The United States women’s soccer team clinched the top spot in Group G after Abby Wambach’s 25th minute goal gave it a 1-0 win over North Korea and a perfect record in three group-play matches.
The three-time gold medal winners finished with the maximum nine points, having also beaten France and Colombia, and will play New Zealand in Friday’s quarterfinals at 6:30 a.m. Read More
If Olympic success comes as naturally to Missy Franklin as exuberance and enthusiasm, then she has a swimming future so golden one almost needs sunglasses to contemplate it.
The 17-year-old American’s first gold of the London Games on Monday, the 100-meter backstroke, may have been widely predicted, but the taste of victory still exceeded all her expectations. Read More
U.S. gymnast John Orozco endured successive disasters as the United States slumped to finish fifth in Monday’s men’s team final, two days after raising hopes of gold by qualifying in first place.
Orozco, the fourth best all-round gymnast in Saturday’s qualifying, faltered twice on the pommel horse, briefly sitting down, and then fell on his vault. Read More
When former Cal standout Dana Vollmer stepped on to the Olympic podium on Sunday to be presented with a gold medal for winning the women’s 100-meter butterfly, it was the end of a long and difficult journey, but one that she hopes will continue.
A child prodigy, Vollmer was earmarked for greatness even before she reached her teens, and the forecasters looked to have got it exactly right when she won a gold medal in a relay at the 2004 Athens Olympics as a 16-year-old. Read More
All eyes turn to London today for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, an exuberant journey from Britain’s idyllic pastures through the grime of the Industrial Revolution and ending in a contemporary world dominated by popular culture.
The three-hour showcase created by Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle will be watched by a crowd of 60,000 in the main stadium built in a run-down area of London’s East End and a global audience of more than a billion. Read More
At first glance, Alex Morgan looks like one of those people who got dealt a stacked hand at birth: she came in at No. 66 in Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 of 2012 list, she’s intelligent and she’s athletically talented. But in reality, the former Cal standout is a product of hard work, dedication and fearlessness. Read More
Now that the U.S. is eliminated, perhaps we can put the World Cup in perspective.
For weeks, I’ve been reading and hearing critics who have derided the competition for the relative lack of scoring, which only proves their ignorance of the sport. Read More
If you never knew what it’s like to go from despair to elation, you could have found out by watching this morning’s U.S.A. versus Algeria soccer game, our team’s third of the World Cup. Read More