her about Nadia Comaneci and prepare to get an earful. Nadia had a very good PR company, she said.
  • (Knoxville News Sentinel)

McKayla Maroney

  • LONDON (AP) -- McKayla Maroneys busted big toe wont keep her from vaulting for the U.S. in Sundays Olympic team qualification.
  • (CNN Sports Illustrated)
  • LONDON -- U.S. gymnast McKayla Maroney, the world gold medalist on vault, said Thursday she has a broken right big toe. She learned it was broken after re-injuring it on round-off dismount on her beam routine.
  • (Argus Leader)
  • LONDON – United States gymnastic star McKayla Maroney is icing her right foot after participating in light conditioning work on Monday. McKayla Maroney is the favorite to win the womens vault competition in London.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • LONDON -- When American vault star McKayla Maroney, the hands-down favorite to win the Olympic title on vault at the Olympic Games, didnt practice for the second day in a row, tongues started wagging.
  • (Examiner)
  • Family members of McKayla Maroney were decked out in T-shirts with the phrase "Air Maroney" as they cheered on the 16-year-old gymnast as she competed on the vault. Maroney's father is a native of Milford. "It's very exciting.
  • (NBCNews.com)
  • Todays Londons Calling edition of The Sporting Muse: When you have a prep playground as vast as Long Beach, its pretty hard for a notable young athlete to slip under the sporting radar.
  • (Long Beach Press-Telegram)
  • When Posh Spice reunites with the rest of the Spice Girls for their highly anticipated performance at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony on Aug.
  • (AOL Music)
  • There are three gymnasts from the Los Angeles area that will be competing in the 2012 Olympic Games. On the womens team, Kyla Ross came from the hometown of Aliso Viejo.
  • (SB Nation)
  • A U.S. team that features Aliso Viejos Kyla Ross and Laguna Niguels McKayla Maroney posted Sundays top score at the North Greenwich Arena 181.863, further solidifying their position as the favorite for the gold medal in Tuesdays team final.
  • (NBCNews.com)
  • LONDON — A broken toe didn't stop McKayla Maroney from vaulting all summer. It sure isn't going to stop her now. The world vault champion aggravated a break in her right big toe during training last week, and she took it easy for the next few days.
  • (Bryan College Station Eagle)

Jordyn Wieber

  • LONDON – The sadness now behind her, Jordyn Wieber is looking to a future far different from the one she anticipated when she arrived for the Olympic Games.
  • (USA Today)
  • Its only natural that how Jordyn Wieber missed the all-around finals is getting overwhelming publicized. Ive been a part of that publicity and Wieber deserves it, just like she deserves a spot in the all-around finals.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • LONDON -- The coach of reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber says its an injustice the American wont be included in Thursdays Olympic all-around finals.
  • (ESPN)
  • SALT LAKE CITY — A 2003 rule change in qualifying for the top prize in Olympic Gymnastics that has people around the world upset.
  • (ksl.com)
  • LONDON — The coach of reigning world champion Jordyn Wieber says its an injustice the American wont be included in Thursdays Olympic all-around finals.
  • (Knoxville News Sentinel)
  • Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber can find comfort in 2008 gold medalist Nastia Liukins words and own story of disappointment.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • Somewhere between grueling workouts and setting world records, some of the 2012 Olympics youngest athletes still find the time to be normal teenagers.
  • (Huffington Post)
  • In 1992, one of the three all-around finalists for the Russian Unified team suffered an injury (gasp!), conveniently allowing their top gymnast, who fell on the beam and finished fourth on the team in the qualification round, to enter the all-around.
  • (The Christian Science Monitor)
  • This is perhaps the worst example of the old Olympic rulebook where only two gymnasts from each team can move to the finals.
  • (nvonews.com)
  • This afternoon, I opened my Facebook news feed to find a short cellphone video of my friend Bill Ruhl with his 12-year-old son, Ryan, and a woman. The first thing I noticed was that the blonde woman wasn't Bill's wife.
  • (Salon)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Shawn Johnson

