Usain Bolt Pursuing Dream of One Day Playing for Man United


The world’s fastest man, sprinter of all sprinters Usain Bolt is a huge Manchester United fan. While his ultimate dream is to one day play for the giant English club, he is currently arranging to train with Borussia Dortmund and “see what happens.”

“We’ve genuinely been talking to people” about a post track and field career in football, Bolt said in an extensive interview with The Guardian.

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Kerri Walsh-Jennings: One Half of America’s Beach Volleyball Heroes


For a couple weeks in August, during the London 2012 Summer Olympiad, was all about Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh-Jennings and Misty May-Treanor, and also about Silver Medalists Jen Kessy and April Ross. Now it’s just Kerri Walsh-Jennings and April Ross.

Their were trending on Twitter then, then trended again when they played this week, they will be trending again when you see them in action tonight. You all stopped caring about the sport for four years. Now you’re back to being interested again. Then after the Rio Olympics are over, you can then return to not caring about beach volleyball.

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April Ross: One Half of America’s Beach Volleyball Heroes

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In 2012, it was all about two American duos: April Ross and Jen Kessy, Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor. Then you all stopped caring about the sport for four years. Now you’re back and it’s one pairing you’re interested in- Kerri Walsh-Jennings and April Ross. Then after the Rio Olympics are over, you can then return to not caring about beach volleyball.

Here in this post, we profile one half of that team, April Ross. (we covered Kerri Walsh-Jennings over at this link) Enjoy!

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Russian Olympic Track Star Darya Klishina Branded a Traitor


Darya Klishina is a Russian long jumper who will compete at the 2016 Summer Olympiad under the neutral flag. She will be one of very few track and field competitors from Mother Russia due to the doping scandal. Entering the 2012 Summer Olympiad in London, Klishina held the Russian junior record for long jump, with 7.03 m, the all time second best junior mark.

Oh, and did we mention that social media has branded her a treasonous individual? Never change, Twitter. Just really, never change.

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USA Boxer Mikaela Mayer Could Fill Olympic Star Void


If the troglodytic saying “you fight like a girl” isn’t dead yet, it soon will be. You would think that Ronda Rousey would have finished off those dead-enders holding on to that neanderthal phrase, but if that’s not the case, perhaps Mikaela Mayer will.

She’s one of two female Boxers fighting for the United States of America this Summer Olympiad in Rio, and she has one very unique backstory heading into the games.

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Rio Pop Sensation Anitta the Talk of Opening Ceremonies (Video)


There has obviously been a ton of negative publicity surrounding the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, but it’s nearly impossible for anyone write something bad about last night’s Opening Ceremonies. Brazil is known for music, especially the samba genre, and South America’s most popular nation truly brought their A-Game in this regard.

So many great individual performances, but if you had to single one out, it would be Anitta, the 23-year-old Brazilian pop sensation. The Rio native truly stole the show, and it’s easy to see why she really might just be “the next big thing.”

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Speaking as a Former Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Propagandist


In 2008, I wrote for the official website affiliated with seeking the 2016 Olympic bid for Chicago. I was one of four writers chosen to pen articles (essentially de facto PR) about the city and why it would make the perfect host. I blogged for NBC Chicago back then, and the three other writers selected for this project were also all from NBC Chicago’s website.

Given the extremely interwoven relationship between the Olympics and NBC Sports Group, it’s fairly obvious why Chicago 2016 chose this as the recruiting ground. My specialty was sports, the other three were lifestyle/entertainment, environmental/green and tech/infrastructure.

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Alex Morgan: USA’s World Cup hero (photos and bio)


The countdown to the women’s World Cup begins. #13 Alex Morgan is the face of the U.S. Women’s National Team. She is the USWNT’s hero. To help you get ready for the summer soccer tournament spectacular, we’re going to profile some of the more important players on the roster, starting with Alex Morgan.

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Kerri Walsh and nine other great women in volleyball


Almost everyone has heard of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, probably the most popular beach volleyball players in the United States.

Watch any sports news show during the season, and you probably won’t hear much about volleyball, and what news there is usually features the men’s side. What a lot of people don’t realize is that beach volleyball is a popular sport around the globe.

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Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir podcast


If you have Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir on your talent roster, then you use Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir every chance you can. Weir and Lipinksi, who received lots of critical acclaim for their figure skating analysis on NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014 Sochi Games, as well as for their conversational rapport on topics ranging from twizzles to tres chic attire, return to the Kentucky Derby.

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PHOTOS: Hockey star Hilary Knight does ESPN Body Issue


Hilary Knight is a forward on the United States women’s national hockey team. Knight won a Silver Medal with the U.S. at Vancouver in 2010. Her comments on the U.S.-Canada rivalry were some of the best soundbites of the Olympics:

“Hatred is pretty good. When we get between the glass and it’s the U.S. versus Canada, it’s everything on the line.”

“It is intense, blood boiling. It is physical.”

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Euroleague Final Four television schedule

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The Euroleague Final Four takes places Friday and Sunday at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy. This year’s Final Four will be televised by over 50 networks to a record-setting 201 countries on six continents.

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