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It took a last-second goal by Alex Morgan to send the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team into its Gold Medal matchup against Japan, but no such heroics were required to earn the Yanks a revenge-filled victory today:
Yes, we did! By a score of 2-1, America took down the team that shocked us in last summer’s World Cup finals.
Carli Lloyd scored in the eighth and 54th minutes of the game, with Yuki Ogimi netting a shot in the 63rd minute, and the U.S. held on for the prize it had been aiming for over the past two weeks.
An Olympic record crowd for women’s soccer (80,203) at Wembley Stadium watchedMore >
Aly Raisman’s parents may be a little over the top (okay, more than a little), but it’s hard to blame them for celebrating her Olympic gymnastics glory.
Well, unless you’re this grumpy old guy.
In defense of Aly’s parents, they are as loving, supportive and enthusiastic as you can get. No one disputes that, some just think they go overboard.
Yet even folks put off by the spectacle Raisman’s parents put on should give them a pass them for cheering Aly’s floor exercise gold medal Tuesday.
Two gold medals and one bronze for a teen who was an afterthought on Team USA behind Jordyn Wieber andMore >
Oscar Pistorius of South Africa may not have captured a medal at the London Olympics, but you’d be hard pressed to find a bigger winner at the games, or in life.
This photo surfacing Sunday on Twitter proves it 1,000 times over.
It’s an older image, but it resurfaced after Pistorius raced in the 400-meter semifinals. What Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee, did this week is immeasurable.
Because of him, Ellie Challs, the young girl he is seen racing here, can look up to a man who faced the same obstacles as her but refuse to accept limits:
Pistorius, nicknamed the Blade Runner after hisMore >
Michael Phelps is dating a 25-year old model named Megan Rossee.
How is this NOT the most pressing off-the-field-court/field/arena story of the 2012 London Olympics at the moment? Because Nick Delpopolo was given the boot from the Games after testing positive for marijuana.
And the U.S. judo team member hilariously claims it’s due to the accidental ingestion of a pot brownie.
Delpopolo was expelled from the Olympics last week, while his accreditation was stripped and his seventh place finish expunged. But the 23-year old swears he never meant to get high.
The dirty test was “caused by myMore >
Tragic news today out of the world of professional sports: Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid, was found dead in his room at the club’s training camp at Lehigh University. He was 29.
Reid’s body was found by local police after a 911 call was placed at 7:20 a.m.
Police chief Edward Shupp says “no suspicious activities” have been reported.
The team gathered for practice this morning, without Andy Reid present, and said a prayer prior to assistant coaches leading the squad through a walk-through.
Garrett and younger brother Britt have each battled substanceMore >
A remarkable kick save – yes, you can do that – made by a member of Brazil’s women’s volleyball team didn’t result a medal, or even help win a match, but is still one of top highlights of the London Olympics so far.
Don’t believe us? Watch and you’ll agree:
Like many residents of her soccer-crazed nation, Fabiana Oliveira clearly plays that sport in addition to volleyball, as evidenced by the INSANE bicycle kick save she executed to keep a point alive in the second set against South Korea.
South Korea would ultimately win the match, but Brazil went on toMore >
It’s a good day to be an American.
Within hours of the U.S. Gymnastics Team taking home the Gold Medal by a very wide margin, Michael Phelps set the record for most times on the Olympic podium.
The iconic athlete teamed with Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens, and Conor Dwyer to take first place in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay this afternoon, giving Phelps 19 total medals over three Olympics, the most of any athlete in the history of the Games.
In addition to the all-time Olympic medal record, Phelps holds the mark for most Gold Olympic medals (15) and the record for most Golds in individual eventsMore >
Michel Morganella has become the second Olympic athlete sent home from the Summer Olympics due to an offense message on Twitter.
Two days before the Games even started, Voula Papachristou of Greece was given the boot after disrespecting African-Americans in a joke about West Nile mosquitoes.
Now Morganella – a member of the Swiss soccer team – has suffered the same fate after a defeat to South Korea resulted in a Tweet that included references to wanting to “punch” and “burn” the victors from that nation.
“As a member of the Swiss Olympic mission he gravely discriminated, insulted andMore >
His personal life may be a ridiculous mess, but Kris Humphries just got his professional world in order:
ESPN reports that the ex-husband of Kim Kardashian has signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets. The 27-year-old power forward averaged career-highs of 13.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game with that club last season.
Does the rich new deal mean Humphries will finally relent in his divorce proceedings, signing his name on the dotted line and legally ending his relationship with Kardashian?
It doesn’t seem likely.
In the latest development surrounding that bizarreMore >
Saudi Arabia will send female athletes to the London Olympics this summer, ending the ultra-conservative Muslim country’s record of not doing so.
The decision, announced Thursday by the IOC, means every country competing in the London games will include women athletes for the first time in history.
The two female Saudi Arabia Olympic competitors are judo athlete Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani and 800-meter runner Sarah Attar.
The duo, who were invited by the International Olympic Committee, were entered by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee by the July 9 deadline.
“This is veryMore >
Hope Solo of the U.S. soccer team says that the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing were filled with drinking, revelry and sex … off the field of course.
Before she packs her bags to head to London for the 2012 Olympics next week, the star revealed some sizzling secrets from the 2008 Beijing games.
Solo failed a drug test recently but was let off with a warning and will compete in London. She told the newest issue of ESPN The Magazine:
After topping Brazil 1-0 to take the gold, the post-match celebration was so raucous that they were still drunk during an interview the next morning.
“When weMore >
Rob Gronkowski set the record for touchdowns by a tight end last season.
But the New England Patriots star is thinking about spiking a different kind of balls on the cover of ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue. That’s right, he’s naked!
Gronkowski, who once said he would bang Tim Tebow, is one of many athletes who bare very nearly all within the pages of the publication. Others include: Brad Richards, Tyson Chandler and all members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team.
Take a close, long, hard look at the NFL All-Pro now and decide: Would you hit that?
Matt Lauer will soon head to London in order to cover the Summer Olympics for The Today Show and, according to a new report, wife Annette Roque will attend the event along with her three kids.
A fun family vacation? Not exactly.
Sources tell Radar Online that Roque continues to be wary of her husband, specifically his relationship with reporter Natalie Morales, and that she’s only headed overseas to keep “tabs” on Lauer.
“Annette and the kids will all be going to the Olympics so she can keep very close tabs on Matt,” an insider says of the couple. “Matt and his family will be staying at aMore >
San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker is suing the Manhattan nightclub where a fight between Chris Brown and Drake broke out and led to mass chaos.
Why? Because the NBA star suffered a scratched retina when glass bottles and shards started flying during the melee, according to news reports.
The baller, who is expected to be fine in time for the Olympics but must wear a patch on the eye for several weeks, seeks $20 million in damages.
New York officials shut down W.i.P. nightclub in the aftermath.
Parker claims that the club nearly cost him his career by properly secure and oversee theMore >