More Money For Sports In Brazil And Chicago, More Problems

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Thing about television is that it only shows you the unpleasant and the uncomfortable when it makes for better theater. Rarely is such the case in viewing sports. Besides the actual game action, a national broadcast is going to feed you shots of local peculiarities and regional foodstuffs during timeouts.

Going in and out of commercials you get the blimp views of the stadia amid a lit up downtown at night, stock footage of hustle and bustle during the daytime, and shots of some unique piece of architecture soundtracked by a song from and/or about whatever city the game is in. Oh, hey, look at the city-native-but-now-probably-expatriate celebrity in the stands totally trying to go unnoticed in that black baseball cap. (8,974 screenshots get tweeted.)

And Drake. There’s always Drake.

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London 2012: Olympic soccer quarterfinals observations

After nine goals in four women’s Olympic quarterfinal matches, two of the world’s top five teams have fallen, along with host nation Great Britain.  As the remaining four teams shift focus towards Monday’s semifinals, let’s take a look back at how a marathon day of soccer shook down.

France continues to surprise

The most consistent part of France’s squad this tournament has been its inconsistency, and that didn’t change Friday morning.  After getting bombarded and conceding early [Read more…]

London 2012 Olympics: Women’s soccer quarterfinals preview

With the group stages behind us, the quarterfinals of women’s Olympic soccer kick off tomorrow featuring several intriguing matchups.  Among the eight remaining teams are six of the world’s top seven squads, as well as host-nation Great Britain, composed primarily of players from the world’s No. 9 England.  The Olympic knockout stage will also feature six of the eight 2011 World Cup quarterfinalists (counting Great Britain as England), and all four semifinalists, making the field as stacked as any in recent memory.  Here’s what to watch for as kickoff approaches. [Read more…]

Carmelo Anthony sets USA’s scoring record in impressive rout

Team USA's Carmelo Anthony

Well, that was quite the game yesterday, wasn’t it? Team USA put on a shooting display that I, personally, have never seen been before and I have watched a lot of basketball. Starting with Carmelo Anthony and stopping with Anthony Davis, Team USA showed the world why they are the best.

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Uruguay wins Copa America handedly, 3-0 over Paraguay

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In a world cup that has been marked by stories of the best teams going out early, Argentina and Brazil, and the giant-killers left playing it out for the final, Uruguay and Paraguay, Uruguay has something different to say about their win tonight: They’re the best soccer team in the world.

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Copa America: Brazil, Chile out. Venezuela, Paraguay in.

In South America’s bi-annual soccer contest, Brazil, a perennial favorite, and Chile, many’s expected winner, have lost their respective games Sunday.

Uruguay will play Peru in the semifinals on Tuesday. Paraguay faces Venezuela Wednesday. This is the first time that Venezuela has advanced to the semifinals in the history of the Copa America.

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