  • LONDON (Reuters) - So English, Shawn Johnson exclaimed as she eyed a platter of juicy sausages during a glitzy Olympic party.
  • (Reuters)
  • LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Melissa Rycroft came in third on Season 8 of "Dancing with the Stars," missing out on the top two spots to co-competitors Shawn Johnson and Gilles Marini.
  • (Access Hollywood)
  • Former 'NSync member Joey Fatone and gymnast Shawn Johnson will also be returning, ABC announced Friday. Other contestants include: • General Hospital star Kelly Monaco. • Former 98 Degrees boy-band member Drew Lachey.
  • (Bryan College Station Eagle)
  • The stars, the glittery costumes, the ballroom drama, and of course, the dancing, are all back for a new season of ABCs hit show Dancing With the Stars.
  • (WOI-TV)
  • It's only been two months since wide-receiver-turned-hoofer Donald Driver claimed the coveted mirror ball trophy on "Dancing With the Stars," bringing a glittering end to the last season of the ballroom bash.
  • (NBCNews.com)
  • Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson is adding to her resume with a new gig going into the London Olympics. The West Des Moines native will serve as a special correspondent for NBC's TODAY.com.
  • (NBCNews.com)
  • In 2004, Johnson competed in the Junior Olympics (U.S. Level 10) National Championships, finishing fourth in the all-around, first on beam, and second on floor.
  • (Worldnews.com)
  • If Shawn Johnson thought her life would settle down once she had officially retired from gymnastics, shes been sorely disappointed. Well, maybe disappointed isnt the word.
  • (Examiner)

Muhammad Ali

  • LONDON (AP) — Muhammad Ali was the star of a London charity gala Wednesday that set off the Olympic party season - though with a gentle jog rather than an A-list burst out of the blocks.
  • (YAHOO!)
  • LONDON — Just why Muhammad Ali was trotted out to make a cameo appearance at the opening ceremonies remains a mystery that organizers have yet to fully explain.
  • (Tacoma News Tribune)
  • Muhammad Ali was already a part of Olympic history before last nights opening ceremony of the London Games.
  • (Daily Mail)
  • LONDON.
  • (Art Daily)
  • Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff reportedly was surprised to see Marina Silva carry the flag. Muhammad Ali and Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, appeared with the flagbearers.
  • (San Jose Mercury News)
  • Sports legend Muhammad Ali was honoured for his lifetime achievements at a special charity gala in London on Wednesday (25Jul12).
  • (MSN)
  • Brit glamour model Maria Fowler was involved in a Twitter spat after she asked why Muhammad Ali, who is suffering from Parkinsons disease, couldnt stand during the Olympics opening ceremony. She was immediately met with incredulity from SB.
  • (NetIndia123.com)
  • Muhammad Ali was the star of a London charity gala last night that set off the Olympic party season — though with a gentle jog rather than an A-list burst out of the blocks.
  • (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)
  • LONDON (USA TODAY) — Muhammad Ali, whose coming out party was the 1960 Rome Olympics and who stunned the world again when he lit the cauldron at the 1996 Atlanta Games, will attend Fridays opening ceremonies but will not be officially involved.
  • (Argus Leader)

Missy Franklin

  • LONDON — — Missy Franklin of Centennial blew away the competition in the first 100-meter backstroke semifinal here Sunday evening, swimming a 59.12 to advance to Mondays final. The top eight in the two semifinals advance to the finals.
  • (Denver Post)
  • Four years ago, in Beijing, Natalie Coughlin became the first American female to swim her way to six gold medals in a single Olympics. Throughout the course of her career, shes won 11 medals.
  • (Bleacherreport.com)
  • July 29, 2012 (LONDON) -- Emily Seebohm of Australia qualified fastest in the 100-meter backstroke preliminaries on Sunday with an Olympic-record time at the London Games. Seebohm touched in 58.23 seconds, lowering the old mark of 58.
  • (Abc Local Web)
  • LONDON — The stands in the Olympic Aquatics Centre stretch seemingly to the heavens on both sides of the pool. D.A. and Dick Franklin, sitting eight rows from the top, certainly felt like they were in the vicinity of Cloud 9 Saturday night.
  • (Delaware County Daily Times)
  • LONDON (USA TODAY) — Missy Franklin was waiting, waiting and waiting — all the while hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. It was the morning of July 20, and she had just awakened in Vichy, France, nearly 5,000 miles from her home in Denver.
  • (Courier-Journal)
  • U.S. Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin said Thursday she was so deeply affected by the movie shootings in the suburb of Aurora, Colo. last week, she will be dedicating all of her races at the London Games to her home state of Colorado.
  • (YardBarker)
  • LONDON -- Swimming star Missy Franklin earned her first medal Saturday, and now she sets her sights on her second career medal in her first Olympic individual event.
  • (Denver Channel)
  • If were going to talk about Missy Franklin, lets get one thing straight first. Missy Franklin is not the next Michael Phelps. Nor is Missy Franklin the next Natalie Coughlin. And Missy Franklin is most certainly not the next Ryan Lochte.
  • (The Guardian)
  • VICHY, France-- The headline at the top of the national daily Liberation screamed, Lenfer a Denver (Hell in Denver).
  • (Sterling Journal-Advocate)