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Jul 30, 2012

Olympics-Volleyball-Short can be sweet in sport of giants

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – The notion that all volleyball
players need to tower over the net like beanpoles was put to
rest at the Olympics on Monday when China’s little libero Zhang
Xian stole the show.

Standing just 1.67 metres tall among a team of giants, Zhang
resembled a mouse surrounded by long grass but her scurrying
runs around the court made all the difference.

Jul 29, 2012

India gatecrasher identified as cast member

LONDON (Reuters) – A woman who gatecrashed India’s parade at the Olympic opening ceremony was a member of the cast from the extravaganza but should not have been with the athletes, London 2012 chief Sebastian Coe said on Sunday.

Indian officials were incensed by her unauthorized presence alongside flag-bearing wrestler Sushil Kumar on Friday, wearing red and blue in complete contrast to female members of the contingent who were sporting yellow saris and blue blazers.

Jul 29, 2012

Olympics-India gatecrasher identified as cast member

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – A woman who gatecrashed India’s
parade at the Olympic opening ceremony was a member of the cast
from the extravaganza but should not have been with the
athletes, London 2012 chief Sebastian Coe said on Sunday.

Indian officials were incensed by her unauthorised presence
alongside flag-bearing wrestler Sushil Kumar on Friday, wearing
red and blue in complete contrast to female members of the
contingent who were sporting yellow saris and blue blazers.

Jul 26, 2012
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London Olympics 2012 live blog

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Click on the link below to find all the latest news, photos and gossip from the London Olympics 2012

http://live.reuters.com/Event/London_Olympics_2012_2

Jul 26, 2012
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Roger Federer bids for Olympic glory to complete the set

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By Anupam Pratihary

Tragedy may not have been a constant companion as it was in Vincent van Gogh’s life, but Roger Federer’s game has the genius of the maestro’s work. If the Dutch artist’s canvases had yellow as its dominant colour, reminiscent of the sun, the Swiss player’s strokes pack all the sun’s brilliance.

Both artists inspire as much awe as disbelief. From 2003 to 2012, Federer achieved what history had never witnessed: 17 grand slam singles titles and 287 weeks at the top. Now he has his sights set on Olympic glory, the one big prize to so far elude him.  The London Olympic tennis takes place in the next two weeks at a familar venue — Wimbledon.

Jul 26, 2012

Wimbledon bursts with rare color

LONDON (Reuters) – Wimbledon’s conservative traditions have been banished for the London Olympics with pink branding and bright red dresses set to adorn the esteemed grasscourt tennis venue.

Any clothing color other than white is normally frowned upon at the annual grand slam tournament but different rules apply in the Olympic tennis event, which has taken over the hallowed turf.

Jul 26, 2012

Olympics-Tennis-Wimbledon bursts with rare colour

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) – Wimbledon’s conservative
traditions have been banished for the London Olympics with pink
branding and bright red dresses set to adorn the esteemed
grasscourt tennis venue.

Any clothing colour other than white is normally frowned
upon at the annual grand slam tournament but different rules
apply in the Olympic tennis event, which has taken over the
hallowed turf.

Jul 26, 2012
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Milan’s future could lie with Inzaghi clones

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By Phil O’Connor

Defenders in Italy breathed a sigh of relief this week as Filippo Inzaghi hung up his boots. The bad news for them is that his new challenge is to produce the next generation of Italian goal-hanging greats as AC Milan’s youth team coach. 

Inzaghi was the simplest of goal-poachers, with a bloodhound’s instinct for sniffing out a chance and the cobra-like reflexes to exploit it. He was neither a dribbler nor a passer, and his career-long battle with the offside rule reached ridiculous proportions at times, but his finishing ability was second to none.

Jul 19, 2012

Brazil teams look big favorites

LONDON (Reuters) – Brazilian flair and togetherness, coupled with an extraordinary amount of experience, make their men’s and women’s volleyball teams the big favorites for glory at the London Olympics.

In the men’s arena, world champions Brazil will be gunning for a third Games title and look a better bet than current Olympic champions the United States, who will still hope for a podium spot.

Jul 19, 2012

Olympics-Volleyball-Brazil teams look big favourites

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – Brazilian flair and
togetherness, coupled with an extraordinary amount of
experience, make their men’s and women’s volleyball teams the
big favourites for glory at the London Olympics.

In the men’s arena, world champions Brazil will be gunning
for a third Games title and look a better bet than current
Olympic champions the United States, who will still hope for a
podium spot.