7th Aug 12, 17:32 #261
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Another Olympics/motorsport link: the French cycling team's director has accused the British team of F1-style rule-bending using "magic wheels":
London 2012: Are 'magic wheels' the secret to GB cycling dominance? | Sport | guardian.co.uk
"We know that they work with McLaren" she is quoted as saying - is that a veiled accusation of cheating If they were working with Red Bull I'd be more suspicious
7th Aug 12, 18:05 #262
US accused of 'illegal' tactics - The Boston Globe
Canada basically accusing the US of illeagle marking tactics on set plays. Then after beaten the really classy coach of Canada came out with this:
Soccer: Canadians accuse referee after defeat to U.S - Yahoo! Sports
LONDON (Reuters) - Canada's beaten soccer players accused Norwegian referee Christiana Pedersen of bias towards the United States after their dramatic 4-3 extra-time defeat in their Olympic women's soccer semi-final on Monday.
In a rare move, Pedersen penalized Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod for holding the ball for too long after making a save in the 80th minute, awarding the U.S. an indirect free kick in the penalty area.
The law states the goalkeeper should release the ball after six seconds, but it is hardly ever applied in either men's or women's soccer.
While that decision appeared to Canada's team to be harsh, Pedersen then awarded the U.S. a penalty resulting from Megan Rapinoe's free kick. The ball struck the elbow of Canadian Marie-Eve Nault with the player turning away.
The referee was not available for comment.
A spokesman for world soccer's governing body FIFA said: "As is our practice, FIFA will make no comment on this issue and in any case, the referee's decision is always final."
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7th Aug 12, 19:50 #263
Finally more qymnastic gold for the US as Aly Raisman takes gold in "the floor"
7th Aug 12, 20:29 #264
Viva Mexico!!! knocks off Japan!!! Brazil 1 Korea nil 1st half,. It wold be classic if the US and Mexico took footballer gold.
7th Aug 12, 20:29 #265
7th Aug 12, 20:51 #266
Gerd Kanter won bronze for Estonia in men's discus. Good
7th Aug 12, 20:53 #267
7th Aug 12, 20:56 #268
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Anyone else looking forward to seeing women's boxing?"signature room for rent"
7th Aug 12, 21:00 #269
8th Aug 12, 10:56 #270
People wanna see balls out, full power sprint to the finish, and I don't think there's anything more representative of brute force and speed than the 100 meters finals. And as a race fan, that's what appeals to me the most as well.
Besides, most of the hype these days is because of Bolt anyway. People turn up to see whether he's gonna break any new world records or not.
8th Aug 12, 12:09 #271
8th Aug 12, 15:01 #272
And 4X100m relay... I would very much like to see that one too. and it lasts for almost 40 seconds.. not popcorn material but nevertheless
8th Aug 12, 19:08 #273
US is getting bitch-slapped by Italy in Volleyball
8th Aug 12, 20:16 #274
8th Aug 12, 21:39 #275
Alright Allyson Felix romps in winning 200-meter gold.
8th Aug 12, 23:26 #276
9th Aug 12, 00:58 #277
9th Aug 12, 01:27 #278
Seventeen-year-old American female boxer Claressa Shields is one win away from a gold medal.
The medal would be her first, and it would be groundbreaking on a lot of levels. This is the first Olympics with female boxing as a sport. Shields, the youngest boxer in the field, represents a new kind of power for female athletes. Could she be the next truly inspiring thing about boxing? I can only hope.
On Wednesday Shields decisively defeated Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova, 29-15, to move on to the gold medal match against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova, who got by China's Jinzi Li in a 12-10 decision. The two will fight for the gold Thursday at 12:15 p.m, ET. Against Volnova, Shields won each of the four rounds, none by fewer than two points. She knocked down Volnova twice.
And amid all that? She comes from one of the most crime-ridden cities in America: Flint, Mich. Here's a quick snippet from the linked story.
There are two rings at work here. One outer ring surrounding the physical, actual boxing ring that's built Shields into an emblem. The other is a palpable shield of locals and a community's desire that won't let anyone spoil one of the best things about Flint that the town's seen in years.
9th Aug 12, 10:15 #279
Games are over for us. We got 9 medals ( 2 - 5 - 2 ), pretty good for a country where nobody is practicing any sport.
Now I'm interested only in the Spice Girls performance on the final ceremony.
9th Aug 12, 11:23 #280
What a great evening yesterday... First 3-0 over USA then we trashed Ol champ Hungary on water poloWhen you're tired of rallying...you're tired of life