4x200 free relay
Anytime you can say, "Yeah, but we toppled the 17-year-old East German world record," it's a great day. Congrats to the super-fast women.
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Two Words For You:
More LeBron is the solution to what's
ailing U.S. Hoops.
The 89-79 win over Australia (coming from
12 points behind) was notable for the dominant 24-12
fourth quarter. On the floor for the entire period?
Turns out he's a pretty stellar international
player -- because the entire Olympic trick is passing and he does that better than anyone else on the
roster. The U.S. played better precisely because
LeBron was in there.
"Playing freshmen" might be anathema to Larry Brown's
sensibilities, but it's time for him to build on his
decision to play LeBron for the entire fourth.
If LeBron leads the U.S. in minutes played, it
will win the gold and quash the critics. If Brown
overthinks and limits LeBron's minutes --
because he's young, because he likes to celebrate
after baskets, whatever -- the U.S. will have no one to
blame but the guy doling out the PT.
Hamm Wins Gold
Move over, Michael Phelps: In taking
the first gold in men's all-around gymnastics in
U.S. history, Paul Hamm vaults himself into
If Mary Lou Retton was a guy: Moving from 12th
place after the vault to near-perfection in the high bar at the end, Hamm provided the most exciting comeback (not
to mention the closest finish -- 12
one-thousandths of a point) in Olympic men's
So what next? Endorsement deals with
lunchmeats? (Even though his name rhymes with Tom.) Perhaps the Wheaties box? Maybe, like the fans who watched, he can enjoy the achievement simply for the unparalleled success it
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AZ Cards: Hard-luck camp gets harder; lose DT Kenny King
Per the preceding item, we have a new
1. Paul Hamm
Unprecedented gold sure helps
2. Michael Phelps
But 200IM gold on deck today
3. USA softball
Wow: 5 shutouts in 5 games
4. U.S. women swimmers
4x200 awesome; Coughlin next?
5. Adam Nelson
Shot-putter gracious in defeat
Phelps on Demand
Thursday: 200 IM finals (no WR
in qualifiers, but watch for it with gold at
stake), plus 100 fly qualifying -- with the 100 fly
finals showdown with master Ian Crocker on radar for
Friday. That's medals No. 6 and 7 for those doing the
Bowa on Hot Seat
"He's the manager." With that ringing
non-endorsement, perhaps Phillies GM Ed Wade would
like to enter the Quickie office pool on when
manager Larry Bowa gets canned. The current target
date: Irony-laden Labor Day. How about an early
Eli's gonna get a look at the NFC's
best front four, and it might be from his backside.
Whether it lasts a quarter or just a series, Manning
will quickly realize the difference between playing
the 2nd quarter vs. some scrubs and starting vs. nasty
vets with a taste for No. 1 overall draft
ND's New Sked
"What They Said, What They Meant," Back
to School Edition, featuring Notre Dame athletic
director Kevin White, on the team's interest in
changing its future football schedules:
What he said:
"More clarity and sanity."
What he meant:
Este-banned: Is the mighty Loiaza Era already over in New York? The NY Post is reporting that the Yankees want to pawn him off on the Rangers.
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making a late push, or is the O's Angelos still
flexing about the DC area? ...|
Another Eric Gagne blown save (that's 2!) lends
validity to concerns he's arm-weary (or maybe just
that the Marlins are stirring) ...
As if losing Pettitte wasn't enough, the Astros list
Clemens as day-to-day after straining his calf
running to 1B ...
Bonds Watch: Hit No. 692 (34th this season) in second game of a Wednesday doubleheader ...
Deion Update: Not unexpectedly, he's on his own
timetable, undermining everything that control-freak
NFL coaches stand for ...
Why does it feel like the Braves are involved in every
big "playoff-preview"-ish series these days? Next up:
4 vs. the Dodgers ...
More OLY must-see: Natalie Coughlin in the women's
100 free, coming off her semi where the Aussie one
lane over set a new WR ...